Top Family Cars to Check Out in 2024

By: James Diaz | July 28, 2024

Our cars matter to us. They’re our mobile home base, our family cocoon, our sanctuary from the world’s hustle and bustle. It’s where our connections flourish, from school runs, to epic road trips, to the Grand Canyon, chatting, laughing and belting out our favorite songs!

However, like fast-growing kids, cars are evolving at breakneck speed, meaning there’s lots to consider with each new model year. That’s why at MotoPickers we’ve put together this list of essential rides. These are cars anyone buying in 2024 should be aware of.

We looked into safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and we think the MotoPickers list we’ve got for you here will offer you and your family a prime contender as your family favorite. So let’s start the journey!

Now, let’s dive into the Best Family Cars for 2024.

Minivan Mastery!

Regardless of their somewhat uncool reputation, minivans are still a popular pick thanks to their unbeatable usefulness, convenience, and adaptability. Need room for kids, pals, sports equipment, bags, and more? Minivans are your perfect match!

Kia Carnival

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at $32,300+, with a 290 horsepower V6 engine estimated to offer 22 MPG, the Kia Carnival has replaced the family-and-budget-friendly Sedona as an all-star multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Perfect for a gang of seven or eight, it’s a gem for kids, but also entices adults. In the posh SX Prestige version, you’re treated to ‘VIP lounge’ captain seats, complete with heating and cooling, extendable footrests, individual screens, and top-notch sound. This is minivan luxury!

kia carnival

Road Behavior

Many car buffs shook off their doubts about the Carnival as they experienced its power and handling. At MotoPickers we think it feels more like an SUV than a minivan. It’s a breeze to drive and offers a serene, comfy ride. Plus, Kia’s amazing ADAS system comes as standard and brings heaps of juicy extras including adaptive cruise control.

Family-Friendly Elements

Thanks to sliding doors and moveable mid-row seats, accessing the third row is child’s play. There’s a total of five LATCH systems – three in the middle row (if you have a bench seat) and two in the outer third-row seats. Clever features like safe exit assist (which blocks the doors from opening if a car is approaching), rear seat reminder, and six USB charging ports (with two in the third row) make the Carnival a family favorite.

Even the top model is priced under $47,000. And it’s loaded with superb kit, like a rear seat entertainment system, adaptive driver assist systems, and premium audio. The Carnival is definitely in town!

Toyota Sienna

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at $34,560+, the Toyota Sienna sports a 243 horsepower 4-cylinder hybrid engine, estimated to offer an impressive 36 MPG. Toyota has done away with the gas-only option, putting all their eggs in the hybrid basket. If you fancy adding AWD, it’s yours with a $2,000 upgrade, making this ride a true road warrior. Fuel efficiency is also bumped up by 40% compared to the non-hybrid model.

Toyota Sienna

On the Road

The Sienna was the first minivan to jump on the AWD bandwagon, quickly becoming a hit among those battling snowy stretches or steep driveways. The Woodland Edition ($45,350) comes standard with AWD and even cranks up its ruggedness for off-road adventures. It brings higher ground clearance, beefier wheels, a 3,500 lb. towing capacity, and even an onboard 1,500-watt power outlet for inflating air beds or setting up a pop-up kitchen on your outdoor trip. Toyota’s ace ADAS system, the Safety Sense, is a standard feature. All in all, it’s a superb set of kit.

Kid-friendly Features

Toyota introduced gesture-controlled lift gate and side doors. So, when your hands are full, a swift kick under the motion icon (with the key in your pocket or bag) and the door swings open! The Sienna can seat seven or eight, and the mid-row can be converted into captain’s chairs by removing the center seat. Plus, the middle row seats slide forward, freeing up more legroom. The outer middle seats and the third-row center and passenger side seats come with LATCH systems. Access to the third row is easy through the passage between the captain’s chairs.

Steal the Show

An AWD minivan offering 36 MPG is already notable. But there’s also abundant storage options, like a front center console space fit for a big bag, door panels storage, a deep cargo well at the back, and a center console. In short, there’s huge useful space. Plus, every passenger gets a power outlet and USB port for their gadgets.

Chrysler Pacifica

MotoPickers Rating 8.2/10

Starting from $37,095 before PHEV tax breaks and equipped with a 287 horsepower V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica goes beyond your typical minivan. Its styling leans more toward swanky car than vanilla van. With a sleek dashboard, leather upholstery, stark piping, and even plushy pillows in the top-notch Pinnacle edition costing $54,167, you could easily forget you’re in a minivan.

Chrysler Pacifica

Road Persona

Expect a serene ride, alert suspension, and speedy pick-up. The Pacifica actually drives more like a luxury sedan than a minivan. The PHEV variant, costing from $48,478, dishes out 260 HP and offers 30 miles of pure electric drive before switching to hybrid mode, clocking up an admirable 38 MPG. Although AWD is a no-show in the hybrid, it can be added to the gas model for an extra $2,795.

Family Perks

Among the Pacifica’s crowd-pleasing features, count in a movement-activated rear lift gate, onboard vacuum, and Chrysler’s famed Stow ‘n Go second and third-row seats (absent in the hybrid) that tuck neatly into the floor, boosting flexibility. The third row can easily be reached either by folding the middle seats forward or threading through the captain’s chairs. You’ll find LATCH systems on the outboard seats in both the second and third rows.

Star Power

As the lone minivan with a PHEV engine, the Pacifica is a standout. With daily plug-ins, many families could go weeks or even months without a gas station visit. And as the only minivan offering a sunroof above every row along with a standard in-car entertainment system (which is optional in other minivans), the Pacifica will definitely offer the wow factor to many families. Kids will love so much about this minivan, and its looks help rank it highly as among the most stylish minivans around.

Honda Odyssey

MotoPickers Rating 8.2/10

Starting at $33,040+ and boasting a 280 horsepower V6 engine estimated at 22 MPG, the Honda Odyssey is a family-friendly gem loaded with tech. Its ultra-flexible cabin stands out in the minivan crowd, with a center row that can transform into captain’s chairs, slides back and forth, and with the middle seat taken out, can slide sideways. Couple this with an adjustable media screen and abundant storage in the front seat and center console, thanks to the push-button gear selector.

Honda Odyssey

Road Performance

The Odyssey packs enough power to merge onto highways confidently, even with a full load. However, bear in mind that it still handles like a large vehicle, and you’ll soon be grateful for the slide doors in cramped parking situations.

Family Perks

The Odyssey is designed for quality family time. It comes with an entertainment screen that lowers from the ceiling, complete with wireless headsets and AUX ports for wired headphones. Cleaning is made simpler with a built-in vacuum and easy-clean berber carpets. The plentiful LATCH anchors spread across the center and third rows offer numerous car seat options, and all are quickly accessible and user-friendly.

Star Power

For parents keen to keep an eye on the kids, the Cabin Watch system on the front media screen serves every seat, courtesy of a ceiling-mounted camera. The Cabin Talk feature enables front seat passengers to connect with those in the back, and the ‘Social Play List’ function lets anyone share their tunes via Bluetooth. It is another example of the kind of detail that makes the Odyssey a premium option.

Tri-row SUVs Unveiled

These aren’t just nifty and reliable family wheels; they’re also crucial for the car industry’s success. That’s why the race to make more and enhance them is always on. And with their spacious interiors, practical features, and comfortable rides, they’re an ideal pick for family journeys. At MotoPickers, we think 2024 offers a bumper crop.

Acura MDX

MotoPickers Rating 8.7/10

Starting at $48,000+ with a 290 horsepower V6 engine estimated to offer 22 MPG, the Acura MDX is like a full-sized SUV with the brains of a minivan. It cleverly borrows many of the best features from its cousin, the Honda Odyssey, crafting an all-round SUV that’s chic, sporty, and a joy to drive. It’s also a thing of some beauty, and stands out superbly well in what can be a crowded field.

2024 Acura MDX

Road Performance

The MDX is engineered to promise a fun driving experience, delivering more power than you’d expect from its horsepower. Use the sport mode for a butter-smooth ride or switch to the comfort mode for calm highway cruising. When conditions get slippery, the snow mode is your best friend, providing extra traction. The MDX comes standard with Acura Watch, Acura’s suite of safety tech.

Family Perks

If you can’t choose between captain’s chairs or a center row bench, in the MDX you get the best of both worlds: a center row middle seat that can be removed when not needed. The multi-media system covers features like the Social Playlist and Cabin Talk from the Odyssey, making it a breeze to keep everyone involved in the chat and music action. The MDX has three LATCH systems in the center row but none in the third row, which for some families may be an issue.

Star Power

Visually, the MDX is an absolute stunner. Its proportions and details exude sporty elegance. You’ll be grateful for its family-oriented features when the kids hop in. But you’ll also relish the look and feel it offers when you have the ride all to yourself. For some buyers this will make it a perfect choice.

Volvo XC90 Recharge

MotoPickers Rating 8.5/10

Starting at $64,800 before tax breaks, the 2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge is powered by a high-octane 4-cylinder turbo engine with a PHEV electric system. It churns out a hefty 455 horsepower, promising up to 35 miles of pure electric roaming and 27 MPG with gas only. The prospect of dodging weekly gas station pit stops might take the edge off the premium price of this 6- or 7-seater SUV. The standard model offers about 18 miles of pure electric travel, while the extended range model (a $2,800 upgrade) delivers 35 miles per charge, meaning daily juicing could have you mainly relishing electric drives. This model is more luxurious, carries a standard AWD, and sits $13,900 above the basic gas model powered by a 4-cylinder turbo engine bringing 316 HP to the table.

Volvo XC90 Recharge

On the Drive

It drives magically! Get ready to feel an immediate burst of acceleration and a sense of floating your way along roads in this SUV. Volvo has crafted it to be swift, precise, and powerful, enhanced by the electric motor. Even the gas-only variant towers over most in its class when it comes to power.

Family Focus

Volvo is famous for safety, blending top tech with a safety-oriented design. Inside, you can opt for mid-row captain’s chairs or a bench seat capable of accommodating three car seats. The third row fits two and can be accessed via sliding and tilting mid-row seats. Each of the three mid-row seats adjust back and forth independently, great news for car seat placement. Volvo also offers an inbuilt booster seat option in the mid-row and LATCH systems for the two outer seats. Sadly, none in the third row.

Wow Elements

Volvo truly embraces family luxury by blending posh design with practicality in every seat. With a large, vertical multimedia screen in the center dash, chic details like a cooled glove box, and the fact that Recharge models allow you to bypass gas stations, it’s a definite contender if your budget can stretch a bit upwards!

Nissan Pathfinder

MotoPickers Rating 8.5/10

Starting at $34,640+ and powered by a 284 horsepower V6 engine with an estimated 23 MPG, the newly redesigned Nissan Pathfinder is a strong player for family-focused driving, especially for those who seek all-wheel-drive for their off-road weekend quests or for tackling snowy winters.

2024 Nissan Pathfinder

Road Manners

Despite its spacious interior seating 7 or 8 folks, the Pathfinder handles like a dream, feeling powerful yet not oversized on the road. For its 2024 redesign, Nissan honed its drive experience, and the Pro Pilot Assist or the ADAS features come as a standard perk, boosting driver confidence.

Suitable for Families

Its 8-seater capacity sets the Pathfinder apart from many competitors. Buyers can opt for ‘peacemakers’ or mid-row captain’s chairs (available in SV, SL, and Platinum grades), providing passengers with their private space and enhanced visibility. Cleaning is simple, with easy-to-clean seats, flooring, and surfaces. The LATCH system is equipped in the mid-row outboard seats and the third-row driver’s side seat.

Eye-catcher Factor

If you splurge for the Platinum Edition priced at $48,440, you’re looking at treating the family to mid-row captain’s chairs, a panoramic sunroof, and a superior Bose sound system that’ll keep everyone entertained on long drives. It’s excellent value compared to others in its market.

Volkswagen Atlas

MotoPickers Rating 8.3/10

Starting from $34,335+ with a 236 horsepower 4-cylinder engine providing an estimated 23 MPG, the 6- or 7-seater Volkswagen Atlas has topped the charts since its debut in 2018, and it’s easy to see why. It proffers a third row that comfortably seats full-grown adults, an option between mid-row captain’s chairs or a bench seat accommodating three car seats, and ample cargo space. With flexible options including two engines, AWD, and varied luxury levels, there’s a comfy price point for all buyers.

2024 Volkswagen Atlas

Performance

The Atlas is truly large. From your driving seat, you’ll notice its size and presence. It’s high off the ground and feels more like a truck than a car. If you’re planning to bring a full crew aboard, consider the more brawny V6 model with 276 horsepower. Those requiring AWD will need to shell out an extra $1,900 for the 4 Motion. VW’s ADAS suite, known as IQ Drive, comes standard and performs seamlessly.

Family Features

The second-row seats slide and tilt for easy third-row access, even with a car seat installed using the LATCH system. The Atlas provides three LATCH systems in the center row, but none in the third row.

Impress Factor

VW has finessed the design of this SUV, giving it a vibrant, crisp appearance. Buyers also have the option to upgrade to the Digital Cockpit system, akin to the high-tech offerings of VW’s sibling brand Audi, for an extra dash of premium functionality and sophistication. It has a loyal following and for many buyers it will be in their top tier of choices.

Subaru Ascent

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at $32,795+ and boasting a 260 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine estimated at 22 MPG, the Subaru Ascent arrived late to the three-row SUV party, but its arrival is certainly cherished by its loyal fans. This SUV offers seating for up to 8 passengers, encapsulating everything that Subaru enthusiasts hold dear.

2024 Subaru Ascent

Road Behavior

Don’t let the horsepower deceive you. This turbo surprises with extra torque (277 lb. to be exact), adding a zest to the ride. Plus, Subaru’s Eyesight ADAS suite uses camera technology, mimicking human eyes to maintain the Ascent’s safe cruise down the road.

Built for Families

Subaru’s preparation for outdoor enthusiasts who combat ‘mud seasons’ and have canine companions comes in handy for families too. This vehicle is sturdily built, easy to spruce up, plush, and well-appointed, particularly in the top-range Touring edition ($45,945). You’ll find outboard LATCH systems in the center row and one set in the third row on the driver’s side.

Star Struck

In 2022, Subaru introduced the sleek Onyx edition, dressing this all-weather, capable SUV in a classy black-tie look. It effortlessly transitions from a day at the campsite to an evening at the country club.

Honda Pilot

MotoPickers Rating 7/10

From $38,080+, boasting a 280 horsepower V6 engine and promising about 23 MPG, Honda’s trusted trooper, the Pilot, is prized for its dependability and spacious interiors. The third row comfortably seats adults and is practical for daily usage. Honda upped the ante for this 7- or 8-seater SUV in 2022 by increasing the standard kit and scrapping the base model. The buzz is that later in 2024 there will be a major revamp and we’ll likely see a hybrid enter the lineup.

2024 Honda Pilot

Drive Experience

The Pilot is a full-scale SUV and you’ll be aware of its stature from the driver’s spot. Yet, with a V6 packing 280 horses, it’s confident on highways and, for extra assurance, AWD is on offer.

Family Utility

The middle row seats can tilt and slide forward for easy third-row access, and there’s ample cargo space even with the third row in use. LATCH systems are on the mid-row outer seats, with one each in the mid-row center seat and on the third-row passenger’s side.

Wow Appeal

A sizeable center console between the front seats features a retractable top and a raised back, perfect for stowing a handbag or small backpack. Honda spices up its offerings with special lifestyle versions – like the TrailSport, boasting off-road prowess, and the stylish Black Edition.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

MotoPickers Rating 8.8/10

Starting at $39,725+ and armed with a 290 horsepower V6 engine offering an estimated 22 MPG, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the brand’s bid to win the hearts of families needing a third-row SUV, without giving up on signature Jeep performance.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Driving Persona

This is a full-bodied SUV, demanding driver prowess on the road. But that’s just the way Jeep aficionados like it – prime on and off-road agility, merged with a smooth ride for city and highway motoring. A potent ADAS suite enhances semi-autonomous assistance to the next level.

Family-oriented

Offering 6- or 7-seater arrangements, the third row is surprisingly roomy and comfy, even for tall passengers, and access is a cinch thanks to sliding and tilting second-row seats. Jeep considered the family factor with easy-clean carpets, USB ports for each occupant, and cup holders doubling as phone holders. The vehicle also houses three LATCH systems in the middle row but, sadly, none in the third row.

Highlight Factor

Jeep has taken interior aesthetics up a notch, adding a delightful dash of luxury to your adventurous trips. The exterior design is also among the most stylish on offer. The UConnect multimedia system has been revamped for better user experience. Plus, its ‘Hey Jeep’ voice-activated assistant can manage a host of tasks, whether it’s activating windshield wipers or tweaking cabin temperature. This is a superb option and it deserves its high rating.

Mazda CX-9

MotoPickers Rating 8.2/10

Starting at $35,630+ and backed by a 227 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine that provides an estimated 23 MPG, Mazda made a game-changing shift a few years back. They transitioned from budget car manufacturing to premium offerings, enhancing everything from car paints (their Crystal Soul Red hue is simply mesmerizing) to a tranquil ride experience and sophisticated interiors that compete with high-end European brands. However, bear in mind that some of these features are exclusive to higher trims starting from $37,780. 

2024 Mazda CX-9

Performance

The Mazda difference lies in its intuitive cabin design with its tight seating arrangement and ergonomic layout. That’s central to Mazda’s design philosophy of ‘horse and rider as one.’ This, coupled with their signature energetic drive, makes Mazda a top choice for driving enthusiasts. Here’s some more good news – if you opt for premium fuel, your power increases to 250 HP and the torque from 310 to 320.

Family-oriented

With configuration options for 6 or 7 seats, getting to the third row is simple with the captain’s chairs option. The mid-row seats need to be tilted forward to reach the last row, and with children’s passenger seats installed, this access isn’t feasible. This is a drawback. Overall, the snug ‘hand-in-glove’ design might feel a bit tight for some families. The vehicle incorporates two LATCH systems in the mid-row outer seats but misses out in the third row.

Impress Factor

Uncompromising on design and technology—five of six trim levels offer leather seats, AWD is a standard feature—and boasting reliable credentials, Mazda has accrued quite the fan following. Special features like head-up display, upscale sound, and a responsive drive experience, all add to the SUV’s premium feel without breaking your bank.

Two-Row SUVs Explored

Not every clan requires a three-row SUV. For those who don’t, a 5-seater SUV delivers plentiful cargo room and is simpler to maneuver and park. If you don’t need a third row, check out this MotoPickers selection of SUVs for 5.

Chevrolet Equinox

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at $25,800+ and powered by a 170 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine with an estimated 27 MPG, the Chevrolet Equinox had a makeover for 2022. It now features snazzy exterior accents and extra amenities inside. This SUV boasts a robust and flexible interior, top-notch connected car tech, and a standard ADAS system, making the Equinox a reliable choice without sacrificing any flair.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox

On the Road

With its 170 HP, the Equinox confidently tackles your city drives. Although it’s hands-down better suited for town commutes, its spacious cabin makes it equally comfy for longer journeys. To conquer inclement weather, AWD is available for an extra $1,600, but don’t plan on using it for off-roading.

Family-approved

The Equinox’s rear seats fold flat, and paired with ample cargo space, it’s a multi-tasking vehicle – great for both people and gear transport. Plus, two LATCH systems are ready for car seat installation, and almost 40″ of legroom keep everyone comfy. This is class-leading space.

Wow Effect

Chevrolet sure knows how to give you a bang for your buck. Even at the base level, the Equinox spoils you with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, WiFi, active noise cancellation, and a touchscreen multimedia system. In addition, OnStar connected services and a teen driver system lets parents set rules and receive reports about teen driving. This is great for those families with new drivers.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

MotoPickers Rating 7.8/10

Starting at $23,145 before tax bonuses, the Crosstrek comes with a 137 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, boasting around 17 miles of electric range and 35 MPG. The plug-in hybrid carries a $13,200 premium over its base version, though it’s furnished with features similar to the high-end Crosstrek Limited (from $28,995+). Buyers rave about its compact feel, unique paint options, and overall appeal.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Drive Feel

Owing to its compact size, maneuvering through traffic is a breeze. Coupled with the instant zip from the electric motor, driving the Crosstrek is pure entertainment. Subaru’s EyeSight ADAS system assists drivers to keep on track and ease traffic-related stress.

Family Features

As Subaru’s tiniest SUV, it has two LATCH systems on board. But with the 36.5″ of legroom, front seat passengers might compulsorily buddy-up with the dashboard when kid’s car seats are installed, particularly those rear-facing. Caveat: the rear seat lacks dedicated air vents, so consider this before family road trips.

Impressive Element

Subaru is marching straight into the electric auto future, uncompromising on performance, and the Crosstrek is a key player. The PHEV version brings the brand closer to this goal, while still offering the peace of a stealthy gas-fed hybrid powertrain.

Hyundai Tucson

MotoPickers Rating 8.3/10

From $25,800+ and armed with a 187 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine with an estimated reach of 29 MPG, the Hyundai Tucson, redesigned in 2022, continues to serve up a suite of features and technologies at a great value. Standard perks include ADAS, a multimedia system, and lots of luxury add-ons. It flaunts a distinctive new face, a revamped rear gate, and interactive, modern-look controls inside, even introducing a push-button gear selector.

2024 Hyundai Tucson

On the Move

Defined by a sporty and nimble ride, there’s nothing unexpected with the Tucson – and we mean that is a positive! The hybrid version is projected to hit 38 MPG, while the PHEV touts 261 HP, an all-electric radius of 33 miles, and an estimated 38 MPG using the hybrid engine.

Family Centric

As a compact 5-seater SUV, the Tucson can handle two child passenger car seats thanks to two LATCH sets. Plus, it holds plenty of cargo space for essential gear and strollers.

Showstopper Elements

Hyundai injects luxury into its hybrid ($29,700+) and PHEV models ($35,400+), available exclusively with AWD. An attention-grabbing feature here is the camera-aided blind spot alert system, which offers a real-time video view of the adjacent lane when you flick the signal switch. All models look good and Hyundai have managed to create a design with real street-appeal.

Ford Mustang Mach E

MotoPickers Rating 9/10

Starting at $43,895 before tax incentives and boasting a battery-fueled 266 horsepower from its 68kWh pack, promising a range of 247+ miles, Ford is making waves in the electric car realm with the Mustang Mach-E. This car combines Mustang’s trademark power, thrill-factor, and iconic stature with battery-dependent performance, with an SUV-like stature and four-door convenience. The effort has paid off, as the Mach-E snatched the 2021 Utility of the Year title from the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year, and was a 2022 World Car of the Year finalist.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Drive Feel

With three battery alternatives promising a range of 270 to 314 miles per charge, the Mach-E packs a punch in fun. Acceleration is immediate and drive precision is dialled to the max. Employ the one-pedal driving mode to regain energy and extend your battery range during downhill rides or in traffic.

Family Practicality

While the Mach-E has ample leg space, its coupe-like design means less headroom in the back. However, a panoramic sunroof compensates with an airy feel. Two LATCH systems are present, and with compact children’s car seats, it could potentially squeeze three on the rear seat.

Spectacular Edge

True to its Mustang DNA, the Mach-E is effortlessly sleek, glamorous, and sporty, yet accommodates the whole gang. Plus, driving on pure electric power feels absolutely great.

Subaru Forester

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at $25,895+ with a 182 horsepower 4-cylinder engine that’s estimated to clock 29 MPG, the Subaru Forester flaunts a classic SUV shape and a box-like rear, adding to the overall space. This compact SUV provides more headroom, legroom, and cargo capacity than the somewhat larger but sleeker Outback, making it a prime choice for families not needing a third row. Subaru equips it with standard perks like EyeSight ADAS system and all-wheel drive.

2024 Subaru Forester

Drive Experience

In spite of its blocky build, the Forester handles like a dream on city roads and tricky tracks. It’s a breeze to park and navigate through traffic.

Family-wise

With easy to clean interiors, abundant storage space, and plenty of legroom, this is a hit among Subaru fans, especially those juggling kids or furry friends. It accommodates child car seats in the rear side seats with two sets of LATCH systems.

Buzz Factor

Subaru boosted the 2022 Forester with the Wilderness edition, ramping up the ground clearance to 9.2″ (from 8.7″), upgrading AWD, adding all-terrain tires, and cladding the wheel wells and lower side rails. This has transformed its outer look to match the sporty and robust spirit of its interiors.

Buick Envision

MotoPickers Rating 8.1/10

From $31,500+ and packing a 228 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo engine anticipated to hit 27 MPG, the Buick Envision is the belle of the ball for discerning yet budget-keen luxury buyers. This compact SUV allows buyers to pick their decadence level without breaking the bank, even topping out with the Avenir model at just above $42,000, complete with AWD.

buick envision

Road Manners

Crafted for everyday city driving and family vacations, this SUV’s 228 horsepower engine secures a comfortable and reassured ride. For those needing that touch of extra prowess in dicey weather, AWD is yours for an added $3,650.

Family Features

While the rear seat legroom is enhanced from the 2020 model and provides two sets of LATCH systems for children’s car seats, families with rear-facing convertible seats might find it a bit of a squeeze. As such, the Envision might be cozier for those families with kids in booster seats or older.

Star Quality

When it comes to the upscale levels, Buick piles on the luxury with quilted leather, high-end Bose sound, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, solidifying its reputation as a stellar bargain in the luxury SUV world.

Volkswagen Taos

MotoPickers Rating 7.7/10

Starting at $23,495+, sporting a 158 horsepower 4-cylinder engine estimated to give you 32 MPG, the Volkswagen Taos, the smallest in VW’s SUV lineup, is ideal for city dwellers or small families. It hosts a streamlined selection of features; even the base model serves up a full ADAS suite, phone connectivity tech, and roof rails.

2024 Volkswagen Taos

Ride Quality

The compact design and the 4-cylinder engine, while efficient, are more tailored to low-speed urban drives rather than providing blazing power.

Family Features

Being a small SUV, it’s best suited for families with one or two little ones. The back seats are fixed and though they don’t slide they do recline a little. Rear seat passengers get their own air vents and USB ports. The Taos provides two sets of child car seat LATCH systems and enough cargo hold for your groceries and gear.

The Wow Factor

For those desiring the full VW treatment – digital cockpit, leather seats, 4 Motion AWD, panoramic sunroof – the Taos delivers everything at around $32,000.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

MotoPickers Rating 9/10

Starting at $44,000+ before federal and state tax deductions, armed with a power-packed 77.4 kWh battery generating 225 horsepower and a journey range of 303 miles, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 stands tall as Hyundai’s electric car flagship. It wows with its unique aesthetics, open cabin layout, versatile space, generous legroom, impressive battery life, and swift charging. You can charge it to 80% in 18 minutes at a DC fast charging station (or overnight with a level 2 charger). No wonder it bagged several awards, including the 2022 World Car of the Year.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Road Etiquette

Thanks to the main motor’s 225 HP, this compact SUV navigates the roads with aplomb. Up the ante with AWD, which adds a second motor and an extra 95 HP, soaring the total to 320—packs a punch for this compact SUV (though the range does dip to 256 miles). Behind the wheel, it promises a fun, responsive drive and its one-pedal driving, known as i-Pedal, tops the charts for reclaiming mileage.

Family-friendly

The open cabin design is precisely what it implies: a wide room for movement and storage with reclining, sliding rear seats; movable center console; and a flat floor for stowing things. There’s plenty of cargo space, USB ports for all, and even a household plug under the rear seat. It also features two LATCH systems in the rear side seats.

Impressive Element

With a flexible cabin and innovative design, including a one-pane flat screen multimedia setup, it’s hardly surprising it won over critics and fans. Look forward to more Hyundai cars channeling the Ioniq 5 in design.

Family Sedans Showdown

Sedans are often a crowd-pleaser, especially for drivers on a tight budget. However, they can be a little challenging for constant family use. While kids might find it easy to hop into, the process of hoisting a toddler into a child car seat and fastening the harness could give any adult a backbreaking experience. In essence, sedans are more tailored for older kids, those who can buckle themselves in without needing a hand.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Priced from $27,980+ and backed by a 208 horsepower 4-cylinder hybrid engine expected to achieve 53 MPG, this sedan is a sure thing. It’s spacious, reliable, and thanks to Toyota’s tried-and-tested hybrid system, its fuel efficiency is second to none.

2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Drive feeling

Channeling its Nascar roots, Toyota ensures the Camry offers both accuracy and punch on the streets.

Family-friendly

As Toyota’s mid-size sedan, the Camry presents an abundance of passenger space for a bargain. It comes fitted with two LATCH systems, rear air vents, and cup holders nestled in the center seat fold-down armrest.

Impress factor

Toyota’s love affair with the Camry is evident. Each year brings an edgier, more appealing design, with the 2024 version holding true to this trend.

Lexus ES350

MotoPickers Rating 8.6/10

Starting at $41,875+ with a 302 horsepower V6 engine estimated to give you 26 MPG, the Lexus offers a wealth of luxe choices with eight trims and four hybrid models, all priced under roughly $51,000. This car ensures buyers can enjoy Lexus’ reliability and signature dealership support.

Lexus ES350

Drive Sense

This one’s a sleeper when it comes to performance—with superbly polished drive mechanics and sassy handling (shout-out to sport mode). It zips along with ease, and is far faster than its luxury sedan look implies.

Family Aspect

Sharing its fundamentals with the Toyota Camry, the ES provides ample space for kids, car seats, and gear both inside the cabin and the trunk. However, those in the back will have a more premium experience with the addition of USB ports and plush leather seating.

Surprise Element

Every twist and turn in this refined, opulent vehicle brings a delightful surprise, especially when it’s flexing in sport mode.

Nissan Maxima

MotoPickers Rating 8.8/10

Priced from $37,840+ and kitted out with a 300 horsepower V6 engine touted to get 24 MPG, Nissan has shifted budget motoring to its smaller sedans, focusing the Maxima on practical opulence. It features Nissan’s pinnacle design touches, which include a sporty perforated leather steering wheel, leather seats, and a driver-centric cockpit.

Nissan Maxima

Riding Qualities

Despite packing a sports-car-worthy 300 HP, it’s dialled in to maintain comfort for all on board. Steering is precise without being harsh, and the ride is deeply comfortable.

Family-friendly

Those in the back can luxuriate in the fine leather and center armrest with cup holders. The premium trim elevates the experience with a panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats. A pair of outboard LATCH systems provide for child car seats.

Unexpected Edge

The Nissan Maxima defies expectations with its luxury, starting from a surprisingly affordable base. Leather heated power front seats, chrome trim accents, in-built navigation, and Nissan Safety Shield 360 ADAS system all combine to make this one car that pampers both front and rear seat occupants. It also looks fantastic and the rakish bonnet and sculpted lines make it our MotoPickers favourite Sedan when it comes to style.

Subaru Legacy

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Starting at just $23,495+ with a 182 horsepower 4-cylinder engine estimated to net 30 MPG, the Subaru Legacy sedan is a great bet for those seeking Subaru’s legacy of reliability and AWD prowess, without opting for an SUV.

2024 Subaru Legacy

Drive Style

The sedan, with its 182 horsepower, is confident and apt; make the switch to the 4-cylinder turbo for a meatier 260 horsepower, and the Legacy promises loads more zing and fun. The added comfort of Subaru’s EyeSight ADAS system makes tight traffic situations less stressful.

Family Aspect

The roomy interior features rear seat air vents, armrest cup holders, and power ports. Convenient LATCH systems in the side seats make installing children’s car seats a breeze.

Wow Factor

Trust Subaru to offer something as capable as this AWD sedan that’s also this classy, at such an accessible price point. For many families, that value proposition will be key.

Honda Civic

MotoPickers Rating 8/10

Priced from just $22,550+ and propelled by a 158 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, the redesigned 2024 Honda Civic is expected to deliver 35 MPG. The rejuvenated classic Civic now boasts more size, extra space, and enhanced features for back-seat passengers.

2024 Honda Civic

Drive Feel

For a compact sedan, the Civic is sprightly, a breeze to handle, and it parks like a dream.

Family-wise

The back seat now offers more room than before, accommodating your family with ease. For child seats, LATCH systems are available in the side seats.

The Wow Factor

The Civic’s design has undergone an impressive makeover. The front and rear ends are now more refined. Inside, a stylish mesh grille spans the dashboard, ingeniously hiding the air vents for a trendy, modern aesthetic. For families who don’t require huge space, the Civic will be a good option.

Essential Updates For Car Lovers in 2024

Over the last few years, tech advances have supercharged our cars and given them greater road presence and functionality. So here’s a rundown of hints and common features you should look out for in 2024.

Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)

These systems are the watchful eyes that monitor traffic conditions, pedestrians, and that help you avoid bumps and crashes, lessening your stress levels. They’re essentially the building blocks of future self-driving cars. While most come standard, others are offered as add-ons. Usual features include adaptive cruise control, adaptive high beam headlights, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and assist, blind spot alert, and pedestrian detection. If you’re checking out a car for 2024, make sure to look for these safety essentials.

Horsepower

Remember, horsepower isn’t everything. Carmakers have managed to pack in more performance despite the engine size being smaller. Don’t be put off just because the engine is just a 1.2 liter! But that doesn’t mean horsepower isn’t vital – it’s still a crucial measure of a car’s performance, particularly when navigating traffic or highway cruising with a full load.

Electric is the new normal!

From hybrids to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fully electric counterparts, each variant offers different mileage, charging times, and perks. Electric cars particularly, with batteries usually stored under the cabin, boast spacious interiors and commendable power.

Charging at home is easy. The majority of electric vehicle owners juice up their cars at home, and it can be done through a standard outlet, a 220V or 240V outlet (like the one your clothes dryer uses), or at a DC fast charge station. Various apps and inbuilt systems also assist drivers with charging.

And don’t forget the tax incentives. Electric cars and PHEVs are typically eligible for tasty tax incentives.

Seats for Kids

When it comes to kids’ seats, here’s what to keep in mind.

Car seats are designed to install with either a seatbelt or the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children), but not both. And remember, the LATCH system has a weight limit. Not all car seats need a full LATCH system. While tethers are needed for every second and third row seat, lower anchors aren’t mandatory for all seats.

Overview

When shopping for a car, keep an open mind and focus on what truly matters to your family. With some ongoing shortages of cars and related components, keeping a flexible mindset about your top choices can save disappointment.


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

MotoPickers Rating 7/10

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.

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