2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

Most fuel-efficient hybrid SUV

Despite its older design, the five-seat 2012 Ford Escape is a reviewer favorite for its best-in-class fuel economy and low price compared to all other hybrid SUVs. No other SUV can match the Escape's 32 mpg combined EPA rating. That, combined with ample passenger and cargo space and attractive tech options, leads experts to deem the Escape Hybrid a practical vehicle choice. It's more expensive than the cheapest conventional Escape by more than $9,000, and that gas-powered version posts a 25 mpg combined EPA rating. Even so, the Escape Hybrid's fuel-economy advantage and slower rate of depreciation mean owners can still potentially save money with this hybrid. Some reviewers are disappointed with long braking distances from highway speeds, and some feel that the extra weight of the hybrid powertrain makes the car less nimble.
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Base MSRP: $30,570 to $34,830 Estimated Price
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Best hybrid SUV for towing

Reviewers have only good things to say about the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg, and this includes the all-new hybrid version, the Touareg Hybrid. With a max tow rating of 7,700 pounds, no other hybrid SUVs match its pulling power--not even the larger (but cheaper) V8-powered 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (Base MSRP: $51,145 to $53,950). This hauling ability comes from a muscular hybrid powertrain that delivers 380 horsepower and 428 pound feet of torque while delivering EPA-estimated 20 mpg fuel-efficiency overall. With edgier new styling and a premium-grade interior, the Touareg Hybrid is as comfortable and luxurious as it is capable. It's also not cheap, with a lofty starting price of $60,565. Shoppers should strongly consider the diesel-powered 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI (Base MSRP: $47,950), as it is rated to tow just as much weight as the hybrid and gets better fuel economy whether in city or highway driving.
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Base MSRP: $60,565 Estimated Price
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