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A natural fit for your next road trip.

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018 | CarMax

In the market for a used SUV that will offer ample cargo and passenger space? When you opt for a used hybrid SUV, you can enjoy the best of both worlds! Hybrid SUVs operate on a combination of a "traditional" internal-combustion engine and battery power, allowing for surprisingly higher fuel economy for more adventure on the road.

Need some help in narrowing down your hybrid SUV options? We've compiled a list of the top 8 hybrid SUVs based on CarMax sales data from February 2018.

  1. 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
  2. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
  3. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SL
  4. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited
  5. 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
  6. 2013 Lexus RX 450H
  7. 2015 Lexus RX 450H
  8. 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

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2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited | CarMax

Those looking for a hybrid SUV with three rows of seating will want to check out the 2015 Toyota Highlander. In its base Limited trim with 3.5L engine, you'll get an estimated 27 mpg city and 28 mpg highway while seating up to seven passengers comfortably.1 This vehicle also includes a decent amount of standard features, such as large 19-inch wheels, luxurious leather upholstery, and individual climate control for each row of seats. Additional packages, such as the Driver Technology package, can upgrade you to a huge nine-inch display, stolen vehicle locater, and other desirable tech features.


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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE | CarMax

Offering an estimated 34 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's base XLE trim with automatic transmission and 2.5L engine is a great choice for those in the market for a smaller SUV.1 This subcompact SUV will seat up to five passengers comfortably. Drivers will enjoy standard features like a rearview camera and keyless entry/ignition. Drivers and passengers alike will love the standard sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning and heating, and Bluetooth® connectivity!


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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SL

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid | CarMax

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SL was brand new for 2014, with its 2.5L engine and 2WD offering up to an estimated 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.1 This is yet another great midsize SUV option for those needing seating for up to seven passengers. One of the biggest draws of this hybrid SUV (aside from its impressive fuel economy) is that it's loaded with great standard features, including a power liftgate for convenience, heated front seats for added comfort, and even leather upholstery for a luxurious interior. Passengers will appreciate the spacious head and leg room—even in the third row. When extra cargo space is a must, folding down both rows of seats will also yield nearly 80 cubic feet of storage.


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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited | CarMax

Does this vehicle look familiar? That's because the XLE trim of this same make and model year ranked number six on our list. And though the Limited trim offers the same fuel economy at an estimated 34 mpg city and 30 highway, we suspect customers enjoy its additional features.1 For instance, drivers will enjoy a more stylish exterior with chrome accents, as well as larger 18-inch wheels and heated front seats for those cooler days. Additional tech features, such as included navigation, seamless smartphone integration, satellite radio compatibility, and a larger seven-inch touchscreen also make this trim level a top contender.


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2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5L

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2013 Toyota Highlander Limited | CarMax

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is another SUV that makes our list more than once. In the Limited trim of the 2013 Highlander Hybrid, its 3.5L engine will get you an estimated 28 mpg on both city streets and highways.1 And when you opt for the higher-tier Limited trim over the base, you'll enjoy upgrades such as 19-inch wheels for a smoother and quieter ride, an ultra-convenient power liftgate, separate climate control for all three rows of seating, and a premium JBL® sound system with nine speakers for crystal clear sound no matter where you're sitting!


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2013 Lexus RX 450H

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2013 Lexus RX-450h | CarMax

When you're looking for an SUV that delivers more than just fuel efficiency and utility, the luxurious 2013 Lexus RX 450H with 3.5L engine is a great option. This luxury vehicle offers seating for up to five passengers and boasts an estimated 31 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in its standard FWD version.1 It's also a top contender for those wanting a little more power behind the wheel, as it comes standard with a powerful V6 engine. Standard features abound in this hybrid SUV, including some luxurious features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, and a premium nine-speaker sound system.


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2015 Lexus RX 450H

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2015 Lexus RX-450h | CarMax

Topping out the 2013 Lexus RX 450H is the 2015 model year, which also gets an estimated 31 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in its standard V6 engine with FWD.1 The 2015 RX 450H also boasts a more comprehensive list of standard features that you would have paid extra for in the 2013, such as a rearview camera and seven-inch display. Those searching for a luxury vehicle that provides a smooth and quiet ride will be impressed by the sound insulation offered in the 2015 RX 450H, which (alongside its capable suspension) provides drivers and passengers alike with a peaceful ride regardless of terrain and road conditions.


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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018: 2014 Infiniti QX-60 | CarMax

Topping our list of the best hybrid SUVs is the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid; its automatic 2.5L engine with AWD boasts an estimated 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway and is the hands-down best option for those wanting a luxury SUV with less trips to the gas pump.1 Unlike the Lexus RX 450H, the QX60 will comfortably seat up to seven passengers, making it a great choice for larger families with bigger space demands. Drivers and passengers alike will also love the generous standard features that come with this hybrid SUV, such as bi-xenon headlights, a beautiful sunroof, and leather upholstery throughout. Each row also enjoys its own individual climate control, and drivers will take advantage of the included heated front seats, rearview camera, convenient power liftgate, and additional features galore with optional add-on packages.


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Whether you're in the market for a compact SUV or something with space for a growing family, this list of the best hybrid SUVs has you covered.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles 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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