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Best Hybrid SUVs under $30K: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022

Hybrid power that won't break the bank.

Shopping for a used hybrid SUV while sticking to a budget may seem like a challenge, but there are plenty of options with the gas mileage and utility you're looking for. Not only can you have your pick between two-row and three-row options, but there are even luxury-class models to choose from.

Regardless of what you're drawn to, all hybrid SUVs have the space, capability, and fuel-sipping performance you crave. These vehicles are a great choice for outdoor adventures, family trips, daily errands, and everything in between.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the best hybrid SUVs under $30,000 for 2022 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.1 Be aware that newer model years and upper trim configurations may bring prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000.

  1. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

  2. Nissan Murano Hybrid

  3. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

  4. Nissan Rogue Hybrid

  5. Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

5. Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is available for the 2014 model year and impresses with great gas mileage, making this family hauler ideal for road trips and carpooling. Anchoring the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is a supercharged 2.5L gasoline engine and a 15kW electric motor paired with a lithium-ion battery that generates 250 combined horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, this 2014 hybrid delivers fuel-sipping performance with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2

The interior of the 2014 model includes a seven-passenger layout with an EZ Flex® Seating System with 5.5 inches of second-row seat travel that makes it easier to load up children and access the third row. With all seats in place, the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid provides 16 cu-ft of volume to carry groceries and shopping bags. Folding the second and third rows opens up 79.8 cubes for large and bulky items.

Standard features on the base 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid SV include:

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • Eight-inch touchscreen display

  • Navigation system with voice recognition

Explore more Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid research today.

4. Nissan Murano Hybrid

The Nissan Murano Hybrid is an enticing option if you're looking for a crossover with a posh cabin and high EPA estimates. Only available for the 2016 model year, this SUV is powered by a supercharged 2.5L gasoline engine that's paired to a 15kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that makes 250 combined horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. With the available all-wheel drive system, the 2016 Murano Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined, while standard front-wheel drive models get 29 mpg combined.2

The 2016 Murano Hybrid features a lounge-like interior with room for five passengers. Legroom is generous across the first and second rows with 40.5 inches and 38.7 inches, respectively, and an available power dual-pane panoramic moonroof creates a bright and airy atmosphere. Leather upholstery adds a premium aesthetic, and there are standard heated front seats for comfort on cool mornings.

You'll also find these standard features in the 2016 Murano Hybrid SL:

  • Driver seat and side-view mirror position memory

  • Adjustable ambient interior lighting

  • 11-speaker Bose® audio system with dual subwoofers

  • Power liftgate

  • Around View® monitor

Looking for more? Visit our Nissan Murano research page.

3. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Available for its 2014–2017 model years, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid impresses with its quiet, comfortable ride across three rows of seating for seven passengers. Whether commuting to the office or enjoying a Sunday cruise, you won't be disturbed by excessive wind and tire noise or harsh vibrations riding in this luxury midsize SUV. 2016 and newer models feature front windows with acoustic glass to provide better insulation and minimize high-frequency noise.

Under the hood, the 2014–2017 QX60 Hybrid gains power from a supercharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a 15kW lithium-ion battery pack that produces a combined 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. An independent-strut front and multi-link rear suspension also ensure smooth handling with minimal body roll when cornering (2014–2017 models). You can even customize the SUV's throttle response and gearshift patterns to optimize performance with the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, which includes Standard, Sport, Eco, and Snow modes.

Other standard features on the 2014–2017 QX60 Hybrid include:

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

  • Power liftgate

  • Heated power-folding outside mirrors

  • Power-sliding moonroof with one-touch open/close

  • 13-speaker Bose audio system

Continue your Infiniti QX60 research to learn more.

2. Nissan Rogue Hybrid

If you're looking for a compact SUV for running errands or meeting up with friends, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a great daily driver. 2017–2019 models feature a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a 30kW electric motor that creates a combined 176 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but all-wheel drive is available if you need extra traction for navigating difficult conditions.

With an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined with all-wheel drive or 34 mpg combined with the standard front-wheel drive system, the 2017–2019 Rogue Hybrid helps you go longer between fills.2 The 2017–2019 Rogue Hybrid's independent-strut front and independent multi-link rear suspensions also deliver a smooth ride that evens out bumps and road imperfections with precision. With standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, you'll feel confident driving this compact hybrid SUV through busy parking lots and congested city streets.

Here's what to expect on the base 2017–2019 Rogue Hybrid SV:

  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

  • Heated front seats

  • Intelligent access with push-button start

  • 60/40 split-folding second-row seat

  • Under-floor cargo storage

Learn more at our Nissan Rogue Hybrid research page.

1. Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Topping our list of the best hybrid SUVs under $30,000 is the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid—a three-row crossover that is a great introduction to electric driving.

2018–2020 models use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for an EPA-estimated range of 22 miles on a full charge (electric only), and an EPA-estimated range of 310 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas.3 Charging is flexible and easy on the go, requiring eight hours with a standard 120V household outlet or 3.5 hours using a Level Two 240V charger. Public charging stations are even quicker, taking 25 minutes to refresh the 2018–2021 Outlander PHEV's battery to 80 percent.

This plug-in hybrid also offers several driver aids to enhance your confidence on your commute. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert comes standard on 2018–2021 Outlander PHEVs, while forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are available.

Other standard features on the 2018–2021 Outlander PHEV include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Power liftgate

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated front seats

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility

Check out our Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid research to learn more.

Whether you're searching for a wallet-friendly three-row vehicle for your family or a comfortable cruiser for commuting and road trips, these used hybrid SUVs have what you need.

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1Average estimates are based on prices on carmax.com from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel 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.
3EPA-estimated 22-mile range based on 74 MPGe combined estimate. EPA-estimated 310-mile range based on EPA-estimated 25 combined MPG and 74 combined MPGe. 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.
* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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