1. Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is the world’s first mass produced hybrid and for a long time, it has been the yardstick with which hybrid compacts have been measured. It’s commonplace for new entrants to be compared and contrasted against the Prius.
2. Honda Insight
Hybrid cars have slowly been creeping upon us and we are at a point where we must either embrace them or run out of options. Without question, the future belongs to hybrids and electric cars so the sooner we accept them, the better for us. The Honda Insight is one such hybrid that has slowly been gaining traction in the Kenyan market. Its closest competitor is the Toyota Prius which is arguably the first hybrid to strut this market.
3. Honda Fit Hybrid
The Honda Fit is a 5 seater hatchback that has been in production since 2001. Its popularity in Kenya has been gaining steadily as more and more people are appreciating the quality and reliability of Honda
4. Lexus RX450h
The Lexus RX is popular in Kenya and is well known for its close resemblance to the Toyota Harrier with which it shares a common heritage. Lexus introduced the RX in a bid to boost sales and offer competition to the SUV market that was heavily dominated by German cars. It was released alongside the Toyota Harrier which targeted the Japanese Domestic Market while the RX targeted the North American market where it became an instant hit. It competes with the BMW X5, VW Touareg, Mercedes M-Class, Audi Q5, Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC60.
5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and it aims to tap into the growing electric/hybrid market. Hybrid cars have been making a steady entry into the Kenyan market but electric cars are yet to find acceptance. This is not a consumer problem per se but a lack of infrastructure and lack of government incentives. In other countries, electric cars attract much lower taxes than fuel burners but in Kenya this incentive is non existent or at best negligible.The 2013 Mitsubishi PHEV has a claimed range of 60.2 Km on rechargeable electricity alone and a range of 879 Km on both electric and petrol power.