There's plenty of green to go around this spring - especially in the auto world. With the latest advancements in hybrid technology, the list of eco-friendly vehicles is growing faster than ever, and this year's additions mean there are more ways than ever to save on fuel without sacrificing fun. We've fixed up a list of our favorite 2018 hybrids that'll appeal to any auto lover looking to pump the brakes on their carbon footprint. Whether you're looking for comfort, practicality, or even performance, we've found something for every walk - and drive - of life.
Toyota Camry - The Gold-Standard of Green
Following the Toyota Corrola's major redesign in 2014, its mid-size counterpart, the Camry, received an equally major facelift this year that includes comfortable seating for four adults, a quieter interior and substantially more electronics. In addition to the updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the new Camry has an improved electric motor that nets a whopping 52 mpg on-average. Plus, to top it all off, the battery has shifted from the trunk to the rear seat, allowing for much more interior space than the average hybrid. Overall, the Toyota Camry stands out as one of the best midsize hybrid choices of 2018, and is perfect for families who want the space of a sedan with the mileage of a compact.
Hyundai Ioniq - Efficiency Meets Affordability
2017 marked the introduction of Hyundai's brand-new hybrid model: the Ioniq. And this vehicle's second iteration looks to be an improvement on all fronts. Powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and an 8.9-kWh battery pack, the Ioniq let's you switch between hybrid and full-electric driving at a whim, and gets an average of 52 mpg on the road. Although it has a lower price tag than most midsize cars, it comes equipped with technology that says otherwise. Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, and a 7-inch touchscreen "infotainment" system all come standard, along with keyless entry, heated side mirrors and smart cruise control. It's safe to say Hyundai is pivoting their focus to electrification, and the Ioniq family is already miles ahead of the competition.
Nissan Leaf - Fully Charged
For those looking for a totally electric driving experience, the Nissan Leaf stands out as one of the industry's best. Entering its second generation, the Leaf has been completely redesigned for 2018, adopting a more "normal-looking" exterior than its 2017 predecessor, while also upgrading from a 29.9-kWh to a 40.0-kWh battery. When it comes to range, the Leaf's 150-mile capacity easily out-drives similar electric vehicles that hover around the 100-mile mark. Delivering 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, Nissan has certainly added some "go" to their green technology, along with a remarkably quiet cabin and broad assortment of driver-assistive amenities. After its introduction to the market less than a decade ago, the Nissan Leaf has certainly sprouted to the top of the ranks of electric vehicles, and we're excited to see how the model progresses as green technology continues to gain popularity.
Jeep Wrangler - Off-Road & Amped Up
For our green-minded weekend warriors out there, Jeep is going off the beaten path this year and exploring a new world of hybrid technology. Undergoing its once-in-a-decade redesign, the upcoming Wrangler equips the iconic off-roader with a turbocharged 2.0-liter eTorque mild-hybrid drivetrain. While it's only a small step into the hybrid industry, the eTorque option already improves fuel efficiency to an indicated 26 mpg highway (a welcome change to the 2017 fuel-only model's 19 mpg). Outside of the engine, Jeep is outfitting its traditional truck with a high-strength steel frame and aluminum body, reducing weight by up to 200 lbs in the name of performance and efficiency. Plans are already set for the automaker's first plug-in hybrid by 2020, marking a new chapter in the race to electrifying vehicles as trucks and other heavy-hitters jump on board.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid - A Shocking Performance
When it comes to performance, few names come with a reputation as powerful as that of a Porsche, which makes their venture into the hybrid industry all the more electrifying. The 680-horsepower Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid stands at the forefront of Porsche's new, performane-oriented hybrid strategy, and has wowed showrooms with a sleek blend of both torque and tech. Quoting a 0-60 sprint of 4.4 seconds and maxing out at 172 mph, this amazing auto defies the odds with an overall indicated 53 mpg. The E-Hybrid seamlessly switches between drawing energy from a 14.1-KWh battery under the cargo and pulling from its 21.1-gallon gas tank, making it a perfectly viable, albeit tremendously powerful, way to get from A to B. Unfortunately, this kind of performance doesn't come without cost, as the Panamera's price tag might be the only thing to slow most consumers down. But even without sitting behind the wheel, it's easy to see why this has us revved up for the future of hybrid-electric vehicles.
As the auto world continues its fast-paced race to the future, we're excited to see the eco-friendly vehicles that will shift to the forefront in the coming years. We also know keeping up with technology can be hard, especially when it comes to big investments like new vehicles. Thankfully, our experts have the skills to handle not just green, but any shade of collision repair. Electric car or not, if trouble gives you a shock on the road, we'll be right there to restore the rhythm of your life and get you back behind the wheel.