Of course, defining ‘best’ is perhaps the tricky part of the article.
But the selection that we have here are some of America’s best selling and most popular Hybrid SUV’s, ranging in price from the mid twenty thousand mark, right up to nearly $80,000.
In no particular order:
Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus NX 300h is the front runner in the compact luxury hybrid SUV market. It comes with a 194 BHP 2.5 liter inline 4 cylinder motor that’s coupled up to twin electric motors. If you order the all-wheel drive version, you’ll get a third electric motor that drives the rear axle. Capable of 35 MPG on the highway and 31 MPG in the city.
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
A proper plug in hybrid from Porsche, it can run up to twenty miles on battery power alone, but when the supercharged 3.0 liter V6 kicks in, you’ll get a 416 BHP shove in the back. It has a single electric motor and the combined fuel efficiency is 22 MPG.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
The cheapest hybrid SUV in this list. It’s the first hybrid from Subaru, and the single electric motor coupled to the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder makes 161 BHP. It isn’t lots of power, and when you consider that the fuel efficiency isn’t that much better than the equivalent gas only Crosstrek you wonder why it’s popular. 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
This full size SUV is both quick and practical, the 3.5 liter V6 and three electric motors make 280 BHP. All-wheel drive is standard and other than the loss of one passenger seat (thanks to the battery), it just as roomy as the gas equivalent – it still has over 80 cubic feet of cargo space.
Volvo XC90 T8
This is the most luxurious Volvo ever made. The plug in hybrid combines a super and turbo charged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gas motor to create power that could rival the Porsche – 400 BHP and 472 lb/ft of torque. The T8 can travel 25 miles on battery power alone and will deliver 22 MPG combined.
Audi Q5 Hybrid
This is the only real rival to the Lexus NX 300h. 245 BHP 350 lb/ft of torque from the single electric motor and 2.0 liter turbo 4. Capable of 24 MPG in the start / stop mode in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.