Hybrid technology is becoming a mainstay in the auto-engineering field, and many companies are adopting it to feature in their car models. As from the Alternative Fuels Data Center, we get a hint of how the hybrid system functions in vehicles. It is a combination of both the internal combustion engine and an electric engine to help run the car. The result is reduced fuel economy and also decreased emissions. At the moment, the engine system is becoming a standard, and most vehicle models have a trim level that is a hybrid. Let us have a look at some of the most efficient small SUV cars that feature both the electric and internal combustion engines for their powering needs.
10. 2020 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape has been under the crossover SUV category due to its compact dimensions. However, from its third generation onwards, it has expanded its body dimensions and lies in the small SUV section presently. The 2020 version features some improvements and going electric is one of them. The fourth-generation Escape is slick on its interior and has a sporty feeling to it. The interior is very comfortable, with ample space as evident form Ford's official website.
9. 2020 Suzuki Vitara Hybrid
The Suzuki Vitara came up roughly three decades ago as a subcompact or mini-SUV. It took the market by storm due to its off-road capabilities and also its low fuel economy. The 2020 Suzuki Vitara is a release that will probably hit the markets by spring of 2020. It will feature the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS), which is the car maker's hybrid car system intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. As from video releases prior to its unveiling in showrooms, it will be heavily inspired by the 2019 fifth-generation facelift. This is evident when you look at the exterior styling and the element of spaciousness on its interior.
8. 2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid
The new edition Rav4 is the most powerful under Toyota's model. It derives its impressive performance from its advanced 2.5-litre engine, which translates to a 219 horsepower. Another unique feature of this vehicle is the electric on-demand all-wheel-drive powertrain. It provides all-weather sustainability when you look at the handling element of the car. It has a dedicated electric motor that supplies power to the rear wheels, which improves their traction.
7. 2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid
The Forester is among the car models that have undergone massive changes when it comes to their design. It started as something close to a station wagon when it debuted, slowly shifting to the crossover SUV category. Presently it features more full dimensions and is way close to a fully-fledged sports utility vehicle if you choose to class it. The new age Forester is all-rounded and brings its top-game in performance, efficiency and comfort. It is a self-charging vehicle, eliminating the hassles of plugging it to a power source. As from Subaru’s official website you get a hint of the various driver-assisted features its sports. They include the adaptive cruise control, adaptive braking and the driver monitoring system, among many others.
6. 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda is one of the car manufacturers that have bought ideally into the hybrid system. It has most of its models featuring a trim dedicated to the hybrid technology. Among them is one of its most celebrated models, the Honda CR-V. Its double powertrains contribute to its impressive performance, with the electric or main motor capable of a 181 horsepower while the 2-liter petrol engine translates to a power of 143 hp. The car is very spacious when you look at both the passenger and cargo compartments. It is an excellent family car with a seating capacity of five.
5. The 2014/15 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
The Nissan Pathfinder has been on production ever since 1986. During the period of its existence, it has shifted in its body classes from a compact SUV to a mid-size SUV, to its present class of a mid-size crossover SUV. In 2014, it took a turn focusing on its powertrain to go the hybrid way. It came as either a 2-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations with a 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The car is very spacious though poor sales led to its discontinued production.
4. 2020 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
When looking at fuel economy, the 2020 Nissan rogue is among the efficient small hybrid SUV vehicles you can come across. On the highway 34-35 miles per gallon while on city roads the figure is 31 to 33 miles. With its efficiency also comes a smooth performance and its 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine can bring out a horsepower limit of 176 units.
3. 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
If you want a hybrid sports utility vehicle that goes to another level with sporty looks, then the 2019 Porsche Cayenne is your suitable pick. It is mighty, and it has an impressive performance decorated with 455 horsepower and 516 pounds per feet of torque. The car is also a great speed monster and can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
2. 2020 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The 2020 Audi Q5 takes a spot on the top of the list when it comes to luxury. However, its hybrid version boosts its image when it comes to performance. The result is an all-rounded vehicle that screams of luxury. It is an all-wheel-drive car with a robust 2-liter engine that gives out a 349 horsepower and 369lb-ft of torque.
1. 2020 BMW X5 Hybrid
The X5 is evidence of the German automaker’s intentions when it comes to the luxury aspect of the cars that come out of its production halls. Though it may look bulky, the X5 hybrid is very smooth on the road with a 309hp to show off its performance feat. Power and luxury are its befitting adjectives that take this vehicle to the top spot of the most efficient small hybrid SUVs.
Above are some of the most efficient hybrid SUVs you can come across. They fare well when it comes to factors such as consumption, luxury and performance.
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