12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs

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These Fuel-Sipping SUVs Will Save You Money

Gas prices have remained relatively low over the past several years, which may make people more comfortable buying or leasing large, gas-guzzling family haulers. However, if you’re already on a tight budget, and your car payment is a stretch, a spike in gas prices could make it difficult to make ends meet.

Fortunately, due to improving engine technology, even most larger vehicles are much more fuel-efficient than they once were. However, the most efficient vehicles rely on electrification. In this article, we focus on hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs that return the best EPA-estimated fuel economy. Fully electric SUVs are even more efficient, but we’re saving those for a separate article.

We searched the EPA’s fuel economy ratings to find today’s new SUVs with the best fuel economy. According to the EPA, some hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs cost as little as $700 per year to fuel. This means a savings of $500 per year compared to the average new vehicle.

We ranked the most fuel-efficient SUVs based on the EPA’s most up-to-date annual fuel cost estimates. In the case of a tie, and there are several, we gave the win to the SUV with the higher U.S. News overall score. If the vehicle didn’t have an overall score, or two vehicles have the same score, we awarded the higher ranking to the SUV with the lower starting price.

For each SUV featured here, we provide information about how much money in fuel costs you’ll save by choosing the hybrid over the standard configuration. We also compare starting prices between hybrid and non-hybrid versions. This way, you can determine which hybrid SUVs offer the best value.

Keep in mind, we update our scores and rankings on a continuous basis as new data and expert research become available. For this reason, the scores in this article may not match up with the scores in our individual reviews and rankings.

Continue reading to learn about the most fuel-efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market today.

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