Like many other forms of new technology, when hybrid SUVs were released it seemed like they were financially unaffordable for most consumers. We saw it for 3D printers, CNC machines, and even a lot of the safety technology that has become so common in cars today, but hybrid cars have become reasonable for the average consumer, and there are even some well-priced hybrid SUVs that are just as practical as traditionally powered ones.
The first one the list is the off-road-ready Subaru Crosstrek with a hybrid base price of $35,145. As a hybrid vehicle, the Crosstrek doesn’t lose any of the SUV’s well-loved practicality, and it handles just as well on the road as it does down a dirt path, just like the regular model. The upside? This hybrid is affordable, reliable, and it gets better gas mileage than the standard Crosstrek with a 480-mile total range.
Next up, the Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is already a popular option for a commuter car or a family vehicle, so it’s no surprise that an affordable hybrid option has become available. The hybrid CR-V is just as reliable as the standard model without becoming unaffordable, and you can buy one brand new for about $27,850.
The Toyota RAV4 is next on the list, with a hybrid price of $28,350 it’s just as good as the competitors, only with the Toyota reputation. The RAV4 is another car that is popular among commuters and families because they are practical, spacious, and reliable, and with the extra boost of the hybrid system, this already well-received SUV is even better.
Of course, Ford had to jump on the trend too
The Escape is one of Ford’s smaller, more compact SUV options, and that’s why it’s a great choice for drivers who don’t really like SUVs to begin with. Like the standard base model, the hybrid version of the Escape is affordable to purchase as well as maintain, and with a ton of options, you can buy them for around $30,000.
The largest on the list, the Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander isn’t the most affordable car on the list, but it is the largest. It doesn’t hit the ball out of the park with high pricing just because it’s a bigger vehicle, either, because you can purchase the Highlander hybrid for $38,200. It’s the only car on this list that isn’t a compact SUV option, and for some families, the difference in size and cargo capacity is well worth the difference in price.
Enjoying the driving experience of a new hybrid SUV doesn’t have to mean you’re blowing your budget, and there are a lot of reliable options that are just as affordable as their standard gas-only counterpart. Whatever brand you chose it seems like there is something for everyone, and you can get all of the safety features and practicality you are looking for tied in with a great fuel economy.