The 2022 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is U.S. News best luxury hybrid SUV

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The Porsche Cayenne has earned quite a reputation in the luxury SUV space. It is consistently one of the best luxury SUVs on the market every year. The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is surprising consumers because of how little it deviates from the gas-powered model.

U.S. News compliments the luxury hybrid SUV on its refined interior, smooth ride quality, and exhilarating acceleration. The Cayenne Hybrid also handles well and includes an engaging infotainment system.

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $83,300. The gas-powered Cayenne starts at $69,000. That’s a difference of $14,300. One of the Cayenne Hybrid’s main points of criticism is the luxury hybrid SUV’s high price.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid uses a 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine and an electric motor to make 335 horsepower. That’s a lot of horses for a hybrid, especially given the Cayenne Hybrid’s size. It achieves around 21 miles per gallon combined. It has about 16 miles of electric-only range.

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1. BMW X5 xDrive45e

midsize SUVThe BMW X5 xDrive45e is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, as are three of the other luxury SUVs that made it here to the final round. What stands out with this all-wheel drive, midsize SUV is that it offers a 31-mile all-electric range, nearly 48-percent better than the next closest SUV on our list.

If that were all, however, it would be hard to justify a top rating on our luxury hybrid SUV list. Decidedly though, all the other markers in the above table indicate a confluence of competitive desirables – substantial power, abundant utility, and competitive pricing. Here’s a serenely elegant yet affordable luxury hybrid utility vehicle that’s capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds or towing a nearly 6000-pound travel trailer. Yes, these are winning attributes.

Then, there’s the exquisite bounty of premium features that come standard including adaptive air suspension, all-season run-flat tires, roof rails, heated 12-way power front sport seats, wood interior trim, a 10-speaker audio system, and two 12.3-inch digital displays. Add to that a standard complement of advanced safety technology that includes frontal collision warning, blind-spot detection, and front and rear parking sensors and it becomes evident why the BMW X5 xDrive45e has earned our top spot.

Cons Poor Standard Headlight Illumination Optional Adaptive Cruise Control Optional Lane Keeping Assist

The Takeaway: PHEVs are moving to the forefront of SUV hybrid offerings and the BMW X5 xDrive45e proves that there are advantages not only in fuel savings but in performance and capability as well.

Current BMW X5 Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2021BMWX5
2022BMWX52.99%$879/month for 36 months, $5,999 due at signing4/19/2022

You may qualify for additional deals and incentives, check out this month’s BMW deals and average prices paid.

Lexus NX 350h and NX 450h+

Read our 2022 Lexus NX Review

So here’s the deal: the only luxury car company that sell conventional hybrids these days is Lexus. As such, choosing our favorites here is like restricting your favorite food choices to one restaurant’s menu. Nevertheless, we do get a new Lexus hybrid for 2022: the completely redesigned NX 350h. It produces 239 horsepower resulting in improved performance over its predecessor, but crucially, the new version is also quieter and more refined in its operation. It draws less attention to its hybridness, which is always a good thing. Fuel economy is extremely good for a compact luxury SUV at 39 mpg combined. It also benefits from the same upgrades as the rest of the NX line, including an all-new interior with massively improved technology. That’s not all, though. The NX 350h conventional hybrid is joined by a new plug-in hybrid, the NX 450h+. It’s definitely the most desirable in the NX line, as it not only brings with it all-electric range and the best efficiency, it’s also most agreeable to drive. Crucially, its 37 miles of electric range blows away the competition. 

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Read our 2022 Hyundai Tucson Review

The Tucson is the new kid in town and it’s made quite an entrance. Its fuel economy is effectively the same as the CR-V and RAV4, and its roughly the same size (it has a more useful cargo area, but that comes at the expense in part of no spare tire). On paper, it lines up closely with those top competitors. The big difference, and advantage, the Tucson Hybrid has can be found inside where it showcases a premium design with higher-quality materials and wildly superior technology. Be it the standard unit or the pretty widescreen one, Hyundai’s touchscreens put Honda and Toyota’s to shame in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Its driver assistance tech is also better executed. Basically, the Tucson is the more state-of-the-art choice. There is also a Tucson plug-in hybrid coming soon with 33 miles of range, but we have yet to test that. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best luxury hybrid SUV?

Examining your specific needs will ultimately guide you to what’s best. The BMW X5 xDrive45e topped our list but any of the five vehicles in our comparison of luxury hybrid SUVs might be best for you.

What’s the most fuel-efficient luxury hybrid SUV?

Go to fueleconomy.gov to get the most complete picture, but based on estimated annual fuel consumption, the BMW X5 xDrive45e came out on top among the five vehicles compared here.

What is a PHEV?

PHEV is an acronym for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle whereby the vehicle features all-electric driving capability afforded by an electric motor and a high-capacity battery that can be recharged by plugging into an electrical outlet. The vehicle also operates as a typical gas/electric hybrid when not in EV mode.

Which of the best luxury hybrid SUVs offers the most towing capacity?

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has the highest rating for towing with a 7,700-pound capability.

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