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Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018 | CarMax

These days, hybrids don't just come in sedan or hatchback form. You can find hybrid versions of just about any vehicle type imaginable—including the practical SUV. From hybrid crossovers and small SUVs, to full-size hybrid SUVs that seat up to seven passengers, these vehicles are in high demand. Hybrid SUVs offer ample storage and passenger space, as well as time savings at the gas pump. If you've been looking for a vehicle option that will give you the best of both worlds, then shopping for the best hybrid SUV is a great option.

Don’t know where to start on your search for the best hybrid SUV? We've done the work for you by compiling this list of the top 7 best SUV hybrid options based on CarMax vehicle sales data from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018:

  1. BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid
  2. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
  3. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
  4. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  5. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  6. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  7. Lexus RX 450H


BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid | CarMax

If you're at all intrigued by the idea of a vehicle you can plug into a wall, the innovative 2016 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid is worth a look. This vehicle plugs directly into a standard, 120V household plug. And while this vehicle comes in a single trim option, it is a premium trim that offers some desirable features, such as:

  • leather, metal, and real wood accents
  • up to 76.7 cubic feet of cargo storage
  • innovative iDrive® control interface


Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Porsche Cayenne | CarMax

For those who want to indulge in a hybrid SUV that's both sporty and green-conscious, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is worth a look. This hybrid crossover can seat up to five passengers and comes with a plug-in power system and adaptive suspension for a smooth, quiet ride. And despite being a hybrid, its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine packs quite a punch while still getting an estimated 47 mpg combined.1 This luxury crossover also comes with such standard features as:

  • 59.7 cubic feet of maximum storage space
  • an innovative smartphone app
  • a 3.6 kilowatt charger

This hybrid also has an optional Sport package that adds power front seats, a sport exhaust, and more.


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid | CarMax

Another excellent choice for those looking for a no-frills hybrid SUV is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which gets an estimated 26 mpg combined in its base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine.1 Speed lovers will also enjoy the fact that the 2014 Pathfinder hybrid even has a supercharged engine option available for a little more power under the hood. This is also one of just a few seven-passenger hybrid SUVs on the market, making it a viable choice for those who need extra cargo and passenger space.


Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: Infiniti QX60 Hybrid | CarMax

Available in front- and all-wheel drive, the 2016 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is an excellent choice for those prioritizing a classy design and ample seating. With room for up to seven passengers to sit comfortable, the 2016 QX60 hybrid gets an estimated 26 mpg combined in its base trim with a 2.5-liter engine.1 Divers and passengers alike will also enjoy its quite ride thanks to upgraded sound insulation, as well as its sporty look and feel.


Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: Toyota Highlander Hybrid | CarMax

Looking for a hybrid SUV with lots of options for customization? The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid might fit the bill. This vehicle is available in two trim options: the Limited and Limited Platinum. Standard features are generous and include:

  • adjustable-height power liftgate
  • tri-zone climate control
  • driver voice amplification system

In its base, 3.5-liter engine, the 2016 Highlander Hybrid also gets an estimated 28 mpg combined and boasts ample seating for up to seven passengers.1


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | CarMax

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a compact crossover SUV, which could be a smart choice for those who need a little more space than a traditional hybrid sedan has to offer. Drivers will also enjoy the fact that this vehicle comes standard with all-wheel drive, and that its base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is able to achieve an estimated 32 mpg combined.1 Meanwhile, the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid still delivers a comfortable ride with a surprising amount of space for a compact crossover.


Lexus RX 450H

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: Lexus RX 450h | CarMax

Interested in a luxury crossover for your next vehicle purchase? If so, you may want to check out this Lexus hybrid SUV. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive options, the 2016 450h achieves an estimated 30 mpg combined in its 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder standard engine.1 It also boasts some impressive features, including:

  • rearview camera
  • power liftgate
  • heated and vented front seats
  • a leather-wrapped steering wheel

Additional features, such as ventilated sport seats and upgraded leather upholstery, are available in other trims, such as the F Sport or with the optional Luxury package add-on.

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No matter what you're looking for in a hybrid SUV, these options are a great place to start. For more information to jump-start your vehicle search, check out these related articles:

1 Fuel 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 for details.
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