Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars

Owners tell Consumer Reports there’s more to love about these hybrids than just their excellent fuel economy

2020 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius.

Do you want a car that uses less gas but can still go on long trips without plugging in? Hybrids combine gas engines and battery-electric drivetrains in a fuel-saving combo. From hatchbacks to SUVs, there are many hybrids on the market today, and Consumer Reports has tested and scored the most popular models. For this list of recommended vehicles, we’ve focused on compact models, many of which are available only as hybrids.

How do we know which hybrids will keep you happy? We ask owners whether they would buy the same car again, then see how they rate their cars on satisfaction in five categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, and audio controls. We have data on more than 300,000 vehicles from CR’s owner satisfaction surveys to help you choose.


Below, we list the most-satisfying compact hybrid vehicles in order of their owner satisfaction scores so that you can find one that puts a smile on your face on the road as well as at the gas pump.

Not all of these models are CR–recommended models. The ones that are scored well in our road tests, which comprise more than 50 objective and subjective evaluations. On top of that, they have good reliability and come standard with key active safety equipment, including forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW) is available as standard or optional equipment. They also performed well in government and insurance-industry crash tests if they were tested.

Each of these has our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

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