Shopping for the best hybrid SUV has you choosing from a very short list, for while hybrid cars might be plentiful their larger, more practical sport-utility equivalents are thinner on the ground. Fortunately in most cases this means you’re facing a strong group of options, because what hybrid SUVs do make it into showrooms benefit from the extra engineering attention and design polish to make them stand out. The best hybrid SUVs don’t always offer amazing fuel mileage – some of them leverage their electric motors for performance rather than outright efficiency – but it’s up to you to decide how green you want to get when shopping for a battery-powered people mover.
If you are looking for a top hybrid SUV in the compact luxury market 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.
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.