7 Car Brands Still Without a Hybrid Sedan Option
While some consumers may still look at EVs, and other alternative fuel vehicles with a skeptical eye, at this point, they’ve come to expect a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) option from automakers each year. Reputable models have made hybrids a popular option for over a decade. Despite their popularity, seven non-luxury car brands don’t yet offer a hybrid offering in their sedan lineup. Here’s a look at which and why.
Why hybrid cars have become and remain popular
For consumers skeptical of making the EV plunge, hybrid cars are a great compromise. Drivers get to drive more eco-friendly vehicles that get improved fuel economy and fuel-related cost-savings without having to worry about range anxiety, charging stations, or any other common aspects of EV ownership.
Depending on the model, drivers can also take advantage of certain tax incentives by purchasing a hybrid. Federal law offers consumers tax credits on HEVs they buy – but only if the hybrid meets specific criteria, including weighing less than seven tons and having an electrical system that can hold a charge of at least 5 kilowatt hours, among others.
Also, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Several HEVs have proven to be a hit with consumers due in no small part to their affordability, reliability, and performance. These include models like the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Prius, two best-selling models that also get kudos from automotive critics. With popular models like these on the market, it’s little wonder that most automakers now offer a hybrid sedan option.
7 automakers that don’t offer a hybrid sedan
Ford scrapped most of its sedans entirely several years ago, leaving only the Mustang muscle car.
Kia has focused on EVs, though it has a few hybrid SUV options. However, despite plenty of sedan options in its lineup (Rio, Forte, K5, Stinger), the automaker doesn’t have any HEVs in that class.
Mazda is another automaker whose sedan offerings have shrunk to just one: the gas-powered Mazda3 Sedan.
Nissan hasn’t yet taken that tack. You can buy a Nissan Versa, Sentra, Altima, or Maxima. Unfortunately, none of them comes as an HEV.
Subaru still offers the Impreza and Legacy, but if you’re looking for a Subaru hybrid, you’ll need to look at its SUVs.
Finally, Volkswagen offers the Arteon, Jetta, and Jetta GLI, but no hybrid sedans. Like many of the above automakers, VW has pared down its sedan offerings, preferring to compete in other auto market segments.
What EVs and HEVs these automakers do offer
If you’re a fan of any of these brands, you’ll find that they each offer multiple EVs and hybrids for sale. However, most are just in the SUV class. For example, Chevrolet offers the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV, while Ford offers the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Kia offers an abundance of EVs and HEVs, including the EV6 and Niro EV, and both hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Niro, Sorento, and Sportage.
Mazda’s taken the plunge into electrification with the Mazda MX-30, while Nissan continues to offer its pioneering Nissan Leaf. For SUV fans, Subaru offers the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and the Solterra, an EV. Lastly, Volkswagen offers an all-electric vehicle, the ID.4, which first came online in 2021.
While these automakers may not be in the hybrid sedan market, many still compete in the EV and HEV markets. Not only do they each have at least one EV or hybrid for sale (if not multiple offerings), but they also have further plans to electrify their fleets. Ford, for example, is working on an all-electric Ford Mustang, while VW plans to fully electrify its R subbrand of Golf performance-oriented hatchbacks.
Chevrolet will be selling new EV trucks like the 2024 Silverado EV soon, while Mazda’s MX-30 is merely the first of several new EVs soon to launch. Nissan will launch the Ariya SUV shortly, its first new EV in a decade. Additionally, while neither Kia nor Subaru has officially announced plans for new EVs or hybrids beyond what’s on the market right now, you can be sure executives from both companies are keeping a close eye on this fast-growing segment,