We’re going green in all aspects of our lives — why should our vehicle be any different? Benefits of buying a used hybrid vehicle span far beyond fuel efficiency. They utilize the latest and greatest technology, sport a sleek, aerodynamic design and many even come with additional warranties over their gasoline-powered counterparts. If you’re in the market for a used hybrid vehicle, these are the five SUVs that should be on your test drive list.
Nissan Rogue Hybrid
The Nissan Rogue Hybrid has a popular body style and is a practical compact SUV option. Its 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor puts out 176 horsepower, and 2017-2019 models get an estimated 34 MPG. AWD models get an estimated 33 MPG. Upgraded trim styles SL and SV for 2017-2019 include features such as rear-traffic control, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
Safety features: rear traffic control, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats and steering wheels
Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid is a compact SUV reintroduced in 2020 and offering a choice between two engines: hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The 2020-2022 models get an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined. When using the plug-in option, it has an all-electric driving range of up to 37 miles. It drives smooth over rough pavement, has a roomy interior fitting adults in both rows and has a stacked infotainment system. Lower level trims are reasonably priced.
Great infotainment system
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid has excellent fuel economy at 38 MPG. It’s a practical option for basic transportation, and the compact model boasts more power and torque than its non-hybrid counterpart, and a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine mated to two electric motors. The sporty design is sleek and sculpted, and the interior is roomy, though there’s less cargo space in the Hybrid compared to the non-hybrid CR-V. The driver-assist safety features are abundant thanks to the Honda Sensing suite.
Honda Sensing Driver Assist Suite
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a compact crossover and the non-hybrid version is widely known as one of the favorites in the US. Its spacious interior, attractive exterior and strong safety ratings make it easy to see why it’s so popular. RAV4 Hybrids from 2017-2018 are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's assisted by two electric motors for a combined output of 219 horsepower (2019 and later models), so it’s both quicker and more efficient than its non-hybrid counterpart.
219 Horsepower (2019 and newer)
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
If you’re on the hunt for a larger SUV, the Highlander Hybrid has a third row and 13.8-cubic-feet of cargo space which increases when you put the rows down. You can also choose a towing package allowing you to tow up to 3,800 pounds. The Highlander gets 28 mpg combined on the base 2017-2019 models, and up to 35 mpg combined on the redesigned models after 2020.