For the most part – if your budget can handle the higher cost – the answer is yes. That’s especially true when you need to drive something like a three-row SUV, where the larger and heavier body style is going to keep fully battery electric options cost-prohibitive for a while longer.
By choosing a plug-in hybrid, you’re dipping your toes into electrification in a way that lets you try out the technology and lifestyle without fully committing to the plug because there’s still a gas-powered engine on board as a back-up. Plus, if encouraging EV adoption is something you’re into, by buying into batteries you’re helping to accelerate demand, which will play a role in reducing costs and bringing about the electric revolution that much faster.
That said, you will need a healthy budget: PHEVs with three rows are currently limited to a small handful of luxury models and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge being examined here is the Inscription Expression grade and comes in at $85,655 with options and destination fees, which is roughly on par with its closest (and only direct) competitor,
the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. The XC90 is the relative veteran in this space and was the only option on the luxury side of things until the Aviator came along; in the meantime, this plug-in hybrid version has been chosen by roughly 20 to 25 per cent of customers buying an XC90 since the T8 model was introduced for 2016.