Match convenience with hybrid power.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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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