These fuel-sipping SUVs are great for green-conscious drivers.
When you're looking for a used vehicle that will not only meet your space and storage needs, but provide great fuel economy in the process, looking at used hybrid SUVs is worth a second look. These vehicles boast the fuel-saving benefits of a smaller car with the versatility, space, and power of an SUV. Not to mention, hybrid SUVs are available in various sizes, ranging from compact crossovers to full-size options.
We’re here to help make your search for the best SUV hybrid easier. Here is our list of the top seven hybrid SUVs of 2018 with average prices under $30K, based on CarMax sales data from December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.1 Be aware that newer model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30K.
For the 2017 model year, the already-popular Nissan Rogue saw the release of a hybrid version for the very first time. The 2.0-liter hybrid engine on the 2017 Rogue is available in both the SL and SV trims. This engine is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, so those who want to take the road less traveled can still enjoy the fuel economy without sacrificing a fun ride. The front-wheel drive, standard 2.0-liter engine on the 2017 Rogue Hybrid boasts an estimated 34 mpg combined2, along with other standard features, such as:
- cargo storage system
- rearview camera
- five-inch infotainment display
Production of the hybrid version of Lexus' RX 400H ceased in 2008, but again, this is still a worthy contender to keep in mind. What really sets this SUV apart is its high-end features, including its powerful (and standard) 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is paired with electric motors for maximum fuel economy. Available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the 2008 version with standard 3.3-liter V6 engine gets an estimated 25 mpg combined.2 While it comes in one trim level, this 400H offers some pretty decent standard equipment, including:
- power rear liftgate
- premium sound system
- heated outside mirrors
There are also numerous packages and add-ons to customize your driving experience, including the Premium Package with a sunroof and leather trim.
In 2014, Nissan debuted its first hybrid version of the Nissan Pathfinder. This affordable hybrid SUV is spacious enough to seat up to seven passengers. This is a solid option for larger families with greater space demands. The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and 15 kw motor, which are able to achieve an estimated 26 mpg combined.2 Buyers will also enjoy that the hybrid version of this vehicle is available in a variety of trim options, including the SV, SL, and Platinum. Standard features across all hybrid trims include:
- leather-wrapped steering wheel
- rearview camera
- rear parking sensors
- keyless entry and ignition
- a cargo roof rack
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has been in production for a few years, but it saw its first major overhaul with the 2017 model year. The 2017 Highlander Hybrid boasts a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is paired with three electric motors designed for optimized fuel economy of an estimated 28 mpg combined in its four-wheel drive option.2 The Highlander hybrid is available in four different trim levels, with space for seven to eight passengers. Some of the standard features on the 2017 Highlander Hybrid include:
- tri-zone climate control
- lane departure warning system
- rearview camera
- 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
If you're in the market for a compact crossover SUV that's fun to drive but still offers seating for up to five passengers, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an excellent contender. This used hybrid SUV comes standard with a combination of a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor to achieve an estimated 32 mpg combined.2 It comes in a selection of four trims: the LE, XLE, SE, and Limited. Standard features across all hybrid trims include:
- Backup camera
- Entune™ audio
- Multi-information display
- 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
You’ll also enjoy the folding second-row seats that can create up to 70.6 cubic feet of storage space, making this a great choice for weekend adventures.
For those who want an affordable hybrid SUV but also have refined taste, the 2015 Lexus RX 450H is worth checking out. This luxury crossover SUV boasts a comfortable, quiet ride and ample passenger/cargo space despite its smaller profile. This hybrid SUV is available in just one base-level trim, though there is an upgraded "sport" package available that really takes the RX 450H to the next level. It features:
- an engine noise enhancer
- heated/ventilated seating
- upgraded interior trim
The 2015 RX 450s are also equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and two electric motors for an estimated 28 mpg combined.2
If a luxury hybrid SUV is what you're after and you want something that'll accommodate up to seven passengers comfortably, then the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid could be right for you. Despite its larger size and profile, this full-size SUV offers an estimated 26 mpg combined in its standard 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine.2 And while the hybrid version is available in one trim level, there are some great optional add-on packages. Some standard features include:
- easy-to-fold second- and third-row seats
- creative storage solutions, including 14 cup holders
- quiet and comfortable ride
Whether your next vehicle should include spacious seating for up to seven passengers, creative storage solutions, or advanced infotainment options, there are plenty of excellent and affordable hybrid SUVs available at CarMax.
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1Based on average prices on carmax.com from December 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. 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 when vehicles 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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