You don't have to be stoned in the town square for buying a gas guzzling SUV anymore. Luxury makers have responded to the outcry from the public to deliver luxury SUV hybrids. The list is still rather on the skimpy side with only a hand full of true luxury SUV hybrids out there, but make no mistake, they are here, and they are most definitely luxurious.
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
A Porsche hybrid is the one a lot of people are talking about. Many people would argue the fact that Porsche owners don't need to worry about fuel costs, but having luxury, performance and an eco-friendly engine makes for a soon-to-be very hot seller. Expect the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid to hit showrooms late 2010 as a 2011 model. With a projected highway mileage of 24 miles per gallon compared to its non-hybrid sibling, the Cayenne S, which only achieves 13 city and 19 highway, this car should be well worth the wait.
BMW X6 Hybrid
Take a crossover SUV add and electric motor and you have yourself a winner. The 2010 BMW X6 Hybrid will most likely boast a V8 hybrid engine. This is another vehicle that is still in the works to be released. BMW projects to have it on the road in late 2010 with a price tag of around $90,000. Estimated MPG are still not available. Visit your local BMW dealer for more information.
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
This is by far the most extravagant of the Luxury SUV Hybrids. Getting 20mpg city and 21 highway, you won't be saving the environment, but you will be improving from the 16 mpg the non-hybrid Cadillac Escalade gets. With a price tag of $85,000 (Platinum Edition) as of 2009, you get DVDs in the headrest, LED headlight trimming and everything in between to keep up appearances while still doing your part for the environment (or at least look like you are).
Mercedes-Benz ML 450 Hybrid
Another vehicle to look out for in 2010 is the ML 450 hybrid, another large family friendly SUV jumping into the hybrid world. Getting 21mpg city/24mpg highway, beating out its smaller brother, the ML350, at 15mpg city/20mpg highway. Safe, beautiful European lines make this a great choice in the luxury SUV segment.
The Lexus RX400H is a mid-size luxury SUV hybrid that offers a bit of everything for everyone. Getting 27mpg city/24mpg highway makes it one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in its segment.