Top 10 Hybrids With AWD

Noah Joseph
by Noah Joseph

Hybrids are gaining traction – and we don’t just mean they’re growing in popularity. There’s also an increasing number of electrically assisted automobiles on the market that also offer the benefits of all-wheel drive.

Not just crossovers and SUVs, either – of which there are many, from the humble likes of the Toyota RAV4 to the uber-luxurious Bentley Bentayga. Cars are beginning to show up with Hybrid drivetrains and all-wheel drive.

So if you want your next ride to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain but don’t need (or want) the larger form of an SUV (or the performance of a six-figure sports car), here are 10 hybrids with AWD that are currently waiting for you at your local dealership, ranked by price.

Toyota Prius AWD-e

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Hybrid
  • 121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
  • 50 mpg (combined)
  • $28,780 (USD for LE AWD-e)
  • $32,210 (CAD for AWD-E)
  • AWD: Optional

The second cheapest model on our list is also the most fuel-efficient, and one of the latest to couple four-wheel traction with hybrid propulsion. Refreshed for 2019, the Toyota Prius is now available with an AWD-e system that adds extra electric motor on the rear axle to give it extra grip. It takes a small hit in fuel economy, which Toyota estimates at 52 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 50 on the combined cycle – slightly down from the standard, front-drive Prius’ 58/53/56. But it’s still one of the most efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles you can buy.

The AWD system in this Prius is unique in that it only connects the rear axle from zero to 6 mph regardless of conditions for stronger and more confident launches, and at speeds at up to 43 mph if wheel slippage is detected. When slippage is not detected and at speeds over 43 mph, the electric motor is essentially disconnected and the Prius continues to operate as a front-wheel-drive car.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Hybrid
  • 134 hp / 156 lb-ft of torque
  • 44 mpg (combined)
  • $25,295 (USD for Corolla Hybrid LE AWD)
  • $$29,310 (CAD for Corolla Hybrid LE AWD)
  • AWD: Optional

This year, in addition to a model-wide refresh, the 2023 Corolla has gained optional all-wheel drive on its fuel-sipping Hybrid model. What Toyota has created here is an honest, utterly sensible, no-frills daily transport with the added dash of extra poor-weather capability. Looking for the lowest priced, non-SUV all-wheel hybrid on the market? Tired of of repeated trips to the local fuel station? Your chariot awaits.

Volvo S60/V60/S90 T8 eAWD

New Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered exterior
New Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered exterior
  • Plug-In Hybrid
    S60 – 400-455 hp / 472-523 lb-ft
  • S60 – 69-74 MPGe (combined)
  • S60 – $52,345 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • S60 – $59,950 (CAD not inc. destination charges
  • V60 – 400-455 hp / 472-523 lb-ft
  • V60 – 69-74 MPGe (combined)
  • V60 – $71,845 (USD inc. destination charges for Polestar engineered)
  • V60 – $59,950 (CAD not inc. destination charges)
  • S90 – 400-455 hp / 472-523 lb-ft
  • S90 – 63-66 MPGe
  • S90 – $71,795 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • S90 – $77,950 (CAD not inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard on all models

Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting between 400 and 455 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – thanks to the addition of a turbocharger, supercharger, and electric assist (with plug-in capability to boot). In addition to XC60 and XC90 crossovers, Volvo offers the trick powertrain here in both the S60 and S90 sedans as well as the V60 wagon.

BMW 530e xDrive

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 288 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque
  • $59,520 (USD for 530e xDrive)
  • $70,480 (CAD for 530e xDrive)
  • AWD: Optional

BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, and hatchbacks – but you can’t get all of them with all-wheel drive. The 530e offers the automaker’s xDrive system as an option, and only takes a slight hit in fuel efficiency as a result; about 1 mpg penalty to drive all four wheels. There is also a 330e available, but not with all-wheel drive currently.

Audi A7/A8 L

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Mild Hybrid
  • A7 – 335 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • A7 – 24 mpg (combined)
  • A7 – $70,295 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • A7 – $86,600 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • A8 – 443 hp / 516 lb-ft of torque
  • A8 – 23 mpg (combined)
  • A8 – $87,595 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • A8 – $104,300 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard

Ever the champion of all-wheel drive, Audi has taken the bold step of equipping three of its top passenger cars with a mild hybrid assist as standard. The A7 and A8 come with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns 24 mpg in the A7 and 22 mpg in the A8 L.

Mercedes-AMG E53/GT53 4Matic+

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Mild Hybrid
  • E 53 – 429 hp / 384 lb-ft of torque
  • E 53 – 25 mpg (combined)
  • E 53 – $76,050 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • E 53 – $ 89,000 (CAD not inc. destination charges)
  • GT 53 – 429 hp / 384 lb-ft of torque
  • GT 53 – 22 mpg (combined)
  • GT 53 – 25 mpg (highway)
  • GT 53 – $103,650 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • GT 53 – $123,900 (CAD not inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard

The letters AMG have long stood for Mercedes performance, but the German automaker’s in-house tuner has stepped into the electric age with its new 53 models. The powertrain mates a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six with a 48-volt electric supercharger to a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (both tuned by AMG). It produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, but with the 21-hp/184 lb-ft EQ Boost kicking in, it’ll deliver as much as 450 hp and 568 lb-ft. And there’s no shortage of body-style choices: you can get it in the E-Class sedan, coupe, or convertible, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).

Lexus LS 500h AWD

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Hybrid
  • 354 hp 
  • 25 MPG (combined)
  • $113,435 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • $136,545 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard

Every iteration of the Lexus LS, stretching back 30 years now, has been powered by a V8. Not the latest version, though: this one’s available exclusively with V6 engines. But you can get it with a hybrid assist, and (unlike its LC coupe counterpart) all-wheel drive. The latest LS500h isn’t as powerful as the twin-turbocharged LS500, but it’s two to three times as potent as the other all-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota product that kicked off our list. It’s also about as plush, roomy, and laden with tech as anything else on the market, and will return a respectable 25 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4Matic

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Mild Hybrid
  • CLS 450 4Matic – 362 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • CLS 450 4Matic – 25 mpg (combined)
  • CLS 450 4Matic – $74,000 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • CLS 450 4Matic – $85,900 (CAD not inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard

The CLS four door coupe comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six and mild hybrid system. It makes a total of 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the AMG 53 models listed early on here, but the price is also lower and the efficiency improved. The same engine can be found in the E-Class, multiple SUVs, and more. In Canada, it is possible to get the CLS in AMG 53 guise, but that option is no longer available in the United States.

Porsche Panamera 4/Turbo S E-Hybrid

top 10 hybrids with awd
  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – 455 hp / 516 lb-ft of torque
  • Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – $110,450 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – $123,550 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – 552 hp / 553 lb-ft of torque
  • Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – $120,650 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – $135,050 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • Turbo S E-Hybrid – 690 hp / 641 lb-ft of torque
  • Turbo S E-Hybrid – $197,850 (USD inc. destination charges)
  • Turbo S E-Hybrid – $224,550 (CAD inc. destination charges)
  • AWD: Standard

Porsche offers not one, not two, but three plug-in hybrid versions of its four-door grand tourer. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric assist to deliver a combined 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which would already make it one of the most powerful on this list. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid cranks power up to 552 hp using the same drivetrain. But the Turbo S E-Hybrid goes even further, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 electrically boosted to a massive 690 hp and 641 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, but still good considering the amount of performance. All versions of the E-Hybrid can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.

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  • David S David S on May 04, 2022

    Other than Prius, do any other hybrids use the electric motor to power just the rear wheels - (with the ICE motor powering the front.)