Hybrids

Best AWD Hybrid Cars 2021

April 20, 2021

Best AWD Hybrid Cars 2021

When choosing the right hybrid car for you and your family, there are many wonderful choices to make. One of them is whether or not to get a hybrid with all-wheel drive (AWD). This feature means that the hybrid of your dreams is capable of handling year-round road conditions of all kinds and will still offer great mileage. AWD helps your car dig in and get traction on any road surface including heavy rain or snow, mud or sand. When AWD is an optional trim level in a hybrid vehicle, the difference in price is usually only around $2,000 over the lowest base price.

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For our list of best AWD hybrid cars for 2021, we have chosen a mix of sedans, crossovers and SUVs at a range of price points to help narrow your list for a possible new ride. You’ll find all of these and more on the GreenCars Marketplace.

Family SUV

2021 Toyota Highlander AWD Hybrid

This excellent three-row SUV comes with Toyota’s impressive new SafetySense 2.5 suite of driver assist features including emergency braking, lane departure alert, and road sign assist. Redesigned in 2020, the Highlander offers AWD in four of its trim levels. You’ll find seating for eight and plenty of cargo space.

MSRP starts at: $39,800.

MPG: 35 city/35 highway

Compact Crossover

2021 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid

If you’re looking for great value and impressive range, the Ford Escape might fit the bill. Standard features include Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 package offering emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and cross traffic alert. The Escape was redesigned in 2020 to offer a roomier back seat.

MSRP starts at: $29,765

MPG: 40 city/43 highway

Compact Hatchback

2021 Toyota Prius LE AWD-e

Over two million of these faithful hybrids have been sold in the last 20 years, and for good reason. The compact hatchback gives you superb fuel economy, a roomy interior and an impressive reliability record. It comes with a 1.8-liter engine in popular LE AWD-e trim and includes advanced safety features.

MSRP starts at: $28,130

MPG: 51 city/47 highway

Luxury Sedan

2021 BMW 530e xDrive

The plug-in hybrid version of this luxury sedan gets 65 MPGe but still has plenty of performance with its 248 horsepower turbocharged engine. BMW’s xDrive is their version of AWD. Includes Active Driving Assistant with blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and frontal collision warning.

MSRP starts at: $56,200

MPGe: 65 combined

Luxury SUV

2021 Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI quattro

The Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro is an elegant and luxurious hybrid SUV that comes standard with all-wheel drive and leather seats across all trim options. Cargo space is a generous 53.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The 362 horsepower engine produces 369 pound-feet of torque and the hybrid AWD drivetrain extends range for better fuel economy. Plus, you can drive under electric-only power for 19 miles. The Q5 also gets a 5-Star safety rating from the NHTSA.

MSRP starts at: $43,300

MPG: 25 combined

Midsize Sedan

2020 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid AWD

The Acura RLX hybrid offers three electric motors and a 3.5-liter, V6 engine with 377 horsepower and 28 mpg combined. Reviewers favor the Acura’s AWD system as one of the best and it also comes with many driver assist features as standard including heated leather seats and a power moonroof. Although discontinued in 2021, the 2020 RLX Hybrid is still a top choice in the AWD Hybrid category.

MSRP starts at: $54,900

MPG: 28 city/29 highway

Sub-Compact Crossover

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

This Subaru was built with all-weather driving performance in mind. The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Crossover SUV hybrid is the most fuel-efficient Crosstrek ever. It has received the highest possible ratings for front crash prevention from IIHS. You can drive it 90 miles on the electric motor only before using the BOXER gas engine and total range is 480 miles. 

MSRP starts at: $35,345

MPG: 35 combined

MPGe: 90miles