Due to the recent hikes in gas prices and continued conversations around the health of our planet, many consumers and manufacturers have begun to explore self-sustaining technologies and renewable sources of energy. This is precisely why hybrid vehicles have been such a great hit during the last ten years. In fact, hybrid sales have almost doubled since 2010, going from 274,000 to almost 454,000 in 2020.
One of the most important selling points of hybrids is the money customers can save in gas purchases alone; hence, most people looking for a hybrid would elect to conserve their money. Contrary to popular belief, one doesn't have to sacrifice the fuel economy and affordable price tag of hybrids in order to drive a fast car.
Though the main selling point of Hybrids has never been their acceleration or top speed, these affordable 2022 Compact Cars and SUV's prove that hybrids can compete with, and at times outperform, their gas-only cousins in both speed and power.
11 Chrysler Pacifica
At a $43,000 MSRP is the only hybrid minivan on the list, and it surprisingly packs a powerful kick. The minivan's acceleration to 60mp from a standstill took only 7.4 seconds, and it completed a quarter of a mile in 15.8, only slightly behind the next sedan in the list.
With its unreal combined 84 MPGe, this ride ensures the whole family can zoom down the highway in class while saving precious bucks on gas.
10 Lexus ES
Lexus is one of the most underrated luxury brands ever; however they always deliver some impressive machines. With an MSRP of $41,000, this hybrid can go 0 to 60 in a solid 7.3 seconds and can cover a quarter of a mile in about 15.7 seconds.
Obviously not the main focus this 44 MPG hybrid luxury car, the acceleration and speed of the vehicle are a welcomed perk for customers. Be sure to pick up the 300h F Sport package for this impressive boost to performance.
9 Hyundai Tuscon
The Toyota Tuscon Limited Hybrid goes 0 to 60 in 7.1 second, 1.7 seconds faster than its own non-hybrid version. With a top speed around 122 mph, the $29,000 car can cover a quarter of a mile in around 15.4 seconds.
While very fast for a hybrid SUV, the Tuscon Hybrid ends up slightly sacrificing its fuel efficiency, coming in at around 38 MPG.
8 Honda Accord
Considered one of the best accords in years thanks to its newly optimized engine, this $27,000 Accord is the quintessential hybrid car. The first entry to come in lower than 7 seconds for a 0-60 test, the fan favorite Accord sits at a formidable 6.7s with a quarter-mile time of 15.4s.
In addition to a comfortable interior and smart controls, this hasted hybrid manages to save those precious dollars with 48 MPG both on and off the highway due to its light body.
7 Lexus RX 450h
Beating out the accord by .2 of a second, and priced at $48,000 is the Lexus RX 450. Thanks to the 4DR SUV AWD package, this beast can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.5 seconds. Additionally, the quarter-mile-time on this car is at an intimidating 14.5 seconds, thanks to its 3.5L 6CY GAS/ELECTRIC HYBRID CVT engine.
Though all the hybrid RX 450h models are quite fast, the 4DR successfully sheds some excess features of the luxury packages to excel in both speed and acceleration.
6 BMW 330e XDrive
In fourth place is the first Plug-In hybrid of the list, and the difference in speed is quite apparent. Though some believe Plug-ins are made obsolete by electric vehicles, the integration of a separate electric motor charging port with a gas tank has pushed newer models into a league of their own. These new features do mean that the prices for these vehicles are much higher, with the 330e barely making the cut at $47,000.
Clocking in at 5.7 seconds for a 0-60 mph test run, this car can cover 1/4 of a mile in just 13.7s. All of this is on top of its unreal 80 MPG-e fuel efficiency, just don't forget to stop for gas and electricity.
5 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The new plug-in-hybrid RAV4 Prime is not just the fastest version of the RAV4 ever produced, but it's also currently the fastest Toyota SUV on the market. It's even quicker than the GR86 and Yaris GR, both of which are track-ready sports cars. It will do 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.
This is all thanks to a 302-horsepower hybrid drivetrain utilizing two permanent magnet synchronous motors and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The most surprising part is the RAV4 Prime's price tag, which comes in at just $39,800.
3 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid
Going from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, the Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In could leave certain muscle and sports cars in its electricity-infused dust. Being one of the fastest hybrids on the market, it is unbelievable that this car costs a moderate $39,000.
Though the RAV4 has the Santa Fe beat in fuel efficiency, this plug-then-drive monster still manages to achieve a supple 79 MPGe.
2 Toyota Camry
The fastest true hybrid on the list is everyone's favorite Toyota Camry at $27,000, and it lives up to Toyota's title of "the best hybrid brand ever". Though popular culture attributes the car to average "Joes" living in boring towns, this baby has some real speed and is one of the most affordable. The Camry can reach 60 mph from a standstill in lightning 5.2 seconds.
With the ability to get 51 miles per gallon, it's hard to find something that's not ideal in this car. Be sure to pick up the LE 4DR package for the most power and speed.
1 2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid
Coming in at 1st place is the wickedly quick Volvo S60 at an MSRP of $47,000. With a 0 to 60 acceleration of 4.3 seconds, it would be hard to find worthy competition on any given intersection. Its 13.1 second quarter-mile time proves that this car accelerates quickly and never truly slows down.
The car also sports a comfortable 69 MPGe both in the city and on the highway, making it the perfect car for fans of speed and the environment.