The Best Plug-In Hybrids to Overcome Your Range Anxiety According to TrueCar

Not everyone is ready to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle (EV). After all, driving an EV can be intimidating. What happens if it runs out of power? The good news is that choosing a plug-in hybrid instead of an EV can stop range anxiety. Even better, TrueCar recently revealed its picks for the best new plug-in hybrids. Let’s find out what they are.

What’s the difference between a plug-in hybrid and an EV?

First things first, let’s talk about the difference between a plug-in hybrid and an EV. While a plug-in hybrid comes equipped with a gasoline-powered engine and a larger battery than your average car, an EV comes equipped with an even larger battery and an electric motor, Edmunds reports. Further, while an EV runs purely on electricity, a plug-in hybrid will use gas once its battery is low on power. 

Here’s the thing about EVs, though. Because they run on electricity alone, driving one can lead to something called range anxiety, which is the feeling an EV owner experiences when their car is low on power, and there isn’t a charging station nearby.

When it comes down to it, J.D. Power reports, range anxiety can leave an EV owner worrying over whether or not they’re about to be stranded. The good news is that choosing a plug-in hybrid over an EV can help car owners overcome range anxiety.

The 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge is one of the best plug-in hybrids

A 2021 Volvo V60 driving down an empty read, the V60 is one of the best plug-in hybrids, TrueCar reports
2021 Volvo V60 | Volvo

As for the best plug-in hybrids to overcome range anxiety? TrueCar reports there are several new plug-in hybrids worth considering. In fact, among them are new cars like the 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge. This year’s model comes equipped with a direct-injected turbo and supercharged engine with an 87-hp electric motor for a combined 415-hp. Also standard with all-wheel drive, the 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge delivers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined city/highway and 69 MPGe combined city/highway.

But the 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge didn’t just make TrueCar’s list because of its fuel-sipping powertrain and electric motor. Volvo is known for its commitment to safety and premium amenities, and the 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge is proof of that, TrueCar reports. Not only is this year’s model an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, but it also features premium amenities such as a standard hands-free tailgate, a leather-trimmed interior, and WiFi access.

The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime is an affordable plug-in hybrid

A red 2021 Toyota Prius Prime parked
2021 Toyota Prius Prime | Toyota

TrueCar also included the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime among its picks for the best plug-in hybrids. This year’s model starts at $28,220, making it ideal for those shopping for a new car under $30,000. As for what’s under the hood?

At the heart and soul of this new plug-in hybrid is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that comes paired with an electric motor. According to the EPA, this year’s model delivers an EPA-estimated 54 mpg combined city/highway and 133 MPGe combined city/highway.

That’s not all the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime has going for it either. In fact, this year’s new model offers up a “comfortable cabin, generous cargo space, and advanced safety features,” too, reports TrueCar. It boasts seating for up to five passengers, along with 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space. And when it comes to safety? This year’s model is standard with a slew of driver-assist safety features and was given a five-star overall safety rating by the NHTSA.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the best of its kind

A grey 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In parked
2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In | Hyundai

For the best new plug-in hybrid, look no further than the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. TrueCar reports that the Ioniq is the absolute best of its kind when it comes to new plug-in hybrids. It’s powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that comes paired with a lithium-ion polymer battery and, according to Hyundai, boasts a combined battery and gas range of up to 620 miles. It starts at only $26,700 too. 

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid also features a comfortable cabin with plenty of features, TrueCar reports. In fact, opt for this year’s model, and you’ll find yourself enjoying standard features like paddle shifters with regenerative braking technology, push-button start, heated front seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen display featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Which new car is the best fit for you?

If you aren’t quite ready to get behind the wheel of a full-fledged EV, choosing a plug-in hybrid instead makes for a great option. And when it comes to choosing the best plug-in hybrid for overcoming range anxiety? We recommend taking a couple of TrueCar’s picks out for a test drive.

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