Many people who have been in the market for a newer crossover or SUV find themselves on the verge of a brand new, and slightly futuristic-feeling decade. With 2020 being practically just around the bend, many have decided to wait for the release of the models they have had their eyes on all along, and that is proving to be a very good decision, as you will see. Exciting features and extras like never before are ahead. If you haven’t already done the research, it’s high time you discover what is really available for you to drive this coming year. So, buckle up and hold on to your seats. Sit back and relax while we do the driving…at least for the next twenty minutes or so. Count down with us as we introduce you to…The 20 best hybrid SUVs due out in 2020
20. 2020 Maserati Levante
This is the very first SUV put out by Maserati, so when you consider the fact that it is being offered as a hybrid version, you may be impressed. This vehicle really does stand out, and not just because it is a Maserati. It looks amazing, its futuristic profile demanding attention wherever it goes. The interior is no different, and it provides you with all the fingertip-accessible technology as all the rest. But, it is a Maserati, so when it comes to price the fact that it starts at $77k is a bit of a mind-blower. It is beautiful, comfortable, and has all the modern little luxuries we have all come to know and love. According to Car & Driver, the V-6 engine and automatic 8-speed transmission also make it appealing, but what about mileage? Well, it ends up getting about 20 mpg combined, which has impressed many, considering the power it has. Between the price, hybrid capability, beauty, and handling, this isn’t a bad vehicle, but the mileage itself is lacking, and in the States, Maserati isn’t one of the most popular brands to run to. This fact, sadly, puts it at number twenty on our list.
19. 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
With a name we are all familiar with and have lusted after, Porsche lures us in. The Cayenne Hybrid due out in 2020, to put it simply, is a beautiful vehicle. Starting at just over $65,700, owners will experience a luxurious ride that offers all-day in-city driving without having to utilize your gasoline engine at all, with the ability to reach a top speed of 85-mph. But what about performance? Mileage on the highway? After all, for the price it would be good to know you are getting your money’s worth. Porsche is very open and boasts the new Cayenne’s hybrid ability, and seems to be beaming over the fact that the powerful SUV reaches 60-mph in 4.7 seconds, and these things are, indeed, candy to our ears and hearts. But the fact is that its EPA range in a mere 27 miles. When comparing to other similar hybrid SUVs, one must pause…the best-rated have a range of 80, and its competitors are close behind. One is forced to ask oneself if all of the power they are controlling and enjoying is even worth it. The truth is, if you want one with even minimal options you are looking at upwards of $75k; fully-loaded, according to Porsche’s vehicle configuration program on their website , the Cayenne will set you back $168,000. So it sits at number nineteen.
18. 2020 Audi Q8
This sporty number has a lot to offer to, and also is considered high-end. Considering the fact that Audi really isn’t considered a ‘go-to’ brand in vehicles for most, the luxury and company name may not be enough to get this ball rolling. It definitely has its ups and downs. Audi offers all the options you could ever imagine: a gorgeous shell and interior with breathtaking color-combination options, and some of the finest drivable technology known to man. You get 442 horses beneath you, and smooth control at your fingertips. Audi makes fine vehicles, and these are almost guaranteed comparable that of the Cayenne, since the Q8 will has been estimated to possibly start at around $67k. The price, in this case, didn’t earn this care its position on our countdown. What did is the fact that Audi Q8 gets an EPA-estimated range of only 19 mpg when using the gas/hybrid combination. A bit of a let-down? Probably. This is a nice looking SUV with an expensive look and feel that offers green technology at a price is really to be expected. But when it comes to its mileage performance it is one of the worst 2020 SUV hybrids coming out. The only thing that puts this Audi at nineteen instead of twenty is that fact that it won’t cost you a hundred-grand-and-two-thirds if you want it fully loaded.
17. 2020 Cadillac Escalade
Here is yet another one of the pricier SUV hybrids on our list. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade hybrid has been highly anticipated, so many are already hopping to make a buy. Basically, the new Escalade will be redone and redesigned, not just as far as the hybrid feature, but in its body lines and the interior as well. Performance is basically expected with Cadillac. They are known for powerful engines and smooth handling, not to mention inner extras that make driving one a dream. But what positive points are to be expected from the Escalade hybrid? Well, the eight-seater boasts many things, most of which are good and beneficial, even the hybrid option. But will that option make a difference in expensive gasoline use? Not only that, but what is the approximate cost going to be? To answer the first question, GM Authority lets us know that the SUV will get approximately 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg highway, with an EPA estimated range of about 20 mpg when combined. These are not great numbers when you compare the vehicle to others in its class, and that isn’t going to do much for the company sales-wise. As for price, the 2020 Escalade is, of course, a bit costly, starting at around $73k and making its way toward $110k the more loaded it gets; it never claimed to be a cheap date. Well, it all sounds wonderful, like Cadillacs do, but there are many more out to choose from further down on the list.
16. 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring
When you’re looking for the roomiest SUV you can find, with all the desired amenities and extras, and you want it to be just a little ‘greener’ than the last vehicle you purchased, the name ‘Lincoln’ may have come to mind. There are many Lincolns to choose from, but when it comes to SUVs, and hybrid models to boot, the 2020 Aviator is a great choice with luxury to spare. The Aviator, with its plug-in hybrid powertrain, is a bit easier on the wallet than the vehicles listed above, but not by much, says ‘Car & Driver.’ Lincoln is considered a luxury brand, and there are several bells and whistles they have offered to back this label up. The designers have managed to slip in a bit of several different popular SUV models in order to offer up something unique and luxurious, as well as environmentally considerate. The new 2020 Aviator is going to run purchasers between $70,000 and over $90,000 (when fully loaded). Well, that makes this hybrid SUV one of the most affordable of the true luxury brands, and that is a bit of a surprise. While it is streamlined on the outside and plush and comfortable inside, it offers a lot of the same extras that are known well by lovers of the Lincoln brand, and the company spares nothing to let its loyal followers know that their comfort is their priority. But what about performance on the road?
As of this writing, AutoBlog confirmed that Lincoln has yet to releasing any solid information regarding gasoline engine mileage, highway or city, nor has it given any hints as to EPA range estimates for combined gas/hybrid use. This does make us a bit hard-pressed when it comes to the steep competition on this list, and this forces us to take other things into consideration to explain its number 17 status. First, the three prior SUVs were either carrying atrocious prices (for the common Joe, anyway) or they had terrible combined mileage for the technology available to them today. The fact here is that there are many SUVs coming out in 2020 that boast excellent EPA estimated range, and there prices aren’t as painful as say, I don’t k now, taking an arm or a leg, perhaps. Yes, Lincoln offers amazing comfort and extra features, and yes, the new hybrid is more than compelling to say the least. To lay it on the line for Lincoln fans, I just can’t see it doing any worse than the three that have been listed above, and that at a better price. If you’re in the market for luxury and see a hybrid in your future, Lincoln may be the way to go for you.
15. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The Land Rover has been one of the more popular of the SUV-type vehicles for years. Consider that when these bad boys came out, they didn’t even call this type of vehicle an SUV, so you can count on experience being in this company’s corner. Well, it does show, we have to admit. Having been redesigned for the upcoming year’s release, the Evoque hybrid comes with a tone-down powertrain, a very sleek appearance, easy handling, and better-than-you-would-expect off-road ability. All of this will send Rover fans through the roof with excitement. What’s more, it’s very affordable, starting at only $46.6k. It’s Touch Pro Duo is the main set back here. Not only is it difficult to set-up, it can be even harder to learn, and most people really don’t want to mess with that for too long. It could stand some improvement, but we’re sure the company has this covered already. Mileage-wise, the Rover is lacking, running 21/city and 26/highway; the EPA average range is 23 mpg. I don’t think this is surprising at all, considering what a beast the Rover has been in years gone by. Is it worth it? Depending on the buyer, absolutely.
14. 2020 Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 is actually the first hybrid plug-in released by the company, and in our opinion, it is one of the finest in its line. Boasting a 25.9 mile-range EPA estimate, it is a bit more efficient than other expensive SUVs, and that is one of the best things about this particular model, according to Green Car reports. But don’t panic; there are other great features as well. The Q5 takes pride in its double-clutch 7-speed transmission and powerful engine, which only takes 5.1 seconds to reach 62 mph. Not bad, considering the performance of some of its competitors. Many other extras are available that will make this model seem more and more attractive as you go. Price? Well, this particular hybrid starts at $60,450, which means you are looking at shelling out some steep dough for extras. But if that is what the customer is in the market for, and they have a yen for the Audi brand, this particular model may be just what they need.
13. 2020 Volvo XC60
This is the only Volvo on our hybrid SUV list. Knowing Volvo, it will give the competition a run for its money, but let’s see what other companies may or may not have to worry about. It may be surprising, considering how well Volvo has done in the last several years. For one, this second-generation XC60 has a T8 version that is said to get a bit better EV range, according to Edmunds. The number isn’t as good as it could be at only 20 miles, and this seems to be a problem with Volvo fans, who expected more. The beauty and classic Volvo handling might make up for it with some, but the fact is, if they are buying hybrid, they are doing it for a reason, and having only a twenty mile range isn’t much of a reason. Price-wise, this is an attractive SUV, ranging between $40k and $60k. Now, this is appealing pricing for a Volvo, and fans may just overlook the low EV range due to the price. Since they have been doing well recently, we can hope the trend continues for their sake, but with some hybrid makers surpassing their EV range, they may have a struggle on their hands.
12. 2020 Lexus RX450h
The new Lexus RX is one good looking luxury vehicle, with all the bells and whistles, of course. As far as comparing it to other SUVs in general, its roomy, comfortable, runs well, and is a hybrid to boot. Toyota’s better looking sister is showing off her stuff with the RX, offering new additions in technology and fine-tuning in the suspension. It also comes with all of the features that Lexus fans, and there are many, know and love. This new hybrid model, due for its first release in 2020, will be easy competition for the other high-end SUVs on our list, and is priced a bit better. Considering all the improvements the company has made to more luxurious child, the starting price of $47,270 is a great deal, especially when you consider that Lexus is one of the more preferred luxury car of the United States compared to its German competitors. The best feature it has, making it much easier to consider this hybrid, is the fact that it gets an EPA-rated estimate of 30 mpg combined. When you look at some of the ratings held by other luxury SUVs on our list, it’s a far cry better, and with such great prices, the Lexus RX450h is a hard number to pass up, making it an easy shoe in at number eleven.
11. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Engelberg Tourer version)
On to the only offering on the list by Mistubishi, the Outlander PHEV, which is being referred to by some as the Engelberg Tourer version. This is a great-big SUV, so those who like it large will likely love this. The good news is that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean your EV range is going to suck. Outlander SUV hybrids of the past didn’t do so well, which may make you apprehensive; some only got a range of 22 miles, which is nothing to brag about in this day and age. But this version is coming in with an EV range of 40 to 43, depending on where you are driving, and this is a substantial improvement, says Cars.com. Unfortunately, the price remains under wraps, but we can expect it to run higher than its gas-only brother, who sports a price range of $20k to $26k. Not too bad at all, and for Mitsubishi fans, it may be just the vehicle they are looking for.
10. 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3
Toyota is a popular brand of vehicle, and the Highlander has always been one of the favorites. It is a larger vehicle, but it is going to give its richer Lexus counterpart a run for its money, thanks to an estimated EPA range of 34 mpg combined, which is better than what the Highlander hybrid got in last year’s model. Toyota has been an excellent seller for several years running, but should fans worry about price? Well, with all the comfort and ease in handling thanks to its new lightweight design, it could easily cost a bundle. But when comparing this SUV to the others, we don’t believe it is going to be atrocious. Unfortunately, this is another SUV whose maker is holding back on price release. However, fans can likely rest easy; it will probably bear a competitive price tag to others in its class.
9. 2020 Kia Telluride
This pick is getting a lot of attention for a variety of reasons. First, it is a brand new release, which is taking a bit of focus off the Sorento. Secondly, it’s a Kia, and this automotive company has been catching eyes on a steady basis for several years now. Considering Kia’s reputation, it should have a good run. Let’s look at some specifics. The Telluride has an interior that is pretty much everything you could want or need in an SUV. Interactive technology is great, and makes your drive not only fun, but convenient as well. It also offers a seven-speaker Kardon sound system and fingerprint ignition to enjoy while you control the power of the 3.5 liter, V-6 engine. As for mileage, The EPA ratings aren’t great, or at least, there are some out there that are much better. Cars.com says that the EPA ratings on this vehicle are 20 mpg/city, 26 mpg/highway, and a mere 23 mpg combined. This will likely prove to be the biggest issue for prospective buyers. The best part is the price. This SUV boasts many good things, and has few setbacks. Kia-lovers who want to trade in the sedan or coupe for a crossover or straight SUV are going to love this option. The Telluride starts at $32.7k, and that fact alone will almost win people over for sure.
8. 2020 Hyundai Palisade Hybrid
The 2020 Hyundai may surprise some interested buyers this year. Now Hyundai is offering a hybrid powertrain that is sure to become popular with those who are ecologically conscious, and it’s luxurious and beautiful also. With this going on, its definitely looks like it might be a good year for the Palisade hybrid, which touts a couple of different mileage stats: Front-wheel-drive use will likely get drivers 20/27 city/highway mph, and 23 mph when combined with hybrid; for all-wheel-drive use one can expect to get 20/26/22 city/highway/combined. The low numbers aren’t surprising for a full-sized SUV. Seating eight, this is definitely a family vehicle, and it has some great entertainment basics and options that buyers are going to really like. As for appearance, it tends to reflect German-made, higher-end SUVs, which is something Hyundai has been doing for a while with its design. The handling is great, just what you would expect from a full-sized SUV, and the assist technology and other such conveniences make it another popular choice, especially with those who have kids to haul around. With that in mind, Top Speed tells us that this is touted as being one of the safest of the family-sized SUVs. The Palisade will start out in the low-to-middle $30k range, and could get up to more than $50k with options, but with the safety, comfort, and hybrid options, this is definitely one of the better choice of the year.
7. 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
The Ford Explorer has long been a popular SUV choice, even after the release of the Edge. This seven-seater boasts a mind-blowing sound-system, incredible comfort and technological ease, great handling, and a sleek, familiar aesthetic that stays true to its heritage. However, Ford says it is completely redesigned and has many upgrades as well, including the introduction of the new hybrid version. Starting at nearly $52.8k, the new Explorer Hybrid has a lot to offer, both inside and out, and die-hard Ford lovers won’t even blink at the price. They know what they are getting quality-wise, and that is all it takes to sell them. The Explorer hybrid is an SUV that is definitely a family-geared vehicle, so having so many qualities makes it well worth it. The good news is that for a vehicle of this size and caliber, it gets an EPA rating that is a bit impressive compared to some of the full-sized SUVs on the list: Green Car Reports tells us that Ford is claiming an approximate 24 mpg/combined, which is pretty nice for a big SUV with all-wheel-drive.
6. 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV
For starters, Jeep put out a Wrangler PHEV in 2017, but it had its ups and downs, and buyers seemed to either stay with the complete gas version or shop for another brand of hybrid altogether. It didn’t necessarily hurt Jeep, but it did motivate them to pick up their pace in the high-speed technology race. Now, with 2020 fast approaching, they are pleased to announce their new Wrangler hybrid, and people are getting really excited This particular hybrid, according to Car and Driver, is going to be implementing much of the same core components used in the Chrysler Pacifica, which is more of a large-wagon-type SUV. They will be reconfigured, of course, but the result will allow for the Wrangler to have a variety of driving modes. This has nothing to do with the most important aspects of the new Wrangler Hybrid’s most important points: mileage and price. Mileage-wise, the wrangler is expected to get a city/highway rating of 32/33. When driven in combination mode, drivers can expect an EPA range estimation of around 29 mpg. As for what this will cost, well, the actual price range is a bit unclear. We can say that their earlier-released hybrids, the Renegade and the Compass, started respectively at $18.7k and $27.8k. With that in mind, we can estimate that the Wrangler hybrid will likely start somewhere between $28k and $32k. Not bad for a one-time mud-jumper turned family car with attitude. Nice…
5. 2020 Hyundai Tucson
This sporty, economical Hyundai room for five and plenty of cargo space. The Tucson boasts high-performance and a comfortable, accommodating interior that is driver-friendly. Best of all, the hybrid option makes this a flexible vehicle that is a bit better on the gas than the basic Tucson, and the price isn’t too bad either. The SUV has been redesigned a bit, but nothing too drastic has taken place. Mostly this was done to keep up with the look and feel being put out by the competition, as is normal. We don’t feel that Hyundai went overboard with any of this. As for the ever-important EPA estimated range, the hybrid Tucson will get you 21/26/23 mpg (city, highway, and combined). These numbers aren’t bad at all, though they could likely be better, and in time probably will. Overall, if you choose the Tucson, you are going to get plenty of comfort and amenities in a hybrid SUV that doesn’t get the worst mileage in the world, and while there are no specifics out yet, you should be able to get a new one at a starting price of between $28k and $30k. Affordability and good quality make the Tucson a good choice for anyone.
4. 2020 Ford Escape
Ford has enjoyed a good many years of success with their vehicles, bantering back and forth with Chevy on a consistent basis, and then many others in later years. However, the automakers have managed to not only keep their heads above the waters, but they have managed to continue to thrive. The 2020 Escape hybrid, in my opinion, is something to get excited about. Not only does it continue to offer the finest quality and comfort Ford has, but it also implements the much-sought after hybrid technology that is taking over the auto world. While the new model is a bit heavier, it claims to be just as fast, even though it is more than 500 lbs. heavier than its gas-only brother. Available with front-wheel drive on the plug in model, and both front and all-wheel on the standard hybrid, you are given good options. The standard hybrid, according to the manufacturer and Car and Driver, has a 14.2 gallon tank and an all-electric range of approximately 550 miles. With that being said, and when comparing to other similar models, we can approximate that the Escape hybrid will be able to claim about 38 mpg combined. These are good numbers, we must admit. If you are eyeballing one of these fun little beauties, expect to pay a minimum of $29,580; fully-loaded, you will be shelling out around $40k.
3. 2020 Toyota RAV4
To the naked eye, the 2020 RAV4 looks much the same as last year’s model, but don’t let the appearance of this hybrid SUV fool you. There have been several upgrades, and even some outright changes, in the options, with improvements made in equipment, design, and quality, among other things. To put it simply, it’s the same great Toyota product that many of us have come to know and love, but with the hybrid option. Now, here is something to get excited about: The new RAV4 hybrid boasts a combined mileage of 39 mpg. Compared to most other comparable options out there, well, there is no comparison. This is the kind of number most hybrid owners or potential buyers want to see, and it is good to see it in a trusted, well-known product such as a Toyota. Do you want even better news? The RAV4 hybrid starts at an affordable $27,000. When we put that number next to the combined mileage, we have a gorgeous vehicle that seems to be making a lot of good sense. It is the entire package, having everything you could want, from beauty and comfort, to safety and state-of-the-art technology; with the great combined mileage and the price, it is easy to see why the 2020 Toyota RAV 4 is destined to be one of the more successful hybrid SUVs of 2020.
2. 2020 Kia Niro
This newly-updated small SUV may just end up being the talk of the hybrid SUV world. With some great tech upgrades and improved safety features, it’s not only easier to interact with, but it will keep you and your family as safe as possible. The new inside-and-out makeover will prove to work in Kia’s favor, there is little doubt. But what’s in it for you? Comfort, a sexy aesthetic, and great handling, for starters. As for fuel economy, it’s one of the best out there, giving owners 49 mpg in the city, 52 mpg on the highway, and a combined mileage of 50, according to the EPA estimation. These are incredible numbers compared to those of its biggest competitors, and definitely worth giving the Niro more than one look of consideration. The Niro is also priced well. Starting at $25k, new owners will get a very good hybrid SUV that is fun to drive and safety-conscious. Since it is in the Kia family, it is part of a rapidly growing company that is focused on improvements and success. These are the reasons the Kia Niro made number one on our list.
As you can see, there are countless hybrid SUV options out there for you to choose from in 2020. Doing proper research that lines up with the options you need and want will ensure that you make the right buy when the time comes. If you are looking for quality, safety, comfort, and great performance, the SUVs above are some of the very best to come to the market. Hopefully, this has helped you narrow things down a bit. Good luck, and happy car shopping!