Hyundai’s 2021 Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid received the Best Hybrid Car and Plug-In Hybrid awards from U.S. News & World Report. Our question is, are they the best hybrids or not? Did the right car(s) win?
In this year’s Best Hybrid and Electric Cars awards, U.S. News & World Report identified seven eco-vehicle categories and made selections by combining overall scores, starting prices, gas mileage, and EPA charging and range data. Comparisons were between 73 hybrid, plug-ins, and electric cars. The winners represented a combination of quality, value, and efficiency in their segments.
According to U.S. News & World Report, numerous automakers are rolling out their plans for the electrification of their lineups over the coming decades, and even today many of the newest cars to hit the market offer a level of hybridization or fully electric drive. With the number of vehicles to choose from and to some degree demand increasing, the quality of these cars and SUVs is starting to get better. Timed around Earth Day, the magazine lauded progress in sustainability. Their focus was on efforts in the fight against climate change in highlighting the best hybrid and electric vehicles that can reduce drivers’ carbon footprint.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid’s starting price is $23,400. It has an EPA-estimated combined MPG rating of 59. The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid has a starting price of $26,700. Its EPA-estimated combined MPG rating is 133 MPGe. Also named U.S. News‘ 2020 Best Hybrid Car, the Ioniq hybrid is the only repeat winner.
The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt was the best electric vehicle selection. Best luxury EV went to the 2021 Tesla Model Y, while the Ford Escape Hybrid won best hybrid SUV, and the best luxury hybrid winner was the 2021 Lexus ES hybrid. Among luxury plug-ins, the 2021 Audi A7 was tops.
Did U.S. News get it right?