There is a lot of talk about 100% electric vehicles coming to market next year, but the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) segment is also experiencing significant growth in 2022.
For many, they are a better option than a fully electric vehicle since they allow us to enjoy a gas-free drive most of the time, but we also don’t have to worry about our range or how far we have to go.
If the battery runs out of charge, the gasoline engine takes over, allowing the owner of a plug-in hybrid to go anywhere as he or she would with a traditional vehicle.
For example, if your plug-in hybrid has 60 kilometers of range and you’re 20 kilometers from the office, you could theoretically drive there and back every weekday without using a drop of gas. On the other hand, on weekends, if you want to go skiing 100 kilometers from home or you’re in Montreal and want to spend time in Quebec City, you don’t have to plan on stopping to charge the vehicle on the way.
Some PHEV owners don’t even buy charging stations at home, preferring to plug into a good old-fashioned 120-volt outlet, which is usually enough to charge the vehicle overnight.
A few years ago, it was difficult to find a PHEV with more than 25 kilometers (15 miles) of 100% electric range. That has changed and today, several models offer 40 (25), 50 (31) or even more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) of range. In addition, several models coming next year promise to offer a much greater range.
Suddenly, there’s choice! Here are the top 10 plug-in hybrids on the market or coming next year with the greatest range. Of course, this list is likely to change over the next few months as many more models make their debut.
2023 Range Rover PHEV – 80 kilometers (50 miles) estimated
Unveiled in late October 2021, the all-new 2022 Range Rover is a new generation of one of the most luxurious full-size SUVs on the market. Among the many new features of the model is a new PHEV version that promises to offer 434 horsepower and, most importantly, 100 kilometers (62 miles) of 100% electric range courtesy of a 38.4 kWh battery. This model is not for everyone’s budget and may not be seen until 2023, but its impressive range deserves to be mentioned here.
2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime – 68 kilometers (42 miles)
The Toyota RAV4 Prime is certainly one of the reasons for the current craze for plug-in hybrids. With an 18.1 kWh battery and 302 horsepower, the RAV4 Prime offers an impressive 68 kilometers (42 miles) of range. It’s also eligible for full federal and provincial rebates, which can save up to $13,000 on the purchase price in Quebec.
The problem with the Toyota RAV4 Prime is that supply can’t keep up with demand, and we’re talking about a two-year wait for the model at the time of writing…
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 65 kilometers (40 miles)
Unveiled in October 2021, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is an all-new generation of the popular Outlander PHEV, the pioneer of compact plug-in hybrid SUVs. All-new with new technologies and most importantly, a larger battery, the 2023 Outlander PHEV is expected to offer between 60 and 70 kilometers (37 and 43 miles) of range. We don’t have official figures for Canada yet.
2021 Ford Escape PHEV – 61 kilometers (37 miles)
The Ford Escape PHEV stands out by offering excellent range and a relatively affordable price. Its 14.4 kWh battery is helped by the fact that the Escape PHEV is not available with all-wheel drive. This means it can go more than 60 kilometers (37 miles), but those who want an all-wheel drive SUV may be disappointed.
2022 Lexus NX450h+ – 61 kilometers (37 miles)
The Lexus NX450h+ arrives on the market in 2022. Brand new to a redesigned Lexus NX lineup, the Lexus NX450h+ essentially offers the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Toyota RAV4 Prime. It’s the most powerful model in the new NX lineup as well, and just about the only attractive option in the compact plug-in hybrid luxury SUV segment at the moment.
2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV – 53 kilometers (33 miles)
This one could be a big hit. With 53 kilometers (33 miles) of range, it’s no match for the Toyota RAV4 Prime, but if Hyundai is able to build a lot of them, many buyers waiting for a RAV4 Prime could turn to the Tucson PHEV. Especially since the Tucson PHEV offers a very modern interior, a lot of equipment and an interesting price, even if it doesn’t get the same discounts as the RAV4 Prime.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV – 51 kilometers (31 miles)
New this year, the 2022 Sorento PHEV offers over 50 kilometers (31 miles) of range and a three-row cabin. It’s the first mid-size SUV to offer a plug-in hybrid engine and could be interesting for families who need space and want to save money at the pump.
2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge – 51 kilometers (31 miles)
The Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid receives significant improvements this year, especially in terms of range. Compared to the 2021 XC60 T8, which only offered about 30 kilometers (19 miles) of range, the new 2022 XC60 Recharge offers nearly double that, in addition to receiving other new features inside.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV – 50 kilometers (31 miles)
Based on the Sorento PHEV, it offers much the same features, but without the third row of seats. It is, however, more spacious than the RAV4 Prime, Tucson PHEV or Ford Escape PHEV.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV – 50 kilometers (31 miles)
The only plug-in hybrid minivan available today, the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV is certainly the most versatile model on this list. It’s front-wheel drive only, but you still get excellent range. Enough to get to field hockey practice without worrying about putting gas in on Sunday morning.
Here are some other models to consider if you’re in the market for a plug-in hybrid.
2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV – 45 kilometers (28 miles)
2022 Audi A7 TFSI e – 42 kilometers (26 miles)
2022 Toyota Prius Prime – 40 kilometers (25 miles)
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe – 40 kilometers (25 miles)
Audi Q5 TSFI e – 37 kilometers (23 miles)
2022 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid – 35 kilometers (22 miles)
2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe – 34 kilometers (21 miles)
2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge – 31 kilometers (19 miles)
2022 BMW X3 xDrive30e – 30 kilometers (19 miles)