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Green Towing: 4 Hybrid and EV SUVs That Pull 5,000 Pounds or More

Hybrids and EVs are slowing becoming more popular. But what if you need your (kinda) fuel-sipping hybrid SUV to also tow? Usually, that’s a deal-breaker. For example, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid can tow but Toyota says that’s limited to about 3,500 lbs. That means you can likely pull a small to medium-sized utility or some kind of a horse trailer.

However, If you’re seeking to purchase a hybrid or EV that can handle the task of towing even more – say a 23-foot camper, there is hope.  Fortunately, there are a handful of models in this segment that can get the job done when there’s towing on the menu.

The hybrids and EVs listed below are all capable of pulling 5,000 pounds or more. They’re presented in alphabetical order.

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

The Explorer recently got a complete makeover. The resulting all-new Ford Explorer is both very similar to the three-row SUV we’ve always loved but also dramatically different. One of the main differences is the addition of a hybrid model. The total driving range is about 450 miles. The rear-wheel-drive version earns an EPA fuel-economy estimate of 29 mpg in combined city and highway driving. That drops to 25 mpg for the hybrid all-wheel-drive version. While the gasoline-only Explorer starts under $35,000, the hybrid is a choice only when you get to the Limited version and that puts the price around $53,000. Still, it’s the least expensive vehicle on this list. Ford says the towing capacity is right at 5,000 lbs. Find a Ford Explorer Hybrid for sale

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

The Aviator is mechanically similar to the Explorer but they’re far from the same vehicle. This new Lincoln is just as luxurious as European brands and is impressive as a total package. The Aviator Grand Touring is actually a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. That means you can drive for about 20 miles on just electricity, then gasoline engine kicks in. It all adds up to a combined EPA rating of 56 MPGe. The twin-turbo engine combined with the electric motor makes 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. Max towing is 6,700 lbs, quite a bit for a luxury hybrid. Price starts just under $70,000 Find a Lincoln Aviator Plug-In Hybrid for sale

2020 Tesla Model X

2020 Tesla Model X

If you’re looking for a midsize luxury SUV with green credentials, it’s hard to beat the Tesla Model X. This electrified hauler offers available three-row seating, a gigantic touchscreen and a cabin design that’s infinitely modern. And since it’s able to travel up to 295 miles between charges (according to EPA estimates), it offers enough driving range to make it a practical choice for most car shoppers. However, towing will decrease the overall range.

The Model X is a star when it comes to towing, and it can pull up to 5,000 pounds. Some owners have tested and exceeded that towing capacity. A Tesla Model X P100D set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle after pulling a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Pricing starts at $82,000. Find a Tesla Model X for sale

2020 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid

2020 Volvo XC90

Volvo has been quietly upping its game, and its current roster features vehicles that are both capable and effortlessly stylish. The XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is one of the standouts in a superb lineup. Its handling is sharp and sure, and its cabin offers a compelling take on Scandinavian elegance. And since it’s a Volvo, this SUV comes with an exhaustive list of active safety features.

The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is capable of pulling up to 5,000 pounds. Pricing starts at $67,000. Find a Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid for sale

Bottom Line

The luxury segment often leads the way in the automotive industry, and this class is home to EVs and hybrids that are at the front of the pack when it comes to towing capability.

If you must have an electrified SUV that tows more than 5,000 lbs, the Ford Explorer Hybrid is the most cost-effective way to do that. The new Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is the best at combining a reasonable luxury SUV price with towing capacity and a plush interior.

Brian Moody
Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More about Brian Moody

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