Have you ever imagined what the future of driving will look like in 2024?
Well, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to explore a world where midsize SUVs aren’t just vehicles; they’re your companions on the road to innovation and excitement.
As we eagerly await their arrival, let’s dive into the exhilarating world of the most anticipated midsize SUVs of 2024.
With sleek designs, cutting-edge tech, and performance upgrades that promise to redefine your daily commute, these SUVs are about to change the way we hit the road, making every journey an unforgettable experience.
2024 Ford Edge
The 2024 Ford Edge is a mid-size SUV with a well-designed interior, a roomy trunk, and a good four-cylinder engine for performance.
For 2024, not much has changed except that Ford is giving more free subscription services, like built-in navigation for three years and streaming services for one year.
The Edge’s fuel economy is decent, with the four-cylinder models getting up to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The ST model, with its V-6 engine, gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Edge is roomy for four people, but the quality could be better. The design is simple, and there’s lots of space for people and stuff. If you fold the back seats down, you can fit 29 carry-on suitcases in the trunk.
The infotainment system is easy to use, with a big 12-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
2024 Mitsubishi Outlander
Next on our list is the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander.
For 2024, Mitsubishi hasn’t made significant changes to the Outlander, except for introducing a top-spec Platinum Edition for both the nonhybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
The mid-level SE model is a recommended choice, offering a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and driver assists like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The plug-in hybrid model offers more power, reaching 60 mph in 6.6 seconds in our tests. The plug-in hybrid model combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors, resulting in a total of 248 horsepower.
In terms of fuel economy, the all-wheel-drive Outlander achieves an EPA-rated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, falling slightly short of these estimates in real-world tests.
The interior of the new Outlander has improved materials and a more modern design compared to its predecessor. The cabin now features higher-quality accents and surfaces, along with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a head-up display.
2024 Chevrolet Blazer
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer is a unique entry in the crowded mid-size SUV segment, offering a blend of sporty styling and responsive handling, along with practicality in terms of interior space and cargo capacity.
The Blazer offers a turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine, and there’s an optional 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The V-6 delivers impressive acceleration and provides added confidence for highway passing.
In terms of driving experience, the Blazer provides a comfortable and responsive ride, with precise steering and controlled body motions.
Fuel efficiency varies with the engine choice. The turbo-four version is rated at up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the V-6 achieves slightly lower estimates of up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Blazer’s design takes inspiration from the Chevy Camaro, featuring an intuitive climate-control system and soft-touch plastics. Higher trim levels offer leather surfaces and more luxurious materials, while mid-level trims may have some cheaper trim pieces and grayscale colors.
2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe offers a range of powertrains, including a 3.6-liter V-6, a turbocharged four-cylinder with hybrid assistance, a plug-in hybrid 4xe powertrain, and a high-powered 6.4-liter V-8. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard across the range, providing excellent off-road capabilities.
On the road, the Wrangler performs reasonably well, with acceleration times varying depending on the chosen powertrain. The base V-6 provides adequate power for daily driving, while the V-6 and four-cylinder hybrid powertrains offer impressive acceleration.
The plug-in hybrid 4xe powertrain allows for up to 25 miles of electric-only driving, making it suitable for low-speed off-roading. When the battery is depleted, the Wrangler can operate like a regular SUV.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Wrangler’s EPA ratings put it ahead of rivals like the Ford Bronco and Toyota 4Runner. The V-6-powered model returns around 20 mpg in highway driving, while the four-cylinder hybrid version achieves 26 mpg.
2024 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV designed to meet the needs of families with its spacious interior, comfort, and towing capacity. With its seven-passenger seating, the Atlas offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, making it a practical choice for family transportation.
For 2024, the Atlas will receive a stylish makeover and several new standard features.
The V-6 engine option has been replaced with a 269-hp turbocharged inline-four, which maintains a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The Atlas now includes a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats as standard, and it boasts a new 12.0-inch infotainment screen, a significant upgrade from the previous 8.0-inch unit. There’s also the Atlas Peak Edition appearance package, offering exclusive paint colors and a rugged look.
The Atlas is now powered by a 269-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, available with front- or all-wheel drive. This engine offers improved throttle response and peppy performance. In testing, it achieved a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Atlas achieves an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive models, while all-wheel drive models return 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg highway.
Inside, the Atlas offers a family-friendly interior with a straightforward control layout and an abundance of cupholders. The third row comfortably accommodates adults, and the cabin materials have improved for 2024.
The infotainment system includes a standard 12.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker sound system, wireless phone charging, and multiple USB-C ports.
2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row SUV that offers a stylish and sporty alternative to the standard three-row Atlas.
With its sleek fastback roofline, the Cross Sport sacrifices the third-row seating found in the regular Atlas in favor of a more streamlined appearance.
The 2024 Atlas Cross Sport has undergone a major refresh, featuring revised front and rear ends with updated headlights and taillights, an updated turbocharged four-cylinder engine with more power, newly standard safety technology like adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, and upgraded interior materials.
The base SE model offers strong value, and it now includes several standard features like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and six USB-C ports with fast charging capability.
The new engine delivers 269 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, improving performance compared to the previous options. Towing capacity remains at 5,000 pounds, making it a capable SUV for towing.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the EPA estimates that front-wheel drive Atlas Cross Sport models achieve 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel drive models return 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Real-world fuel economy will be assessed once tested on the 75-mph highway loop.
Inside, the Atlas Cross Sport offers a more upscale interior with new standard features like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, a leatherette-trimmed dashboard, soft-touch materials, and ambient lighting. Higher trims offer additional features such as heated rear seats and premium leather seats with diamond stitching.
2024 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 284 horsepower in most models, while the Rock Creek trim gets a bump to 295 horsepower. It now comes with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.
The Pathfinder features a comfortable and well-designed interior with three rows of seating, accommodating up to eight passengers.
Buyers have the option to swap the standard second-row bench seat for captain’s chairs, reducing capacity to seven. Upper trim levels offer luxurious features like semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, running the latest NissanConnect software interface. Higher trims come with a larger 9.0-inch display. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, with wireless Apple CarPlay available on upper trims.
Optional features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging, SiriusXM satellite radio, a head-up display, and an in-dash navigation system.
2024 MAZDA CX-90 PHEV
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV is a three-row SUV with a longitudinal-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, making it unique in Mazda’s current lineup, except for the Miata.
The plug-in hybrid PHEV powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This PHEV setup produces a total of 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The PHEV powertrain’s electric motor provides instant torque, making it quicker in certain situations compared to the conventional six-cylinder engine.
The PHEV has an estimated EV range of 25 miles and can operate solely on battery power when charged.
The vehicle comes equipped with a digital instrument cluster that displays information about the gas tank, battery, estimated EV range, and total range in miles.
2024 MAZDA CX-90
This powertrain is a 323-horsepower setup that combines an inline four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 17.8-kWh battery pack. Unlike many of Mazda’s current products, which are primarily front-wheel drive, the CX-90 Hybrid adopts a longitudinal-engine, rear-wheel-drive architecture.
One of the standout features of the CX-90 Hybrid is its ability to operate in electric-only mode. The vehicle’s 17.8-kWh battery pack provides an estimated electric driving range of 25 miles per charge, although real-world testing has shown it can achieve up to 26 miles on a single charge.
Charging the CX-90 Hybrid’s battery can be done through various methods. While using a standard 120-volt outlet for charging at home is an option, it’s important to note that it can be time-consuming. However, the CX-90 Hybrid offers the convenience of faster charging using a 240-volt connection, with the ability to recharge the battery from 20% to 80% in just 90 minutes.
The vehicle comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with wireless connectivity available in the Premium and Premium Plus trims. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is also included as a standard feature.
2024 Subaru Outback
For the 2024 model year, Subaru has made minor updates to the Wilderness trim, enhancing its rugged appearance with changes to the grille and front bumper.
Subaru offers two engine options for the Outback. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 182 horsepower, while an optional turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers 260 horsepower.
Both engines are paired with a CVT transmission, and all Outbacks feature all-wheel drive. The standard engine offers adequate but not exceptional acceleration, while the turbocharged version provides quicker performance. The Outback is known for its comfortable ride, precise steering, and all-weather capability, thanks to its 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The Wilderness model, with 9.5 inches of ground clearance, further enhances off-road capabilities.
The Outback shares its interior with the Legacy, offering comfortable seating and quality materials. While the cabin design may not be the most exciting, it is functional and provides a high seating position.
Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, while options include built-in navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless device charging.
2024 Honda Pilot
The 2024 Honda Pilot is a mid-size three-row SUV that appeals to families due to its spacious cabin, balancing both passenger comfort and cargo capacity.
The Honda Pilot has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds for all-wheel-drive models, while front-wheel-drive Pilots can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2024 Honda Pilot is designed with families in mind, accommodating up to eight passengers across its three rows. The EX-L trim can be configured with optional second-row captain’s chairs, reducing passenger capacity to seven.
All Pilot models come with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and a matching 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster. Honda’s user-friendly infotainment interface includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. TrailSport, Touring, and Elite trims receive a larger 9.0-inch infotainment display with wireless smartphone integration.
2024 Hyundai Palisade
The 2024 Hyundai Palisade is an exceptional mid-size SUV that offers a near-perfect blend of utility, value, and luxury.
The 2024 Hyundai Palisade welcomes a new top-tier trim, the Calligraphy Night Edition, featuring blacked-out exterior accents, unique black wheels, black roof rails, and a black leather interior.
Other changes for this year include standard dual-zone front and single-zone rear automatic climate control on the base SE trim, rear-side window shades on the XRT, and ambient interior lighting on the Limited.
Powering the Palisade is a 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 291 horsepower, providing adequate acceleration. The transmission can be manually shifted with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for more engagement.
The front-wheel-drive Palisade achieves an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the all-wheel-drive version gets 19 city and 24 highway mpg. During a 200-mile highway test, the all-wheel-drive SEL model managed 23 mpg, slightly below its 24 mpg rating.
A 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity comes standard on all trims. The Palisade offers up to seven USB ports and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.