Top 5 Best Selling Hybrid Automakers: A Market Analysis

3. Hyundai/Kia

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.


The sister companies under Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group offer only one model each – the Kia Optima Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and together accounted for 35,680 sales, a decent uptick over 2012’s 30,838.

These are solidly engineered vehicles, unique with six-speed automatic transmissions instead of the nearly universal CVT-types found in competitors.

Unfortunately, these companies also ran into legal difficulties, and have been under investigation by the U.S. EPA for a number of its mileage claims.

The companies have formally apologized, and settled a reimbursement plan, but aside from the smear on their record, these – like the Fords – remain excellent vehicles.

Driving characteristics, styling, and amenities are within range of direct hybrid competitors, and against normal petrol sedans which do not come close to their actual mpg capabilities.

Hyundai is also branching heavily into fuel cell vehicles, and will launch a Soul EV as well in 2014.