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SUVs have boomed in popularity recently, which means that automakers aren’t slowing down on SUV production. True, some sedans are still popular with consumers, especially the sportier models. However, it seems like more of them are disappearing each year as automakers focus on their best-sellers instead. 

Luxury SUVs, are packed full of appealing features, plus they can be optioned with efficient powertrains. If you’re looking for the best midsize hybrid SUV in the luxury segment, MotorTrend recommends these models.

1. BMW X5

MotorTrend says that the 2023 BMW X5 powertrain is especially good on gas, with the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant earning 50 MPGe. This powertrain makes 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, plus offers a generous 31 miles of all-electric range. This model also comes with standard AWD and can accelerate to 60 mph in 5 seconds.

The BMW X5 xDrive45e starts at $65,700, and the base model retails for $61,600 with FWD. Even without any electrification, it still gets 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. If you opt for an AWD powertrain, your highway mileage only drops by one point.

A BMW X5, which is one of the Best Luxury Midsize Hybrid SUV
BMW X5 | BMW Group

AWD also makes the base BMW X5 just as fast as the hybrid version, and its turbocharged inline-6 makes 335 hp. MotorTrend praised each powertrain for its speed and handling capabilities. With the exception of the sportier X5M, all of them also have very comfortable ride qualities.

The optional third row is quite small, but the BMW X5 has no problem seating five riders in reasonable comfort. The seats are either faux leather or genuine depending on the trim, but each model comes with an abundance of convenience technology. The front seats inside the PHEV trim can be optioned with ventilation and massage settings.

2. Lexus RX

The 2022 Lexus RX hybrid powertrain is capable of 308 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, paired with a CVT and AWD. While it doesn’t have a plug-in option, the RX450h still earns an impressive 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. 

It can also reach 60 mph in approximately 7 seconds, though the long-wheelbase model is a little slower. The Lexus RX also reportedly has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment, along with a tastefully-adorned interior. 

MotorTrend says that you can skip the three-row Lexus RX, unless you have small children to sit in the extra seats. Editors also thought that the F Sport Package failed to deliver in terms of more aggressive performance. The Lexus RX450h still offers great power at an enticing price, starting at $50,150. 

3. Porsche Cayenne

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid gets 46 MPGe, though its 16-mile electric range is a little disappointing. The turbocharged version only gets 14 miles of range, but it has 670 hp on tap. Both versions come with standard AWD.

The standard Cayenne E-Hybrid still offers a great 0 to 60 time of 4.2 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than the base powertrain. This SUV is also capable of 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. 

Each Porsche Cayenne model promises great handling, and MotorTrend had no complaints about interior space. Editors also felt that the infotainment system is very intuitive. The Cayenne E-Hybrid only has a few flaws to speak of, particularly its below-average cargo capacity and eye-watering retail price of $86,500.

Still, MotorTrend recommends this car for its balance of efficiency and performance. If you need something cheaper and with a comfier ride, the Lexus RX might be your best option. The BMW X5 is probably the most well-rounded choice in terms of power, fuel economy, and price.


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