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Style, comfort, and the MPG you want.

Best Hybrid SUVs of 2018 | CarMax

Hybrid SUVs look just like their fuel-only counterparts but have a secret under the hood: potent power with fewer stops at the pump. Buying a hybrid doesn't mean you have to sacrifice space or style, either; today's hybrid SUVs include both. Simply decide which vehicle has the features that are most important to you and you're ready to shop.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best used hybrid SUVs for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

  1. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
  2. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  3. Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
  4. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
  5. BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid
  6. Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid
  7. Nissan Rogue Hybrid
  8. Lexus RX 450h
  9. Toyota Highander Hybrid
  10. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Acura MDX Sport Hybrid | CarMax

Packaged with generous standard features and sporty performance, 2017–2019 models of the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid are dressed to impress. This SUV is powered by a 3.0L V6 accompanied by three electric motors and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard across all three model years. 2017–2019 models with the hybrid engine get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.1 The MDX Sport Hybrid wraps seven passengers in luxurious leather and lets light stream into the cabin via a standard sunroof. With 15 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row, Acura's capable SUV can haul you, your passengers, and cargo with ease.

Standard features on the 2017–2019 MDX Sport Hybrid include:

  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Heated leather front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth® connectivity

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Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Infiniti QX60 | Carmax

Infiniti is known for its elegant, streamlined design and substantial storage space. That's also the case for the 2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, which was the final year of this hybrid model. Three rows seat up to seven passengers with ample legroom and headroom, and split-folding second- and third-row seats mean you can mix and match cargo and passenger space as needed. Everyone will enjoy tri-zone automatic air conditioning and leather upholstery throughout. Equipped with a 230-hp 2.5L supercharged engine assisted by a 15kW electric motor, the 2017 QX60 Hybrid gets 27 mpg combined in the front-wheel-drive version.1

A 2017 QX60 Hybrid is well-equipped with these standard features:

  • Heated front seats
  • Heated power-folding outside mirrors
  • Seven-inch color display
  • Power liftgate
  • Backup camera

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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs for 2021: Mitsubishi Outlander | CarMax

Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV has a unique capability: it can simulate a locked differential, which sets it apart from its rivals and gives it versatile off-road handling. Equipped with a 177-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine and 60-kW electric motor, it gets an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined.1 By itself, a fully-charged battery gives you 22 miles of electric-only range, and the 2018–2019 Outlander PHEV models can be plugged in and charged from a 120- or 240-volt socket, or DC fast-charger power sources.2 The Outlander seats five comfortably and provides a total of 78 cu-ft of storage space. Tech options include standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity.

Standard features on 2018–2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs include:

  • Power liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Porsche Cayenne | Carmax

The zippy and sleek Porsche Cayenne Hybrid was redesigned in 2019, giving it even more features that make this SUV a star. It's a Porsche, so the mechanics are as impressive as would be expected, and the luxury on the inside matches the adrenaline under the hood. An electric engine accompanies the turbocharged 3.0L V6, generating a notable 455 hp with 516 lb-ft of torque.

All-wheel-drive is standard, and the adaptive suspension dampers create a better driving experience overall. With a full charge and full tank of gas, the Cayenne Hybrid can go an EPA-estimated 430 miles and the battery alone will take you 13 miles if it's fully charged.3 This distinctive hybrid even has launch control, which can propel you forward with thrilling force.

Standard features on the 2019 Cayenne Hybrid include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • 12.3 inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Sport Chrono Package with mode switch
  • Apple CarPlay connectivity

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BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: BMW X5| Carmax

The well-engineered BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid is quite congenial, with room for five passengers. With 35.8 cu-ft behind the second row or 76.7 cu-ft maximum cargo volume when the seats are folded down, this competent SUV can haul a bunch. Imagine rolling up to the park with a jogging stroller, hauling groceries and shopping bags home, or travelling with a full set of luggage in the X5 PHEV; this SUV can handle it and more. With a full electric charge on a 2017 or 2018 model, you have the benefit of 14 miles, and when the gas tank is filled up your 2.0L four-cylinder engine can take you an EPA-estimated 540 miles.4

2017 and 2018 models of the BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid include the following features and more:

  • Power tailgate
  • Navigation system
  • 40/20/40-split folding rear seats
  • Nine-speaker sound system with CD player
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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Volvo XC90 Plug In Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Volvo XC90 | Carmax

Nappa leather, three rows of comfortable seating for seven, and Volvo performance are just the start of what places the 2017–2019 XC90 Plug-In Hybrid on our list. This luxurious hybrid SUV can deliver up to an EPA-estimated 19 miles on its electric motor or an EPA-estimated 380 miles with both a full tank of gas and a full battery charge.5 Powered by a 2.0L, 400-horsepower engine, the 2018 and 2019 models have ample get-up-and-go with 472 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid SUV is a pleasure to drive whether you're commuting a few miles to work, picking up the kids from school, or taking a cross-country road trip.

Standard features on the 2017–2019 XC90 Plug-In Hybrid include:

  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • 50/50-split third-row seats
  • Nine-inch touchscreen

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Nissan Rogue | Carmax

Nissan's Rogue family is wildly popular for good reason: this crossover has something for everyone, including supremely comfortable zero-gravity seats that are unique to Nissan. The 2017–2019 hybrid versions of the Rogue include a 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg and makes 176 horsepower combined.1 Available in two trims—SL and SV—the Rogue Hybrid is well-appointed for model years 2017–2019. And the Rogue's clever storage compartment, which they call Divide and Hide, is configured to maximize your storage options. That's a big plus when you're trying to find places to put supplies for your pets, kids, and camping trip.

You'll find these standard features and more on 2017–2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrids:

  • Sliding and reclining 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector
  • Six-speaker audio system

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Lexus RX 450h

Best Hybrid SUVs: Lexus RX 450H | Carmax

If you are looking for a luxury SUV with spectacular range, the Lexus 450h (h is for hybrid, of course) will be at the top of your list. For model years 2017–2019, Lexus' midsize SUV is plush inside and handsome outside, with an unmistakable grille and profile. You'll notice the confident way the 450h hugs the corners and gently crests speed bumps with a highly capable front suspension and double-wishbone suspension in the rear. You'll also appreciate the easy acceleration of the 3.5L engine, working together with three electric motors. When equipped with all-wheel-drive, 2017–2019 models of the Lexus 450h get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg, leaving plenty of time between trips to the pump.1 That's one less thing you have to worry about in your day.

All 2017–2019 RX 450h models come standard with:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-inch color touchscreen

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Toyota Highlander | Carmax

One of two Toyota hybrid SUVs at the top of our list, the three-row Highlander Hybrid brings practical comfort to the table along with a host of driver-assist features. Sized right for families up to seven, the Highlander Hybrid still has 13.8 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row. Highlander Hybrids from 2017–2019 are powered by 306-hp 3.5L V6 with three electric motors that help to give this SUV a boost of acceleration right off the line and achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg for 2017–2019 LE Plus models and 28 mpg on standard versions.1 All 2017–2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrids are equipped with all-wheel drive and can tow an estimated 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.6

All 2017–2019 Highlander Hybrids include:

  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display
  • Rearview monitor with projected path
  • Five USB ports

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Toyota RAV4 | Carmax

Toyota's spunky 194-hp RAV4 Hybrid earned the top spot on our list for good reason. RAV4s from 2017–2019 include a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for an astounding EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.1 If you regularly encounter slippery or icy roads, the RAV4 will serve you well; with one of the two electric motors dedicated to powering the rear wheels. This crossover will take you from boardroom to beach, grocery store to mountain trail, and school to vacation in style and comfort. With 70 cu-ft of maximum cargo space in 2017–2019 models, the RAV4 Hybrid can handle all of your gear for every adventure.

Standard features on the 2017–2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid include:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power sunroof
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat
  • Rearview camera

When you have an SUV on your mind and you want it to be comfortable and fuel-efficient, these hybrids are sure to please. Whether you're heading off-road with your family for some rest and relaxation or want a hassle-free commute to the office, a hybrid SUV is a great idea.

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1Fuel 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.
2EPA-estimated 22-mile range based on 74 MPGe combined estimate (electric); additional EPA-estimated 540-mile extended range based on 25 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.
3EPA-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.
4EPA-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.
5EPA-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.
6Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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