Make the Most of Your Commute
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.
Plug-In Hybrids with the Best Electric 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 $35,455
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 $59,950
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 $57,400
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 $39,800
Honda Clarity PHEV – 47 miles
Back as a plug-in hybrid for 2023, the Honda Clarity PHEV tops our all-electric range list with 47 miles before it switches over to the hybrid powertrain. It’s the best vehicle for commuters who aren’t looking for a crossover SUV. The 212-horsepower system gives you an impressive 110 MPGe combined.
MSRP starts at $34,995