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5 Best Gasoline-Powered SUVs on the Market (And 5 Hybrids We Prefer)

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Back in the day (a decade ago) few cars could hit more than 25 mpg. Maybe you could find a Honda that could hit 30 mpg, but that number was unbelievable. With more hybrids available today, 29 mpg is what is expected, and even a large SUV can achieve it. At the moment it is not uncommon to see a sedan that can go above 40 mpg if it doesn’t run on electricity and doesn’t need gas at all.



Certainly there are. there are still some holdouts that haven’t made the jump to hybrids yet. Still, if you look, it’s pretty hard to find a car that doesn’t have a hybrid option. Some gas powered vehicles are still desirable for some reason, or people I’m not quite convinced to make the switch yet† Still, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with an excuse, and vehicle manufacturers that don’t currently have a hybrid say they’re in the works and coming soon. Even then, you can probably find another model, both more expensive and cheaper, that is hybrid, so there are fewer excuses not to buy one.

So here are five desirable gas-only cars and the five hybrids we prefer.

10 Gas powered: 2022 Mazda CX-30

Mazda has always considered itself reasonably priced vehicles that are fun to drive† This applies to SUVs as well as sedans and coupes. The CX-30 is their version of a compact SUV that, like Naohito Saga, the program managersays, is aimed at drivers who are still single or married and starting a family.

The 2.5L Skyactive I4 packs a lot of pep for a car of its size and was named a top choice for safety by the IIHS. Won the Red Dot Design Award 2020 in the Passenger Car category, thanks to its stylish exterior and well-equipped interior. There are plenty of standard features for its price range, and the driving dynamics won’t be exciting, but are above the norm for a small SUV.


9 Gas powered: 2022 Genesis GV80

You’ve probably seen and know enough about Genesis and its high quality. The GV80 continues this trend with a uniquely beautiful exterior. There are three rows, or if you prefer, captain’s seats behind the driver, which reduces the number of passengers to four.

If you went in with your eyes closed and then open, you’d swear you were in an SUV that cost much, much more. The materials used are all top-notch, but don’t make it messy or too complicated to use. It can reach 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds, which is impressive for a vehicle of its size. You will have to sacrifice fuel efficiency to get this kind of performance from a vehicle of its size. The GV80 only gets 16 mpg.


8 Gas-powered: 2022 Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco has legendary status among SUVs. After disappearing for years, he returned with much fanfare among Ford loyalists who had missed him. It’s a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler for buyers looking for off-road fun.

It’s the real deal thanks to its rugged trail capabilities and a grounds management system called The GOAT., which covers every terrain. For those worried it’s lost some of its original Bronco spirit, the updated version still has a removable roof and doors that can be detached for a different kind of driving experience.


7 Gas powered: 2022 BMW X4 M40i

If you’re looking for something a little more sporty, BMW is never a bad place to look. They’ve been building SUVs, or as they call them, SAVs, for 23 years and have their offer up to 7 different options, from the smallest X1 to the largest, the X7. At the center is the X4 with a modern, luxurious look that is available in two- and four-door options.

Now in its second generation, the X4 is a great choice for a buyer seeking the size of an SUV without sacrificing a sense of youth and fun. Three engine options are available, from the xDrive 30i to the xDrive M40i and all the way to the powerful X4 M† It’s a bit on the pricier side, but for the comfort and features you get, it’s worth checking out.


6 Gas powered: 2022 Aston Martin DBX 707

Sometimes an SUV is just a shape. It will never go off-road, take kids to the football game and probably not take long car rides. For some people this is exactly what they want, and for those for whom money is no object there is the Aston Martin DBX 707. At this price, and not next level with the Rolls Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga and Maybach GLS 600 there are currently three options, the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX. There will also be a Ferrari SUV soon, but right now you have two options.

If the debate is DBX or Urus, the Lamborghini is the way to go, but when Aston Martin added the 707 trim, it became the one to buy. Thanks to the AMG engine, better looks and a more comfortable ride, there are few reasons not to prefer the DBX 707 over the Urus. This is it if you want speed, exclusivity and real extravagance.


5 Hybrid: 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Since its introduction in 1995, the RAV4 . has has never been the fastest or best looking SUV. Still, its consistency, quality, and price have made it a perennial favorite among critics and buyers alike. Its low maintenance costs and excellent fuel economy have made it a bestseller for almost 25 years.

Now Toyota offers the RAV4 with two more options, a gas hybrid and a plug-in version. The Gas Hybrid now hits 40 mpg and the plug-in version has 302 horsepower and the second-highest 0-60 mph in the Toyota range, behind only the Supra GR.

Related: Come On Adventure With Toyota And Their New RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition


4 Hybrid: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Historically, Hyundai vehicles have always been looked down upon or completely ignored. They had a reputation for being bare-bones, low-quality, low-priced cars. Now because of relations with Kia and Genesis, they’ve taken a big step forward to the point where the 2022 Tucson has become a darling of critics.

Since Tucson is offered with a traditional gas engine, a hybrid and an all-electric version, Tucson has caught the attention of buyers looking for an affordable hybrid that can still offer the functionality of an SUV. It still won’t win drag races, but with a price tag of less than $30,000, it’s a great entry into the SUV’s future.

Related: 10 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq

3 Hybrid: 2022 Lexus RX 450h

debuted in 1998, the Lexus RX was one of the first SUVs made by a luxury car brand. Since then, it has become their best-selling car. In 2010, Lexus was in talks with Tesla about the possibility of making an all-electric car, but that never materialized.

The current model comes with both gas and hybrid options in three trim levels. The base model, the F-Sport and the Black Line special edition they all make 308 horsepower, but differ in the options available. They are all AWD with a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. Like all Lexuses, they have a very comfortable ride, a full range of features and athletic styling.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2 Hybrid: 2022 Volvo XC90 Charging

It might come as a surprise to see a Volvo on this list, but when it comes to big electric hybrids, Volvo is the best. Volvo is taking a big step towards all-electric, but until they do, their hybrids are a great stepping stone on the road. The 2022 XC90 T8 has an exciting powertrain. Not only does it have an electric motor, but it also has a turbocharger AND a supercharger.

All that tech is good for 450 horsepower, and the electric motor allows you to drive 30 miles without the help of the gasoline engine. The XC90 can also carry seven passengers in a minimalist Scandinavian cabin. There is no option for leather as Volvo has stopped using animal skins, highlighting its commitment to a cleaner and more conscientious future. You’ll also find all the luxuries you would get on a high-end SUV, such as a high-quality air filter system, a Bowers and Wilkins stereo and a panoramic roof that can tilt open.

Related: Volvo Installs EV Charging Networks at Starbucks Locations

1 Hybrid: 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

If you want to be green, but also want others to be green with envy, go for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. It’s so fast that it takes longer to give the full name than it takes the SUV to reach 100 km/h. Its V8 alone has 541 horsepower, but throw in the extra power from the engine, which adds up to 670 horsepower. It can even reach 83 mph with its electric motor alone.

It has the same styling as other Cayennes, but its brightly colored brake calipers let those in the know know that this one is special. There are not many options for adding one as it comes with almost everything you could want. It can have a little less power than the Aston Martin, but you’ll feel better driving it