Hopefully I did this right by posting in off-ramp. There are similar topics but this one is more targeted to PHEVs SUVs and since lease deals are not that great, we would also consider purchase because you can still get $7500 Fed credit with most. I like posting questions here because LH has tons of posters who deal with all the various brands and they (or brokers) can point you to the better vehicle and deal (and there isn’t a PHEVHackr site).
I am looking at these similar midsize (or compact) SUVs in the $60k range (although I guess MSRP doesn’t really matter depending on financing/leasing) and their approx electric only range:
BMW X5 45e (31mi)
Audi Q5 TFSi (23mi)
Volvo XC60 Recharge (36mi)
Added: Sorento PHEV (32mi)
I did leave out the Lexus NX450h as it seems a bit smaller but the caveat here is this is for my wife and those are the 3 brands she prefers even though she does like the Kia Sorento PHEV.
I prefer the Volvo because of the range and seems like based on my conversations with brokers and reading different threads here. XC60s can be had at MSRP whereas the Audi is harder to find deals for. There is a popular thread here for the BMW X5 45e which is also my 2nd choice. As luck would have it, she prefers the Audi. She also wants the 360 camera, she used to have one and has been driving my Y and hates that it doesn’t have it.
The difficulty here is with such low local inventory, it’s hard to see what these are actually like interior space wise. I assume the gas versions are similar so maybe we will start looking at those… I just really dislike going to dealerships right now. So if there are any owners of similar models to the above, which one has the most interior space? Youtube videos and online comparison sites make it seem similar but it’s hard to tell without sitting in them in person.
We usually wait until the LA or OC Auto to sit in a wide variety of vehicles but those are months away.
Deal-wise, I think the BMW might be the frontrunner but so many variables to consider. Spacewise I think the X5 is 3rd by small margin depending on what you are measuring but I do like that dual open rear door.
Any thoughts? I’m tired of reading about Tesla drops and the deals on Chrysler/Jeeps/Dodges… maybe I can make the Meme Lounge.
8/11/22 Edit: So the BMW is out, the Sorento is in and the Audi is fading. Was able to sit in the Sorento and it’s definitely a roomy vehicle due the 3rd row giving more space to the 2nd row.