Only 1 Luxury SUV Makes Consumer Reports’ List of the Top-Rated Hybrid Vehicles

Driving a hybrid can be a good way to save money on gas and reduce emissions while not worrying about EV issues like range anxiety. But some hybrids are better than others. Here’s a look at the 2022 Lexus NX and why it’s the only luxury SUV on Consumer Reports’ list of the top-rated hybrid vehicles.

Consumer Reports names the top-rated hybrid vehicles of 2022

According to Consumer Reports, the best hybrid vehicles typically provide a strong balance of qualities that car shoppers are looking for, and fuel economy is one of those traits. Hybrids are significantly more fuel-efficient than standard gas-powered cars, but unlike plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and EVs, hybrids don’t cost much more upfront. For instance, two vehicles on CR’s list of seven models cost less with a hybrid powertrain.

The Ford Maverick Hybrid is one of those models and the only truck in the roundup. In total, three SUVs made the list: the NX, Toyota Highlander, and Hyundai Tucson. The other three hybrids on the list are sedans. Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Prius appears, as do the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Accord.

The 2022 Lexus NX is the only hybrid luxury SUV on the list

2022 Lexus NX 350h hybrid luxury SUV
2022 Lexus NX 350h cockpit | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

There are a couple of reasons why the 2022 Lexus NX is the only hybrid luxury SUV on Consumer Reports’ list. One is the price.

Like the Ford Maverick, the NX is cheaper with a hybrid powertrain than with a gas-powered option. According to Car and Driver, the NX350 starts at about $43,100, but the hybrid NX350h starts at $42,700. That’s a difference of about $400. 

Another big reason is fuel economy. The NX350h is the most fuel-efficient version of this Lexus SUV. It gets 41 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the traditional NX350 gets 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. That’s a difference of 13 mpg. 

Overall, though, the hybrid version of this Lexus crossover is an excellent vehicle. When that’s combined with those economic factors, the NXh is a clear step above the competition.

More about the 2022 Lexus NX

According to Car and Driver, the base-model NX250 is cheaper than the NX350h. The NX250 starts at about $40,000, but it doesn’t offer many upscale features that luxury car shoppers might want. It has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 hp. In comparison, the hybrid powertrain packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors harnessing 239 hp.

Regardless, the standard NX still boasts plenty of tech and safety features. For example, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist are all standard on the NX. Furthermore, adaptive cruise control is also standard across all NX trims.

In terms of tech, Lexus gave the standard NX a 9.8-inch touchscreen display, and buyers can upgrade to a 14-inch one if they desire.

As for the interior, even the standard NX is a comfortable luxury SUV. Thanks to a recent redesign, this compact crossover has a bit more passenger room than before, and Lexus also used higher-end materials in the construction. 

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