You’re going to pay a premium for a hybrid vehicle. They’re simply more expensive to manufacture. Even though government and dealer incentives can, in some cases, save you quite a bit on the final price, chances are you’re still going to pay more upfront than the average gas guzzler. Still, hybrids are pretty affordable nowadays, especially when considering long-term ownership costs. The premium you’ll pay is not that high – unless you buy one of these three hybrid models that each cost over $100,000.
The 2022 Lexus LC Hybrid
Of course, your hybrids that top six figures are luxury vehicles. As per The Car Connection, the 2023 Lexus LC Hybrid is a two-door luxury model that starts at $100,300. The LC Hybrid’s bold styling makes it one of the most attractive luxury vehicles that isn’t actually a supercar, though its unique grille styling may be polarizing to some.
The hybrid powertrain has a 3.5L V6 engine that generates 354 hp and gets 26 /34 mpg city/highway. Car Buzz notes that on a full tank, you should be able to get up to 644 miles of range. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission, RWD, and 20-inch wheels. Thanks to optional enhancements like a limited-slip differential, it provides a sportier performance than many other luxury hybrids.
The cabin suffers a bit from a lack of storage space, although the seats are plush, and the interior trim is as refined as you’d expect at this price point. Inside, you’ll also find a 10.3-inch infotainment screen compatible with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There are also leather seating upholstery options, a premium audio system available, and quite a few advanced safety features that come standard. For those looking to further personalize their Lexus LC Hybrid, the Bespoke Build option allows buyers to customize everything from the wheel design to roof material. Expect that trim to take you over $113,000.
The 2022 Lexus LS Hybrid
Unsurprisingly, you can also expect to pay over six figures for another Lexus hybrid – the 2022 Lexus LS Hybrid. While the base price of the standard LS is just $77,250, you can expect to pay $113,050 for its hybrid variant, per TrueCar.
Like the LC Hybrid, the LS 500h AWD comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that gets you 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It rides on 19-inch wheels and enjoys solid build quality for its segment. The interior is configured according to Japanese artisanal principles, while the chassis is engineered to absorb shocks and jolts.
The LS hybrid has a robust complement of standard features, including built-in navigation and a 12.3-inch touchscreen that integrates well with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are also rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, power closing doors, a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and triple-projector LED headlights.
The 2022 Acura NSX Type S
While you’ll pay a bit over $100,000 for either Lexus model, you’ll pay closer to $200,000 for the 2022 Acura NSX. However, it may be worth it. The 2022 Acura NSX Type S is actually a supercar with a hybrid powertrain. While it may not have the brand cachet of a Porsche 911 or Ford Mustang, 2022 is its last model year. So grabbing one now may prove to be a good investment.
Starting at $116,500, the NSX Type S sports a twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors – one to power the rear wheels and the other two to power the front ones, according to Kelley Blue Book. This configuration makes the NSX Type S more fuel efficient than most supercars, providing owners with 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The NSX Type S’s powertrain generates 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque, can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 191 mph.
While the hybrid drivetrain soups up performance, it also reduces its cargo capacity. You’ll get just 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is among the reasons the NSX Type S should not be your next daily driver. Inside is comfortable with interior trimmings that are impressive. The Type S trim comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display, and various luxury amenities such as heated side mirrors and seats, ambient cabin lighting, and dual-zone climate control.