CONDUCT! 2022: the hot hybrids of 2023
Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe
Not ready for a full EV yet? Try These Simple Hybrids Instead
CASEY WILLIAMS | Automatic reviewer
Electric vehicles are here, but many of you aren’t ready for The Full Monty. Maybe a ‘tweener hybrid is more your style for high fuel economy and all-around trail riding. Check out these simple hybrids that are anything but boring.
A new version of the full-size sedan, replacing the Avalon with the name of the car that debuted in Japan in 1955. This raised sedan is compatible with all-wheel drive and 2.4 turbo-four and twin-cylinder engines liters available. Expect up to 340 horsepower and 41 MPG. Voice-activated infotainment, automatic parking and adaptive cruise are available.
Base price: $40,000
Honda CR-V Sport Hybrid
All new for 2023 with a bigger sinister costume, this hybrid is fun to drive. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and batteries to deliver 204 horsepower and 43/36 MPG city/highway. Black accents, rectangular exhausts and black 18-inch wheels scare the kids, but a leather-wrapped shifter, adaptive cruise and automatic braking keep it going.
Base price: $32,450
Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe
Go anywhere with this heritage-inspired 4×4. The plug-in hybrid travels 21 miles all-electric and achieves 49 MPGe all-in with the heart-pounding 375-hp V6. A real Jeep, its doors come off, the roof is removable, and it can bang on trails or wade through 30 inches of water. Choose Alpine audio and a one-touch power top. Blue tow hooks indicate plug-ins.
Base price: $53,995
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
This expressive crossover offers an all-electric range of 38 miles, a combined range of 420 miles and zero range anxiety. Recharge batteries to 80% in 38 minutes. If you do the math, this roomy, premium seven-passenger crossover achieves an overall output of 248 horsepower and 64 MPGe with engines and a running four-cylinder.
Base price: $39,845
Hyundai Santa Fe hybrid
There’s a plug-in version with 30 miles of electric range, but most prefer the regular hybrid’s 1.6-liter turbo-four, battery packs, peppy 226 horsepower, and frugal city/highway of 36/31 MPG. The luxury of the crossover comes from squinty driving headlights, textured grilles, sleek chrome and interior with twin screens and collision avoidance systems.
Base price: $34,300
Dodge the Hornet
An Alfa Romeo Tonale in Dodge trim, this crossover comes in a sporty R/T trim as a plug-in hybrid that delivers 285 horsepower, a 30-mile electric range and the ability to blast an extra 25 horsepower to click 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. . Gray wheels, dual exhausts, Harman Kardon audio and wireless device connectivity dress it up.
Base price: $29,995
A very inexpensive hybrid that can actually haul dirt! Tight handling attacks fast on-ramps, but the combined 191 horsepower and 42/33 MPG city/highway saves money. Inside, color-contrasting seats, orange accents, Apple/Android connectivity and folding rear seats for loading bikes are available. An open bed is perfect for gear or mulch.
Base price: $22,195
Lexus RX Hybrid
Lexus’ updated crossover features a sleeker grille, 21-inch wheels and wraparound taillights. The interiors adopt a large touchscreen, head-up display and Mark Levinson audio system. The 350h achieves 246 horsepower and 37/34-MPG city/highway while the 500h F Sport delivers 366 hp, adaptive suspension, rear steering and 27/28-MPG.
Base price: $50,000
Families of all types are going hybrid in this flying minivan that offers an all-electric range of 30 miles – 500 total with the burnin’ V6. Three rows of seats carry seven passengers, but drop Stow n’ Go in the middle. Wireless device connectivity, Harman Kardon audio, flybridge console and automated parking assist add luxury. Automatic braking adds safety.
Base price: $46,978
It’s the EV for people who aren’t quite ready for an EV. Styling cues echo the EV6 electric crossover, but a larger cabin with dual screens and premium materials goes beyond this class. The peppy 1.6-liter turbo-four delivers 227 horsepower and 43 MPG – more than 500 miles of range between fill-ups. A full suite of security systems is included.
Base price: $27,290
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