Why Should I Buy a Luxury Hybrid SUV?

For drivers who want a premium SUV that is more fuel-efficient than a typical SUV or crossover, hybrid SUVs are an appealing choice. Luxury hybrid SUVs are both functional and practical: they provide added cargo space while offering the fuel economy of a hybrid vehicle.

It’s worth noting that while hybrid versions of popular SUVs, like the Lexus RX Hybrid, tend to have a higher starting price versus their gasoline counterparts, they often come better equipped, too. This means more standard luxury features and advanced safety features are included in their new car price. However, both hybrid and non-hybrid SUVs are available with the latest technology, like touchscreen infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspots, and adaptive cruise control.

What are the Best Hybrid SUVs?

While hybrid vehicles originated as small hatchbacks and sedans, they have expanded to larger vehicles like SUVs and minivans. Many popular luxury crossovers have hybrid powertrains, including the Volvo XC90, the Porsche Cayenne, and even the BMW X5. Luxury Hybrid SUVs range in size from compact SUVs like the Lexus NX to midsize crossovers like the roomy three-row Volvo XC90, which means there is a hybrid SUV to suit your driving needs. 

Just like they range in size from compact to midsize SUVs with a third row, luxury hybrid SUVs also range in fuel economy. The midsize Lexus RX450h gets an EPA-rated 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the compact Lexus NX 350h earns an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.  

Many luxury hybrid SUVs are only available as plug-in hybrid models (also called PHEVs), which return even better fuel economy. These PHEVs feature a hybrid system with larger battery packs and a limited all-electric range before switching on their gasoline engine.

Examples include the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid, which returns an estimated 55 MPGe in combined city/highway driving. The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid returns an EPA-rated 21 mpg in combined city/highway driving when operating as a hybrid, and it can drive up to 16 miles on battery power alone. Both come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). Some vehicles, like the Lexus NX, are available as either a standard hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.

Lastly, whether you want a  performance-oriented vehicle or simply a fuel-efficient alternative to a luxury SUV, there’s a luxury hybrid SUV to match your preference. The Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q5 offer turbocharged engines that put out 455 and 362 horsepower respectively, while the Land Rover Range Rover plug-in hybrid offers the brand’s characteristic off-road capability but with better fuel economy. And if your emphasis is on both value and fuel economy, the smaller Lexus NX has a highly efficient four-cylinder working with its hybrid motor.

What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?

This list only includes the best hybrid SUVs by luxury automakers. If you want a hybrid SUV from a mainstream automaker like Toyota or Hyundai, you will have more options to choose from with our list of the Best Hybrid SUVs. Or, if you want something smaller like the Lexus ES 300h sedan or another hybrid luxury car, check out our list of the Best Luxury Hybrid Cars.

Buyers looking for a vehicle with an all-electric-motor with zero emissions, whether that means the longstanding Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S or newer electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID.4, should check out our Best Electric Cars or Best Electric SUVs lists. 

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