Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have many advantages. They seek to combine the range of regular hybrid models with some of the benefits of an all-electric vehicle, having a small amount of all-electric range. Plug-in hybrid SUVs, in particular, are popular today as the market seemingly cannot get enough crossover SUVs.
In addition to the emissions benefits that PHEVs provide, many are eligible for federal tax credits and other incentives no longer offered by many standard hybrid models. And while they do not offer nearly as much all-electric driving range as most electric vehicles, you will be free of range anxiety and the need to find charging stations on your route because of the hybrid powertrain and regenerative braking that most PHEV models offer.
With an increasing number of plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, and with battery pack technology becoming better each year, you should have no problem finding one to suit your needs.
2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge
The 2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge possesses the same beautiful interior and exterior styling, space, and practicality of the non-hybrid model with the increased fuel efficiency, performance, and all-electric driving range that a typical plug-in hybrid powertrain provides.
This gorgeous midsize crossover offers 455 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, as well as up to 35 miles of all-electric driving range on a full charge. Although it can take a while at home, you can get a full charge from a 240-volt Level 2 public charger in as little as three hours.
Its benefits go deeper still, though. Even as a midsize three-row SUV, it has plenty of passenger space in both the second and third rows, a ton of cargo space with all seats in place or folded, great safety ratings, a 5,000-pound towing capacity, and standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Of course, being a luxury SUV, you will have to pay nearly $66,000 to get one.
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Capitalizing on the success of the Prius, Toyota has been making great hybrid vehicles for years. The RAV4 Prime combines the additional success of its most popular crossover SUV with a 302-horsepower hybrid powertrain to achieve an EPA estimated 94 MPGe. It will get 38 combined MPG when its gasoline engine is being used.
With standard all-wheel-drive, roomy rear seats, a good amount of cargo space, and more than 40 miles of all-electric range, it is a great choice in the compact SUV segment. Safety features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring only add to its allure.
Standard tech features like a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot further its family-friendliness. It does have a relatively high starting price for the class at just under $40,000, and you should not expect to carve up too many canyons with its sharp handling abilities, but it is a good overall PHEV.
2022 Kia Niro
The Kia Niro is the only standalone model on this list that is not based on another existing model within an automaker’s current lineup. That being said, it is an attractive and refreshing model to explore. It looks and feels more like a car than even most crossovers, but that does come at the expense of some cargo space.
It still seats five passengers, it achieves an EPA-estimated 105 MPGe rating in electric mode, it returns 46 MPG combined in hybrid mode, and it costs just under $30,000. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor work together to send 139 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Unlike many other plug-in hybrid SUVs, an AWD system is not available.
As an entry-level PHEV, the Niro is not as well-equipped as some other plug-in hybrid SUVs, but it gets the job done. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touchscreen display, remote start, blind-spot monitoring, and driver drowsiness alert system highlight its features.
2022 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4
Mini’s PHEV offering sets itself apart from its competitors with its unique styling, playful handling, and car-like ride. Its base three-cylinder turbo engine works with an electric motor to send 221 horsepower to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency is slightly lacking for its size, with ratings of 90 MPGe and 29 combined MPG in hybrid driving mode.
Drawing several similarities to the Subaru Crosstrek, the Mini lacks the cargo space of some rivals, and the rear seats are better suited for kids than full-size adults. 18 miles of all-electric driving range best its Japanese rival by one mile, but it lacks the standard safety features that the Subaru possesses.
Although it does have a large 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto is not available. A starting price of around $42,000 might hinder some buyers who want the most that hybrid cars have to offer, but its spunky attitude might be enough to sway some enthusiastic drivers who want a PHEV with pizzazz.
2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid
The Kia Sorento PHEV is new for the 2022 model year, but it has already made a splash in the market. Of course, Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty helps buyers’ peace of mind, but Sorento’s 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, upscale interior, stylish exterior, and 261-horsepower hybrid powertrain help it stand out even more.
You can drive 32 miles on all-electric power while achieving 34 combined MPG and 79 MPGe in gasoline and all-electric drive modes respectively. A host of standard features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe exit assist make it appealing to families, though its safety ratings are a little lower than some rivals.
Although it is a three-row SUV, third-row passenger space is tight, and the rear seats limit cargo space compared to others in the segment. The starting price is quite high as well at around $45,000. Even with its shortcomings, the Sorento offers enough to be a compelling choice within the growing plug-in hybrid SUV segment.
2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge
If the Volvo XC90 is a little too much for you, the smaller two-row XC60 might be the right choice for you. It is basically a smaller version of the XC90 with similar styling, similar features, and similar performance. Its $55,345 starting price is easier to swallow than its larger sibling, especially since you still get the 455-horsepower hybrid powertrain from the XC90.
35 miles of electric driving range, an EPA-estimated 63 MPGe using all-electric, and a combined 28 MPG for its gas engine follow the XC60 Recharge in its extended range version, available as an upgrade from Volvo in the middle of the 2022 model year. These numbers dip slightly for XC60s produced earlier in the model year.
An upscale interior, spacious rear seats, comfortable front seats, ample cargo space, plenty of standard safety features, and a comprehensive list of standard tech features help the XC60 stand out in the luxury SUV segment. Handling and overall performance are not as good as some rivals, but the XC60 remains an attractive prospect for most buyers.
2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The Jeep Wrangler is possibly the best off-road vehicle on sale today. The problem is that it is rather unrefined and lacks the fuel efficiency of comparably sized SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe seeks to solve that problem with an all-electric range of about 20 miles, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and two electric motors, all while retaining the fun, rugged nature of the regular Wrangler.
Most do not buy the Wrangler for its comfortable ride, large size, or blazing performance, which is a good thing considering that it has adequate cargo and passenger space without much more. Its 375-horsepower hybrid powertrain helps get it off the line quick enough, but it really shines off the beaten path where locking differentials and four-wheel drive are necessary.
Still, there are some nice features Jeep Wrangler buyers get. Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an intuitive infotainment system make life in the Wrangler a little easier to take. If you need it, the 4xe can also tow up to 3,500 pounds.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid
The Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is all new for the 2022 model year, complete with standard all-wheel-drive, 33 miles of electric driving range on a full charge, and a combined EPA electric fuel economy rating of 80 MPGe, and 261 horsepower on tap. With a starting price of around $35,000, it is cheaper than the Toyota RAV4 Prime but also has less all-electric range.
It still does most things well. It has more than enough cargo space with 31.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats, spacious front and rear seat headroom and legroom, comfortable seats all around, great fuel efficiency while in hybrid mode, and a barely noticeable regenerative braking system.
The Tucson PHEV is already a safe vehicle, but it has a ton of standard safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a vehicle exit warning system. Of course, it also comes with an excellent warranty that every Kia and Hyundai model shares.
2022 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid
Unlike many crossover SUVs on sale today, the Ford Escape is not styled with sharp edges and straight lines. It is much more subtle while still looking modern. It is also somewhat of a sleeper pick on our list, overshadowed by the likes of the popular RAV4 Prime and the brand-new Tucson PHEV.
Be careful that you do not overlook its 37 miles of all-electric range, its spacious interior, and its 221 horsepower output. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder combines with an electric motor and a larger battery pack than the regular hybrid to put power to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Strangely, all-wheel-drive is not even optional on the model.
With a starting price of under $36,000 and ample cargo space, the Escape can do enough to warrant a look by any reasonable buyer. The cabin materials are a bit cheap, but if you can get over that, you will be rewarded with a well-rounded plug-in hybrid SUV that earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2021.
2022 Lexus NX 450H+
The all-new Lexus NX 450H+ shares its underpinnings with the Toyota RAV4 Prime. It also shares its 302-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain with RAV4 Prime, albeit with a slightly lower all-electric range than its non-luxury sibling. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors give the Lexus its standard all-wheel-drive.
Even though the powertrain is punchy, and the fuel economy is top-notch, some of the best things about the new model include its less edgy styling than the outgoing model, its great new interior design, and its new infotainment system. Notably, the finicky touchpad from the previous NX is gone, and the interior is chock full of high-quality materials, making it feel even better than its rather lofty $57,225 price tag would suggest.
You also get some great features like wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and a 9.8-inch touchscreen. Especially when considering its fantastic hybrid powertrain, competitors like Audi and BMW have some hard thinking to do if they want to keep up their own pace.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid
Another all-new plug-in hybrid SUV, the Santa Fe has existed as a standard hybrid since the last model year. The Santa Fe is something like a cross between its sister company Sorento and the smaller Tucson. It is larger than the Tucson but eliminates the third row of seats that the Sorento has, opening up the cargo space a bit more to allow for 36.4 cubic feet.
Like its corporate siblings, all four wheels are powered by the same 261-horsepower hybrid powertrain, and the midsize crossover SUV can drive up to 30 miles on all-electric power. Its interior is nicely appointed, both the front and rear seats are comfortable with both having more than enough headroom and legroom, and the ride is cushiony.
By hybrid standards, its 33 combined MPG in hybrid mode is lower than some rivals, but its standard tech and safety features list make that easier to overlook. Buyers get standard wireless device charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
2022 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring
The full-sized Lincoln Navigator may be the brand’s most recognized vehicle, but the compact Corsair definitely deserves a spot outside of that vehicle’s large shadow. The Corsair shares the similarly sized Ford Escape’s hybrid powertrain but makes 266 horsepower, sending it through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Unlike Escape, the Corsair comes with all-wheel-drive.
It is also much more upscale than its corporate cousin. The interior feels luxurious, its exterior styling is attractive, it provides a nicely padded ride with a comfortably spaced interior, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use and intuitive. A Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay, dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote start further grace the features list.
With a starting price of just over $53,000, Corsair presents a good value for a luxury product. Before becoming sold on some of the available Lexus, BMW, and Audi offerings, be sure to take a look at the Corsair and its 28 miles of all-electric range.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe
Jeep has taken what it has learned with the Wrangler 4xe and applied it to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee 4xe is the more refined, slightly less rugged vehicle to buy if you still want off-road capability in a more family-friendly package. It has the same 375-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain as does the Wrangler 4xe.
Even though the Grand Cherokee 4xe’s all-electric range is limited to 26 miles, and fuel efficiency is only rated at 23 MPG combined in its hybrid driving mode, buyers are treated to standard heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, four-wheel drive, and a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Compared to others in the segment, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe exposes some of the shortcomings of its hybrid system as it is a quite refined vehicle beyond that. Additionally, its high price tag does nothing to help persuade buyers that PHEVs are the way to go. Still, having a supremely capable family vehicle is more than enough to convince some buyers that they should buy it.
2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e
BMW’s midsize X5 xDrive45e provides buyers with just about everything they would want from a plug-in hybrid luxury SUV. An all-electric driving range of 30 miles, an EPA-estimated 50 MPGe in electric mode, a luxuriously appointed cabin, a huge 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster to complement are just some of the highlights.
While non-electric fuel efficiency is quite low at only 20 combined MPG, the tradeoff is a powerful hybrid system that uses BMW’s base inline-six engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and some impressive handling capability. Blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking will add some driving confidence while using all of its available performance.
The regular X5 comes optional with a third row, but the PHEV version eliminates the choice. That is fine though as it frees up cargo space. The first and second rows are spacious with room for full-sized adults in both the front and rear seats. The X5 xDrive45e comes with a near $65,000 starting price.
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid lacks the fuel economy figures of other hybrid SUVs, has lower cargo capacity than comparable Kia, Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota models, and lacks the get-up-and-go that often comes with many hybrid powertrains. Its sub-$36,000 starting price is average for the class.
Despite these downfalls, you can drive 17 miles on all-electric power, it only takes about five hours to fully charge the battery pack on a standard charger, you get Subaru’s excellent standard AWD system, and its small size makes it maneuverable. You also get a good number of standard features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
The Crosstrek shines on the safety front with fantastic safety ratings, standard adaptive cruise control, standard blind-spot monitoring, and standard automatic emergency braking. Only available in one trim level and a 148-horsepower hybrid powertrain, Subaru keeps everything simple for potential buyers.