Looking for a used hybrid that also offers all-wheel drive (AWD)? There are several excellent choices covering a number of vehicle classifications – most, however, in the SUV and crossover categories.
Here is a look at eight we consider the top used AWD hybrids. See if you agree.
2013Hybrid Prestige – Debuting its first-ever hybrid, the 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige hits all the right marks for a compact luxury crossover that’s equally good for small families or single drivers looking for all the comforts of home on wheels. The ample cabin and cargo space, plus high-quality in one of the nicest cabins in the class, standard Bluetooth, navigation system, heated seats, 19-inch wheels, adaptive lighting, blind-spot warning system, keyless ignition/entry, Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated/cooled cupholder, rear-door sunshades and more are pluses. Power comes from a 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine plus electric motor and battery pack for a total output of 245 horsepower. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. Pricing for used models ranges from $45,940 to $51,815.
2010-2011 Hybrid – More reasonably priced is the 2010-2011 , available with all-wheel drive. Excellent fuel economy, peppy performance, and versatile practicality make the Escape Hybrid – even though it was getting on in years – an AWD hybrid to consider. Available in base and Limited trims, the Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine plus a battery-powered electric motor and an additional electric motor for AWD models. Total power output is 177 horsepower. Fuel economy is rated at 30/27/29 mpg for the AWD Ford Escape Hybrid. Check out attractive pricing ranging from $17,197 to the vicinity of $25,993.
2010-2011 – The corporate sibling to the Ford Escape Hybrid is the Hybrid. Chief attributes are the same as the Escape and the Mercury Mariner Hybrid offers consumers the convenience of a compact crossover SUV with good fuel efficiency and AWD availability. Note that 2011 was the last year for the Mariner Hybrid, indeed, for all Mercury models as the nameplate was discontinued. That being said, consumers should find some good used bargains around $22,875 or so.
2012-2013 – There’s no third-row seating and cargo capacity is somewhat less than rivals, but the lush and luxurious five-passenger 2012-2013 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV will generally outperform most of its competitors – and look great doing it. Heated seats and Bluetooth are part of the well-equipped standard equipment. Power comes from the 3.6-liter V6 hybrid engine and three electric motors for a total output of 296 horsepower. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 30/28/29 mpg. Properly equipped, the RX 450h hybrid can tow 3,500 pounds. Pricing ranges from $38,000 to around $53,991.
2012-2013 S Hybrid – Auto reviewers say the Porsche Cayenne defies classification, and there’s no denying it’s a luxurious example of quality and sportiness. The 2012 and 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s attached to a 35 kW motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Total power output is 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy stands at 20/24/21 mpg. The Cayenne S Hybrid can tow up to 7,716 pounds. What about pricing in the used car market? Look for 2012-2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid prices ranging from $54,999 to $68,900 and higher.
2011-2013 Hybrid – Standard all-wheel drive, smart looks and a luxury interior are just a few of the appealing characteristics of the 2011-2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. The five-passenger midsize SUV boasts an impressive list of standard equipment including 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, keyless ignition/entry, plus power-adjustable steering column, rear parking sensors, passenger-seat memory pre-sets and power lumbar settings and more. The Touareg Hybrid is powered by a supercharged, direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor for a total 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Hybrid fuel economy is 20/24/21 mpg. Properly equipped, the Touareg Hybrid can tow an impressive 7,700 pounds. Pricing ranges from $27,478 to around $64,700.
2011-2013 Hybrid – Seven-passenger seating, excellent fuel economy, good performance, appealing cabin and flexible second-row seating are compelling reasons to look at the 2011 through 2013 . But there’s one more: standard all-wheel drive. Granted, the 2014 Highlander Hybrid is a bit more refreshed with more interior room and a changed exterior appearance, but the hybrid system is the same as the 2011-2013 models. New for 2012 models was the addition of the third-row seat and rear climate control as standard. About that third row, it’s really only suitable for small adults or children. Powering the Highlander Hybrid is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine paired with three electric motors for a total power output of 280 horsepower. EPA-estimated fuel economy is a perfect 28 mpg across the board (city, highway and combined). Look for pricing to range from around $29,988 to $42,900.
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid – The offers a quality hybrid in the form of the ML450 Hybrid. Critics say that the Mercedes-Benz brand will attract a certain clientele, but that there is stiff competition in the market – even from Mercedes-Benz itself. Still, the hybrid offers V8-like power and respectable fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway/22 mpg combined and it is a five-passenger midsize luxury SUV. The ML450 Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V6, two electric motors and an advanced transmission. Combined output is 335 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque. These may be hard to find, but pricing ranges from $55,000 to around $64,900.