These Average Compact Hybrids Are Surprisingly Satisfying

Hybrids were once a thing of the future, but today they are regularly available and affordable for the average consumer. Compact hybrids have a lot to offer as commuter cars, cars for first-time drivers, or just a reliable and fuel-efficient daily driver. Sure, you could buy a fully-electric car that’s more exciting, like a Tesla Model S, but these more budget-friendly compact hybrids are surprisingly satisfying.

The 2021 Toyota Prius

It’s not news to anyone that the Toyota Prius isn’t the most loved hybrid on the market. In fact, many people outright hate the car, but there are a lot of reasons it is a surprisingly good option. While they haven’t really improved in appearances, the 2021 Toyota Prius is reliable, surprisingly inexpensive to maintain, and it, of course, offers a very responsible fuel economy. With high ratings from websites like Consumer Reports, it’s a great option for a compact hybrid, at least on paper.

An electric blue 2021 Toyota Prius parked on the street.
2021 Toyota Prius with all-wheel-drive | Toyota

The forgotten 2021 Hyundai Ioniq

Did you forget about the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq? You’re not alone. For a sedan that is so modestly priced, it is surprising to see that more people aren’t talking about it, and they aren’t all that common to see. Perhaps that’s one quark that makes them a bit unique — they’re one of the cheapest cars that you can buy brand new without seeing one at every stoplight. It also doesn’t hurt that the car gets an impressive average of 52 mpg.

A red 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid parked on display with trees in the background
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid on display | Photo via Hyundai

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The 2021 Honda Insight

You may have seen a 2021 Honda Insight and assumed it was just another version of the well-loved Honda Accord, but there are a few things that set this one apart. It also happens to be yet another great option if you’re looking at compact hybrids. The Honda Insight has modern yet modest features, like the LED headlights, and offers a comfortable and surprisingly spacious cabin area.

The Honda Insight is a fuel-efficient hybrid-powered vehicle.
2021 Honda Insight | Honda

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These small yet spunky compact sedans might not be the most exciting options on the market, but with good fuel economy, plenty of features, and an affordable entry-level price they are still incredibly satisfying.