10 Most Fuel-Efficient 2022 SUV Hybrids

The market for hybrid cars has been booming as a result of the current sky-high gas prices, which look destined to remain high for the foreseeable future. Compact SUVs remain the bestselling vehicles in the world, where their EPA ratings are becoming increasingly important for 2022 SUV buyers. You’ll get the traditional self-charging hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) among the hybridized SUVs. In general, both typically cost much more than traditional gas-powered counterparts, with PHEVs being priced slightly higher than self-charging hybrids but nowhere near as high as EVs.



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The good thing is that PHEVs tend to be far more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly because they have a full-electric mode. Mostly capable of running for around 20-50 miles on the battery alone, they’re the best option for those whose daily commute is short. Top-ranging PHEVs offer startlingly rapid acceleration and produce plenty of power. Although both hybrid types are quite efficient for city driving, a standard self-charging hybrid is more suitable for those who find manually charging their SUV inconvenient.

If today’s gas prices have pushed you to consider a hybrid vehicle for your next purchase, these are the 10 most fuel-efficient 2022 SUV hybrids according to the most recent EPA estimates.


10 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid: 38 MPG

Available both as a regular hybrid and a PHEV, the traditional Hybrid is the more stingy Tucson, offering significantly better gas mileage. All models have the same 226-horsepower, from a hybrid powertrain comprised of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Unlike competitors that use a CVT, the Tucson Hybrid uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The stylish Tuscon hybrid is brand-new for the 2022 model year, offering many more appealing features than before. All-wheel drive comes standard; it has a near-perfect safety score, a high-quality cabin, abundant cargo capacity, and spacious, comfortable seating for five passengers.


9 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid: 38 MPG

The Honda CRV’s fuel economy is already remarkable in its gas-only configuration. The hybrid version with a seamless hybrid powertrain makes 212 hp, and the EPA estimates 38 mpg for combined driving, 40mpg in the city, and 35mpg on the highway. Compared to rivals, it isn’t as fun to drive, is a bit slow in acceleration, and its infotainment system is behind the times.

Still, the Honda CR-V is a very practical midsize SUV. It shares many great qualities, such as a roomy and well-appointed cabin, generous storage space, a comfortable ride, and AWD as standard with its gas-powered counterpart. Also, it can compete with newer rivals in terms of standard active safety features and popular tech options.


8 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime Hybrid PHEV – 38 MPG

Joining the Prius Prime to become Toyota’s 2nd plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the RAV4 Prime can be driven up to 42 miles on electric power alone. The outstanding range outperforms many competitors and will surely satisfy most people’s daily driving needs. When the ICE kicks in on longer trips, it boasts a respectable 38 mpg combined.

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Because it is so economical and reliable, the RAV4 Prime, now only in its second model year, has had absurd demand and is the best-selling midsize crossover on the market. It is also highly sought for its sporty, rugged appearance and massive output of 302 hp – the highest on this list.


7 2022 Lexus UX 250h Hybrid – 39 MPG

The Lexus UX 250h’s thrifty hybrid powertrain marries a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 2 electric motors, a CVT, and AWD (standard). Making 181-hp, it’s not insanely powerful, but it is still brisk off the line. Sharing the same platform as the Prius, it has car-like handling and the relaxed ride quality of a luxury car.

Unfortunately, it falls short where large family SUVs excel, such as hauling cargo, offering higher sitting positions, and superior towing capacities. Getting five people aboard will be a squeeze. But who wouldn’t want a luxury SUV that isn’t a guzzler? It’s great for buyers looking for premium features in a compact crossover. Highlights include its desirable standard niceties, comprehensive safety systems, and opulent and well-furnished cabin. EPA ratings are 41 city/38 highway and 39 mpg combined.


6 2022 Toyota Venza Hybrid- 39 MPG

Incredibly stylish, the Toyota Venza could be easily mistaken for a Lexus from afar. The all-wheel drive (AWD) that’s standard is rare for its class. More pleasing is its high-grade interior featuring upscale materials and a modern design, also almost as good as a Lexus, even in quietness. AWD doesn’t prevent it from having excellent estimated fuel economy, yielding 40/37/39 mpg.

Its hybrid powertrain includes a four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a CVT with a total output of 219 horsepower. Though the Venza lacks ample storage space and 3rd-row seats, it has enough room for four adults and can officially sit 5 passengers.


5 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid – 40 MPG

When it comes to the 2022 Ford Escape, the main question isn’t whether it is great at fuel savings; it’s which flavor is right for you. Both the self-charging and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions return exceptional fuel economy. The latter gets an estimated 40 mpg combined. And because it is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the pure electric range is 37 miles, thanks to its excellent 105 MPGe rating.

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Its 4-cylinder engine and one electric motor together produce 221 horsepower, which is decent for such a compact SUV. Its only key drawbacks are less cargo room and a reduced towing capability compared to the standard Ford Escape and Ford Escape Hybrid.


4 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – 40 MPG

Toyota’s ubiquitous 2.5-liter I-4 and two electric motors combined with a CVT power the wildly successful RAV4 Hybrid. The 219-hp AWD hybrid powertrain returns 41/38/40 mpg, making it a very fuel-efficient offering in the midsize SUV arena. Buying gas at $5/gallon, Consumer Reports says it will pay for itself in only 3 years.

It’s a smooth SUV off the line, darting to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds, but one mark against the powertrain is being noisy under load. If that’s a non-issue, you’ll love its generous seating space cabin (made to last), its large storage space, and its many standard tech and safety features.


3 2022 Ford Escape Hybrid – 41 MPG

The hybridized Ford Escape holds the bragging rights for the most fuel-efficient American SUV. Its EPA ratings are 44/37/41 mpg for city/highway/combined driving for the FWD version, as AWD isn’t standard. Selling points include quick acceleration, tidy handling, good riding comfort, lots of safety features, and a spacious interior, even though it features some low-grade materials.

The powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a single electric motor for 200 horsepower. Although the hybrid version of the Ford Escape achieves higher fuel economy, Ford charges a substantial premium for it, and it has less cargo space than the gas-only Escape.


2 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid – 43 MPG

The all-new Kia Sportage Hybrid only went on sale in early 2022 as a 2023 model. Starting at $27,29, there are 3 trim levels, LX, EX, and SX-Prestige, with all-wheel drive (AWD) only optional in the LX trim. Its roomy interior and generous standard equipment make it an excellent value-for-money purchase, especially the EX-version. Plenty of safety features are included, and reviewers have praised this SUV for its engaging driving characteristics.

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An FWD setup yields 42 city/44 highway/43 mpg combined, with the efficiency figures dropping only to 38 mpg with an AWD configuration. The combination of a 1.6-liter turbo I-4 and 44-kW electric motor results in a class-leading 227 hp.


1 2022 Kia Niro Hybrid – 50 MPG

The Kia Niro is perfect for those who value affordability and efficiency. Depending on the trim, it gets up to 53 city/48 highway/50 mpg combined. EPA estimates it will save you $5,500 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average new car. It uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine (104-hp) paired with an electric motor for 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque combined.

While it may look small, it’s pretty roomy inside, offering adult-friendly seats for five and more cargo room than most rivals. It has a stylish cabin and only starts at $24,690, making it the cheapest SUV on this list.