There’s a bumper crop of shiny new 2020 model-year cars, trucks and SUVs heading your way. These are the standouts that are definitely worth having on your radar.
For a truck that does it all..
More highly anticipated than the final season of Game of Thrones, Jeep’s Gladiator is being hailed as the most capable pick-up, well, just about ever. Take off the doors, fold back the roof and drop the windshield and it offers more open-air driving than a convertible two-seater. It also has a practical side, however, courtesy of a load-gulping 60-inch bed. Choose from Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon models, with prices starting at a very reasonable $35k.
A splurge that’s worth it..
MCLAREN 720S SPIDER
The price of supercar perfection starts at $315,000. For that you get McLaren’s latest drop-top rocket ship, which is being labeled the best convertible supercar money can buy. With a glass-topped roof that can lower or raise in 11 seconds—and darken at the touch of a button—the 720S Spider is an open-top masterpiece. This big Mac can also hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, thanks to the 710-hp on tap from its screaming 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.
A Mercedes you can afford..
Mercedes has a new first rung on its ladder of ownership. And with prices kicking off at around $33,500, it’s one very appealing first rung. Replacing the much-loved CLA-class, the new A goes after younger buyers with sleek, sexy four-door sedan styling and plenty of standard equipment, like a panorama roof and Mercedes’ just-like-Alexa MBUX. A 188-hp 2.0-liter turbo powers the A 220, with available 4MATIC.
For carrying loads while looking chic..
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
Eight years after it first took Land Rover into the booming urban crossover market, there’s a new Range Rover Evoque for 2020. It comes with a new front grille inspired by the popular Velar model, and a fresher, classier interior. Beneath that still-sexy body is a new platform that provides more interior space and better load carrying. With a choice of 246-hp or feisty 296-hp turbo 4-cylinders, this entry-level Range Rover kicks off in price at $42,650.
For something a little sexy..
Ford designers have ditched bland and boxy for sleek and sexy with this new 2020 Escape. Compared to the current model, this newcomer is longer, lower, wider and around 200 pounds slimmer. Under the hood there will be a choice of a 1.5-liter or 2-liter turbo 4-cylinders, plus a hybrid and, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid version. Expect prices to range from around $25,000 to $35,000.
If you can’t resist a coupe..
PORSCHE CAYENNE COUPE
Porsche has finally gotten around to coupe-ifying its big Cayenne sport-ute. With its swoopy, fastback roofline, raked-back windshield and lower roof, this new Cayenne Couple looks supremely sporty. And when it lands at dealerships this fall, with prices from $75,300, it’ll have the power to match those dramatic looks; the flagship Cayenne Turbo Couple will pack 541 ponies.
For the pure pleasure of driving..
After more than two decades of breathless anticipation, Toyota’s beloved Supra coupe is back. The big surprise: it’s based on BMW’s new Z4 with the two cars sharing most of their greasy bits, like the terrific 3.0-liter 335-hp turbo-6. It’s only available with an 8-speed automatic, with no stick option. But it looks stunning, it’s fast, a blast to drive and, priced at around $50,000, it’s a good value too.
When you’re ready for entry-level luxe..
This baby of the Lincoln SUV lineup replaces the tofu-bland MKC in the booming $34,000-to-$50,000 segment of the market. Exquisitely designed inside and out, the Corsair will be offered with a choice of a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, or a 280-hp 2.3-liter turbo-4. It lands at dealerships this fall.
If you’ve been thinking of going electric..
Audi’s first-ever electric SUV is big news, and one more sign that major automakers are getting serious about going electric. With a body that falls between Audi’s mid-size Q5 and full-size Q7, the E-tron is a game-changer with a 249-mile range and electric motors on the front and rear axles to give a combined 355-plus hp and standard all-wheel drive. Prices of this silent-runner will start at $74,800.
If you love a thrill ride..
You don’t mess with success. That’s why the refreshed version of Acura’s Ohio-built hybrid supercar looks pretty much the same as it did when it landed back in late 2015. But with a 191-mph, 573-hp model like this, you can always sharpen the handling. So for 2020, the $157,000 NSX gets new, stickier tires, stiffer stabilizer bars and some tweaks to the adaptive dampers and steering.
When you want some fun in the sun..
BMW 850I CONVERTIBLE
Share the air with friends and family in BMW’s latest four-seat drophead, the gorgeous 850i Convertible. It’s a cloth-topped marvel, with that big, folding, multi-layer roof lowering in a mere 14 seconds, and at speeds up to 31mph. Beautifully styled, gorgeous to drive, this $121,400 drop-top 8 is powered by a Teflon-smooth twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 cranking out a mighty 523hp.
Caddy style with midsize convenience..
Who says that sedans are going the way of VHS tapes and Sony Walkmen? Not Cadillac. Its stunning new CT5 mid-size, high-luxe four door makes the perfect antidote to tall-riding sport-utes. An all-new Cadillac model, the CT5 features sleek, fastback lines and wheels pushed out to the corners for stretched-out interior space. Take your pick from 237-hp turbo 2.0-liter power, or 3.0 twin-turbo V6 making a feisty 335-hp. Expect pricing from around $45,000 when it lands later this year.
Great for taking a crowd..
Hard to believe Volvo’s current-gen XC90 has been around since 2014. While it still looks fresh, it’s getting a subtle refresh for 2020. Think evolution rather than revolution, but you’ll notice the new-look grille and restyled alloys. Inside there will be the option of six seats, as well as seven, with new middle-row captain’s chairs for added luxury. And luxury for Volvo in 2020 is a cool, new wool-blend upholstery option