These are the 9 best hybrid cars you can buy for under $40,000

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Hybrid cars are a great fit for drivers who want to do their part to limit carbon emissions without the fear of running out of juice on a long trip.

They combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine, switching from one power source to the other depending on the need. At a time where batteries are expensive, purchasing a long-range electric car can be costly. But hybrids offer a more cost-effective way of reducing emissions while increasing fuel economy.

Kelley Blue Book rounded up the 2017 hybrid cars that will give you the best bang for your buck.

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1. Toyota Prius hybrid

1. Toyota Prius hybrid

Price: $25,570

Specs: 52 mpg combined (54 city/50 highway); 4-cylinder, 1.8 liter hybrid engine gets 121 hp and 105 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: The Prius has cornered the hybrid market for a long time even as other competitors enter the ring. What really sets it apart is its stellar mileage and low price tag, though it ranks low when it comes to power.

2. Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

2. Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

Starting price: $23,035

Specs: 58 mpg combined (57 city/59 highway); 4-cylinder, 1.6 liter hybrid engine gets 139 hp and 109 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: The Ioniq is Hyundai's first venture into the hybrid market and it's a tough car to beat. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better price tag than $23,000 and it has the best mileage on this list.

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3. Honda Accord hybrid

3. Honda Accord hybrid

Starting price: $30,480

Specs: 48 mpg combined (49 city/47 highway); 4-cylinder, 2 liter hybrid engine that gets 212 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

Breakdown: The Accord Hybrid offers the most power out of all the vehicles on this list. It's slightly pricier than others cars on Kelley's ranking, but still very competitive, and gets great mileage.

4. Kia Niro hybrid

4. Kia Niro hybrid

Starting price: $23,785

Specs: 50 mpg combined (52 city/49 highway); 4-cylinder, 1.6 liter hybrid engine gets 104 hp and 109 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: The Niro is the only other crossover SUV on this list beside the Toyota RAV4. While the traditional RAV4 is one of the most popular compact SUVs in America, the Niro falls behind competitors like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape. Still, the Niro comes with good cargo space and has better mileage than its RAV4 counterpart.

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5. Kia Optima hybrid

5. Kia Optima hybrid

Starting price: $26,890

Specs: 42 mpg combined (39 city/46 hwy); 4-cylinder, 2 liter hybrid engine gets 192 hp and 140 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: Like the Sonata, the Kia Optima offers a lot of power and good mileage. It comes with safety assistance features like brake assist, hill-start assist, and vehicle stability management.

6. Hyundai Sonata hybrid

6. Hyundai Sonata hybrid

Starting price: $26,835

Specs: 42 mpg combined (39 city/45 highway); 4-cylinder, 2 liter hybrid engine gets 193 hp and 140 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: Kelley Blue Book is bullish on the Sonata, regularly placing it in its 10 Best Sedans under $25,000 list. The hybrid version gets solid mileage and an incredible amount of power compared to others on the list.

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7. Toyota RAV4 hybrid

7. Toyota RAV4 hybrid

Starting price: $29,990

Specs: 32 mpg combined (34 city/30 highway); 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter hybrid engine gets 194 hp and 152 lb.-ft. of torque; all-wheel drive

The breakdown: The gas-powered RAV4 is the second best-selling compact SUV in America, and it's gaining steam. The hybrid version offers the most space out of all the cars on the list and is the only one that comes with all-wheel drive.

8. Chevrolet Malibu hybrid

8. Chevrolet Malibu hybrid

Starting price: $28,750

Specs: 46 mpg combined (49 city/43 highway); 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter hybrid engine gets 124 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: In addition to offering great mileage, the Chevy Malibu comes with a long list of tech perks like 4G LTE WiFi.

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9. Toyota Camry hybrid

9. Toyota Camry hybrid

Starting price: $27,675

Specs: 40 mpg (42 city/38 highway); 4-cylinder, 2.5 liter hybrid engine gets 200 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque; forward-wheel drive

The breakdown: Toyota's non-hybrid Camry was America's best-selling car in 2016. It ranks second in power on this list and has respectable mileage.