Welcome tothe Los Angeles Auto Show. Here’s a collection of themajority of model year 2020 and 2021 vehicles you’ll see forsale at dealer lots next year. theEdmunds team is going to walk youthrough what you should know about these cars,trucks, and SUVs, at least the most importantand most significant ones.
There you’ll findyour perfect car and how much youshould pay for it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Audihas been on a tear for the last couple ofyears, redesigning everything in their portfolio. This year, they’re going tobe rolling out and filling out their line-up with higherperformance S and RS variants. But they are buckingthe SUV trend by reintroducing some wagons.
In particular, theA6 Allroad is back. It offers the versatility of anSUV but more driver engagement, like a smaller car. The big news, though, isthis mad dog, the RS6 Avant. With 600 horsepower and amatching six figure price tag, it’s an entirely differenttake on family hauling. Audi also broughta sportback version of the e-tron crossover.
It brings with itall the goodness we like about the e-tron, butit takes a hit for practicality. This swooping rear roofline– it cuts into rear headroomby almost a full inch. There’s also a pretty decenthit for cargo capacity too. But this shape ismore aerodynamic and ends up gaining you about10 miles of electric range. Also returning is myfavorite Audi, the R8. For 2020, it gets aslight styling update.
But it also gets a little bit ofa horsepower bump for the base model. It is the best way to liveout your Tony Stark fantasies. CARLOS LAGO: Cooldoors are still cool. The BMW i8– there is nothingquite like it on the road. It looks like a supercar and hasthe practicality of a supercar, but doesn’t really have theperformance of a supercar. It’s a hybrid, after all,but like an 18-mile EV range.
For 2020, it comes in thisunique limited edition color scheme. And whether you get it in thetwo plus two configuration or the roadsterconfiguration, like this one, you can be guaranteedthat there’s nothing quite else like it on the road today. Let’s take a secondand just appreciate how good this M8 looks. It’s quite pretty, indeed. And it’s hard to denythe appeal of a vehicle quite like this, the 8 seriesand 8 series Gran Coupe. And that’s what theM8 is based off of.
This is a very appealingcar, as it should be, for a vehicle whose pricestarts at around $150. If you step up to thecompetition package, you get around 617 horsepower. The base car has 600 horsepower. Very stout. Of course, the performancepotential of a large luxury sedan like this– kind of dubious. If you want something alittle bit more nimble and a little bit moresports car minded, there’s the M2 CS behind me. Weird name aside, theBMW 2 series Gran Coupe has effectively becomeBMW’s entry-level sedan.
And it’s a prettyattractive one too, even if you think all BMWsneed to be rear-wheel drive. This one’s available withall-wheel drive and power, ranging from 228to 301 horsepower, if you get the M235ivariant, like this one here. It could give theMercedes Benz A class, this luxury sedan that we likea lot, of run for its money. It’s a weird thingto say, but we live in a world where findinga 600 horsepower luxury SUV is actually pretty easy now. And it’s going tobe even easier come next year with the additionof the X5M and the X6M. Standard guys, thesethings make 600.
Horsepower in their competitiontrim, they push that figure to 617 horsepower. If that’s not ridiculousenough, the front wheels are 21 inches in diameter,the rears are 22s. What a world we live in, folks. This is the BMW X3 X Drive 30e. And that means it’s thehybrid version of the X3. It goes on sale nextyear, and that’s when we’ll know more aboutits specs and figures for the United States. We do know nowthough, it’s based on the same motor, engine,and the battery pack that you get in the 3 Seriesthat was called the 330e, it’s a bit less confusing. And it should come with itssolid amount of EV only range.
WILL KAUFMAN: We’ve beenseeing prototypes for a while, but now, Bollinger is takingpreorders with delivery is slated to beginsometime in 2021. This electric dual, theB2 truck and the B1 SUV pack a ton of offroad features,removable doors, and some trick storage compartments. Think a big boxy Jeep Wranglerbut all electric and $125,000 to start. These are definitelyniche vehicles, especially with Rivianbringing a more affordable electric truck and SUVto the market soon.
But they sure look tough. CARLOS LAGO: When you think oflarge three row Cadillac SUVs, your mind probably wandersover to the Escalade, but you might wantto consider the XT6. This new model fromCadillac starts at around mid $50,000range and packs a lot of standard safety,comfort, and technology features as well. It’s also pretty dang handsome. Pretty spacious inside,especially the third row, which can seat realfull size adults. Alas, the third row takes acrucial bit of cargo space, so you got to decidewhether you’re going to haul family or cargo.
Cadillac has two new luxurysedans, the CT4 and the CT5. If you can guess whichone is the big one and which one is the smallone, congratulations, you at least have a basiclevel of deductive reasoning. These are appealingvehicles, one, because they’re attractive, two,because Cadillac’s problem has never been driving dynamics. So we expect themto kind of drive.
Three, Cadillac is addressingthe bigger problems we’ve had with theprevious models, which is interior quality, namely,the center entertainment touchscreens, which werea bit of a nightmare. You also get access toCadillac’s Super Cruise, which on some freeways,provides legit hands free driving experience. Taken altogether, these becomea very compelling option among other luxury sedans. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The2021 Chevy Colorado is slightly refreshedwith new looks upfront new letteringon the rear tailgate. But it’s got the sameplatform, same powertrains, and same interiors before. And unfortunately for theColorado and its GMC brother, the Canyon, they stillhave to do battle with offroad kings like the JeepGladiator and Toyota Tacoma, and the extremely wellrounded Honda Ridgeline.
The Chevy Silverado isone of the most capable and one of the most popularvehicles on sale in America today. For 2020, it gets some new tech features like adaptive cruise controland a trailer in camera system that can supportup to 15 cameras. And under the hood,if you want, you can now get athree liter diesel. But even though it’ssignificantly improved, the Silverado still fallsbehind the Ram and the Ford in our overall rankings. An old name with a newface, the Chevy Trailblazer is a small SUV that fitsin between the Tracx and the larger Equinox. It will hit US shores next yearor two small three cylinder power trains and thechoice of two trim levels, this kind of sporty lookingRS and the more outdoorsy oriented Active. Prices are going tostart just below $20,000 and the Trailblazer shouldcome with an impressive list of standard features.
This is one of the biggestdebuts of the year. The Chevy Corvettehas gone mid engine. It gets a 6.2 liter V8, 495horsepower, and a dual clutch gearbox. It goes up against rivals thatare nearly double the price and it’s quickly becoming oneof our favorite sports cars. While the looks mightbe up for debate, the performance isdefinitely settled, and this is a Corvettefor the history books. WILL KAUFMAN: TheChrysler Pacifica is our number two ranked minivanthanks to its surprisingly sonorous V6 and excellentcargo flexibility because of those stow and go seats. Of course, those seats area little less comfortable than some competitors.
We also appreciate the plug-inhybrid versions 30 plus miles of all electric range. For this year, the Voyagernameplate is making a return, but it’s essentially just abase model of the Pacifica. Feature loadout is reallythe only difference. Sadly, there’s nowould trim option. ELANA SCHERR: For 2020,Dodge is celebrating the 50th anniversaryof the Challenger with a specialanniversary edition.
Got anniversarybadges, new wheels, unique interior options,and a brand new color. Appropriate fora Golden Jubilee, Dodge calls it Goldrush. We think they should havecalled it Bananaversary. For 2020, dodge is offeringa wide body package on its Hellcat and Scat Pack. It adds 3 and 1/2 inches whichmakes room for wider tires. Don’t worry, youcan still spin them. If you want a slimmer,less aggro Charger, there are plenty of trim optionswith the V6 cylinder and 57 hemi, so you can still enjoythat comfortable interior, the excellent styling,and the great infotainment system that keeps the Chargera top five in our rankings. JONATHAN ELFALAN: By far, thebiggest announcement from Ford is the all new allelectric Mustang Mach E. This however, is no muscle car. It’s actually an SUV aboutthe size of a Ford Escape.
It’ll offer the choice ofrear or all wheel drives in two battery sizes. It’ll be availablebeginning the fall of 2020 with prices startingaround $40,000. If you want to knowmore about this vehicle, you can check outEdmunds’ editor in chief, Alistair Weaver’s,excellent article walk around. It’s been a big year forMustang from the new Mach E to the new high performancepackage for the four cylinder EcoBoost, which makesit incredibly dynamic. oh and this subtle 760horsepower Shelby DT500, it’s new, too, joiningthe Shelby GT 350 flat-plane crank V8. The Mustang is currentlyEdmunds’ number one ranked muscle car. Can’t imagine why.
The Escape has beenoverhauled for 2020, replete with sportier exteriorstyling, a roomier interior, and four new power trains. Two turbo charge engines, plusa hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant. The sportiest Escapepacking 250 horsepower is estimated return 26miles per gallon combined. while the hybrid is ratedat 41 miles per gallon with up to 30 miles ofelectric range if you opt for the plug-in version. There’s a lot ridingon this new Escape, since Ford will soon begetting out of the sedan making business,which leaves just this and the extra smallEcosport in their entry level vehicle portfolio.
We were thrilled when weheard the all new 2020 Explorer was returning toa rear drive base platform. For SUVs, that generally amountsto better towing and driving dynamics, which the newExplorer delivers in spades. What we weren’t expecting wasa comparatively high price. Prices range anywherefrom the mid 30s to upper 50s,which is a bit hard to stomach when you see whatthe competition is offering for thousands less. The Expedition became ourfavorite non-luxury full size SUV shortly after itwas redesigned for 2018.
It won us over with itsexceptional passenger comfort, user friendly tech,and its ability to tow over 9,000 pounds. For 2020, updatesare rather light, but the biggest newsbeing Ford’s co-pilot 360, which is a suite ofadvanced driver aids that’s now standard acrossall Expedition trims. The Ranger was reintroducedto the US market last year to a mixedreception for 2020. Ford is offering a new FX2package on all rear drive rangers at any trim level. It includes an electroniclocking diff, offroad tires, an offroad tune suspension, anoffroad screen within the gauge cluster, and body decals. Now for $595, that’s a bargain.
Sure, you don’t get the advancedterrain management and trail control that you would inan FX4 package and all wheel drive ranger like you seehere, but you at least get the offroad looks and someof the capability for less than half the package cost. WILL KAUFMAN: The2020 Genesis G90 looks pretty different on theoutside, but under the skin, a lot stays the same. That’s not actually a bad thing. The Genesis G90 90is a big plush luxury sedan with availableexecutive seating in the back. And a really excellent stereo.
The new exteriordesign is handsome. And I mean, just check outthese excellent wheels. On the inside, you’llfind upgraded trim like some nice open pore woodand an infotainment system that now supports AndroidAuto and Apple CarPlay, a welcome addition. And the Genesis G90 issignificantly less costly than its top competitors. TRAVIS LANGNESS:Redesigned just a year ago, the GMC Sierra 1500 getsome significant tech updates for 2020. It’s got available adaptivecruise control now as well as a trailer and camera systemthat supports up to 15 cameras.
Under the hood, you can also nowget a three liter diesel power train. And to top it all off,it wins our tailgate wars with the V6 way power foldingmulti pro rear tailgate. This CR2500 is completelyredesigned for 2020 and it uses a little brother,the 1500, as a template. It also gets the multiplerear tailgate along with updated technology, anupdated interior, and improved towing and hauling capability. Unfortunately for the 2500,it has really strong rivals like the Ram and the Ford,so it’s got an uphill battle. CARLOS LAGO: There areno significant changes for the Honda Accord in 2020,but that doesn’t stop us from recommending thisextremely well executed sedan.
It’s stylish, fun to drive,and hits big with utility. A lot of its competitors havebeen updated or redesigned since this car came out,but the Accord still shines brightest in its class. The Honda Civic is Edmunds’top ranked small sedan. And yes, we know thisis a two door SI, we’ll talk aboutthat in a second. The civic lineupgets small editions throughout the model range. For example, the hatchbackgets additional sound deadening and the SI like this onehere it gets a shorter final drive, whichmakes acceleration feel a bit more lively. With prices rangingbetween $20,000 to $30,000, there’s a Civic for mostshoppers and all of them are an easy recommendation.
The big addition tothe Honda CRV this year we should mention too, isour top ranked small SUV, is a hybrid model. Now we don’t know much aboutthe technical details yet oh then it uses the drive trainof the Honda Accord Hybrid. It has 212 horsepower,though fuel economy numbers haven’t been released yet. But if we had to guess,it’d be around 40 MPH. The rest of the CRV lineuphas some nice additions, too. Specifically, the base engineis no longer available, so all you have is the 1 and1/2 liter turbo four cylinder.
And that’s the onewe’d recommend anyway. The Honda Passportcame out last year and quickly garnered alot of attention from us. In fact, it’s our topranked two row midsize SUV and for good reason. Essentially, it’s a HondaPilot without the third row and with a bitshorter length, so you get all the utilityof that vehicle without of course, the seatingin a very compelling package.
There are no newchanges for 2020, and that’s OK becauseit’s still a good car. The Honda Ridgeline carriesover into next year largely unchanged and it’sstill our number one ranked midsize pickup truck. Wait, wait, come back,look, look, we get it. You’re really angry becauseit’s not a real truck. Just get a Gladiatoror get a Tacoma. And bring it in, bring itin, it’s going to be OK. Breathe. WILL KAUFMAN: The2020 Hyundai Kona is our top rated extra smallSUV for its peppy handling, and acceleration, it’scomfortable interior, and user friendly technology.
The addition of adaptivecruise control for this year only makes it better. The one drawback– ifmaximum cargo capacity is your top priority,it might be worth checking out a competitor. The Hyundai Palisade is anupscale midsize three row SUV with plenty ofroom in all three rows and lots of comfort andtechnology features. It would have upset thesegment and stolen the top spot in our rankings if not forits corporate twin, the Kia Telluride. That’s not a knock againstthe excellent Palisade. Which you preferbetween the two really comes down to whatkind of personality you want from your vehicle,with the Palisade offering more of the on road luxuryvibe between the pair.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonatahas been totally redesigned and it’s got a sleek new look. I mean, just check out thesedaytime running lights. The other thing it’s gotis a ton of new features. The new Sonatareally is a showcase for Hyundai’s nextgeneration of technology. You’ll get the ability touse your cell phone as a key. You can pull the Sonata in andout of parking spaces remotely. And on the interior, you getthis big new infotainment screen and a digital displayinstead of a traditional gauge cluster. If you want the latestfeatures from your sedan, the Sonata shouldbe on your list. TRAVIS LANGNESS:The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable offroad vehicles on sale today.
And in other news, the skyis blue and water is wet. This current generation ismore comfortable, high tech, and user friendlythan ever before. And while there’ssome compromises made along the way foroff road capability, this is the mostliveable Wrangler that Jeep has ever made. For 2020, you can getone with a diesel. For someone who doesn’twant to spend Wrangler money but wants the iconic Jeep looks,the Renegade is a good choice. It’s got a roomy interiorand a high interface. And it’s got more offroad chops than most of the lifted hatchbacksin this segment.
But if you wantsomething that’s quick or something that’s quiet, we’dsteer you in another direction. If you’ve alwayswanted a Jeep Wrangler but you also neededa pickup truck, well, the Gladiatorwill solve that problem. It’s based on the sameplatform as the Wrangler, so it’s got much of theoff road capability, but it’s got that pickuptruck bed in the back, so it’s got a bunchof added utility. It’s only our number tworanked mid-sized pickup truck because it’s behindthe super practical Honda Ridgeline. The Jeep Cherokee is in one ofthe most competitive segments on the market–compact crossovers. It goes up against well-roundedvehicles like the Mazda CX5 and the Honda CRV.
And while it isn’t ourfavorite in the segment, we do like it for itsimpressive off road capability and its high tech interior witha comfortable highway ride. MARK TAKAHASHI: The KiaSeltos is new to the US but it’s been on salefor just about a year in other parts of the world. It sits just between theKia Soul and the larger Kia Sportage in termsof price and size, starting right around $22,000. Like a lot ofsubcompact crossovers, it benefits from theconvenience of an SUV, but it’s in a smaller packagethat’s easier to drive and more economical.
The Seltos distinguishesitself with a slightly taller right height and availableall wheel drive, which isn’t available onthe Sul or the Niro that means you can do somepretty light off roading. But you will have to waituntil spring to get one. And you wouldn’tthink you’d have to wait to getyourself a Telluride because it’s been on sale fora while, but you’d be wrong. Apparently, Kia can’t make themfast enough to meet demand. That’s really no surprisebecause the Telluride is our favorite SUV. And not just mid-sized threerow SUV, it’s our favorite SUV, period. With a lot of power,tons of features, and an incrediblyrefined interior, if you need something thisbig, put it on your shortlist. The Stinger is mostlyunchanged for 2020, but it does add a newmid grade GTS trim.
At a time when sleek sedans seemto be eclipsed by mass market action SUVs, the Stingeris a refreshing detour with the convenience of ahatchback, strong performance, and as any Kia, a verygenerous warranty. Who says fun is dead? ELANA SCHERR: The Defenderis back in the US. Ta-da, this it it! We covered the Defender duringits international launch, but it is very cool tosee it here at home. 2020 Defender promises strongoffroad performance and lots of customization options,including two different engine choices. Plus, it looks cool. I think it looks cool. Do you think it looks cool? I think it looks cool. The original Range RoverEvo was a little bit of a weirdo with a loveit or hate it design. For the redesigned2020 Evo, Land Rover has gone a littlemore mainstream.
It’s bigger for more leg room,and it has new interior tech, like dual screeninfotainment system. There’s also a hybridpowertrain option. I think it looks like asmaller Discovery sport. JONATHAN ELFALAN: Lexustook the wraps and the top off the 2021 LC 500 convertible. We thought thecoupe looked great, but it seems as if the LC wasdestined for roofless design from the beginning, whichis another way of saying that it looks fantastic. There are 471 horsesgenerated from a five liter V8, which also happensto make wonderful sounds. This convertible will make itall the better to enjoy them. Lexus says the LC’stop will open and close in about 15 seconds, andcan operate at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. So you’re not stuckplaying stoplight roulette. This topless LC is set togo on sale next summer. Lexus’ most popularSUV and my new favorite because it has a surfboardon the roof is the RX. For 2020, it receivesa slight refresh with new front and rear stylingand a revised suspension for sharper handling.
The 2020 RX is also thefirst in Lexus’ line to offer Android Auto smartphoneintegration alongside Apple CarPlay. And those can be projectedon a new optional 12.3 inch touchscreen. Thankfully, this replacesthe old and clunky system with the remote touch joystickwhich we weren’t big fans of. ELANA SCHERR: Withouta doubt, Corsair is a much better namethan MKC, which was Lincoln’s previous small SUV. The Corsair there isbased on the Ford Escape, but Lincoln has worked hard todistinguish itself from Ford with Lincoln-specificdesign options, new tech, and different engine options,including a plug-in hybrid.
Then of course, there arethose great Lincoln interiors. It’s not a pair ofsunglasses and it has little in common with theAviator of the early 2000s. The 2020 Lincoln Aviatoris based on a Ford Explorer but with its ownhere and interior. If you’ve seen Lincoln’sinteriors recently, you know that’s a good thing. It’s quiet cabinand turbo charged V6 make it a powerfulfamily cruiser. And there’s a plug-inhybrid option for even more power and better fuel economy. What a world we live in. If you’ve got thegarage space and you want to fill it withyacht-like luxury, the Lincoln Navigator isour pick for top boat. I mean, our pick for mosthighly rated large luxury SUV.
Ever since its introduction,the Lincoln Navigator has consistentlytopped our ratings because of its gorgeous interiorand impressive performance. For 2020 safety featuresbecome standard, but what hasn’t changed isthe navigators impressive tow rating. 8,600 pound capacity, you cantell a boat with this boat. MARK TAKAHASHI: If it seems likethere are a lot of weird half sizes betweenconventionally sized SUVs, you’re not imagining things. This is the latestfrom Mazda, the CX30. It sits between the slightlysmaller CX3 and slightly larger CX5 with the starting pricedright around 23 grand.
It also pushes Mazda’sstyling evolution just a little bit further. While other companies aregoing with sharp deep creases, Mazda is going withthese graceful smoothed out arches that set it apartfrom anything else on the road. As a Mazda, we alsoexpect the CX30 to drive better than itsrivals from Honda and Toyota. WILL KAUFMAN: Mini isjumping in the EV game with the hard toptwo door Cooper SE. This isn’t a Tesla killer. This is more of an alternativeto a more affordable city runabouts like the basic NissanLEAF or the Volkswagen e-Golf. Prices shouldstart under $30,000 and the EPA range is likelyto come in around 120 miles. It is more stylish.
Adding that Mini personalityto the battery electric formula might just make thisa compelling choice for consumers lookingfor an electric car. MARK TAKAHASHI: The GLE was aninstant hit for Mercedes Benz, immediately climbingto best in class. It has all of the thingsyou want from Mercedes SUV– a refined interior, tonsof comfort, lots of tech. But this time around, theydropped something crazy on us. It’s the GLE 63S fromAMG with 603 horsepower. That’s just bonkers for theI don’t know, wealthy parents with racing aspirations, maybe? And if you need morespace, they also rode out the GLS and Gversion with similar output. What they didn’troll out though, is the top of the lineGLS Maybach edition. We don’t have fullspecs on it yet, but we can guaranteeit is going to be over the top in every way. CARLOS LAGO: TheNissan Rogue doesn’t receive any significantchanges for 2020, but it remains a highlyattractive vehicle to shoppers looking foran inexpensive compact SUV with a lot of interior space. And that’s really whatyou get with this SUV.
That and comfortable seats. Now the driving experiencekind of pales in comparison to our favorite SUV in thesegment, the Honda CRV. But the roaddelivers the basics. The slightly smaller Roguesport gets some small changes for 2020, especially a differentlook front and rear bumpers are updated and Nissan’ssuite of safety features is now standardon the base trim. If we’re honest,the Nissan Titan has felt a bit datedlately, but that’s because Ford, Chevy, and Ramhave introduced new generations of their respective trucks. The Titan has been updatedfor 2020 though, fortunately. Its powertrain gets a new 9speed automatic transmission and its 5.6 liter V8 getsa small power bump, too.
Now 400 horsepower and413 pound feet of torque. There’s additional standard safety equipment and an available nineinch center touchscreen. With the starting price fromthe low to mid $30,000 range, that makes the Titan apretty compelling value. With 2020 times introduction ofa new generation of the Nissan Sentra. And it actually lookspretty good, too. It’s a bit wider anda bit lower in height than the outgoing generation. The interior getsspecial mention too. It’s pretty attractive. Plus, standard safety features,like collision mitigation and all that stuff.
Base engine is a twoliter four cylinder with about 150 horsepower. Look forward to our full viewand we get our hands on one early next year. Porsche’s firstelectric vehicle looks to be a real stunning entry. The Taycan promises theperformance of a real sports car, but also, the drivingexperience of an EV. It’s a really fascinatingcombination of the two. It’s available in a couple ofdifferent motor and battery configurations fromthe Turbo S which has eye wateringacceleration, and top speed, and price, down to thismore realistic 4S, which starts in about $100,000,has over 500 horsepower, and could be a real competitorto the Tesla Model S.
While the most recent generationin the Porsche Cayenne was introduced lastyear, this year, we have the additionof the Cayenne coupe. If you haven’t beenpaying attention to luxury SUV as for while,the modern trend with coupes trade a little bit of rearheadroom and cargo space for a more swoopy rooflinethat mimics what you would find on an actual two door coupe. The Cayenne coupecosts a little bit more than the equivalentCayenne and it gets all the same trim levels,so you can get a Cayenne coupe Turbo and Turbo SE hybrid. With all the hubbub aroundthe new Porsche Taycan EV, you may forget there’s actuallya new generation of Porsche 911. And you may also be able totell from the outside too because it doesn’tlook that different. It’s more apparent insidewhen you see the new gauge cluster and all thetouch sensitive controls on the center console.
When I drove this carearlier this year, I really enjoyed itbecause, duh, it’s a 911. Starting at around $100,000,this car gives you really more than you could everneed from a sports car. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Ram 1500 isour number one ranked full size pickup truck. It’s got a really comfortableinterior, a high interface, and for 2020, it getsa new diesel powertrain added to the lineup thecontrol over 12,000 pounds. And it enters the tailgatewars with a new 60-40 split open beer tailgate thing. JONATHAN ELFALAN: The Ascent isthe largest vehicle that Subaru makes, offering threerows of seating and space for seven or eightpassengers while it isn’t at the top of our list formid-sized three row SUVs, we do like it for itsstandard all wheel drive, its powerfulturbocharged engine, and its crisp and responsivetouchscreen infotainment system.
For 2020, the Ascent adds astandard rear seat reminder alert and power foldingside view mirrors. The Subaru Forrester wasredesigned just last year and offers a greatblend of many things. From a comfortable cabin andride to strong safety and tech features. There’s even anew lane centering function, which gets added toits standard list of driving aides. All it needs is justa little more power and we’d be big fans. The word legacy hasdifferent meanings. But Subaru is looking toleave a positive impression with their new midsize sedan. For 2020, the Legacyhas been redesigned and is still theonly one in the class to offer standardall wheel drive.
An optional 260 horsepower2.4 liter engine should help drawsome fans as well as Subaru’s comprehensive suiteof advanced driver aids, which come standard. The Outback isSubaru’s mid-sized SUV and one of ourperennial favorites, which somebody mistakefor a tall wagon. But don’t letappearances deceive you. This wagon could likelyoutperform many so-called SUVs off road. Do it with standardall wheel drive and surprisingly generousground clearance. For 2020, the Outbackhas been fully redesigned and is offered with two engines. One of which is a 260 horsepowerturbocharged four cylinder. There’s also a new 11.6inch tablet style interface for the infotainment system,which just looks awesome. MARK TAKAHASHI: While Teslawasn’t at the show floor, company CEO Elon Muskunveiled the bizarre looking Cyber Truck.
Lofty targets include a max tworating of over 14,000 pounds, payload of over 3,500pounds, and zero to 60 mile an hour acceleration inless than 2.9 seconds in the most powerful version. While Tesla hasannounced pricing and is takingpreorders, this thing is still two years awayfrom delivery at a minimum. The Cyber Truck can make youforget all about the Model Y, but it should be availablesometime during 2020. It’s an SUV-ish version ofthe Model 3, promising similar range, performance, alittle more cargo space news ability, and a slightlyhigher price tag.
We have one on order. We’ve owned a Model 3for a few years now, yet answering thequestion of what’s new for this year is difficultbecause Tesla doesn’t do updates like anyother automaker. It’s more like your phone,where you wake up one morning and it has new features. This experience is unlikeany other car out there, and combined with theModel 3’s many strengths, it makes easily for one ofthe most compelling EV sedans you can buy. What’s left to say aboutthe Model S and Model X? Well, we really like the S.At the time of this recording, it has a simple orderingprocess, great range, and ridiculous– or rather,ludicrous acceleration. And the Model X–well, the doors look neat, but severely limitthe utility part of an SUV. But hey, at least it’s fast? Hey guys, guess, what. There’s a new Toyota Miraiand it’s not ugly, right? This sleek sedan is going to hitour markets at the end of 2020 and it’s a welcomedeparture from, let’s say, the awkward stylingof its predecessor.
It’s also going tobe rear wheel drive and Toyota claims they’llhave 30% more range. That means you can go up to400 miles on a single tank. I’m not fully sold onthe future of hydrogen, especially when you considerthat electrification is far more accessible. For example, Toyota’sbest selling vehicle gets a new hybrid modelin this, the RAV4 prime. This plug-in hybrid getsan 83 horsepower boost over the standard hybrid,which should push it to 60 miles an hour afull two seconds quicker. Toyota also claimsit’ll return 39 miles of electric only range.
When it goes onsale in the summer, it’ll only be offeredin sporting SE and SXE trims, with all wheel drive. We recommend the hybrid RAV4for over the standard RAV4. And expect thisto be even better. WILL KAUFMAN: TheVolkswagen Atlas comes in fifth place andour mid-sized three row SUV rankings. It was knocked down acouple of spots this year by the introduction of the HondaPalisade and Kia Telluride. Still, the Atlas is a superroomy and practical SUV for families. It’s just a bit down onpower and personality. For 2020, Volkswagen istrying to kick the personality up a notch with the introductionof the Atlas Cross Sport. This is a more aggressively styled two row version of the Atlas with a sportier personality. CARLOS LAGO: Thank you for watching. Hit subscribe. And for more information about your favorite car, visit Edmunds.com. There, you’ll find your next car and how much you should pay for it.