Best Hybrids

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Overview

Redesigned for its fourth generation, the Hyundai Tucson is a modern crossover with enough style and comfort to meet most active families' needs. Like all new Hyundais, it features driver-assistance technology and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Tucson has amongst the most interior and cargo space of any small SUV, and amenities like wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are standard. Hybrid and plug-in variants are available. The Hyundai Tucson is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 7 trim levels. The most popular style is the Hybrid SEL Convenience AWD, which starts at $32,835 and comes with a Hybrid 1.6L I4 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This Tucson is estimated to deliver 37 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Sophisticated exterior and cabin style
  • Vast interior space with superb legroom
  • User-friendly driver-assistance systems
  • Three economical powertrains available

Cons

  • Not as sporty to drive as some rivals
  • Finicky touch-sensitive controls
  • Pricey upper trims

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Tucson is one of the best compact SUVs available, thanks to its exceptional cabin space and well-integrated tech features. There is more than enough room in both rows for parents and kids and ample cargo space for whatever daily life throws your way. Hyundai offers three engine types providing efficiency and adequate power, though some competitors are sportier to drive. The Tucson remains quiet on the highway, and standard safety systems help mitigate the chance of accidents. The body and cabin styling accentuate its modern appeal, though some of the driver controls could be easier to use while on the road. Backed by one of the best warranties in its segment, the Hyundai Tucson gives families the tech amenities they want in a practical, roomy package that surpasses most rivals.
2022 Hyundai Tucson

$38,535 as shown

Starting MSRP
$26,135
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $79
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$26,056
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Feature Highlights

Blind Spot Camera
Hill Descent Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
Parallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic Parking
Around View Camera
Front Cooled Seats
Panoramic Moonroof
5 yr / 60K mi Basic Warranty
10 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Sophisticated exterior and cabin style
  • Vast interior space with superb legroom
  • User-friendly driver-assistance systems
  • Three economical powertrains available

Cons

  • Not as sporty to drive as some rivals
  • Finicky touch-sensitive controls
  • Pricey upper trims

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Tucson is one of the best compact SUVs available, thanks to its exceptional cabin space and well-integrated tech features. There is more than enough room in both rows for parents and kids and ample cargo space for whatever daily life throws your way. Hyundai offers three engine types providing efficiency and adequate power, though some competitors are sportier to drive. The Tucson remains quiet on the highway, and standard safety systems help mitigate the chance of accidents. The body and cabin styling accentuate its modern appeal, though some of the driver controls could be easier to use while on the road. Backed by one of the best warranties in its segment, the Hyundai Tucson gives families the tech amenities they want in a practical, roomy package that surpasses most rivals.

Overview

The Highlander is Toyota's midsize crossover SUV. With a smooth and economical V6 engine and available hybrid, the Highlander is a well-rounded and practical family vehicle. Its cabin greets passengers with easy to use technology and high-quality materials. Outward visibility is superb, and the Highlander has the serene ride of a sedan. Some rivals have more cargo space, and the third-row is snug. Overall, the Highlander is hard to fault. The Toyota Highlander is a 8-seater vehicle that comes in 10 trim levels. The most popular style is the Hybrid XLE AWD, which starts at $44,310 and comes with a Hybrid 2.5L I4 engine and All Wheel Drive. This Highlander is estimated to deliver 36 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • A hard-to-beat mix of practicality and comfort
  • Refined gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Many standard driver safety assists

Cons

  • Some rivals are faster and more agile
  • Snug third row is too tight for adults
  • Pricier than some competitors

Overall Assessment

The Toyota Highlander remains a popular choice with families, thanks to its many standard conveniences, quiet ride, extensive safety tech, and excellent fuel economy. Drivers looking for a crossover with the comfort and handling characteristics of a sedan will want to put the Highlander at the top of their test-drive list. Those looking for a sporty or fun-to-drive SUV may want to look elsewhere, though the new-for-2021 XSE may be just what some buyers are seeking.
2021 Toyota Highlander

$49,865 as shown

Starting MSRP
$36,260
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $1,261
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$34,999
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
3rd Row
Front Cooled Seats
Heads-up Display (HUD)
Curve Adaptive Headlamps
Panoramic Moonroof
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
3 yr / 36K mi Basic Warranty
8 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • A hard-to-beat mix of practicality and comfort
  • Refined gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Many standard driver safety assists

Cons

  • Some rivals are faster and more agile
  • Snug third row is too tight for adults
  • Pricier than some competitors

Overall Assessment

The Toyota Highlander remains a popular choice with families, thanks to its many standard conveniences, quiet ride, extensive safety tech, and excellent fuel economy. Drivers looking for a crossover with the comfort and handling characteristics of a sedan will want to put the Highlander at the top of their test-drive list. Those looking for a sporty or fun-to-drive SUV may want to look elsewhere, though the new-for-2021 XSE may be just what some buyers are seeking.

Overview

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact four-door sedan that packs many features and remarkable value into a sleek, coupe-like body. With standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available hybrid powertrain, and options like a digital driver display, the Elantra offers technology rarely found at this price. Hyundai includes a length standard warranty with all of its new cars, and standard driver safety aids provide extra peace of mind. The Hyundai Elantra is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 6 trim levels. The most popular style is the Limited Hybrid DCT, which starts at $29,105 and comes with a Hybrid 1.6L I4 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Elantra is estimated to deliver 49 MPG in the city and 52 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Excellent standard and available tech features
  • Fuel-efficient available hybrid powertrain
  • Fully-loaded Limited trims are reasonably priced

Cons

  • Not as fun to drive as some competitors
  • Others come with more standard safety aids

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Elantra is an excellent choice for compact sedan shoppers. It has available hybrid technology and a length warranty that may help save money down the road, plenty of cutting-edge standard and available technology to make commutes more pleasant, and sleek coupe-like styling that differentiates it from more cookie-cutter alternatives. The Elantra has excellent interior space and plenty of features, though some rivals are sportier to drive, offer all-wheel-drive, and are generally more versatile. Overall, the Hyundai Elantra is one of the most modern and value-packed small sedans available, making it a great fit for families and people who spend a lot of time in the car.
2021 Hyundai Elantra

$29,105 as shown

Starting MSRP
$20,655
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $426
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$20,229
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
Front Cooled Seats
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go
Forward Collision Warning
Android Auto
5 yr / 60K mi Basic Warranty
10 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Excellent standard and available tech features
  • Fuel-efficient available hybrid powertrain
  • Fully-loaded Limited trims are reasonably priced

Cons

  • Not as fun to drive as some competitors
  • Others come with more standard safety aids

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Elantra is an excellent choice for compact sedan shoppers. It has available hybrid technology and a length warranty that may help save money down the road, plenty of cutting-edge standard and available technology to make commutes more pleasant, and sleek coupe-like styling that differentiates it from more cookie-cutter alternatives. The Elantra has excellent interior space and plenty of features, though some rivals are sportier to drive, offer all-wheel-drive, and are generally more versatile. Overall, the Hyundai Elantra is one of the most modern and value-packed small sedans available, making it a great fit for families and people who spend a lot of time in the car.

Overview

The Toyota Sienna is a minivan that seats seven to eight passengers. Its expansive interior and standard tech features make it an excellent choice for families looking for more interior space than an SUV would offer. Fuel economy is an estimated 36 mpg with the standard hybrid engine, and available all-wheel-drive provides extra peace of mind in lousy weather. Toyota includes a suite of driver safety technology on all new Siennas. The Toyota Sienna comes in 5 trim levels. The most popular style is the XLE 7-Passenger AWD, which starts at $42,925 and comes with a Hybrid 2.5L I4 engine and All Wheel Drive. This Sienna is estimated to deliver 36 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Impressive available amenities
  • Standard driver safety aids
  • Economical hybrid powertrain

Cons

  • Pricey Platinum trim
  • Engine feels underpowered

Overall Assessment

Redesigned and hybridized, the Toyota Sienna is a thoroughly modern minivan for families wanting a premium alternative to a three-row SUV. Its refined cabin, standard driver safety aids, and fancy amenities make it very comfortable. Its hybrid powertrain provides adequate power and much-improved fuel efficiency, while upper trim levels, though expensive, have great details like hands-free sliding doors and heated captain’s chairs. Overall, the redesigned Toyota Sienna is one of the most advanced and upscale minivans on the road.
2021 Toyota Sienna

$51,075 as shown

Starting MSRP
$35,635
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $618
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$35,017
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
3rd Row
Around View Camera
Front Cooled Seats
Heads-up Display (HUD)
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
Power Trunk/Liftgate
3 yr / 36K mi Basic Warranty
8 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Impressive available amenities
  • Standard driver safety aids
  • Economical hybrid powertrain

Cons

  • Pricey Platinum trim
  • Engine feels underpowered

Overall Assessment

Redesigned and hybridized, the Toyota Sienna is a thoroughly modern minivan for families wanting a premium alternative to a three-row SUV. Its refined cabin, standard driver safety aids, and fancy amenities make it very comfortable. Its hybrid powertrain provides adequate power and much-improved fuel efficiency, while upper trim levels, though expensive, have great details like hands-free sliding doors and heated captain’s chairs. Overall, the redesigned Toyota Sienna is one of the most advanced and upscale minivans on the road.

Overview

The Ford Escape exhibits many of the winning traits that have garnered compact SUVs their current white-hot popularity. Its small size is easy to maneuver and park, while the three available engines provide car-like fuel efficiency. A spacious cabin and tall ride height give it excellent outward visibility. Ford's standard driver safety technology helps the driver stay aware of surroundings and mitigate incidents while on the road. The Ford Escape is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 10 trim levels. The most popular style is the SE Hybrid FWD, which starts at $28,850 and comes with a Hybrid 2.5L I4 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Escape is estimated to deliver 44 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Sporty exterior styling
  • Fuel-efficient powertrains
  • Impressive cabin and cargo space
  • Standard driver-assistance features

Cons

  • Lofty starting price
  • Some subpar interior plastics
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

Overall Assessment

Ford's compact crossover is comfortable to live with and versatile. Three available powertrains offer excellent fuel economy, with optional all-wheel-drive for navigating challenging weather conditions. Ford's tech-focused interior has generous legroom in both rows, along with a vast cargo area for groceries and or camping supplies. Some rivals are more exciting to drive and have more polished cabin materials. Overall, the Escape is a sporty choice for families and commuters looking for car-like handling and practicality in a roomy package.
2021 Ford Escape

$34,545 as shown

Starting MSRP
$26,130
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $257
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$25,873
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Parallel and Perpendicular (Back-In) Automatic Parking
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go
In-Car WiFi
Forward Collision Warning
Android Auto
3 yr / 36K mi Basic Warranty
8 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Sporty exterior styling
  • Fuel-efficient powertrains
  • Impressive cabin and cargo space
  • Standard driver-assistance features

Cons

  • Lofty starting price
  • Some subpar interior plastics
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

Overall Assessment

Ford's compact crossover is comfortable to live with and versatile. Three available powertrains offer excellent fuel economy, with optional all-wheel-drive for navigating challenging weather conditions. Ford's tech-focused interior has generous legroom in both rows, along with a vast cargo area for groceries and or camping supplies. Some rivals are more exciting to drive and have more polished cabin materials. Overall, the Escape is a sporty choice for families and commuters looking for car-like handling and practicality in a roomy package.

Overview

Hyundai has spent years building its brand to compete against the most popular nameplates, and the latest-generation Hyundai Sonata is the best example of those efforts. The midsize family sedan's low starting price and class-leading warranty bolster its outstanding value, while upscale styling, agile handling, and a spacious interior make it a compelling everyday driver. Advanced safety aids come standard, as do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Hyundai Sonata is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 8 trim levels. The most popular style is the Hybrid SEL, which starts at $30,905 and comes with a Hybrid 2.0L I4 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Sonata is estimated to deliver 45 MPG in the city and 51 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Many available safety and tech features
  • Sporty styling inside and out
  • Good acceleration and nimble handling
  • Impressive cargo capacity

Cons

  • Stiff suspension results in a firm ride
  • Hybrid's fuel economy lags competitors

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most competitive family sedans available. One of the most stylish and feature-packed cars in its class, the Sonata's 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and affordable starting price make it hard to pass up. There are four available engines, with the base four-cylinder providing the best balance of performance, efficiency, and affordability. A suite of driver safety assists comes standard, and tech like a 12.3-inch digital driver display enhances the Sonata's already-tasteful interior. It's easy to drive, with good acceleration, secure handling, and a reasonably quiet ride. Some competitors have softer suspensions that are better at absorbing road imperfections, and the Sonata Hybrid's transmission could shift more smoothly. But overall, shoppers will be hard-pressed to find a more stylish and feature-filled midsize car for the money.
2021 Hyundai Sonata

$36,305 as shown

Starting MSRP
$24,955
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $640
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$24,315
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Feature Highlights

Blind Spot Camera
Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
Start/Stop System
Around View Camera
Front Cooled Seats
Heads-up Display (HUD)
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
5 yr / 60K mi Basic Warranty
10 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Many available safety and tech features
  • Sporty styling inside and out
  • Good acceleration and nimble handling
  • Impressive cargo capacity

Cons

  • Stiff suspension results in a firm ride
  • Hybrid's fuel economy lags competitors

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Sonata is one of the most competitive family sedans available. One of the most stylish and feature-packed cars in its class, the Sonata's 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and affordable starting price make it hard to pass up. There are four available engines, with the base four-cylinder providing the best balance of performance, efficiency, and affordability. A suite of driver safety assists comes standard, and tech like a 12.3-inch digital driver display enhances the Sonata's already-tasteful interior. It's easy to drive, with good acceleration, secure handling, and a reasonably quiet ride. Some competitors have softer suspensions that are better at absorbing road imperfections, and the Sonata Hybrid's transmission could shift more smoothly. But overall, shoppers will be hard-pressed to find a more stylish and feature-filled midsize car for the money.

Overview

Kia's midsize Sorento SUV is a great blend of passenger space and efficiency. A new hybrid offers around 39 mpg in the city, and the optional plug-in can drive up to 30 miles solely on electricity. Buyers can choose either six- or seven-person seating. Forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, and other safety aids are included. Kia separates itself from rivals with generous warranty coverage and a competitive standard features set. The Kia Sorento is a 6-seater vehicle that comes in 8 trim levels. The most popular style is the EX Hybrid FWD, which starts at $37,765 and comes with a Hybrid 1.6L I4 Turbo engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Sorento is estimated to deliver 39 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Great standard features for a reasonable price
  • Spacious, modern cabin with configurable seating
  • Available hybrid engine gets superb gas mileage
  • Best-in-class warranty coverage length

Cons

  • Some rivals offer better third-row, cargo space
  • Handling is secure but not exactly sporty
  • Towing capacity is low for a midsize SUV

Overall Assessment

Smaller and less expensive than other midsize three-row SUVs, the Kia Sorento's recent redesign gave it the safety, technology, and fuel efficiency to catapult it to the front of the pack. Prices range from $29,500 - $43,000, making the Sorento one of the best values in its class. It comes with excellent interior space, a generous standard features list, many driver safety aids, and an economical optional hybrid. Top trims cost thousands less than well-known rivals and come with competitive amenities, including partially-quilted leather seating, an overhead-view camera, Bose surround-sound audio, and heated/cooled front seats. Seating for seven is standard; buyers can opt for a six-seat configuration with comfortable second-row captain's chairs. Some rivals are sportier to drive and offer a more refined ride. Still, the Sorento is one of the best overall values in its class, offering practicality and modern technology in a sleek package.
2021 Kia Sorento

$37,765 as shown

Starting MSRP
$30,565
Starting MktMarket Avg.
$30,811
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Feature Highlights

Hill Descent Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
3rd Row
Start/Stop System
Panoramic Moonroof
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go
5 yr / 60K mi Basic Warranty
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Pros

  • Great standard features for a reasonable price
  • Spacious, modern cabin with configurable seating
  • Available hybrid engine gets superb gas mileage
  • Best-in-class warranty coverage length

Cons

  • Some rivals offer better third-row, cargo space
  • Handling is secure but not exactly sporty
  • Towing capacity is low for a midsize SUV

Overall Assessment

Smaller and less expensive than other midsize three-row SUVs, the Kia Sorento's recent redesign gave it the safety, technology, and fuel efficiency to catapult it to the front of the pack. Prices range from $29,500 - $43,000, making the Sorento one of the best values in its class. It comes with excellent interior space, a generous standard features list, many driver safety aids, and an economical optional hybrid. Top trims cost thousands less than well-known rivals and come with competitive amenities, including partially-quilted leather seating, an overhead-view camera, Bose surround-sound audio, and heated/cooled front seats. Seating for seven is standard; buyers can opt for a six-seat configuration with comfortable second-row captain's chairs. Some rivals are sportier to drive and offer a more refined ride. Still, the Sorento is one of the best overall values in its class, offering practicality and modern technology in a sleek package.

Overview

Packing exceptional fuel economy in a low-priced package, the Hyundai Ioniq is a tempting option for those who do a lot of driving. It comes in hybrid, plug-in, or electric powertrains that help give it superb efficiency, yet it still drives like a regular car, easy to maneuver and park. Standard driver safety features and a useful hatchback help owners handle the unexpected. It's no sports car, but the Ioniq excels as practical transportation. The Hyundai Ioniq is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 9 trim levels. The most popular style is the Hybrid Limited, which starts at $32,405 and comes with a Hybrid 1.6L I4 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Ioniq is estimated to deliver 54 MPG in the city and 56 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Superb hybrid and electric efficiency
  • Comfortable cabin with many features
  • Standard driver safety technology
  • Warranty and value are hard to match

Cons

  • Not as fun to drive as some electric cars
  • Less rear-seat and cargo space than rivals

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Ioniq offers three ultra-efficient powertrains, making it one of the greenest cars on the market. It comes with similar styling and usability to non-hybrids, making it easy for those wanting to limit their carbon emissions to make the switch from a traditional car. Hyundai includes a class-leading warranty and standard safety tech to help sweeten the deal. The Ioniq lags top rivals in cabin space and storage. Still, its economy and built-in value make it one of the top choices for daily transportation, allowing you to go far comfortably, saving gas and money.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq

$32,405 as shown

Starting MSRP
$24,405
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $540
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$23,865
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
Start/Stop System
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go
Forward Collision Warning
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
Remote Engine Start
5 yr / 60K mi Basic Warranty
10 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • Superb hybrid and electric efficiency
  • Comfortable cabin with many features
  • Standard driver safety technology
  • Warranty and value are hard to match

Cons

  • Not as fun to drive as some electric cars
  • Less rear-seat and cargo space than rivals

Overall Assessment

The Hyundai Ioniq offers three ultra-efficient powertrains, making it one of the greenest cars on the market. It comes with similar styling and usability to non-hybrids, making it easy for those wanting to limit their carbon emissions to make the switch from a traditional car. Hyundai includes a class-leading warranty and standard safety tech to help sweeten the deal. The Ioniq lags top rivals in cabin space and storage. Still, its economy and built-in value make it one of the top choices for daily transportation, allowing you to go far comfortably, saving gas and money.

Overview

When Ford started selling the Explorer in the early 1990s, it was one of the few sport utilities on the market. Popularity in SUVs has since grown, as have the Explorer's dimensions, and the recently-redesigned Explorer is a three-row midsize SUV with seating for seven people. Accident-avoidance technology comes standard. The Ford's 5,600-pound max towing capacity and optional four-wheel-drive make it versatile for whatever life throws its way. The Ford Explorer is a 6-seater vehicle that comes in 7 trim levels. The most popular style is the Limited 4WD, which starts at $48,250 and comes with a 2.3L I4 Turbo engine and Four Wheel Drive. This Explorer is estimated to deliver 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • Vast, modern cabin with large cargo capacity
  • A generous list of standard tech features
  • More off-road and towing strength than most SUVs

Cons

  • Platinum's high price competes with luxury SUVs
  • Some rivals have higher-quality cabin accents

Overall Assessment

The Ford Explorer is one of the most well-established SUVs on the market, and its 2020 redesign made it clear it hasn't lost its step. The three-row midsize Explorer has a spacious interior with many standard features and excellent in-cabin storage. There is seating for seven people, and while the third-row seat is a bit snug, the cargo capacity is impressive. Unlike most crossovers, the Explorer is one of the few choices in its class to offer four-wheel-drive, making it a decent option for lousy weather and light off-road driving. Towing is also better than most, with a 5,600-pound max capacity. Upper trim levels have extensive standard technology, from driver safety amenities to comfort to infotainment. Shoppers can add a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a hybrid engine, and even massaging seats. With its comfortable cabin and excellent feature set, the Explorer is an excellent alternative to a pricier luxury SUV. However, the top-of-the-line Platinum's high MSRP defeats this value aspect. Overall, the Ford Explorer is one of the most well-rounded family SUVs on the market.
2021 Ford Explorer

$46,250 as shown

Starting MSRP
$33,920
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $229
off MSRP
$33,691
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Feature Highlights

Pedestrian Detection
Wireless Charging
3rd Row
Start/Stop System
Around View Camera
Front Cooled Seats
Hands-free Trunk/Liftgate
Power Trunk/Liftgate
Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop and Go
3 yr / 36K mi Basic Warranty
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Pros

  • Vast, modern cabin with large cargo capacity
  • A generous list of standard tech features
  • More off-road and towing strength than most SUVs

Cons

  • Platinum's high price competes with luxury SUVs
  • Some rivals have higher-quality cabin accents

Overall Assessment

The Ford Explorer is one of the most well-established SUVs on the market, and its 2020 redesign made it clear it hasn't lost its step. The three-row midsize Explorer has a spacious interior with many standard features and excellent in-cabin storage. There is seating for seven people, and while the third-row seat is a bit snug, the cargo capacity is impressive. Unlike most crossovers, the Explorer is one of the few choices in its class to offer four-wheel-drive, making it a decent option for lousy weather and light off-road driving. Towing is also better than most, with a 5,600-pound max capacity. Upper trim levels have extensive standard technology, from driver safety amenities to comfort to infotainment. Shoppers can add a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a hybrid engine, and even massaging seats. With its comfortable cabin and excellent feature set, the Explorer is an excellent alternative to a pricier luxury SUV. However, the top-of-the-line Platinum's high MSRP defeats this value aspect. Overall, the Ford Explorer is one of the most well-rounded family SUVs on the market.

Overview

The Honda Accord has been a mainstay of the midsize family sedan class for years, thanks to its comfortable cabin, practicality, and sporty driving characteristics. Priced competitively amongst other top segment rivals, the Accord excels with easy-to-use technology and impressive fuel economy; an available hybrid powertrain provides up to 48 MPG. Many advanced driver aids come standard, and the Accord has a reputation for safety and reliability. The Honda Accord is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 9 trim levels. The most popular style is the Hybrid Touring CVT, which starts at $37,435 and comes with a Hybrid 2.0L I4 engine and Front Wheel Drive. This Accord is estimated to deliver 48 MPG in the city and 48 MPG on the highway.

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Pros

  • A practical and well-designed midsize family car
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, especially with hybrid
  • Blends a smooth ride with sporty handling
  • Refined cabin with vast rear-seat space

Cons

  • Some rivals offer larger optional touchscreens
  • Sleek body styling creates some blind spots

Overall Assessment

Overall, the Honda Accord remains one of the best midsize cars on the market. It does many things very well. The Accord prioritizes safety, and several active driver aids are standard on all trims. The Accord tends to do well in crashworthiness tests, too. While it has a quiet ride and a roomy cabin, it's also one of the more fun-to-drive choices in its category. The Accord's agile handling and turbocharged engines put it ahead of most competitors in driver engagement. The available hybrid powertrain gets a remarkable 48 MPG without feeling underpowered. The Accord's cabin is straightforward and user-friendly, with many standard amenities. The value-priced Sport SE trim combines a playful attitude with heated front seats, leather, and remote start. Passenger space and cargo capacity are excellent. While some rivals come with fancier available infotainment, the Accord continues to be one of the most well-rounded sedans on the market.
2021 Honda Accord

$33,885 as shown

Starting MSRP
$25,965
Starting MktMarket Avg.
Avg. savings of $288
off MSRP
$25,677
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Feature Highlights

Wireless Charging
Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Warning
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
Remote Engine Start
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Lane Keep Assist
3 yr / 36K mi Basic Warranty
8 yr / 100K mi Hybrid/EV Warranty
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Pros

  • A practical and well-designed midsize family car
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, especially with hybrid
  • Blends a smooth ride with sporty handling
  • Refined cabin with vast rear-seat space

Cons

  • Some rivals offer larger optional touchscreens
  • Sleek body styling creates some blind spots

Overall Assessment

Overall, the Honda Accord remains one of the best midsize cars on the market. It does many things very well. The Accord prioritizes safety, and several active driver aids are standard on all trims. The Accord tends to do well in crashworthiness tests, too. While it has a quiet ride and a roomy cabin, it's also one of the more fun-to-drive choices in its category. The Accord's agile handling and turbocharged engines put it ahead of most competitors in driver engagement. The available hybrid powertrain gets a remarkable 48 MPG without feeling underpowered. The Accord's cabin is straightforward and user-friendly, with many standard amenities. The value-priced Sport SE trim combines a playful attitude with heated front seats, leather, and remote start. Passenger space and cargo capacity are excellent. While some rivals come with fancier available infotainment, the Accord continues to be one of the most well-rounded sedans on the market.