The Audi A3 E-Tron is great because it packs a lot of luxury car touches into an efficient, attractive package with a reasonable price tag. This one just squeaks under our $40,000 limit with enough money left over for floor mats and not much else.
The Chevrolet Volt seemed like the everyman's electric vehicle when it came out way back in 2012. It was relatively affordable, had decent electric-only range and a real gasoline engine that helped eliminate range anxiety.
Like most modern minivans, the Pacifica Hybrid is available with basically all modern conveniences like rear seat screens and a built-in vacuum. However, the placement of the batteries under the floor means the Pacifica's lovely Stow N Go seating is not available.
The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid is arguably the best Accord ever. It's ruthlessly efficient, extremely comfortable and very easy on the eyes. It's biggest downfall, in the eyes of the market, might be that it's a sedan. Oh well.
The Accord Hybrid has a fuel economy rating of 47 mpg combined which is impressive given its size. Build quality as well as fit and finish is great, in typical Honda fashion. And thanks to standard Honda Sensing, the Accord Hybrid is both safe and smart.
The in-cabin tech is decent for the Accord, if not stellar. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, which is good, because HondaConnect is kind of lackluster. The Accord Hybrid gives you a lot for your money.
The Hyunai Ioniq is the only vehicle on the market that you can get as a hybrid, a PHEV or a fully battery electric vehicle. Our favorite of the three is the PHEV as it offers the best blend of value and efficiency.
The Ioniq PHEV offers a crazy good 119 MPGe from its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and allows you to drive for 29 miles on electric power alone. Aesthetically, it's good looking in all of its trim levels and its list of standard features is long.
The Ioniq gets Hyundai's typical suite of interior goodies including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging and more. It also has that absolutely mind-boggling Hyundai warranty. Talk about bang for the buck.
One of the nicest things about the Sonata PHEV is just how well it drives. It's an ideal around-town companion with a reasonable ride, great pick-up thanks to its electric torque and it's quiet inside, something which is always appreciated.
Like every Mini, the Countryman PHEV is a capable handler and a willing companion on any back road. Around town, it's easy to park and easy to thread through traffic. It's not super cheap, right near our $40,000 cut-off, but we love it anyway.
The 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 will take you 12 miles on electric power and is rated at 65 MPGe. Those are lower numbers than other cars on our list, but what it might lack in competitive efficiency, it makes up for in premium features, cute style and fun-to-drive dynamics.