Go the extra mile in these hybrid SUVs.
Do you want hybrid power without sacrificing utility or passenger space? A hybrid SUV is just what you're looking for. Combining roomy cabins with generous cargo areas, you'll be able to move passengers and belongings with ease. Many of today's hybrid SUVs also come standard with all-wheel-drive, letting you travel with confidence, even in challenging conditions.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best hybrid SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
After an eight-year pause in production, the Ford Escape Hybrid was revived for 2020. This five-passenger SUV combines a comfortable cabin with lively performance that's enjoyable to drive, whether meeting friends or taking a road trip. Power flows from a 200-hp 2.5L Atkinson cycle hybrid engine (standard on SE Sport and Titanium) that returns an EPA-estimated 44 mpg in the city with front-wheel drive.1If you like options, a 2.5L Atkinson cycle plug-in hybrid engine is also available on 2020 SE, SEL, and Titanium trims with an EPA-estimated 102 MPGe combined with front-wheel drive.2The 2020 Escape Hybrid S is well-equipped with these standard features:
- 17-inch steel wheels
- Dual chrome exhaust tips
- Six-way manually-adjustable driver seat
- SYNC® infotainment system with 4.2-inch display
- Two smart-charging USB ports
With its agile handling and powerful performance, the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is an SUV with spirit. 2017–2019 models generate their power from three electric motors and a 3.0L V6 that connects to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel-drive is standard on the 2017–2019 MDX Sport Hybrid and you can customize your driving preferences using four modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport+. With room for seven passengers and 15 cu-ft of cargo behind the third row (2017–2019 models), this SUV is spacious and practical for daily use. Standard features on the 2017–2019 MDX Sport Hybrid include:
- Moonroof with tilt and slide function
- Power-operated tailgate
- Heated front seats
- Tri-zone automatic climate control
- Bluetooth® connectivity
If you want a luxurious hybrid SUV with room for seven passengers, the XC90 Plug In Hybrid deserves a spot on your list. You'll travel in first-class comfort inside the spacious cabin, which boasts a chic design and perforated Nappa leather upholstery in the 2017–2019 Inscription trim. The XC90 Plug In Hybrid matches its premium accommodations with stout performance from a 2.0L gasoline engine and an electric motor that make a combined 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. On a full charge, the 2018 model can travel an EPA-estimated 19 miles (electric only) or an EPA-estimated 380 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas – great range if you commute.3Standard features on the 2017–2019 XC90 Plug In Hybrid Inscription include:
- Integrated roof rails
- Dual integrated tailpipes
- Sport steering wheel with shift paddles
- Walnut wood inlays
- Harman Kardon® audio system (2019)
Featuring generous cargo capacity and a large, comfortable cabin, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is a great choice if you need a roomy SUV. With three rows of seating for seven passengers, friends and family can always hitch a ride, especially since the third-row has 30.8 inches of adult-friendly legroom. Around back, the 2017 QX60 Hybrid's power liftgate makes loading the 15.8 cubic-foot cargo area very easy, while the split-folding second and third rows make extra space for larger items. All 2017 models use a 230-hp 2.5L supercharged engine and a 15kW electric motor that returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive.1 Standard features on the 2017 QX60 Hybrid include:
- 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Heated power-folding outside mirrors
- Power liftgate
- Power-sliding moonroof
- Around View® Monitor
Combining sports car performance with luxury SUV practicality, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is a total package. After a redesign in 2019, this model boasts more cargo space, technology, and power from a turbocharged 3.0L V6 and an electric motor that pumps out 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. If you like having options with how you power your drive, the 2019 Cayenne's plug-in hybrid powertrain can travel and EPA-estimated 13 miles on a full charge (electric only) or an EPA-estimated 430 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas.4 2017–2019 models also come standard with all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension dampers for enhanced handling in varying conditions. Standard features on the 2019 Cayenne Hybrid include:
- 19-inch wheels
- Brake calipers in acid green finish
- Partial leather interior
- Sport Chrono Package with mode switch
- Porsche Active Suspension Management
The five-passenger BMW X5 Plug In Hybrid is a great addition to any driveway, whether you are single, a couple, or travel with kids. 2017–2018 X5 xDrive40e models use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to make 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. On the road, this translates to an EPA-estimated range of 14 miles on a full charge (electric only), which is ideal for quick errands, or an EPA-estimated 540 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas in 2017–2018 models.5 With 34.2 cu-ft of trunk volume, the 2017–2018 X5 xDrive40e can hold your sporting equipment or stroller, while the second-row seat folds forward to open up 72.5 cubic feet. You'll also enjoy many comfort and convenience features, including these on 2017–2018 models:
- Power tailgate
- Panoramic moonroof
- SensaTec upholstery
- Hi-fi sound system
- Enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity
If you're shopping for a five-passenger SUV to help you go longer between fills, the Rogue Hybrid has the gas mileage you desire. 2017–2019 models are equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that returns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined with standard all-wheel drive.1 This thrifty performance is complemented with a well-balanced ride and a roomy interior, whether cruising on the highway or enjoying the scenic route. The 2017–2019 Rogue Hybrid is also practical for daily life with 27.3 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row to carry groceries or luggage. Standard features on the SV trim include the following on 2017 and newer models:
- Motion-activated liftgate
- Heated front seats
- Under-floor cargo storage
- Bluetooth phone and streaming audio connectivity
- Rearview monitor
Whether carpooling kids or towing your fishing boat, the three-row Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a utilitarian and comfortable option to travel around in. 2017–2019 models offer seating for up to eight passengers with 13.8 cu-ft of volume behind the third row, so you have plenty of space for people and belongings. The second- and third-row 60/40 split-folding seats also slide and recline, making it easy to enter the SUV or get comfortable on longer trips (2017–2019 models). All 2017–2019 Highlander Hybrids come standard with all-wheel drive and use a 306-hp 3.5L V6 with three electric motors to tow an estimated 3,500 lbs, when properly equipped.6 Standard features on the 2017–2019 Hybrid LE trim include:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Six-way adjustable driver seat
- Entune™ infotainment system with 6.1-inch touchscreen display
- Rearview monitor with projected path
- Five USB ports
Revered for its cushioned ride and suite of high-tech driver assists, the Lexus RX 450h is a luxury midsize SUV with lots of appeal. All 2017–2019 models come standard with a MacPherson front suspension and rear double-wishbone suspension that provides agile handling without sacrificing the RX 450h's supple performance. A 3.5L V6 and three electric motors also provide rapid acceleration in the city and on the highway with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined when equipped with all-wheel drive (2017–2019 models).1 With standard driver aids, like forward-collision warning, automatic braking, and departure warning with intervention on 2017–2019 models, you'll have added confidence behind the wheel. All base 2017–2019 RX 450h models also come standard with:
- 18-inch wheels
- Power liftgate
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Lexus Remote Touch interface with eight-inch display
- 12-speaker sound system
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sits at the top of our list, earning accolades for its huge cargo capacity and good gas mileage. The 2019 model was redesigned to include a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors – one of which is specifically used to power the rear wheels in low-traction conditions. With this powertrain, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined, allowing you to go the distance, whether commuting in the city or seeking adventures on the open road.1 The cargo area also offers nearly 70 cu-ft of maximum storage space in 2017–2019 models to carry larger items by folding the second row. Standard features on the 2017–2019 XLE Hybrid trim include:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Cloth upholstery
- Power moonroof with sunshade
- Six-way adjustable driver sea
- Four-way adjustable front passenger seat
Whether you're looking for a roomy three-row vehicle for your family, a comfortable cruiser for commuting, or something well-suited for road trips, there's a hybrid SUV with your name on it.
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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
3EPA-estimated 19-mile range based on 62 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 380-mile extended range based on 27 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
4EPA-estimated 13-mile range based on 46 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 430-mile extended range based on 21 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
5EPA-estimated 14-mile range based on 56 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 540-mile extended range based on 24 MPG combined estimate (gas). Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge and full tank of gas (if applicable). Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
6Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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