In the debate between gasoline-powered cars and electric vehicles, there are firmly entrenched battle lines. EVs are the eco-friendly, superior-driving wave of the future. Or EVs’ shorter ranges and longer charging times make them an impractical replacement for the convenience of a five-minute stop to fill up your gas tank.
Caught in the middle is the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). A plug-in hybrid gets some all-electric range when you plug it in, but when you need to drive farther, a gasoline engine switches on to tide you over until your next charging session. We just spent a week testing an appealing PHEV, the 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge. This newly updated compact luxury sedan, priced from $51,250, is quick, classy, and economical. Keep reading as we discuss this plug-in hybrid’s pros and cons to see if the PHEV life in general — and the S60 Recharge in particular — could be the right fit for you.