10 Cheapest Plug-In Hybrid Cars For 2019: Video

DEC 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 17

Toyota Prius Prime, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Clarity Plug-in or maybe some other PHEV?

Automotive Territory released an interesting overview of the 10 cheapest plug-in hybrids on the market in the U.S., including pricing, range and a basic description.

The PHEVs usually comes with a higher price tag than conventional versions and here are the most affordable models that open the way to start driving electric.

“Since the financial issue is one of the most important ones while purchasing a new automobile in today’s episode we will show you the most affordable options of PHEVs on the market in 2019 with their prices, all-electric ranges and features.”

From video description (random order):

  • Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
    Hyundai is convincing new buyers to switch to its hybrid models, by offering the driving experience similar to gasoline cars. Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid has 29 miles of all-electric range and looks really good.
  • Toyota Prius Prime
    Toyota Prius Prime offers outstanding fuel economy of 54 MPG and 133 MPGe, spacious and practical interior, plus lots of standard driver assist and safety features. The model is sold in three trim levels, Plus, Premium, and Advanced, with the pricing set between $27,300 and $33,300.
  • Kia Niro Plug-In
    The Niro is a crossover utility vehicle that is positioned between Kia Soul and Sportage in the manufacturer’s lineup. It shares the electrified platform with Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid.
  • Honda Clarity Plug-in
    Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offers a middle ground for buyers seeking for more fuel efficient and eco-friendlier transport. With 47 mi of electric and 340 mi of combined range, the model alleviates range anxiety and is rated at 110 MPGe.
  • Chevrolet Volt
    Chevrolet Volt is one of the leading plugin hybrids on the market, offering 53 miles of electric range. Unfortunately, the model is being discontinued and its production will be seized in March 2019. The car is promised to remain on sale throughout the 2019, with a start price of $33,520.
  • Ford Fusion Energi
    Though it has been announced for discontinuation, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi comes to the market with a comfier interior, a more capacious battery and a collection of standard safety features called ProPilot 360. Overall, the model offers overall superior value for the sticker price under $35,000.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is undoubtedly one of the best plugins on today’s market, that combines seemingly impossible traits for a modern family PHEV: decent range, affordable price and convenience of an SUV body style.
  • Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
    Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the first plug-in-hybrid vehicle in the company’s lineup. It has Toyota-sourced electrification tech, producing 148 hps and delivering 480 mi of combined range.
  • Kia Optima PHEV
    Optima is sporty looking sedan, that was very well received by the automotive community, that eventually accepted the higher than usual price for a KIA.
  • Hyundai Sonata PHEV
    The latest redesign of the plugin Sonata took place in 2018, when it was aligned with its gasoline counterpart. Both front and rear fascias were heavily reworked, bumpers resculptured and lights.

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17 Comments on "10 Cheapest Plug-In Hybrid Cars For 2019: Video"

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One consideration that is often not mentioned – the Kia/Hyundai offerings all have no source of heat other than the ICE. Could very well be a deal breaker for those looking to use EV mode as much as possible.

Well it makes more sense than carrying around a kerosene heater in a BEV.

If you care so much about burning a little gas, you shouldn’t be buying a phev.

I don’t think you understand, in my Clarity PHEV if it had no electric heat instead of running the engine for heat intermittently maybe 3 weeks per year it would run for 3 months solid and 3 months intermittently. Would be pointless to buy a PHEV like that in the upper midwest.

Southern California? Yeah, not going to matter.

It’s good for the engine to run. My volt goes into maintenance mode because i don’t use the engine anymore. I got a full tank of gas that i haven’t used in 5 months.

If I’m living in cold climate, i would use it like a hybrid in winter.

She’s getting 46 mpg during winter which is better than most cars.

Running the engine for heat is very inefficient for fuel economy, my Volt always did around 20 mpg in ERDTT mode. If I count electricity it would get “50 mpg”, but that is really bad. It is really an oversight not to have an electric heater in a PHEV in cold climates. As I said, I don’t really think you realize that you are giving up most of the advantage of the PHEV. I agree the engine needs to run some. I run it plenty without using it for heat.

PS, my Clarity can do 46 mpg on gas alone at low highway speeds, she is obviously counting in electricity as well, and 46 mpg is really not good for that (by similar metric I am at 91 mpg in the Clarity, only because of lots of road trips). I put up with it for a few weeks in the Clarity, but not going to put up with 6 months of it.

Exactly these are California climate cars. Had I known this, I would never, never got the car.

I wasn’t even aware of that. But yeah, that’d be a dealbreaker for me. I find the heat in the Prius Prime works pretty well on cold days, but we have pretty moderate winters here in Texas.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Prime runs the engine in defog mode. Wouldn’t matter so much for me, since I’d be beyond range every commute anyway, but could be frustrating for others.

Only the Ioniq PHEV seems to be priced competitive to similar sized ICE alternatives … would like to know limitations if any? Most of these are compact or subcompact sized cars, but are priced much higher.

The Clarity PHEV is priced cheaper than comparable ICE only, especially after tax credits. Much better deal than pretty much any other PHEV or EV. People have gotten them for as low as $31,000 or so for a new Touring model pre tax credits. The car is nicer than the Accord EX-L. It is built like a $60,000 car, minus a couple features. What is lacking from the Clarity is it isn’t particularly fast.

Currently, the year end Clarity Lease Deals, from the blue shirt HH Folks, are far and away the best value leader, in the “bang for the buck” PHEV department, here in sunny So. Cal.

And, I thought the GM Volt Lease Deals were starting to migrate into the “too good to be true” best deal Net Cost realm in Nov.- Dec.

Touring for 31 ? Can you provide dealer information? I am being quoted 34 to 35k ,+ taxes.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

No resistive heating or heat pump.
Prius performance.
More particulate pollution than a Prius.

So, how many of these cars will be available nationwide? If they’re only available in CARB states, it’s kind of a dealbreaker already for many of us since they would be very hard if not impossible to get one outside of a special order (likely with little to no incentives/rebates), or flying out to a CARB state, buying it there, and driving it back home.

Sure, some folks might very well do that. But remember, the average person looking to buy a new car probably won’t go to those extremes, and will settle for a plain ol’ gas guzzler, or more readily available vehicle nearby if they’re looking for a plug-in offering. Or they’ll just get a Tesla, and bypass that dealership stuff altogether.

It seems the Ioniq PHEV is now available outside of ZEV states. To my surprise, I found a couple at a dealer in a suburb not far from where I am.

The Volt, Clarity PHEV, Mitsubishi Outlander and the Prius Prime are also sold broadly, although don’t always have good offers. Maybe some of the others, too.