Best Crossover SUVs for 2024

By: James Diaz | May 25, 2024

As the ideal blend of sedan and SUV, crossovers continue to captivate drivers seeking versatility, comfort, and performance. In 2024, the choices are more impressive than ever, with automakers presenting an array of models boasting updated technology, advanced safety features, and improved fuel efficiency. We’ll delve into the specs, driving dynamics, and overall value of each standout crossover SUV this year. Whether you’re a city commuter, an adventurous spirit, or a family-oriented driver, our guide will navigate you to your perfect crossover SUV match.

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

MotoPickers Rating: 7.6/10

The compact SUV arena is brimming with intense competition, as automakers vie for your attention like the ultimate Black Friday doorbuster. In the fray is the 2024 Hyundai Tucson – larger than the Kona but smaller than Santa Fe – locking horns with stalwarts like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue. The Tucson boasts exceptional comfort, an attractive warranty, and unbeatable value, available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid for added fuel efficiency. Last year, Hyundai revamped the Tucson, adding eye-catching aesthetics, an upgraded cabin, and cutting-edge tech to its arsenal. For 2024, Hyundai has tinkered with Tucson’s feature offerings and introduced a rugged new XRT trim.

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Despite minor shortcomings, the 2024 Tucson remains a highly compelling option in its segment. The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid truly justifies its striking appearance. This compact SUV offers impressive fuel economy, a plush ride, and a plethora of standard tech features. Its polished hybrid powertrain even boasts swift acceleration in our tests. The Tucson Hybrid exceeds expectations for its price point and outshines rivals by a considerable margin.

2024 Hyundai Palisade

MotoPickers Rating: 7.6/10

First impressions matter, and Hyundai certainly knew this when they launched the 2020 three-row Palisade SUV. Instantly capturing attention with its practicality in accommodating passengers, cargo, and luxury, the Palisade, alongside its cousin, the Kia Telluride, shook up the three-row midsize SUV landscape. For 2024, Hyundai’s flagship SUV evolves further, warranting more than just a first glance. Sporting a revamped front-end design that aligns closely with the automaker’s other models, the Palisade now boasts a bolder grille, reminiscent of the styling seen on the Santa Fe and Tucson, but with a touch of finesse.

2024 Hyundai Palisade

The LED daytime running lights and headlight clusters are also more seamlessly integrated into the front bumper and grille. The relatively newcomer to the three-row crossover SUV market, the Palisade has quickly become one of our favorites, offering impressive value, comfort, and capability. Only minor drawbacks, namely the average handling and fuel efficiency, mar this otherwise well-rounded SUV package.

2024 Mazda CX-5

MotoPickers Rating: 7.7/10

Occupying a prime spot in our rankings for years, the Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV that comfortably seats five passengers. Boasting an upscale interior and exceptional driving dynamics at a competitive price, it’s no wonder the CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling model. However, the brand’s direction for this popular SUV is in question following the introduction of the CX-50. Featuring similar dimensions and targeting a more adventurous clientele, the CX-50 joins the CX-30, CX-70, and CX-90, leaving the CX-5’s role uncertain. Despite its slightly limited rear passenger space, cargo capacity, and fuel efficiency, the Mazda CX-5 maintains its title as one of the class’s top contenders for those seeking a sophisticated and versatile small SUV.

2024 Mazda CX-5

2024 Kia EV6

MotoPickers Rating: 7.7/10

As the electric vehicle uprising progresses, there’s an abundance of fantastic options to explore. For those seeking a balance of style and performance in an all-wheel-drive electric SUV, the 2024 Kia EV6 proves to be a worthy contender. Sporting a suave exterior and agile handling, the EV6 delivers up to 310 miles on a single charge, as per EPA estimates. 2024 witnesses the arrival of the highly-anticipated GT model, claiming the crown of the most potent production vehicle in Kia’s history with its 576 horsepower and ability to sprint to 60 mph in a staggering 3.4 seconds.

2024 Kia EV6

While the base Light trim has been discontinued, the previously mid-range Wind trim remains our recommendation for the majority. The Kia EV6 deserves attention from those seeking an electric SUV that offers driving pleasure, with its abundant power, responsive steering, and balanced handling. However, if a comfortable ride or ample cargo space is your priority, there are superior alternatives available.

2024 Kia Telluride

MotoPickers Rating: 7.7/10

The Kia Telluride stands unrivaled as the top three-row SUV in the market today. Since its launch in 2020, the Telluride has consistently wowed us. What sets it apart from its competitors is its exceptional ride comfort, opulent cabin, and third-row seating spacious enough for adults. Additionally, the Telluride offers excellent value for money with its extensive features and generous warranty. For the 2024 model, Kia introduces two new subtrims to the lineup: the X-Line and X-Pro, which enhance the ruggedness of certain existing trims.

2024 Kia Telluride

The X-Line is available for the EX, SX, and SX Prestige, while the X-Pro is exclusive to the SX and SX Prestige. Essentially, the Telluride is an outstanding three-row SUV, boasting a serene, premium interior, cutting-edge technology, ample standard features, spacious third-row seating, and an enjoyable driving experience. Though not without minor flaws, the Kia Telluride remains a top choice for a three-row crossover SUV.

2024 Mazda CX-30

MotoPickers Rating: 7.7/10

The 2024 Mazda CX-30 emerges as an exceptionally compact crossover SUV, boasting top-tier driving dynamics and luxury within its segment. Launched in 2020, the CX-30 comfortably nestles between the more compact Mazda CX-3 and the roomier CX-5 and CX-50. It delivers a driving experience akin to a hatchback, sharing numerous components and characteristics with the Mazda 3. With its agile handling and optional turbocharged engine, the CX-30 offers pure driving pleasure, complemented by an opulent interior that rivals seldom possess.

2024 Mazda CX-30

The 2024 model features subtle enhancements, primarily in terms of the base 2.5-litre engine’s improved fuel efficiency, upping the EPA’s combined driving estimate by a noteworthy 3 mpg, and a 5 horsepower boost. The added power may be imperceptible, but the increased fuel economy mitigates prior concerns. Mazda’s turbocharged engine option remains, albeit limited to the costly 2.5 Turbo Premium and Premium Plus trims. The CX-30 is a sleek, sporty addition to the ultra-compact SUV category, flaunting an attention-grabbing exterior, an array of standard equipment, comfortable driving dynamics and ample storage space. Despite a premium price tag, it provides exceptional value for money.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5

MotoPickers Rating: 7.8/10

Entering its sophomore year, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 continues to thrive with only minor tweaks to its winning formula. This chic, retro-styled electric crossover SUV, which joined forces with the smaller Kona Electric, is set to launch its sedan sibling, the Ioniq 6, later this year. Beneath the eye-catching exterior, the Ioniq 5 boasts comfort, engaging driving dynamics, and an abundance of cutting-edge technology. Some variants even offer a remarkable EPA-estimated range exceeding 300 miles. The 2024 update includes a standard battery heating system across all models and a newly introduced battery preconditioning function for faster charging.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Towing capacity also increases to 2,300 pounds for models equipped with the larger extended-range battery. All-wheel-drive models now have an estimated range of 266 miles and exhibit slightly enhanced efficiency. Those yearning for an N-branded performance variant of the Ioniq 5 may need to wait until the 2024 model year. Despite not reaching the range of rival Tesla Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E models, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 remains a charming and enticing electric SUV.

2024 Hyundai Tucson

MotoPickers Rating: 7.8/10

In the fiercely competitive compact SUV arena, automakers vie for your attention much like the most coveted doorbuster deals on Black Friday. Among the challengers is the 2024 Hyundai Tucson, which slots between the smaller Kona and the larger Santa Fe. Its main rivals include heavy-hitters like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue. Standout features encompass plush comfort, an attractive warranty, and unbeatable value for money. Plus, eco-conscious buyers can opt for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid Tucson to save on fuel.

2024 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai gave the Tucson a comprehensive makeover last year, incorporating avant-garde styling, a refreshed cabin, and cutting-edge tech. For 2024, the automaker has tweaked feature availability and introduced the outdoorsy XRT trim. While the Tucson isn’t without its shortcomings, it remains a strong contender in the segment. Boasting exceptional value, a smooth ride, and impressive tech offerings, the Hyundai Tucson impresses further with its upscale cabin and generous cargo area. However, its underpowered engine struggles to keep up in faster traffic. Despite this, the Tucson remains a well-crafted compact SUV.

2024 Kia Soul

MotoPickers Rating: 7.8/10

A decade ago, we witnessed a surge in quirky, boxy compact hatchbacks. Car shoppers had various options, such as the Scion xB, Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, and the more SUV-esque Honda Element. Fast forward to today, and the Kia Soul remains the sole survivor, but its recent 2024 refresh slightly mutes its eccentric charm. Launched in 2020, the third-gen Soul revitalized the cubic hatch concept with modernized design, an unpretentious cabin equipped with singular design touches, and a generous roster of standard features.

2024 Kia Soul

However, the 2024 refresh is a mixed bag. The unique slender headlights are replaced with bulkier, customary lamps, and the sporty GT-Line Turbo trim, along with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, has been dropped. Nonetheless, the Kia Soul remains a strong contender, with its spacious cabin, generous cargo space, engaging handling, and a user-friendly continuously variable automatic transmission. Despite minor drawbacks, this compact SUV ranks among the best in its class.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV

MotoPickers Rating: 7.8/10

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 redesign earned high praise as a top-tier three-row midsize SUV, although its limited interior and cargo space eventually fell behind newer, more spacious models like the Kia Telluride and Volkswagen Atlas. Now, Mazda is back in the game with the all-new 2024 CX-90, poised to reclaim its leading position. Similar in size to the outgoing CX-9, the CX-90 boasts a 7.5-inch longer wheelbase, optimizing passenger and luggage room. Building upon the CX-9’s exceptional quality, the CX-90 elevates luxury to rival entry-level premium SUVs.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV

The turbocharged inline-six engine ensures powerful and silky acceleration, complemented by standard all-wheel drive and an optional plug-in hybrid with an estimated 26 miles of electric range per single charge. Exuding undeniable luxury, the Mazda CX-90 excels in its class with agile handling and swift speed. While the third-row space and cargo area remain slightly limited, the CX-90 is highly recommended for those seeking a feature-rich three-row SUV.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E

MotoPickers Rating: 7.9/10

A decade ago, if you’d asked us what other type of vehicle the esteemed Mustang badge might appear on, we’d never have predicted an all-electric SUV. Yet, here we are with the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E – an electrified SUV embracing many design elements from the legendary Mustang coupe while providing a sporty drive worthy of its equine emblem. Although other EVs may deliver better performance or greater range, few strike such a harmonious balance as the Mach-E. This sleek Ford SUV boasts up to 314 miles of range and sprints to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds when fitted with all-wheel drive. Moreover, it’s a joy to drive around town, thanks to its bump-smoothing suspension and superbly quiet cabin.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E

It’s a Mustang! It’s an SUV! It’s the all-electric Ford Mach-E! Our expectations were uncertain when we learned Ford was concocting an electric Mustang SUV, but now we’re undoubtedly thrilled it exists. Sporting a dynamic drive, zero-emission output, and futuristic over-the-air software updates on a massive central touchscreen, the Mach-E drives and appears like a true car of the future.

2024 Honda CR-V

MotoPickers Rating: 7.9/10

The Honda CR-V has long been a reliable staple in the compact crossover market since its debut in 1997. Renowned for its roominess, enjoyable driving experience, user-friendliness, and fuel efficiency, the CR-V has consistently been a top pick for many. The 2024 model sees a comprehensive redesign, sporting fresh bodywork and a revamped interior while maintaining the attributes that make it a favorite. Honda ups the ante by increasing the size of this latest iteration, extending the wheelbase by 1.6 inches for more rear legroom.

2024 Honda CR-V

Cargo space remains ample, with both the traditional and hybrid models offering an impressive 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats or 76.5 cubic feet when they’re folded down. Ideal for families, the new CR-V successfully maintains its strengths, such as a smooth ride, advanced tech features, and generous storage. However, with rival models having also upped their game, the CR-V is now a strong contender rather than an undisputed champion in the segment.

2024 Hyundai Kona

MotoPickers Rating: 7.9/10

Priced reasonably, the Kona shines as a subcompact SUV and stands as one of our top choices for petite crossovers. Boasting value-packed features, an urban-friendly size, and brisk acceleration courtesy of two potential powertrains, the small wonder underwent a facelift in 2022, sporting revamped exterior design, a boosted turbocharged engine, and the introduction of a zesty N variant. Thanks to these major improvements, tweaks for the 2024 model are minimal. While it has its shortcomings, such as a lackluster base engine and a cabin strewn with rigid plastics, these minor flaws are easily overlooked in the bigger picture.

2024 Hyundai Kona

Although the Kona is a strong contender in the extra-small SUV segment, it’s worth exploring other options like the Volkswagen Taos, Chevy Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30, and Buick Encore GX. Despite a solid turbo engine option, nimble handling, and an impressive feature list, the Kona isn’t a clear winner owing to its limited cargo space and plastic-ridden interior.

2024 Ford Bronco Sport

MotoPickers Rating: 8.0/10

For years, car enthusiasts eagerly anticipated the return of Ford’s iconic Bronco SUV, and in 2021, they were treated to not just one, but two new models: the larger, truck-inspired Bronco and the compact Bronco Sport. The former stays true to the adventurous spirit of its predecessors from the ’60s to the ’90s, while the latter offers a condensed version of this experience in a smaller crossover body. Built on the Ford Escape platform, the Bronco Sport might not be as formidable off-road as its bigger sibling, but it’s an ideal choice for those seeking a versatile compact SUV with a touch of trail prowess.

2024 Ford Bronco Sport

With standard all-wheel drive, impressive ground clearance, and specialized traction settings, you’re well-equipped to explore the great outdoors. Its spacious interior and easy-to-clean cargo area add to the Bronco Sport’s practical appeal. While this compact crossover excels in off-road capability, technology, and functionality, it falls short in areas such as ride comfort, rear passenger space, and agile handling, where its competitors have long excelled.

2024 Mazda CX-90

MotoPickers Rating: 8.0/10

The Mazda CX-9’s last revamp in 2016 propelled it to the top of our preferred midsize SUVs, flaunting three-row seating. However, its limited interior and cargo dimensions gradually became a drawback, as more spacious competitors like the Kia Telluride and Volkswagen Atlas emerged. Mazda now seeks redemption with the all-new 2024 CX-90, a worthy successor to the earlier flagship model, boasting a 7.5-inch longer wheelbase to enhance passenger and storage capacity. The CX-90 deftly builds on the opulence of its predecessor’s interiors and offers an experience commensurate with entry-level luxury SUVs.

2024 Mazda CX-90

A turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine ensures seamless and robust acceleration, while the inclusion of all-wheel drive provides extra options for buyers – including a plug-in hybrid variant with a 26-mile electric range on a single charge. The CX-90 exudes luxury, boasts sharp handling and swift acceleration, making it a top contender in its class, despite its slightly cramped third-row space and cargo hold. For those exploring three-row SUVs, the Mazda CX-90 comes highly recommended.

2024 Mazda CX-9

MotoPickers Rating: 8.0/10

For 2024, the Mazda CX-9 continues its reign as the largest three-row midsize SUV in Mazda’s family, sitting just above the recently launched CX-50. As the all-new CX-90 steadily approaches, the CX-9’s future may be uncertain. However, this year’s model retains its place in the fray. Sporting only minor updates, the most noteworthy change is the elimination of the entry-level Sport trim, leaving the formerly second-tier Touring as the most affordable offering. Consequently, the starting price of the CX-9 is marginally higher compared to other three-row SUV competitors. Yet, it delivers a generously-equipped and aesthetically pleasing package.

2024 Mazda CX-9

Features such as standard all-wheel drive and an enhanced infotainment system have helped this Mazda stay abreast in a fiercely contested segment. Known for its stylish design and exhilarating driving experience, the CX-9 comes tantalizingly close to rivaling luxury marques with its top-notch interior. Nevertheless, it somewhat misses the mark in terms of cargo space, flexibility, and third-row comfort, which could be deal-breakers for many midsize-SUV enthusiasts – and the reason it isn’t ranked higher.

2024 Kia Seltos

MotoPickers Rating: 8.0/10

The Kia Seltos seems to be experiencing a case of middle-child syndrome, overshadowed by its more prominent Kia brethren. On one side, its price point is higher than the quirky and eye-catching Kia Soul. On the other, the all-new Kia Sportage commands attention with its sharp, bold design that is set to influence the brand’s future lineup. However, the Seltos’ position in the family isn’t the only reason buyers might overlook it.

2024 Kia Seltos

While the Seltos boasts impressive cargo space and a unique aesthetic, its front seats could use enhancements for better long-distance comfort. It also falls short in delivering an exhilarating driving experience on winding roads, with even the optional turbocharged engine feeling somewhat sluggish from a standstill. Despite these drawbacks, the stylish and spacious Kia Seltos, packed with cutting-edge technology and safety features, warrants a closer look. Make sure to compare it with other popular contenders like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and Mazda CX-30 before making a decision.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

MotoPickers Rating: 8.1/10

Historically, Jeep had little to entice buyers seeking a three-row SUV, but this has altered in recent years with the debut of the mighty Wagoneer and the Grand Cherokee L. Measuring a foot longer than its two-row counterpart, the Grand Cherokee L utilizes this additional space by incorporating a third row. This adventurous SUV, which seats up to seven occupants, could be your ideal 2024 ride. We appreciate the Grand Cherokee L as a commendable three-row SUV option, particularly for those who envisage embarking on off-road excursions or hauling hefty trailers. Boasting ample room for passengers across all rows and significantly outperforming rivals in off-road and towing abilities, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is not without its flaws. Its on-road behavior falls short, making it a less practical three-row SUV compared to some competitors.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

MotoPickers Rating: 8.1/10

Technically positioned as a compact SUV, the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe stands out with its slightly larger dimensions, bridging the gap between small and midsize SUVs. However, some competitors within its class offer greater passenger and cargo capacity, better affordability, agility, and fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, the Santa Fe Hybrid sets an impressive benchmark, achieving 34 mpg combined – a noteworthy 9 mpg improvement over the standard model – without a significant price hike. Bolstered by Hyundai’s generous features and warranty package, the Santa Fe Hybrid presents a persuasive proposition. Shoppers will no doubt be drawn to the 2024 model, yet the Kia Sportage Hybrid remains our top-rated SUV in this segment. We also recommend exploring the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape hybrids, which offer intelligently-designed packaging, enhanced fuel economy, and potential savings both upfront and in the long run.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

MotoPickers Rating: 8.1/10

The Hyundai Santa Fe has long been a favored midsize SUV with a solid reputation. A few years back, it lacked character; however, the 2021 model received a facelift with a revamped grille and refreshed interior. While not quite as distinctive as its edgy sibling, the Hyundai Tucson, the Santa Fe boasts an attractive and roomy crossover that’s enjoyable to drive. With a generous list of features and impressive acceleration provided by the optional turbocharged engine, the Santa Fe offers excellent value. Nonetheless, competitors like the Honda Passport, Subaru Outback, and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are also worth considering. Beyond its remarkable acceleration and fuel economy, this SUV also offers a luxurious experience at a competitive price point, complete with ample cabin space and a silky-smooth ride.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

MotoPickers Rating: 8.1/10

The Honda CR-V has long been a staple in the compact crossover world since its debut in 1997, consistently earning praise for its roomy interior, enjoyable driving experience, user-friendly design, and fuel efficiency. Now, the 2024 model gets a complete makeover, sporting updates from bodywork to cabin, while retaining the best features of its predecessor. With size being paramount even in a compact SUV, Honda has expanded the latest CR-V, stretching the wheelbase by 1.6 inches for increased rear legroom. Cargo space remains competitive, and notably, the hybrid variant now matches the regular model with an impressive maximum of 39.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats or 76.5 cubic feet when they’re folded down.

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The refreshed Honda CR-V maintains its status as a top choice for family-friendly small SUVs, offering a smooth ride, advanced tech features, and ample storage. However, rivals have also evolved, meaning the CR-V, while a strong contender, is no longer the undisputed champion of its category.

2024 Chevrolet Traverse

In today’s automotive world, a vehicle must surpass expectations to achieve success. Merely ticking boxes no longer cuts it, regardless of a car’s capabilities. When the current-generation Chevrolet Traverse launched in 2018, terms like “distinctly average” and “clumsy” were used to characterize it. From the outset, it faced an uphill battle, and the substantial makeover it underwent last year scarcely elevated its status.

2024 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse essentially mirrors its predecessor, and while we acknowledge its brisk acceleration, user-friendly infotainment, and generous passenger and cargo capacity, these qualities fall short of matching its adversaries. Hindered by limited rear visibility and an interior laden with excessive hard plastic, the Traverse appears and feels out of its depth amid rivals boasting near-luxury standards. To compound matters, segment frontrunners offer more features and superior interiors at lower price points. The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse showcases commendable attributes, such as a roomy cabin and potent V6, yet it’s eclipsed by numerous formidable contenders in the midsize three-row SUV market.

2024 Cadillac Lyriq

The Cadillac Lyriq marks the brand’s debut in the electric vehicle arena. Although categorized as a compact SUV, its elongated dimensions evoke a modern, low-profile station wagon. Employing General Motors’ cutting-edge EV technology, the initial Lyriq models boast a 100kW battery pack fueling a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. This configuration yields an impressive 340 horsepower and an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles. A dual-motor Lyriq with all-wheel drive and an estimated 500 hp is also in the works. Although not revolutionary, these specs are on par with rival luxury EVs. Inside the Lyriq, occupants are greeted with an opulent interior featuring a blend of leather, wood, and metal.

2024 Cadillac LYRIQ

The spacious front seats offer ample comfort, while a striking 33-inch curved screen dominates the dashboard. Only the climate control switches utilize physical buttons in this minimalist cabin. Additionally, the Lyriq comes standard with GM’s Super Cruise, a hands-free highway driving assist system. Our brief acquaintance with the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq left us craving more, as it promises a luxurious experience at a competitive price point, coupled with an ambitious range and battery offering. While there’s room for improvement in its driving dynamics, we eagerly await a full performance and range assessment in the near future.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A perennial favorite in the compact SUV segment, Toyota’s RAV4 has consistently won over customers with its spacious interior, comfortable ride, and steadfast brand loyalty. Now, the 2024 RAV4 Hybrid aims to strengthen its position by offering even greater fuel efficiency without sacrificing practicality or enjoyment. Key enhancements for 2024 include a revamped center touchscreen and digital instrument cluster boasting crisper graphics, improved voice command functionality, and wireless software updates – all achievable without visiting a dealership. Furthermore, the Woodland Edition trim makes its debut within the RAV4 Hybrid range.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Based on the XLE model, this rugged upgrade sports bronze-hued wheels, elevated roof rails, all-terrain tires, and a custom-tuned suspension for better shock absorption. While the RAV4 Hybrid guarantees ample cabin space and remarkable fuel savings, minor trade-offs in driving dynamics and interior quality are worth noting. Overall, its versatility and inclusion in a select group of hybrid SUVs make it an attractive choice, despite sharing some of the regular RAV4’s limitations when compared to rival compact crossovers.

2024 Subaru Forester

As one of the pioneers in the compact crossover SUV category, the Subaru Forester first made its mark in the late 90s, quickly becoming one of the brand’s top-selling vehicles. With its renowned all-wheel-drive setup and ample ground clearance, it has cemented its place as an ideal choice for those residing in frosty regions, adeptly handling light off-roading adventures. The Forester is part of Subaru’s quartet of SUVs, which includes the more compact Crosstrek, the Outback, and the spacious three-row Ascent.

2024 Subaru Forester

The 2024 Forester builds upon the numerous enhancements made in its 2022 predecessor, chiefly focusing on fine-tuning its safety systems and expanding the forward-looking camera’s viewpoint. Additionally, the Wilderness variant now boasts a larger infotainment screen as standard equipment. Although the Forester’s acceleration might leave something to be desired, this crossover SUV nonetheless impresses with its hearty demeanor, cozy interiors, and competitive collection of features, all at an attractive price point.

2024 Nissan Rogue

As Nissan’s top-selling model, the Nissan Rogue undoubtedly dominates the compact SUV market with its head-turning appeal. A recent makeover has propelled the once-dull Rogue into the spotlight, trading in its uninspiring exteriors for attractive styling and a tech-savvy cabin. Boasting a modern digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay, and the sophisticated ProPilot Assist suite, the 2024 Rogue keeps up its pizzazz with subtle updates. The alluring Midnight Edition package embellishes the Rogue SV with black-painted wheels and accents, while the SL and Platinum models welcome Amazon Alexa compatibility. Retaining its practicality, fuel-efficiency, and generous standard features, the latest Rogue is an impressive all-rounder. However, it lags behind rivals in cabin noise, ride comfort, and aging infotainment offerings.

2024 Nissan Rogue

2024 Mazda CX-50

Introducing the 2024 Mazda CX-50, a fresh addition to the compact SUV market, set to coexist with the current CX-5. Although it may seem peculiar to have two such similar SUVs contesting the same segment, the distinctions between them are substantial enough to warrant their simultaneous presence. The CX-50 sports an edgier exterior, characterized by pronounced fenders and a sleeker grille design. Thankfully, its rugged appearance isn’t merely superficial, as the CX-50 boasts superior off-roading prowess and towing capabilities compared to the CX-5 and numerous other competitors.

2024 Mazda CX-50

The ingenious off-road drive mode, which seamlessly unites steering and traction control, accounts for much of its adventurous nature. Additionally, the CX-50 offers a ground clearance ranging between 8.3 and 8.6 inches, rivaling the nature-loving Subaru Forester at 8.7 inches. For those seeking added off-road finesse, the CX-50 Meridian Edition comes equipped with all-terrain tires. When it comes to the driving experience, the CX-50 is the cream of the crop, offering a luxurious and roomy interior, along with agile performance.

2024 Honda Pilot

When the third-generation Honda Pilot hit the scene in 2016, we were instantly smitten by its outstanding ride quality, posh cabin, and ingenious storage solutions – making it our top pick among three-row crossover SUVs. Fast forward a few years, however, and the Kia Telluride (along with its Hyundai Palisade sibling) snatched the throne. Undeterred, Honda regrouped and upped their game in the all-new 2024 Pilot. Addressing previous limitations, the Japanese automaker elongated both the wheelbase and overall length, creating extra room for passengers, especially in the rear two rows, while accommodating bulky child seats with ease.

2024 Honda Pilot

Redesigned exterior and interior styling give the Pilot a contemporary, rugged appearance, shedding its former curves. Plus, the exciting new Pilot TrailSport spices things up with some bona fide off-road enhancements. Regrettably, the revamped Pilot trails its rivals in terms of third-row space, cargo capacity, and cutting-edge tech. While it’s undoubtedly comfortable and roomy for those up-front, some competitors provide more value for your hard-earned cash.

2024 Honda Passport

Are you in search of more room than a standard compact SUV but have no use for a third seating row? The 2024 Honda Passport could be the perfect match for your needs. Nestled between Honda’s smaller CR-V and the larger, three-row Pilot, the Passport is essentially a more compact, two-row iteration of the Pilot, and it currently tops our list in this category. With its enhanced off-roading capabilities—thanks to last year’s TrailSport trim addition—and a refreshed aesthetic, the 2024 Honda Passport tops the two-row midsize SUV competition, including Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

2024 Honda Passport

This year, it gains an edge with standard all-wheel drive throughout the range, ending the front-wheel-drive option for the base EX-L. However, the Passport isn’t flawless. It features a handful of driver-assist technologies that aren’t always optimally integrated, but the benefits far outweigh any minor glitches. Discover more about our top pick below. The Honda Passport stands out as a highly adaptable SUV, boasting a sporty design, impressive performance, a smooth ride, ample cargo space, reasonable fuel efficiency, and numerous standard features. Its excellent smartphone integration and abundant internal storage make it an exceptional choice for drivers.

2024 Buick Enclave

The 2024 Buick Enclave positions itself as a midsize three-row SUV offering comfortable seating for seven passengers. Garnering accolades for its roomy interior, abundant cargo capacity, smooth ride, and extensive list of standard amenities, the Enclave underwent a revamp in 2022, incorporating contemporary design elements, cabin enhancements, and additional standard tech features. Consequently, the 2024 model presents only slight modifications. Straddling the line between luxury and non-luxury three-row SUVs, the Enclave faces stiff competition from the likes of the remarkable Hyundai Palisade and chic Mazda CX-9, both of which are more budget-friendly. On the other hand, lavish options such as the Acura MDX and Lincoln Navigator provide an opulent experience for a marginally higher cost.

2024 Buick Enclave

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

For 2024, the Jeep Grand Cherokee emerges as a revitalized midsize SUV with two seating rows. Taking design cues from its upscale sibling, the Grand Wagoneer, it sports a refreshed exterior and revamped interior for the 2022 edition. Inside, Jeep’s cutting-edge Uconnect 5 infotainment system takes pride of place, flanked by a modern digital gauge cluster and an optional extra display for the front passenger. While the V6 and V8 engines have been retained from the previous variant, the lineup now includes the plug-in hybrid 4xe. This eco-conscious addition lends an impressive all-electric range of 25 miles before the four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in. Plus, its 375-horsepower output and 470 lb-ft of torque outshine even the mightiest V8 on offer.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The rugged Trailhawk is now exclusively paired with the 4xe hybrid powertrain. Boasting comfort, ample space, class-leading towing, and genuine off-road prowess, the Grand Cherokee garners high praise. Its well-engineered driving aids further enhance safety and ease of driving. However, its value proposition falls short: the Grand Cherokee comes with less standard equipment than competitors and its price tag drifts into luxury territory when fully loaded.

2024 Kia Sorento

In search of a compact SUV with the ability to carry six or more passengers? Look no further than the 2024 Kia Sorento, featuring third-row seating—a rare find among small SUV models. Nestled between the five-seater Sportage and the larger Telluride, the Sorento offers a perfect balance of space, accommodating up to seven passengers in a snug arrangement. Boasting an array of standard features, such as wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane keeping assist, and numerous USB charging ports, this Kia model is dressed to impress.

2024 Kia Sorento

Fear not about sacrificing coziness in the second row—the Sorento delivers surprising spaciousness, with even the rear-most seats aptly comfortable for adults, albeit slightly tricky to access. Sporting a remarkable blend of quality, practicality, and performance options, the all-new Sorento presents itself as a highly appealing choice for those seeking a versatile compact SUV. The only possible downfall could be the somewhat costly price tag of the top-tier model.

2024 Kia Sportage

Perception may not be everything, but it certainly plays a significant role. Kia has long been regarded as a value-focused automaker, but with value often comes the stigma of cheapness. To counter this, Kia has focused on delivering exceptional design, cutting-edge technology, and clever packaging at a competitive price point. The Kia Sportage, their compact crossover SUV, squares off against class-leading rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4. In this crowded market, it’s easy for the Sportage to get overshadowed. However, the Kia Sportage sets itself apart with a smooth driving experience, generous seating space, and an expansive rear cargo area. Added to this, it boasts attractive tech features and advanced driver assistance systems. The only notable drawbacks of the Sportage are its lackluster acceleration and disappointing fuel efficiency.

2024 Kia Sportage

2024 Subaru Outback

The 2024 Subaru Outback effortlessly merges the benefits of a wagon and an SUV, delivering a highly versatile vehicle as a result. While its wagon-like contours don’t offer as much cargo capacity as some competing midsize SUVs, it compensates with a lower roofline for more straightforward loading. When it comes to SUV features, standard all-wheel drive and notable ground clearance are perfect for off-road adventures or tackling harsh weather conditions. For 2024, the Outback gets a subtle cosmetic update, sporting new plastic cladding beneath the headlights and around the wheel arches, resembling last year’s Wilderness trim.

2024 Subaru Outback

Interestingly, the Wilderness trim itself remains virtually unchanged. In-car technology also gets a boost, with an upgraded infotainment system allowing wireless smartphone connectivity to the central 11.6-inch touchscreen, eliminating the need for a USB cable. Moreover, the Onyx Edition now offers a choice between the base or turbo engine, with the latter being renamed the Onyx Edition XT. As before, it’s the most budget-friendly turbo variant in the range. The Outback provides all the SUV functionality without the pretense, blending a station wagon’s practicality, comfort, drivability, and excellent visibility with an SUV’s elevated ground clearance, smooth ride, and all-weather confidence. While it isn’t flawless, its strengths certainly outweigh its weaknesses.

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

For those seeking a more substantial SUV with fuel-saving capabilities, the options may seem scarce in the realm of midsize, three-row, hybrid vehicles. Fear not, as the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is here to cater to your needs. Boasting an impressive 36 mpg for combined city and highway driving, this gem outshines competitors like the smaller Kia Sorento Hybrid and the pricier Ford Explorer Hybrid. With a sensible price point in comparison to its non-hybrid sibling, the Highlander Hybrid allows for potential savings of up to $900 annually within just nine months. Built upon the solid groundwork of the standard Highlander, this eco-friendly variant doesn’t compromise on performance, agility, or interior space. Although the third-row seating is on the smaller side for this category, the Highlander Hybrid remains an outstanding choice in the limited market of three-row hybrid SUVs.

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2024 Toyota RAV4

Continuously topping the charts, the Toyota RAV4 remains a popular choice for SUV enthusiasts, thanks to the unbeatable combination of Toyota’s reliability and its well-crafted design. This compact SUV boasts a spacious cabin, a smooth ride, and user-friendly tech features. Its wide range of trims caters to diverse tastes and budgets, with the RAV4 TRD Off-Road variant offering a unique off-roading experience through its all-terrain tires and bespoke suspension upgrades. Though its exterior remains unchanged for 2024, the interior receives a revamp with a new infotainment system featuring enhanced graphics, user-friendly navigation, and OTA software updates.

2024 Toyota RAV4

Additionally, both standard and upgraded touchscreens have been enlarged, and the cabin now benefits from wireless phone integration and a digital instrument panel. Combining a comfortable ride, ample interior space, and excellent fuel economy, the RAV4 offers practicality and utility. However, its lackluster engine performance and uninspiring steering prevent it from fully dominating the compact SUV segment.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The Toyota RAV4 Prime dominates as a versatile compact crossover SUV, effortlessly taking on multiple roles that traditionally require several vehicles. It boasts emission-free electric mileage, hybrid efficiency for extended journeys, and ample cargo and passenger space, making it an ideal choice for families. Furthermore, this dynamic SUV boasts incredible power – with 302 combined horsepower encompassing a gasoline engine and dual electric motors, it is only second to the Toyota GR Supra in speed, hitting 0-60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The updated RAV4 Prime, with its beefed-up battery and ultra-powerful electric motors, effortlessly outshines competing plug-in SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV, and Volvo XC60 T8 Extended Range. In addition to its remarkable fuel economy and robust performance, it excels in comfort, interior quality, and technology. Our tests confirm the RAV4 Prime’s agility, as well as its EPA-estimated 42-mile electric-only range.

2024 Volkswagen Taos

Arriving fashionably late to the subcompact SUV scene, Volkswagen introduced the Taos in 2022, sitting a notch below its Tiguan sibling in terms of size and price. Boasting eye-catching design, useful tech options, and a deceivingly roomy cabin, the Taos carries over into 2024 with just a few tweaks. Now standard across all trims are the base S model’s previously optional driver aids, such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning. Additionally, the SEL version welcomes a panoramic sunroof, while the SE gets adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist as standard. This petite powerhouse from Volkswagen delivers an impressive blend of contemporary tech, safety, and generous space for passengers and cargo alike. Its minor drawback is an occasional sluggish or clumsy gear shift, but overall, the Taos stands as one of the most versatile and family-oriented options in its category.

2024 Volkswagen Taos

2024 Volkswagen Atlas

Introducing the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas, a spacious seven-seater SUV boasting three rows and earning the title of the largest vehicle in VW’s current U.S. lineup. Since its premiere in 2018, the Atlas has consistently impressed as a top-tier midsize SUV, offering exceptional comfort for all passengers, even those in the back row. Not to mention, the user-friendly interior layout and enjoyable driving experience earn the Atlas high praise. While a 2021 update brought a sleeker design and enhanced infotainment system, modifications for 2024 remain minimal.

2024 Volkswagen Atlas

At this stage, it’s likely that Volkswagen is already focused on crafting the next-gen Atlas, meaning we can expect the current model to see out its days without any significant changes. Alongside its remarkable spaciousness and intuitive tech features, the Atlas also boasts valuable driver assistance tools. While its engines may not offer the peppiest acceleration, as a family SUV, the Atlas proves hard to resist.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

The current-generation Crosstrek has been around for about half a decade, making it prime time for a refresh in the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek as car manufacturers usually revamp their models every four to six years. Changes can vary from subtle design tweaks to major overhauls in the cabin, exterior, and mechanics. For the 2024 edition, Subaru has chosen to keep alterations minimal, introducing just a Special Edition trim to the lineup.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

Sporting a Desert Khaki paint job and adorned with black and red seats, this fresh edition is based on the Premium trim and adds an adventurous touch to the Crosstrek range. While we were hoping for the addition of an Outback Wilderness, mirroring the Forester and Outback Wilderness trims, it seems that is not in the cards. Previously, we recommended the Crosstrek, albeit noting its lackluster performance. However, with the new optional 2.5-liter engine, it now boasts impressive acceleration to match its premium interior, robust off-road capabilities, and an exceptional suite of driver assistance features.

2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid

For 2024, the Kia Sorento Hybrid emerges as a distinct contender in the crossover SUV arena. Bridging the gap between the larger, sought-after Telluride and the more compact Sportage, this versatile SUV boasts a rare third-row seating option. The Sorento comes in both non-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, each reviewed individually. Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine teams up with an electric motor to deliver an impressive 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It also achieves an EPA-estimated 37 mpg in combined city/highway driving, 11 mpg more than its non-hybrid counterpart and on par with hybrid models like the Honda CR-V and Toyota Highlander.

2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid

For 2024, Kia upgrades the Sorento Hybrid, removing the basic S trim and introducing the fully-loaded SX Prestige model complete with digital instrument panel, standard all-wheel drive, heated and ventilated seats, and a wealth of other high-end features. Even the sole remaining EX trim comes generously equipped, offering spacious passenger room, and an easily navigable infotainment system on a large touchscreen. The only drawback to this highly praised SUV is the limited cargo space behind its third row of seats.

2024 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Introducing the 2024 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, a compact crossover SUV that builds on the foundation of its smaller sibling, the Bolt EV hatchback. The EUV’s main advantage lies in the extra rear legroom provided by an extended wheelbase and an additional 6 inches in length. In terms of cargo space, it’s on par with the Bolt EV, offering 16.3 cubic feet behind the back seat, and 56.9 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Powered by a fully charged battery, the EPA rates the EUV’s driving range at 247 miles, which is slightly lower than the Bolt EV’s 259 miles.

2024 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

However, in our own test, the EUV managed 260 miles on a single charge. While this is a respectable range, competitors such as the Kona Electric and Volkswagen ID.4 can cover even greater distances. The Bolt EUV is basically the “iPhone Max” of Chevrolets, providing enhanced space, comfort, and features, including the optional GM Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance. Although the EUV may compromise slight agility for its upgrades and have a slightly higher price tag, we believe it’s a worthy investment.

2024 Buick Encore GX

Although it may seem like just another variant of Buick’s enduring micro SUV, the Encore GX is in fact a distinct model that replaces the diminutive Buick Encore. With its larger and more luxurious presence, the GX stands out among today’s subcompact SUVs, boasting an impressive array of technology and safety features, as well as more space and cargo capacity than most of its rivals. Its refined design and proportions echo the sophistication of Lexus and Volvo competitors, a departure from Buick’s usual subdued style. However, the bulk and attributes of the Encore GX come at a price; it’s among the most expensive subcompact SUVs on the market.

2024 Buick Encore GX

Standard essentials like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, but extras such as navigation, a Bose audio system, and adaptive cruise control are still optional even in the top-spec GX. Depending on your preferences for a compact SUV, you may find the Chevrolet Trailblazer or rugged Subaru Crosstrek more appealing. The Mazda CX-30 offers a similarly premium experience with added power, while bigger SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson provide more of everything at a similar cost. We were pleasantly surprised by the Buick Encore GX’s lively acceleration and adept handling, along with its signature attributes of a smooth ride, upscale interior, and extensive list of tech offerings. However, these qualities come at a literal cost, as the Encore GX’s pricing is on the higher end compared to its main competitors.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric brings a refreshing twist to the subcompact SUV segment, offering superb value and a surprisingly enjoyable drive. Sharing similar handling and rapid steering as its gas-powered counterpart, the Kona Electric’s motor provides a swift and smooth ride. As an affordable entry into the ever-expanding EV market, it provides a more wallet-friendly option compared to many larger electric vehicles. The 2024 model witnesses the first major revamp of the Kona series since its inception, boasting a sleeker front end, sans faux grille, and revamped LED daytime running lights plus headlamps. The rear bumper and taillights also receive a makeover, although the overall silhouette remains intact. With an impressive range, competitive pricing, stylish cabin, and generous standard features, the Hyundai Kona Electric has always offered great value. These latest enhancements make it an even more enticing proposition in the burgeoning EV arena.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

2024 Subaru Ascent

Introducing the 2024 Subaru Ascent, a spacious, three-row midsize SUV that stands as Subaru’s grandest offering to date. Mirroring its cousins, the compact Forester and adventurous Outback, the Ascent equips standard all-wheel drive and generous ground clearance for navigating through harsh weather conditions or conquering off-road terrain. It may not rival the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco when it comes to pure off-road capability, but the Ascent excels in transporting up to eight passengers into the great outdoors. New for 2024 are refreshed front and rear designs highlighting upgraded lighting, bumpers, and grille, while an 11.6-inch touchscreen now comes standard – mirroring other recent Subaru models.

2024 Subaru Ascent

Additionally, enhancements to the forward collision mitigation system, an optional top-down parking camera, and a fresh Onyx Edition Limited trim are noteworthy features. Beyond mere aesthetics, the Ascent’s 2024 enhancements – particularly the EyeSight safety suite upgrades and contemporary infotainment system – solidify its status as a modern family transporter and strengthen its position within the competitive three-row SUV market.

2024 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander has earned a reputation as a top contender in the arena of three-row midsize SUVs, making it an ideal option for expanding families seeking a minivan alternative with a more dynamic driving experience and superior maneuverability. The 2024 iteration builds on the latest generation model, introduced in 2020, and boasts several enhancements. A key change is the replacement of the previous V6 engine with a new turbocharged four-cylinder variant, offering reduced horsepower but increased torque. Surprisingly, this smaller engine delivers a robust performance in such a sizable vehicle.

2024 Toyota Highlander

Additionally, the Highlander now achieves marginally better EPA-estimated fuel efficiency, placing it among the greenest three-row SUVs available. The Highlander’s fuel-sipping engine, smooth ride, assured handling, and abundant driver assistance features all contribute to its high rating. However, bear in mind that its third row may not be as spacious as some rival offerings.

2024 Nissan Pathfinder

For 2024, the Nissan Pathfinder stands out as a roomy midsize SUV with three rows of seating, offering fierce competition to rivals like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Kia Telluride. Thanks to a complete overhaul last year, the Pathfinder now provides an enhanced ride experience and cutting-edge tech amenities. Its generous dimensions make it ideal for families, as even large adults or tall teenagers can easily fit in the third row, something that’s not always possible in other vehicles in its class.

2024 Nissan Pathfinder

Additionally, the Pathfinder excels in towing capabilities, with a maximum capacity of 6,000 pounds when properly outfitted—perfect for hauling a small to medium-sized trailer. Combining all these elements, the Nissan Pathfinder delivers a roomy, comfortable, and enjoyable driving experience packed with top-of-the-line technology and safety features.

2024 Nissan Ariya

Nissan was an early player in the affordable electric vehicle (EV) market when it introduced the Leaf hatchback back in 2011. However, times have changed, and the latest EVs have grown larger, speedier, and achieved a substantial range improvement. Nissan now joins the competition with the 2024 Ariya, taking on rivals like Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Toyota bZ4X, and Volkswagen ID.4. Following the industry trend, the Ariya offers two battery options, with the standard 63-kWh pack competing directly with the Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

2024 Nissan ARIYA

Buyers can choose between a single-motor front-wheel-drive configuration (214 hp) or a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup (335 hp), dubbed the e-4orce. While the Ariya has promising specifications, certain design choices, such as charging times and dashboard display aesthetics, may deter some potential buyers. Nonetheless, it’s worth considering the Ariya in comparison to the Ioniq 5, Mach-E, and ID.4.

2024 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro bridges the gap between a compact SUV and a hatchback, making it an enticing choice for eco-conscious drivers. Available in three electrified editions – a standard hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric model – this review focuses on the most budget-friendly option: the regular hybrid. The 2024 Niro has undergone a thorough revamp, boasting a larger structure, enhanced interior, and advanced tech features. Its exterior aesthetics now resemble its bigger, electric relative, the Kia EV6.

2024 Kia Niro

Not only does it look futuristic, but the Niro also offers increased dimensions with a slightly extended wheelbase and overall length. The result? Ample space for passengers and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. The interior has also received a modernized refresh, featuring an optional dual 10.25-inch instrument panel and central touchscreen akin to the EV6. Although the Kia Niro’s acceleration leaves room for improvement, its value for money, smooth ride quality, and handy driving aids make it an exceptional choice for anyone seeking a fuel-efficient, compact crossover.

2024 Honda HR-V

Honda’s petite HR-V SUV serves as the brand’s entry-level offering, sitting below its bigger siblings, the CR-V, Pilot, and Passport. The recent revamp delivered a refreshed design, upgraded tech, and a tad more oomph to this compact powerhouse. It boasts spacious seating, generous cargo capacity, and competitive pricing, along with standard Honda Sensing, an impressive suite of cutting-edge driver assistance features. However, this little SUV isn’t without its drawbacks: taking over 10 seconds to reach 60 mph, the HR-V’s sluggish acceleration is far from impressive.

2024 Honda HR-V

Surprisingly, it offers only modest fuel efficiency, leaving us yearning for a more potent engine option. With the recent redesign, significant updates for 2024 seem unlikely. Additionally, the HR-V’s stiff front seats can make long journeys a bit wearisome, and its tech offerings are fairly average. While Honda’s smallest SUV has a reputation for packing plenty of practicality and smart features into its compact frame, the 2024 makeover doesn’t quite excel in a segment brimming with dynamic contenders.

2024 Ford Edge

Midsize SUVs encompass a diverse assortment of vehicles, ranging from sizable three-row options to roomy two-row variants. For those seeking more space than a compact SUV without the need for a third row, the 2024 Ford Edge is a solid choice. It boasts a spacious interior, cozy seating, and an array of attractive features, including standard all-wheel drive and a large 12-inch touchscreen. Ford even offers an ST performance variant powered by a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. However, the Edge does have its drawbacks, such as its fastback-inspired design reducing rear headroom and thick roof pillars obstructing visibility.

2024 Ford Edge

Additionally, it faces stiff competition from rivals with more modern designs. If you desire greater off-road capabilities, consider the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Subaru Outback, or opt for the Honda Passport or Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport for a more spacious cabin. As for 2024 updates, they are minimal, with only slight alterations to trim elements. Nevertheless, the Edge provides a roomy cabin, ample cargo room, and user-friendly infotainment, making it a compelling choice for those in the market for a midsize SUV. Some drawbacks include a slightly jittery ride, and the cabin quality on higher trims may not justify the near-luxury price tag. Overall, the Edge is a well-crafted vehicle that merits its position among the top mainstream SUVs.

2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Significantly more compact than its midsize SUV predecessors from the early 2000s, the 2024 Trailblazer is renowned for its petite, parking-friendly dimensions and respectable fuel efficiency. Nestled between the smaller Chevy Trax and the nimbler Equinox, the Trailblazer hits the sweet spot for those seeking a five-seater crossover. Now in its third year, the latest generation Chevrolet Trailblazer combines a roomy interior and chic design elements into an economical package. Under the hood, a standard 1.2-liter turbocharged engine delivering 137 horsepower and front-wheel drive provide enough zip for tackling inclines and overtaking on highways.

2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer

For those craving more power, an all-wheel-drive variant with a beefier engine is available. Inside the well-appointed cabin, you’ll find an abundance of tech features including standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, audio controls, and an intuitive touchscreen, creating a user-friendly infotainment system. Chevrolet has certainly nailed it with the newest Trailblazer – it may not top its segment in efficiency or performance, but it excels in virtually every other aspect. In the ever-growing arena of subcompact SUVs, the Trailblazer stays one step ahead.

2024 Ford Escape

For 2024, the Ford Escape earns its spot as a top contender in the compact crossover SUV segment, standing out among favorites like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. As a smaller sibling to the Ford Edge, the revamped Escape boasts a variety of powertrain options, including gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models. With its spacious and comfortable cabin, the Escape is well-equipped with cutting-edge tech, user-friendly infotainment systems, and a range of standard and optional driver assistance features.

2024 Ford Escape

The 2024 model brings a refreshed design, sporting a more assertive appearance with a bold, squared-off front end. Inside, larger, sleeker infotainment screens effortlessly blend style and function. While the Escape ticks most boxes for a compact SUV, such as comfort, cabin space, and useful tech, there are minor drawbacks like slightly rough transmission shifts and less-than-perfect handling. Nonetheless, its ample storage capacity and outstanding hybrid fuel economy make the Escape an undeniable frontrunner in the crossover SUV market.

2024 Nissan Kicks

The compact 2024 Nissan Kicks is the ideal SUV for city-dwellers, but it might not be your go-to choice for a gentle off-road adventure. In its category, the Kicks is one of the few models that don’t offer an all-wheel-drive option, and the four-cylinder engine could leave you craving more oomph. Nevertheless, it’s Nissan’s smallest and most wallet-friendly SUV, boasting an appealing assortment of standard features for those on a budget.

2024 Nissan Kicks

If you’re considering the Nissan Kicks, the Hyundai Venue and Kia Soul might also pique your interest with their modest starting prices and lack of all-wheel drive. However, if you’re willing to stretch your budget, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30, and Hyundai Kona are worth exploring. Boasting a stylish design and some of the top features and technology in the extra-small SUV category, the Kicks delivers fuel efficiency, easy parking, and even a touch of fun when tackling winding roads. However, it lags behind in comfort and overall performance when compared to its rivals.

2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan stands out as a compact crossover SUV, boasting the comfort, space, and distinctive aesthetics akin to its larger counterpart, the Volkswagen Atlas, and even some high-end Audis. The cabin offers a touch of luxury, particularly in the top-spec model, which features genuine leather upholstery, contrasting stitching, and an impressive digital dashboard. The spacious interior and smooth handling make it an enjoyable ride, with so much room that it even offers an optional third-row seat – a rarity in this segment.

2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

However, its competitors shouldn’t be overlooked, as vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 offer quicker performance, while the Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester come at a lower price point. Although it has a sleek design, convenient third-row seating, and excellent visibility, the Tiguan isn’t the top choice due to concerns about the functionality of the third row and some difficult-to-use controls.

2024 Volkswagen ID.4

Debuting in 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a versatile electric SUV comparable in size to the popular Tiguan. However, with a platform specifically designed for electric power, the ID.4 offers a more spacious cabin compared to its traditional counterpart. It boasts an extensive range of standard amenities and tech features, enhancing its appeal. In 2024, a new, more affordable Standard trim joins the lineup, making the ID.4 one of the most competitively priced electric vehicles in its segment.

2024 Volkswagen ID.4

However, a smaller battery in the Standard trim results in a reduced range, estimated at 208 miles by VW. Competing EVs, including the ID.4’s Pro trim with a larger battery, have longer ranges. The Volkswagen ID.4 remains an attractive electric SUV choice, thanks to its user-friendly driving experience, spacious seating, and exceptional value. Real-world range exceeds expectations in both single and dual-motor versions, while the only significant drawback is the somewhat cumbersome control interface.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Five years after the debut of the current-generation Crosstrek model, it seems fitting that the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek ushers in a fresh era for the robust subcompact SUV. Manufacturers typically introduce updates every four to six years, with changes ranging from mild aesthetic tweaks to extensive internal, external, and mechanical revamps. However, for the 2024 model year, Subaru has chosen a more conservative approach, presenting a limited Special Edition trim as the only update. Adorned in Desert Khaki paint and furnished with black and red upholstery, this Special Edition adds an adventurous touch to the Crosstrek’s Premium trim level.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Although we had hoped Subaru would extend its Forester Wilderness and Outback Wilderness trims to include an Outback Wilderness edition, sadly, this is not the circumstance. Nonetheless, we previously endorsed the Crosstrek, albeit acknowledging its underwhelming speed. Fortunately, with the optional 2.5-liter engine, the Crosstrek now boasts near class-leading acceleration, complemented by its luxurious interior, reliable off-road performance, and exceptional driver assistance features.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander

Introducing the top-performing vehicle in Mitsubishi’s U.S. portfolio: the 2024 Outlander. This stylish three-row compact crossover SUV boasts up-to-date technology and competitive performance. While it may seem like it’s just meeting the fundamental requirements of its segment, it truly stands out among Mitsubishi’s U.S. offerings. The 2024 Outlander’s superiority can be partly attributed to sharing its platform and components with the Nissan Rogue. Despite their commonalities, the Outlander sports unique visual appeal, an additional third-row seat, and its distinct driving personality.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander

Powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, unlike the Rogue’s turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder, the Mitsubishi also benefits from a more comprehensive warranty. Significantly improved from its predecessor, the Outlander features a cutting-edge touchscreen interface, enhanced interior materials, and better ride and seating comfort, all thanks to its partnership with the 2021 Nissan Rogue. The occasional minor tech glitches and lackluster powertrain are some of the few drawbacks, but they’re easy to overlook in this brilliant crossover SUV.

2024 Ford Explorer

As one of the pioneering SUVs, the Ford Explorer has been cruising American roads for over three decades, igniting a lasting passion for sport-utility vehicles. The current iteration of Explorer garners praise from our team for its potent powertrains, ample cargo room, and standard safety features. However, its lackluster interior materials often fail to justify the price tag, especially in higher trims nearing luxury SUV levels.

2024 Ford Explorer

Although the Explorer still has its charms, the midsize SUV arena has expanded significantly, overshadowing its former dominance. Recently, the Kia Telluride and its sibling, the Hyundai Palisade, have claimed our top recommendations. Both provide greater comfort and a more premium feel than the Explorer, and are set to receive updates for the 2024 model year. A revamped 2024 Honda Pilot joins the fray as well, featuring a TrailSport edition that enhances off-road prowess. While the Ford Explorer demonstrates exceptional balance and poise for a midsize three-row SUV, its exclusivity is hampered by subpar material quality and hefty pricing.

2024 Ford Escape Hybrid

The 2024 Ford Escape stands out as a compact crossover SUV, earning its place among Ford’s most sought-after automobiles and top-selling crossovers in the market. Positioned beneath the sizable Ford Edge, it competes with renowned counterparts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The Escape boasts a range of powertrain options – gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid – complemented by an array of in-car tech and standard or optional driver assistance features. Known for its comfort, spaciousness, and impressive fuel efficiency, the 2024 model ushers in a notable revamp, flaunting a fresh exterior design, Sync 4 infotainment system, and a revamped lineup with new trim levels and tweaked engine and feature options.

2024 Ford Escape Hybrid

The updated look enhances the SUV’s assertive stance, sporting a more upright and boxy frontend. Internally, the larger infotainment displays exude a contemporary vibe while improving usability. The Escape Hybrid, one of the few small SUVs offering a hybrid powertrain, delivers impressive fuel economy without compromising on its excellent tech features, roomy interior, and smooth, effortless driving experience.

2024 Dodge Durango

Dodge was an early adopter of SUVs as family cars, launching the Durango back in the late 1990s. Now, in its third generation, the 2024 Dodge Durango vies for attention among a plethora of three-row SUVs offered by nearly every car manufacturer. The Durango sets itself apart with its bold character, making this functional vehicle feel more exciting than a typical family wagon. Moreover, when fitted with an optional V8 engine, it can effortlessly tow small-to-medium-sized trailers.

2024 Dodge Durango

However, it’s no secret that the current Durango’s age shows in its outdated design and subpar fuel efficiency. While the Durango may not entice a wide audience, its remarkable performance and practicality are undeniable, with the ability to reach 60 mph in under 5 seconds and tow up to 8,700 pounds. Nevertheless, its lack of refinement serves as a constant reminder of its dated platform.

2024 Jeep Cherokee

The 2024 Jeep Cherokee stands as a compact two-row crossover SUV in a category filled with fresher models. Despite its last major makeover dating back to 2014, Jeep has kept the model relevant with regular updates, including new trims, additional features, and a mild facelift in recent years. In 2022, the Cherokee saw a rejigged trim lineup and enhanced standard features on select models. Although Jeep has not disclosed any specific plans for 2024, a comprehensive redesign or another update is likely in the pipeline, potentially featuring a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant among the latest powertrain options.

2024 Jeep Cherokee

The small crossover market is teeming with contenders, such as the roomy and cozy Honda CR-V, the chic and unexpectedly luxurious Mazda CX-5, the revitalized Nissan Rogue, and category stalwarts like the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. While the Cherokee doesn’t necessarily outshine its competitors in any particular aspect (except for the Trailhawk model), it’s certainly worth considering. Sporting a design reminiscent of the Grand Cherokee, the latest iteration of the Cherokee offers a V6 engine alongside an exciting turbocharged 2.0-liter option.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer

Entering its next phase, the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer flaunts a refreshed appearance. Featuring a sleeker nose, a streamlined front grille, and an intensified squint in its headlights, the Blazer exudes modernity. Alongside these exterior changes, the interior boasts a standard 10-inch touchscreen across all models. Since its reimagining in 2019, the Blazer has earned praise, and this update aims to maintain its appeal in a fiercely contested midsize SUV market. However, its transformation into a family-friendly option leaves it susceptible to adversaries such as the Honda Passport and Volkswagen Atlas, while the revived Ford Bronco embraces its rugged roots.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer

As a result, the Blazer struggles to define its identity in this congested segment. Despite this, there are plenty of attractive features, particularly its agile handling and smooth ride quality. However, the striking Camaro-inspired design leads to trade-offs, such as compromised rear headroom and smaller cargo capacity. Read on to discover our thoughts on the revamped Chevy Blazer and the reasons behind them.

2024 GMC Acadia

In search of a three-row SUV offering a smooth ride? Check out the 2024 GMC Acadia. With various trims including the base model, stylish Denali, and rugged AT4, GMC aims to position the Acadia as a more premium option than its midsize SUV competitors, without the luxury price tag. However, we’re not entirely convinced. Since its 2017 debut, this second-gen Acadia lags behind the likes of Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride, which deliver superior utility and interior refinement at a comparable cost.

2024 GMC Acadia

Don’t forget alternatives like the revamped 2024 Honda Pilot, fresh Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and spacious Volkswagen Atlas. While our testers deem the Acadia a fair choice, chances are you’ll prefer one of its rivals in this highly competitive segment. Keep an eye out for GM’s next-gen Acadia, anticipated to be a 2024 model, as the current offering has been eclipsed by several midsize SUV adversaries.

2024 Hyundai Venue

If you’re low on funds, you’re left with two options: keep fixing your old car when it breaks down or acquire a loan for a brand new car, providing you with hassle-free driving for years to come. This is where the 2024 Hyundai Venue stands out, acting as an entry-level vehicle boasting a touch of flair, added versatility, state-of-the-art technology, and an extended warranty. With Hyundai retiring its Accent sedan, the Venue now becomes the most budget-friendly option to own a new Hyundai. The 2024 Venue is classified as a crossover SUV, yet it lacks all-wheel drive or significant ground clearance.

2024 Hyundai Venue

Moreover, its minimal power makes towing or heavy cargo load unsuitable. Nevertheless, the Venue’s value shines through its plentiful features, outstanding warranty, and complimentary scheduled maintenance program. Similar to other Hyundai models, the Venue showcases extraordinary quality at an affordable price. The smallest Hyundai SUV, the Venue, crams a lot into a compact design. It excels in daily tasks and offers sufficient comfort for road trips, providing great value and a variety of contemporary safety and technological elements. If you’re seeking something more functional and chic than a subcompact sedan, the Venue is well worth exploring.

2024 MINI Cooper Countryman

The 2024 Mini Countryman is an eye-catching compact crossover that holds the distinction of being both Mini’s largest offering and one of the tiniest SUVs on the market. Although its modest dimensions make it somewhat less practical than most SUVs, the upside is an easily maneuverable and parkable vehicle. Boasting a unique interior and exterior, the Countryman is a thrill to drive, with agile handling and swift acceleration courtesy of the Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims. Mini even presents a plug-in hybrid variant—the SE All4—albeit with a mere 17 miles of all-electric range before reverting to standard hybrid mode.

2024 MINI Cooper Countryman

Its limited range is slightly disappointing in today’s plug-in market, and once depleted, the SE All4 achieves similar fuel economy to the Cooper S despite its hybrid credentials. The Countryman has long been Mini’s solution for enthusiasts seeking the brand’s lively character with added practicality, and its zippy acceleration and spirited handling certainly live up to the marque’s reputation. Nevertheless, its restricted usefulness, lack of Android Auto compatibility, and outdated interior leave much to be desired for a wider audience.

2024 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano has been a staple in their fleet since 2003, flaunting its unique design and cozy seating for five. Despite the current iteration being introduced in 2015, it remains largely unaltered and overdue for a revamp. However, no indications of a new model are in sight, as Nissan seems content with rolling out its antiquated SUV. Meanwhile, its siblings—the compact Rogue, sizable Pathfinder, and electric Ariya—have received remarkable makeovers. With the Rogue now boasting comparable legroom and even greater cargo capacity, and the Pathfinder offering a three-row seating capacity and substantial towing capabilities, the Murano appears outdated.

2024 Nissan Murano

Although pricier, the Ariya presents a more contemporary identity for the automaker. Despite its eye-catching exterior and sturdy engine, the Murano’s design comes at a price, compromising rear visibility and resulting in a limited towing capacity. This midsize SUV exudes charm and value but lacks the versatility of its rivals.

2024 Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza made a triumphant return after a six-year hiatus, plunging into the fiercely contested midsize SUV category. While it may not be a top contender in its class, the Venza sets itself apart with a focus on sophistication and fuel efficiency. Built on the same foundation as the beloved RAV4, the Venza stretches over 5 inches longer and boasts a streamlined profile, courtesy of a sloping roofline and a crisp rear end design. Exclusively available as a hybrid, it shares the RAV4 Hybrid’s potent 219-horsepower gas-electric configuration.

2024 Toyota Venza

The Venza’s interior is a fusion of style and tech, exuding an air of luxury. Drawing inspiration from Lexus and other premium marques, the Venza sports an assertive yet refined aesthetic. Despite its shortcomings in terms of passenger and cargo capacity, and lack of towing capability, the Venza is a top choice for those prioritizing comfort, technological prowess, and outstanding fuel economy.

2024 Kia Niro EV

Introducing the 2024 Kira Niro EV, a fully-electric rendition of Kira’s popular compact crossover, the Niro. This wallet-friendly alternative to the larger EV6 delivers exceptional range and interior amenities without breaking the bank. Kira has outdone itself with the second-gen Niro, providing an upgraded cabin experience, superior tech, and enhanced comfort. The adjacent 10.3-inch displays boast eye-catching aesthetics and user-friendly interfaces. Optional luxuries such as heated, ventilated seats, and a Harman Kardon audio system elevate the Niro’s premium feel.

2024 Kia Niro EV

Boasting an expanded 22.8 cubic feet of cargo room, this crossover is as practical as it is stylish. While the Niro EV may not be deemed best in any one category, its comfort, tech-savviness, and real-world range make it a strong contender. And although it’s not the most affordable EV on the market, Kira’s extensive list of standard inclusions and outstanding warranty certainly help to balance the scale.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

If the thought of switching to an electric vehicle gives you range anxiety, you might want to check out the newest plug-in hybrids, offering a perfect balance between all-electric and petrol power. A fresh addition to the plug-in hybrid SUV market is the innovative 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which has the potential to reinforce Mitsubishi’s presence in the U.S. Featuring a gasoline engine, a floor-mounted battery pack, and two electric motors, the Outlander PHEV offers an impressive electric-only range of up to 38 miles per charge.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Once the battery is drained, the gasoline engine kicks in, vanquishing range anxiety, though its fuel economy is a modest 26 mpg, compared to its rivals’ 35-40 mpg. With its outstanding efficiency and polished interior, the Outlander PHEV is definitely worth a look if you’re exploring plug-in SUV options. Its additional third row doesn’t compromise cargo space, making it an ideal choice for families. Just be prepared to shell out a little extra compared to the all-gas iteration, which provides a similar experience.

2024 Ford Explorer Hybrid

Having dominated the SUV scene for over three decades, the Ford Explorer has been a firm favorite among American drivers. While its potent engines, spacious cargo area, and safety features remain commendable, the current model falls short in terms of interior craftsmanship, particularly when considering the hefty price tag for high-end trims. Despite the Explorer’s rich history, it has been surpassed by the likes of the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, which offer greater comfort and a high-quality interior.

2024 Ford Explorer Hybrid

With refreshed versions of these models, along with the revamped 2024 Honda Pilot, the competition only gets tougher for the once-crowned king. The hybrid Ford Explorer, although it features impressive handling, stylish design, and brisk acceleration, suffers from the same drawbacks as its gasoline counterpart, namely limited rear passenger and cargo space and inferior cabin materials. In addition, the hybrid powertrain isn’t without flaws, and the Limited or Platinum trims make it even more costly.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox

In the realm of enticing compact SUVs, the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox contends against formidable adversaries like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. What sets it apart is its sleek design, featuring elegant curves, standard LED headlights, and a distinct grille. For those desiring a sportier touch, the new Midnight and Sport packages offer gloss black wheels and blacked-out exterior accents at a lower price than the well-equipped RS trim. Chevrolet adds a bit of spice to the 2024 model by squeezing an extra 5 horsepower out of the four-cylinder engine, albeit the turbo variant hasn’t been particularly peppy thus far. We’re hoping this extra kick enhances the Equinox’s dynamism, and we’ll keep you updated after testing it. While the Equinox is undoubtedly user-friendly, it might not be the perfect fit for everyone. Explore our SUV rankings to find the ideal crossover that caters to your requirements.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox

2024 Jeep Compass

Nestled between the compact Renegade and the sizeable Cherokee in Jeep’s roster sits the 2024 Jeep Compass, a nifty crossover SUV. Last year saw the Compass receive refreshed interior and exterior designs, heightened in-car technology, and a plethora of standard features. As we roll into 2024, Jeep isn’t slowing down. The Compass now boasts a turbocharged engine, churning out an impressive 200 horsepower as standard—meaning its acceleration will leave you grinning. According to the EPA, the Compass achieves a respectable 27 mpg combined city/highway driving, a 2 mpg improvement from its predecessor, albeit still lagging behind some compact SUV rivals.

2024 Jeep Compass

Additional upgrades feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive as standard across all models, and the implementation of a drowsy driver monitor and rear seat reminder system. While ideal for the off-road adventurer, the 2024 Jeep Compass may not cater to everyone’s needs. However, if a hybrid powertrain emerges within the year, the Compass could very well broaden its appeal.

2024 Jeep Renegade

As a dynamic subcompact SUV, the 2024 Jeep Renegade sets itself apart in a league of its own. While it doesn’t quite possess the off-roading prowess of its iconic sibling, the Wrangler, the Renegade leaves many rivals in the dust when venturing off the beaten path. The Trailhawk variant, specifically, boasts a heightened suspension and all-terrain tires to conquer ruts and rocks with ease. However, the Renegade, launched in 2015, is beginning to show some wrinkles.

2024 Jeep Renegade

A comprehensive makeover is arguably overdue, although it seems the 2024 iteration will not bring about significant changes. Recent leaks reveal minor styling tweaks and an updated touchscreen infotainment system, but the Renegade’s core remains unchanged. Radiating charm and character, this pint-sized SUV may have a somewhat rigid ride and limited cargo space, but it’s certainly worth considering for those seeking a crossover SUV with flair.

2024 GMC Terrain

We understand — the car stock squeeze is undeniable, with both new and pre-owned vehicle prices soaring, prompting you to explore brands that perhaps weren’t initially on your radar. If you’re struggling to find the ideal Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, you may now be considering the 2024 GMC Terrain as a viable alternative. However, we’d advise you to think twice. Despite receiving several tech upgrades and a subtle facelift last year, the Terrain’s multitude of shortcomings prevent it from even reaching the middle ground in the compact SUV market.

2024 GMC Terrain

Its sole engine option is underwhelming, and both seating and ride quality significantly fall short of the segment’s norm. Although the GMC Terrain boasts a cozy interior and user-friendly tech features, its feeble base engine, sluggish transmission, and unstable ride – combined with a steep price tag – hinder the vehicle from truly shining in the compact SUV category.

2024 Dodge Hornet

Feast your eyes upon the first new Dodge model in over a decade, stepping away from the shadows of its Charger and Durango siblings. Introducing the 2024 Dodge Hornet, a small crossover that may appear to have shed its kinship with the notoriously macho, supercharged V8-powered trio. However, a closer examination of its engine options reveals a continued allegiance to the family’s performance-driven ethos, albeit with a touch of 21st-century finesse.

2024 Dodge Hornet

While most compact SUVs, like the Honda HR-V (158 hp) and Toyota Corolla Cross (169 hp), prioritize fuel efficiency, Dodge has ensured the Hornet remains a true powerhouse by equipping the base GT trim with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder capable of an impressive 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Hornet’s performance rivals that of sporty hatches like the Volkswagen GTI, making it the most potent compact SUV available, though its market appeal is yet to be determined.

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Slotting in between the compact Outlander Sport and the larger three-row Outlander, the Eclipse Cross occupies a unique position within Mitsubishi’s SUV range. Its intermediate size and relatively high entry price allow it to take on both smaller contenders such as the Volkswagen Taos and Kia Seltos as well as more spacious options like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Going through a revamp for the 2022 lineup, the Eclipse Cross received a fresh face, upgraded infotainment, and fine-tuned suspension.

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Consequently, changes for the 2024 model have been minimal; all trim levels now feature standard all-wheel drive and LED headlights and fog lights, while the SE and SEL Special Edition trims have been consolidated into their respective main trims. Although Mitsubishi’s updated design showcases some improvements, the 2024 Eclipse Cross continues to lag behind rivals in most aspects. We’ll dive deeper once the vehicle is available for thorough testing, but for now, there’s a plethora of extra-small SUVs more deserving of your consideration.

2024 Subaru Solterra

Finally, Subaru has entered the EV arena with its brand-new 2024 Solterra SUV. Born from a partnership with Toyota, it shares production lines with the related bZ4X EV. Like its Toyota counterpart, the Solterra boasts appealing features alongside a few shortcomings. Dimension-wise, it’s akin to Subaru’s Forester and, being a Subaru, possesses mild off-roading abilities due to its raised stance and 8.3 inches of ground clearance. Equipped with all-wheel drive via dual electric motors, the Solterra delivers a respectable 215 horsepower—though a dual-motor Tesla Model Y offers nearly double this output.

2024 Subaru Solterra

Having test-driven the Solterra on urban roads and off-track, we believe it offers adequate acceleration for most users. Subaru’s understanding of its clientele is evident as the initial batch of Solterras has already sold out through 2022. However, we’ll reserve our final verdict until we’ve had more time to thoroughly assess this newcomer.

2024 Toyota bZ4X

Introducing the 2024 Toyota bZ4X, the manufacturer’s maiden voyage into the realm of mass-produced electric vehicles, and currently their sole EV offering. This compact SUV, comparable in size to the RAV4, boasts familial ties to the brand-spanking-new Subaru Solterra. Despite Toyota taking its sweet time to enter the EV market, the bZ4X doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head as one might expect. Under its hood, the front-wheel-drive version offers a modest 201 horsepower, while the all-wheel-drive variant pushes a slightly higher 214 hp.

2024 Toyota BZ4X

With regards to range, the bZ4X has an EPA-estimated mileage of 222-252 miles, depending on the configuration. However, compared to other EVs in the market, it isn’t exactly impressive. Although the bZ4X does provide a comfortable ride and is equipped with an array of tech features, its lackluster range, performance, and cabin aesthetics place it firmly in the ranks of average contenders within the ever-expanding EV landscape.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

As the most affordable SUV in Mitsubishi’s roster, the 2024 Outlander Sport is also one of the oldest designs still available for purchase. First hitting the market in 2011, this compact crossover has seen multiple facelifts to maintain a contemporary appearance. However, there’s only so much that can be done to hide its dated underpinnings. Now in its twelfth year, the Outlander Sport comes with standard all-wheel drive across the range. Apart from that, updates for 2024 are scarce, and the SUV remains a blend of value, practicality, and decent handling.

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

We suggest considering rivals like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-50, Subaru Forester, and Hyundai Tucson before settling on the Mitsubishi. Nonetheless, if you’re after simple transportation from A to B backed by a solid warranty, the Outlander Sport could be just the ticket. The Outlander Sport may not cater to tech enthusiasts or driving aficionados, but it does provide straightforward passenger and cargo transport. With user-friendly climate and radio controls, and selectable all-wheel drive to tackle diverse climates, it adequately fulfills its purpose.

2024 Mazda MX-30

Mazda has been somewhat slow to embrace the EV market, but its first foray into fully electric vehicles with the 2024 Mazda MX-30 is certainly making a statement. Envisioned as the beginning of Mazda’s “multi-solution electrification strategy,” the MX-30 promises to be the first in a series of electric offerings. With design cues borrowed from the CX-30 subcompact SUV, this newcomer boasts sleek, muscular lines that make for an eye-catching entrance.

2024 Mazda MX-30

Inside, you’ll find an upscale blend of leather, cloth and metal accents, accompanying 21 cubic feet of ample cargo space. True to Mazda’s reputation, the MX-30 delivers sharp, lively handling. This EV doesn’t just look good; it also provides an engaging driving experience, brimming with the latest tech. However, its ranking may be affected by its modest 114-mile range and somewhat uncompetitive pricing in the growing EV market.

2024 FIAT 500X

As we eagerly anticipate the revamped 500e electric hatchback in 2024, the Fiat 500X remains the sole offering in the Italian marque’s portfolio. This compact crossover SUV boasts a potent turbocharged powerplant and a standard all-wheel-drive system. However, the 500X’s allure dwindles beyond that. It feels cramped, and its tech suite could use a refresher. These shortcomings are glaring, particularly when rivals like the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mazda CX-30, and Volkswagen Taos offer more amenities, provide extra room, and generally deliver a superior driving experience. While the Fiat 500X’s zippy turbo engine and all-wheel drive establish it as a respectable all-rounder, the allure of Italian flair and romance comes with a price tag that might make you lira-tive.

2024 FIAT 500X

FAQs

What makes a crossover SUV different from a traditional SUV?

Crossover SUVs, often called CUVs, are built on a unibody platform similar to a car, providing a more car-like driving experience with improved fuel efficiency. Traditional SUVs are built on a body-on-frame platform like a truck, which typically offers more off-road and towing capabilities but may be less comfortable and fuel-efficient.

Is a crossover SUV suitable for off-road driving?

While crossover SUVs may not match the off-road capabilities of some traditional SUVs, many models come with features that can handle light to moderate off-roading, such as all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance.

How spacious are crossover SUVs?

Crossover SUVs are known for their efficient use of space. While interior room can vary by model, many crossovers offer generous passenger space and cargo capacity comparable to larger SUVs or minivans, often with flexible seating configurations for added versatility.

Are crossover SUVs fuel-efficient?

Crossover SUVs tend to be more fuel-efficient than traditional SUVs due to their lighter weight and aerodynamic design. The exact fuel economy will depend on the model and powertrain, with hybrid or electric crossovers offering even greater efficiency.

Why are crossover SUVs becoming so popular?

Crossover SUVs have gained popularity due to their blend of versatility, comfort, and efficiency. They offer many advantages of both cars (like handling and fuel economy) and SUVs (like cargo space and a higher driving position), making them a practical choice for many drivers. The wide variety of models available in 2024 means there’s likely a crossover SUV that meets your specific needs.



Best Hybrid SUVs for 2024 and 2025

The 2024 and 2025 hybrid SUV lineups merge functionality with eco-friendliness to offer enhanced driving experiences. Top designs promise improved fuel efficiency without sacrificing power, embodying versatile performance through advanced engineering. Comfort features, including adjustable seating and climate control, ensure a tailored environment for long drives. Cutting-edge sound insulation techniques create a tranquil cabin atmosphere, elevating the sense of serenity during your journey.

Best Hybrid SUVs for 2024 and 2025

Choosing a hybrid SUV equates to finding exceptional value, as these models blend fuel economy with practical features. This choice not only results in significant savings at the fuel pump but also grants access to modern technologies, bolstering safety and entertainment. The vehicles below stand out for their comprehensive approach to delivering a balanced and enjoyable driving experience.

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

The 2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, priced at $32,575, emerges as a strong contender in the hybrid SUV sector, skillfully balancing aesthetics and functionality. Its 226 combined horsepower engine ensures brisk acceleration, complemented by standard All-Wheel Drive for superior traction across varying terrains. However, this SUV is not only about power; it also offers decent fuel efficiency, boasting an impressive 37-38 MPG in urban settings and 36-38 MPG on highways. The introduction of the Sporty N Line introduces an extra dose of style with features like trim-exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, and the addition of two standard rear side airbags elevates safety.

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

Step inside the Tucson Hybrid to discover a premium interior that prioritizes comfort and spaciousness, ensuring a pleasant journey regardless of distance. The cabin’s generous space of 146.7 cu. ft.supports ample cargo, making it an ideal companion for any adventure. The infotainment system, while advanced, leans heavily on touchscreen commands, which might necessitate some adaptation compared to traditional push buttons. Innovative features like haptic feedback on the steering wheel help facilitate this adaptation, making driving more intuitive. When comparing options, consider the Tucson Hybrid’s robust powertrain and comprehensive safety features against its marginally lower fuel economy relative to specific competitors, like Kia’s Sportage. Ultimately, this hybrid stands out for its appealing combination of power, style, and versatility.

2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid

The 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid, with a starting price of $28,590 and topping out at $37,490 for the peak SX Prestige trim, presents a compelling option in the hybrid SUV market. It boasts an impressive All-Wheel Drive fuel efficiency of 38 MPG in urban and highway settings, with All-Wheel Drive and 43 combined MPG for Front-Wheel Drive. This hybrid does not compromise on power for fuel savings, as its 227 horsepower is rated best-in-class.

2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Inside, the Sportage Hybrid offers a spacious, sophisticated interior that comfortably accommodates five passengers. The rear cargo area is best-in-class at up to 39.5 cu. ft. with the rear seats up — ready to handle various luggage needs. However, the base model might feel constrained due to limited options, and the 2024 model year doesn’t introduce significant changes; instead, it opts to preserve its well-regarded features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the competitive hybrid SUV landscape, the 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid distinguishes itself with its efficient yet powerful driving experience and its functional, stylish interior design.

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at $34,050 and can go up to $40,200 with fully loaded options, offering a versatile range for various budgets. It features a 204 horsepower hybrid powertrain, with standard Front-Wheel Drive and an optional All-Wheel Drive upgrade, catering to different driving needs. The CR-V Hybrid shines in fuel efficiency, achieving 43 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on highways, appealing to city dwellers and long-haul drivers.

2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Inside, the CR-V Hybrid’s cabin is stylish and spacious, packed with standard amenities like Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies that enhance the driving experience. The addition of the Sport-L trim expands the lineup, providing more choices to buyers. Despite the powertrain’s tendency to produce a drone at high revs, the vehicle’s overall blend of smooth handling, comfort, and fuel efficiency makes it a compelling option for those seeking a mix of luxury and utility in a hybrid SUV.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

Starting at $36,210 — the latest Santa Fe Hybrid delivers a potent mix of power and serenity, boasting up to 226 horsepower with its standard HTRAC All-Wheel Drive system. This setup ensures a dynamic drive, suitable for city errands and longer journeys. Despite not leading the pack in fuel efficiency, it offers respectable figures of 33-36 MPG in urban settings and 30-31 MPG on highways.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

The interior prioritizes comfort with available leather-trimmed seating for all five passengers and a quiet atmosphere that enhances the travel experience. It also features ample cargo space of 36.4 cu. ft. — addressing various storage requirements. While some users may initially find the 10.25” touch infotainment system challenging, it becomes a valuable tool for connectivity and navigation once mastered. The 2023 model year maintains the Santa Fe Hybrid’s esteemed attributes without significant changes, preserving its appeal for fans of the model.

2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid

Starting at $36,690, the 2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid is a compelling choice in the mid-size SUV category, boasting a 227 combined horsepower hybrid engine for a spirited drive. It accommodates six passengers comfortably, offering a fuel economy of 36-39 MPG in the city and 33-35 MPG on the highway, with variations depending on an All-Wheel Drive or Front-Wheel Drive configuration. This power and efficiency combination ensures a blend of performance and economy.

2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid

The Sorento Hybrid’s interior exudes refinement, with extensive cargo space of 38.5–45” available once you fold the back seats. Despite its impressive list of standard features, the vehicle does have some downsides, such as uninspiring steering and cramped third-row seating with sparse 12.6 cu. ft. of cargo room behind.

2023 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro, fully redesigned in 2023, showcases a bold style and combines a 139-horsepower engine with exceptional fuel efficiency, achieving 53 MPG in urban areas and 45-54 MPG on highways. Its front-wheel drive setup ensures a smooth ride for five passengers, complemented by eco-friendly interior materials. Despite a smaller cargo area than rivals and some cumbersome climate and audio controls, the Niro’s spacious seating and competitive pricing strengthen its position as a desirable hybrid SUV.

2023 Kia Niro

With a starting price of $26,590 and reaching up to $34,890 for the fully-equipped top trim SX Touring model, the Niro presents an attractive option for those seeking affordability without sacrificing performance. It excels in fuel economy and interior design, making it a top choice for eco-conscious drivers. This balance of cost, efficiency, and design confirms the Niro’s appeal in the growing hybrid SUV market, emphasizing its overall value amidst critiques like lower horsepower.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Starting at $31,725, the 2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid expertly combines fuel efficiency with a design focused on the user. It features an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive system and a powertrain producing 219 combined horsepower, ensuring a smooth and responsive driving experience across various conditions. Fuel efficiency stands out, with the RAV4 Hybrid achieving up to 41 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on highways, highlighting its appeal from both environmental and economic perspectives.

2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The interior offers ample space for five passengers and includes a user-friendly 10.5” infotainment system, addressing the needs of those who appreciate both spaciousness and technological ease. While the 2024 model retains its well-known features like Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking, it also carries over issues like cabin noise from wind, road, and the engine. A top-tier Hybrid Limited Trim starts at $40,030, offering compelling features at an accessible rate, like 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio, including a subwoofer and amplifier.

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting at $40,970, the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a top pick in the three-row SUV segment, blending 243 combined horsepower with respectable fuel efficiency of 35-36 MPG in urban settings and 35 MPG on highways. The model also introduces its $41,970 Nightshade Edition with a sleek blacked-out exterior and now includes a hands-free power liftgate in higher trim s— XLE, Limited, and Platinum — simplifying access to cargo space while streamlining trim options by discontinuing the L and Bronze Editions.

2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Inside, the Highlander Hybrid promises a plush ride with available second-row fold-down captain’s chairs and a sophisticated standard 7” LCD infotainment system. Its elegant interior comfortably accommodates seven to eight passengers. However, the third row may seem snug with 28” of legroom, and the engine might drone at high speeds. Despite these minor drawbacks, the SUV expertly combines AWD functionality with daily usability. With its fuel-efficient performance, inviting interiors, and thoughtful features, the 2024 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an ideal choice for families prioritizing sustainability alongside modern conveniences.

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid

Starting at $40,500, the 2023 Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) introduces a refreshed look with features like a Piano Black Grille with Chrome Strip and the latest infotainment technology in the form of offerings like an available 13.2” LCD Touchscreen. This compact SUV excels in fuel efficiency, offering 101 MPGe and a power range from 163 horsepower, ensuring that drivers enjoy considerable fuel savings while maintaining access to front-wheel and all-wheel drive preferences.

2023 Ford Escape Hybrid

Inside, the Ford Escape Hybrid offers a spacious cabin that comfortably seats five with 104 cu. ft. — combined with a comprehensive suite of standard features and a user-friendly available 13.2” touch display. While the cabin materials might not fully match the exterior’s upscale design, the Escape Hybrid’s balanced performance and practicality make it a solid choice for daily commutes and family outings. Despite not being the most thrilling ride in its class, its emphasis on efficiency and functionality places it as a strong contender in the compact SUV market for those valuing fuel economy and versatile use.

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

The 2024 Corolla Cross Hybrid, priced between $28,220 and $29,385, features a new Nightshade trim with stylish black exterior and interior accents to its lineup. With an All-Wheel Drive system and boasting an impressive combined manufacturer-estimated fuel economy of 42 MPG, this hybrid SUV ensures reliable performance in various driving conditions while promoting fuel savings. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, coupled with electric motors, produces 196 combined horsepower, balancing power with efficiency.

2024 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Inside, the Corolla Cross Hybrid offers comfortable seating for five and a range of standard features like available wireless charging designed for convenience. However, it has a tighter rear row with 32” leg room. This hybrid stands out as an ideal option for 2024, blending everyday usability with a commitment to economical driving.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid redefines expectations for hybrid SUVs with a spacious cabin and efficient performance, priced from $45,020. It comfortably seats up to eight passengers across three rows, offering a blend of cost-efficiency and spaciousness. The model’s hybrid powertrain ranges between 245 to 362 horsepower, catering to varying power and fuel efficiency preferences.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

However, the Grand Highlander Hybrid may not offer the most engaging drive compared to its competitors, and the interior finishes might not match the luxury of other SUVs. The combined mileage is also slightly lower than that of competitors, registering between 27 and 36 MPG. Despite its less dynamic driving experience and more straightforward interior, it stands out with a refined powertrain offering, including the high-powered Hybrid Max for those seeking performance, and plenty of space, making it a capable family vehicle.

2024 Toyota Venza

The 2024 Venza starts at $35,070, with top-tier models reaching $39,980. Toyota’s Venza offers a luxury interior with available Perforated SofTex®-trimmed seats and an efficient drive system complemented by an available user-friendly 12.3” infotainment interface. However, its 55.1 cu. ft. max cargo space may be less accommodating than some would prefer. The Venza stands out for its fuel efficiency, achieving up to 40 MPG in urban environments and 37 MPG on highways, with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) standard for enhanced traction.

2024 Toyota Venza

Despite no significant updates for 2024, the Venza continues to seat five comfortably and works using a 219 combined horsepower hybrid engine. Its hybrid system, a combination of a 2.5-liter engine and electric motors, excels in providing practical AWD functionality and a smooth ride, ideally suited for city driving rather than off-road challenges. This dynamic positions the Venza more as a vehicle for comfortable daily use, focusing less on extensive cargo space and more on the overall driving experience.

2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid

The 2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid starts at $53,005 and can go up to $55,820. Its responsive steering and All-Wheel Drive capability make it a practical SUV, complemented by a comprehensive suite of standard features that boost its overall value. However, its starting price is higher than that of some competitors, and the cabin finishes, along with snug second and third rows, might not meet all expectations. The hybrid’s fuel efficiency is modest, with 27 combined MPG.

2023 Ford Explorer Hybrid

With 318 standard horsepower and seating for six to seven, the Explorer Hybrid ensures a robust performance and a helpful cabin. Despite its place in a fiercely competitive SUV market, the 2023 Explorer Hybrid provides a nuanced and comprehensive driving experience, aiming to balance power, practicality, and a rich array of safety features for discerning drivers.

2024 BMW X5

The 2024 BMW X5 sets a standard in luxury SUVs with a $72,500 starting price, reflecting its prowess in the luxury segment. At its core, a turbocharged inline-six engine pairs with an electric motor to deliver an impressive 483 horsepower, ensuring dynamic and efficient driving supported by a versatile All-Wheel Drive system. This combination affords seamless adaptation to various driving conditions, blending power with efficiency in a way only a BMW can.

2024 BMW X5

Inside, the X5 prioritizes high-end comfort and practicality, featuring an expansive 33.1-71.2 cu. ft. cargo area and seating for five. Standard luxury features like Sensafin Upholstery enhance every trip, making it a top-tier choice for those who value sophistication in their drive. The 2024 model refreshes its offerings, incorporating the latest technological advancements such as AC fast charging and Brake Energy Regeneration to keep the X5 at the forefront of performance. With the BMW X5 xDrive50e, drivers experience the perfect harmony of plug-in hybrid efficiency and BMW’s signature driving dynamics, making it an attractive option for luxury hybrid SUV enthusiasts.

2024 Porsche Cayenne

Starting at $91,700, the 2024 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid marries sportiness with utility, offering a max combined horsepower of 463. While the cost reflects its high-end performance and the 22.1 cu. ft. of cargo space may be less generous than some competitors, the Cayenne targets those desiring a premium, exhilarating driving experience with its 158 MPH top track speed.

2024 Porsche Cayenne

For 2024, the Cayenne debuts an updated infotainment system, enhancing connectivity and entertainment for a more enjoyable journey. In keeping with Porsche’s dedication to blending performance with sustainability, the hybrid powertrain option offers a dynamic driving experience by efficiently integrating electric torque with traditional combustion power. Porsche hasn’t yet announced the model’s EPA-estimated mileage. However, last year’s version had 46 MPG equivalent in combined city/highway driving, which is poor for a hybrid. The standard all-wheel drive (AWD) system ensures confident handling across various driving conditions.

2024 Volvo XC90

Starting at $56,600 and maxing out at $62,795, the 2024 Volvo XC90 impresses with its sophisticated Scandinavian interior with 65.5 cu. ft. of load compartment space. It comfortably seats up to 7 passengers, catering to families and groups. Offering power outputs ranging from 247 to 295 horsepower, the XC90 ensures a responsive ride, though opting for the available 21-inch wheels might compromise the smoothness. While initially complex, the infotainment system becomes a gateway to numerous technological features like 360-degree parking views once mastered.

2024 Volvo XC90

Despite no significant updates for 2024, the XC90 continues to stand its ground against competitors like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, thanks to its exquisite design and solid performance. With a standard All-Wheel Drive configuration for tackling various conditions and a cabin epitomizing Scandinavian elegance, the XC90 reflects lifestyle preferences and values, like luxury, practicality, and environmental consideration.

2024 Mazda CX-90 Hybrid

The first-ever 2024 Mazda CX-90 Hybrid introduces a pinnacle of fusion between spirited performance and electrical efficiency, boasting 323 horsepower from its plug-in hybrid system. This combination ensures Mazda’s signature agile handling, complemented by a proficient All-Wheel Drive system. With an electric range of up to 26 miles, the transition to gasoline power is seamless, ensuring uninterrupted journeys. The interior, luxurious and capable of seating up to eight, offers an option for second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-seater configuration, enhancing exclusivity.

2024 Mazda CX-90 Hybrid

Priced between $49,945 and $57,450 — the CX-90 Hybrid offers a range of trims and added features, though it comes with a smaller 14.9 cu. ft. cargo space and tighter third-row seating. Mazda’s dedication to providing a comprehensive feature set continues to uphold its esteemed reputation within the automotive industry. As a beacon of innovation, the 2024 CX-90 Hybrid offers four available driving modes and swift one-hour and 30-minute charging, redefining expectations in its class.

2024 Volvo XC60

The 2024 Volvo XC60  Recharge Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), starting at $57,900, presents itself as a leading contender in the luxury SUV market, boasting an elegant design and spacious interior that caters to those valuing both sophistication and utility. It fulfills practical demands with a generous 63.3 cu. ft. of cargo space, All-Wheel Drive, and a powerful 455 combined horsepower engine. This setup offers a harmonious blend of control, power, and fuel economy, achieving 63 combined MPGe.

2024 Volvo XC60

Inside, the XC60 offers a tranquil environment for five passengers and genuine wood decor inlay features, emphasizing comfort and serenity. The latest model transitions exclusively to All-Wheel Drive, enhancing traction and stability by eliminating the supercharged engine and front-wheel drive options. While the infotainment system may present a learning curve, it doesn’t detract from the vehicle’s overall refined experience. Striking a balance between dynamic performance and elegant design, the XC60 secures its place in the midsize luxury SUV segment with dignity, standing out for its efficiency and design.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) starts at $60,490. Despite sidelining the V8 engine option, it maintains commendable performance with 375 maximum horsepower, ensuring robust capability. The introduction of the new Laredo X and Altitude X trims expands the lineup, offering more customization for buyers, alongside a 10.1” user-friendly infotainment system that enhances the driving experience with personalization of up to five user profiles.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Inside, the Grand Cherokee offers a calm cabin atmosphere, with premium offerings like memory presets and an available massage mode. This SUV also excels in off-road conditions, reflecting Jeep’s legendary durability and versatility, with Rear or Four-Wheel Drive. Despite its higher base price, the vehicle’s on-road agility and off-road competence, coupled with 56 combined MPGe, justify the investment.

2024 Land Rover Range Rover

The 2024 Land Rover Range Rover, offers a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) option through its Autobiography trim starting at $141,100. Its opulent cabin, adorned with premium additions like a front center console refrigerator compartment, offers a refined ride. Designed to accommodate up to seven passengers, this SUV extends unparalleled comfort to each occupant through four-zone climate control, reflecting its premium status.

2024 Land Rover Range Rover

Off-road capability remains a hallmark of the Range Rover, with All-Wheel Steering and adjustable air suspension ensuring superior performance and ground clearance for all terrains. Land Rover’s introduction of the P550e PHEV to this model’s 2024 lineup brings 542.5 maximum horsepower, underscoring a commitment to powerful yet efficient performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top-rated luxury hybrid SUVs debuting in 2024?

In 2024, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e will distinguish itself in the luxury hybrid SUV market with a premium interior and the latest technology. Meanwhile, the BMW X5 xDrive45e will set a high standard with its extended battery range and unmatched comfort, elevating expectations for luxury hybrid vehicles.

What are the top-rated luxury hybrid SUVs debuting in 2024

These advancements showcase the evolving landscape of luxury hybrid SUVs, where the GLE 550e’s upscale amenities and the X5 xDrive45e’s enhanced electric capability merge performance with eco-conscious driving, marking a significant leap forward in the hybrid market.

Which 7-seater hybrid SUVs are expected to lead the market in 2024?

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid, known for its reliability and three-row seating, remains a leader in 2024. This model stands out for families and drivers looking for dependable performance. Meanwhile, the Kia Sorento Hybrid draws attention with its spacious interior and efficient powertrain, establishing itself as a prime option for consumers prioritizing comfort and fuel economy.

Which 7-seater hybrid SUVs are expected to lead the market in 2024

These models exemplify the hybrid SUV market’s focus on combining practicality with eco-friendly driving. The Highlander Hybrid’s consistent dependability and the Sorento Hybrid’s blend of space and efficiency highlight the diverse offerings available to drivers seeking sustainable and versatile vehicles.

Which hybrid SUV models are known for having the least maintenance issues?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is renowned for its low maintenance needs, which drivers attribute to its robust battery system and durable engine. Meanwhile, the Lexus UX Hybrid distinguishes itself with reliable performance in the luxury hybrid segment.

Which hybrid SUV models are known for having the least maintenance issues

These models highlight the industry’s advancement in hybrid technology, offering drivers eco-friendly options and vehicles that stand the test of time with minimal upkeep. The RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus UX Hybrid exemplify the blend of sustainability, reliability, and luxury in today’s automotive market.


5 Best Hybrid Trucks for 2024

Hybrid tech may initially have been rolled out to spruce up the economy of family cars, but it’s become a great way to amp up fuel efficiency and overall power across pickup trucks too. In fact pickup trucks could rake in sizable benefits from electric. Between their hefty weight and less-than-streamlined aerodynamics, most trucks aren’t poster kids for fuel economy. So efficiency hikes are more than welcome. Plus, what truck owner would say no to extra power? Electric offers more power, often much more!

Until not too long ago, hybrid-powered trucks were a rare breed. Among the few that did exist, the added horsepower was their main selling point, with the fuel efficiency uplift often downplayed, particularly amongst typical full-size truck owners. But the tides are shifting, and it’s getting better.

So join us as MotoPickers delves into this fresh batch of revolutionary hybrid trucks. We’ll rank them from the least to most fuel-efficient based on their overall mpg EPA ratings.

2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid: 22 MPG Combined

MotoPickers Rating 7/10

With the 2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, blending into the pack is its way of standing out. Mirroring its full-size hybrid truck counterparts, the Tundra Hybrid’s novel i-Force system focuses mainly on enhancing horsepower, leaving mileage improvement as a pleasant side effect.

2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid

All spanking-new Tundra models come standard with a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6, but the hybrid tech throws in nearly 50 extra horsepower and a whopping 100+ lb-ft of torque.

The rear-drive i-Force Tundra tops the chart for being the most fuel-efficient model in the series. The hybrid pickup shares the revamped suspension and interior of the new Tundra, making it an excellent pick for those seeking a full-size hybrid truck that leans more towards comfortable cruising than heavy-duty hauling.

Weighing Up the 2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid: Advantages and Drawbacks

Pros:

  • Choice of a hybrid engine
  • Incorporation of up-to-date technology
  • Enhanced on-road behavior
2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Pros and Cons

Cons:

  • Lacks a V-8 option
  • Oversized front grille
  • Lags behind rivals in towing and payload capacity

Starting price: $62,105
Horsepower: 437 hp
Gas Mileage: 20/24 city/hwy mpg

2024 Ram 1500 eTorque V-6: 23 MPG Combined

MotoPickers Rating 7/10

Just skimming the line of being a hybrid, the 2024 Ram 1500 with eTorque is distinctly different. The present eTorque V-8 and V-6 variants boast an enhanced alternator that can feed power into a compact battery. This eTorque system provides extra power during takeoff, more sophisticated stop-start features, and other capabilities, though it doesn’t offer continuous power drive.

2024 Ram 1500

Placed against the conventional hybrid systems of the F-150 and Tundra, this mild hybrid setup may not be the talk of the town. However, it brings about modest enhancements for city driving, and when paired with the V-6 option, it just edges out the Tundra hybrid in fuel efficiency. That said, it outperforms its gas-fed Ram counterpart by a mere 1 mpg combined.

Unpacking the 2024 Ram 1500 with eTorque V-6: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros:

  • Loaded with luxury features and advanced tech
  • Exceptional ride comfort and handling
  • Value for money with a low starting price

Cons:

  • Only minor improvements in fuel efficiency due to mild hybrid system
  • Lags behind rivals in towing and payload capacity
  • Cost ramps up with optional extras
2024 Ram 1500 with ETorque V-6 Pros and Cons

Starting price: $37,410
Horsepower: 305 hp
Gas Mileage: 20/26 city/hwy mpg

2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid: 25 MPG Combined

MotoPickers Rating 8.5/10

The 2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid might be the least unexpected entrant into the full-size hybrid truck arena. Echoing its pioneering steps with aluminum body panels and electric drivetrains, Ford was also one of the trailblazers offering a hybrid full-size truck.

Ford F-150

This came through the fierce F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid, which we’ve championed as potentially the best F-150 on offer today.

Establishing a benchmark for other full-size hybrid trucks, the F-150 hybrid harmonizes an amped-up twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with a 35-kW electric motor linked to the transmission. It churns out a whopping 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque, almost 50 horsepower more than its gas-only V-6 counterpart, while also boasting superior fuel efficiency to any other combustion engine truck in the F-150 roster.

Assessing the 2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros:

  • Fuel-savings courtesy of the hybrid engine
  • Well-designed, practical interior features
  • Amazing hybrid power
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Unchanged, run-of-the-mill exterior styling
  • Falls short in the luxury department
  • Unusually touchy brake pedal
2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid Pros and Cons

Starting price: $57,480
Horsepower: 430 hp
Gas Mileage: 25/25 city/hwy mpg

2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid: 37 MPG Combined

MotoPickers Rating 8.5/10

Living up to its maverick spirit, the 2024 Ford Maverick truly breaks the mold as a compact, unibody truck. It offers a standard hybrid system at a price tag that’s remarkably about $10,000 less than any mainstream full-size truck.

2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid

Of course, some might question whether a front-wheel-drive hybrid truck, jutting from the same roots as the Ford Escape, qualifies as a “genuine truck.” But for those who aren’t in the 14,000-pound towing category yet need a cargo bed, the neat 42 mpg city fuel efficiency is all they’ll focus on.

Embracing its uniqueness, it does come with certain trade-offs, specifically a towing capacity capped at “merely” 5,080 pounds and just a single cab and bed option available. But given its affordability and capabilities, this small hybrid truck has definitely struck a chord amongst truck enthusiasts.

Scrutinizing the 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros:

  • Remarkable fuel economy
  • Prudently tailored to appeal to pickup purchasers
  • Outstanding price-to-value ratio

Cons:

  • Can’t match Santa Cruz’s towing and payload
  • Only offers a single cab/bed selection
  • Front seats could use more support
2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid Pros and Cons

Starting price: $22,195
Horsepower: 191 hp
Gas Mileage: 42/33 city/hwy mpg

2024 Toyota Tacoma

MotoPickers Rating: tbc

Toyota is placing huge bets on its next-gen 2024 Toyota Tacoma that’s in the pipeline. This upcoming truck is set to make a substantial leap from the current Tacoma model, which frankly feels a tad outdated from a design and engineering standpoint. Rumor has it that several powertrain options will be available, including a twin-turbo V-6 akin to what you’d find in the Tundra, paired with a similar hybrid setup.

2024 Toyota Tacoma

The supposed all-electric option for the upcoming Tacoma will no doubt be the most fuel-efficient, but for those not quite ready to jump on the EV bandwagon, there’s good news. Toyota’s regular gas and emerging hybrid truck powertrains are almost certainly set to feature in the new Tacoma’s lineup.

Exploring Your Hybrid Powertrain Options in Trucks

Whether a hybrid truck is worth it depends how you use your truck. The Maverick doesn’t tow or haul as much as larger trucks for obvious reasons, given its overall size, smaller bed, and powertrain, but it is substantially less expensive and far more efficient, while still being very capable for many users. That, and hybrid-powered Mavericks are the cheapest in the Maverick lineup.

Ram 1500

The Tundra and F-150 hybrid pickups are little more than normal trucks with a more powerful and efficient powertrain, but you will pay more for them than their gas-powered counterparts. The mild hybrid system of the Ram 1500 isn’t as capable as the full hybrid systems of the other trucks, but it’s the least expensive engine option in the Ram lineup, so it’s clearly worth it from a financial perspective at least.

Are Hybrid Trucks a Good Buy

As with many choices we make with our vehicles, it’s about what you need or want for your circumstances.

Which Hybrid Truck Won’t Break the Bank?

The crown for the least expensive hybrid truck goes to the Ford Maverick. Priced way below half the cost of a hybrid F-150, the Maverick boasts a hybrid system as standard in its entry-level model. It’s lovingly tagged under $25,000, which is one of the reasons we’re fans of this compact truck at MotoPickers.

Which Hybrid Truck Won't Break the Bank

Being economical to buy and super-efficient to run makes this hybrid pickup’s popularity absolutely justified.

Do Hybrid Trucks Offer Superior Fuel Efficiency?

Absolutely, but only the Ford Maverick’s hybrid variant is exclusively fine-tuned for peak efficiency. This results in an astounding 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The power-centric hybrid versions of the F-150 and Tundra do provide a little extra mileage, but their hybrid advantage mostly boosts the power output.

Do Hybrid Trucks Offer Superior Fuel Efficiency

The Ram 1500’s mild hybrid gives only a minimal improvement in mileage. On the whole, hybrid pickup trucks do feature better mileage, but the Maverick truly takes full advantage of what a hybrid system can deliver.

Does a 4×4 Hybrid Truck Exist?

It certainly does! Both the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150 provide 4-WD models combined with complete hybrid systems. Ram 1500 also equips its mild hybrid arrangement with a four-wheel-drive, but this mild hybrid setup falls short compared to the full-fledged hybrid systems of its counterparts.

Does a 4x4 Hybrid Truck Exist

Although the Ford Maverick standard flaunts a hybrid system, it doesn’t come with all-wheel-drive. For the time being, the Maverick Hybrid lacks an AWD option.

Understanding the Lifespan of Hybrid Truck Batteries

Both the Ford Maverick and F-150 hybrids come along with an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty for their battery packs. Meanwhile, the Tundra’s hybrid battery pack gets a 10-year, 150,000-mile warranty — a feature anticipated to pop up in the 2024 Tacoma hybrid as well.

Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Pickup Truck

The Ram 1500’s mild hybrid system battery sees an 8-year, 80,000-mile warranty. In general, it’s worth noting that the warranty periods for battery packs usually surpass those for regular engine powertrains, with hybrids offering the best of both worlds.

Does Ford Offer a Plug-In Hybrid Truck Option?

No, not yet. Both the Maverick and the hybrid variant of the F-150 are traditional hybrids sans plug-in capabilities. The only Ford truck that can be juiced up via a plug is the all-electric F-150 Lightning. Despite being a real champ in terms of emissions compared to engine-powered trucks, its price tag is as formidable as its capabilities.

Does Ford Offer a Plug-In Hybrid Truck Option

But don’t lose hope! Given the rapid pace of progress in the efficiency sector, at MotoPickers we expect to see a plug-in hybrid Ford pickup in 2024.

Reaping the Benefits: Why Consider a Hybrid Truck?

Hybrid trucks stride the line between fully electric vehicles and fuel-driven models. They strike a great balance between efficiency, cost, and towing capacity. Though electric trucks score higher on efficiency, they’re pricier and tend to have a shorter range when towing compared to diesel or petrol-powered beasts.

Why Consider a Hybrid Truck

Hybrids, levering both electric and gas strength, typically meet halfway. They might be costlier to operate than EVs, but they’re more affordable to purchase and feel more familiar overall.

Are There Trucks that Reach the 30 MPG + Mark?

There’s one standout hybrid truck that pulls off 33 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg in city cruising—the Ford Maverick. While other hybrid pickups like the F-150 and Tundra mainly amplify power and torque, the Maverick’s standard battery system and hybrid arsenal prioritize fuel efficiency.

Are There Trucks that Reach the 30 MPG Mark

The only other pickups that tiptoe around the 30 mpg highway mark are the diesel siblings of the Silverado/Sierra duo and the outgoing diesel version of the Ram 1500.

Is There a Compact Hybrid Truck Out There?

Indeed, the solitary Ford Maverick is a unique gem in the compact hybrid truck market right now. Only two compact trucks hold court in the U.S. at the moment, the other being the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Is There a Compact Hybrid Truck Out There?

Although the Santa Cruz shares the same sizing category as the Maverick, unlike the Maverick it hasn’t branched into hybrid models yet. In comparison, the Maverick’s standard variant comes with a 42 mpg city-efficient hybrid powertrain.

Current Hybrid Trucks Making Waves in the Market

  • 2024 Ford Maverick with Hybrid glory
  • 2024 Toyota Tundra sporting a Hybrid system
  • 2024 Ford F-150, now in Hybrid style
  • 2024 Ram 1500, complete with eTorque charm
Current Hybrid Trucks Making Waves in the Market

Best Minivans for 2024

A minivan is a driving experience like few others. To those of us who appreciate their great mix of space, comfort and style, they are a driving experience to love! At MotoPickers we want to make sure you get the minivan that makes sense for you, your family and your lifestyle. There are some fantastic offers out there on great vehicles, so let’s dive in.

What Minivan Options Are Available?

Right now, four minivan players are in the game: Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Carnival. They’re all contenders, but each has its own charm and niche abilities, so if you’re looking to ferry the family around, you want to know the details!

We look at the things you care about.

  • Safety for your family
  • Entertainment and tech
  • Key features of each brand’s offer

All the new minivans we look at come with a variety of creature comforts like a powered tailgate, cozy heated seats, and Apple CarPlay. But instead of bombarding you with endless lists, we’ll talk about the unique aspects that make each minivan stand out. And we’ll pick out the best value-for-money trim for each van, helping you to get as much kit as possible for as little as you can!

Which is The Safest Option?

Safety-wise, each of the four minivans stands strong in the NHTSA crash tests, clinching a 5-star overall safety rating. In the IIHS tests, both the Honda Odyssey and Kia Carnival scored a top-tier “Good” in all six crash tests. Both the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna were nearly there, acing five tests with a “Good” and one “Acceptable” – still a commendable and reassuring performance.

There’s therefore no bad option when it comes to safety. All four minivans are solid safe options for your family’s travels.

Honda Odyssey

MotoPickers Rating 8.5/10

Let’s kick things off with the Honda Odyssey models from 2017 onwards. It’s an excellent starting point as for many families out there it’s the ultimate chariot.

Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey Breakdown

Seating

Packing five sets of lower anchors and six tethers, the Honda Odyssey offers fantastic versatility for seating arrangements. Plus, it’s designed with a removable middle seat, offering a choice between a bench seat or captain’s chairs, across all trims. The bench has enough room to comfortably fit three side by side.

The Odyssey’s Magic Slide Feature

If you opt to take out that middle seat, you’re rewarded with a generous aisle and the chance to use the ‘magic slide’—a super cool feature exclusively found in the Odyssey. Essentially, it lets you move the outer seat to the middle, making third-row access a breeze for anyone, grown-ups included.

It’s not just about easy passenger access. The slide feature also hands parents a hassle-free way to reach the kids in the third row for fastening and unfastening seatbelts. So good is the space, you can literally step into the car to do it. The magic slide shines particularly for child seats in the Odyssey, because the seat belts are anchored to the seat itself. So whether you’ve got a child seat installed with LATCH or the seatbelt, third-row access remains easy.

Contrast this with many SUVs, where seatbelts are often attached to the door, meaning there’s no tilting or sliding if there’s a child seat installed with the latch. And if you want even more room in the Odyssey you can easily remove the outer seats to free up some vast cabin space!

The Odyssey’s Backseat Entertainment

Before we jump from the second row, let’s chat about rear entertainment, where there are superb built-in screens. The Odyssey smartly tucks the screen into the ceiling, which frees up space, avoids damage, and gives a better viewing angle. It’s a neat approach. The only downside of this is that it might impede the driver’s visibility, so check this out for yourself as a driver.

The Odyssey’s Third Row

Let’s move to the Odyssey’s third row. All minivans deliver decent leg-room in the back, with the Odyssey offering an ample 38.1 inches, marginally shy of the Sienna’s class-leading 38.7 inches. Forward-facing child seats aren’t troubled by the headrest, and conveniently aligned lower anchors and seat belts make hooking up LATCH boosters a cinch.

The Odyssey’s Trunk Capacity

The Odyssey’s trunk boasts a decent 32.8 cubic feet, making it the third roomiest of the four, though all of them are in the same ballpark. The third-row seats fold neatly into the trunk to boost cargo room, but they also have a ‘tailgate mode’. This nifty feature is a welcome bonus for parents chilling at the park or cheering at a soccer match.

Downsides of the Odyssey

One major gripe is the missing ventilation in the 2nd and 3rd rows. It’s worth noting that the Odyssey, in models 2017 and onwards, lacks rear ceiling vents. This is particularly important for kids in rear-facing child seats, so be aware that it could get hot in there!

Another let-down is that the Odyssey doesn’t come with an option for All-Wheel Drive or as a Hybrid. Here’s hoping Honda rectifies this in future models to widen the minivan appeal. After all, many of us crave better fuel efficiency to save money and need the AWD for weather reasons.

Upsides of the Odyssey

If we had to crown one minivan as the champion of flexibility, the trophy would go to the Odyssey. Its robust hardware, easy-to-reach third row, and overall design make it ace for handling child seats. For trim levels, we’d choose the Touring Trim. It’s got power-tailgate, cabin watch, Wi-Fi, and rear entertainment. 

Storage space up front is also great – perfect for essentials.

Overall, the Odyssey is a truly clever and comfortable car and Honda have done a great job of delivering a safe, imaginative, tech-friendly and storage-satisfying minivan. Not for nothing is it a firm favourite and big-seller.

Toyota Sienna

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Let’s shift to the Toyota Sienna, which underwent a major facelift in 2021. As per the latest sales data, the Toyota Sienna is the crowd-favorite minivan in terms of annual sales. Toyota hit the jackpot by selling over 109,000 Siennas in the US in 2021, clinching the best-selling minivan title for that year.

Toyota Sienna

What’s New With the Toyota Sienna?

The Sienna now only comes as an active hybrid. This means there is no plugin needed, as the car harnesses regenerative braking to juice up its battery, flipping between electric and gas modes on the go.

Toyota touts that you can squeeze out up to 36 mpg, which at MotoPickers we think is a decent performance.

This kind of hybrid magic is perfect for families craving better fuel efficiency without the fuss of plugging in. Another key Sienna selling point is that it boasts All-Wheel Drive. For ages, it was the lone AWD minivan until Pacifica joined the party. Still, the Sienna sits in a league of its own, as you can’t bag a Pacifica that’s both AWD and Hybrid.

Toyota Sienna Breakdown

Seating

You’ve got two seating choices—bench or captain’s chairs. But here’s the catch—the bench is only available on the base trims. The bench, fairly child seat-accommodating as it is, boasts three tethers and an equal number of lower anchors, plus a removable middle seat. Given that this middle seat can be detached, it’s a shortcoming about the Sienna that the bench is off-limits on the luxury trims.

Accessing the Sienna’s Third Row

The seats are on very long tracks, sliding about 25 inches up or back, which offers flexible space distribution between the 2nd and 3rd rows. The seat moves up so much that a simple shift grants access to the third row.

Much like the Odyssey, the seatbelts are affixed to the seat, so child seat installation doesn’t hinder this feature. With no child seat, just do a quick fold and slide for access. Though do note, the Sienna’s doors are a tad quirky—they don’t swing wide enough, making it tricky to buckle up rear-facing kids.

Take a peek at the ceiling and you’ll spot the rear entertainment, as in the Honda. In the third row, you have three tether anchors and five lower anchors.

As for the extra lower anchors? Normally, we fancy them in pairs, given that you need two for a LATCH install. Occasionally, an additional anchor is tossed in, but honestly, they’re pretty futile. The only exception would be if you fancy a LATCH install for a child seat in the middle. However, given the rear seat layout in the Sienna, opting for this would render the driver’s side seat in the third row useless—the child seat would overlap the buckle.

The Sienna’s Trunk Capacity

With a trunk capacity of 33.5 cubic feet, the Sienna leans towards the scantier side compared to other minivans. Yet, it still towers over any midsize SUV trunk in terms of space.

The Perfect Toyota Sienna Trim Level

On the topic of trim level recommendations for the Sienna, the truth is it depends on your needs. Since the bench seat is only up for grabs with the LE and XLE, we’d suggest leaning towards the XLE if the bench is your pick. The upgrades from LE to XLE do justify a little extra spend.

Moreover, we’d couple the XLE with one of their ‘XLE Plus’ add-on packs. They offer a variety, catering to different needs. It’s an extra $3715, but it offers a lot of neat features.

Kia Carnival

MotoPickers Rating 7.5/10

Now let’s give the stage to the freshest face in the minivan scene: the Kia Carnival. With a dazzlingly unique design, it’s the best-looking of the quartet we’re examining, with an SUV vibe.

kia carnival

Kia Carnival Breakdown

Seating

Sliding into the Carnival’s driver’s seat, you’re greeted by sleek designs and a nifty infotainment system. But when it comes to storage nooks and cup holders, it’s a bit of a letdown compared to the competition. The action picks up in the second row, where you can choose from a bench setup or captain’s chairs. The bench is gratifyingly wide with three distinct seats and it is excellent for a trio of passengers. Each seat in the second row comes outfitted with individual lower anchors and tethers.

The Carnival’s Removable Seats

What sets the Carnival apart is the flexibility it generates. You can pop out any of the three seats to shake up the seating layout. If you want captain’s chairs or fancy taking out an outer seat, that’s easy. The Carnival actually feels like it’s channelling the Chrysler Pacifica’s “Stow n Go”, but with its own twist.

However, the Chrysler probably has the better set-up, as unlike in their “Stow n Go” system, in the Kia the seats need to be lugged out of the car completely. 

One interesting peculiarity about the Carnival is the ability to scoot the middle rear seat all the way back to the third row. It can come in handy for an adult wanting to join the kids in the back without sacrificing legroom. But remember, these super-long tracks are unique to the middle seat, not the outer ones.

Rear Entertainment in the Kia Carnival

Moving to rear entertainment in the Kia Carnival, it’s strapped onto the back of the seats. It’s actually surprisingly chunky and a bit intrusive. For some buyers, this will be a big deal, and we can see why.

Third Row Access is not the Carnival’s strong suit

Getting into the Carnival’s third row is merely passable, and possibly the poorest among the four minivans. No room for seat tilt, no magical slide, and not nearly the forward slide you’d get in a Sienna. When there’s no child seat, the seats give a nod and a slide. So to recap, while the Carnival does offer flexible seating with removable seats, if you’re filling all three seats on the bench and need to reach the third row, you’d be better in the Sienna or Pacifica. 

Shifting to the Carnival’s third row, we find lower anchors on either outboard seat and tethers spanning across the back. The Carnival is the stingiest on third-row legroom among the four minivans—only 35.6 inches, which is 3 inches shy of the Sienna. This matters for families with kids in and out of child seats. Lesser legroom can cramp up space for passengers of any age or size.

Having said that, a caveat! Even at a modest 35 inches, that’s still more legroom than most three-row SUVs offer. In addition, the Carnival’s third-row seats conveniently fold into the trunk for extra cargo space. An overall summary might say that the Carnival is about as close a minivan can get to an SUV experience, but with the convenience of sliding doors.

Downsides of the Carnival

Bear in mind that the Kia Carnival doesn’t come in an All-Wheel Drive or Hybrid option, and despite its best efforts, it’s the clumsiest of the four in terms of seating adaptability and third-row reach. These are important things to be aware of and for some buyers they will be critical.

Choosing the Right Carnival Trim Level

If we had to pick a trim for the Carnival, we’d gun for the EX. It’s brimming with cool additions like a family camera, heated seats, and a massively useful power tailgate.

Chrysler Pacifica

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Finally, let’s check out the Chrysler Pacifica.

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica Breakdown

Technology

Let’s kick things off from the driver’s seat of the Pacifica. Its technology kit is arguably the most intuitive of the lot. The interior design, especially the ‘bridge’ area, is excellent and has a cockpit feel. In terms of engine-tech, it’s the only minivan available as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle).

Boasting an electric range of 32 miles and an overall mileage of 520 miles (electric + gas), it’s a different hybrid beast compared to the Sienna. With the Pacifica Hybrid, you can actually cruise on pure electric power for close to 32 miles. So if your everyday commute is shorter than 30 miles, you could drive solely on electricity and dial in the engine only for longer jaunts. However, bear in mind that the Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t feature the much-loved ‘Stow n Go’ seating, and the All-Wheel Drive option is off the table.

Pacifica’s Second Row Features

There’s quite a bit to dissect here. Firstly, the new Pacifica exclusively features captain’s chairs, unless you shell out an extra $4935 for the U-connect Theater Family Group Package. This pack loads you up with Amazon Fire TV, a Blu-Ray DVD player, Fam Cam, and a host of other goodies, including the option for an 8-seater add-on, but only on the Touring and Touring L trims. Unfortunately, the high-end Limited and Pinnacle simply don’t offer a bench seating arrangement. Pitted against other minivans that offer bench seating on premium trims, this feels like a missed opportunity for Chrysler, especially since minivan middle seats, including the Pacifica’s, are removable.

Pacifica’s Third Row Access

The Pacifica really shines when it comes to third-row access. Several routes lead there—the most obvious being the aisle between the captain’s chairs. But when you’ve got child seats in place, accessing the back becomes a tad trickier, though not exactly difficult.

First, you can slide the driver or passenger seat all the way forward. While this technique isn’t exclusive to the Pacifica, it simplifies the task with a power button in the second row that scoots these seats forward with real ease. Thanks to the Stow n Go feature, both the front seats can be moved, doubling as a third-row access point, which is a great feature, especially with child seats.  

And the good old standard third-row access? Well, in the Pacifica it comes as a car seat tilt, which is really handy if you’ve installed any child seats with a latch system.

Is the Pacifica’s Third Row a Game Changer?

Let’s decipher the Pacifica’s third row. Those outboard headrests, for instance – not removable and jutting forward – have sparked quite a bit of debate in the child seat circles.

The Pacifica adds another layer of peculiarity with the third-row child seat setup’s hardware. Behind the passenger seat in the third row, you’ll locate a full set of LATCH. But the middle and driver’s side seats have to share a set, which is odd. The lower anchors nestle in between these two seats, with the tether anchor also playing third wheel. But no, you can’t share the tether anchor between seats, meaning you can, at best, install two forward-facing seats, not three. This is surely a design error.

Another snag in this setup is the lower anchor’s off-center disposition in comparison to the seat belt—you might struggle to pair it with a booster seat that uses LATCH. However, this only applies to the middle and driver’s side; on the passenger side, everything aligns beautifully! It’s an oddity.

Shifting to the trunk, the Pacifica offers the least space of the four, clocking in at 32.3 cubic feet. Now considering the roomiest is the Kia Carnival with 40.2 cubic feet, that’s a clear step down.

Which Pacifica Trim Is Best?

We’d suggest the Touring L Trim. It’s the most cost-effective trim that offers All-Wheel Drive. If you’ve got a penchant for sophisticated tech or crave rear entertainment, you’d need to go the extra mile and tag on the U-connect Theater package, but it is a hefty extra $5000 or so, so it’s no bargain.

Which Minivan Reigns Supreme in Reliability?

Let’s tackle the reliability aspect of these four minivans. Determining the most reliable minivan isn’t always straightforward, as it depends on variables like the model year, specific trim level, and car maintenance standards. But drawing from Consumer Reports’ data, Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have consistently proved themselves the most trustworthy minivans over a number of years. 

Take the 2021 Consumer Reports reliability rankings. Both the Sienna and Odyssey notched up admirable scores of 77 out of 100. In contrast, the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Carnival bagged more modest scores of 54 and, in the case of the Kia, a more concerning 45.

However, keep in mind that reliability isn’t just a numbers game. It can be swayed by things like regular and diligent servicing, the manner of driving, and mileage. It’s always sensible to scope out the specific model year and trim level you’re eyeing to get a fair assessment of its reliability history.


Best Mid-size Luxury SUVs for 2024 and 2025

The automotive industry in 2024 and 2025 continues to push the boundaries of technology and luxury in mid-size SUVs, offering comfort, opulence, and performance. Manufacturers design these vehicles with the driver’s enjoyment and safety in mind, featuring plush interiors and cutting-edge safety technologies. Among the standout models, the Lexus RX 350 offers remarkable fuel efficiency. At the same time, the BMW X5’s plug-in hybrid variant presents an eco-friendly luxury driving option, showcasing the industry’s focus on combining power with environmental consciousness.

Further enriching the luxury SUV market, the Genesis GV80 and Porsche Cayenne exemplify top-tier craftsmanship and design. The 2024 Buick Enclave appeals to those needing extra space with its three-row seating, and the Volvo XC90 pioneers with its safety features. This variety ensures that a mid-size luxury SUV will fit your preferences and lifestyle demands regardless of your priorities in eco-friendly driving, luxurious comfort, or safety innovation.

2024 Genesis GV80

The 2024 Genesis GV80, priced between $57,700 and $81,750, epitomizes the intersection of opulence and performance, offering horsepower ranging from 300 to 375. Equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) across all variants, its powertrain ensures smooth and responsive handling. This luxury SUV sets a high standard with its meticulously crafted interior, featuring luxury appointments like available Nappa leather and technological enhancements like a standard Wi-Fi hotspot, alongside the introduction of new trims such as the 3.5T Prestige Signature, elevating the luxury driving experience with offerings like second-row wireless charging.

2024 Genesis GV80

In addition to its distinguished ride quality and expansive interior space, the Genesis GV80 introduces standard third-row seating with the 3.5T trim for 2024, enhancing its utility and comfort. However, the optional third-row seating offers limited space best suited to children. This addition, alongside the standard Wi-Fi hotspot, underscores Genesis’s commitment to blending practicality with luxury. As such, the GV80 stands out in the luxury midsize SUV market, offering a harmonious blend of performance, elegance, and innovative features, solidifying its position within the Genesis lineup.

2024 Porsche Cayenne

Starting at $79,200, the 2024 Porsche Cayenne merges sportiness with utility, embodying the luxury expected from Porsche with a cabin that offers premium comfort. With an AWD system and a horsepower range from 348 to 729, the Cayenne delivers a dynamic and engaging driving experience, showcasing performance that challenges conventional SUV capabilities.

2024 Porsche Cayenne

The latest Cayenne model introduces a refreshed design with features like new Matrix Design LED Headlights, improved powertrains, and a more intuitive infotainment system with passenger video streaming. While its luxury is high-priced and its cargo space may not compete with some rivals at 27.2 cu. ft. — the Cayenne’s extensive standard features reinforce its elite status in the luxury SUV market.

2025 BMW X5

Starting at $65,700, the 2024 BMW X5 stands out in the luxury midsize SUV category, especially with its exhilarating M variants offering between 523 and 617 horsepower. Its luxurious interior offers spaciousness and high-quality Senafin upholstery, reflecting the BMW X6’s practicality by comfortably accommodating five passengers and cargo alike.

2025 BMW X5

The X5’s precise handling and responsive all-wheel-drive system ensure confidence on any road, complemented by comprehensive standard safety features. While solid construction contributes to a firmer ride, it emphasizes the vehicle’s dynamic driving essence. With fuel efficiency considered good for its class at up to 27 MPG highway, the X5 also includes a plug-in hybrid option, underscoring BMW’s commitment to eco-friendly driving.

2024 Volvo XC90

The 2024 Volvo XC90, with a price range of $56,600 to $71,395, captivates the mid-size luxury SUV category through its spacious and sophisticated Scandinavian-inspired interior. Comfortably fitting 6 to 7 passengers, it provides ample space in the first two rows, although the third row suits smaller passengers or shorter trips. Enhanced by a spectrum of powertrains offering 247 to 295 horsepower, the XC90 also impresses with its fuel efficiency, boasting city mileage of 20-22 MPG and highway mileage of 26-27 MPG.

2024 Volvo XC90

Volvo upholds its safety legacy in the XC90, integrating advanced features and driver assist systems like lane-keeping assist for secure travel. The SUV’s cargo space meets the luxury segment’s demands at 15.8 cu. ft. — ensuring practicality for various needs. However, the optional 21-inch wheels may detract from ride quality, and the complex infotainment system might challenge some users. Despite these minor setbacks, the 2024 XC90 stands out for those prioritizing luxury, comfort, and safety in their vehicle.

2023 Lexus GX

Designed for off-road enthusiasts, the 2023 Lexus GX combines a 301-horsepower engine with AWD, ensuring easy navigation across challenging terrains. It comfortably seats seven and has a comprehensive safety suite, providing comfort and security during adventures through features like Intelligent High Beams. The GX ranges in price from $60,225 to $70,880, with the Luxury trim featuring the premium Mark Levinson audio system for a superior sound experience. However, it leans more towards utility than highway comfort.

2023 Lexus GX

The GX’s engine, while robust, shows signs of aging, especially when compared to more modern units, exhibiting slow acceleration and less efficient fuel consumption at 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The interior is replete with safety features, highlighting Lexus’s focus on security, but the third row is somewhat cramped. Choosing the GX means prioritizing its off-road capability and enduring design over the refined smoothness often found in the newest mid-size luxury SUVs.

2025 BMW X6

Starting at $74,500, the 2025 BMW X6 redefines the luxury sport SUV segment with its powerful engine lineup and AWD, ensuring top-tier performance. The base model boasts a 375 horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine, while the M60i trim escalates to a 523 horsepower twin-turbo V-8, providing rigorous acceleration. Despite lacking a third-row seat, the X6 offers luxurious touches like Fineline Stripe Brown High Gloss Wood trim and extensive comfort and technology features, including a fully finished cargo area with velour carpeting and remote trunk release.

2025 BMW X6

The X6’s stylish design impacts practical considerations, like cargo space and rear headroom, with its sleek silhouette and coupe-like roofline reducing space. Fuel efficiency is reasonable for its class, estimated at 26 maximum MPG on highways, balancing its potent performance with fuel consumption. While this BMW’s ride is refined, the firmness on uneven roads is noticeable, making the X6 a bold choice for those valuing luxury and stable performance in a distinctive coupe-SUV design.

2024 Lexus TX Hybrid

The 2024 Lexus TX Hybrid emerges as a prime candidate for those seeking a mid-size luxury SUV that marries efficiency with elegance. Priced between $68, and $76,700, this model features a diverse trim lineup catering to various tastes and requirements. Its 366 horsepower hybrid powertrain and AWD offer a dynamic driving experience and impressive fuel efficiency, with ratings of 27 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, marking it as a standout option for those valuing both power and economy.

2024 Lexus TX Hybrid

The TX Hybrid prioritizes comfort and craftsmanship within its cabin, accommodating six passengers across three rows with generous space. This commitment extends to the 20.2 cu. ft. of cargo area, ensuring practicality without sacrificing luxury. With high-quality synthetic leather upholstery and a rich array of standard features like dramatic exterior LED styling, the TX Hybrid is a luxurious refuge, promising an enhanced driving experience. While premium in price, the 2024 Lexus TX Hybrid offers comfort, luxury, and efficiency, supported by a potent hybrid powertrain.

2024 Audi Q7

Starting at $59,500, the 2024 Audi Q7 presents a luxurious seven-passenger cabin that marries comfort with cutting-edge technology, offering a ride quality and agility reminiscent of a sports sedan. It features a choice between a 261 horsepower turbocharged engine and a more potent 335 horsepower V6, equipped with Audi’s renowned AWD system and an eight-speed automatic transmission for seamless acceleration.

2024 Audi Q7

The Q7 enhances its safety offerings by including standard adaptive cruise control, with remote start and traffic sign recognition options, bolstering an already robust safety suite. However, at 19 mpg in the city and 24-25 mpg on the highway, fuel efficiency may fall below some rivals. The spaciousness is evident in the first two rows. In contrast, the third row caters more to children, and the premium interior prioritizes connectivity and entertainment through features like a 12.3” customizable driver cluster. Maximizing cargo space requires folding the rear seats, indicating a compromise at 14.2 cu. ft. when fully occupied. Nonetheless, the Audi Q7 is a solid choice within the mid-size luxury SUV segment, offering an excellent balance of comfort, luxury, and driving dynamics

2023 Lincoln Nautilus

Starting at $47,325, the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus is a luxurious and practical SUV option. It offers spacious seating for five and a generous 37.2 cu. ft. cargo area to ensure convenience. The SUV boasts two engine choices: a 250 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged as standard and an optional 335 horsepower 2.7L V6 twin-turbocharged engine for those seeking more power. Though not the fastest SUV, it promises a smooth, relaxed driving experience.

2023 Lincoln Nautilus

With available FWD and AWD configurations, the Nautilus adapts to various driving needs while offering decent fuel efficiency of 19-21 MPG in the city and 25-26 MPG on the highway. It combines safety and an easy-to-use infotainment system, further enriched by the new Premium package that elevates comfort and luxury without a steep price increase. The Nautilus focuses on providing a calm driving experience over athleticism, making it an ideal choice for those valuing a serene ride.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, starting at $62,650, stands out in the upscale mid-size SUV category, offering a luxurious cabin for five with exceptional comfort in the first two rows. However, the optional third row provides limited space. It features a range of powertrains from a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder to a vigorous 510-horsepower option, ensuring dynamic handling and a smooth ride, thanks to its athletic framework and superior noise insulation.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Tech enthusiasts will likely enjoy the GLE’s advanced infotainment system with dual 12.3” displays, characterized by large panels enhancing connectivity while fitting the vehicle’s luxurious profile. Practicality is also a highlight, with 33.3 cu. ft of cargo space to meet diverse needs. Safety is also paramount, with a comprehensive suite of advanced features like Active Brake Assist reflecting Mercedes-Benz’s dedication to occupant protection. Spanning a price range of up to $86,700, depending on trim and extras, the GLE-Class distinguishes itself through its elegant interior design, cutting-edge safety technology, and engaging performance, making it a compelling choice for those seeking automotive excellence.

2023 Lincoln Aviator

Starting at $53,340 and peaking at $90,280 for the top Black Label Grand Touring trim, the 2023 Lincoln Aviator redefines American luxury with modern functionality. Its cabin, adorned with high-end touches like Lincoln Soft Touch Seats, comfortably accommodates passengers across three rows, emphasizing luxury in every aspect of its design. The Aviator offers smooth handling and a 400-horsepower engine that provides swift acceleration, allowing for a tranquil driving experience with the choice of RWD or AWD configurations.

2023 Lincoln Aviator

The Aviator’s interior smartly accommodates up to seven passengers, offering ample space in the first two rows and a more compact third-row ideal for children or short trips. Its practical side includes 18.3 cu. ft. of cargo space and an intuitive 10.1” infotainment system, enhancing convenience without compromising on connectivity. Safety features, including Lane Centering Assist, reinforce Lincoln’s dedication to passenger protection. With a highway fuel efficiency of 24-26 mpg, the Aviator bolsters its everyday utility.

2024 Audi Q8

Starting at $73,700, the 2024 Audi Q8 impresses with its refreshed styling and luxurious, spacious cabin designed to enhance driving comfort with supportive seating. This model appeals to those seeking an upscale driving experience, supported by a 335 horsepower V6 engine and AWD for dynamic handling and performance that complements its sophisticated exterior. However, the engaging drive it offers comes with an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 19 MPG.

2024 Audi Q8

The Q8 integrates advanced technology features, including an expanded array of standard driver-assistance features like Night Vision Assistant, highlighting Audi’s commitment to safety, connectivity, and road awareness. Despite its premium pricing, the Audi Q8 is an attractive option for those prioritizing luxury, comfort, and advanced technology in their vehicle.

2024 Acura MDX

The 2024 Acura MDX carves its niche within the mid-size luxury SUV market, offering an enjoyable driving experience underscored by precise handling and a 290 horsepower V-6 engine. For those seeking higher thrills, the MDX Type S’s optional 355-horsepower Turbo V-6 engine provides ample acceleration. Beyond performance, the MDX delights with a sophisticated cabin, replete with standard luxuries like leather upholstery and comprehensive safety technologies, albeit with a potentially challenging 12.3” infotainment system.

2024 Acura MDX

Priced between $51,500 and $74,695, the MDX prioritizes spacious comfort for passengers in the first two rows, designating the third row for occasional use. While it may not surpass some luxury rivals, the MDX offers compelling features and value. Despite a ride quality that occasionally sacrifices refinement for sportiness, the 2024 MDX stands out for its blend of functionality, engaging performance, and competitive pricing, making it a versatile choice for luxury SUV buyers.

2024 Infiniti QX60

The 2024 Infiniti QX60, entering the mid-size luxury SUV market, showcases a lavish interior, ample space, and a comprehensive array of standard features, distinguishing itself from traditional luxury competitors. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 295 horsepower and paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it offers both FWD and AWD configurations. Fuel efficiency is competitive, with 20-21 MPG estimates in the city and 25-26 MPG on the highway, underscoring its balanced approach to performance and economy.

2024 Infiniti QX60

With a starting price of $49,650, reaching up to $66,100, the QX60 positions itself as a value-centric alternative within the luxury segment, providing significant savings without compromising the quintessential luxury experience. Although its drive dynamics might not match the agility of European counterparts like the BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE, the QX60 excels in interior comfort and practical cargo capacity at 14.5 cu. ft., and safety features like Rear Automatic Braking, offering a well-rounded package for those prioritizing value and comfort in their luxury SUV choice.

2024 Land Rover Discovery

Starting at $59,900 and reaching up to $79,300, the 2024 Land Rover Discovery positions itself at the intersection of luxury and off-road readiness. It offers a richly appointed cabin through features like an 18-way heated electric driver memory seat with a captain’s armrest and a heated steering wheel. Additional perks include unmatched off-road performance, a 3D Surround Camera, and significant towing capacity, though it has tighter third-row seating and reduced 9.1 cu. ft. of cargo space with all seats occupied.

2024 Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery caters to families with its seven-seat configuration, powered by engines ranging from a 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder to a more potent 355-horsepower turbocharged six, all equipped with four-wheel drive for a balanced drive and fuel economy estimated at 17-19 MPG city and 23-24 MPG highway. While the handling is reliable across various conditions, it may not be as nimble as some competitors. Yet, its comprehensive capability and spacious design affirm the Discovery’s status as a top-tier luxury mid-size SUV, blending day-to-day utility with the grandeur of the Land Rover marque.

2024 Cadillac XT5

The 2024 Cadillac XT5, priced between $43,895 and $56,795, offers a fusion of spaciousness for passengers and cargo, comfortably accommodating five and their luggage. Choices under the hood include a 235 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or an optional 310 horsepower engine, with both variants coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission and available in FWD or AWD, ensuring tailored performance to match driving styles.

2024 Cadillac XT5

Fuel efficiency stands at 18-22 MPG in the city and 23-29 MPG on the highway, respectable for its category, though the XT5’s performance might lack the vivacity expected in luxury SUVs. The cabin remains a quiet sanctuary, upholding Cadillac’s standard for comfort, supported by comprehensive safety and technology features, like Emergency Braking and Amazon Alexa Built-In. However, the interior finishes may not quite meet the luxury benchmark set by rivals. The XT5 presents itself as a practical contender in the luxury SUV market, offering essential luxury at a competitive price. Yet, it may fall short for those seeking engaging drive dynamics and top-tier cabin materials.

2024 Land Rover Defender

The 2024 Land Rover Defender, priced from $56,400 to $69,100 for its standard three-model lineup, stands out in the upscale all-terrain vehicle sector, blending luxury with exceptional off-road ability. Highlighting its appeal is the introduction of a 493 horsepower V8 engine for the 110 and 130 models, alongside the new two-row Defender 130 Outbound trim, offering unparalleled versatility and performance enhancements across all trims.

2024 Land Rover Defender

Despite its fuel efficiency of 14-18 MPG in the city and 18-23 MPG on the highway and critiques of interior luxury not matching its price, the Defender impresses with its AWD, monstrous horsepower range of 296 to 518, and a cabin equipped with a wealth of features for comfort and practicality, like optional third-row seating. With seating for 5 to 8 passengers and cutting-edge safety technologies, the Defender reaffirms its status as a versatile luxury SUV capable of conquering diverse terrains while ensuring passenger safety and comfort.

2024 Lexus RX 350

Starting at $49,950, the 2024 Lexus RX 350 is recognized for its serene driving experience and unwavering reliability, making it ideal for daily commutes and long-distance travel. It is powered by a 275-horsepower turbocharged engine, providing satisfactory performance for most driving conditions. Fuel efficiency is rated at 21-22 MPG in the city and 28-29 MPG on the highway, ensuring a blend of power and economy.

2024 Lexus RX 350

Inside, the RX 350 prioritizes comfort with its luxuriously quiet cabin, albeit with more subdued handling than some competitors. Lexus ensures safety with comprehensive standard features, like the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0* with a pre-collision system that alerts you to oncoming cross traffic at an intersection and technology that can intuitively slow the vehicle when it detects a pedestrian. Seating for five and a premium interior underscore its blend of luxury and practicality alongside an ample 29.6 cu. ft. of cargo room. With its focus on comfort over sportiness, the RX 350 appeals to those looking for a smooth and reliable luxury SUV.

2024 Cadillac XT6

Starting at $48,795 and reaching up to $60,295, the 2024 Cadillac XT6 positions itself as a flexible contender in the high-end SUV market, catering to various luxury preferences and financial plans. Its spacious interior can seat seven passengers, and it has 78.7 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seats down, highlighting the XT6’s commitment to combining comfort and practicality. Engine options range from 235 to 310 horsepower, ensuring a versatile performance that meets different driving demands.

2024 Cadillac XT6

Economical for its class, the XT6 provides an estimated fuel efficiency of 18-21 MPG in the city and 25-27 MPG on the highway without compromising performance, thanks to the availability of both FWD and AWD configurations. While it boasts an extensive array of standard safety features like Emergency Braking for secure travel, some interior areas may fall short of the luxurious standards its exterior suggests. Nonetheless, with its spaciousness, advanced features, and efficient performance, the XT6 stands out as a solid choice within the mid-size luxury SUV segment.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Starting at $61,575, the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar captivates with its unique combination of luxury and performance, featuring a sleek design that balances modernity with traditional Range Rover cues. The cabin welcomes occupants with expansive luxury like wood or metal door panel trim, setting a high standard for interior quality.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Velar introduces the HST trim, enhancing its lineup with options including a 247 horsepower four-cylinder or a 395 horsepower six-cylinder engine, both supported by 4WD for reliable handling. While its serene handling and responsive suspension offer a ride that adeptly blends firmness with plushness, opting for the four-cylinder engine might yield slower acceleration. The Velar also offers commendable cargo space at 34 cu. ft. and a suite of safety features, with offerings like lane-departure warning and lane-departure assist, ensuring it’s as practical as it is luxurious.

2023 Maserati Levante

Priced between $90,700 and $167,000, the 2023 Maserati Levante occupies the higher echelon of mid-size luxury SUVs, where customization options significantly determine the cost. The vehicle welcomes drivers with a level of comfort befitting the Maserati brand, though it faces criticism for an interior that may not match the luxury of its competitors.

2023 Maserati Levante

Powering the Levante are vigorous twin-turbocharged engines, a V6 and a V8, producing between 345 and 580 horsepower, transforming it into a high-performance machine with acceleration that echoes the iconic sound of Italy. Despite its dynamic capabilities and the introduction of new safety features, its 20.5 cu. ft. of the cargo area and tight rear seating somewhat limits utility. While its technological offerings, like a smaller 8.4” touch display, may seem outdated compared to newer rivals, the Levante continues to deliver a luxurious and unmistakably Italian driving experience.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Starting at $83,600 and reaching up to $122,975, the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the epitome of luxury, melded with robust performance for enthusiasts of spirited driving wrapped in sophistication. The cabin welcomes you with textile or genuine leather upholstery seats designed for utmost comfort, promising a delightful journey every time.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport boasts gas and hybrid engines, offering a horsepower range of 355 to 523. This, coupled with its agile handling and swift acceleration, provides unparalleled power and control. This SUV isn’t just about luxury; it has cutting-edge safety features like adaptive cruise control, making it a perfect partner for adventures across varied landscapes. With its high starting price, the Range Rover Sport promises not just a vehicle but an exclusive driving experience, highlighted by a sleek redesign and updated trims.

Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the landscape of mid-size luxury SUVs for 2024 and 2025 might involve questions about how they compare in terms of performance, comfort, safety, resale value, technology, and fuel efficiency. Below, you’ll find brief answers to some of the most common inquiries.

What are the top-rated mid-size luxury SUVs for 2024?

In 2024, the Porsche Cayenne impresses with its dynamic performance and luxury, offering an exquisite balance of power and advanced technology. Its high acclaim stems from delivering a wide range of horsepower options and a refreshed exterior design.

What are the top-rated mid-size luxury SUVs for 2024

Similarly, the Lincoln Nautilus has received praise for its robust performance and luxury features, encapsulating sophistication and innovative technology. This SUV ensures a refined balance, catering to those seeking premium comfort and capability.

Which 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs offer the best balance between performance and comfort?

The Genesis GV70 pairs a comfortable interior with a refined ride, offering vigorous engine choices such as a robust V6. This combination highlights its standout performance and luxury.

Which 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs offer the best balance between performance and comfort

Conversely, the Volvo XC90 excels with a plush cabin and a smooth powertrain, providing a quiet and dynamic driving experience. Its emphasis on comfort and performance makes it a notable contender.

How do the safety features in 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs compare?

The BMW X5 leads with advanced safety technology, featuring systems such as adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance, highlighting its focus on driver assistance.

How do the safety features in 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs compare

Volvo’s XC90 maintains the brand’s dedication to safety, consistently achieving high ratings for its extensive array of safety technologies.

Which upcoming mid-size luxury SUVs are expected to have the best resale value?

Luxury SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 historically boast strong resale values, attributed to brand prestige, enduring quality, and timeless design. This trend is expected to continue with 2024 models.

Which upcoming mid-size luxury SUVs are expected to have the best resale value

These vehicles’ appeal lies in their combination of luxury, performance, and reliability.

What new technologies are being introduced in 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs?

Expect innovations like advanced infotainment systems with larger touchscreens, enhanced driver assistance programs, and expanded connectivity features. Electrification stands as a focal point.

What new technologies are being introduced in 2024 mid-size luxury SUVs

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid exemplifies this trend with its performance-oriented hybrid technology, showcasing the future direction of vehicle electrification.

Can you list the most fuel-efficient mid-size luxury SUVs for the 2024 model year?

BMW and Volvo are at the forefront of efficiency, with models like the X5 xDrive45e, which offers hybrid efficiency. This model exemplifies how luxury can coexist with environmental consciousness.

Can you list the most fuel-efficient mid-size luxury SUVs for the 2024 model year

The Volvo XC90 T8, featuring a plug-in hybrid system, underscores the industry’s shift towards lower emissions and better fuel economy, marrying performance with sustainability.

BMW has changed from 2024 to 2025 on their website, so I changed this one. Please verify that the image is a 2025 model. Thank you!