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Top 5 Economical Hybrid SUVs (Without Plug)

January 8, 2024

1. Renault Espace

Looking for a lot of space? Then you must have the Renault Espace 2023 at the top of your list. It seats seven, but a five-seat version is also available. In the back, three children can easily fit side by side, and tall passengers can create extra legroom by moving the sliding rear seat. The new Espace is available exclusively with hybrid technology. The Espace E-Tech full-hybrid – as it is officially called – uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. There are also two electric motors under the hood. Together they are good for 200 horsepower, so you always have plenty of power. You don’t need a charging station because the gasoline engine provides power for the electric motors.

2. Hyundai Kona Hybrid

The Hyundai Kona Hybrid offers an attractive blend of economy and style. With its compact size, the Kona is ideal for city driving, while the hybrid system ensures efficient performance on the road. Its modern interior and advanced technological features make this SUV a popular choice among environmentally conscious drivers. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter T-GDI gasoline engine mated to a six-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 43.5-hp electric motor. Power comes out to 141 hp and 265 Nm of torque. As a result, the Korean sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds and only stops accelerating at 165 km/h. All that with an average consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km/h. In practice, consumption of 1 in 20 should be easily achievable. So nice and economical!

3. Lexus RX

Families looking for a large car that is rugged but also offers nice luxury can store at Lexus. The RX is a large family SUV that is nice and powerful but also practical. The new Lexus RX is available with as many as three hybrid powertrains. The 350h is the entry-level model: a hybrid with 245 hp. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors provide the power. The forces go to all four wheels. So with the RX, you can go into the mountains in winter without any worries!

4. Jeep Avenger

The latest Jeep model is the Avenger. It looks tough and rugged, but in the mud it doesn’t really feel at home. It – like the Hyundai Kona – is not the largest SUV on earth. But for a small family, it offers enough space. The Avenger was named Car of the Year almost immediately upon its introduction. It comes with an electric powertrain, as well as a brand new hybrid powertrain. At issue is the 1.2-liter PureTech gasoline engine. This spirited but economical three-cylinder is good for 100 hp and 205 Nm of torque.

5. Dacia Duster 140 Hybrid

The Dacia Duster 140 Hybrid stands out for its affordability and efficient hybrid technology. With its rugged looks and practical interior, the Dacia Duster offers great value for money. Two hybrid powertrains are available for the new Duster: the Hybrid 140 and the TC130. The latter uses mild-hybrid technology. We already know the Hybrid 140 from the Jogger, and it comes from parent company Renault Group. It is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 94 hp and two electric motors (49 hp), together good for 140 hp. Unlike the Jeep Avenger, the Duster can take quite a beating and is not afraid of some mud.