Best Sports Cars: 2024 & 2024 Edition

By: James Diaz | July 1, 2024

What gets a car enthusiast’s heart racing more than a sports car? Forget about how much stuff you can fit in the boot, or how many miles you can squeeze from a tank of gas. For many if us, the obsession is white-knuckle acceleration and the kind of handling that makes every turn a joyride. At MotoPickers we will always love our sports cars!

In this post we’re talking about everything from the petite, yet mighty, Mazda MX-5 Miata to the daddy of grin-inducers, the Porsche 911 Turbo. Do these two seem entirely different? On the surface, yes. But peel back the layers, and you’ll realize they both share the same heart – one designed to evoke pure driver euphoria. They sit here in splendid company from across the best brands.

In today’s list we’re offering up models that find the elusive equilibrium between everyday drivability and track day prowess. Each of those below will offer you a gem of an experience. Our list isn’t just about which are the most fun to drive. The stars of the list shine bright by embodying those quintessential qualities that transform good cars into great ones.

Chevy Camaro ZL1

MotoPickers Rating: 9.5/10

Think of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as the perfect mash-up of everyday ride and racetrack beast. Starting with the standard Camaro, a storm brews in its heart to create the ZL1. Compared to its Camaro LT1 and SS siblings with their hefty 455 horsepower, the ZL1 is like a hurricane in full force thanks to its supercharged V-8 engine, a marvel of engineering that generates a whopping 650 horsepower.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

And let’s not forget its humongous Goodyear F1 SuperCar tires. They grip the road as if they were smeared in treacle. If you fancy the ultimate package, amp up your game with the 1LE performance package. It gives you wider tires, greater adjustment options at each corner, and a dynamic suspension system that would make any NASCAR driver give a knowing nod. In essence, the Camaro ZL1 is your own personal street-legal NASCAR champion.

Chevrolet Corvette

MotoPickers Rating: 9.6/10

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette combines jaw-dropping performance, an unbeatable price tag, and dazzling looks. Living up to its long-time status as an iconic offer, the Corvette brings a fresh twist with a mid-engine layout.

In news that fascinated us, the latest C8 is the first to have its punchy, naturally-aspirated V-8 nestled snugly behind the passenger space, boosting this Chevy into the rarified atmosphere of the sports car world’s more exotic beasts. Sharp on the corners and explosive on the straights, this beauty rivals competitors costing a small fortune. But don’t be fooled; it won’t break your back on cross-country jaunts.

Chevrolet Corvette

A convertible or a coupe is your call. The hardtop even touts a removable roof panel, letting the sun pour in for those beach road trips. The cabin may seem snug, but it’s surprisingly comfy, and it’s got enough boot space for groceries or travel bags, making the Corvette easy to love as a day-to-day ride. We’re completely smitten with this repeat MotoPickers 10 Best award-winner, and we are sure you’ll fall hard too.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

MotoPickers Rating: 9.7/10

The 2024 Chevy Corvette Z06 is a game-changer, taking the famous nameplate into the league of heavy-hitters like Ferrari and Lamborghini. This Z06 isn’t like its predecessors, thanks to the engine sitting back behind the driver. Unlike some former Corvettes, it showcases its unique personality proudly. There’s no shying away here!

With a stance much wider than its sibling, the Corvette Stingray, the Z06 flaunts larger air intakes and has a gloriously distinct rear wing. The new Z06, equipped with a 5.5-liter V-8 and a flat-plane crankshaft, offers a radical departure from traditional Vette sounds, and catapulted itself in our test run, hitting 60 mph in a liver-quivering 2.6 seconds.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Borrowing from the Stingray’s top-tier tech and comforts, the Z06 takes performance and handling up a notch. The transition to a mid-engine setup transforms the C8 Corvette into an affordable supercar, and this 2024 Corvette Z06 is all set to leave many flashy, overpriced supercars in the dust on the track.

Ford Mustang

MotoPickers Rating: 9.5/10

For well over half a century, the Ford Mustang has been on a transformation journey, becoming a classier beast with each leap. This version rocks a 310-hp turbo-driven inline-four EcoBoost engine as a standard, a neat piece of engineering that throws out raw power coupled with a smooth six-speed manual gearbox. But the Mustang isn’t just about the EcoBoost.

In fact, you can go wild with the 760-hp Shelby GT500 or keep it more traditional with the Mustang GT, housing a solid 450-hp V-8 engine. Whether it’s the four-cylinder or V-8, you can have your choice: a manual stick shift or a snappy 10-speed automatic. Available as a sturdy coupe or a free-spirited convertible, every Mustang makes the back wheels do all the work.

2024 Ford Mustang GT

If you’re craving even more excitement, you can upgrade the four-cylinder with the High Performance EcoBoost and feel the rush of 330-hp. Mustang loves to parade its growling V-8, and we can’t blame it. Its close competitor, the Chevy Camaro, may boast a better-designed cabin, but Mustang’s roomier back seat and improved visibility make it a tad more practical. That said, with an engine this good, it’s not about storing the shopping!

Mazda MX-5 Miata

MotoPickers Rating: 9.3/10

Labeling the 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata an icon would honestly be selling it short. Launched in 1989, this compact, drop-top sports car transformed the game entirely, and has been upping its game since then. Today, it’s one of the most exhilarating rides you can find with four wheels.

The Miata takes on competitors like the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 twins, but, unlike these coupes, the Miata ups the ante with its cloth-top convertible or detachable hard-top Targa, affectionately known as the RF.

At its heart beats a feisty 181-hp four-cylinder, smoothly working with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, a pairing nostalgically reminiscent of classic sports cars. You could opt for an automatic, but we wouldn’t; the manual keeps this breezy two-seater a deliriously engaging ride.

2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Perhaps the Miata isn’t your go-to for everyday commutes or ultra-long cruisers, and taller folks might find the interior a squeeze, but this car delivers on essentials and packs an expertly calibrated chassis for unabashed fun.

McLaren Artura

MotoPickers Rating: 10/10

Stepping boldly into the hybrid era of high-octane performance, McLaren introduces the jaw-dropping 2024 Artura supercar. Featuring an airy, mid-engine two-seater design, this stunner sits atop a brand-new featherlight platform.

The real kicker is the dream team of power: a first-ever twin-turbo V-6 for McLaren, mated to an electric powertrain. It’s a combination that creates a plug-in hybrid like no other. Together, they crank out a hair-raising 671 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque.

McLaren Artura

Expect to reach 60 mph in a mind-boggling 2.6 seconds and shatter the 200 mph barrier. The Artura’s body is classic McLaren, flaunting cool air vents and scissor-style doors. The interior is a step above the 720S and is roomier with a top-shelf feel. Strange to talk practicality in such a glorious creation, but it actually also manages to come brimming with handy features and driver aids. A perfect achievement worthy of its rare MotoPickers 10/10 rating!

Porsche 718 Boxster

MotoPickers Rating: 9.7/10

Don’t be fooled! Though the 2024 718 Boxster is technically the brand’s ‘entry-level’ ride, it’s nothing short of spectacular. With a dream-like handling, turbocharged engines that mean business, and a steering connection that feels mind-melding, it’s not a watered-down 911 variant by any stretch.

A sibling to the 718 Cayman coupe, the Boxster nails what a sports car should embody, earning it a spot on our 10 Best cars lineup. Its mid-engine setup gifts the Boxster a poised, nimble demeanor on the road, and there’s nothing quite like having the top down to enjoy the engine’s throaty roar under the warm sun.

Porsche 718 Boxster

It’s almost perfect, but not quite! You might say that it’s perfection with flaws! There’s limited cargo space and the sublime flat-six powertrain is reserved for the pricier GTS trim. But it’s unequivocally a purebred sports car. It doesn’t have to be everything to everyone; it’s better than that!

Porsche 718 Cayman

MotoPickers Rating: 9.6/10

Certain sports cars do more than just make your heart race. They find a way to stick in your memory, long after the drive. The 2024 Porsche 718 Cayman is a car that consistently wins our heart, and for good reason.

Porsche 718 Cayman

Sporting mid-mounted turbocharged engines, the Cayman and its convertible sibling, the 718 Boxster, hold a natural advantage in handling over front-engined rivals like the Jaguar F-Type and Toyota Supra. Hug a curve in this auto masterpiece, and be prepared for unyielding stability and the kind of handling that begs for an endless drive.

Like the Boxster, it could use a bit more storage room for your stuff, and the base turbo four might benefit from a more sophisticated song. But aside from that, the Cayman is pure driving pleasure, a sports car that’s hard not to adore.

Porsche 911

MotoPickers Rating: 10/10

Picture a Porsche. Chances are, the first image that pops into your head is the legendary 911. This rear-engine speed machine is iconic for a bundle of reasons. For years, it’s set the standard in performance, handling, and sheer driving pleasure, inspiring rivals like the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, and Maserati MC20.

Porsche 911

Staying true to its roots, the 911 sports a pair of turbocharged flat-six engines, tuned to crank out up to a hefty 473 horsepower. With most 911 models boasting rear-wheel drive and options for all-wheel drive, Porsche offers the flexibility to choose from a coupe, cabriolet convertible, or the Targa body style. Both the heavily decked out and standard interiors provide a comfortable ride for two adults.

Perfection can come in various forms in cars. But the 911 is unquestionably a form of perfection, and it is with a full heart we award it a perfect MotoPickers 10/10!

Porsche 911 GT3 / GT3 RS

MotoPickers Rating: 10/10. A True masterpiece!

Describing the 2024 Porsche 911 GT3 and its fierce sibling, the GT3 RS, isn’t easy. They’re beyond mesmerizing, packing the charisma of the standard 911 and melting it down with unworldly performance, pure driving joy, and racetrack bravado. Under the hood, a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine belts out a heart-stopping soundtrack while dishing out 502 horsepower in both the GT3 and GT3 Touring, all the way up to its astounding 9000 rpm redline.

Porsche 911 GT3 - GT3 RS

Over in the GT3 RS, the same beastly engine gets amped up to 518 hp, but it’s the standout aero features – inspired by GT and Formula 1 – that put it in a league of its own. With a standard six-speed manual in GT3 models, the optional seven-speed PDK automatic adds a magical touch, swapping gears like lightning. It is quite extraordinary.

When it comes to the GT3 RS, there’s only one choice—the telepathic PDK ‘box. The GT3 and GT3 Touring might be meant for devouring race tracks, but they’re nearly as comfortable and practical as the regular 911 for everyday commutes. It’s this dual-duty marvel that makes the GT3 one of our sports car champions, securing its place firmly among the greatest cars of all time.

Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S

MotoPickers Rating: 9.9/10

Fast is one thing, but the Porsche 911 Turbo takes it to ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ territory. Its acceleration, thanks to a standard 573-hp 3.7-liter flat-six engine, or a 640-hp turbocharged beast in the Turbo S models, is on another level.

Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S

The stats! This remarkable machine hits 30 mph in a mere 0.8 seconds, 60 mph in a blazing 2.1 seconds, and crushes the quarter-mile in just 9.9 seconds, as it reaching a cool 138 mph after just 10 seconds.

However, the 911 Turbo’s magic doesn’t end at straight-line speed. Ride it around tight bends, and you’ll marvel at its handling prowess, confident steering, and unrivaled road grip. While there’s no manual option, the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is so smart and swift, you won’t miss it. Besides, at this kind of power, you’d want both hands on the wheel.

Subaru BRZ

MotoPickers Rating: 9.6/10

The BRZ is one of those thrilling, budget-friendly rides getting everyone amped up. Joined at the hip with its near-identical sibling, the Toyota GR86, it puts pure driving joy on the top of the list. It’s compact, light, and as nimble as a cat. Stir in the energetic steering feel, standard six-speed manual, and a low-slung seat, and you’re served up a deliciously exciting rear-drive coupe experience.

2024 Subaru BRZ

Under the hood, Subaru’s 228-hp 2.4-liter flat-four engine delivers ample power for this lively little 2+2. Inside, the BRZ displays true manual transmission love, with a solid, easy-to-manage shifter. It’s willing handling and incredible cornering grip practically dare you to take it to a weekend autocross event.

But here’s a twist. The BRZ isn’t just a bundle of fun; it also offers practical touches like handy storage cubbies and a small back seat, akin to the Porsche 911, perfect for a pint-sized passenger or grocery bags. Tip down that back seat and there’s even enough space to stow an extra set of race-day tires. It’s an absolutely cracking car and it deserves our attention.

Toyota GR86

MotoPickers Rating: 9.1/10

If there were a “Most Improved Sports Car” award, the Toyota GR86 might just scoop it up. This fun-packed, rear-wheel-drive coupe’s second generation stormed in with serious fixes for the main gripe we had about the original – a lackluster engine. Now, it packs a brisk 228-hp flat-four with enough punch in the mid-range to really get things moving.

2024 Toyota GR86

While the six-speed manual comes standard (and for driving pleasure it’s the obvious choice), there’s an available six-speed automatic too. The GR86 keeps things compact and pocket-friendly, much like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but throws in a little Porsche 911-esque rear seat for bonus versatility.

Built primarily for fun, the GR86 does have a bit of a road noise issue, especially on highways, and the engine’s soundtrack won’t be winning any Grammy awards. But the thrill comes from its grippy cornering, balanced feel, responsive steering, and rev-loving engine that make it a joy to drive, regardless of destination.

Toyota GR Supra

MotoPickers Rating: 9.2/10

The 2024 GR Supra is Toyota’s crown jewel of sports cars, serving up heaps of thrill, elegance, and character that set it apart from the brand’s more understated lineup of sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs. Crafted alongside the BMW Z4 convertible, you’ll find similar build quality with clean and alluring interior touches in all areas of the GR Supra cabin.

Toyota GR Supra

The 255-hp turbo-four base model brings plenty power to the party, but there’s something especially mesmerizing about the optional 382-hp turbo 3.0-liter BMW inline-six engine that makes this two-seater absolutely soar. With rear-wheel drive as standard, the GR Supra’s confident chassis and responsive steering give it a spirited personality on winding roads and race tracks alike.

It’s built for those who live to drive and who adore the thrill. It utterly deserves its place in our MotoPickers pick of the best.


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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