The 2017 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid's electric range of 53 miles means it'll run most of its trips on grid power alone, without ever switching on the engine.
Still, if you really require a usable fifth seat, you can opt for the Ford C-Max Energi tall wagon, though its downsides are a small load bay and 19-mile range.
The new Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid offers 22 miles of electric range and unparalleled fuel economy in gasoline mode, likely more than 50 mpg combined, though its styling is a matter of personal taste.
You can also seat five more comfortably in the plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedans, at 19 and 25 miles of range respectively.
Finally, two battery-electric cars will offer affordable longer ranges by the end of this year: the Nissan Leaf is already on sale with a new 107-mile model, and the Chevy Bolt EV is promised to hit 200 miles, for a price only a few thousands dollars higher than a Volt.
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