March 13, 2024

Top 9 best plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

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Do you want to go green, but feel wary of making the switch to a battery electric vehicle (BEV)? If so, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are an excellent alternative. The latest PHEVs have enough range for daily commutes while incorporating a gas engine for extended trips. Some PHEVs even qualify for the federal tax credit.


9 best plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

From hybrid leaders like Toyota to luxury automakers like BMW, finding the right plug-in hybrid to fit your needs can depend on range, features, and maximum charging speeds. Consider the below list of plug-in hybrids with stellar performance  for your next vehicle.


1. Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota has offered a plug-in hybrid variant to its most popular hybrid since 2012. Since 2012, the Prius Prime is now in its 3rd generation incorporating a new, attractively aerodynamic design. It’s also the quickest, matching its large-for-a-Prius 13.6 kWh battery with a 2.0 liter inline-four making a combined 220 horsepower.


Electric only range: 44 miles

Gas mode MPG: 52 MPG

Max charge rate: 6.6 kW

Experience: The Prius Prime is an attractive and peppy ride, going from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Drivers are provided with a 12.3” infotainment screen at the center and advanced safety features like Traffic Jam Assist.


2. Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid

The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, the PHEV variant of Hyundai’s best-selling model in the US,  was released for the 2022 model year premiering its new electrified powertrain. Combining a 1.6 liter inline-four, 13.8 kWh and standard HTRAC all-wheel drive (AWD), it provides 33 miles of all electric range with light off-roading capabilities meant to compete against its primary rival, the Toyota RAV4 Prime.


Electric only Range: 33 miles

Gas mode MPG: 35 MPG

Max charge rate: 7.2 kW

Experience: Where Hyundai excels is creating modern and comfortable interiors for their affordable offerings. While a compact crossover, the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid can fit 4 adults comfortably with plenty of room for cargo. It also features  a 10.3” infotainment touchscreen and the Korean automaker’s digital key smartphone app. For drivers looking for a modern and comfortable PHEV with loads of interior space, the Tucson may be the ideal choice.


3. Toyota RAV4 Prime

The RAV4 Prime is a popular sporty SUV you’ve probably seen frequently on highways—and it’s a PHEV with one of the longest battery ranges. The 42 miles of electric driving is very impressive and will get you to most places you need to be. It’s an exceptional vehicle that will get you a big electric battery for your buck.


Electric only range: 42 miles

Gas mode MPG: 38 MPG

Max charge rate: 6.6 kW

Experience: This is the fastest four-door Toyota—only the two-seater Supra sports car has faster acceleration. It has a quiet, high-quality cabin with comfortable heated seats. The Rav4 Prime is spacious and has large doors for getting in and out, excellent outward visibility, and great crash-test ratings.


4. Kira Niro PHEV

The Kia Niro PHEV is a great first plug-in hybrid with a low price point, excellent fuel efficiency, and roomy seats for a subcompact SUV. For 2023, the 2nd generation of the popular model gains a bigger battery pack at 11.1 kWh, faster 7.2 Level 2 charging, an extended 33 miles of all electric range and bigger wheelbase.


Electric only range: 33 miles

Gas mode MPG: 48 MPG

Max charge rate: 7.2 kW

Experience: While not the quickest PHEV on the list with a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds, it brings perkier acceleration than its standard hybrid variant due to low-end instant torque. Drivers will appreciate the large 10.3” infotainment screen and use of recycled materials throughout the cabin, making for a comfortable and eco-conscious ride with more than enough electric range for most drivers’ commutes.


5. Jeep Wrangler 4xe

One of America’s most iconic and longest running nameplates, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe adds all electric capable credentials to Jeep’s popular off-roading SUV. Combining its 2.0 liter inline-four and 17.3 kWh battery, the Wrangler 4xe is a twist on an icon in off roading. As of 2024, it even qualifies for the half of the federal tax credit, meaning consumers can take advantage of a $3,750 rebate.


Electric only range: 22 miles

Gas mode MPG: 20 MPG

Max charge rate: 7.4 kW

Experience: The Jeep Wrangler 4xe keeps the modular system of its conventional powertrain models, with the ability to remove door and body panels, seats and windows with ease for repairs or off roading. While it isn’t the most efficient vehicle in gas mode, drivers can utilize the 22 miles of all electric range for a quiet and zero emission commute.


6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

When unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the only PHEVs available. Now in its 2nd generation, it may not be the only plug-in hybrid crossover on the block, but it can still hold its own. The current model comes with a larger 20 kWh battery supplementing its 2.4 liter inline-four, achieving 38 miles in EPA-certified all electric range. That battery powers two electric motors for standard 4WD on all models. In addition, it’s the only non-luxury plug-in hybrid crossover with standard DC fast charging via its CHAdeMO port.


Electric only range: 38 miles

Gas mode MPG: 26 MPG

Max charge rate: 3.7 kW

Experience: In addition to providing all electric range that fulfills most driver commutes, the Outlander PHEV stands out from other plug-in hybrid crossovers with standard 3rd row seating and its DC fast charging capabilities. Utilizing its CHAdeMO port, the Outlander PHEV can charge from 10% to 80% in just 25 minutes, making this the quickest charging plug-in hybrid on the market.


7. Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The most popular hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica takes a classic Chrysler family car and makes it even more economical. While many large, three-row vehicles trade fuel economy for comfort, the Pacifica achieves both with impressive all electric range of 32 miles and immense interior space. As of 2024, it also qualifies for the full federal tax credit, providing customers with a $7,500 rebate.


Electric only range: 32 miles

Gas mode MPG: 30 MPG

Max charge rate: 6.6 kW

Experience: The cabin is surprisingly beautiful, with 10-inch display monitors in the front and behind both driver and passenger seats, heated leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. It has a 20-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system and a “fam cam” feature that allows the driver to see what’s happening in the second and third rows. All told, the Pacifica is an incredibly spacious and comfortable way to transport the family around town.


8. Volvo S60 T8

The Volvo S60 T8 has the longest range of any compact luxury plug-in hybrid and is one of the only available in North America competing against the BMW 330e. Utilizing a similar set up as other Volvo T8-equipped PHEVs, the S60 T8 (and its wagon V60 variant) incorporates a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four rear-mounted electric motor. The S60 gives drivers 455 horsepower and 41 miles of all electric range.


Electric only range: 41 miles

Gas mode MPG: 31 MPG

Max charge rate: 3.3 kW

Experience: In this vehicle, you can drive 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, while reveling in luxurious Nappa leather seats and gold-colored safety belts. That performance doesn’t come at the expense of efficiency, as drivers get a class-leading 41 miles of all electric range. Drivers also receive a Google-powered head unit with access to the Play Store media library, navigation, and messaging apps from the infotainment system.


9. BMW X5 xDrive50e

Adding a PHEV drivetrain to one of BMW’s most popular SUVs, the X5 xDrive50e brings together a sporty 3.0 liter straight-six and 25.7 kWh battery powering a four-wheel drive (4WD) electric motor. Together they produce a powerful 483 horsepower that gives the X5 50e 40 miles of all electric range, presenting a noticeable increase from the last generation’s 31 miles.


Electric only range: 40 miles

Gas mode MPG: 22 MPG

Max charge rate: 7.2 kW

Experience: The X5 xDrive50e is quick by mid-sized SUV standards, with reviewers like Car and Driver able to reach 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.  Drivers receive an SUV that’s just as efficient on pavement as it is off road, with standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and adjustable ride height for light off roading. The X5 xDrive50e brings real EV-capable range to BMW’s luxurious and sporty mid-sized SUV.


Charge your new plug-in hybrid with JuiceBox®

Plug-in hybrids are improving with each new model that hits the market, providing larger batteries, faster charging and even longer ranges than earlier models. Whether you’re looking for an all-around commuter like the Toyota Prius Prime, a luxury SUV like the BMW X5 PHEV or a family hauler in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, charging from home is the best way to experience the benefits of owning a plug-in electric vehicle.


Providing more than enough power to take advantage of each listed PHEV’s max charge rate, the JuiceBox® 32 is the best home charger for your new plug-in hybrid. Utilizing JuiceBox’s connected smart charging features, drivers can monitor battery state, receive notifications on charging status, and schedule charging.

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