The conventional and no-plug hybrid versions of the Optima are praised for the model’s attractive design and compliant ride. However, the Optima is in the middle of a crowded pack of midsize sedans—a category led by models such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6. Also, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is more expensive than the Kia Niro crossover and Hyundai Ioniq hatchbacks, which are newer plug-in models offering similar levels of all-electric range.

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June 08, 2018

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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Subaru will introduce a plug-in version of the capable, all-wheel-drive Crosstrek Hybrid in late 2018. Few details are known at this time, except for the Crosstrek’s reliance on Toyota technology—the same system used in the Prius Prime. It’s guesswork, but we believe the Crosstrek will offer an all-electric range of about 20 miles and a price below $30,000.

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The affordable Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is a practical, crossover-like hatchback with outstanding fuel economy and ample passenger room. It sports a handsome look and comfortable ride while granting 26 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine is employed.

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Hyundai’s new aerodynamic compact hatch is offered as a pure electric car with a driving range of about 124 miles. It has more space, better efficiency, and smarter electric features than the competition in its price range. It went on sale throughout the United States in spring 2017.

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MINI started selling the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 in June 2017. The stylish S E Countryman provides a spirited ride—while relying purely on electricity for about 12 miles and at speeds up to 78 miles per hour. The all-wheel-drive car is not only zero-emissions for local driving, but it’s fun to pilot. Its 224-horsepower powertrain delivers zero-to-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds.

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The 2018 XC60 plug-in hybrid, due in showrooms in early fall 2017, is a smaller alternative to the XC90 full-size plug-in SUV. The crossover XC60 is a compact, stylish and powerful sport utility. While somewhat pricey and likely low volume, the XC60 T8 is another sign that Volvo is serious about phasing out internal combustion over the coming years.

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