Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars

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

A red Toyota Prius, which is one of the most satisfying new compact hybrid cars.

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 owners rate their cars on satisfaction in five categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, and audio controls. We have data on more than 420,000 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.

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, the list below is available to you. CR members also have full access to the results of our Annual Auto Surveys; first-drive reviews of the newest cars, SUVs, and trucks; our full road-test results; and exclusive ratings for each vehicle we buy and test.

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2021 Toyota Prius

Price Range: $24,525 - $32,650

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