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. Or supercars, for that matter, like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, and the discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder. We’re talking about standard-production passenger cars that you can buy today. Stay tuned: soon we will have a list of SUVs and crossovers hybrids with AWD.
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.
121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
50 mpg (combined)
$27,135 (USD for LE AWD-e)
$30,150 (CAD for AWD-E)
The 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 a new 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.
137 hp / 134 lb-ft of torque
35 mpg (combined)
$35,345 (USD for Crosstrek Hybrid)
$42,595 (CAD for Crosstrek Hybrid)
Though billed as an SUV (and with most of the off-road capability to back it up), the Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza (much as the Outback is to the Legacy). It’s also the only electrified vehicle Subaru currently offers, packing the Japanese automaker’s signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability. Short of the Prius, you won’t find a more fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car (however far it may push the definition) on the market.
S60 – 405 hp / 472 lb-ft of torque
S60 – 69 MPGe (combined)
S60 – $47,650 (USD for R-Design Expression T8 eAWD)
S60 – $68,200 (CAD for R-Design T8 eAWD)
V60 – 415 hp / 472 lb-ft
V60 – 69 MPGe (combined)
V60 – $67,995 (USD for Polestar Engineered T8 eAWD)
V60 – $71,100 (CAD for R-Design T8 eAWD)
S90 – 405 hp / 472 lb-ft of torque
S90 – 62 MPGe
S90 – $60,050 (USD for R-Design T8 eAWD)
S90 – $77,000 (CAD for Inscription T8 eAWD)
AWD: Standard on all models
Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting upwards of 400 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. And if you go for the V60, you’ll have 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque to play with, which is more twist than you’ll find anywhere here this side of a Porsche or AMG Mercedes.
288 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque
$57,850 (USD for 530e xDrive)
$68,000 (CAD for 530e xDrive)
BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, and supercars – 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.
A7 – 362 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
A7 – 25 mpg (combined)
A7 – $59,895 (delivered)
A7 – $91,600 (CAD for A7 Sportback TFSI e)
A8 – 443 hp / 516 lb-ft of torque
A8 – 23 mpg (combined)
A8 – $95,900 (USD for 60 TFSI e Plug-In Hybrid)
A8 – $122,150 (CAD for A8 L TFSI e)
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 comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns 25 mpg on the combined cycle. The more powerful A8 uses a 443 hp hybrid powertrain and delivers a fuel economy figure of 23 mpg.
E 53 – 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
E 53 – $75,000 (USD)
E 53 – $87,700 (CAD)
CLS 53 – 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
CLS 53 – N/A
CLS 53 – $97,700 (CAD)
GT 53 – 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
GT 53 – 25 mpg (highway)
GT 53 – $99,950 (USD)
GT 53 – $119,800 (CAD)
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, in the CLS four-door coupe, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).
354 hp / 257 lb-ft of torque
26 MPGe (combined)
$93,750 (USD for AWD)
$133,900 (CAD for AWD)
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 26 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.
389 hp / 443 lb-ft of torque
22 MPGe (combined)
$95,900 (USD for 745e xDrive)
$123,300 (CAD for 745Le xDrive)
The electrified version of BMW’s flagship 7 Series, the new 745e is bigger, brawnier, and altogether more upscale than the aforementioned 530e. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, it’s also considerably more potent than the four-cylinder 740e it replaces. But the increased output comes at the expense of fuel economy: where the previous 740e was rated at 27 mpg on the combined cycle, the new 745e returns just 22 mpg, putting it near the bottom of this list in terms of efficiency (to say nothing of its very high purchase price).
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – 455 hp / 516 lb-ft of torque
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – $105,000 (USD)
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – $119,000 (CAD)
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – 552 hp / 553 lb-ft of torque
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – $114,700 (USD)
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid – $129,900 (CAD)
Turbo S E-Hybrid – 677 hp / 626 lb-ft of torque
Turbo S E-Hybrid – $189,800 (USD)
Turbo S E-Hybrid – $217,000 (CAD)
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 457 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 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, rated at 23 and 20 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle, but either can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.
November 15, 2021: Resized headings. Updated Toyota Prius price for accuracy. Updated Subaru Crosstrek price for accuracy. Updated Volvo S60 and S90 price, text, and fuel economy for accuracy. Added Volvo V60. Updated BMW 530e price and text for accuracy. Updated BMW 745e for accuracy. Updated pricing and text on Audi A7 and Audi A8. Removed Acura RLX. Updated Mercedes-Benz E 53 for accuracy. Updated Mercedes-Benz GT 53 for accuracy. Updated Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 for accuracy. Updated Lexus LS500h AWD for accuracy. Updated Porsche Panamera for accuracy.
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