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Best Hybrid Cars for Under $35,000 Per Consumer Reports Advice

Consumer Reports analysts recommend these Hybrid sedans as ones that, “…deliver impressive fuel economy without breaking your budget,” and are available for less than $35,000!

Choosing a Hybrid Makes Sense

Going Hybrid is increasingly making more sense according to both past and present CR newsletters that extol the technological and Green virtues when combining a “…battery pack, an electric motor that drives the car at low speeds, and a gas engine that kicks in for higher speeds, climbing hills, or recharging the battery,” all the while utilizing regenerative braking from a car’s momentum as it slows down to create extra electricity.

Hybrids are so fuel-efficient because they utilize energy that would otherwise be wasted,” reported Jake Fisher (senior director of CR’s Auto Test Center) last year who added that if car shoppers have the option of buying a Hybrid, that they should go Hybrid.

They get better fuel economy and are often quicker and quieter, too. In nearly every case, the hybrid version is the better option,” stated Fisher in an earlier newsletter comparing Hybrids to their gas-only counterparts.

Hybrid Models Revisited with Even More to Offer

Today, advice from CR analysts continues as they provide car shoppers with their latest listing of Hybrids that are not only, “…tested and ranked in order of their Overall Score, factoring in road-test performance, owner satisfaction, predicted reliability, and safety,” but can be found under $35,000 right now!

That said, here is a summary of six Hybrid models CR experts consider the best Hybrid sedans you can buy for under $35,000. Please note that prices listed may vary depending on location.


1. Toyota Camry Hybrid 2023
Price Range: $26,320 - $36,745
CR MPG: Overall 47 / City 39 / Hwy 53 mpg
Rated #1 of 12 Midsized cars

2. Honda Accord Hybrid 2023
Price Range: $31,345 - $37,890
Specs: Not yet tested

3. Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2023
Price Range: $21,700 - $27,425
CR MPG: Overall 48 / City 37 / Hwy 59 mpg
#1 of 12 Small sedans

4. Kia Niro 2023
Price Range: $26,590 - $44,550
CR MPG: Overall 45 / City 41 / Hwy 48 mpg
#1 of 14 Small hatchbacks

5. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2023
Price Range: $28,100 - $36,400
CR MPG: Overall 44 / City 36 / Hwy 51 mpg
#7 of 12 Midsized cars

6. Hyundai Elantra Hybrid 2023
Price Range: $24,550 - $29,150
CR MPG: Overall 48 / City 40 / Hwy 55 mpg
#6 of 12 Small sedans

And finally…

For a more detailed breakdown of each listed vehicle to get the full picture of its pluses and minuses, please visit the CR website. Note that while access to some information requires a CR membership, the potential savings make it negligible in comparison when looking for the latest information to aid your car buying research.

For additional articles important need-to-know info for potential Hybrid shoppers, here are a few recommended articles:

Recommended Compact Hybrid Cars Per New Consumer Reports Survey

Toyota Hybrid Owner Experience with an Aftermarket Hybrid Battery

Roomiest and Comfiest Compact Hybrid Cars Tested by Consumer Reports

Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Chuck (not verified)    May 25, 2023 - 12:38PM

Your mpg seem to be incorrect I drive one of those vehicles it's not advertised as having the mileage you quote nor do I get that mileage

Stevebaab (not verified)    May 27, 2023 - 11:33AM

I bought 2023 niro ex touring January 7,2023.
I'm a old mechanic and I drive it,not baby it.
It only has 2k on it all local in up to 20ml trips..
It's total average is spikes up to 80mpg.but around 45,50mph.its around 55mpg
Overall..I'm very pleased with it,and improving my driving and mpg average,it's a very good handling and comfortable auto..I'm happy so far..steve.