3 Fuel-Efficient Hybrid SUVs That Can Save You Money

Gas prices will probably come down soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your hybrid SUV right away. These three fuel-efficient hybrid SUVs can save you money at the pump, thanks to those extra miles per gallon. Finding a fuel-efficient new car doesn’t have to be difficult, and Consumer Reports has the best options.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a fuel-efficient hybrid SUV that can save you around $500 a year

Fuel-efficient hybrid SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe hybrid
The Hyundai Santa Fe hybrid SUV in the mountains | Hyundai

When Consumer Reports rated the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, it was mostly positive. The new Santa Fe comes in traditional gasoline or the new hybrid, but Consumer Reports says the hybrid is the way to go. The powertrain is quiet and quicker than the gasoline engine with 191 hp. It is smoother and rides pretty comfortably on the streets. Forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist (LKA), blind-spot warning (BSW), and rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW) are all included standard.

Consumer Reports says the payback for the hybrid is about one year. The Santa Fe Hybrid SEL is about $660 more than the gas-only SEL, but it gets 30 mpg to the gasoline’s 24 mpg. That will save you around $500 a year in fuel costs alone, making it a great fuel-efficient hybrid SUV for 2022.

Price Range:  $27,200 – $46,010

Hybrid vs. gas fuel economy: 30 mpg vs. 24 mpg

The Toyota Highlander is another fuel-efficient hybrid SUV

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Everyone loves the 2022 Toyota Highlander, including Consumer Reports. The 2022 Highlander has high marks for the road test, reliability, and owner satisfaction. Plus, the hybrid version has three rows and still gets 35 mpg. Consumer Reports says the hybrid powertrain is louder and slower than the gasoline engine, but it makes up for it elsewhere. The Highlander hybrid has good handling, a comfortable interior, and plenty of room for cargo and passengers.

Consumer Reports says buying the hybrid version of the Toyota SUV will pay off in less than two years. The Highlander Hybrid XLE costs $1,620 more than the non-hybrid XLE, but the 35 mpg compared to the V6’s 22 mpg has the potential to save $1,000 a year. That makes the Highlander a good fuel-efficient hybrid SUV option.

Price Range:  $35,855 – $51,460

Hybrid vs. gas fuel economy: 34 mpg vs. 22 mpg

The Lexus NX starts saving you money right away

The 2022 Lexus NX is considered a luxury compact sport utility vehicle. It received good scores on the road test, reliability, and owner satisfaction and came in a hybrid option. In fact, Consumer Reports says the NX works best as a hybrid. The Lexus SUV is quick from the start and is fun to drive every day. Some drivers found the outward visibility compromised by some design choices, so be sure to schedule a test drive in this SUV. Lexus equipped the 2022 NX with Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 standard. That includes FCW, AEB, BSW, and RCTW standard.

Consumer Reports says buying the NX hybrid starts paying off as soon as you buy it. The gasoline version is $175 more than the hybrid and only gets 25 mpg overall to the hybrid’s 38 mpg. Plus, you can save around $800 a year on gas.

Price Range:  $38,350 – $57,400

Hybrid vs. gas fuel economy: 38 mpg vs. 25 mpg

Even if gas prices come down, a fuel-efficient hybrid SUV won’t be going out of style anytime soon. Hybrids will continue to grow in popularity as an excellent in-between option for those not ready for a fully electric vehicle yet. Either way, these options should get you started.

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