Aerospace and automotive industries are eager on introducing hybrid metal matrix composites in their components due to their excellent mechanical and physical properties, leading to reduction in the weight of structural components and energy requirement for propelling. Components made by hybrid metal matrix composite (based on Aluminum alloy reinforced with single wall and multi wall carbon nanotubes, Graphene and ceramic particles) required secondary operations to enhance the dimensional tolerance and surface finish. Machining operations generally requires minimum tool wear rate and good surface finish with lowest energy requirement. Hard metal, ceramic and oxide reinforcements in the composite increase the tool wear and machining cost. To improve tool life and increase the metal removal rate significant care is needed for the selection of optimum cutting parameters and cutting conditions. This review focuses on the influence of reinforcement particle's types, shape, size and volume fractions on the machinability issues like the cutting force, tool wear, chip formation and surface roughness. Further, the role of various cutting parameters like cutting speed, feed, depth of cut and tool material, tool geometry and cutting conditions during turning of hybrid metal matrix composites are critically reviewed. Â© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.