The VW Group's large hybrid SUV siblings, the Cayenne and Touareg, combine all-wheel drive nimbleness, great cabin tech, and physics-bending acceleration with high efficiency. It's no wonder they're among our favorite large vehicles.
If you thought that a hybrid SUV by Porsche making it into our Top 5 was odd, prepare to be stunned by General Motors' entry. The behemoth Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is the physical incarnation of excess and opulence, yet it manages to tie the VW Group's offerings with its hybrid drivetrain's 21 mpg combined.
Sharing its basic underpinnings and technology with the Lexus RX, the Highlander Hybrid by Toyota represents an interesting blend of fuel efficiency and interior volume to move people and things in comfort.
Speaking of the RX, Toyota/Lexus' other hybrid SUV comes in at No. 2 on our list, edging its sibling out with slightly better cabin comfort, infotainment tech, and--most importantly for this comparison--better fuel economy.
The original Ford Escape Hybrid was the first hybrid SUV, as well as the first of the American hybrids. Now, in its second generation, the Escape Hybrid (along with its clones, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid) finds itself in the No. 1 spot.