Ever since the Toyota Prius debuted 20 years ago (can you believe it’s already been that long??), hybrids have been on a steady rise. The thought that they didn’t manage to fulfill their potential somehow still looms in the air, however. Even two decades after the Prius revolutionized the market, hybrid cars are still on margins. They have come a long way and they’ve even been bolstered by plug-ins and all-electric vehicles, but the vast majority of cars currently available on the market are still conventional gasoline-powered. This doesn’t mean the hybrid car market isn’t diverse enough, though. There are plenty of choices in most segments and we’ll focus on the best hybrid cars 2018 has to offer, here.
Unlike the case with the best hybrid SUVs of 2018, we’ll exclude all-electric vehicles entirely. Only fully-fledged hybrid cars will be considered, no matter how small or large they are. Furthermore, we won’t separate luxury from affordable cars, and all available segments will be included as well. Even differences between conventional and plug-in hybrids will be disregarded. In order to keep things fair, however, five of these ten hybrid cars will be luxury models, while other five will come from non-luxury badges. Of course, we’ll remove extremely expensive exotics and electric hypercars from the equation.
Volvo S90 T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid
As the Swedish automaker’s flagship sedan, the 2018 Volvo S90 offers a gracious and serene design both inside and out while, at the same time, bringing superlative safety to the table. The S90’s most expensive T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid models add even more. Apart from the obvious bump in fuel economy ratings, the S90 hybrid packs more of a punch. The conventional models’ 2.0L 4-cylinder gets both a turbocharger and a supercharger for a total of 316 horsepower. That’s not all, of course, as an 87-hp electric motor further raises the total to 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rates the Volvo S90 hybrid at 29 mpg combined (26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway).
As is the case with most Volvos, the S90 isn’t all that fun to drive. It emphasizes comfort and safety, first and foremost. That’s likely its only real downside. That and the fact it costs between $63,500 and $68,000 in its stock form. Then again, most of its direct competitors exhibit even higher stickers. As expected, the S90 hybrid gets standard low and high-speed automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. All of the aforementioned active safety features are bundled up together in what Volvo markets as a semi-autonomous driving mode. Don’t let the S90’s calm and soothing demeanor fool you, though. You’re still required to impact the drive as you would be in any other car.