When Honda launched the first Insight in 1999, the idea of a hybrid car for the mass market was still in its infancy. Since then, Toyota has sold over four million Priuses around the world, and nearly every other major automaker has built its own hybrid car. Some of them are unique models, like the Prius and Chevrolet Volt, while others are adaptations of existing non-hybrid models, like the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima.
The benefit of all hybrid cars is improved fuel economy, especially in urban driving with lots of stop-and-go traffic. When the driver of a hybrid car brakes, a generator captures kinetic energy and stores it in a battery. Then when the driver accelerates, the battery powers an electric motor that supplements — or sometimes totally supersedes — a gasoline engine. That means the gasoline engine does less work and can occasionally shut off entirely, saving fuel.
Of course, the expense of electric motors, battery packs, and other components means hybrid cars typically cost a few thousand dollars more than equivalent non-hybrid models. For buyers looking to buy a hybrid car to keep ownership costs down, purchase price can be an important factor. With that in mind, we compiled this list of the ten cheapest new hybrid cars on sale today.