It’s rare that hybrids and electric vehicles are associated with words such as “sexy” or “provocative,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that sexy vehicles that are also fuel-efficient don’t exist. In fact, we’re here to prove that there are actually an array of options available to people who want to blend an alluring look and performance with savings at the pump. For those very individuals, we have compiled our list of the top five sexiest certified pre-owned hybrid/electric vehicles.
2013 Chevrolet Volt
- When examining the Volt’s interior, the appearance of modern design and quality materials reveals itself. Per Kelley Blue Book, “With its cool and elegant styling, and even more cool and elegant interior, the 2013 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid not only makes a statement about your environmental consciousness, it also says something about your good taste and appreciation for style.”
- Though it’s a resides in a clear second tier behind the Prius and its prodigious cargo volume for a hybrid or electric vehicle, the Volt very capably seats a family of four and offers 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space; large enough to solidly fit two bags of golf clubs.
- The Volt comes with excellent crash test scores, scoring an overall rating of five stars (the highest possible) in government crash tests.
- “[The 2013 Chevrolet Volt] has all the conveniences you’d expect in a compact car, plus some you wouldn’t. It’s fast, it rides well, it costs only pennies to run on electric power, and it’s enormously smooth and quiet.”
2013 Lexus CT 200h
- What it may lack in relative quickness, the CT 200h makes up for in fuel economy, boasting 43 mpg city and 40 mpg hwy, making it the most fuel-efficient hybrid with luxury billing.
- With an engine similarly constructed to that of the Prius, it’s no wonder that the Lexus CT 200h possesses identical juice, generating 134 horsepower to the front-wheel drive system.
- The CT 200h’s “driver-friendly” cabin makes it perhaps the most ergonomically designed vehicle in its segment.
- Says Edmunds: “The 2013 Lexus CT 200h stands out in the premium compact segment thanks to its high fuel economy, sporty handling and attractive price.”
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
- Predominantly powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine generating 166 horsepower, the Sonata Hybrid resides along the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to hybrids with vigor. When coupled with its electric motor, the Sonata Hybrid tops out at 206 horsepower. Its 0 to 60 split is identical to that of the Fusion Hybrid.
- The Sonata Hybrid’s impressive powertrain is curbed some by the vehicle’s comparative disadvantage in fuel economy with competitors in its class. The EPA estimates the Sonata Hybrid’s fuel economy to be around 34 mpg city/39 mpg hwy.
- Though the Sonata Hybrid has received some demerits due to a somewhat clumsy breaking system, the standard safety features on the vehicle rate rather highly, garnering a five-star rating for overall crash protection in government safety tests.
- Says Edmunds: “The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid seemingly has all the right stuff, but quirky driving dynamics keep it from being a top contender among fuel-efficient hybrid-powered family sedans.”
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
- The interior of the Accord Hybrid is outfitted with an “elegant” cockpit design to go along with high quality materials that give the Accord Hybrid a luxurious look and feel.
- When measured against the standard Accord, the Accord Hybrid’s cargo space falls bit a shy of its strictly gas-powered sibling. The 12.7 cubic feet of storage space available is on par with other hybrid sedan competitors, however the Accord Hybrid lacks the kind of depth in the trunk that enable it to standout more amongst its rivals across all fuel types.
- Per Edmunds: “Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room — the sedan’s backseat is arguably best-in-class with its combination of space and comfort. We’re also fond of the clear outward visibility afforded by the Accord’s design.”
- Says AutoTrader: “All Accord Hybrid models include luxury features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch center screen,Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot camera and keyless access with a push-button ignition.”
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
- Equipped with abundant high-tech features, a spacious interior and an engaging, comfortable ride, the Fusion Hybrid provides an impressive sense of luxury for a modestly priced midsize sedan.
- Utilizing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 156 horsepower, the Fusion Hybrid jumps up to 191 horsepower when coupled with its electric motor, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 8.7 seconds – quick for its class.
- Getting 41 mpg city/36 mpg hwy, the Fusion Hybrid is a great option for individuals who log the majority of their miles traversing around town.
- Per Kelley Blue Book: “If you’re looking for a safe, reliable family sedan that has a bit of an edge in both the styling and handling departments, the 2012 Ford Fusion deserves a test drive.”