Compact Hybrid Crossovers

Despite being around for about two decades, gas-electric hybrid technology has only recently become widely available in the compact crossover segment.

Ford has the most experience in the compact hybrid SUV class: It offered a hybrid version of its Escape from 2005 through 2012. Toyota didn’t offer a hybrid in this class until 2017, but its introduction that year of the first-ever RAV4 Hybrid helped open the floodgates—the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrived in 2018, while Hyundai, Kia, and Honda followed in 2022 and 2023 with long-awaited hybrid versions of their respective Tucson, Sportage, and CR-V models.

Here’s an overview of all the compact crossover models you can buy today with hybrid powertrains.

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid and Escape PHEV — $40,349 to $47,379

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid
2023 Ford Escape Hybrid

This year, the Ford Escape gets refreshed styling to update a design that debuted in 2020, and Ford has also rolled out new Active, ST-Line, and Platinum trim designations for its popular small crossover.

Escape Hybrid models derive 192 hp from a 2.5L engine and an electric motor, while the Plug-in Hybrid configuration boasts 210 hp. Note that if you want AWD, it’s only offered in the conventional hybrid model, while the Escape PHEV is strictly front-wheel drive. The Ford Escape Hybrid’s fuel consumption is rated at 5.6/6.5 L/100 km (city/highway); the PHEV model’s estimates are 5.6/6.3 L/100 km in hybrid mode and 2.3 Le/100 km in electric driving.

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid models start with the $40,349 ST-Line trim level, which comes with dual-zone A/C, passive keyless entry, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, power tailgate, 18-inch wheels, and a suite of driver assists: forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Escape PHEV is based on the ST-Line trim; it’s priced at $45,999 and adds a few items, like digital gauges and navigation.

ST-Line Select ($43,449) adds heated front seats/side mirrors/steering wheel and LED fog lights, while Escape Hybrid Platinum’s ($45,879) additions include ActiveX seat upholstery and black exterior trim. Finally, ST-Line Elite ($47,379) adds digital gauges, a larger touchscreen, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming mirror, evasive steering assist, 19-inch wheels, hands-free tailgate, and 360-degree camera views.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid — $48,890

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The Honda CR-V Hybrid is a new addition to this compact crossover’s lineup for 2023. It builds on the CR-V’s reputation for efficiency with fuel consumption estimates of 6.0/6.9 L/100 km (city/highway) from its 2.0L gas engine and electric motor, which generate 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque.

On the downside, if you’re looking for an entry-grade vehicle with a hybrid powertrain, you won’t find it here. Honda offers the CR-V Hybrid in top-end Touring trim only, making it the most expensive CR-V you can buy for 2023, with a price approaching $49,000.

For that money, you get 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, passive keyless entry with hands-free tailgate, digital gauges, dual-zone A/C, heated front/rear seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, 12-speaker audio, wireless phone charging, and navigation.

The CR-V Hybrid also comes with a suite of safety features that includes forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, and traffic jam assist.

2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Tucson Plug-in Hybrid — $40,099 to $46,949

2023 Hyundai Tucson PHEV
2023 Hyundai Tucson PHEV

Last year, Hyundai redesigned its Tucson compact crossover into a new generation and added the model’s first-ever hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. In both, a 1.6L turbo gas engine teams up with electric power to make 226 hp in the Tucson Hybrid and 261 hp in the Tucson PHEV. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission and AWD.

Hyundai’s fuel consumption estimates are 6.3/6.6 L/100 km (city/highway) for the Tucson Hybrid, while the Tucson PHEV is rated for 6.8/6.6 L/100 km in hybrid mode and 2.9 Le/100 km on electricity alone.

Like Honda, Hyundai positions its hybrid models at the top of the trim range, offering both the conventional hybrid and plug-in Tucson models in Luxury and Ultimate configurations, but at more accessible starting prices.

Standard features in Luxury trim (Hybrid $40,099/PHEV $44,549) include 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic roof, leather upholstery, heated front/rear seats with front power adjustments, a digital gauge display, eight-speaker audio, hands-free tailgate, an auto-dimming mirror, and dual-zone A/C. Also included is a safety suite of forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Ultimate trim (Hybrid $42,499/PHEV $46,949) adds ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, front parking sensors, remote park assist, rear automatic braking, surround-view cameras, and highway driving assist.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid and Sportage Plug-in Hybrid — $36,495 to $48,995

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Despite being mechanically and structurally identical to the Hyundai Tucson’s hybrid models, Kia prices its entry-grade Sportage Hybrid EX about $3,600 less to start, making it one of the compact hybrid crossover segment’s most affordable offerings.

As in the Tucson, hybrid Kia Sportage models are powered by a combination of a 1.6L turbo engine and electric motors, with conventional hybrid versions getting 227 hp and plug-in hybrid variants rated for 261 hp. A six-speed transmission and AWD are included across the line.

Kia’s fuel consumption ratings are a touch better than the Tucson’s: the Sportage Hybrid is rated at 6.1/6.3 L/100 km (city/highway), and the Plug-in Hybrid models come in at 6.6/6.7 L/100 km in gas-electric driving and 2.8 Le/100 km on battery power alone.

The Sportage Hybrid EX ($36,495) comes with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights/fog lights, a heated windshield, heated front seats/steering wheel, dual-zone A/C, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, an auto-dimming mirror, passive keyless entry, and wireless phone charging.

Standard safety kit includes adaptive cruise, forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, blind spot/rear cross-traffic collision mitigation, and rear park assist.

Sportage PHEV models start in an EX Premium ($45,595) trim that adds a hands-free tailgate, panoramic roof, 19-inch wheels, quilted upholstery, and ventilated front/heated rear seats.

SX configuration (Hybrid $43,195/PHEV $48,995) gains digital gauges, a Harman Kardon stereo, rear parking collision avoidance, highway driving assist, blind spot/surround-view monitors, front park assist, and remote park assist.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV — $46,538 to $56,348

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi has completely redesigned its Outlander PHEV for the 2023 model year. Not only does it look more substantial than its predecessor, but it also gets a more powerful drivetrain that makes 248 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque with its 2.4L engine and two electric motors. There is no conventional hybrid version of this crossover, so if you don’t have a place to plug in, the Outlander’s only other option is a less-potent gasoline powertrain.

Mitsubishi’s energy consumption estimates are 9.2/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) in hybrid driving and 3.6 Le/100 km when running on electricity alone.

The Outlander PHEV starts in ES trim ($46,538) with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone A/C, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and digital gauges. The standard safety suite includes lane change assist, front and rear collision mitigation, driver attention alert, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

LE trim ($51,238) adds 360-degree cameras, LED fog lights, a panoramic roof, suede seating, three-zone A/C, a heated steering wheel, navigation in a 9.0-inch display, a power tailgate, and passive keyless entry.

For $54,048, SEL’s additions include 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats, quilted leather, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Finally, GT trim ($56,348) brings auto-levelling headlights, active blind spot assist, a head-up display, nine-speaker audio, rear side sunshades, and wireless phone charging. A GT Premium package adds massaging front seats.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/RAV4 Prime — $34,850 to $54,790

2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime
2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Few compact hybrid crossovers offer as much variety as the Toyota RAV4, which starts out at $34,850 in LE Hybrid trim and tops out with the nearly-$55,000 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid.

RAV4 Hybrid and Prime both match a 2.5L engine with two electric motors and standard AWD. In RAV4 Hybrid models, that setup provides 219 hp, while RAV4 Prime boasts 302 hp. Toyota’s fuel consumption estimates are 5.8/6.3 L/100 km (city/highway) for the RAV4 Hybrid; RAV4 Prime’s ratings are 5.7/6.4 L/100 km in hybrid driving, and 2.5 Le/100 km on electricity alone.

The LE Hybrid ($34,850) comes with LED headlights, dual-zone A/C, alloy wheels, heated front seats, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The XLE Hybrid ($37,990) brings a power tailgate, passive keyless entry, heated steering wheel, and a sunroof. The XSE package ($42,690) gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen, digital gauges, and a digital rearview mirror, and Limited trim ($45,850) adds 360-degree cameras, a hands-free tailgate, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, ventilated front/heated rear seats, and LED fog lights.

RAV4 Prime starts out in SE trim ($49,950) with passive keyless, the 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated front seats/steering wheel, digital gauges, wiper de-icer, and an auto-dimming mirror. The XSE trim ($54,790) adds wireless phone charging, power tailgate, 9.0-inch touchscreen, heated rear seats, and a sunroof.

All RAV4 Hybrid and Prime trims are also equipped with forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. Certain configurations can be optioned with rear automatic braking and front parking sensors.