By Jason Siu
Want to do your part in helping save the planet?
Whether you like it or not, electrification is here to stay as automakers not only use it to improve fuel efficiency but performance as well. And best of all, there are plenty more options available now, so you’re not stuck choosing between different versions of the Toyota Prius. And because green cars are becoming mainstream, they’re also becoming more affordable.
AutoGuide.com rounded up the top 10 cheapest green cars currently available, ranging from hybrids to all-electric vehicles.
10. Kia Optima Hybrid
Priced from $26,890 in the U.S. and $31,555 in Canada, the Kia Optima Hybrid is a great option if you’re looking for a car with more conventional styling. The sedan has a combined system output of 192 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway for a 42-mpg combined rating.
9. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Offering a combined system output of 193 hp, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is priced from $26,885 in the U.S. and $31,454 in Canada. According to the EPA, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid owners can expect to see 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway for a 42-mpg combined rating.
8. Ford Fusion Hybrid
If you prefer a midsize sedan from an American automaker, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is an attractive choice, starting from $26,170 in the U.S. and $25,538 in Canada. With a combined system output of 188 hp, the Fusion Hybrid gets 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway for a 42-mpg combined rating.
7. Ford C-Max Hybrid
It may be easy to forget that the Ford C-Max Hybrid exists, but if you want a green compact hatchback, it’s one of the cheaper options. Priced from $25,050 in the U.S. and $29,178 in Canada, the C-Max Hybrid also offers a combined system output of 188 hp while returning 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway for a 40-mpg combined rating.
6. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
One of the more affordable all-electric vehicles available, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive costs $24,550 in the U.S. while official Canadian pricing has not been announced for the newest model. It’s rated at 80 hp and gets an estimated 70 to 80 miles on a single charge.
5. Toyota Prius
Arguably the most famous hybrid in the history of green cars, the Toyota Prius is competitively priced from $24,360 in the U.S. and $28,905 in Canada. Although underpowered compared to other hybrids available with 121 hp, the Prius is attractive for those looking to maximize fuel efficiency with 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway for a 52-mpg combined rating.
4. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The other all-electric vehicle on the list is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV that is admittedly outdated when it comes to electrified vehicles. Still, it’s affordable with a price of $23,845 in the U.S. and $29,698 in Canada. Unfortunately, the i-MiEV’s electric motor only provides 66 hp and the car returns 62 miles on a single charge.
3. Kia Niro
The Kia Niro has been a pleasant surprise for crossover shoppers looking for a capable hybrid. Offering combined system output of 139 hp, the Niro starts from $23,785 in the U.S. and $26,735 in Canada. The crossover is good for 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway for a 50-mpg combined rating.
2. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
One of the newest entries to the green car segment is the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, a vehicle designed from the ground up to be electrified. The Ioniq lineup also offers a plug-in hybrid and fully electric model, but the standard hybrid is most affordable with a $23,085 price tag in the U.S. and $26,004 in Canada. The Ioniq Hybrid returns 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway for a 58-mpg combined rating, making it extremely competitive along with its combined system output of 139 hp.
1. Toyota Prius c
The cheapest green car available today is the compact Toyota Prius c, starting from $21,035 in the U.S. and $23,690 in Canada. The hatchback offers a combined system output of 99 hp while returning 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway for a 46-mpg combined rating.