My Chevy Volts were great. I traded in my BMW X5 for my first Volt in 2012. Had 3 Volts. But I need an SUV (electric seats and towing). Only European and Asian company choices are available.
Just picked up a 2018 PHEV BMW X5 eDrive (3rd year for this model). Mercedes also has a PHEV. Not seeing that with American Car companies.
Most Euro PHEVs are EPA rated 0-13 miles AER for all test cycles. Best test cycle is 14 miles. This is common due to how Euro laws are written. Nearly all PHEVs are 14 miles which is the minimum. Apparently BMW advertises 19 miles of range
but submitted 14 peak to the EPA.
A 4 cyl hybrid mid-sized SUV, 25 mpg on 91 octane with <14 miles of mild EV range, would not be my choice in powerplants or form factors for towing.
I'd just get something more capable of towing safely with an engine that will survive high demands at altitude.
If you powerbrake it with a fully charged battery, it is almost as quick as a Bolt. But it does not have modern SUV tow capacity or acceleration or room. It is a full second slower to freeway speed, lacks passing power, has no 8 passenger, or 8400lb towing ability. But it is priced about about the same. When you calculate the difference between regular and premium, it's about the same cost per mile when loaded up. While 4 cylinders need to use RPM to make significant power, V8's can cruise loaded at low RPM.
Yes you are right, so far neither Ford or GM are making PHEVs without significant AER. That's for the Euro market. And for American buyers who place great value on badging.