What makes these 2018 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) so hot?

Kelley Blue Book gives us a brief look at some of today's top PHEVs. The publication does a nice job of comparing models, while not focusing on competition. This is because, for a variety of reasons, a good choice for one car shopper may be a bad choice for another. Why rank them and tell people what's best when their priorities surely differ?

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The video compares four 2018 plug-in hybrid models: the Hyundai Ioniq, Honda Clarity, Toyota Prius Prime, and Chevrolet Volt.

Takeaways:

2018 Hyundai Ioniq ($23,835)
2018 Hyundai Ioniq

  • $4,500 EV tax credit
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • EPA-estimated 29 miles of electric range (KBB achieved 38.4 miles in mixed conditions)
  • 52 mpg combined
  • Lackluster engine
  • Smooth-shifting standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Driver's seat could be more supportive
  • 7-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2018 Honda Clarity ($34,290)
2018 Honda Clarity PHEV

  • $7,500 EV tax credit
  • EPA-estimated 47 miles of electric range (KBB achieved 56.2 miles in mixed conditions)
  • 42 mpg combined
  • High horsepower rating compared to rivals
  • Adequate acceleration due to heavy weight
  • Best regen of all cars tested
  • Nice, roomy cabin
  • "Normal" sedan size and feel
  • 8-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2018 Toyota Prius Prime ($27,995)
2018 Toyota Prius Prime

  • $4,500 EV tax credit
  • EPA-estimated 29 miles of electric range (KBB achieved 26.2 miles on the freeway)
  • 54 mpg combined (best of all cars tested)
  • Best for those that want hybrid efficiency over electric range
  • Ride quality and handling (more than acceptable)
  • Only four seats
  • Tepid acceleration
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Optional 11.6-inch touch screen can reflect light toward the driver's eyes
  • "Styling that you will love unless you hate it"

2018 Chevrolet Volt ($34,095)
2018 Chevy Volt

  • $7,500 EV tax credit
  • EPA-estimated 53 miles of electric range (KBB achieved 53 miles in mixed conditions)
  • 42 mpg combined
  • Very nice car overall
  • Handsome interior
  • Smart, intuitive cabin controls
  • 8-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Multiple infotainment system crashes during testing
  • Rear middle seat is not practical (it's a bump!)
  • Pricey
Video Description via Kelley Blue Book on YouTube:

KBB's team of experts take a look at some of the hottest Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) on the market today. Featuring cars from Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet, we compare them side-by-side to see what they have to offer. Which one would you plug in?

*Our comparison tests are different from most in that we keep the focus on comparison, not competition. We don't pick winners and losers because the right choice for one buyer is the wrong choice for another. Our goal here is not to tell you which car to buy, but to make it easier for you to decide which is best for you.