The cheapest ones rarely find the top spots in a list of the best models. Rare, but not impossible, as we see when comparing a list of the cheapest with a list of the best hybrid SUVs. We’ll review the models in the top-10 of TrueCar’s cheapest and best hybrid SUV lists.
The best cheapest hybrid SUVs
published a list of the 16 “cheapest hybrid SUVs. We took the top 10 hybrid SUVs from that list and compared them to the top 10 competitors on TrueCar’s “Best Hybrid SUVs” list.
it’s the third cheapest and eighth best hybrid SUV on TrueCar’s lists, with an MSRP starting at $31,680. With four available hybrid trims, ST-Line, ST-Line Select, Platinum and ST-Line Elite, the Ford Escape Hybrid caters for a variety of needs.
The most affordable ST-Line trim features FWD, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle I4 Hybrid powerplant that gets a combined EPA-estimated 41 mpg.
2023 Honda CR-V
With an MSRP starting at just $34,245, the 2023 Honda CR-V finished sixth on both TrueCar lists. Two CR-V hybrid trim levels include the Sport Hybrid and Sport Touring Hybrid, and both offer AWD, though it’s optional on Sport and standard on Sport Touring.
A 2.0-liter I4 hybrid powertrain delivers 204 net horsepower through a CVT for EPA-estimated fuel economy ranging from 40 mpg combined for FWD models to 37 mpg for those with AWD.
2023 Kia Sorento
While its $38,015 MSRP lands it tenth on TrueCar’s list of cheapest hybrid SUVs, its quality has made it the third best hybrid SUV, behind the Kia Sportage and Toyota Sequoia.
Two trims, EX and SX Prestige make up the Sorento Hybrid range, and both feature the same 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain with 227PS and 258Nm of torque supported by a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Sorento Hybrid EX comes with FWD. However, AWD is optional and included on the SX Prestige. The EPA has estimated combined fuel economy for FWD models at 37 mpg and AWD models at 35 mpg.