Toyota didn’t invent the hybrid car, but they have done a great deal to drive the popularity of the segment to where it is today. The Prius was such a runaway success that, to this day, we still meet people who think that ‘Prius’ and ‘hybrid’ mean the same thing.
Today, however, the hybrid segment is a thriving, diverse field, and this year, for the first time, Hyundai and Kia are slated to offer as many hybrid and electric vehicles as Toyota. This comes just three years after Hyundai and Kia vowed to triple their number of green cars by 2020, and demonstrates the dedication Hyundai and Kia have to making engaging, efficient vehicles that sip gas and look good doing it.
Here’s what Hyundai and Kia’s green lineup looks like for 2017:
Hyundai Ioniq EV:
With 155 miles of range, Hyundai’s first electric vehicle looks set to give the EV market a serious jolt.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid:
Hyundai’s Prius fighter is shaping up to be more like a Prius destroyer; with 58 MPG and styling that manages to be both futuristic and classically elegant, you will likely be seeing these all over the place.
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid:
Slated for release in late-2017, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is expected to pair the spectacular fuel efficiency of the Ioniq Hybrid with 27 miles of pure electric range. Enough electric range to cover the average commute and a full tank of gas to let you take longer trips without recharging? That sounds like a win-win to us.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid:
The Sonata Hybrid is Hyundai’s answer to cars like the Toyota Camry Hybrid or Honda Accord Hybrid, and provides the MPG of a hybrid with the style and versatility of a conventional midsize sedan.
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid:
The Plug-in Sonata’s 27 miles of pure electric range puts it ahead of every car in its class before you even factor in its handsome figure and sumptuously comfortable interior.
And for KIA….
Kia Optima Hybrid:
What happens when you take one of America’s favorite sedans and give it a hybrid powertrain? You end up with the Optima Hybrid, the perfect union of eco-consciousness and style.
Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid:
Kia’s long awaited first plug-in hybrid is slated to arrive at dealerships this fall. Expect a similar all-electric range to the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.
The Niro has been in showrooms for about a month, and it’s already making tidal waves in the hybrid segment. Between its dashing good looks, 53 MPG, and unbelievable value proposition, the Niro is in position to dethrone the Prius before the Ioniq even gets a chance to.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid:
Here’s a new one to get excited about: Kia’s newest and most efficient hybrid vehicle will soon get a plug-in hybrid version, allowing drivers to use electricity around town and still get great gas mileage when the battery runs out.
Kia Soul EV:
Kia’s first EV, an 90-mile electric range version of the beloved Soul, is one of the best values in the EV segment. With enough range that the average driver could simply do their daily driving, plug their car in at night, and start over again the next day, the Soul EV is a great option for anyone looking to leave gas stations behind.
WOW! That’s 10 new green cars to talk about. With 2020 still a few years off, we expect Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis to introduce us to even more incredible green cars in the years to come!