7 Great Plug-In Hybrid SUVs
The best plug-in hybrid SUVs might not be the same for everyone, but check out the options we've collected in this list.
The best plug-in hybrid SUVs might not be the same for everyone. There are lots of choices with two-row and three-row models as well as less expensive and luxury options. What works for you might not be the best for someone else.
We took a look at the current crop of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUVs and chose some of the best of the lot. We considered overall fuel economy, all-electric range, and standard features to make our selections. We also aimed to get a mix of models for a variety of needs and budgets.
All of the SUVs on our list meet the following criteria:
- Fuel economy: Each of the SUVs on our list has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of at least 49 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).
- All-electric range: Each of the SUVs on our list has a minimum of 18 miles of all-electric range.
Here are seven of the best plug-in hybrid SUVs, arranged in alphabetical order:
2022 Audi Q5
Combining a luxurious interior with strong performance and responsive handling, the Audi Q5 is available in three trims with a PHEV powertrain. The 55 TFSI e also comes only with all-wheel drive. There's seating for five people with a standard power liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, brown walnut wood inlays, and a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen. It gets an EPA-estimated 61 MPGe with an all-electric range of 23 miles.
2021 Ford Escape PHEV
The Ford Escape PHEV SUV has seating for five people and is available in three less expensive trims with front-wheel drive only. There's a sliding second row that moves forward to increase cargo room behind the second row or backward to give second-row passengers extra legroom. It gets an EPA-estimated 105 MPGe with an all-electric range of 37 miles. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and SYNC 3 infotainment.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV
The Santa Fe PHEV is available in a single trim with all-wheel drive only. It's a roomy five-passenger SUV with 36.4 cu.-ft. for cargo behind the rear seats and 72.1 cu.-ft. behind the front seats. It gets an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe with an all-electric range of 31 miles. Standard features include an eight-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar, heated front seats, an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
This Jeep Wrangler 4xe is unique for its legendary off-road capability with seating for five people. The Wrangler is also the only SUV on our list that has a removable roof, removable doors, and a windshield that flips down for an unparalleled open-air experience. It gets an EPA-estimated 49 MPGe with an all-electric range of 22 miles. Available only in the four-door body style, the Wrangler 4xe has standard four-wheel drive, leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone air conditioning, power heated side mirrors, side steps, and an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen.
2022 Kia Niro PHEV
The is a compact SUV with seating for five people and a choice of three trims. It gets an EPA-estimated 105 MPGe with an all-electric range of 26 miles. The Niro PHEV has 19.4 cu.-ft. for cargo behind the rear seats and 54.5 cu.-ft. behind the front seats. Standard features include cloth seats, a six-way manual driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
2022 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring
The Lincoln Aviator in the Grand Touring trim is available exclusively as a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive. It gets an EPA-estimated 56 MPGe with an all-electric range of 21 miles. The Aviator is only the second model on our list that has three rows. There's seating for up to six people in a roomy and beautifully appointed interior. It has a long list of standard features in keeping with its luxury car status. These include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats with a 12-way power driver's seat, second-row captain's chairs with power tip and slide, heated front seats, and a 14-speaker Revel audio system.
2022 Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge
The Volvo XC90 Recharge is a three-row SUV with seating for either six or seven people. It has a luxurious yet understated interior with a smooth, quiet ride. It gets an EPA-estimated 55 MPGe with an all-electric range of 18 miles per charge. All-wheel drive is standard with a choice of three trims. Standard features include leather seating surfaces with walnut interior trims, heated front seats, a power driver's seat with memory, aluminum front tread plates, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a high-performance audio system.
The best plug-in hybrid SUV is different for everyone, so there are lots of choices. All have exceptional fuel economy that includes an all-electric range that covers many day-to-day errands. There are seating options for up to seven passengers, including models with second-row captain's chairs for added comfort.
There's even an option for off-road enthusiasts who want to enjoy the quiet of an electric ride when they're off the beaten path. Finally, there are both options suited to those on a tighter budget and more luxurious choices for those who want exceptional comfort along with plug-in hybrid efficiency.