Match convenience with hybrid power.

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. Today, there's a long list of available hybrid SUVs that span many types and uses, from seven-passenger family haulers to small and sporty crossovers. Just like their gasoline-only peers, hybrid SUVs offer ample storage and passenger space with a commanding view of the road and an easy entry/exit height. So, if you've been looking for a vehicle that will give you the best of both worlds, then shopping for a hybrid SUV is a great choice.

To help you on your search, we've compiled this list of the 9 best hybrid SUVs, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

  1. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
  2. Nissan Rogue Hybrid
  3. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
  4. Ford Escape Hybrid
  5. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  6. BMW X5 xDrive40e
  7. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  8. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  9. Lexus RX 450h


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid | CarMax

Looking to find a rare-but-capable seven-passenger hybrid SUV? The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. Debuted in 2014, this hybrid SUV lasted just one model year in the U.S. before being discontinued. It’s a hybrid that can really move—outputting 250 hp and 243 lb.-ft. of torque from its base 2.5L, four-cylinder supercharged engine. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a 15-kW electric motor with a lithium-ion battery. Standard equipment on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid includes:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rack rails
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • USB port


Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Nissan Rogue Hybrid | CarMax

Small, comfortable, and capable, the Nissan Rogue is a popular option for compact SUV buyers. The hybrid version, which is available as front-wheel or all-wheel drive, adds to that while retaining a similar performance character. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid's power center starts with the vehicle's 2.0L four-cylinder engine, then adds an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. Total output is 176 hp. The EPA estimates the 2017 Nissan Rogue 2.0L Hybrid with front-wheel drive at 34 combined mpg.1 The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is offered in SV or SL trim only. The more recent 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid SUV model offers the following standard features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Bluetooth® connectivity


Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid | CarMax

For those who want to indulge in a hybrid SUV that's both sporty and supports a green-conscious lifestyle, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is worth a look. This is a plug-in hybrid SUV that can seat up to five passengers and comes with adaptive suspension for a smooth, quiet ride. And, as well as being a hybrid, the 2017 model has a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine mated to an electric motor; delivering 416 hp and an EPA-estimated 46 MPGe—with 14 miles of all-electric range.2 More recent models like the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid include:

  • WiFi hot spot3
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay


Ford Escape Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Ford Escape Hybrid | CarMax

Launched in 2005 and discontinued in 2010, the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV was the first SUV with a hybrid powertrain and among one of the first hybrids to really "blend in"—you wouldn't notice the difference between the gasoline-only version and the hybrid edition on first glance. The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid boasts a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with a 70-kW electric motor for a combined power rating of 153 hp. As for fuel economy, the EPA estimates this 2010 front-wheel-drive model at a combined 32 mpg.1 The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid’s standard features include:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Rear window defroster


Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Infiniti QX60 Hybrid | CarMax

Available in front- and all-wheel drive, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is an excellent choice if you prioritize classy design and ample seating. With room for up to seven passengers to sit comfortably, the 2017 QX60 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined in its base trim with a 2.5L supercharged four-cylinder engine.1 With the addition of a 15-kW electric motor, this SUV makes a combined 250 hp but can't drive solely on electric propulsion. The QX60 Hybrid was discontinued after the 2017 model year. Standard features include.

  • Bose® 13-speaker sound system
  • Remote Start
  • Surround-view cameras


BMW X5 xDrive40e

Best Hybrid SUVs: BMW X5 | CarMax

If you're intrigued by the idea of a vehicle you can plug into a wall, the innovative BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid is one to consider. This 2017 model plugs directly into a standard 120V household outlet, features some of BMW's most advanced technology, and creates a wonderful driving experience. The standard 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor and battery pack, generates a total power output of 308 hp. Battery-only range for the 2017 model is approximately 14 miles, and it earns an estimated 56-MPGe rating from the EPA with the 2.0L hybrid engine.2 2018-2019 BMW X5 xDrive40e standard features include:

  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rearview camera


Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Toyota Highlander Hybrid | CarMax

Looking for a hybrid SUV that specializes in convenient family travel? The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid fits the bill, thanks to a family-friendly design that seats seven passengers. The hybrid powertrain delivers performance—in more ways than one. The 3.5L engine gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined with two electric motors (one each for front and rear axles) and offers total output of 306 hp.1 All of this results in a surprisingly spirited performance complementing a quiet and roomy cabin that's meant to excel at getting you and your family where they need to be. Standard features of the 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid include:

  • Toyota Entune audio system
  • Six speakers
  • Bluetooth


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: 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. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the base 2.5L four-cylinder engine can achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.1 Total combined output from the engine and Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is 154 hp. Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid still delivers a comfortable ride with a surprising amount of space for a compact crossover. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with the following features:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth


Lexus RX 450h

Best Hybrid SUVs: Lexus RX 450h | CarMax

Interested in a luxury crossover for your next vehicle purchase? If so, you may want to check out the quiet, smooth, and sophisticated performance of the Lexus hybrid SUV. Available with all-wheel drive, the 2018 450h achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined with its 3.5L, six-cylinder standard engine.1 With the addition of three electric motors, the total power output is 308 hp sent through a CVT. The most noticeable difference between previous model year R hybrids and the 2018 version is the addition of an F-SPORT trim. The 2019 Lexus RX 450h offers the following standard features:

  • Eight-way power front seats
  • "NuLuxe" simulated leather
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

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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.
2 Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov
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