9 Best Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
Thanks to groundbreaking advancements in recent years, choosing to drive an electric vehicle no longer has to mean sacrificing on eye-catching style, invigorating performance, or cutting-edge technology. With more and more manufacturers fielding electric variants in their lineup, choosing between them can prove to be difficult. Germain Cars is here to help make your decision easier. We’ve selected our top picks across a variety of vehicle types and brands to help you choose the one which best fits your lifestyle and budget.
|Vehicle||Starting MSRP||Combined MPGe||EV Range|
|2019 Audi e-tron||$74,800||74||204 Miles|
|2020 Honda Insight||$22,930||52||1 Mile|
|2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC||$50,650||56||28 Miles|
|2020 Porsche Taycan||$103,800||TBD||279 Miles|
|2020 Toyota Prius Prime||$27,750||133||25 Miles|
|2020 BMW i3||$44,450||109 (when equipped with Range Extender)||Up to 180 Miles (when equipped with Range Extender)|
|2020 Jaguar I-PACE||$69,500||76||Up to 240 Miles|
|2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV||$79,000||TBD||22 Miles|
2019 Audi e-tron
Combined MPGe: 74
EV Range: 204 Miles
Get ready for an entirely new way to experience all-electric travel with the striking 2019 Audi e-tron. Engineered with Audi DNA, the all-new e-tron delivers inspired performance with extended range capability, legendary quattro® all-wheel drive, and spacious room to suit your everyday life. Eye-catching styling accents include an ingenious Singleframe® grille, elegant LED taillights, and optional 21-inch alloy wheels for a powerful stance on the road. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by an upscale interior with room for up to 5 passengers along with 57 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the standard 40/20/40 rear seatbacks lowered.
Owning an electric vehicle means no longer having to sacrifice on capability or performance. While the Audi e-tron can rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5.5 seconds, you’ll also have the ability to tow up to an impressive 4,000 pounds. Its specialized air suspension offers driver their choice of 5 individual modes including an off-road setting for conquering rough terrain. A low drag coefficient of 0.30, perfected center of gravity, and instant torque response from two electric motors not only create an exhilarating experience behind the wheel — the all-new e-tron can travel an estimated 160 miles on just a 30-minute charge.
- Dual asynchronous electric motors with quattro® all-wheel drive
- Audi adaptive air suspension
- Eight-way power heated and ventilated front seats with driver’s seat memory
- MMI® navigation plus with Audi connect®
- Bang & Olufsen® 3D premium sound system
- Top view camera with virtual 3D
2020 Honda Insight
Combined MPGe: 52
EV Range: 1 Mile
Smart, stylish, and efficient – the Honda Insight offers an appealing blend of everything drivers have been searching for in a compact hybrid sedan. Power comes in the form of a third-generation Honda two-motor hybrid system that delivers a total of 151 net system horsepower. The Insight operates as a “series hybrid” which means that its gasoline engine is solely responsible for producing electricity instead of sending power to the wheels. Offering a departure from the typical bland styling associated with hybrid sedans, the Honda Insight offers flowing lines and a chiseled hood to help it stand out from the ordinary.
Inside the cabin, the Insight provides you with the latest in technological innovations to enhance your daily drive. The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic ensures that you’ll always arrive at your destination on time and safely. Speaking of safety, every Insight comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features. With a 52 combined MPG fuel economy rating, the Honda Insight is the perfect choice for those who crave efficiency and value without making any compromises on style.
- 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack with a total system output of 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of electric motor torque
- Three selectable driving modes – ECON, Sport, and EV
- Standard Honda Sensing®️ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
- Available next-generation HondaLink®️ subscription services and HomeLink®️ Remote System
- Optional 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™️ and Android Auto™️ integration
- Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™️, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC
Combined MPGe: 56
EV Range: 28 Miles
Craving a luxurious SUV that offers the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid? Mercedes-Benz has the answer with the GLC 350e 4MATIC. Drivers will experience the all-weather confidence from the proven Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. You can enjoy up to 28 miles of all-electric range, less than 2.5 hours of charge time using a Level 2 connection, and a total system output of 315 horsepower. Offering more horsepower than the standard GLC, the GLC 350e also delivers a 56 combined MPG rating.
From its eye-catching exterior styling to a luxuriously-appointed interior, the GLC 350e 4MATIC redefines what it means to drive a plug-in hybrid crossover. Sophisticated design elements found inside the cabin include Natural Grain Brown Ash wood trim, a 14-way power driver seat with memory, 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A standard 7.0-inch color display and a central controller on the console serve as your hub for infotainment inside the GLC 350e 4MATIC.
- 2.0L inline-4 turbo with 85kW electric motor – 315 horsepower combined system output
- Machine-finished 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels
- Radar-based Regenerative Braking System
- Natural Grain Brown Ash wood trim
- SmartKey with KEYLESS-START
- COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS with Crosswind Assist
2020 Porsche Taycan
Total Range: 279 Miles
0-60 Time: 2.6 seconds (with Launch Control)
Perfected on the racetrack and bred for the roadways, the striking Porsche Taycan is an exhibition of the brand’s commitment to electrifying the future of performance driving. Pushing the limits of what an EV powertrain is capable of, the Taycan offers a top speed of up to 161 MPH and a combined system output of 750 horsepower. A cleverly-positioned battery is found in the underbody of the Taycan, helping it achieve an optimized center of gravity.
This same battery position allows for groundbreaking inductive charging capability. With the release of this upcoming feature expected soon, simply park the Taycan above the coil installed in your garage floor for power to be transferred wirelessly into the vehicle. Porsche Turbo Charging allows the Taycan to use 270kW DC charging stations which restore 80% of capacity within 22.5 minutes. Inside the Taycan, an ingenious eye-tracking system uses camera sensors to identify exactly which instrument the driver is viewing. Cockpit design elements are inspired by the very first Porsche 911. The Porsche Taycan is expected to set the benchmark for the high-performance electric sports sedan.
- Acceleration 0-60 MPH – 2.6 seconds (with Launch Control)
- Power – 560 kW (Up to 750 horsepower)
- Range – 279 Miles
- Charging – Available Porsche Turbo Charging
- Top speed – 161 MPH
2020 Toyota Prius Prime
Combined MPGe: 133
EV Range: 25 Miles
As the most efficient Toyota hybrid ever, the Prius Prime has the power to run in either EV or hybrid driving modes. With a total driving range of up to 640 miles, the Prius Prime raises the bar for efficiency. Lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics, and proven hybrid technology prove help you get the most out of every mile. Offering more than efficiency, the Prius Prime also offers eye-catching styling elements which include standard LED lighting, alloy wheels, and a carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer rear hatch.
Innovative technology features include an available 11.6-inch HD multimedia display, Intelligent Drive Coach, and a Remote Climate App each offer convenience and control not found in many hybrid vehicles. Driver-assistive features such as Intelligent Clearance Sonar, Intelligent Parking Assist, and a backup camera help take the guesswork out of backing out of a tight parking spot. Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) provides greater peace of mind and confidence behind the wheel of the Toyota Prius Prime.
- Hybrid system net power: 121 horsepower (90 kW)
- Standard outlet /240V (public charging) charging capabilities
- 640-mile EPA-estimated total driving range
- Quad-LED projector headlights with auto on/off feature
- Carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer rear hatch
2020 BMW i3
Combined MPGe: 109 (when equipped with Range Extender)
EV Range: Up to 180 Miles (when equipped with Range Extender)
As the first fully-electric vehicle in the storied history of the BMW brand, the i3 boasts cutting-edge design, nimble handling, and the efficiency to transform a mundane commute into an adventurous experience. When equipped with the available Range Extender, the i3 has the ability to travel up to 180 miles solely using electric power. The i3 has the ability to charge with a standard household outlet (Level 1), a home-installed or public 7.4 kW charging station (Level 2), and can even receive an 80% charge in just 30 minutes at a 50 kW public fast charging station.
Perfect for the eco-conscious driver, the BMW i3 is assembled in an emissions-free factory and uses sustainably-grown fibers and premium materials throughout the interior. A lighter, stronger alternative to steel — the body of the i3 features carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). Bold exterior colors help your BMW i3 reflect a personality as unique as your own.
- AC Synchronous Electric Motor with integrated power electronics – combined system output of 170 horsepower
- BMW Navigation Business system with iDrive Controller and 6.5-inch high-resolution screen
- J1772 AC Fast charging (7.4 kW) and DC Fast charging capability (SAE Combo connector)
- BMW i Turbine light alloy wheels
- Comfort Access keyless entry with multi-function remote control
2020 Jaguar I-PACE
Combined MPGe: 76
EV Range: Up to 240 Miles
When designing the I-PACE, engineers worked tirelessly to ensure that the vehicle retains all of the iconic drive characteristics of a Jaguar. Inspiring to look at and thrilling to drive, the I-PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) which offers a 240-mile EV range and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. Two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors work in tandem to provide power that’s both smooth and responsive. The I-PACE can achieve a 0-80% charge in 85 minutes using a 50 kW DC rapid charger commonly found at most public charging stations.
Despite its compact footprint on the exterior, this impressive Jaguar can seat up to five passengers while still offering 25.3 cubic feet of rear cargo capacity. The interior features flowing lines, a simplistic dashboard layout, and tactile features for superior usability. A standard Touch Pro® Duo infotainment system keeps you in-sync with 4G Wi-Fi capability along with an array of connectivity features.
- Two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, 90 kWh battery, and All-Wheel Drive – total system output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque
- Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen
- Centrally-mounted 12.3-inch high-definition Interactive Driver Display
- Meridian Surround Sound System with Trifield™ technology
- Optional Jaguar Activity Key
2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV
Combined MPGe: TBA
EV Range: 22 Miles
While known for their go-anywhere off-road capabilities, the Range Rover lineup has a fresh face that’s also easier on the environment. The Range Rover Sport PHEV is powered by an advanced 2.0L Turbocharged Plug-In Hybrid I4 powertrain that offers up to 31 miles of pure electric range. Innovative capabilities of this sophisticated system include Journey Charging, Destination Charging, and Timed Charging to help you maximize every bit of power. Using Timed Charging, only 8 hours are required to receive a full charge using a home charging cable.
In keeping with the iconic Range Rover tradition of conquering the most inhospitable environments across the globe, the Range Rover Sport PHEV delivers 33.4 inches of wading depth. Short front and rear overhangs allow it to tread confidently where other SUVs fear to travel. The Land Rover Terrain Response System adds even more capability to the adventurous Range Rover Sport PHEV. Step inside and you’ll find a collection of infotainment options including standard Touch Pro™ Duo with Intelligent Plug-In Hybrid Display.
The Germain Motor Company is proud to unveil Jaguar Easton’s collaboration with Smart Columbus. Together, our goal is to grow the Columbus region’s charging infrastructure while getting our local community excited about EV technology at the same time. Not only does it have a positive impact on our environment, but energy efficiency is also encouraging more and more drivers to make the switch to all-electric commuting. Through this partnership, we share a bright vision for the future of mobility in Columbus and we have big plans to make it a reality.