jray3 wrote:If I wanted a highway rocket for 4 adults I wouldn't be looking at SUVs- that's what sedans are for.
Just so we're all on the same page, let's keep in mind that the Outlander is not
a SUV. It's a CUV
, which in this case means a mid-size station wagon styled to look like a SUV, because a certain category of buyers (currently over-represented in the U.S.) have decided that they only want practical vehicles if they're disguised to look like wildly inappropriate ones (a lifestyle of suburban commuting and shopping apparently being a source of shame when compared to a lifestyle of off-road hunting and camping, even if approximately nobody you know ever goes off-road to hunt or camp). If you really want SUV capabilities, the Outlander was never going to make the cut, though it does sound like you're more interested in a minivan (another apparently sinful vehicle category, despised only slightly less than station wagons).
As I noted before, I may not be looking for a "rocket", but I sure would like a vehicle with reasonable cargo space and ample room for four typical American adults that can operate as an efficient hybrid for long-distance travel, and (ideally) a BEV for local use. GM's got a pretty good shot at delivering this if they can fit Voltec into an Equinox without destroying its utility (hint: don't put the batteries in the trunk). Ford doesn't seem to have a clue - they haven't met a cargo area that they don't think would be perfectly fine half-filled with batteries.
So while I don't disagree that my use case is "what sedans are for", and I'd love to have a sedan that filled the bill (e.g., we looked at the Accord Hybrid with great interest until we got a look at its useless trunk live and in person), the Outlander PHEV is what comes closest right now. The Volvo XC90 isn't even in the ballpark, especially when price is factored in.
With our gen2 Prius aging and the Outlander PHEV U.S. launch now pushed so far into the future, it's likely I'll have to give up on a plug-in. We plan to hold out at least until the gen4 Prius launches next year, and then we'll consider the available options; a Prius Plug-In (should Toyota finally deign to sell them in our state) might be as close as we can get.