If you’re like us at Caliber, you too have a summer road trip on the horizon. It’s one of the best ways to get out of town, while keeping your feet and wheels on the ground. But after a few states, those miles really start to add up, and the gas gauge – and your wallet – begin to tank, which is why we’ve picked out some of our favorite fuel-efficient cars of 2017 to help you hit the road in money-saving style.
TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME
MPG: 55 CITY / 53 HIGHWAY
With a long lineage of Priuses, the new 2017 Prius is the first Plug-In Hybrid to join the family. At $27,000, the Prius Prime is more expensive than most, but its full-electric capabilities will keep customers from driving on a full gas tank. Plus, it wouldn’t be an electric car without limitless electronic capabilities, including an 11-inch HD display and more ports than you can shake a USB stick at. Altogether, it’s no surprise the new Prius is one of the year’s prime fuel-efficient vehicles.
MPG: 43 CITY / 42 HIGHWAY
Consistently top-of-mind, while rarely needing to be topped off, the Chevy Volt will always be near the top of our eco-friendly lists. This plug-in hybrid is noticeably more expensive than most, but its rave reviews have customers and critics alike swooning. In addition to its impressive MPG ratings, it’s rated even higher for two things: horsepower and being very fun to drive. Plus, with two electric engines, its long-range capabilities have miles of commuters all charged up.
MPG: 57 CITY / 59 HIGHWAY
The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is turning up the heat this summer, while driving the miles per gallon down. Meant to be the direct competitor of the previously mentioned Toyota Prius, the Ioniq is not only more efficient, but also more affordable. It even comes equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, rearview camera and the plus of being easy on the eyes. And with a Plug-In Hybrid scheduled for this fall, the future for the Ioniq looks more electrifying than ever.
MPG: 52 CITY / 49 HIGHWAY
The 2017 partially-electric Kia Niro has a lot of people’s hair standing on end, as it is the only subcompact SUV that’s making full-efficient news. Great fuel economy, spacious interior and starting at just under $23,000 – the Niro sets a new standard for hybrid SUVs. Plus, since Hyundai has partial ownership of Kia, the Niro shares many of the same qualities as the Ioniq, like MPG and 139 horsepower. This is one hybrid SUV that’s happy to go off the gas-guzzling path.
With so many new hybrids hitting the road every year, it can be hard to play favorites, so these are just some of the vehicles that sparked our interest. More and more get added to the list all the time, like the Ford Fusion or Lexus RX, and we encourage you to check out all of them if you’re in the market. No matter what you drive, we’re just excited to take charge and take the forefront of restoring these forward-thinking, fuel-efficient four-wheelers.