SUVs are like chocolate. There are some different varieties, some are more well-known while others are ancient. But it has to be one you like. so it's been so well loved in recent years. Hybrid SUVs are like peanut butter. It's mostly excellent for you, but it's a reliable option. Who doesn't like peanut butter?
Our team has obsessed dozens of hybrids and SUVs over the years, and we've gotten the best of what's out there so far. The sweet spot, if you will.
In addition to fuel efficiency, we have full into account the emissions of each vehicle. Fuel efficiency is something we can feel as car owners every time we stop for gas. We know how much time it takes to fill, how much it costs and how far we can make between trips to the station. But let's not forget that a hybrid system also means less greenhouse gas emissions. Each of these SUVs is not only a fuel well but also an environmental savings – as much as any SUV can, anyway,
The best hybrid SUV: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Who it is for: People who need excellent gas mileage, three rows, and reliability.
Why You Should Buy It: To lower your guilt when you need a three-row SUV to fit your family.
How much does it cost: $ 38,200 +
This mid-size SUV has a total capacity of 35 mpg, which is decent for a sedan, let alone an SUV that can carry seven. (As with most SUVs, the third series is probably better for children than adults, but still.) It also emits 254 grams / mile of carbon dioxide, as estimated by the EPA. Toyota was a front-runner in the hybrid space and maintained its commitment to this engine. After two decades on the market, Toyota's hybrid technology is widely regarded and the Highlander has a track record of highly valued reliability.
You also get a lot of money for the Highlander Hybrid. Toyota's driver support technology suite is essential, as is the four-wheel drive system. It was completely redesigned for 2020, so here are some things that stood out in recent years, such as Android Auto. Amazon Alexa compatibility is also standard, along with Apple CarPlay.
The redesign has updated the interior and the vehicle uses lightweight materials. This has helped increase mileage per gallon between 2019 and 2020. Floor-mounted batteries do not get in the way, so there is both passenger and cargo space in the hybrid as well as in the non-hybrid Highlander.
The best luxury SUV SUV: 2020 Lexus RX 450h
LexusWhat's for: Drivers who don't want to sacrifice style and comfort for fuel economy.
Why You Should Buy It: It's a reliable Toyota hybrid in a fantastic Lexus outfit.
How much does it cost: $ 44.150 +
The RX 450h gets a combined 30 mpg, and 297 grams of CO2 / mile. It has two electric motors that run on petrol to produce 308 horsepower, which is bounty for a comfortable motorway ride, though not for acceleration that generates g. These are huge enough numbers for an SUV, but not the kind of numbers that convince people to pay $ 45,000 or more.
No, the reason people pay for a Lexus is that it is so lush, with high-tech materials and an nearly silent cabin. The RX got a refresh this year, but not a complete redesign. This means that they updated some cosmetic things and added some features. The entertainment system now comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Lexus also broke the "remote touch" input system for a touch screen, which is perhaps more common but certainly more useful. The standard Lexus + safety system, which includes bike detection and automatic cruise control, is standard.
Read our first Lexus RX drive for 2020.
Best Affordable Hybrid SUV: 2020 Toyota RAV4
Stephen Edelstein / Digital TrendsWhat's for: Drivers who want a hybrid SUV but don't want a second job to afford it.
Why You Should Buy It: You are not cheap in this case it does not mean cheap or unreliable.
How much does it cost: $ 25,950 +
For about the same price as any compact SUV on the market, you can buy a RAV4 Hybrid that gets 40 mpg combined. This is better than most non-hybrid cars. It also emits only 223 grams of CO2 / mile. The RAV4 electric motor does it a favor by adding torque to the drive so it feels more comfortable to drive than the non-hybrid counterpart. It also makes 219 total horsepower, which is over again more than the petrol version. It's really a no-brainer if you're trying to choose between a regular and a hybrid RAV4.
Many features that are standard on more expensive Toyota – and even some Lexus models – are standard on the RAV4. This includes all-wheel drive, smartphone connectivity, Safety Sense 2.0 and Wi-Fi. Even with its small size, there is bounty of room for people and their things. The rear seats in particular have real foot space. But, it is still possible in tight spaces, such as a parking garage.
Read our first Toyota RAV4 Hybrid drive.
The Best Plug-in Hybrid SUV: 2020 Volvo XC60
Who's for: Anyone not quite sure they want to spend all their electricity.
Why You Should Buy It: There is a lot of well ahead technology in the XC60 for non-outrageous prices
How much does it cost: $ 40.150 +
This was a tough call, as the XC60 gets only 27 mpg combined with petrol. But it gets 57 MPGe in hybrid mode, and can travel about 20 miles using only electricity when fully charged. It has the lowest estimated CO2 emissions on this list at 192 grams / mile. The hybrid system produces 400 hp together, and is instant to accelerate.
But why opt for the Volvo XC60 instead of the 2020 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, which gets 46 mpg combined and 105 MPGe? Because when you load Niro with all the extras, you're not at all pleased with what Volvo is coming up with, but you'll pay around $ 35,000.
The Volvo base case features a lush leather interior and large cargo area and features a 9-inch vertical touch screen with smartphone compatibility. Volvo's City Safety system is standard, with all the usual well ahead driver help features as well as extensive animal detection and scanning for other vehicles at intersections.
Read our first Volvo XC60.