The plug-in hybrids with the longest range we have ever tested

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Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid: 472 miles

2023 Ford Escape Phev
Marc Urbano|Car and driver

Many of today’s entrants into the popular compact SUV segment offer plug-in hybrid powertrains, and the Ford Escape is one of them. It offers good fuel economy and decent EV range, but its relatively small fuel tank puts it low on this list in terms of overall range. It’s also only offered with front-wheel drive, unlike many rivals that are available with all-wheel drive.

  • Throttle range: 700 km
  • EV range: 52 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 40 mpg
  • Starting price: $41,995

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Toyota RAV4 Prime: 492 miles

2021 toyota rav4 prime xse
Michael Simari|Car and driver

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling cars in the US, and the plug-in hybrid Prime variant is the fastest and most expensive model in its wide range. Despite reaching 60mph in just 5.4 seconds in our testing, it’s also remarkably efficient and can go far on a fully charged battery.

  • Throttle range: 740 km
  • EV range: 52 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 32 mpg
  • Starting price: $45,040

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Toyota Prius Prime: 513 miles

2023 Toyota Prius Prime
Michael Simari|Car and driver

The Prius is cool now, did you hear? A redesign for 2023 brought sleek new styling to the hybrid hatchback, and the powertrain now has a lot more presence too. That’s even more true of the plug-in hybrid Prius Prime, which now has 220 horsepower and still gets an impressive 46 mpg in our real-world highway fuel economy test. That, combined with the built-in battery, makes for impressive real-world range, especially at this price.

  • Throttle range: 780 km
  • EV range: 53 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 46 mpg
  • Starting price: $34,070

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Lexus NX450h+: 533 miles

2022 lexus nx 450h f sport
Andi Hedrick|Car and driver

The NX is the luxury cousin of the RAV4, and the plug-in hybrid variant uses the same setup as the RAV4 Prime which is also on this list. The Lexus achieved a better real-world fuel economy result in our testing, meaning it takes the win over its cheaper stablemate in terms of overall range.

  • Throttle range: 500 miles
  • EV range: 53 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 35 mpg
  • Starting price: $59,905

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Mazda CX-90 PHEV: 536 miles

2024 Mazda cx90 premium plus
Michael Simari|Car and driver

Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid for the US is a three-row SUV with a new powertrain that produces a total of 323 horsepower. Using a 2.5-litre inline-four petrol engine and an electric motor, the CX-90 PHEV offers good fuel economy, good performance and good EV range, especially for such a large vehicle.

  • Throttle range: 510 miles
  • EV range: 42 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 28 mpg
  • Starting price: $51,320

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Upgrade Volvo XC90: 549 miles

Volvo xc90 upgrade t8 from 2022
Andi Hedrick|Car and driver

The XC90 has been on the market for almost a decade now, but has undergone numerous updates over the years. One of these was a recent upgrade to the plug-in hybrid powertrain, which now uses more powerful electric motors and a larger battery pack. That gives it a good range, but not as much as other smaller Volvo models higher on this list that use similar powertrain setups.

  • Throttle range: 520 miles
  • EV range: 47 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 28 mpg
  • Starting price: $73,195

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: 565 miles

2022 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid limited edition
Marc Urbano|Car and driver

The Pacifica plug-in hybrid is the only minivan you can buy with a plug, at least until the electric VW ID.Buzz arrives later this year. The PHEV setup combines a 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine with an electric motor, and it achieved good highway fuel economy in our testing. This, plus a large fuel capacity, means it can go far on a full tank and a charge – perfect for family road trips.

  • Throttle range: 560 km
  • EV range: 40 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 33 mpg
  • Starting price: $55,020

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Volvo V60 Recharge Polestar Engineered: 584 miles

Volvo v60 t8 polestar from 2024
Andi Hedrick|Car and driver

As a sporty station wagon with a lot of horsepower from its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the V60 is a unique proposition in America. It’s not cheap and only produced in small numbers, but it offers a tempting combination of efficiency, performance and style. The V60 is only offered in the high-end Polestar Engineered trim in America, but there is a lifted V60 Cross Country that is more widely available on our shores. However, it is not available as a plug-in hybrid.

  • Throttle range: 560 km
  • EV range: 70 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 34 mpg
  • Starting price: $72,445

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Volvo XC60 Recharge Polestar Engineered: 591 miles

2022 Volvo XC60 Polestar designed
Michael Simari|Car and driver

The XC60 compact luxury SUV wins out over the Volvo models we tested with the company’s plug-in hybrid setup. Our test sample was the performance-oriented Polestar Engineered version, but we think the non-Polestar XC60 Recharge hybrid could probably perform even better in our testing. We haven’t strapped our gear to any of these yet.

  • Throttle range: 560 miles
  • EV range: 50 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 30 mpg
  • Starting price: $76,545

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Mercedes-Benz S580e: 688 miles

2023 mercedes benz s580e phev
Michael Simari|Car and driver

It is certainly not cheap, but the hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz flagship is head and shoulders above other plug-ins in many respects. The S580e not only offers an enormous electric range thanks to the large battery, it is also very economical in practice and also fast enough: during our tests we reached 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

  • Throttle range: 630 miles
  • EV range: 93 km
  • Tested fuel economy: 36 mpg
  • Starting price: $128,900

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Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas (or perhaps because of them), Joey Capparella still cultivated an obsession with the automotive industry while growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led to him moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional car writing gig at Automobile magazine. He has been part of the Car and driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.

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