Cars:

Best Hybrid Cars of 2014

Updated

Hybrid cars complement gas engines with electric motors to improve gas mileage or to increase power through the use of a combined-propulsion system. Toyota and Honda are both major players in the hybrid space, but just about every other automaker is working on a hybrid model. We've picked our top hybrid cars based on great gas mileage and good performance.

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Offering all the fuel economy and practical interior space of a Toyota Prius v, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid adds significant power and a more engaged driving experience.

4 stars Excellent

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid looks good and can be had with very advanced driver assistance features, but buyers should be aware of Ford's revised fuel economy average of 42 mpg.

4 stars Excellent

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Volkswagen's new hybrid system in the 2013 Jetta is a winner, delivering good driving characteristics and excellent fuel economy, but the cabin tech lacks features for a car in this price range.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Chevrolet Volt

Mileage has never varied more than it will between two 2012 Chevrolet Volt owners, but with regular charging, this part-time EV is capable of fantastic efficiency -- just don't look too hard at its dashboard.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Prius C

As the latest member of the Prius family, the 2012 Toyota Prius C shows off a very modern, high-tech cabin, along with excellent fuel economy, in a size city dwellers will find easy to park.

4 stars Excellent

2012 Toyota Prius v

Excellent fuel economy and a large, airy cabin make the 2012 Toyota Prius v a very practical choice for families, and new electronics give it a modern tech edge.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in vastly improves the flexibility and potential economy of the standard Prius formula with the simple addition of a power cable and larger, more efficient battery pack.

4.5 stars Outstanding

2012 Lexus CT 200h

The 2012 Lexus CT 200h's good looks are complemented by its excellent practicality, but it lacks power and its cabin tech falls short of the cutting edge.

3.5 stars Very good

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

The Entune-powered 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE offers perhaps the best blend of performance, efficiency, and cabin comfort in Toyota's portfolio of vehicles.

3.5 stars Very good