Expert Insights

Best Plug-In Hybrids for Commuters

Dave Nichols
July 11, 2023
Want a plug-in hybrid that will get you around town on electric power only? Here’s our list of the top clever commuter cars available today. Several get over 40 miles on all-electric power.
Plug-in Hybrid Car drivin through city

Make the Most of Your Commute with a Plug-In Hybrid

One of the great attributes of plug-in hybrid vehicles is that they can take you a certain number of miles on electric-only power before the gasoline engine kicks in. This makes them the perfect commuter car for people who travel less than 40 miles per day (which is the majority of us). We’ve put together a list of today’s best PHEVs for commuting. You can get to work and back, even stop at the market, all without using any gasoline, then just plug in your vehicle at night and have a fresh battery pack the next morning.

Car plugged in charging

What Are the Plug-In Hybrids with the Best Range?

All of the sedans and crossovers on our best plug-in hybrids for commuters list appear from least to most all-electric miles offered. All ranges and mileage shown are EPA estimated.

Hyundai Tucson PHEV in Front of Sunset

Hyundai Tucson PHEV – 33 miles

Hyundai’s new plug-in hybrid is a popular compact crossover that offers 33 miles on a charge. Once you run out of all-electric driving range, its 261-horsepower hybrid powertrain kicks in to bring you 80 MPGe combined.

MSRP starts at $35,400

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge in a lush green neighborhood

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge – 35 miles

This compact crossover features a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor to generate 455 horsepower. It can take you 35 miles on electric power only. After that, the hybrid system gives you an EPA rated 57 MPGe combined.

MSRP starts at $57,200

Ford Escape PHEV in Forest

Ford Escape PHEV – 37 miles

While most of the vehicles on our list are all-wheel drive, the Escape is only offered as front-wheel drive. However, having only one electric motor does help to improve fuel efficiency. It pumps out 221-horsepower and the hybrid system gives you an EPA rated 105 MPGe combined.

MSRP starts at $40,500

Lexus NX450+ in the Desert

Lexus NX450h+ – 37 miles

Unlike the Escape, this Lexus PHEV brings two electric motors, one at the front axle and one at the rear, online for 37 miles of all-electric range and all-wheel drive. The 304-horsepower powertrain has an EPA rating of 84 MPGe combined.

MSRP starts at $58,655

Volvo S90 T8 Driving Along the Water

Volvo S90 T8 Recharge Extended Range – 38 miles

The S90 T8 Recharge from Volvo is a luxury sedan that can take you 38 miles on electric power alone. In Extended Range trim, it offers two electric motors for a combined 455-horsepower. The EPA rates fuel economy at 63 MPGe combined.

MSRP starts at $70,500

Toyota RAV4 Prime Parked in Front of Building

Toyota RAV4 Prime – 42 miles

America’s favorite crossover is available as a thrifty PHEV that combines a gasoline engine and two electric motors to offer up 302 -horsepower and all-wheel drive. With 42 miles of all-electric range, it is the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market.

MSRP starts at $42,340