Every Plug-In-Hybrid Vehicle for Sale in the U.S. Today

Plug-in-hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are the bridge between gas only and fully electric. In many cases, the PHEV model is just a nerdy way to describe the performance trim. Like the 302-hp Toyota RAV4 Prime, the 5.0-seconds-to-60-mph Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, or the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is the third-quickest SUV we’ve ever tested.

If relying on battery power alone for your commute sends your anxiety into the stratosphere, maybe a powertrain with batteries and gasoline will cool your jets. With a PHEV, the gas engine keeps it going even when battery power runs out, and unlike a traditional hybrid, its larger battery can be plugged in for recharge. Most PHEV models have better fuel economy and acceleration performance than their gas-only counterparts. But their larger batteries often require use of smaller gas tanks, so they sometimes suffer from shorter overall range.

Here’s a list of all the plug-in hybrids available in the United States, with information on performance numbers, pricing, and battery-only range.

Audi A7 TSFI e

A 362-hp plug-in-hybrid sedan isn’t a bad way to start things off. The Audi A7 TSFI e uses a turbocharged inline-four with an electric motor to provide all-wheel-drive power with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The TSFI e produces 27 horsepower more than the normal V-6-powered A7. As you’d expect, the TSFI e has better fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 68 MPGe combined and 29 mpg once the battery runs out. The EPA also projects that the A7 can travel 24 miles on only electricity. The A7 is in our top three best mid-size luxury cars to buy today.

  • Base price: $75,945
  • EPA fuel economy: 68 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 24 miles

Audi A8 TSFI e

Audi added a plug-in-hybrid option for its A8 extra-large sedan, demonstrating that comfort and efficiency can coexist. The combined 443 horsepower comes from a twin-turbo V-6 engine and an electric motor. The car can travel a claimed 18 miles in EV-only mode. This powertrain achieved an EPA-estimated 53 MPGe, matching its German plug-in rival, the BMW 745e. The Audi A8 TFSI e starts at $96,895, but Audi expects buyers to cash in on federal electric-vehicle tax credits of up to $6721.

  • Base price: $96,895
  • EPA fuel economy: 53 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 18 miles

Audi Q5 TFSI e

The Audi Q5 TFSI e builds on an already-great compact luxury crossover. The Q5 TSFI e gets an EPA-estimated 50 MPGe combined, an earth-friendly improvement over the gas-only Q5, which achieves 24 mpg. The plug-in-hybrid powertrain grants quicker acceleration, and like other powertrain options, it also comes standard with a seven-speed transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The plug-in Q5 can go farther than the A8 TFSI e in EV-only mode with a claimed 19 miles of battery-only power. With help from its electric motor, the Q5 PHEV can go up to 400 miles on a single tank of gas. The gas-only Q5 gets an estimated 462 miles of driving between gas-station visits thanks to a larger 18.5-gallon tank.

  • Base price: $52,995
  • EPA fuel economy: 50 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 19 miles

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

The only Bentley offered today without a growling V-8, the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid uses a turbocharged V-6 and an electric motor for a combined output of 443 horsepower. We got to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds in the Bentayga V-8, one of the quickest SUVs we’ve ever tested, but the plug-in-hybrid version is not that Bentley. Its starting price is $17,000 cheaper, and that’s before considering the $7500 federal electric-vehicle tax credit. The EPA gave it a 46 MPGe combined rating, with a maximum 18 miles of electric-only range. The V-8 Bentayga gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined, while the 626-hp W-12-powered Bentayga Speed gets 14 mpg. The plug-in Bentayga can go the farthest of the three on a single tank of gas, with an EPA-estimated 390 miles of range.

  • Base price: $166,425
  • EPA fuel economy: 46 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 18 miles

BMW i3

BMW’s i3, with its optional range-extending engine, may not look as sporty as the i8, but its extensive use of exposed carbon fiber and natural materials make it seem nearly as exotic. With the Range Extender, it’s less of an electronically assisted gas-powered car and more of an EV with a just-in-case gas engine. The EPA-estimated EV range for the i3 is 126 miles, 200 if you empty its 2.4-gallon gas tank. The i3 is still eligible for a $7500 federal electric-vehicle tax credit.

  • Base price: $49,295
  • EPA fuel economy: 100 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 126 miles

BMW 330e

The BMW 330e received some updates for 2021. Power comes from a 228-hp hybrid powertrain made up of a 181-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and a 111-hp electric motor. New for this year is an Xtraboost function, giving this electrified 3-series an extra 40 horsepower for up to 10 seconds while in Sport mode. This can also be activated by flattening the pedal while in other drive modes. The top speed in EV-only mode has been increased to 87 mph, 12 mph more than the 2020 model. The EPA estimates that the rear-drive 330e can travel as much as 23 miles on battery power only. As common with most hybrids, the batteries take up cargo space, costing the 330e four cubic feet of rear cargo space versus its gas-powered models.

  • Base price: $45,545 (RWD)
  • EPA fuel economy: 75 (RWD) 67 (AWD) MPGe
  • EV-only range: 23 (RWD) 20 (AWD) miles

BMW 530e

The 5-series has been refreshed for the 2021 model year, and no one reaps the benefits more than the plug-in-hybrid BMW 530e. A larger battery and a retuned engine boost output to 288 horsepower, and like the 330e, the XtraBoost delivers an additional 40 ponies when summoned. The 530e we tested got to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, shaving 0.8 second from the 2018 530e xDrive we drove previously. The 530e has 40 more horsepower over the standard 530i, but goes an estimated 164 miles less on a tank of gas. The standard 530i’s big 18.0-gallon tank gives it a huge 504 miles of driving between fill-ups.

  • Base price: $58,195
  • EPA fuel economy: 64 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 21 miles

BMW 745e

During our testing with the 2020 BMW 745e, we managed 18 miles of EV driving, two more than the EPA estimates. To BMW’s credit, the 745e can hit 87 mph in EV-only mode. The 389-hp turbocharged inline-six alone gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined. Although its EV range is limited compared with other options, few other plug-ins can hold a candle to the luxurious cabin and comfortable, soft ride you’d expect from a luxury sedan with a $96,545 base price.

  • Base price: $96,545
  • EPA fuel economy: 56 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 16 miles

BMW X5 xDrive45e

The BMW X5 xDrive45e has a combined power output of 389 horsepower from its turbocharged inline-six and electric motor plug-in-hybrid powertrain. During our testing, the xDrive45e drove 25 miles on battery power only. It also delivered 46 MPGe on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. Although it somewhat missed its EPA-estimated marks, the PHEV X5 is more than twice as efficient as the normal X5 xDrive 40i and has 54 extra horsepower.

  • Base price: $66,395
  • EPA fuel economy: 50 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 30 miles

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

If you can live without the gas-powered Chrysler Pacifica‘s available Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, which can flip and fold into cubbies in the floor to create a vast, flat load space, the hybrid might be worth a look. As a bonus, the non-Stow ‘n Go second-row seats are more padded and comfortable than in the nonhybrid. Of course, the macro benefit of opting for the Pacifica hybrid is its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can be recharged in about two hours (on a 240-volt hookup) to provide an EPA-estimated 32 miles of electrified driving before the powertrain reverts to a conventional hybrid of the transmission’s two electric motors and the 3.6-liter V-6 engine for motivation.

  • Base price: $42,115
  • EPA fuel economy: 82 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 32 miles

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

It’s unlikely you’ll ever see this 986-hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale parked next to a Hyundai Ioniq at the charger, but it’s possible. The electrified coupe, also sold as a Stradale Spider convertible model, gets an EPA-estimated 51 MPGe, with just 8 miles of battery-only range. To burn the fuel, Ferrari turns to a 769-hp twin-turbo V-8 from the F8 Tributo, but with better cylinder heads, new turbos, and a bit more displacement. The SF90 Stradale uses two 133-hp front electric motors, and a 201-hp rear electric motor. The SF90 Stradale we tested shot to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, making it the quickest PHEV on the list.

  • Base price: $511,250
  • EPA fuel economy: 51 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 8 miles

Ford Escape PHEV

The Escape is Ford’s second-best-selling SUV. (The three-row Explorer is first.) Two turbocharged engines are available on regular Escapes as well as a 200-hp Escape Hybrid model with optional all-wheel drive. The Escape PHEV uses a 165-hp inline-four engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 221 horsepower. The PHEV is front-wheel drive only and, unlike the gas-powered Escape, uses an automatic continuously variable transmission instead of an eight-speed. The Escape gets a whopping EPA-estimated 105 MPGe combined, with 38 miles of range in EV-only mode. Those are some impressive numbers, and the EPA says the Escape PHEV has a 520-mile range.

  • Base price: $34,320
  • EPA fuel economy: 105 MPGe
  • EV-only range: 38 miles

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Strange though it may look, the Clarity PHEV is the most conventional member of Honda’s Clarity family. Honda also builds a hydrogen fuel-cell model. This Accord-sized sedan is powered primarily by its electric motor; the gas-fed engine acts as a generator most of the time, contributing power to the drive wheels only occasionally. The Clarity therefore drives pretty much like a fully electric car, albeit one with a 340 miles of range and the ability to refuel…

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