Best Hybrid Sedans for 2024 and 2025 Australia


Car and Driver’s rankings come from testing over 400 vehicles every year and from our experts’ real-world driving experiences. We’ve picked the best hybrid sedans by looking at around 200 factors like speed, handling, comfort, storage space, fuel efficiency, value, and how fun they are to drive.

Best Hybrid Sedans for 2024 and 2025 Australia

We work hard on these rankings so you have all the details you need about the cars you’re interested in. This list includes regular hybrids, but we rate plug-in hybrids in a separate list.

1. 2024 Honda Accord / Accord Hybrid

Even with the popularity of SUVs, there’s still a need for a good, affordable mid-size family sedan, and the 2024 Honda Accord is the best choice. The basic models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but most will have a fuel-efficient hybrid engine. All models are front-wheel drive.


The Accord got a redesign last year, and it looks better than ever. Inside, it has spacious seating for five, a large trunk, and all the latest tech features. What really stands out is how well it drives, with smooth steering, a comfortable ride, and easy handling.

It’s a complete package, which is why it’s on our 10Best Cars and Editors’ Choice lists for 2024.

Feature2023 Honda Accord EX2023 Honda Accord Touring Hybrid
Vehicle TypeFront-engine, Front-wheel driveFront-engine, Front-motor, Front-wheel drive
EngineTurbocharged 1.5L I42.0L I4 Atkinson + Electric Motor
Horsepower192 hp204 hp (combined)
Torque192 lb-ft247 lb-ft (combined)
TransmissionContinuously variableDirect drive
0-60 mph7.3 sec6.5 sec
Fuel Economy (Combined)32 mpg44 mpg
Fuel Economy (Highway)37 mpg41 mpg
Curb Weight3,239 lb3,525 lb

2. 2024 Toyota Prius

Saving money on gas has always been a good idea, but it hasn’t always looked cool. The redesigned Toyota Prius is changing that. The new Prius has front-wheel drive and 194 horsepower, with an option for all-wheel drive that gives it a small boost to 196 horsepower.

There’s also the Prius Prime, a plug-in hybrid version with 220 horsepower, which we review separately.

For the first time, the Prius is stylish and fun to drive, while still offering great fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 56 mpg on the highway.

It’s ahead of its competitors like the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid and Toyota’s own Corolla Hybrid, with a hybrid Honda Civic coming soon. Surprisingly, the Prius is now a fun and cool choice, earning it a spot on the 2024 10Best Cars list and our 2024 Editors’ Choice list.

Vehicle Typefront-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Base/As Tested$35,560/$35,560
EngineDOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 150 hp, 139 lb-ft
Electric Motors2 AC motors (combined output: 194 hp)
Battery Pack0.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (C/D est)
Transmissioncontinuously variable automatic
Suspension (Front/Rear)struts/multilink
Brakes (Front/Rear)11.1-in vented disc/11.0-in disc
TiresMichelin Primacy All Season, 195/50R-19 88H M+S
Wheelbase108.3 in
Length181.1 in
Width70.2 in
Height56.3 in
Passenger Volume91 ft3
Cargo Volume20 ft3
Curb Weight3199 lb
0-60 mph7.1 sec
Quarter Mile15.5 sec @ 92 mph
100 mph18.8 sec
Rolling Start, 5-60 mph8.1 sec
Top Gear, 30-50 mph4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50-70 mph5.0 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd)115 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad0.87 g
Observed Fuel Economy45 mpg
EPA Combined/City/Highway52/52/52 mpg

3. 2025 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid might not be the most exciting car, but it’s popular because it’s affordable, spacious, and efficient. For 2025, this family sedan has a new look and now only comes with two hybrid engine options.

It can have front- or all-wheel drive and produces up to 232 horsepower. Toyota might also release a more powerful plug-in-hybrid version called the Camry Prime. The interior has been updated with modern technology and a design inspired by the larger Crown sedan.

Despite these changes, the Camry Hybrid remains a mid-size car aimed at competing with the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

2025 Toyota Camryfront-engine, front- or front- and rear-motor, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICEFWD: LE, $29,495; SE, $31,795; XLE, $34,495; XSE, $35,695 AWD: LE, $31,020; SE, $33,320; XLE, $36,020; XSE, $37,220
POWERTRAINSFWD: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 184 hp, 163 lb-ft + 2 AC motors, 134 hp, 153 lb-ft (combined output: 225 hp; 0.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack); continuously variable automatic transmission AWD: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 184 hp, 163 lb-ft + 3 AC motors; front: 134 hp, 153 lb-ft; rear: 40 hp, 62 lb-ft (combined output: 232 hp; 0.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack); continuously variable front/direct-drive rear transmissions
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 111.2 in\nLength: 193.5 in\nWidth: 72.4 in\nHeight: 56.9 in\nPassenger Volume, F/R: 53–54/46 ft3\nTrunk Volume: 15 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3500–3800 lbPERFORMANCE (C/D EST)\n60 mph: 7.3–7.6 sec\n1/4-Mile: 15.4–15.6 sec\nTop Speed: 115 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)Combined/City/Highway: 44–51/44–53/43–50 mpg

4. 2024 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata adds some excitement to family sedans, hoping to stand out from the rest. The latest version features new front and rear bumpers, updated headlights and taillights, and significant interior upgrades.

It keeps its existing engines: a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 290-hp turbo four-cylinder in the N Line model. Now, cars with the non-turbo engine can also come with all-wheel drive. The fuel-efficient 192-hp Sonata Hybrid is still available.

While it doesn’t handle as well as the Honda Accord, its stylish design and great value make it a top choice for family sedans, earning it a spot on our 2024 Editors’ Choice list.

Vehicle Typefront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Price (Base/As Tested)$33,390/$33,600
Engineturbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4
* Displacement98 in3, 1598 cm3
* Power180 hp @ 5500 rpm
* Torque195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Transmission8-speed automatic
* Suspension (Front/Rear)struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar / multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
* Brakes (Front/Rear)12.0-in vented disc / 11.2-in vented disc
* TiresPirelli P Zero All Season 245/40R-19 94W M+S
* Wheelbase111.8 in
* Length192.9 in
* Width73.2 in
* Height56.9 in
* Passenger Volume (Front/Rear)62/42 ft3
* Trunk Volume16 ft3
* Curb Weight3350 lb
* 0-30 mph2.6 sec
* 0-60 mph7.1 sec
* 0-100 mph18.4 sec
* 1/4-Mile15.5 sec @ 92 mph
* 70-0 mph Braking175 ft
* Roadholding0.86 g
* Observed30 mpg
* 75-mph Highway Driving36 mpg
* EPA Combined/City/Highway31/27/37 mpg

5. 2024 Hyundai Elantra

The 2024 Elantra is a small car that’s great for people buying their first car. It’s fuel-efficient and easy to park. But it’s not just practical—it’s also stylish and offers good value. The outside looks cool and the inside is roomy for its size. You can get a hybrid version that’s even more fuel-efficient.

The regular version has a 2.0-liter engine that’s okay, but the N-Line model has a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that’s a bit more fun. However, it’s not as exciting to drive as some other cars like the Honda Civic or Mazda 3.

If you’re really into performance, there’s a special Elantra N model, but it’s more expensive.

Vehicle TypeFront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedanFront-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Price (Base/As Tested)$26,455/$26,610$29,105/$29,260
EngineDOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 2.0LDOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 2.0L + AC motor
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm139 hp (combined)
Torque132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm195 lb-ft (combined)
TransmissionContinuously variable automatic6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Highway)35/31/41 mpg50/49/52 mpg
Observed Fuel Economy35 mpg40 mpg
0-60 mph8.1 sec8.4 sec
Curb Weight2895 lb3088 lb

6. 2024 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is not designed to impress or excite you. Instead, it focuses on providing a safe and predictable ride for any distance you travel. It’s not built for high performance, except for a special version called the GR Corolla.

The most powerful engine it offers has 169 horsepower, which is not very energetic. Compared to other cars like the Honda Civic or Mazda 3, the Corolla feels slower. You can get the Corolla as either a sedan with four doors or a hatchback with five doors. The sedan even comes with a hybrid engine option that saves a lot of fuel.

Feature2023 Corolla Hybrid SE AWD2019 Corolla Hatchback SE
Vehicle TypeFront-engine, AWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedanFront-engine, FWD, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Price (Base/As Tested)$27,610/$28,615$22,010/$23,805
Powertrain1.8L I4 + 3 AC motors (134 hp combined), CVT2.0L I4 (168 hp), CVT
TransmissionContinuously variable automaticContinuously variable automatic
Fuel Economy (EPA Combined/City/Highway)44/47/41 mpg36/32/42 mpg
Fuel Economy (C/D 75-mph Highway)40 mpg40 mpg
0-60 mph9.0 sec8.3 sec
Top Speed107 mph (gov. limited)114 mph (gov. limited)
Curb Weight3,218 lb3,029 lb
Passenger Volume89 ft³84 ft³
Cargo Volume13 ft³18 ft³

7. 2025 Toyota Crown

The 2025 Toyota Crown sedan wants to stand out among BMW, Genesis, and Volvo cars, even though it doesn’t have their prestige. Instead, it has a tall design and higher suspension to catch people’s eyes. Some people might find its looks strange, while others might think it’s really cool.

It’s made for those who like the height of an SUV but prefer a sedan shape. Inside, it has a fancy interior similar to a Lexus, with nice materials and a classy style.

All Crowns are hybrids, and most have a 236-horsepower engine that surprised testers with its good gas mileage. For the most power, there’s a top version called Platinum, with a turbocharged engine making 340 horsepower. It’s not as fuel efficient, but it’s much faster.

Vehicle TypeFront-engine, AWD, 5-passenger sedanFront-engine, AWD, 5-passenger sedan
Price (Base/As Tested)$46,645/$50,169$53,445/$54,638
Engine2.5L I4 Hybrid + Electric Motors (236 hp)2.4L I4 Turbo Hybrid + Electric Motors (340 hp)
TransmissionCVT6-speed Automatic
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Highway)41/42/41 mpg30/29/32 mpg
Observed Fuel Economy42 mpg28 mpg
0-60 mph7.2 sec5.1 sec
Curb Weight4063 lb4338 lb


1. What are hybrid sedans, and why are they gaining popularity in Australia?

Hybrid sedans are vehicles that utilize both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor to power the vehicle. They are gaining popularity in Australia due to their lower emissions, improved fuel efficiency, and government incentives promoting eco-friendly vehicles.

2. How do hybrid sedans work?

Hybrid sedans operate by seamlessly switching between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor based on driving conditions. They can run solely on electric power at low speeds, switch to the combustion engine for higher speeds or when more power is needed, and utilize regenerative braking to recharge the battery.

3. What are the benefits of owning a hybrid sedan in Australia?

Owning a hybrid sedan in Australia comes with several benefits, including reduced fuel costs, lower emissions, potential tax incentives or rebates, access to restricted emission zones in cities, and contributing to environmental conservation efforts.

4. What are some top hybrid sedans available in Australia for 2024 and 2025?

Some top hybrid sedans available in Australia for 2024 and 2025 include the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Lexus ES Hybrid, and BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid.

5. Are hybrid sedans more expensive to maintain than traditional petrol/diesel cars?

While hybrid sedans may have slightly higher upfront costs, they often have lower maintenance costs over the long term due to less wear on the internal combustion engine, regenerative braking reducing brake wear, and fewer moving parts in the electric motor.


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