Best Hybrid SUVs in 2016/2017.

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Published on January 30, 2017

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If you’re looking for a the best hybrid SUV in the compact luxury segment you’re facing a field of two, with the front-runner being the 2016 Lexus NH 300h. The Lexus NX 300h adopts the same aggressive styling as the turbocharged version of the sport-utility vehicle, but it offers a ride that’s smoother and more controlled. It also doesn’t give up much grunt to its gas-only showroom companion, with 194 horses produced by its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and pair of electric motors. If you order all-wheel drive with the NX 300h, you benefit from an additional electric motor to drive the rear axles, and fuel mileage for the Lexus checks in at 35-mpg city and 31-mpg highway.

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid offers the EV bonus of a plug-in hybrid design combined with the German brand’s reputation for outstanding performance. It’s possible to drive the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid as far as 20 miles on battery power alone, but when it’s time to put the hammer down you can tap into 416 horsepower from the hybrid SUV’s 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 and single electric motor team. Combined with standard all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension system, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid can leap to 60-mph in seconds while returning combined fuel efficiency figures of 22-mpg.

The 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the most affordable hybrid SUV on our list, and it comes from a company that is testing the gasoline/electric waters for the first time with this model (which was introduced the previous year). A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine is matched with an electric motor under the skin of the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and together they are good for 161 horsepower (somewhat more robust than the standard version of the SUV). All-wheel drive comes free of charge with the Subaru, but surprisingly the Crosstrek Hybrid is only barely better at the fuel pump than the base model, showing an improvement of four miles per gallon in city driving to 29-mpg and matching its gas-only equivalent on the highway with a 33-mpg rating.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a full-size people mover that is quick, practical, and relatively affordable when compared against other vehicles in its class. Thanks to the pairing of a 3.5-liter V-6 with three electric motors the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is good for 280 horsepower, and it also offers standard all-wheel drive to help drivers stay surefooted during slippery weather conditions. Although the placement of the Highlander Hybrid’s battery pack reduces seating from eight (gas model) to seven, there’s still over 80 cubic feet of cargo space to take advantage of inside its spacious confines. The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 is a gamble for the Swedish automaker, but it’s one that’s wrapped in the most luxurious vehicle Volvo has ever produced.

The plug-in hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged, and then matches it with two electric motors – one between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission and one at the rear axles – in order to produce a total of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. You might have noticed that those are Porsche-levels of power in the hybrid SUV segment, and while the all-wheel drive XC90 T8 might not be as quick as the Cayenne S E-Hybrid it does manage to match its 22-mpg in combined driving (and offers 25 miles of battery-only driving).

The 2016 Audi Q5 hybrid is the Lexus NX 300h’s only compact luxury rival in the battery-assisted segment. The Audi Q5 Hybrid tilts more towards the performance side of the spectrum as compared to the Lexus, what with its 245 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on tap from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine working in concert with a single electric motor. All-wheel drive is included with each and every Q5 Hybrid, and the vehicle is capable of posting 24-mpg in stop and go driving and 30-mpg on the highway.

The 2016 Lexus RX 450h has been the luxury brand’s flagship since it was first introduced in 2006, adding an extra layer of prestige and eco-friendliness to the most popular model in the automaker’s line-up. For 2016 the Lexus RX 450h delivers 295 horsepower and an impressive 32-mpg in city driving from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that works together with either a pair (front-wheel drive) or trio (all-wheel drive) of electric motors. On the highway the RX 450h can be counted on to return 29-mpg, and this mid-size hybrid SUV features the same smooth and quiet ride that has become a Lexus trademark. The 2016 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is considerably larger than the Lexus RX 450h, and its extra row of seating (seven passengers versus five) allows it to go after growing families who need that much more extra room inside their daily driver.

Despite its bulk the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is motivated by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine (albeit on that is supercharged) as well as an electric motor that work together to produce 250 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available with the QX60 Hybrid (although you don’t get a second electric motor if you opt for the extra traction), and fuel economy checks in at a respectable 25-mpg around town and 28-mpg during highway cruising.

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is the Infiniti Hybrid’s platform-mate, which means you get essentially the same 2.5-liter, supercharged four-cylinder engine and single electric motor generating 250 horsepower as you do in the pricier luxury model. Those seeking to stretch their dollar rather than pay a premium for extra on-road comfort will be happy to note that the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid also offers seven passenger seating across three rows, along with the option of all-wheel drive. Fuel mileage figures for the more affordable Nissan are a match for the Infiniti’s 25-mpg city and 28-mpg highway listing..

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