Hybrid SUVs offer buyers better fuel economy and fewer emissions than gas only models. By combining electric power with a gas or diesel engine, hybrids are able to reuse energy that typically is wasted in standard cars, making them more fuel-efficient. If you are in the market for a sport utility vehicle, this guide will help you discover which new and used models are available.


The Hybrid Sport Utility Authority

Hybrid SUV is home to the most popular green vehicles on the road today. Interest in hybrid-electric SUVs is among the highest for all fuel efficient vehicles. With several new models coming available in 2015 and more scheduled to reach dealers in 2016, gas saving crossovers and full-size sport utility vehicles continue their popularity. HybridSUV.com has been covering the industry since 2007 and the changes just keep coming. Here you can read expert reviews, take a virtual test drive, compare MPG ratings, and so much more. And, if you’re currently driving an eco-friendly gas saving car, truck, or sport utility – we’d love to hear from you! Join the conversation and thank you for visiting.

View The Top 20 Hybrid SUVs:

Hybrid Ford Escape
Hybrid Toyota Highlander
Hybrid Mazda Tribute
Hybrid Mercury Mariner
Hybrid Lexus RX 400h
Hybrid ML450
CT 200h



XV Crosstrek

NX 300h
Hybrid Saturn Vue


Compare Popular Hybrid SUVs

View a one page, side-by-side comparison of all the most important features and benefits of several top rated SUV hybrids.

Compare price (MSRP), engine size, drivetrain, fuel capacity, fuel economy, horsepower, seating capacity, maximum cargo space, maximum towing ability, curb weight, and the cost per mile to own each vehicle. Everything you need to decide which hybrid electric SUV deserves further research (here).

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MPG Comparison of SUV Hybrids

Fuel/Gas Mileage Estimates (city/hwy)
43/40 mpg: 2014 Lexus CT 200h (FWD)
35/31 mpg: 2015 Lexus NX 300h
34/30 mpg: 2010 Mazda Tribute (AWD)
34/31 mpg: 2012 Ford Escape (AWD)
34/31 mpg: 2011 Mercury Mariner (4WD)
34/30 mpg: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
32/28 mpg: 2014 Lexus RX 450h (AWD)
28/28 mpg: 2014 Toyota Highlander (AWD)
26/28 mpg: 2014 Infiniti QX60
26/24 mpg: 2015 Volkswagen Touareg
25/28 mpg: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
26/32 mpg: 2009 Saturn Vue (FWD)
21/24 mpg: 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450
20/23 mpg: 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe (2WD)
20/23 mpg: 2013 GMC Yukon (4WD)
20/23 mpg: 2013 Cadillac Escalade (AWD)
17/19 mpg: 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
TBA – Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid (more)
TBD – Volvo XC90 Plug-in (review)

Brief History: The 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV to be sold in the United States. The 2-wheel drive hybrid Escape achieved an EPA estimated 36 miles per gallon (mpg) in city driving – twice the gas mileage of the average S.U.V. built that year (17.9 mpg). Lexus introduced the first luxury hybrid SUV. The 2006 Lexus 400h averaged 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving. That same year, the 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid became the first available 7 passenger, mid-size hybrid SUV, reaching 28 mpg combined. GM offered the first full-size hybrid SUV in 2008 when they introduced the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. With seating for 8, this Tahoe model was able to reach 21 mpg combined. To date, more than 6 million modern hybrid vehicles have been sold worldwide. View a hybrid vehicle timeline here.

Whether you own a hybrid now, or you’re comparing available options to potentially buy one in the future, we invite you to dig into our site today and check back for updated reviews, ratings, articles, and news. Compare green SUVs, research used models, discover all wheel drive differences, learn about technology updates, and be the first to see concept vehicles. Want to know which SUV gets the best gas mileage? Want our opinion on the best SUV on the market. We answer your questions.

In addition to models you can buy now, rumors indicate we could see hybrid versions of a Honda, Jeep, Audi, and Hyundai SUV. We also expect diesel and plug-in hybrid SUVs to be introduced shortly. With U.S. oil prices recently hitting a 3 year low, now might be the time to consider a SUV. And making it a hybrid version rather than some trendy gas guzzler will look like a smart decision as prices inevitably move back up again.

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Based on our most recent search stats, people looking for upcoming “concept” hybrids appear to be most interested in a Honda hybrid SUV. In addition, the four wheel drive (4 wd, 4X4) and crossover (CUV) models are near the top of the list, as well as those with good towing capacity and fuel economy/gas mileage. The most popular search last year was the Ford Escape followed by the Lexus RX 450h. Watch for future announcements and news here on the best green SUVs and CUVs available. In addition, we will keep you updated on any recall notices for hybrid sport utility vehicles. The best way to get this information is to read or sign up for our free monthly newsletter. To get access, send us an email here.