All About Hybrid Cars

A leading automotive tech expert provides the basics about how hybrid cars work and tells how to choose the best hybrid vehicle for your driving needs.



Lexus CT 200h Luxury Hatchback
The Lexus CT 200h luxury hatchback offers a sleek and earth-friendly package.
LEXUS
Honda CR-Z Hybrid
The Honda CR-Z hybrid offers eco-panache.
PHOTO: HONDA
Kia's Optima Hybrid
Kia’s well-appointed Optima Hybrid.
KIA
Camry Hybrid
Toyota’s comfortable Camry Hybrid.
TOYOTA
Buick LaCrosse with eAssist
Buick’s LaCrosse with eAssist uses mild-hybrid technology.
GENERAL MOTORS
Volkswagen's Touareg Hybrid
Volkswagen’s crossover Touareg Hybrid.
VOLKSWAGEN
Ford Fusion Hybrid
The new Ford Fusion Hybrid is expected to increase the vehicle’s mpg to about 47 in the city, 43 on the highway.
TRANSTOCK
About Hybrid Cars
Here’s how a gas engine, batteries and an electric motor work together to power a hybrid car.
NATE SKOW
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a great-looking midsize sedan.
TRANSTOCK
Toyota Prius Hybrid
The Toyota Prius and its Hybrid Synergy Drive have evolved over multiple generations.
TOYOTA
Honda CR-Z
Even if it’s not a speed demon, the sporty-looking Honda CR-Z is a blast to drive.
TRANSTOCK
Lexus RX 450h
The Lexus RX 450h has become the most efficient SUV on the market at 30 mpg.
TRANSTOCK
First Generation Prius
The Prius was first introduced in Japan in 1997.
TOYOTA
2012 Prius V Station Wagon
The 2012 Prius V station wagon.
TOYOTA
Prius in the United States
The Prius went on sale in the United States in 2000.
TOYOTA
Second Generation Prius
The second-generation Prius launched with the 2004 model.
TOYOTA
Third Generation Prius
The current, third-generation Prius model went on sale in 2009.
TOYOTA
Compact Prius C
The newly released compact Prius C is just right for urban driving and has the highest city mpg rating (53 mpg) of any car without a plug.
TOYOTA
Hybrid Cars in 1979
MOTHER EARTH NEWS first wrote about hybrid cars back in 1979.
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