From the BMW 530E to the Honda CR-V, as hybrids continue to grow in popularity, more and more are being offered with all-wheel drive (AWD).
Drivers love the fuel economy and reduced emissions associated with hybrids, and as they become the standard in many garages, buyers are beginning to look for more AWD hybrid options. But with so many hybrid AWD vehicles on the market, it’s tough to decide which is the best option for you.
To simplify your search,
we've rounded up the 15 best all-wheel-drive hybrid cars of 2022.
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BMW 530e Plug-in Hybrid—$56,545
Engine: 335-hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder
BMW 530e was added to the 5-Series lineup in 2018 and quickly became a favorite among hybrid enthusiasts. The 530e offers all the fuel economy of a hybrid without sacrificing the fun of a sports sedan. With available “xDrive” AWD capability, what’s not to love?
Pros: Spacious interior, ample cargo space, loads of tech features
Cons: Luxurious but bland interior, over-priced options packages
Lexus UX 250H—$36,825
Engine: 181-hp 2.0L hybrid four-cylinder
While many hybrids are offering available AWD, the
Lexus UX 250H is one of the few that includes AWD as a standard feature. Be prepared to pay for it, though—this compact hatchback doesn’t come with a compact price.
Pros: Responsive handling, a host of standard features
Cons: Sluggish engines, user-unfriendly infotainment system
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid—$36,695
Engine: 181-hp 2.5L inline-four-cylinder
Mitsubishi introduced its Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Outlander in 2018. The model received a complete redesign for the 2022 model year, including an angular, almost sci-fi body, and standard three-row seating. The AWD Outlander also features Snow and Sport modes to adapt to changing road conditions as well as three push-button EV drive modes to keep you fully in control.
Pros: Surprisingly fun to drive, luxurious cabin appointment, head-turning unique looks
Cons: Third row is laughably cramped, does not perform as well at highway speed as competitors
BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid—$64,695
Engine: 389-hp turbocharged inline-six-cylinder
The BMW X5 xDrive45e (plug-in hybrid) offers superior fuel economy, driving excitement, and the versatility of a midsize luxury SUV all in one package. All-wheel drive comes standard with this one, as do a host of driver-assistance features, like automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
Pros: Intuitive, easy-to-use infotainment system, luxe interior
Cons: Not as responsive as one would hope, somewhat cramped third row
Lexus NX 350/450H—$43,025
Engine: 239-hp or 302-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
Lexus has completely reimagined the NX for the 2022 model year, complete with upgrades to its plug-in hybrid lineup. Previously, drivers had only one option—the
300h—for a hybrid NX, but buyers can now choose between the 350h with its 239-hp dual-electric motor or the 450h that borrows its 302-hp plugin hybrid powertrain from the
Toyota RAV4 Prime. No matter which you choose, you’ll be getting AWD standard.
Pros: Luxurious interior, vast array of standard driver-assist features
Cons: Surprisingly noisy cabin
Toyota Highlander Hybrid—$40,770
Engine: 243-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
Toyota offers drivers a unique option in the
Highlander Hybrid—choices. Unlike many manufacturers that offer their hybrid powertrain as part of a trim package, Toyota offers their 243-hp 2.5L four-cylinder dual electric motor hybrid engine as one of two options buyers can choose from for any Highlander trim except the base
Highlander L. Unfortunately, AWD drive is offered the same way, but adding it to any model will only cost $1,600.
Pros: Myriad trims available with hybrid powertrain, standard driver-assistance features
Cons: Hybrid powertrain not available with the base model, AWD not standard
Lexus RX 450H—46,995
Engine: 308-hp 3.5L V6 w/ 2 electric motors
Lexus RX, a compact luxury SUV, is long on style but short on fun when it comes to the driving experience. However, unlike many SUVs in its segment, the hybrid RX comes standard with AWD.
Pros: Lots of standard safety features, incomparably comfy ride
Cons: Sporty looks don’t match the lethargic powertrain
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid—$30,790
Engine: 219-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
If we were rating these all-wheel-drive hybrids in order of best to worst, the
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid would be one of our top picks. AWD is standard on all trims, even the base RAV4, and returns a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg after an EPA-rated electric-only range of 42 miles. That’s not the best around, but, for an AWD model, it’s well above average.
Pros: Mind-blowing fuel economy for an AWD, AWD standard on all trims
Cons: Pricey, with or without the plug-in hybrid powertrain
Ford Escape Hybrid—$31,415
Engine: 200-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
With an EPA-estimated 582 miles between fill-ups, the
Ford Escape Hybrid is a great option for those looking to add a little more trip to their road trip. AWD doesn’t come standard, but it is available on all trims.
Pros: Driver-assist features come standard on all trims
Cons: Expensive hybrid options
Engine: 227-hp turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder
Another great AWD-standard option, the
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid not only gets better gas mileage than the standard Tucson—it does so without sacrificing any oomph. In fact, the Hybrid Tucson can go from 0 to 60 mph 1.7 seconds faster than the gas-powered Tucson.
Pros: Head-turning design, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options
Cons: All trims have a “base” feel with no high-performance models on offer
Honda CR-V Hybrid—$27,625
Engine: 212-hp 2.0L inline-four-cylinder
No one would ever mistake the Honda CR-V for a luxury vehicle, but it’s exactly enough for those who love it—and that’s a lot of people. Rated 9/10 by Car and Driver after a 40,000-mile long-term test in the
CR-V Hybrid Touring model, the CR-V is yet another addition to the growing pool of AWD-standard hybrids.
Pros: Surprisingly spacious for both passengers and storage
Cons: Some rivals are faster, and others can tow more
Engine: 219-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
After a six-year hiatus, the
Toyota Venza reappeared in 2021 as an exclusively hybrid midsize SUV. Though it’s smaller and a bit more expensive than some crossovers, the Venza’s standard-AWD powertrain sips fuel better than almost any rival.
Pros: Upscale, luxury appearance, high-end features
Cons: For the price, we expect a much better drive
Toyota Prius AWD-e—$26,100
Engine: 121-hp 1.8L inline-four-cylinder
No list of hybrid AWD vehicles would be complete without including the tried and true
Toyota Prius. Like it sounds, the two new Prius AWD-e trims come standardly equipped with all-wheel drive,powered by a separate electric motor for the rear wheels. This cuts down on the fuel economy costs that are common with all-wheel drive hybrid cars.
The Prius isn’t the best on our list, but it’s certainly earned its place here.
Pros: Recognizably great Prius fuel economy, even in AWD
Cons: Despite new blackout packages, the Prius is still decidedly un-fun to drive
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid—$36,770
Engine: 182-hp 2.5L four-cylinder
As is the case with most
Crosstrek hybrid comes equipped with AWD. However, to get the available hybrid powertrain, buyers have to shoot for the moon in terms of trim and price—the base Crosstrek comes in at an affordable $23,820, but the hybrid tacks on $13,000 to the base price.
Pros: Surprisingly car-like ride for an SUV
Cons: Hybrid powertrain is unforgivably expensive
Volvo S60 T8 eAWD—$48,695
Engine: 405-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder
Rounding out our list of all-wheel-drive hybrids is the
Volvo S60 T8 eAWD. The S60’s exterior oozes Scandinavian restraint and class, and the base model’s gas-powered powertrain is nothing if not a bit lethargic.
But once equipped with the hybrid powertrain that squeezes over 400 horses out of the Volvo’s teeny 4-cylinder engine—and comes equipped with standard AWD—the S60 T8 eAWD looks a lot more like the Volvo we’ve all come to know and love.
Pros: Comfy, classy interior and upscale features standard
Cons: Despite the power, driving is still a bit less than exciting
How to find affordable car insurance for your AWD hybrid car
When you’re looking for an all-wheel-drive hybrid, odds are you’re interested in keeping you and your car safe, no matter what the road conditions. But AWD can only go so far, and sometimes accidents just happen—that’s why you need to be sure your AWD hybrid is protected with reliable
car insurance as well.
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What’s the most reliable AWD hybrid?
According to the experts at RepairPal.com, Honda is the most reliable brand overall, but when it comes to AWD hybrids, the Toyota Prius actually rates the highest for reliability. RepairPal’s ratings are based on the cost, frequency, and severity of actual repairs.