Hybrid and electric vehicles are in demand due to rising gas prices this year. For consumers considering buying one, US News and World Report released a list of the top picks after evaluating 82 vehicles across eight categories.
While Tesla may be synonymous with electric vehicles in many people’s minds, Toyota had the most first places of any brand. He won the prize for best hybrid car with the Toyota Prius and the prize for best hybrid SUV with the RAV4 Hybrid.
The Kia EV6 won the best electric car award, the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid won the best plug-in hybrid award and the Volvo S60 won the best luxury plug-in hybrid award.
“The 2022 Kia EV6 has a long driving range, smooth handling, many active safety features and a premium cabin with comfortable seats, but also a fairly small cargo space,” the judges wrote. “The all-new 2022 Tucson Hybrid has a lively powertrain, a chic interior, two rows of spacious, comfortable seats and an excellent safety rating. For these reasons and more, it ranks high near the pinnacle of the hybrid SUV class.”
Tesla did win in one of the categories, with the Tesla Model Y being named Best Luxury Electric SUV. The Lexus ES Hybrid – another Toyota product – was named Best Luxury Hybrid.
Increase in demand
US News selected the winners of the 2022 Best Hybrid and Electric Cars based on a combination of the cars’ overall score from the US News Best Car Rankings, starting price, Level 2 charging speed, fuel economy and range data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) ).
The judges looked at data for 82 luxury and mainstream hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars. Within each of the eight categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score won the category.
“The demand for electric vehicles has increased significantly and they are more attractive than ever as gas prices rise and consumers look for cars with a low carbon footprint,” said Jim Sharifi, editor-in-chief of US News Best Cars. “The winners of the best hybrid and electric car awards offer a rewarding ownership experience, as well as low emissions and fuel costs.”
Good luck finding one to buy
Finding one of these cars can be difficult due to their sudden popularity and the shortage of new cars, which may not end soon. Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama, said this week that the industry is still hampered by a shortage of computer chips.
Puckett said the shortage of computer chips has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, as the country is a major supplier of materials needed to manufacture chips.
“Supply is still a challenge, it’s still a struggle with chips,” Puckett said at an event in Huntsville, Ala. “I think it will take a while. And it won’t be a solution that a car manufacturer finds in the coming months. So it remains a challenge.”