The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle.

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Don’t be fooled by its name. The Crosstrek Hybrid might sound like a conventional no-plug hybrid, but it’s only available as a plug-in with an estimated all-electric range of 17 miles. The Crosstrek utilizes Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system found in the Prius Prime. Choosing the Crosstrek over the Prius Prime adds several thousand dollars to the price and reduces the EV range. But compared to the conventional Crosstrek, the capable, all-wheel-drive plug-in elevates the fuel efficiency for local commutes to 90 MPGe.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe. In the United States, it’s not nearly as popular, despite serving as the only all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid SUV not in the luxury market. It’s priced at around $30,000 after federal incentives. The Outlander’s all-electric range, at 22 miles, is enough for a lot of commuters—although the build quality of the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is below the level of most plug-in cars.

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The stylish MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 provides a spirited ride while relying purely on electricity for about 18 miles and at speeds up to 78 miles per hour. The all-wheel-drive car is not only zero-emissions for local driving, but it’s fun to pilot. Its 224-horsepower powertrain delivers zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds. If you’re looking for more electric range, the MINI lineup will be joined by a 150-mile all-electric Cooper SE in early 2020.

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The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and a compliant ride. However, the Optima is in the middle of a crowded pack of midsize sedans—a category led by models such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6. Also, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is more expensive than the Kia Niro crossover and Hyundai Ioniq hatchbacks, as well as the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which all offer similar levels of all-electric range for less money.

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The affordable Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is a practical, crossover-like hatchback with outstanding fuel economy and ample passenger room. It sports a handsome look and comfortable ride while granting 29 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

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The Hyundai Ioniq is the least expensive plug-in hybrid you can buy. The starting price is $26,300 before a $4,543 federal tax credit and local incentives. That’s an excellent price for a fun-to-drive hatchback that can travel its first 29 miles without using any gasoline. Commuters looking for an affordable, comfortable, and emissions-free daily ride should take a serious look at the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid.

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Hyundai’s aerodynamic and attractive compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 170 miles. The starting price for the Ioniq EV is just over $31,200 before incentives. That makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles. However, its 170-mile range is well below battery-powered models that cost a few thousand dollars more. Those competitors include the Hyundai Kona Electric SUV, which sells for about $38,000 while providing 259 miles of range.

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Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a spacious plug-in hybrid that provides 48 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine is used. Then it becomes an efficient hybrid sedan offering 42 miles per gallon. Pure EV and fuel-cell versions of the Clarity are also available—but only in California and Oregon. With the demise of the Chevy Volt, the Clarity becomes the king of EV range among plug-in hybrids.

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The Chrysler Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan available today. Fortunately, it’s a class-leader with all the desired comfort and convenience of a great family hauler. The Pacifica matches or beats the style, spaciousness, and handling of its gas-powered minivan rivals. And the Pacifica offers the ability to travel about 32 miles purely on electricity and without emissions.

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