Those of us who cherish hybrids and EVs do cartwheels at the fact that these vehicles allow us to reduce our planet’s dependence on fossil fuels. We love that these models serve as a window into the future, offering present-day access to a technology that will likely dominate the automotive scene in the years to come.
But one aspect of hybrids and EVs that we aren’t too crazy about is their limited capability when it comes to towing. Almost all vehicles in this class lack the juice to pull a camper or a boat.
If you’re seeking to purchase a hybrid or EV that can handle the task of towing, keep your chin up. 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.
2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne for the 2019 model year. With this changing of the guard, the previous generation’s Cayenne S E-Hybrid has been replaced with a new E-Hybrid variant.
The current Cayenne E-Hybrid continues in the grand Porsche tradition by offering superb handling and an exquisitely crafted cabin. And it’s a powerhouse when it comes to towing. This hybrid SUV can pull up to 7,700 pounds.
Pricing starts at $79,900.
2019 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.
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.
2019 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid
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.
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.
Clearly, the price of admission for one of these new vehicles isn’t cheap. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll be able to get a much more affordable deal by purchasing one of these towing titans on the used market.