Shopping for a new hybrid SUV is a great way to maximize interior cargo room while minimizing fuel consumption. For 2011, the lineup of available green machines continues to grow. Review this list of new 2011 Hybrid SUVs to determine which model is right for you.
2011 Audi Q5 Hybrid
Though still not confirmed, Audi has promised the introduction of an all-new Audi Q5 Hybrid SUV. Early rumors suggest a 245-hp engine and up to 40 mpg of combined fuel efficiency. If released, we'll probably see this new luxury entrant in the last half of 2011.
2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X5
After introducing two brand-new hybrid models last year, BMW refuses to rest on its laurels with the introduction of the BMW ActiveHybrid X5. Base price for the new luxury hybrid is set at $79,000.
2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
With an impressive 485 total horsepower, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 set a new benchmark for hybrid power in 2010. For 2011, the luxury sport SUV returns to offer 17 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway (a 40 percent improvement over all-gas X6 models).
2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid serves as the luxury alternative to GM's Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid. The vehicle offers maximum opulence and luxury for a base price around $73,425.
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid gives shoppers a hybrid option that offers seating for eight and the ability to tow more than 6,000 lbs. Given the vehicle's size, 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway makes it an outlier in the SUV class.
2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid has been a top-selling hybrid SUV for the past several years. The new model will return to offer 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. With a base price below $30,000, it is also one of the most affordable hybrid SUVs.
2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid
The GMC Yukon is very similar to the Chevy Tahoe. However, cosmetic differences give the vehicle a slightly more upscale feel. Base MSRP is $51,185.
2011 Lexus RX 450h
The Lexus RX 450h serves as the Lexus brand's sole hybrid SUV option. At $43,235, the auto press views the vehicle as a good balance between luxury and affordability. Combined fuel efficiency is in the range of 30 mpg.
2011 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
The Mazda Tribute is mechanically identical to the Ford Escape Hybrid. Though not available in all states, the Tribute offers a unique cosmetic alternative to the popular Ford hybrid SUV.
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
A base price of $55,870 and combined power of 335 horsepower places the Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid SUV in stiff competition with the Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg Hybrid models. Fuel figures come in at 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
The Mariner Hybrid rounds out the triplet Ford hybrid SUVs (along with Escape and Mazda Tribute). The Mercury Mariner serves as the more upscale, refined model. Fuel efficiency holds strong at 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
Porsche seeks to extend the popularity of its Porsche Cayenne SUV with the introduction of a 333-hp hybrid model. The high-powered crossover is estimated to deliver 28 mpg combined.
2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid provides shoppers with a full-size hybrid SUV option. With three rows of seating, the vehicle is a larger alternative to the Ford Escape Hybrid and other compact SUV models. Base MSRP is $34,900 and mileage suggests 27 mpg city/25 mpg highway.
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
VW raises a few eyebrows with the introduction of a luxury Volkswagen Touareg hybrid SUV. At $60,000, the Touareg is poised to compete with the likes of BMW and Lexus. With an expected 375-hp V-6 engine, vehicle performance should be a high point.