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We all want to save some gas. We can do that by driving less, by driving smarter, or by swooping up a fuel-efficient hybrid SUV. Hybrids are great at saving fuel because their electric engines provide an electric boost when you need it. One look at the EPAs scores, and it’s clear these hybrid SUVs excell at saving gas, and at today’s gas prices, you can start saving on your first trip.

Hybrids get better gas mileage in town than on the highway

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid AWD badge
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Honda

Hybrids are great at saving gas, especially in the city. Because of their electric boost, many hybrids get better gas mileage in stop-and-go traffic than they do on the highway, which is the opposite of gas-powered SUVs and cars. Plug-ins get even better mileage because they can travel several miles on electric-only power. The 2022 Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid, for example, can go up to 31 miles on electric-only power, using virtually no gas. Keep in mind, though, that while all-wheel drive is great for traction, you usually pay a premium in fuel economy for it.

2023 Lexus NX350h

2022 Lexus NX Hybrid in blue
Lexus NX350 hybrid | Lexus

According to, the $41,550 2022 Lexus NX SUV gets a combined 39 mpg rating and 41 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The NX is an all new Lexus hybrid SUV and the new entry-level SUV from the brand. It is based on the RAV4, but there’s not a lot of RAV4 showing in this luxury SUV. It’s a bolder new Lexus, with an even larger grille, and the new Lexus Interface multimedia system.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

Shimmering Silver 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid PHEV driving on a mountain road
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid | Hyundai

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a combined 34 mpg, with ratings of 36 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Hyundai may be Korean, but Hyundai makes the $34,300 in Alabama. It combines one of Hyundai’s most modern interiors with some SUV features like 2,000 pounds of towing ability, a standard large eight-inch touchscreen, and several driver’s aids. While it is listed as a solid SUV with great gas mileage, it is the only one on the list that doesn’t have a Consumer Reports “recommended” mark and depreciates quickly.

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

This Black 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers excellent fuel economy numbers
2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

According to, the $39,555 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets 36 mpg combined, with ratings of 26 in the city and 35 on the highway. There is a 1 mpg ding for the Hybrid AWD model, but it has Toyota’s clever all-wheel drive that ditches the complicated drivetrain and instead simply sticks an electric motor in the back. Highlanders are popular new and used because they are larger than the others on this list. Highlanders have a third row, and can be outfitted as comfy near-luxury vehicles.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid parked on a bridge in Alabama
The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid parked on a bridge in Alabama | MotorBiscuit: Peter Corn

The $28,045 Honda CR-V Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive and it gets a combined rating of 38, and 40 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. The CR-V is known for having a large interior with best-in-class luggage space, good handling, as well as punchy acceleration. The CR-V is getting a refresh for 2023, so 2022 versions may be available for less at your local dealer.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

a tan Toyota RAV 4 in a studio image
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The RAV4 also comes standard with all-wheel drive. It gets a combined 40 mpg, with ratings of 41 in the city and 38 on the highway, according to the EPA. The RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid are Toyota’s best-selling SUVs for a reason: they offer a great mix of utility, performance, and comfort. Standard features include easy-to-use infotainment and several driver aids. The Prime is the plug-in version.

For even more fun, though, check out a RAV4 Prime, which is the plug-in version. It achieves 38 MPG combined, and it has 302 horsepower.


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