Driving a hybrid feels refreshingly different. You get to cruise a car with a conventional fuel tank but without the noise and air pollution of conventional cars. Hybrids are a combination of both electric and traditional features. They give you both worlds especially when you have not fully decided to join the electric car train yet.
In acknowledging the potentials of electric vehicles, Naijauto has identified the top hybrid SUVs that stood out for us this year.
1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
Cars with 7-seater cabins are not many in number, let alone those that are hybrids. Even when you find them, they hardly meet the mark. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine sets the pace for hybrids in its category. It offers incredible styling, engine efficiency, ambiance, and space, exceeding expectations for a car of its size.
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine is incredibly stylish
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2. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is known as the highest selling pug-in hybrid in the United Kingdom. Such a title does not come cheap. There must be something outstanding about it.
For starters, the car is a great deal for saving money. Families who need an SUV can get this at a lower price compared to its diesel equivalent. In 2018, the family USV underwent a major facelift, and that ushered in some attractive features including an enhanced exterior styling, a 2.4-liter engine and better road performance. It boasts of 25 miles electric-only range.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great choice for families
3. Lexus RX 450h
Lexus makes driving seamless and fun with the RX. The car is premium by all standards as it offers only features that fit into the premium category. The economy of the RX is respectable, and gives users value for their money with its self-charging system.
With the RX, you get to enjoy the supercharged performance of a V6 engine. When engaged on high RPMs, the sound it produces is way better than that of many hybrids. It is game for high speed driving, but more rewarding when driven at a relaxed pace. The automaker makes it even better by offering a 7-seater option to users.
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The Lexus RX 450h has a seven-seater option on offer
4. Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid does not have a diesel option. This move by the automaker makes the hybrid Porsche’s most affordable Cayenne. When the powertrain is fully charged, it goes as far as 25 miles before needing a recharge. The Cayenne offers a mixture of power, luxury and comfort.
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The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is without a diesel option
5. Toyota C-HR
It pays to be different. Toyota takes that route with the C-HR, and it turned out well. The attractive crossover SUV is easy to identify in the crowd – thanks to its styling that is coupe-like. Beyond its stylish appearance, the SUV has enough power to stand up for itself on the road.
The Toyota C-HR offers unique design and styling
6. Kia Niro PHEV
You would not be mistaken if you referred to the Niro PHEV as Kia’s most fuel-saving car that makes use of a combustion engine. The economy number of the compact crossover is around 217 mpg. Its CO2 emission is low at 29g/km. For its electric-only range, the car offers 36 miles. Its technology is topnotch with Apple CarPlay and other advanced features.
The Kia Niro PHEV is Kia's most fuel-efficient combustion engine car
7. Toyota RAV4
The fifth generation SUV makes a good case of combining practicality and class. In the United Kingdom, you can find the model only as a hybrid. The cabin is solidly built, and the handling is very secure. Driving it around town, the SUV is quite smooth. There is also ample space for passengers in the urban ride.
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The Toyota RAV4 is a fifth generation model
8. Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV
The sportier Range Rover by Land Rover was so good, people could not wait to have a plug-in variant. It was not long before there was confirmation of a 2019 model. The Range is best enjoyed when driven on short distances due to its battery capacity. If there is a means to charge it, you will enjoy its comfort.
The Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV is most suitable for short distance driving
9. Lexus NX
The NX takes a cue from testing the technology of hybrids before it. The mid-sized SUV is indeed fun to drive as it offers the right amount of power and comfort. When you step on the accelerator, you get more than you bargained for. Its economy may not be topnotch compared to some hybrids, but it is not so bad.
The Lexus NX is unrivaled in technology
10. Honda CR-V Hybrid
In terms of looks, the CR-V may not beat its competition the Toyota RAV4. But it dazes it in terms of practicality. A ride around time showcases its refinement and smoothness. Passengers get to enjoy adequate space void of noise coming from the outside. But Honda could have done better with the outdated graphics of the infotainment system.
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The Honda CR-V Hybrid scores high in practicality
Nigeria may not have switched over to electric cars yet, but it is glaring that these cars are the future. With more advanced countries already going electrical, it is only a matter of time before we join them. It might take a while, but it will definitely happen. So, if you get a hybrid, you will not be losing out. If anything, you will be ahead of other people.
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