8 Most Popular Hybrid Cars to Buy in Kenya

  1. PRIUS 2009 Mitsubishi PRIUS

    Price: USD 5,242

  2. INSIGHT 2011 Mitsubishi INSIGHT

    Price: USD 3,135

  3. INSIGHT 2009 Mitsubishi INSIGHT

    Price: USD 3,058

  4. PRIUS 2011 Mitsubishi PRIUS

    Price: USD 8,446

  5. PRIUS 2017 Mitsubishi PRIUS

    Price: USD 14,660

  6. OUTLANDER 2011 Mitsubishi OUTLANDER

    Price: USD 4,009

  7. OUTLANDER 2005 Mitsubishi OUTLANDER

    Price: USD 4,611

  8. FIT 2014 Mitsubishi FIT

    Price: USD 5,533

  9. FIT 2009 Mitsubishi FIT

    Price: USD 1,660

  10. OUTLANDER 2006 Mitsubishi OUTLANDER

    Price: USD 4,514

A few years back, owning a hybrid car and driving it on Kenyan streets was a sign of wealth. The novelty that came with owning a hybrid vehicle has now mellowed out because they are now readily available. Hybrids are the half-siblings of electric vehicles and run on both an engine and an electric motor. A lot of taxi-hailing services in Kenya like Uber, Little Cab, and Taxify are preferring to use hybrid vehicles for their services due to their fuel efficiency and performance features. Nowadays it is a common sight to see a Honda or Toyota hybrid car on Kenyan streets.


Hybrid cars are operated by an electric motor running alongside a petrol engine and battery packs. Hondas, in particular, are preferred by buyers in Nairobi. Some of the following hybrid cars for sale in Kenya are our top picks if you want to buy a hybrid for the first time, or you want to buy a new hybrid car.


Toyota Prius Hybrid:

The Prius is the worlds first hybrid that was mass-produced and for many years has been the standard to which many hybrids have tried to come up to. The Prius was first sold in Japan and other countries when it was introduced in 1997 and was introduced worldwide in 2000. The best part about the Prius is that like other Toyota hybrid cars price is comparatively low. As of January 2017, the Prius liftback had sold more than 4 million units worldwide, making it the worlds most sold hybrid car. In Kenya, the Prius hybrid retails between the range of KSh 1M-1.2M for a 2010 or 2011 model. Some key features included in the Toyota Prius include its 1500 CC engine, high tech navigation system, reverse camera, electric mirrors, CD music system, fog lights, DVD, traction control, and more.


Honda Insight:

The Honda Insight has slowly been gaining popularity with Kenyan customers and competes closely with the Toyota Prius, which was the first hybrid entrant in the Kenyan market. The Honda Insight is currently in its second generation and is a five-door hatchback capable of carrying five adults. The Insight was the first production vehicle to have Honda Integrated Motor Assist system. The Insight is priced at KSh 800,000 for a 2010 or 2011 model and includes features such as electric power steering, traction control, CD player, xenon lights. The Insight features a 1300 CC engine with the electric motor assist adding another 10 kW and a maximum torque of 36 pound-feet. When the car is at a standstill, the engine is shut off to reserve power.


Honda Fit Hybrid:

The Honda Fit is a five-seater hatchback that is steadily gaining traction in Kenya as more and more people recognize the capability of a Honda. It has a 1.5-liter hybrid engine from the Earth Dreams Technology Series by Honda. It consumes up to 37.3 km/l of fuel and provides a quick response and engaging handling for drivers.


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV is the world first plug-in hybrid SUV that is now gaining popularity in the Kenyan market. While electric cars are not as accepted in the Kenyan market, the Outlander PHEV makes itself known as a hybrid. It has a range of 60.2 km on rechargeable electricity and a range of 879 km when using both electric and petrol motors.


Honda Civic Hybrid:

Honda hybrid cars price in Kenya is relatively lower than its competitors. This is particularly true with the Civic hybrid, which is priced between KSh 750,000 and KSh 1,300,000. The Civic features an 1169 CC traverse engine and has a front-wheel drive. It has commendable fuel efficiency and reliability, with eco-friendly features. The Civic Type R, Civic VTi, Civic GTi, and Civic SiR/Si are especially lauded for their smooth performance and sportiness. Some key features include engine start button, illuminated driver and passenger mirror with lid in sunshades, cloth or vinyl upholstery, climate control air conditioning, illuminated and refrigerated glove box, remote keyless entry, 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, drivers seat height adjustment, multi-function steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, and more.


Lexus CT hybrid:

The Lexus CT 200h is a hybrid electric car that comes in a premium sport compact hatchback body. The models sold in Kenya are equipped with a 1.8-liter VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine along with an electric motor. The Lexus CT retails between KSh 2-2.5 million and has four driving modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, and EV. The EV mode allows you to drive with zero emissions generated by using only the electric motors to operate.


Lexus RX 450h:

The Lexus RX is known for being a close competitor to the Toyota Harrier and Lexus launched the RX to boost its sales in the SUV market that was previously dominated by German automobiles.


Toyota Sai:

The Sai is now gaining popularity with Kenyan drivers and features the new Engine MC platform from Toyota along with a powerful 2.4-liter engine. The Sai includes important features like traction control and an anti-lock braking system which helps it to manage traction with the road when the emergency brakes are applied. The traction control system helps balance the throttle input and engine torque. The Sai has a lightweight unibody chassis and has important features like taillights, indicators, and reflectors that make it easy to drive even on dark roads. The Toyota Sai retails in between KSh 1.5-1.8 M.



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