Best Hybrid SUVs of 2024 and 2025

The Edmunds experts test hybrid SUV contenders on our test track and in the real world. Our ratings assess performance, comfort, technology, utility, value and more. How we rank

Best Hybrid SUVs

A major drawback of traditional SUVs is their subpar fuel economy, so the appeal of hybrid SUVs is easy to see. Some even get better fuel economy than regular cars.

1st
The Kia Sportage Hybrid delivers on just about every front. The ride quality is excellent, the interior is spacious and the rear hatch opens to a massive cargo area. We have few complaints about this electrified compact crossover. Read full review

MSRP
$28,290 - $37,190
Combined MPG
38 - 43
2nd
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid backs up its flashy looks delivering more than you'd expect for its price. With good fuel economy, a comfortable ride, and strong acceleration, the Tucson Hybrid is a step or two above competitors. Read full review

MSRP
$32,575 - $39,715
Combined MPG
37 - 38
3rd
There's a reason many consider the Honda CR-V the benchmark small SUV for families. Its latest version pulls off this feat yet again with a smooth ride, helpful tech features and excellent storage space. Still, competitors have improved significantly. The CR-V is a good choice but no longer the clear leader. Read full review

MSRP
$34,050 - $40,200
Combined MPG
37 - 40
4th
The Escape is one of just a few small SUVs with an available hybrid powertrain. Pleasingly, the Hybrid sacrifices little for its improved fuel economy. It has excellent tech, a roomy cabin, and a smooth and easy-to-drive demeanor. Read full review

MSRP
$33,340 - $39,460
Combined MPG
39
4th
The Kia Niro is a great all-around option for anyone wanting an efficient, compact crossover. Acceleration is lackluster but the Niro gains back points with its helpful driving aids, smooth ride quality and value for the money. Read full review

MSRP
$26,940 - $35,340
Combined MPG
49 - 53
6th
The Highlander Hybrid effectively starts with the solid foundation of the regular Highlander and simply adds excellent fuel economy. It's adequately quick and nimble, and it loses no passenger or cargo space compared to the regular Highlander. Its third-row seat is small by midsize SUV standards, however. Read full review

MSRP
$40,970 - $53,375
Combined MPG
35 - 36
7th
Toyota resurrects the Venza offered solely as an all-wheel-drive hybrid. It straddles the line to the luxury SUV segment with an attractive interior and smooth driving experience. One of its only peculiarities is it is less spacious than the RAV4, which is technically a size class below. Read full review

MSRP
$35,070 - $43,215
Combined MPG
39
8th
The RAV4 Hybrid actually has more overall appeal than its gas-only sibling. It provides more power, gets better fuel economy, and commands a minimal price premium. We think it's the RAV4 to get. Read full review

MSRP
$31,725 - $40,030
Combined MPG
39
9th
If you're considering the Corolla Cross, the Hybrid is the one to get. It offers superior fuel economy to the standard model with few drawbacks. It's easy to drive, and its long list of standard driver assist features in combination with generous cargo space make it a great entry-level choice for new families and younger drivers. Read full review

MSRP
$28,220 - $31,405
Combined MPG
42
10th
The Toyota Sequoia stands out with its powerful hybrid powertrain, bold style, and impressive towing and off-road capabilities. Unfortunately it's a bit expensive and compromises heavily on rear passenger comfort and cargo space. Read full review

MSRP
$61,275 - $81,265
Combined MPG
20 - 22

Best Plug-in hybrid SUVs

PHEV SUVs tend to be heavier and less efficient than their car counterparts, but also they're higher-riding and more spacious.

1st
The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is easy to drive and provides sufficient all-electric range. Even those who don't know the ins and outs of a plug-in hybrid will be able to take advantage of its pleasing comfort and value. Read full review

MSRP
$37,500 - $44,760
Combined MPG
35
2nd
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid makes the most of advances in batteries, electric motors and fuel efficiency to be a comfortable and frugal runabout. It's a great option for buyers looking to add a little electric mobility to their commute without committing to a fully electric vehicle. Read full review

MSRP
$33,840 - $39,590
Combined MPG
48
3rd
The Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid's fuel efficiency and overall easy-to-drive nature are commendable, but its steep asking price makes us question its value proposition. We think the standard Sorento is a bit more well-rounded and affordable. Read full review

MSRP
$49,990
Combined MPG
34
4th
The Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is perfect for daily driving around town without using a sip of gasoline. This compact SUV is also quite comfortable, spacious and loaded with modern tech features. Read full review

MSRP
$40,500
Combined MPG
40
5th
The Wrangler Unlimited 4xe's plug-in hybrid powertrain gives you a pleasing power boost and the ability to drive about 21 miles on all-electric power on a full battery charge. All of the typical Wrangler attributes are intact, too. Read full review

MSRP
$50,695 - $70,345
Combined MPG
20
6th
The RAV4 Prime is a comfortable, small SUV that delivers big on fuel economy and power. The Prime can travel an estimated 42 miles on electric power alone, which makes it easy to save gas when you want to, and it's a fair bit quicker than anything else in the class when you decide to burn a little fuel. Read full review

MSRP
$43,690 - $47,560
Combined MPG
38
7th
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe has all the makings of a great SUV on paper. Who wouldn't want a plug-in hybrid Jeep that is both more efficient and quicker than its V8-powered stablemate? Unfortunately, we found it compromises on comfort and value compared to the standard Grand Cherokee. Real-world fuel economy in our testing was underwhelming too. Read full review

MSRP
$59,865 - $77,825
Combined MPG
23

Best Luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs

Luxury PHEV SUVs offer improved fuel efficiency and limited all-electric range in refined packages. These premium vehicles don't sacrifice comfort or acceleration to earn their green cred.

1st
The XC60 is a small luxury SUV and Volvo's most popular model. The powerful T8 plug-in hybrid pairs elegant design and luxurious amenities with serious power and a useful 36 miles all-electric driving range. It's a top choice if you're looking for a luxury hybrid SUV. Read full review

MSRP
$57,900 - $67,850
Combined MPG
28
2nd
The NX 450h+, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the NX SUV, is comfortable, fuel-efficient and loaded with in-car tech and driver aids. Its 36-plus miles of all-electric range also means you can save quite a bit on gas. Only ho-hum performance and utility hold it back from being truly great. Read full review

MSRP
$58,755 - $60,005
Combined MPG
36
3rd
Elegant and stylish, the Volvo XC90 is exquisitely appointed and decidedly classy. The T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain makes healthy power, yet it is one of the more efficient plug-in hybrids in its class. It has an estimated electric-only range of 18 miles. Read full review

MSRP
$71,900 - $80,100
Combined MPG
27

Top Selling Hybrid-suvses of
2023

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    Pros and Cons of Hybrid SUVs

    Given consumers' preference for crossovers and SUVs today, it makes sense that there would be similar interest in hybrid versions of these versatile vehicles. Conventional hybrid SUVs return excellent fuel economy, especially in city driving, while offering plenty of room for other passengers and cargo.

    Plug-in hybrid SUVs go a step further by allowing drivers to top up the battery whenever they're near a charger, making it possible for those with short commutes to travel almost entirely without gas. Depending on where you live, there may also be tax incentives for buying a hybrid or plug-in hybrid SUV, reducing the cost to you. With fewer tailpipe emissions, you also help keep your community's air cleaner.

    On the other hand, hybrid battery packs eventually need replacing, which can be a big expense. Hybrid SUVs are also generally at their least efficient when cruising at high speeds, so if you spend a lot of time driving on open roads where the speed limit is 65 mph or higher, you won't see maximal mileage benefits. Furthermore, hybrid SUVs tend to come with a price premium over their non-hybrid competitors, which could very well offset your savings on gas.

    Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid

    Conventional hybrids are primarily powered by a gasoline engine and aided by an electric motor in certain driving conditions, such as low-speed city driving (which, depending on speed, can be done solely on electric power) or to help boost a surge of acceleration. Nearly all hybrids can self-charge the electric battery through engine power (similar to a generator) or during braking when the kinetic energy generated can be converted to energy stored in the battery pack.

    Plug-in hybrids take this a step further by offering a connection that allows the battery pack to be charged from an electrical outlet, either from a standard household-style outlet or from the faster Level 2 and DC fast-charging connections. Recharging the battery this way typically allows the car to travel a short distance on electricity alone, often between 10 and 20 miles, before the gasoline engine kicks in.

    Choosing the Right Hybrid SUV for You

    Shopping for the hybrid SUV that best suits your needs is a bit like hunting for unicorns. Even the best choices come with certain compromises. There's also the cost-value equation. Put simply, many hybrid SUVs don't deliver significant fuel savings compared to their gas-only counterparts.

    But a hybrid SUV can make sense if your driving is limited to short commutes punctuated by stop-and-go traffic, especially if you opt for a plug-in hybrid that offers a cache of electric-only miles. Manage it correctly and you can do much of your driving without ever dipping into the gasoline engine. While hybrid SUVs come with some challenges, they can also be a great fit for many drivers.