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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Base price $37,500 Highway MPG 200-mile range Ski-trip nicety 55 cubic feet of storage driving with a self-steering system. Jewel-eyed headlamps and 20-inch wheels complete the MDX’s upscale, sporty look.
After experimenting with all-electric models, BMW opted to load its plug-in eDrive hybrid system into its X5 luxury SUV. The company’s “sports activity vehicle,” equipped with all-wheel drive, becomes a 130-mph-rated, 308-horsepower beast that gets 56 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) when running in full-electric mode. A four-cylinder engine helps the X5 cruise efficiently. A full 72.5 cubic feet of storage, selfleveling air suspension, and some impressive nerd tech, including a night-vision monitor,
put it at the top of the hybrid food chain.
Affordable entirely electric motoring looks to have reached a new peak with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, a nearly SUV-size reinterpretation of the newest Volt hybrid. The Bolt, priced at $37,500 before federal or state incentives, promises 200 miles of range, a figure that might be diminished by winter cold—but is still enough to get the five-passenger crossover to your favorite charging-stationequipped resort to refuel while you ski. All that battery capacity gives the Bolt the equivalent of 200 horsepower as well, more than enough to power you to first tracks. ●