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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


Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid | CarMax

Produced from 2008 through 2013, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is well-known for combining the benefits of a hybrid with the practicality of a more rugged SUV or truck. The 2013 model boasts a towing capacity of an estimated 6,200 pounds (when properly equipped).1 Available in a single trim option (the 1HY), the 2013 1HY boasts a 6.0-liter V8 with two accompanying electric motors and a combined fuel economy of an estimated 21 mpg in both the all-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive options.2 Standard features for the 2013 model also include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Tahoe hybrid is great option for those looking for a larger SUV with three rows of available seating.


Saturn Vue Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Saturn Vue Hybrid | CarMax

Manufactured exclusively for the 2008 and 2009 model years, the Saturn Vue Hybrid is another top contender for your hybrid SUV purchase. The 2008 model is available in one trim level, the Green Line. This two-row SUV is really more of a hybrid crossover, seating up to five people comfortably. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, and a six-speaker stereo system. Powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor that provides an extra "boost" when needed (such as during quick acceleration), the 2008 Vue Hybrid Green Line is simple yet practical for smaller families. It is also available with an optional "comfort and convenience package," which includes heated mirrors, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Combined fuel economy for the 2008 Vue Green Line is an estimated 28 mpg2, which is quite competitive for a vehicle of its size and model year.


2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE

Best Hybrid SUVs: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | 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!


GMC Yukon Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: GMC Yukon Hybrid | CarMax

Those looking for a hybrid SUV with plenty of storage, passenger space, and towing capacity will do well to check out the GMC Yukon Hybrid. Specifically, the 2012 model (available in one trim) boasts a number of great standard features, including rear-park assist with a rearview camera, tri-zone climate control for added comfort, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Drivers will also enjoy a standard navigation system for those long road trips, as well as available satellite radio and traffic reporting for daily commutes. The 2012 Yukon Hybrid is also available in either rear- or four-wheel drive, both of which are powered by a 6.0-liter V8 coupled with a pair of electric motors to achieve up to an estimated 21 mpg combined city and highway. 2


Ford Escape Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUVs: Ford Escape Hybrid | CarMax

Combine the convenience of a full-size SUV with the practicality of a hybrid and you’ve got the Ford Escape hybrid. The 2008 Escape Hybrid, for instance, is available in one trim option and comes with your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. On top of that, you'll enjoy standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control for added comfort, and full power accessories. All 2008 Escape Hybrids are also powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine along with two electric motors for a total output of 155 horsepower and a combined fuel economy of an estimated 32 mpg. 2 Drivers will enjoy the nearly 30 feet of cargo space, which can be extended to 65 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Overall, a great option for families!

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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.


2013 Lexus RX 450H

Best Hybrid SUVs: 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.


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


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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