Looking for more fuel economy from your next SUV? These reliable midsize SUVs with hybrid powertrains have all the features buyers want. Below are those features and applicable safety scores for each sport utility vehicle. From comfortable family haulers to the daily driving work SUV, these options from Hyundai and Toyota do it all.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a reliable midsize SUV with a hybrid powertrain
Kelley Blue Book didn’t have anything bad to say about the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid. As far as reliable midsize hybrid SUVs go, the Santa Fe is at the top of the list. All-wheel drive is standard, and the Santa Fe might be your new road trip vehicle with room for five adults.
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is priced between $35,660 for the base trim (called Blue) and $41,320 for the top-of-the-line Limited trim. Both also have a destination fee of $1,295. KBB says the city/highway fuel economy works out to 36/31 mpg (Blue) and 33/30 mpg (SEL Premium, Limited).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe high safety scores.
Fuel Economy: City 36/Highway 31/Combined 34 MPG
Price Range: $35,660 – $41,320
Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid is a reliable midsize SUV
It would be hard to go up against the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It is about as reliable as it comes, and the excellent fuel economy numbers don’t hurt. KBB says the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and electric motors get 36/35 mpg (FWD), 35/35 mpg (AWD), and 35/34 mpg (Limited/Platinum AWD) for the city/highway.
Some of the best safety features include Adaptive cruise control and Automatic emergency braking. Road sign assist helps read and detect signs to display the information on Toyota’s multi-information display.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made the 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a Top Safety Pick Plus award winner. That makes the Highlander a safe midsize SUV with a hybrid powertrain.
Fuel Economy: City 36/Highway 35/Combined 36 MPG
Price Range: $40,220 – $50,475
Don’t overlook all of the standard features of the Toyota Venza
You might not know it, but the 2023 Toyota Venza is only offered with a hybrid powertrain. That means one of the best Toyota SUVs on the market has even more to offer with its combined fuel economy rating of 39 mpg. Kelley Blue Book said that was enough to save around $40 monthly in fuel costs.
All-wheel drive comes standard on the Venza, making it suitable for those in colder climates. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ is new to the Venza for this year but comes with plenty of standard safety features. That means every Venza gets enhanced automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, emergency steering assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign assist.
Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2023 Toyota Venza high safety scores.
Fuel Economy: City 40/Highway 37/Combined 39 MPG
Price Range: $33,595 – $41,740
While there is not an overabundance of midsize SUVs with hybrid powertrains to choose from, these are some of the best in the bunch. This should get you started if you are looking for a fuel-efficient new sport utility vehicle.