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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. ●

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