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The best hybrid family cars money can buy

The best hybrid family cars money can buy

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Like all car buyers, families are becoming increasingly interested in electric vehicles. But there there aren’t that many three-row battery options yet if you are not inside the Rivian R1S price range. And then there’s the little matter of road trips; stopping to charge to entertain with multiple kids is not ideal.

A three-row hybrid can be a great alternative for families looking to reduce their carbon footprint, but still want to find a practical vehicle that meets their needs. Several popular crossovers now offer hybrid options. And if you’re not hesitant to buy a minivan, that segment also offers a number of hybrid alternatives.

The best hybrid family cars

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The Highlander is one of America’s best-selling vehicles. And this is the third generation that Toyota offers it as a hybrid. It is about 60 horsepower less than the V6 version. But it’s about six mpg more efficient. Is the Highlander Hybrid a big three-row Prius with more conventional styling? About. But tell me what’s wrong with that?

Highlander not quite big enough for you? Toyota should have you covered in a few months.

  • Body Style: Crossover with 3 rows
  • hybrid type: Usual
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 36 mpg city, 35 mpg highway
  • loading space: 84.3 cubic feet
  • Seating: 7/8
  • AWD: Available
  • Starting MSRP: $40,220

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Ford offers a hybrid as one of three engine options on the Explorer. Whether you should choose this depends on your usage situation. It gives a significant advantage to the four-cylinder – 23 mpg vs. 20 mpg with all-wheel drive – in city driving. But the four-cylinder is actually more efficient on the highway. If you take a lot of road trips, you may not notice the benefit.

  • Body Style: Crossover with 3 rows
  • hybrid type: Usual
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 26 mpg highway (with AWD)
  • loading space: 87.8 cubic feet
  • Seating: 6/7
  • AWD: Available
  • Starting MSRP: $53,005

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Kia offers different flavors of Sorento. One is a hybrid. The Sorento Hybrid may not be the Telluride you wanted. However, it’s nearly twice as efficient in city driving, earning 36mpg – which it matched in our testing. And the dealer markups might be a little less crazy.

  • Body Style: Crossover with 3 rows
  • hybrid type: Usual
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 36 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
  • loading space: 75.5 cubic feet
  • Seating: 6
  • AWD: Available
  • Starting MSRP: $36,590

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The XC90 Recharge will eventually make way for its all-electric replacement, the EX90. But despite rising in years, it’s still one of the most comfortable and luxurious crossovers out there. And thanks a mid-cycle upgrade of its T8 engine in 2022the XC90 Recharge now has 455 horsepower, more than 500 lb-ft of torque and a nearly doubled EV range of 36 miles.

  • Body Style: Crossover with 3 rows
  • hybrid type: Plug in
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 36 mile EV range, 26 mpg combined gas
  • loading space: 64.1 cubic feet
  • Seating: 6/7
  • AWD: Standard
  • Starting MSRP: $71,900

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The Siena was our choice for the best minivan, winning against stiff competition. It’s not the sharpest, most exciting vehicle to drive. And it falls short on cargo space compared to other vans. But it’s the only minivan to combine its standard hybrid engine with AWD. And there’s even a cool Woodland finish for some extra ground clearance.

  • Body Style: Van
  • hybrid type: Usual
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 36 mpg city, 36 mpg highway
  • loading space: 101 cubic feet
  • Seating: 7/8
  • AWD: Available
  • Starting MSRP: $35,385

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Chrysler offers a plug-in hybrid version of its minivan, the Pacifica, which has a mid-cycle refresh for 2021. It can travel 32 miles on battery power alone. Unfortunately, the Pacifica only offers AWD with the non-hybrid model. But Stow N’Go from Chrysler standard on the hybrid for the third row of seats.

  • Body Style: Van
  • hybrid type: Plug in
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 32 mile EV range. 30 mpg combined gas
  • loading space: 140.5 cubic feet
  • Seating: 7
  • AWD: Not available
  • Starting MSRP: $48,478

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The Toyota Sequoia is all-new for the 2023 model year. Unlike the other vehicles on this list, it is a body-on-frame SUV built on Toyota’s TNGA-F truck platform that underpins the tundra and Lexus LX600. And its new standard 3.5-liter V6 hybrid engine is more performance-oriented, producing 437 horsepower and a whopping 583 lb-ft of torque.

  • Body Style: 3-row body-on-frame SUV
  • hybrid type: Usual
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway
  • loading space: 86.9 cu. ft.
  • Seating: 7/8
  • AWD: Available
  • Starting MSRP: $58,300

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