The Best Hybrid and Electric Cars

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Tesla Model SThere are about five dozen hybrid or all-electric cars available in the U.S. Of those, the editors of Kelley Blue Book chose 10 that they think are the best of the bunch.

Generally speaking, a hybrid car uses mechanical means — like a regenerative braking system — to charge up relatively small batteries to give the car a higher mileage rating. A plug-in hybrid has to be charged up at an electrical outlet and once the charge is depleted, the car runs on gasoline or other liquid fuel. An all-electric car uses only plug-power and typically has large batteries.

With that in mind, here’s the Kelley Blue Book list, together with some comments on U.S. sales from hybridcars.com. All of the cars belong in model year 2013. For all-electric models, mileage is computed on a miles per gallon equivalent basis, where one gallon of gasoline is equal to 33.7…

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