Best AWD Plug-In Hybrids

Dave Nichols
Sep 2022
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Plug-in hybrids are very popular and so are all-wheel drive vehicles. What happens when you put them together? Here is our list of the best on the market today.
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Top 7 All-Wheel Drive Plug-In Hybrids

These days, the most popular plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased in America fit in the category of being compact crossover SUVs featuring all-wheel drive. In that sweet spot of needs, we have chosen our pick of the best all-wheel drive plug-in hybrids. These lucky seven are listed in alphabetical order by automaker.

BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV

Offering a winning combo of driving excellence and incredible fuel economy, the X5 is a versatile midsize luxury SUV and all-wheel drive comes standard. You’ll also find the latest infotainment features and driver assist technology such as automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

MSRP starts at $65,700

Ford Escape PHEV

The Escape offers a lot for the money and will take you an astounding 582 miles on a tank of gas. While a full suite of driver assist features come as standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360, all-wheel drive is an optional extra on all trim levels. The compact five seater’s EPA Estimated rated fuel economy is 42 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.

MSRP starts at $35,445

Lexus NX 350H/450H

The NX luxury crossover was reimagined for 2022 including its excellent plug-in hybrid line. Choose between the 350h with 239-horsepower, or the beefed up 450h with its 302-horsepower hybrid powertrain from the Toyota RAV4 Prime. Zero to 60 mph happens in 6-seconds. All-wheel drive comes as standard on both versions of this cool crossover.

MSRP starts at $43,025 for the 350h

$57,300 for the 450h

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander was also completely redesigned in 2022 in a midsize, three-row crossover SUV configuration. It offers five driving modes to adapt to various road conditions including Snow and Sport. Choose from three EV modes including 24 miles of all-electric travel. Its “evolved” all-wheel drive system comes as standard and EPA fuel economy is 74 mpg combined.

MSRP starts at $36,995

Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Known for their adventurous prowess, all Subaru vehicles come with all-wheel drive as standard including the excellent Crosstrek plug-in hybrid. This crossover SUV gives you an amazingly car-like ride in a package that is built to take you anywhere. EPA fuel economy rating comes in at an astounding 90 MPGe and can take you 17 miles on electric power alone.

MSRP starts at $36,845

Toyota RAV4 Prime

At the top of the “best-selling” heap of crossover PHEVs we find the RAV4 Prime. All-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels. This fantastic family mover has an electric-only range of 42 miles, that’s more than the average American drives in a day. EPA fuel economy is 40 mpg combined. Setting the standard for safety, the Prime includes Toyota’s Safety Sense driver assist features.

MSRP starts at $39,800

Volvo S60 Recharge

This outstanding PHEV comes with a 455-horsepower hybrid system and AWD is standard. The luxury midsize crossover SUV features 63 cubic feet of cargo room and an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 63 MPGe. It will take you 35miles on all-electric power and handle zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. As with all Volvos, it comes standard with the latest safety assist technology.

MSRP starts at $57,200

*All mileage is EPA estimated. MPGe is the EPA-equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.