Hybrid vehicles are slowly hitting the mainstream market thanks to increasing prices of oil and fuel both locally and globally. These hybrids bring greater fuel economy compared to their internal combustion engine counterparts and more advanced technology as well. These vehicles were once very expensive, however, with the advancement of technology they have become more affordable and are beginning to hit their stride in the local market. Hybrids reward drivers with a smoother and quieter ride. For those who are looking into purchasing a brand-new hybrid vehicle, you might want to consider the following models below. You’d even be surprised at how affordable the majority of the models included on the list are.
It's worth noting that there are three types of hybrids in this article: Mild Hybrid, Series Parallel Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid. EVIDA, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act, has incentivized Filipinos to buy hybrid electric vehicles. One of the incentives that most Filipinos consider with this law in effect until 2030 is the option to use the vehicle any time throughout the week. No coding, if you will. However, the exemption hinges on if the vehicle is recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) or the Department of Transportation (DOTr) among other agencies.
Editor's Note: While this article is a general list of the mainstream hybrid vehicles in the country, it is in no way a guarantee that it will be coding exempt under the EVIDA law. However, it is also worth noting that safe bets include vehicles with Series-Parallel Hybrid Systems. Mild hybrids can still be exempt and receive the benefits that the law brings which will depend on what's on the vehicle's registration (OR/CR).
Toyota Corolla Altis (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
The Toyota Corolla Altis has always had an all-gasoline variant range in the Philippines, but that has already changed since its twelfth-generation model entered the local market. For the first time, Toyota Motor Philippines has made the Corolla Altis available with a Hybrid option. Retailing at P1,665,000, the Corolla Altis Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 16-valve dual overhead cam inline-4 cylinder gasoline motor that is paired with an electric motor mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It has a combined output of 121 hp and 142 Nm torque.
As expected, the Corolla Altis Hybrid is no sports car, though it does deliver impressive fuel economy figures in and out of town. During testing, it delivered 26.2 km/L in the city driving at an average speed of 60 km/h. Out on the highway, it clocked 29.7 km/L while speeding at 90 km/h.
Toyota Corolla Cross (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
The Toyota Corolla Cross became the answer for those who want the attributes of the renowned sedan in crossover form. Like the Altis, the Corolla Cross Hybrid is motivated by a 1.8-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and mated to CVT. Compared to its sedan counterpart, the Corolla Cross has a combined power output of 120 hp and 142 Nm of torque which is 1 less horsepower than the Altis.
Like the Corolla Altis, the Cross also delivers strong fuel economy figures. During heavy city traffic, the compact crossover achieved 16 km/L. On the highway, the Cross boosted its figures to 23.5 km/L. Opting for the Hybrid trim is slightly more expensive yet still attainable, with it being priced at P1,650,000.
Toyota Yaris Cross HEV (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
After the Corolla Cross made a splash with its hybrid, and way after Toyota fielded the Corolla Altis with a hybrid motor in it, it was the Yaris' turn to get a lift and an electrified powertrain. Sharing most of the bones that made the Corolla Cross such a hit with Filipinos, the Yaris Cross downsized what the Corolla had to offer, and also gave it a nice bump down in price to match the smaller dimensions and powertrain.
The gasoline engine found in the Yaris Cross is a 1.5-liter 2NR-VEX four-cylinder engine that delivers 89 hp and 121 Nm of torque. The engine is not the centerpiece of this car's powertrain, but it is the hybrid system that gives it the extra boost it needs to be driveable. With a maximum combined output of 109 hp, the hybrid variant of the Yaris Cross makes decent figures for driving in the city and out of it. If you are considering this car, do ensure that you're getting the hybrid variant, which is the 'S HEV' trim.
Toyota RAV4 (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
In 2019, Toyota introduced a hybrid variant of the RAV4. The new RAV4 retains the go-anywhere capabilities present in previous incarnations of the RAV4 but with the added benefit of fuel efficiency and extra power thanks to a new hybrid system. The RAV4 has a price tag of P2,264,000 and P2,607,000 for the XLE and LTD variants respectively. These variants come equipped with a 2.5-liter 16-Valve Dual Overhead Cam inline four-cylinder gasoline engine that pumps out a potent 215 hp and 221 Nm of torque. This power unit is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and electric motor.
Although this generation of the RAV4 comes with a bigger engine, it doesn’t come with more hunger, in fact, we managed to get 18.5 km/L during testing. Impressive fuel economy once you consider the RAV4's size.
Toyota Camry (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
Another one from Toyota, here comes the Camry HEV. The is a midsize sedan that combines fuel efficiency with modern technology and a comfortable ride. It is a popular choice for those who value reliability and performance. Combined with a hybrid electric system, you can add fuel efficiency to those perks as well.
The Toyota Camry HEV is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. The combined output of the two power units adds up to 175 hp and 221 Nm. It is paired with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.
The Camry HEV is both fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. Per kilometer, the Camry HEV emits 183 grams of Co2, and when you’re on the move, the Camry’s fuel consumption is clocked at 16.6 km/L
Toyota Alphard (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
Since its 2024 model year update, the Toyota Alphard has finally ditched the 3.5-liter V6 in favor of a 2.5-liter hybrid system. The gasoline motor in the minivan is an A25A-FXS motor that yields a combined output of 250 hp and a remarkable fuel efficiency rating (supplied by Toyota) of up to 17.5 km/L.
Toyota Zenix (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
The successor to the Innova, the Toyota Zenix brings a lot to the table thanks to its unibody chassis and its hybrid powertrain. Gasoline-powered and charged, the Zenix features a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline motor with four cylinders and an electric motor at the HEV trim level. With the hybrid powertrain, the vehicle makes 154 hp and 188 Nm of torque. The electric motor contributes a total of 112 hp to accelerate the car while the gasoline engine is there for additional power and charging duties.
Geely Azkarra (Mild Hybrid)
Geely has been doing great in the Philippines, with the Chinese automaker having a powerful line of vehicles including the Azkarra. Notably, the compact crossover is available with a mild-hybrid option that’s priced at P1,808,000. Aside from its premium appointments and a slew of convenience features, the compact crossover is also powered by a small yet potent 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a mild-hybrid system giving you that smooth and efficient drive. Combined power figures for the mild-hybrid variant equate to 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque.
Geely Okavango (Mild Hybrid)
The Geely Okavango is ‘Wonderfully Distinct’ for so many reasons, including the fact that it is the only 7-seater MPV in the Philippine market to feature a standard mild-hybrid system. Notably, this is by far the most affordable ticket to a hybrid vehicle. Starting at just P1,523,000, the Okavango Comfort trim already gives you a lot including an advanced mild-hybrid powertrain. Aside from fuel efficiency, the Ovanago also stands strong in terms of space and ride comfort, making it an ideal choice for families.
Nissan Kicks (e-POWER)
While the other hybrid vehicles on this list are still predominantly powered by their internal combustion engines, the Nissan Kicks takes it in a different direction. Instead of an engine powering the vehicle, it is powered by an electric motor. Nissan’s e-power technology is still technically hybrid technology, however, the main drivetrain for the vehicle is its electric motor and battery pack. The internal combustion engine that it has onboard the vehicle is only being used as a generator.
This means that when the battery is running low or more power is needed, the 1.2-liter 3-cylinder in the Kicks will turn on to provide more power to the car. In this manner, users get the near-instantaneous torque of an electric vehicle without having to worry about range anxiety. With this technology, the Japanese automaker can further stretch the range of the crossover. As of writing, the Nissan Kicks starts at P1,239,000 for the EL E-POWER variant.
Chery Tiggo 8 Pro (Plug-In Hybrid)
Another hybrid vehicle that has recently entered the market is the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro. While the majority of its variants do come with internal combustion engines, it has one model that comes with a hybrid power plant. The 1.5-liter hybrid drivetrain gives it ridiculous power figures with 254hp and 390 Nm of torque putting some SUVs and even pickup trucks to shame with its torque and horsepower numbers. That being said, it's also frugal thanks to its battery pack and electric motor that gives the vehicle some EV-only range. The Tiggo 8 Pro presents itself as an enticing offer for those looking to get a big seven-seater crossover that is also frugal as well.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid)
Last, is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is the only plug-in hybrid on the list. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that produces 126hp and 199 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all wheels via a single-speed transmission for both the rear and the front as the electric motors are the primary drive units for the compact crossover.
Moreover, it also comes with a generous amount of safety kit such as a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, collision mitigation system, and adaptive cruise control. It’s not as affordable as the other vehicles on the list, with it retailing at P2,998,000.
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GWM Haval Jolion HEV (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
The GWM Haval Jolion HEV has two versions, a gasoline-only variant, and a hybrid variant. Of course, the one that makes the list is the hybrid, and it is a good all-around vehicle. Whether you're going on a trip out of town or through it, the Jolion in its hybrid trim comes with a smooth engine and transmission combo that saves you a few bucks at the gas station.
Equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a series-parallel hybrid-electric system, it makes decent power at 186 hp and 375 Nm of torque. The gasoline engine contributes only 94 horses and 125 Newton meters to the overall output, so it's safe to say that the electric motor in this car is doing a lot of the heavy lifting. If you want the hybrid powertrain, make sure that you get the top-of-the-line variant in the lineup.
GWM Haval H6 HEV (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
The H6 HEV is the bigger brother to the Jolion and one of the headlining cars of GWM in the Philippines when the brand was relaunched. Equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a substantially powerful electric motor, the Haval H6 makes quick work of straights and traffic crawls with its dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT), and its "Supreme" equipment at the top-spec trim.
On top of the powertrain, which is actually quite capable with 240 hp and 530 Nm of torque, the H6 is a substantial performer, yet is still smooth thanks to GWM's engineering chops. All variants whether in the Max trim or the Supreme trim come with a hybrid system that motivates the car off the line and on the overtake.
Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid (Mild Hybrid)
An update to the famed Ertiga MPV, the Ertiga Hybrid features a very affordable way to get into a mildly electrified vehicle. The mild-hybrid system in the Ertiga isn't that substantial, but it takes away some load from the 1.5-liter gasoline engine to get better fuel economy and performance on the highway and in the city. It is for sure that the Ertiga Hybrid is a mild-hybrid car, however, and thus it's not as electrified as the other cars on this list.
With the same horsepower as before, at 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque, Suzuki's system takes care of the power under the curve and underneath peak engine speeds. It smoothens the power and torque coming out of the 1.5-liter and makes sure that the car gets up to speed while consuming the least amount of fuel. It's a simple system and one that assists more than it takes over. As an entry-level mild-hybrid system, this may be a car that most people can afford and consider if complexity is one of the concerns.
Mazda CX-90 (Mild Hybrid)
The Mazda CX-90 is the biggest and most luxurious crossover from the Japanese brand. The model features seven seats and it features a ton of space for either cargo or passengers alike. However, one of the headlines from the brand is the inclusion of its gasoline inline-six engine that is mated to a mild-hybrid electric system. The car is expected to drive well, and it has a ton of features to boot that enhance the experience even further.
Mazda's inline-six motor is still the star of the show, with the M Hybrid system delivering a bit of a boost on top of what the powerplant can deliver. With 3.3 liters of displacement, a turbocharger, and a claimed output of 280 hp and 450 Nm of torque mated to Mazda's M Hybrid tech, you have yourself a recipe for a potent do-it-all vehicle. The hybrid motor in this car contributes 16 hp and up to 153 Nm of torque which can also power the car independently of the motor in certain instances.
Mazda CX-60 (Mild Hybrid)
The Mazda CX-60 brought about a new era for the Mazda brand in the Philippines, causing a bit of a stir with long-time fans of the brand. The model was well-received, and it was not long after that Mazda decided to bring in another model with the same 3.3-liter engine layout, the CX-90. Launched first, however, it comes with a few things that actually make it one of the most compelling compacts in the market today.
Equipped with a 3.3-liter inline six gasoline or 3.3-liter diesel engine, the model in either trim gets Mazda's M Hybrid system, which includes an electric motor that can independently power the car in certain circumstances. The gasoline engine has 280 hp and 450 Nm of torque, while the diesel option gets 250 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Either model will take advantage of a 48-volt hybrid system that helps the car run smoothly and quickly off the line.
Mazda3 (Mild Hybrid)
One of the poster cars of the brand and one of the cars that earned Mazda its spotlight back then was the Mazda3. After a good time in the market with its sultry curves and lines, the model eventually got M Hybrid technology in it that allows it additional smoothness and fuel savings over the previous generation. The model now features a 2.0-liter as standard, but the top-of-the-line trim is the only one that gets mild electrification.
Honda CR-V e:HEV (Series-Parallel Hybrid)
Once a diesel and now a hybrid, the Honda CR-V e:HEV was welcomed to the Philippines for the 2024 model year, in which it received a generational update to its looks and its powertrain. Equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine mated to Honda's e:HEV system. This allows the car to achieve 146 hp and 183 Nm of torque with its gasoline engine only. The model is otherwise a series-parallel system which means that the gasoline engine will take a back seat to driving the car once the electric motor is turned on, thus saving a ton of fuel and adding a bit of smoothness to this model's drive. It is worth noting that the hybrid variant is only available at the top of the line RS trim.