Top-Rated Luxury Hybrids According to Edmunds

Decades ago the idea of consumer-oriented hybrid cars were just emerging, and manufacturers have been striving to product better hybrids ever since. In the modern world of automotive manufacturers, hybrids have become fairly common, with the push now to make them more desirable, more powerful, and even more sustainable. Many manufacturers have also begun to put their best foot forward to product luxury-focused hybrid vehicles, and according to Edmunds, these are the best picks for 2021.

Lexus ES 300h

The 2021 Lexus ES 300h is a striking and sporty-looking sedan with plenty of spunk. It sits at the top of the Edmunds list for luxury hybrids, but at first glance, you may not even be able to tell that it’s a hybrid at all. Once upon a time, with the arrival of some of the most consumer-friendly hybrids was the Toyota Prius, which was awkwardly styled and overall friendly in design. Now, we have capable cars like the Lexus ES 300h that show how aggressive and modern a hybrid can look.

A Lexus logo on a parked black car dotted with raindrops in Dublin city center in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, January 25, 2021
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2021 Acura MDX

The 2021 Acura MDX comes at a luxury hybrid price point with a sticker value starting around $53,000. It takes the #2 spot in the ranking for luxury hybrids and offers plenty of utility and features for the price. It’s especially noted for it’s quiet and spacious cabin that rides on a smooth suspension, giving it a true luxury vehicle. The all-wheel drive set up makes the car agile and capable in any terrain or weather condition.

The 2022 Acura MDX driving through a city
2022 Acura MDX | Acura

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2021 Lexus RX 450h

Another Lexus on the list makes us think that the underrated company has been working to make a name for themselves in the world of hybrids. The 2021 Lexus RX 450h sits at #3 with an overall score of 7.6 out of a possible 10, just a few tenths of a point under its competition. The Lexus RX 450h is a thoughtful hybrid SUV with just as much luxury as it has practicality. The website makes a point of mentioning just how well-down the interior of the RX 450h standing out not only among hybrids but also luxury SUVs of its class as well.

Japan's auto giant Toyota Motor managing officer Kazuo Ohara (R) introduces the company's newly designed Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV with a 3.5-litre V6 engine
An older Lexus RX 450h | YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images

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Buying a luxury vehicle is a great option for many drivers, and the additional practicality of owning a hybrid can mean many things, such as improved fuel economy, a unique electric-motor based all-wheel-drive system, and just the overall knowledge that you’re working away from gasoline-powered engines and toward more sustainable cars vehicles. This list from Edmunds only touches on some of its highest-ranked luxury hybrid vehicles, but there are still plenty of others on the market as well that also have high ratings and come recommended.