13 Cheapest Hybrid Cars You Can Buy in 2021 (All Are Under $30,000)

2020 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius has long been a beacon of fuel economy. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The first hybrid car was developed in 1902 but the first company to mass produce the vehicle was Toyota with the Prius in 1997. Since, more than 6 million Prii have been sold globally.

Newsweek has gathered a list of the most affordable hybrids of 2022. All the models on this list are priced below $30,000 mark before destination and delivery fees have been added in.

The only hybrids considered for this list are traditional hybrids, not plug-ins or mild-hybrids.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2022 Toyota Corolla
The 2022 Toyota Corolla starts at $23,650. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Hybrid Starting Price: $23,650

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid wears the same body as its internal combustion engine counterpart, the Toyota Corolla. However, its badging features blue accents denoting its hybrid status. Toyota has installed a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine under the hood and paired it with two motors. The Corolla Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.

Honda Insight

2022 Honda Insight
The 2022 Honda Insight starts at $25,210. American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Hybrid Starting Price: $25,210

The 2022 Honda Insight wears LED headlights and taillights, daytime running lights with sweeping character lines, and alloy wheels. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor delivers fuel-saving performance. The Honda hybrid's high voltage batteries are made for long-term use and are covered by a eight year limited warranty. The 2022 Insight achieves an EPA-estimated 55 mpg combined.

Honda Accord Hybrid

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid starts at $26,570 American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Hybrid Starting Price: $26,570

The 2021 Honda Accord wears 19-inch alloy wheels and a redesigned front end that delivers a bolder sculpted look. The Accord Hybrid features a two-motor hybrid powertrain paired with an e-CVT transmission. The 2021 Accord houses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 48 mpg combined.

Ford Escape Hybrid

2021 Ford Escape Hyrbid
The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid starts off at $25,555. Ford Motor Company

Hybrid Starting Price: $25,555

The 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Titanium. They all have the same powertrain components under the hood — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine. The difference between the grades comes down to tech features and seating material. The Escape Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid starts at $23,550. Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid Starting Price: $23,550

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is among the cheapest models on the list. It features a fresh exterior that matches the seventh-generation Elantra's signature looks aside from specialty badging. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine calls the model home. The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts at $27,750. Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid Starting Price: $27,750

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is among the highest-priced hybrids on the list. A gloss black front grille, side-mirror-mounted LED turn-signal indicators, and a solar roof come standard in the Sonata Hybrid. Each Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that is impressively fuel efficient getting an EPA-estimated 49 mpg combined.

Kia Niro

2021 Kia Niro
The 2021 Kia Niro starts at $24,690. Kia America

Hybrid Starting Price: $24,690

The 2021 Kia Niro wears a black gloss radiator grill with a chrome lower trim and comes with an LED stop light integrated into the rear spoiler to add to the Niro's visibility and helps safety while under braking. The SUV comes with a 1.6-liter engine with its electric motor paired with a dual clutch six speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Niro achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hyrbid
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hyrbid starts at $23,400. Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid Starting Price: $23,400

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids, beating even the Prius. The Ioniq's exterior is highlighted by its mesh pattern grille, bold LED lights and eco-spoke wheels. The Ioniq Hybrid is comes with a standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 58 mpg combined.

Toyota Prius

2022 Toyota Prius
The 2022 Toyota Prius starts at $24,525. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Hybrid Starting Price: $24,525

The 2022 Toyota Prius comes in four trims: L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited, with only the Limited starts above $30,000. This hybrid combines active grille shutters, aero stabilizing fins and underbody panels to improve airflow around the vehicle, making it more fuel efficient. Under the hood there is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2022 Toyota Prius achieves an EPA-estimated 56 mpg combined.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The 2021 Toyota Camry starts at $27, 380. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Hybrid Starting Price: $27,380

The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid's design consists of sweeping curves and chiseled surfaces to complement its muscular build. It is only offered with a a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The 2022 Camry Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 45 mpg combined.

Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick XL
The 2022 Ford Maverick starts at $19,995 Ford Motor Company

Hyrbid Starting Price: $19,995

The 2022 Ford Maverick is the only truck to make this list and the first American pickup to come standard with a 2.5-liter full hybrid engine. The Ford Maverick has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and plenty of bed and backseat bin storage. The 2022 Maverick achieves an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.

Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tuscon
The 2022 Hyundai Tuscon starts at $24,950 Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid Starting Price: $24,950

The Hyundai Tucson underwent a full redesign for its 2022 model updating to a sleeker look. In addition to new fascia, the SUV now offers the convenience of a hands-free, gesture-free smart lift gate for rear entry and a roster of high-tech infotainment options. The 2022 Tucson comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.

Hyundai Santa Fe

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $27,200 Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid Starting Price: $27,200

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined. It also is available with all-wheel drive and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.