What is the Best Used Hybrid SUV to Buy?

Hybrid SUVs are becoming increasingly popular as the technology becomes more readily available. Whether you want a hybrid because you don’t want to spend as much money on gas, or because you want to help the environment, you’ve decided that a hybrid SUV will be your next car. But which one is the best used hybrid SUV to buy?

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What is the best used hybrid SUV to buy?

Based purely on gas mileage, the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid would definitely be one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market. However, if you’re looking for smaller and sportier, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is another one of the best- it just depends on what you want.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best used hybrid SUVs that could become your next car. Keep in mind that there are so many more, so don’t limit your options to just these 8. These are all good options to consider though!

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes first on our list of best used hybrid SUVs. With a combined gas mileage of 33 MPG, the RAV4 is a pioneer in its category. Even now, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a very highly-rated compact SUV hybrid.

JD Power rates the Toyota RAV4 first in the compact SUV category, with consumer ratings bringing it to a score of 84/100. JD Power ratings are based on three categories: Quality and reliability, driving experience, and resale.

The average of those scores is its overall score and the RAV4 scores over 80 on every category. That certainly puts it among the high scorers!

2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is another candidate for the best used hybrid SUV. JD Power ranked the Crosstrek 1st in its small SUV category, with a stunning 86/100 all-around reliability score. And with the hybrid being capable of reaching 32 MPG, it’s easy to see why consumers rated it so well.

The Subaru Crosstrek is one of the sportier, smaller options on this list, making it great for small families, traveling couples, or college students.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid was a hard one to research because if you look up its gas mileage, a big 47 MPG-E will show up on your screen.

That, however, is for plug-in hybrids and is only valid for the 14 miles that the plug-in hybrid allows to be fully electric. After these 14 miles, the gas mileage of this pretty car drops to 22 MPG, which is barely more than the all-gas model. However, as far as plug-in hybrids, go, this is a good one.

The Cayenne is very nice, though, as one of the more luxurious brands on this list. It’s one of the better ones for a big family and is rated by JD Power to be the #2 midsize premium SUV of this model year.

2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

The Volvo XC90 Hybrid is another more luxurious option on this list. Unlike its competitors, the XC90 has a gas mileage that’s closer to the Highlander’s (only 26 MPG combined).

While this is still better than a regular old SUV, the Volvo is definitely not the pick for you if you’re looking for a hybrid SUV with the best gas mileage.

If you’re looking for the best consumer-rated quality, the Volvo won’t quite get you there either. It’s certainly very nice but it comes in 9th place in JD Power’s midsize premium SUV category. The Volvo XC90 is another car that is a really strong contender in the plug-in hybrid category, so that’s worth checking out.

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota was one of the first non-luxury brands to release hybrid models of their SUVs, with the first coming out in the 2006 model year. SUVs never seemed like a candidate for hybrid models until this point.

Then, it became a race between everybody else to see who could get into that market next. Obviously, it wasn’t perfect, but 10 years after its first try, Toyota has a good handle on what makes a good hybrid.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, with a combined gas mileage of 28 MPG, surpassed the expectations of most people. It exceeds a regular SUV’s gas mileage by 10 or more miles per gallon. It’s one of the best used hybrid SUVs you can buy.

The one area it didn’t totally succeed in was the space in the third row, especially for those who have long legs. So if you have a big family and multiple tall people, this may not be the best option.

2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid

The 2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid is ranked 3rd on JD Power’s midsize SUV list, and it has an impressive combined gas mileage of 30 MPG. Strangely, the quality and reliability isn’t rated by JD Power for this one, so its score of 82/100 might have been higher or lower depending on the scores in those sections.

The Nissan Murano is nice, functional, and provides the performance you’d expect from a reliable company like Nissan. While its exterior is beautifully designed, the interior leaves lots of room for improvement because there’s barely any storage space available.

2016 Lexus RX Hybrid

The #1 midsize premium SUV, according to JD Power, is the Lexus RX, the fancy sister car of the Toyota Highlander, which is the #1 midsize SUV. The RX ups the Highlander a couple of notches with a gas mileage of 31 MPG combined, making it the best on our list in consumer ratings and gas mileage.

The RX is gorgeous inside and out. If Lexus knows one thing, it’s how to help its customers really have an amazing experience. While it isn’t known for putting an element of fun into driving, it is hard to beat by way of interior styling, comfort, and smart technology.

2016 Tesla Model X

If your first reaction was to say that Teslas aren’t hybrids, you’d be correct. But this model earned a spot on the list nonetheless. It’s an all-electric, gorgeous, falcon-winged dreamboat.

With a Model X, you’ll never have to spend money on gas, just on electricity at the Tesla Superchargers that are located all over the United States. You’ll save quite a bit on gas because these chargers only cost 25 cents per kilowatt-hour.

This is why the Tesla Model X is a great alternative for those looking for a gorgeous, environmentally friendly, and enviably powerful car that no other manufacturer has been able to come close to.

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