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Best Hybrid SUVs for 2022

The best used and new hybrid SUVs based on a data-driven analysis of each vehicle's reliability, resale value and safety.

Why Should I Buy a Hybrid SUV?

For drivers who want something more fuel-efficient than a typical SUV or crossover, hybrid SUVs are an appealing choice. With a hybrid SUV, you get the best of both worlds: the added cargo space and functionality of an SUV and the fuel economy of a hybrid vehicle.

It's worth noting that while hybrid versions of popular SUVs, like the Honda CR-V Hybrid compact SUV, tend to have a higher starting price versus their gasoline counterparts, they often come better equipped, too. This means more standard features and safety features are included in their new car price. However, both hybrid and non-hybrid SUVs come with the latest technology, like touchscreen infotainment systems, WiFi hotspots, and adaptive cruise control.

What are the Best Hybrid SUVs?

While hybrid vehicles originated as small hatchbacks and sedans, they have expanded to larger vehicles like SUVs and minivans. In fact, many of today’s most popular crossovers have a hybrid version, including the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and even the three-row Toyota Highlander. Hybrid SUVs range in size from subcompact SUVs like the Subaru Crosstrek to midsize crossovers like the three-row Toyota Highlander midsize SUV, which means there is a hybrid SUV to suit your driving needs. 

Just like they range in size, hybrid SUVs also range in fuel economy. The midsize Kia Sorento hybrid SUV has an MPG of 37, while the smaller subcompact Kia Niro hybrid has a combined MPG of 50. Like traditional SUVs, you will sacrifice gas mileage for a larger and roomier vehicle.

Along with traditional hybrid SUVs, this list also includes plug-in hybrid models (also called PHEVs), that feature a hybrid system with larger battery packs and a limited all-electric range before switching on their gasoline engine. Plug-in hybrids are more efficient than mild hybrids. Examples of plug-in hybrid SUVs include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. 

What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?

This list only includes the best hybrid SUVs by mainstream automakers. If you want something more premium like the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and the Lexus RX 450h, check out our list of the Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs. Or, if you want something smaller like the Toyota Prius, check out our list of the Best Hybrid Cars.

Buyers looking for a vehicle with an all-electric-motor with zero emissions, whether that means the longstanding Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S or newer entries like the Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID.4, should check out our Best Electric Cars or Best Electric SUVs lists. 

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Why Should I Buy a Hybrid SUV?

For drivers who want something more fuel-efficient than a typical SUV or crossover, hybrid SUVs are an appealing choice. With a hybrid SUV, you get the best of both worlds: the added cargo space and functionality of an SUV and the fuel economy of a hybrid vehicle.

It's worth noting that while hybrid versions of popular SUVs, like the Honda CR-V Hybrid compact SUV, tend to have a higher starting price versus their gasoline counterparts, they often come better equipped, too. This means more standard features and safety features are included in their new car price. However, both hybrid and non-hybrid SUVs come with the latest technology, like touchscreen infotainment systems, WiFi hotspots, and adaptive cruise control.

What are the Best Hybrid SUVs?

While hybrid vehicles originated as small hatchbacks and sedans, they have expanded to larger vehicles like SUVs and minivans. In fact, many of today’s most popular crossovers have a hybrid version, including the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and even the three-row Toyota Highlander. Hybrid SUVs range in size from subcompact SUVs like the Subaru Crosstrek to midsize crossovers like the three-row Toyota Highlander midsize SUV, which means there is a hybrid SUV to suit your driving needs. 

Just like they range in size, hybrid SUVs also range in fuel economy. The midsize Kia Sorento hybrid SUV has an MPG of 37, while the smaller subcompact Kia Niro hybrid has a combined MPG of 50. Like traditional SUVs, you will sacrifice gas mileage for a larger and roomier vehicle.

Along with traditional hybrid SUVs, this list also includes plug-in hybrid models (also called PHEVs), that feature a hybrid system with larger battery packs and a limited all-electric range before switching on their gasoline engine. Plug-in hybrids are more efficient than mild hybrids. Examples of plug-in hybrid SUVs include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. 

What Other Vehicles Should I Consider?

This list only includes the best hybrid SUVs by mainstream automakers. If you want something more premium like the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and the Lexus RX 450h, check out our list of the Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs. Or, if you want something smaller like the Toyota Prius, check out our list of the Best Hybrid Cars.

Buyers looking for a vehicle with an all-electric-motor with zero emissions, whether that means the longstanding Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S or newer entries like the Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID.4, should check out our Best Electric Cars or Best Electric SUVs lists. 

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9.2 / 10
  • Reliability 9.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.3 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
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8.6 / 10
  • Reliability 7.1 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.7 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
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8.3 / 10
  • Reliability 6.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.8 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
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8.1 / 10
  • Reliability 7.0 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.4 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
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7.6 / 10
  • Reliability 7.2 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.0 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
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7.3 / 10
  • Reliability 7.1 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
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iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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7.1 / 10
  • Reliability 5.6 / 10
  • Value Retention 7.6 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10
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  • Safety 8.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 8.4 / 10
  • Safety 9.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 8.2 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.3 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.3 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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Coming soon
  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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Coming soon
  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 7.0 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
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iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Value Retention 6.9 / 10
  • Safety 10.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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Coming soon
  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 6.7 / 10
  • Safety 8.0 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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  • Reliability Coming soon
  • Value Retention 6.7 / 10
  • Safety Not Available

How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on the latest research by our data science team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

After being evaluated, vehicles with the highest average scores earn a spot in the iSeeCars Best Car Rankings. (No final score is given to vehicles missing a score in any of the categories, but scores for other categories are still shown.)

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).