We get it — you’re looking for lots of space, but you want to drive something eco-friendly, too. Sounds like you might need a hybrid SUV. Fortunately, after years of slim pickings, there are a ton of good options on the market these days. Heck, some even offer more exhilirating performance than their gas counterparts.
Scroll below to see a list of our favorite electrified SUVs. You’ll find options for just about every purse and personality. However, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, be sure to check out our lists of the best cars and , as well.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
New for 2020, after selling over 5 million copies, Honda has finally brought out a hybridized version of its ubiquitous. Based on our early first drive, electrifying this heart-of-the-market SUV has resulted in an even more efficient and friendlier vehicle.
Therelies on a version of the 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder found in the . That engine is tied to a two-motor hybrid system backed by a small, 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is quoted as 212 horsepower (a gas-only CR-V gets 190), and torque peaks at 232 pound-feet, a nice increase over the standard car’s 179. Unlike its rival, all-wheel drive is mandatory.
Priced from $28,870 (including $1,120 in freight), the electrified CR-V is estimated to deliver 40 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined, putting the Honda slightly behind its previously mentioned competition from Ford, as well as the new. Even so, thanks to the CR-V’s other blend of virtues, we think it may just be the pick of the litter in this affordable, family-minded segment.
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Porsche is making many of its top-performing cars into plug-in hybrids, and the Cayenne is no exception. With 455 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, this is a legit performance machine — that weighs 5,000 pounds.
The Cayenne’s new, 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery pack offers about 20 miles of all-electric driving when you want to go stealthily, and should offer a substantial boost over the outgoing Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s 46 MPGe.
The latest Cayenne inherits a revised version of the Panamera’s slick, capacitive-touch interior interface. It looks fresh and clean yet still has enough knobs and buttons to satisfy the touchscreen-averse.
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
It’s a Bentley Bentayga, meaning this SUV is beautifully built, comfortable and surprisingly capable off road. For 2020, the plug-in hybrid Bentayga is estimated to offer about 30 miles of all-electric driving range.
The Bentayga is luxurious as hell, but also somewhat green thanks to its Porsche-derived hybrid drivetrain (see the Cayenne Hybrid above). There’s nothing else quite like it on sale today.
Plus, it’s got a Bentley badge on the front, which means you can flex your green cred and your tax-bracket status at the same time in places like Los Angeles.
Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Hybrid all-wheel-drive hardware shared with the NSX supercar? That makes the Acura MDX hybrid pretty freaking cool in our book.
With drivetrain net system output of 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque, there’s more power in the MDX Sport Hybrid than the standard model. And its 26 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings bests the all-gas Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive version’s 19 city and 26 highway rating.
The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system helps the big MDX handle remarkably well, all things considered. And with no shortage of luxury or tech features inside, the electrified MDX is a car we’d be happy to drive for the long haul.
Land Rover Range Rover P400e
With a 13.1-kilowatt-hour battery and a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, the plug-in hybrid Range Rover produces a healthy 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. Land Rover says you can drive for about 19 miles on electric power alone, making it great for short commutes.
But the best part? It’s still a Range Rover. You can climb a mountain, ford a river or just cruise on the highway, all the while enveloped in luxurious accommodations.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Now in its fifth generation, Toyota is really pouring it on with its latest. The Japanese automaker has increased the number of variants of its incredibly popular compact crossover, including adding dedicated and trims. The SUV’s most important variant, however, is arguably this Hybrid model.
The, which lines up nicely against the Honda CR-V Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid, brandishes a (relatively large) 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor assist and a continuously variable transmission. Combined system output is quoted at 219 horsepower, compared to 203 hp from the base gasoline-only model.
Even with mandatory all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid makes a strong case for itself on the efficiency front, with fantastic EPA estimates of 41 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined — that’s a big increase over the gas-only RAV4 AWD’s milquetoast 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined figures.
Starting at $29,470 (including $1,120 for destination), the RAV4 Hybrid is packed with active safety features, making it a well-rounded family truckster with appealing pricing.
Oh, and if that’s not efficient enough for you, for 2021, Toyota has promised the, a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. Not only will it deliver an estimated 90 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), it’s the second-quickest vehicle in Toyota’s entire lineup, zapping to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. It’s expected this summer.
Admittedly, its 48-volt electrical system only makes thea mild hybrid, but with a turbocharged V6 delivering 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, this luxury SUV doesn’t need much help.
The Q8 has a face that not everyone will love, but there should be no quibbles about the new flagship SUV’s interior, which is top-notch in every regard, from its fit, finish and materials to its class-leading cabin tech.
The Q8 is surprisingly nimble, too, with good handling and a supple ride despite its oversized wheels.
Much like the Audi Q8, the Mercedes-Benz GLE450 uses a mild-hybrid powertrain setup. The new GLE is powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter I6 engine that produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and then adds Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48-volt motor-generator, which can provide an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for short bursts.
The EQ Boost 48-volt system also powers the GLE450’s E-Active Body Control system, which works with the air suspension and dampers at each wheel to make for a smooth, composed ride.
The Volvo XC60 is a right-sized SUV for most, with decent ride quality and cargo capacity. Not only does the plug-in hybrid version let you coast on battery alone, it’s the most powerful XC60 in the lineup, offering 400 horsepower.
It might be a little complex, but Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system is one of the most capable, packing hotspot capabilities, , and a whole lot more. It’s one of many features that make us love living with the XC60 day to day.
First published May 19, 2019.
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