The winter chill is beginning to give way to warmer breezes and chirping birds. Spring is around the corner, and warmer weather means longer car rides with the windows down. While road tripping is nice, having to stop for gas a hundred times – and pulling out your wallet – is not. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best rated hybrid vehicles of 2018, so you can keep on cruising.
1. 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
New for 2018 and already a consumer favourite, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has one of the most efficient powertrains available and received a number one rating for fuel economy. With a 2.5-hour charge time and an AER (all-electric range) up to 76km, this four-door is a great choice for the eco-friendly driver.
2. Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive
Would you believe us if we told you there’s a true Mercedes-Benz that’s also electric? Well, the Mercedes-Benz B-class hatchback offers both the premium status of a Mercedes and the eco-friendliness of an Electric Drive. Outfitted with a robust entertainment system and a detailed interior, this vehicle is all about giving you a bigger bang for your buck, and then some.
3. 2018 Toyota Prius c
The Toyota Prius c is a longtime favourite hybrid for its fuel economy and excellent handling. If you’ve got a young family, this vehicle is perfect for getting you from point A to B smoothly and safely with its extensive list of safety equipment including a Pre-Collision System with autonomous braking, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam headlights.
4. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
Looking to keep your carbon footprint down? Why not take the Smart Fortwo for a spin. This super compact hatchback charges to 100% battery in just three hours on a 240v charger. Small, quick, and compact, this vehicle is great for getting you to work and running your errands while saving money and time from all the gas station stops you won’t be making.
5. 2018 Ford Fusion Energi
There’s something for every kind of somebody with the Ford Fusion Energi line of mid-sized sedans. Don’t let its comfort and affordability fool you. This vehicle passes as both a luxury car with its updated, sweeping exterior and a sports car with its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Plus, you can get it with AWD. What more could you ask for?
So, go ahead and enjoy a weekend joy ride in one of these great vehicles. You’ll be #sharinggoodcarma with the environment, just in time for Earth hour on March 24th.
If you’re looking for somewhere to cruise to, head to the annual Vancouver International Auto Show taking place March 28th to April 1st at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Visit our Instagram to win free tickets, then bring your friends and test some great hybrids.
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