Big cars with big engines are so pre-millennium. Cars have increasingly been getting more efficient and friendlier to the environment, and technology is stepping up its game and becoming one with the driver. Regardless of your feelings for electric and hybrid cars, it’s becoming increasingly clear they’re the future. So no matter where you find yourself on the acceptance scale—denial, anger, despair—you may as well see what’s going on in the hybrid world. With that, we give you our top three 2018 hybrid picks.
2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid LUXE
Something about the notion of practical and eco-friendly doesn’t exactly conjure Infiniti to the forefront of our minds, but guess what, Infiniti is getting in on this hybrid/EV thing with the Q70. And we say, go Infiniti! The flagship sedan is now available with your choice of conventional and hybrid powertrains, and it’s a perfect marriage of luxury and environment-friendly. As hybrid drivetrains aren’t particularly known for their power, we’re pleasantly surprised with the hybrid’s 360 horsepower and available Eco Power to make it even more fuel-efficient. In 2018, all Infiniti Q70 models gain another inch to the infotainment display and a lengthy list of luxury features like a power moonroof, heated front and rear seats, Japanese ash wood trim, and more.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid LUXE MSRP starts at $56,400*
Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Infiniti dealership to schedule a test drive.
2018 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid Plug-In
No doubt, the word is out on the Chevrolet Volt. We selected this entry because it is a hybrid with one of the highest mileage ranges that can be achieved with a single fill-up and charge. In fact, you can go up to 420 miles with a full charge and fill-up, with up to 53 miles alone on 100 percent electric driving. The problem with the first generation of hybrids and electric vehicles was the number of miles a driver could go without having to stop to recharge was an issue, so we’re happy to see auto manufacturers working to constantly extend the number of possible miles per charge/fill-up. With the 2018 Volt, once you hit 53 electric miles, the system intuitively and seamlessly switches over to gas. This year’s Chevrolet Volt comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, LED lights, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, remote engine start, and more.
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt MSRP starts at $34,095*
Visit your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership to schedule a test drive.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) has both an electric motor and gas-powered engine, and a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. You can drive it all-electric for up to 47 miles, when the conventional engine kicks in, extending possible mileage to 340 miles. What’s remarkable about this entry into our top three 2018 hybrid picks is, you can charge the battery when the conventional engine is engaged. Also, get this, the regenerative brakes recharge your battery each time you tap the brakes. The 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV is available in two trim levels: standard and Touring, and there’s a full suite of safety features—Honda Sensing®—standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment center, heated front seats, and a slew of additional features.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid MSRP starts at $33,400*
Visit your local AutoNation Honda dealership to schedule a test drive.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.