Crossover Suv Reviews for 2014 - The Hybrid Crossovers
Interested in great fuel economy, lots of interior capacity, and a sweet looking vehicle? Hybrid crossovers are for you. As the world turns toward fuel efficiency, crossover vehicles aren’t far behind with a host of new options for hybrid lovers to choose from. A hybrid crossover is a different beast entirely, combing some of the most fuel efficient engines with SUV like bodies to for an almost perfect coupling for families who put plenty of miles on their vehicles.
If you’ve never shopped for a crossover before, then there are a few things that you should know about hybrid crossovers. Firstly, they won’t offer quite the same towing or hauling capacity as a gas powered crossover. Secondly, don’t expect them to be speedsters. If you can get over a slightly slower vehicle, and don’t mind sacrificing the ability to hook up to trailer, then crossover vehicles are the perfect vehicle for you.
Hybrid Crossover Reviews
Few people get the chance to extensively test drive a vehicle before buying it, but don’t worry, we’ve gone ahead and done it for you. Our test drivers have put the latest crossover hybrids through all of the tests, including those done over the short and long haul. Our tests include one week gas mileage ratings, 1 month gas mileage ratings, and even 6 month ratings. We’ve put together comprehensive reviews of vehicles like the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, The Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the BMW Activehybrid X6, and more.
Before you look elsewhere for crossover hybrid reviews, consider this: No publication receives more crossover hybrid test models than Crossover Choice. That’s right, we are the leader in crossover hybrid reviews, and we aim to stay that way. If you want the best reviews on crossovers and crossover hybrids, turn to Crossover Choice.
Rankings Preview 2014
We’ve ranked all of the hybrid crossovers on the market for you to consider, and here is a sneak peak at the top three hybrid crossovers in this quarter’s rankings:
2011 Best SUV Crossovers
#1 Ford Escape Hybrid
MPG: 30 City / 27 Hwy
MSRP: $31,685 - $34, 195
Our Take: The Ford Escape Hybrid is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. If you’re in the market for a hybrid, chances are that you’re looking for something that gets good gas mileage, and nothing gets better gas mileage in the SUV class than the Ford Escape Hybrid. The Ford Escape has been a strong seller for years, and the addition of a hybrid model has only further cemented Ford’s hold on the midsize SUV market. The Escape offers smooth shifting from gas to electric power, and the interior is more than amply roomy. There have been complaints from some drivers about the lack of versatility associated with the rear seats, but we found this to be a moot point. The Ford Escape Hybrid is the best hybrid SUV on the market right now.Check out the full review in our 2014 Crossover Info Zone Guide.
#2 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
MPG: 28 City / 28 Hwy
MSRP: $37,490 - $43,245
Our Take: The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an exception midsize SUV, especially at the rated 28 mpg in both the city and on the highway. As with other hybrids, this is another model that has a significant jump in sticker price over the gasoline model. However, if you’re in the market for a hybrid crossover SUV, you would be hard pressed to find one in this class that ranks better than the Highlander Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid features seamless driving and a quiet ride, but also suffers from substandard driver interaction with the road. For some this is a major detractor, for other’s it may not even register. If you’re looking for a midsize crossover hybrid, the Highlander is your best bet.Check out the full review in our 2014 Crossover Info Zone Guide.
#3 Lexus RX 450h
MPG: 32 City / 28 Hwy
MSRP: $43,935 - $45,535
Our Take: At almost $45,000, the Lexus RX 450h is certainly a luxury crossover hybrid. This bad boy gets great gas mileage, and also boasts all of the standard luxury items that Lexus owners have come to expect, including a smooth ride and plenty of high-end safety options. The RX has a bit of a weight issue, coming in several hundred pounds heavier than its gas guzzling cousin, but most driver’s won’t notice the extra weight thanks to the low end torque provided by the electric motor. As far as luxury crossover hybrids go, the Lexus RX 450h is king.Check out the full review in our 2014 Crossover Info Zone Guide.