At the beginning of the hybrid car movement, few hybrid cars offered options suitable for families. But times have changed with today’s hybrid and electric car offerings serving families well and saving them money. So let’s look at the five best hybrid cars for families, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid is the best hybrid for families
According to U.S. News, the best hybrid car for families is the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid. Although the Accord is a midsize sedan, U.S. News reports that it “has nearly as much cabin space as the full-size Avalon Hybrid” produced by Toyota.
The Accord Hybrid‘s spacious cabin allows for comfortable passenger seating and uncomplicated child car seat placement. There’s also 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, and the rear seatbacks open up to allow for longer loads inside the vehicle.
Family-specific features include two USB ports for charging electronic devices (the EX-L trim has additional rear-seat USB ports), dual-zone climate control, and smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid features a spacious cabin
Next on the U.S. News list of best hybrid cars for families is the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. As mentioned, the Avalon Hybrid features a spacious cabin with plenty of leg and headroom thanks to its full-size dimensions.
While the Avalon Hybrid‘s 16.09 cubic feet of trunk space falls behind the Accord, it’s still a substantial space to fill with groceries or a weekend’s worth of gear. The Avalon also features “split-folding rear seatbacks” that open to create a passthrough from the truck for longer loads.
The Toyota Avalon Hybrid features a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. Upper trim levels include heated and ventilated front seats for additional comfort and wireless device charging to keep electronics charged without stringing charging cables across the cabin.
The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a sporty hybrid car for families
The third hybrid car on our list is the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is excellent for families with its “spacious cabin” and comfortable seating for adults in front or back seats. U.S. News claims that “even taller adults will find enough head- and legroom” anywhere they sit. While it’s a great family car, it looks and drives sporty enough that young parents can drive it with pride.
The Camry Hybrid LE includes a touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a Wi-Fi hotspot to allow internet connectivity on the road. Be sure to get the available wireless device charging to keep those electronics ready for duty.
The 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers plenty of tech
Another midsize sedan on the list is the 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. While it offers a spacious cabin and ample headroom in both seating rows, the back seats lack adequate legroom for taller passengers compared to other hybrid sedans on our list. Hyundai’s engineers obviously opted to create a large trunk with 16 cubic feet of cargo space instead of granting a few more inches of rear-seat legroom.
The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the Sonata Hybrid only provides one USB outlet, options allow additional USB outlets and wireless charging for your electronic devices.
The 2022 Sonata Hybrid also features “Smart Park,” which will enable you to back the car out of a tight parking spot remotely to allow the loading and unloading of passengers and gear away from other vehicles.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is a compact sedan for families
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is the final family-friendly hybrid on our list. While the Elantra Hybrid isn’t the most refined sedan in its class, it offers “solid acceleration combined with terrific fuel economy.” As a compact sedan, the Elantra Hybrid has good passenger space for its class but less than others on our list.
The Elantra Hybrid also features heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the hands-free power trunk lid makes opening the trunk a breeze even with your hands full.
Which hybrid sedan is best for a family?
It’s hard to argue with the first-place Honda Accord Hybrid’s spacious cabin and multiple USB ports. However, the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s styling, spirited performance, and internal Wi-Fi hotspot make it a solid contender for a family-friendly hybrid.