If you love being in the mountains or driving anywhere outside of the city, chances are you care about your environmental impact too. There are many viable options to make the hike to the hills – although not on foot – and limit the damage we cause. Typical 4X4 and older AWD vehicles have heavier gas and oil consumption than newer SUV’s and Crossovers, but if you want to keep your emissions green and still be able to get to where you want to go, consider these hybrid vehicles that come equipped with AWD:
The Prius has become a staple in the hybrid world – and it continues to improve its capabilities. Despite taking a small MPG hit (52 city / 48 hwy) as compared to other models, the AWD capabilities more than make up for it. The AWD-e doesn’t use its ICE engine for the rear wheels – all of that comes from its electric motor – so the drivability isn’t really affected as compared to FWD versions of the Prius.
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid looks almost identical to the non-hybrid version but comes with some interesting features. It has what Subaru calls its StarDrive system – two electric motor-generators. One starts the engine and serves as a generator, and the other that powers hybrid and EV driving and doubles as another generator using regenerative braking. While the EV capability it limited to approximately 20 miles alone, the Crosstrek Hybrid still gets fantastic mileage from its ICE – approximately 35 mpg – after the battery is depleted.
Acura MDX Hybrid
While the infotainment systems and interior are lackluster compared to some of its competitors, it certainly makes up in performance. With a 321 hp, 289 lb-ft of torque motor and a 7 speed dual-clutch auto transmission (with its own 47 hp motor up front and two additional 36 hp motors in the rear) the MDX proves itself an excellent AWD hybrid. Averaging 27 mpg – it ranks a bit lower in fuel economy compared to other cars on this list but it delivers significantly better performance. The motors that power the rear wheels add additional traction for when you need to get going.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The 3.5-liter V6 Highlander Hybrid (also with three electric motors) puts out a solid 306 horsepower while averaging 28 mpg. A smooth ride and a capable powertrain provide for comfort without drawing away from power – while carrying up to eight passengers. For economically friendly family trips to the snow – the 2019 Toyota Highlander is an excellent option. While it may not live up to some sportier models – this is a fantastic hybrid family SUV. The highlighted issue is that the standard V6 (ICE) gets approximately the same mileage as its hybrid counterpart, but if going green is your priority – it’s an easy choice.
If you’re looking for handling and power – the Nissan Rogue may not be your best bet. If you’re looking for comfort and fuel economy alongside AWD, keep reading. While delivering a slightly lackluster driving experience the Rogue makes up for it with an average of 31mpg city and 34 mpg highway – putting it in the same fuel economy class as the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Like the Highlander – this isn’t for those who thirst for an exhilarating ride but works wonders for those who are looking for AWD while saving on fuel consumption.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Despite weighing 156 pounds more than the standard RAV4 – the new hybrid delivers a good amount of ‘oomph’ when you step on it. Powered by a 176 hp 2.5L inline 4 as well as an electric motor – the hybrid RAV4 puts out 219 hp at the end of the day. Not only that – but the EPA places the RAV4 hybrid at a 40mpg combined average which is only second to the Prius on this list so far.
Volvo XC60 Hybrid
400hp and 472 lb-ft of torque combined with a luxury feel makes the XC60 a formidable contender on this list. While it doesn’t come with the best fuel economy on the list at approximately 28 mpg (with an EV range of about 17 miles) – it makes up for it with many other features and comfort. Other contenders provide a sportier feel but the XC60 definitely keeps pace with competitors in terms of acceleration. As far as interior goes – it is miles (electrically or otherwise) ahead of some of its competitors.
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