2. Volvo XC90 T8
This is the plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s new large 3-row SUV, which starts at $69,000. The design is impeccable inside and out, as are the space and interior packaging. The drive quality — engine/motor, steering and handling are among the very best in the industry. I didn’t like the four-cylinder engine in the regular gasoline-only T6 version of the car, but in the plug-in hybrid T8 version it gets so much help from the electric motor that the powertrain shines.
The XC90 has two mysterious weaknesses compared to its smaller 60-series brother. First, the seat and attendant seating position are not as comfortable as the older car. Second, the steering wheel controls aren’t as good as the older 60-series car either.