Most Significant Cars of the Decade
Each year hundreds of new or updated models are introduced by auto manufacturers at international auto shows or other events throughout the world. Some of these debuts reveal an entirely new addition to the brand’s model lineup, or a major redesign creating a new generation of an existing model; in other cases the changes are a simple evolution of the model or the addition of new equipment or technology. Read on for a quick retrospective of the most significant cars of the decade.
2017 Acura NSX
The original Acura NSX went on sale in August 1990 as a 1991 model and ceased production in the 2005 model year. A new NSX Concept debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, offering a first look at the design of a new NSX. Three years later and 25 years after the original NSX, Acura debuted the production Acura NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, although the wait continued until the NSX went on sale as a 2017 model the following year. Developed and produced in the U.S., the new NSX is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors and a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. The three electric motors include a direct-drive electric motor between the V6 engine and the transmission, and twin independent electric motors driving the front wheels with instant torque and dynamic torque distribution.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo returned to the U.S. market with the two-seat, mid-engine Alfa Romeo 4C, powered by a turbocharged, intercooled 1750cc direct-injection engine producing 237 horsepower, combined with a 6-speed twin-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. The lightweight Alfa Romeo 4C features a carbon fiber monocoque with front and rear structures, roof reinforcements and engine mountings made of lightweight aluminum. The bodywork is constructed of Sheet Molding Compound, a low-density, high-strength composite that is 20 percent lighter and more rigid than steel.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
The second Alfa Romeo model for the U.S. market was the 2017 Giulia, a midsize sport sedan offered in three variations: Base, Ti and Quadrifoglio. The Giulia is available with rear- or all-wheel drive and can sprint to 60 mph in around 5 seconds, thanks to its standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox. Standard equipment includes leather seats, 6-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch color display with an 8-speaker audio system. Also included are 17-inch aluminum wheels, Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes, bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights and taillights. The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine rated at 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is available as low as 2500 rpm, making this the most powerful production car ever from Alfa Romeo. The sprint to 60 mph takes a mere 3.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 191 mph.
2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Aston Martin has added performance and styling upgrades to the V12-powered DB11 to create the best-handling and most powerful production version — the all-new DB11 AMR. The AMR designation, for Aston Martin Racing, is the designation applied to the top performance version of each model range. Designed as a grand touring car equally at home on the track or street, the DB11 AMR is powered by a revised 5.2-liter twin turbocharged V12 engine producing 630 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 30 horsepower over the DB11 V12. Power gets delivered through an 8-speed automatic gearbox that can be shifted manually. The SB11 AMR will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and achieve a top track speed of 208 mph. Additional upgrades include chassis stiffening, revised adaptive damping system, retuned steering, ESP updates for smoother intervention and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. Inside the DB11 AMR features sport seats trimmed with leather and Alcantara with large side bolsters, and bright green interior highlights matching the exterior trim.
2021 Aston Martin DBX
Aston Martin becomes the latest luxury manufacturer to create an SUV with the introduction of the all-new Aston Martin DBX. One look at Aston Martin’s first SUV confirms its heritage with the signature DB grille that flows into the vented, sculpted hood to the long, sleek silhouette. In profile the roofline flows smoothly down toward the rear spoiler as a second line moves from the edge of the headlights to the “flip” at the tailgate, inspired by the Aston Martin Vantage. The flush door handles and frameless doors add to the SUV’s sleek styling, with the whole look nicely accented by standard 22-inch alloy wheels. At the rear of the DBX are signature LED taillights that span the rear hatch, following the line of the spoiler. Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG that generates 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Active exhaust allows the DBX to be quieter when appropriate, or provide the full V8 roar — guaranteed to evoke a smile from the driver’s lips. The DBX can sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 181 mph.
2019 Audi e-tron
After years of showing electric concept vehicles, Audi’s first all-electric series production vehicle arrives for the U.S. market as the 2019 Audi e-tron. A premium 5-seat midsize SUV, the e-tron features a design that is both stylish and aerodynamic with a familiar but uniquely enclosed grille. Audi e-tron is propelled by two potent electric motors — one powering each axle — creating a new generation of quattro electric all-wheel drive that can adjust the amount of torque delivered to each axle for ideal balance according to driving conditions. The new e-tron is quick — with up to 402 horsepower available, it will sprint to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds.
2017 Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley of SUVs, the Bentayga debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with a combination of luxury, off-road performance and everyday usability not previously seen from Bentley. Motivated by a new 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque, the Bentayga will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 187 mph. The Bentayga interior features the highest level of handcrafted luxury and precision, meticulously finished in metal, wood and leather.
2019 BMW 8 Series
The original BMW 8 Series flagship sport coupe premiered in 1990, and after a 20-year hiatus the 8 Series returns as BMW’s top coupe. The V12 is gone, but the new twin-turbo V8 in the M850i offers considerably more power than its predecessor, and now the 8 line includes a convertible and all-wheel drive. The original 8 Series had a V12 that generated 322 horsepower; the new M850i with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. According to BMW, the M850i will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed limited to 155 mph.
2014 BMW i8
BMW’s high-performance plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8 looks like a futuristic concept car that delivers high levels of performance and efficiency. The unique drivetrain features a 228-horsepower 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the rear wheels, while the front wheels get motivation from a 129-horsepower electric motor. Combined output of 369 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque moves the AWD i8 from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The i8 doesn’t look like anything else on the road with its sleek silhouette, big wheels, narrow grille and crazy aerodynamic angles at the rear, as well as unique scissor doors that lift and pivot upward toward the front. Last year BMW added a roadster version to the i8 lineup with a soft-top that opens in less than 16 seconds.
2017 Bugatti Chiron
The long-anticipated successor to the mighty Bugatti Veyron debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show — and it didn’t disappoint. The Bugatti Chiron looks sleeker than its predecessor and carries a number of classic Bugatti styling cues, including the legendary horseshoe grille. Powering the Chiron is a newly-developed 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and insane 1180 lb-ft of torque, available as low as 2000 rpm. This much power means some staggering stats: Chiron reaches 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in around 6.5 seconds and — most amazing of all — 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show Bugatti unveiled a special edition Chiron Sport to commemorate 110 years of Bugatti. In September 2019 Bugatti announced that a pre-production Chiron broke the 300-mph mark, recording a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h).
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Only a year after Cadillac introduced the second-generation high-powered CTS-V sedan, the luxury brand applied the same high-performance modifications to the wagon version with the debut of the CTS-V Sport Wagon at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Boasting 556 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the CTS-V wagon could blow the doors off almost any other family car on the market at the time. Available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, the CTS-V Wagon features Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires mounted on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
The Chevrolet Bolt debuted in 2016 at the Detroit Auto Show and went on to be named the 2017 North American Car of the Year the following year in Detroit. With a 238-mile range and a price around $30,000, the Bolt range at the time exceeded almost every other electric car on the market, except the Tesla Model S (which is more than twice the price of Bolt). In addition to its impressive electric stats, the Bolt is loaded with new innovations. A Bluetooth low-energy system — designed specifically for the Bolt — connects to a smartphone as the driver approaches the car. A large 10.2-inch touchscreen display and rear camera mirror are offered, and a dedicated EV nav system plans a route while considering terrain that will affect the battery’s depletion rate.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The eighth generation Chevrolet Corvette breaks new ground as the first-ever mid-engine Corvette, offering new levels of styling and performance. The mid-engine design of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers more performance, technology and luxury than previous generations. The new design features better weight distribution with a rear weight bias to improve both straight-line and on-track performance; better responsiveness and sense of control with the driver positioned closer to the front axle; and the fastest zero to 60 mph time ever for a Corvette at less than 3 seconds. With first deliveries scheduled for early 2020, the 2020 Corvette Stingray will be powered by a next-generation 6.2-liter LT2 small-block V8 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust. No manual transmission will be offered — instead the engine gets teamed with a quick-shifting dual-clutch 8-speed automatic gearbox. The base price for the 2020 Corvette Stingray is $59,995.
2011 Chevrolet Volt
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt was one of the first affordable electric vehicle to hit the market. It was also unique in that battery capacity provided a fairly low range of about 40 miles, but it also includes a small 1.4-liter gasoline engine to power a generator and produce electricity for an additional 250+ miles of range. The idea was that if the Volt is driven less than 40 miles per day and charged to full-capacity, it operates as a fully-electric vehicle, but the 40 miles of range is never a restriction because the gasoline engine will kick in as a generator to provide additional range when needed.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
When Chrysler redesigned its minivan for 2017 it adopted the name Pacifica, which was previously used for a marginal crossover from 2004–2007. Replacing the Chrysler Town & Country, the new Pacifica added new innovations including sliding side doors and rear hatch can be operated hands-free with the wave of a foot underneath the bumper, available heated and ventilated seats and remote start. Pacifica was offered with available with Stow ‘n Vac — an integrated vacuum that reaches all four corners of the van for easy cleanups. Pacifica also added a hybrid version, the first hybrid minivan on the market. The Pacifica Hybrid can drive up to 33 miles on electric-only operation, and is rated at 84 MPGe during city driving. Batteries get stored under the second-row floor, preserving the ample cargo space in the rear, as well as the Stow ‘n Go seats in the third row.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
To follow up the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge introduced the limited-edition Challenger SRT Demon, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 that produces 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft or torque. The HEMI Demon V8 is the highest horsepower V8 engine ever offered in a production car and certified in the quarter mile by the National Hot Rod Association with an incredibly quick elapsed time of 9.65 seconds and a trap speed of 140 miles per hour. While the Demon’s powerplant is based on the same architecture as the 707-horsepower HEMI Hellcat engine, more than 50 percent of the components have been changed including a high-speed valvetrain, strengthened connecting rods, stronger pistons and improved lubrication system. The Challenger SRT Demon features a wide-body design with factory-installed fender flares that increase the overall width by 3.5 inches, an Air Grabber hood scoop, lightweight 18×11-inch “Hole-shot” wheels and exclusive Demon-branded 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radial tires front and rear.
2019 Ferrari F8 Tributo
The two-seat mid-engine V8-powered Ferrari has been one of the most coveted sports cars in the world for years, and at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show Ferrari debuted the newest and most powerful version ever: the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Replacing the 488 GTB model in the Ferrari lineup, the Ferrari F8 Tributo traces its lineage back to the classic Ferrari 308 GTB of the 1970s as the most powerful, aerodynamic and sophisticated model to date. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo offers a new design with emphasis on high performance and aerodynamic improvement. The new aerodynamic package developed on the track includes elements adopted from the 488 Pista, with a 10 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. The F8 Tributo boasts the most powerful V8 engine in Ferrari history for a series-production model. The 3.9-liter turbocharged 90-degree V8 produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque — 50 more horses than the outgoing 488 GTB. According to Ferrari, the F8 Tributo will sprint to 62 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds, reaching 124 mph in 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 210 mph.
2013 Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari’s first hybrid supercar, the LaFerrari debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, powered by a hybrid system developed from the Scuderia’s Formula One KERS system. The hybrid technology in the LaFerrari is knowns as HY-KERS and combines a 6.3-liter V12 engine with a 120 kW electric motor for total power output of 949 horsepower. Power is delivered through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The LaFerrari features active aerodynamics for a high-level of aero efficiency that generates downforce when needed without compromising the overall drag coefficient. Ferrari originally planned to produce only 499 examples of LaFerrari, but in August 2016 Ferrari announced that one additional LaFerrari would be produced and auctioned to benefit the victims of earthquakes in central Italy. The final LaFerrari sold at auction for $7 million.
2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
In May 2019 Ferrari took the wraps off its latest flagship sports car: the SF90 Stradale. With almost 1000 horsepower on tap, the SF90 is the most powerful production Ferrari. Named for the Scuderia’s 90th anniversary, the SF90 Stradale exists as a prime example of the link between the company’s road cars and racing exploits. The SF90 is Ferrari’s first PHEV (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle) and the all-wheel-drive hybrid system combines a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that produces 769 horsepower with three electric motors — two on the front axle and one located between the engine and the gearbox. Total output is 986 horsepower with 664 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with the hybrid system is an 8-speed Formula One-style dual-clutch gearbox. In a nod to Ferrari’s past, the controls for the transmission are centrally located in a mount that mimics the shift gate of legendary Ferraris that have manual gearboxes. The new car sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaches 124 mph in 6.7 seconds, and will eventually reach a claimed top speed of 211 mph.
2020 Ford Explorer
A pioneer of the sport-utility vehicle segment, the Ford Explorer has been one of the best-selling SUVs in America for almost 30 years. Nearly 8 million have been sold since 1991, making it the best-selling SUV of all time. The first major redesign in 10 years, the new Explorer is built on an all-new rear-wheel-drive flexible architecture designed to improve ride, handling and capability; the new structure is 25 percent stronger while reducing weight. About the same size and width as the previous model, the wheelbase is more than 6 inches longer. The standard engine in the new Explorer will be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder unit producing 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that bumps power to 365 horses and 380 lb-ft of torque. Two new versions will be added: the powerful ST and the Limited Hybrid.
2017 Ford Focus RS
Ford Performance debuted the Focus RS at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show — a high-performance, all-wheel-drive version of the Focus 5-door hatchback, powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Ford Performance developed an all-new all-wheel-drive system for the Focus RS, designed to provide excellent traction and grip for smile-inducing performance. The system uses twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear-drive unit to manage the car’s front/rear torque split. These can also control side-to-side torque distribution, based on inputs monitored from multiple vehicle sensors at 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the torque can be diverted to the rear axle, and up to 100 percent of that torque can be sent to each rear wheel. In addition to the pioneering AWD system, the RS features a sport suspension with 2-mode switchable dampers that offer a firmer setting for track driving.
2017 Ford GT
Ford Performance rocked the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with the F-150 Raptor and the Mustang Shelby GT350R, but the real star of the show was the new flagship Ford GT. Boasting a cutting-edge aerodynamic design and a new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the new Ford GT pays homage to the original Ford GT40 race cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966, but there is only a slight visual resemblance at the front. The new Ford GT is intended to showcase Ford’s latest performance innovation through aerodynamic design, EcoBoost engine technology and lightweight materials. The most dramatic design effect is the teardrop-shaped passenger cell that tapers inward from the front fenders and wraps around the engine compartment, while the roofline flows out to the rear fenders, creating large tunnels between the rear fenders and engine compartment. Positioned longitudinally behind the cockpit, the new GT’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine produces 647 horsepower and is mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle. Construction of the Ford GT is all about weight reduction: a carbon fiber passenger cell with aluminum front and rear subframes gets wrapped in carbon fiber body panels. The suspension is a racing-style torsion bar and pushrod design with adjustable ride height. Brakes are carbon ceramic discs at all four corners.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
For the first time in its 50-plus year history, the Mustang name will be affixed to something that isn’t a sporty coupe or convertible. Not only will the all-new Mustang Mach-E be the first SUV to feature the running pony logo, it will also be the first mainstream electric vehicle from Ford. Clear visual cues connect the Mach-E with classic Mustang styling, such as the running pony logo up front and center in what would be the grille if the electric Mach-E needed a grille. At the rear are familiar Mustang taillights that illuminate in sequence. The Mach-E generating the most attention is the GT, which will feature all-wheel drive with dual electric motors generating 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Ford estimates a sprint to 60 mph will happen in about 3.5 seconds. Depending on trim level, the Mach-E will be available with battery packs that offer either a standard or an extended range. For rear-wheel-drive variants with the extended-range battery, Ford estimates a range of 300 miles on a single full charge. Prices for the Mustang Mach-E will start at $43,895 when it arrives late next year.
2019 Ford Ranger
Eight years after exiting the midsize truck market, Ford returns with the 2019 Ford Ranger. Based on the Ranger pickup sold in more than 100 countries around the world, the 2019 Ford Ranger has been designed and engineered specifically for the North American market. Ford keeps the Ranger lineup simple by offering two body styles: SuperCab with a 6-foot bed and 4-door SuperCrew with a 5-foot bed. Both are offered with 2WD or 4WD and three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. All Rangers are powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, combined with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic. The FX4 Off-Road Package adds off-road tires, an electronic locking rear differential, off-road tuned suspension, skidplates, exposed front tow hooks and an off-road display in the instrument cluster.
2017 Genesis G90
Originally the Genesis was simply a premium model in the Hyundai lineup, but at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show Hyundai introduced Genesis as a new luxury brand and a new flagship to go with it: Genesis G90. Hyundai designers refer to the G90’s styling as “Athletic Elegance,” a design aesthetic that will inspire future Genesis products. Standout styling includes a large, bold grille; a long wheelbase with minimal overhangs; and 19-inch turbine-blade alloy wheels. Full LED headlights and taillights are also available, giving the luxury sedan a striking look at night. Inside, the G90 is everything one would expect from a high-end luxury sedan. Surfaces are swathed in Nappa leather and real wood, and the driver’s seat offers 22 power adjustments. The G90 is available with two engine choices: an all-new 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces an impressive 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque at a very usable 1300 rpm. For buyers who are looking for a bit more, there’s a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower.
2017 Honda Civic Type R
In 2015 Honda announced that the Civic Type R would no longer be forbidden fruit in America. Available for more than 20 years in other markets, the fifth generation 2017 Civic Type R came to the U.S. as the fastest, most-powerful Honda to be sold in America. The Civic Type R is based exclusively on the Civic 5-door hatchback and is 1.5-inches longer and 3.1-inches wider than the standard version with aerodynamic and performance updates that include a bold front fascia, wider fenders, a hood scoop, a large rear wing, roof-mounted vortex generators, a three-outlet exhaust and 20-inch wheels. The most powerful engine ever offered in a production Honda for the U.S. market, the Civic Type R’s i-VTEC 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm.
2020 Hyundai Palisade
Rolling out at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show as the new pinnacle of Hyundai’s SUV model lineup, the 2020 Palisade offers standard 8-occupant seating with available second-row individual captain’s chairs. Built on a new SUV chassis, the Palisade features a bold, wide cascading grille flanked by separated composite headlights and a vertically-connected lighting signature with available LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED turn-signal mirrors. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine producing an estimated 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter. Palisade is offered in both 2-wheel drive and with Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive system with a new Snow Mode.
2014 Infiniti Q50
For 2014 Infiniti introduced the Q50 sport sedan as the new design direction for Infiniti and the replacement for the G37 sedan, the latest iteration of the Infiniti G sedan that debuted as a 2003 model to challenge the top sport sedans on the market. For the U.S. market the 2014 Q50 was offered with the choice of a 3.7-liter V6 or a 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid drivetrain. The 3.7-liter V6 is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque combined with a 7-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission. The Q50 Hybrid powertrain combines a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with an advanced 50 kW electric motor rated at 67 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque for hybrid system net power of 360 horsepower. Both the 3.7-liter V6 and the Hybrid are offered with rear-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive.
2017 Jaguar F-PACE
The 2017 Jaguar F-PACE was an all-new medium luxury sport-utility vehicle — the first SUV in the Jaguar lineup — with an exterior design inspired by the Jaguar C-X17 concept. Built on a strong and stiff lightweight aluminum architecture, the F-PACE features double-wishbone and integral link suspension with chassis technologies derived from the F-TYPE, including torque vectoring, active dynamics and configurable dynamics. The two engines offered for the U.S. market when F-PACE launched were a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 — both combined with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Later Jaguar added a diesel engine for the U.S. market, producing 180 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Jaguar I-PACE
The stunning Jaguar I-PACE concept debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the highly-anticipated production version revealed in a live global webcast on March 1, 2018 from the I-PACE manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria before arriving at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show later that month. Details about the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE are impressive, thanks to an estimated driving range of 240 miles on a full charge from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. The all-wheel-drive I-PACE is powered by two electric motors — one driving each axle — for a total output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which makes the I-PACE capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, according to Jaguar. Owners will be able to charge the battery from zero to 80 percent capacity in about 40 minutes using publicly-available 100kW rapid charging facilities, or achieve the same 80 percent charge at home in about 10 hours using a 230V/32A AC wall box.
2014 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee returned for 2014 as an all-new compact SUV to replace the Liberty in the Jeep lineup. The new Cherokee features a modern, aerodynamic design and is powered by a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine or a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine, both combined with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission. Legendary Jeep off-road capability is delivered with the Cherokee Trailhawk, which includes lifted off-road suspension with skidplates, tow hooks, Selec-Terrain traction control, Jeep Active Drive Lock with rear locker, Selec-Speed Crawl Control with 56:1 crawl ratio and aggressive approach, departure and break-over angles. For 2019 the iconic Cherokee gets a complete refresh — the first since the model returned in 2014. The new design brings Cherokee’s exterior styling more in line with the traditional look of other Jeep models, featuring larger headlights, a new fascia and updated 7-slot grille.
2019 Jeep Gladiator
For much of Jeep’s history, the brand has had a pickup truck offering, but it has been a long 27 years since the last Jeep truck. That all changes with all-new Jeep Gladiator. It may look like Jeep simply put a pickup truck bed on the back of a Wrangler, but this new model is much more. The truck still possesses the attributes and standout features of the Wrangler — including its legendary off-road capability, open-top driving, and even the removable doors and folding windshield — but it also is a proper truck with utility and equipment to match or exceed all other midsize trucks on the market. Gladiator has a 5-foot cargo bed made of high-strength steel. The aluminum tailgate is lockable and its action damped, making raising and lowering much easier. Additional available features offer even more versatility, such as box rails with four adjustable tiedowns, under-rail bed lighting, a 115-volt power outlet and a spray-on bedliner.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Grand Cherokee is well known for mastering practically any terrain, and with the introduction of the Trackhawk the racetrack gets added to that mastery list. This Trackhawk has a powerplant from the Hellcat series: a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 that produces a staggering 707 horsepower. This special Grand Cherokee can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. But it is still a Grand Cherokee, which means there’s more than 8 inches of ground clearance, full-time all-wheel drive with a snow setting and the ability to tow more than 7,000 pounds. This is also the first production Jeep that can exceed $100,000 — depending on options.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
An all-new Wrangler premiered for the 2018 model year — the first redesign of this iconic off-roader in 10 years. Jeep stayed true to the original, retaining the 7-slot grille and round headlights, although the grille is taller and wider, and the big headlights have a stylish LED halo around the outer bezel. Overall the Wrangler is more aerodynamic, the beltline has been lowered, and the side windows are larger for improved visibility. The 2018 Wrangler is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon, with Sahara offered exclusively as a 4-door Unlimited and the other three available in both 2-door and 4-door Unlimited versions. Available powertrains include the Pentastar V6 and a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with eTorque technology, with a new diesel engine option added for the 2020 model year. This new Jeep is much more comfortable on pavement than its predecessor while still retaining its legendary off-road capability.
2018 Kia Stinger
Arguably one of the stars of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger is the Korean brand’s first-ever performance sedan. Based on the GT concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, the Stinger carries through much of the styling and ideas found in that original GT. Stinger retains the signature Kia grille, but the design features a wide stance, short front overhang, a steeply-raked windshield, a vented hood, sleek LED headlights and bold fenders. The quad oval exhaust pipes will indicate to anyone following that this is a performance car. Two different powertrains are available: a turbocharged 2.0-liter that produces 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. With the larger engine, the Stinger GT can attain 60 mph in under 5 seconds with a top speed of 167 mph — figures not typically associated with a Kia automobile. Stinger is also Kia’s first model to offer rear- or all-wheel drive.
2020 Kia Telluride
After showing it in concept form years earlier, the all-new Kia Telluride debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019. The largest SUV ever offered by Kia — with seating for up to eight occupants — the Telluride was created specifically for the U.S. market, penned at the Kia Design Center in Irvine, California. The Telluride’s intent is to be big, bold and boxy to convey power and capability — which it does in spades. The SUV features a long hood, wide grille, stacked headlights, L-shaped taillights and long Telluride nameplates across the front edges of the hood and tailgate. Telluride is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine producing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and an available active on-demand all-wheel-drive system. Self-leveling rear suspension is optional. Inside, Telluride offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel; optional heated and ventilated seats for the first and second rows; available double-stitched, quilted leather-trim seats; simulated brushed metal and matte finish wood; and reclining third-row seats. Telluride is produced at Kia’s manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia.
2019 Lamborghini Urus
Yes, even Lamborghini has deviated from sports cars to join the SUV scrum by creating the all-new Urus — although to be fair, the Italian automaker also produced the angular LM002 in the 1980s, powered by the same V12 engine as the mid-engine Countach. The LM002 may be the spiritual predecessor to the Urus, but the vehicles couldn’t be more different. Where the LM002 could be best described as a brute, the Urus is streamlined with sleek lines that give props to the Huracan and Aventador. The front end is unique to Urus; however, the taillights and quad exhaust also fit with the look of the brand’s two supercars. Expected to perform on par with sports cars, the Urus draws power from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque as low as 2250 rpm. The leap to 100 km/h (62 mph) happens in a supercar-like 3.6 seconds. Power gets delivered to tarmac or dirt via a custom 4-wheel-drive system with active torque vectoring as well as 4-wheel steering.
2020 Land Rover Defender
One of the toughest and most capable vehicles in Land Rover history, the Defender returns for the 2020 model year, built on the automaker’s new all-aluminum D7x platform. The new Defender retains its familiar silhouette incorporating short front and rear overhangs for a look easily recognized as a Land Rover Defender. The overall design has a tough appearance, and the high sills, short overhangs and rear-mounted spare tire facilitate the expected off-road capability. Inside, the new Defender offers a highly functional layout with exposed structural elements and rubberized floor coverings. Defender will be offered with two powertrain options designated Defender P300, with a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter engine; and Defender P400, which gets a mild-hybrid powertrain with an inline 6-cylinder engine that has both a turbocharger and a 48-volt electric supercharger for a combined output of 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 will be available in the U.S. in spring 2020 at a starting MSRP of $49,900, ranging up to $80,900 for the Defender X P400. The Defender 90 will join the lineup later in 2020.
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
An iconic off-road brand, Land Rover is one of the few manufacturers that made SUVs before SUVs were even popular, and in 2012 Land Rover added a new model to join the crossover segment, with the Range Rover Evoque. Retaining the family resemblance to the Range Rover, the Evoque adds a rising beltline and fast roofline to create a “coupelike” silhouette for a Land Rover vehicle more tailored to the urban environment. The Range Rover Evoque is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive.
2017 Lexus LC 500
A new flagship coupe for the Lexus brand, the LC 500 that debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show retains many of the key design elements first seen when the LF-LC concept was reveled four years earlier in Detroit. The front of the car is dominated by a new version of the Lexus spindle grille with chrome on three sides and a new 3D mesh, flanked by a triple LED headlight unit with L-shaped daytime running lights below. The fast-sloping roofline includes a standard glass roof with an available carbon fiber roof. The slim multi-layer taillights create the appearance of a sequential L motif, while the rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler aid the aerodynamics. Standard wheels are 20-inch machined cast aluminum with 21-inch forged aluminum wheels optional. The LC 500 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a newly-developed 10-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Lincoln Continental
The Continental returned to the Lincoln lineup for 2017 as the flagship of Ford’s luxury brand, with a focus on quiet luxury and elegance. Continental gets power from a new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The available all-wheel-drive system incorporates dynamic torque vectoring to transfer torque between the rear wheels when cornering for better handling and stability. Perfect Position seats can be adjusted up to 30 different ways with heating, cooling and available massage functions. The rear seats offer available adjustable recline, heating, cooling and massage as well. The outside door handles are an interesting design element, moved from the traditional position in the door to the chrome trim below the windows. A microprocessor-controlled E-latch electronic door handle releases the door, and the available auto-cinch feature secures the door when closed gently.
2018 Lincoln Navigator
Navigator was named 2018 North American Truck of the Year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show following its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The look of the all-new Navigator didn’t stray much from the Navigator Concept that debuted one year earlier in New York. The large grille immediately grabs attention, and when the driver walks up to the Navigator, the Lincoln logo lights up softly along with LED lighting that brightens the ground surrounding the vehicle. Ambient lighting inside illuminates all three rows of seats at night, while during the day a panoramic sunroof ensures that even those sitting in the third row don’t feel claustrophobic. This big Lincoln has big power to match — a twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, delivered through a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is an impressive 8,700 pounds — more than almost any other luxury SUV.
2020 Lotus Evija
In August at the 2019 Motorsports Gathering at the Quail in Carmel, California, Lotus took the wraps off an all-new flagship sports car — the Evija — not only the first hypercar from Lotus but also the brand’s first fully-electric vehicle. The first Lotus built on a full carbon fiber chassis, the Evija sits low and wide with a sleek silhouette that introduces a new design language for the marque. Evija designers put considerable effort into achieving outstanding aerodynamics and the full length of the underside is sculpted to increase downforce and includes an integrated air diffuser. A rear spoiler remains flush with the bodywork when not in use, but raises up automatically as needed or when the vehicle is in Track mode. Evija features a fully-electric powertrain with four Electrical Drive Units consist of an ultralight, single-speed, helical gear ground planetary gearbox tied to a high-power electric motor. Mounted at each wheel, these units have a power target of around 500 horses each — giving the Evija an estimated 2000 horsepower and 1,254 lb-ft of torque. Groundbreaking indeed. With each motor able to be operated independently, the Evija has full-time all-wheel drive as well as torque vectoring, which should provide exceptional handling and agility.
2017 Maserati Levante
The first SUV in the 100-year history of Maserati, the Levante made its U.S. debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show after its world debut the previous month at the Geneva Motor Show. The names of many past Maserati models were inspired by the wind, and Levante gets its name from a warm wind that can change quickly from a light breeze to strong gusts that cause heavy swells on the Mediterranean. Based on the same architecture as the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, Levante shares design elements with other Maserati models including the grille with its prominent trident logo, portholes in the front fenders and taillight shape. The sloped roofline creates a more coupelike profile. Maserati’s newest model gets power from a Ferrari-built twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 424 horsepower for the Levante S and 345 horsepower for the Levante. The Q4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system is standard, and both engines have 8-speed automatic transmissions. An electric panoramic sunroof is also standard, and the interior has premium materials with options that include premium leather and Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero, Italy, under a patented process by the Zegna wool mill.
2013 Mazda CX-5
Mazda’s compact crossover SUV debuted as a 2013 model and has gone on to become the best-selling Mazda model on the U.S. market. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is powered by a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine producing 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel-drive system. When CX-5 was redesigned for 2016 it adopted the styling of the larger CX-9 and was refined in nearly every way with a revised chassis, an updated SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, an attractive interior and many available features. By 2019 CX-5 sales were higher than the combined sales of all other Mazda models. The CX-5 is the first Mazda to feature G-Vectoring Control, which enhances vehicle responsiveness and stability while reducing sideways sliding of occupants. For 2019 Mazda turns up the heat by adding the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels, both powered by the turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine producing 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque; i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is standard.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is the fourth-generation Miata, sharing the same basic design but with a completely new look. Yes, some iconic elements —such as the wide grille — are incorporated into the new model, but the headlights, taillights and integrated fender flares are unique. The 2016 MX-5 gets power from a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque combined with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters available as an option. For 2017 Mazda added the MX-5 RF, a new take on a power-retractable hardtop that looks more like a fastback than a coupe, with a targa top and buttresses flowing back toward the rear of the car. When the top is retracted, the car retains the same silhouette, but with the top and rear window stored away. The roof mechanism has four parts including the rear window. With the flip of a switch, the rear section lifts up while the roof folds with the window, ultimately hidden with only the rear section in place. With just the roof panel and rear window removed, the MX-5 looks more like a targa than a convertible. The top can be operated at speeds up to 6 mph and takes 12 seconds to operate.
2011 McLaren MP4-12C
The McLaren MP4-12C, later known as simply the McLaren 12C, was the first sports car designed and built by McLaren Automotive and the first production street car since the McLaren F1, which was last produced in 1998. The final design for the McLaren MP4-12C was revealed in 2009 and the first production cars arrived in 2011. The MP4-12C features a carbon-fiber composite chassis and is powered by a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine producing 592 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The MP4-12C, a convertible version with a retractable hardtop, was added in 2012 and McLaren announced the end of production of the 12C in April 2014.
2013 McLaren P1
The McLaren P1 is a limited-edition plug-in hybrid sports car produced by McLaren that debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 727 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, combined with an electric motor rated at 177 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque for a total combined output of 903 horsepower and 723 lb-ft of torque. Power gets delivered to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to McLaren, the P1 accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and will run the standing quarter mile in 10.2 seconds at 148 mph.
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT
AMG is the performance arm of Mercedes-Benz; AMG versions of every Mercedes-Benz model are offered, but the Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-seat coupe built by AMG as the flagship of the AMG brand and the second model developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG. The Mercedes-AMG GT is a front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle. It uses intelligent aluminum lightweight construction for a rigid but lightweight structure. At launch the AMG GT was offered in two versions, both powered by twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engines with the turbochargers mounted inside the V of the engine. The AMG GT is powered by a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 456 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, and the AMG GT S biturbo 4.0-liter V8 produces 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. According to Mercedes-AMG the GT S will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 second with the GT a mere two ticks slower at 3.9 seconds.
2011 Nissan LEAF
A compact hatchback that seats five, the 2011 Nissan LEAF was one of the first affordable, fully-electric, zero-emission vehicles to hit the U.S. market. The LEAF was designed to take advantage of lithium-ion battery storage technology with energy stored in 48 laminated compact lithium-ion modules positioned in the floor, providing a range of 100 miles on a full charge. The 2011 LEAF is powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous motor that produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port using a DC fast charger. Charging from a 220V outlet takes approximately 8 hours.
2020 Polestar 1
Polestar has been building special high-performance versions of Volvo models since 2013, and the debut of Polestar 1 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show marked the launch of Polestar as a standalone electric performance brand. The initial model of the Polestar brand, Polestar 1 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain and all future Polestar models will feature fully-electric drivetrains. Polestar 1 is a beautiful 2-door, 4-seat grand touring coupe powered by a gasoline / electric powertrain that produces 600 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine that sends power to the front wheels while two electric motors drive the rear wheels. There is also a third electric motor that acts as an Integrated starter generator. With a total of 34 kWh produced by three battery stacks, the Polestar 1 can travel up to 93 miles on electric power alone.
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman
Twenty years after the introduction of the original Boxster, Porsche debuted the next generation of the mid-engine Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe with the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. Porsche has a rich history in sports car racing — in 1950s and ‘60s the company campaigned the legendary 718 lightweight mid-engine sports car and adopted the 718 nomenclature for the next generation of the Boxster and Cayman. Both the Boxster and Cayman add more power and improved handling while dropping the horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engines for turbocharged horizontally-opposed 4-cylinders. The Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman draw power from a 300-horse 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine, and the 718 Boxster S / Cayman S has a 350-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine. Both Boxster and Cayman receive exterior styling updates, and larger cooling air intakes identify the new generation of turbocharged engines.
2020 Porsche 911
One of the most iconic vehicles of all time and certainly the most recognizable sports car, the Porsche 911 has carried the same basic shape since the first generation premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show more than 50 years ago. Now for 2020, the 911 moves into its eighth generation with the latest technology, more power, better performance and a more muscular look — at the same time remaining as familiar as that first-generation car. Known as the 992, the latest-generation 911 gets updated styling that is wider and more aggressive. The front is about 1.7 inches wider, while the newly-developed headlights are inset into the fenders. And even though the headlights slope with the shape of the car, when viewed head-on they evoke the appearance of the upright, round headlights found on the original 911. The 2020 Porsche 911 will initially be offered as Carrera S and Carrera 4S powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharge horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine producing 443 horsepower and 290 lb-ft or torque, mated with a new 8-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox — a manual transmission is no longer offered.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder combines Porsche’s motorsports technology with everyday utility and maximum performance to create a super sports car for the next decade. The 918 Spyder was designed around a hybrid drive system with a focus on both efficiency and performance. Power comes from a 4.6-liter V8 engine teamed with two electric motors for a total combined output of 887 horsepower put down to all four wheels. Performance stats are stunning — 60 mph comes up in just 2.5 seconds, 124 mph comes up in 7.3 seconds and top speed is 214 mph. The 918 Spyder utilized the latest technologies at the time, including a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer for the load-bearing structure for extreme structural rigidity.
2010 Porsche Panamera
Sports car maker Porsche first added the Cayenne SUV in 2003 and followed with the Panamera as a 2010 model — a grand touring 4-door hatchback with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration and available all-wheel drive. The Panamera gave Porsche a true Gran Turismo vehicle with four seats and Porsche handling and performance. When it debuted as a 2010 model, Panamera was initially offered as Panamera S, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo — all with V8 power, followed by Panamera and Panamera 4 with V6 power. The Panamera S and 4S were powered by a 4.8-liter V8 engine producing 395 horsepower and the Panamera Turbo was powered by a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 producing 493 horsepower. A 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission was standard for the Panamera S, 4S and Turbo. The Panamera and Panamera S were powered by a 3.0-ltier V6 producing 296 horsepower.
2020 Porsche Taycan
Porsche introduced the Mission E concept in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, providing a glimpse into the sports car company’s plans to build a fully-electric vehicle. That fully-electric vehicle has now arrived. The all-new Taycan premieres as a 4-door sports car that offers all the performance expected of a Porsche — with a fully-electric powertrain. Two versions will be offered at launch: the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. Taycan’s design team made sure the new model is easily recognizable as a Porsche, with its sleek body and roofline that slopes toward the rear in its signature Teutonic taper. Power for Taycan comes from two electric motors — one at each axle — which also creates an advanced 4-wheel drive system. The Taycan Turbo produces up to 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque, while the top-level Taycan Turbo S generates a staggering 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, making it the most potent vehicle in the Porsche lineup. With maximum torque available almost immediately, acceleration will be eye-watering — the Taycan Turbo will sprint to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, while the more powerful Turbo S will complete the same task in a mere 2.6 seconds. Porsche limits top speed for both versions to 161 mph.
2019 Ram 1500
Named the 2019 North American Truck of the Year, the 2019 Ram 1500 is improved in every way. The exterior styling of the Ram 1500 has been completely redone, including a raised aluminum hood and RAM lettering across the forward-leaning grille. There are six different grille styles, none of which feature the classic Ram crosshairs. The new Ram 1500 weighs in almost 225 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, with a new frame that uses 98 percent high-strength steel and is 100 pounds lighter. Inside, the Ram crew cab is 4 inches longer than the previous generation with one inch added in the front seat and 3 inches added in the rear. The biggest factor of interest in the new Ram is the center stack with the latest generation Uconnect system and an available 12-inch touchscreen display with split-screen capability. This vertical display is bright, easy to read and it can be configured in many ways. The Ram 1500 can also be equipped with what FCA calls the most powerful factory audio system ever offered in a pickup truck. The optional Harmon Kardon audio system features 19 speakers, a 10-inch subwoofer, active noise cancellation and a 900-watt surround-sound amplifier.
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
As Rolls-Royce’s first foray into the SUV segment, Cullinan brings the brand’s ultra-high level of luxury to a vehicle that goes beyond paved roads. Cullinan is built on Rolls-Royce’s new all-aluminum platform, dubbed the Architecture of Luxury. First used for the flagship Phantom, this aluminum spaceframe can be adapted for different vehicle requirements. For Cullinan the spaceframe is higher and shorter, accommodating a first for Rolls-Royce — a tailgate. Cullinan also features a new double-wishbone front axle and a 5-link rear axle, designed for excellent agility and stability in all conditions; four-wheel steering contributes to overall drivability. In off-road conditions, the electronically-controlled shock absorber system uses air compression to actively press down any wheel it detects losing traction, ensuring all wheels remain in constant contact with the ground to deliver maximum torque. Designed to handle a variety of on- and off-road conditions, the Cullinan can travel through up to 21 inches of water.
Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. Power gets transmitted to the road, dirt, mud — or whatever surface lies below this big SUV — via the first-ever all-wheel-drive system in a production Rolls-Royce.
2016 Roll-Royce Dawn
Inspired by the rare 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn is in keeping with the current Rolls-Royce lineup, but don’t think of it as merely a convertible Wraith — 80 percent of the body parts are unique to the new model. The goal was to carry four persons in opulent luxury without compromise, and engineers were able to keep the interior sound level down to the same level as the Wraith when the soft-top is in position. The operation of the top, which will lower in 20 seconds at up to 30 mph, is almost completely silent. A 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine resides under the long hood, producing 563 horsepower and an amazing 575 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1500 rpm — enough to move this 5,600-pound automobile to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Doors are rear-hinged for easier entry and exit — a signature design element for Rolls-Royce and the Dawn; other signature elements include the marque’s legendary grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament; 21-inch polished wheels fit perfectly with the vehicle’s overall proportions.
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury automobiles, and Phantom — first introduced in the 1920s — is the pinnacle, with the new Phantom a contemporary interpretation of the Rolls-Royce flagship sedan. This eighth-generation Phantom adopts subtle exterior design refinements, ultimate interior refinement and unprecedented cabin quietness as the most sophisticated and technologically advanced Phantom ever. Easily recognizable as the Rolls-Royce flagship, the new Phantom possesses an imposing presence that is unapologetically elegant; and while there is nothing subtle about this car, at the same time it is extremely refined. Rolls-Royce refers to the experience of being in a Phantom as the Magic Carpet Ride, which evolves with this new Phantom to higher levels of comfort and refinement. A Rolls-Royce V12 engine is inherently smooth by design, and the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 unit that powers the new Phantom combines refinement and high output, producing 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Rolls-Royce casts the experience of riding in a Phantom in a romantic light, calling the experience The Embrace — surrounded by the finest materials available in any automobile, and emphasized by each of the four doors closing automatically with the touch of a button.
2019 Subaru Ascent
Ascent is designed as the vehicle for loyal Subaru owners with growing families that need extra room. The Subaru Ascent now offers seating for up to eight, and just might attract new customers as well. The largest vehicle Subaru has ever produced, the Ascent is considerably bigger and more capable than the Tribeca (the brand’s first attempt at a larger SUV). Ascent is a three-row vehicle with seating for up to eight passengers and additional room for cargo behind the third row. A 7-passenger version with second-row captain’s chairs is also available. Power comes from a new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Subaru Ascent features the latest STARLINK multimedia systems that have touchscreen displays and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. The standard system features a 6.5-inch screen, while higher trim levels feature a larger 8-inch system. Wi-Fi connectivity is also be available throughout the vehicle.
2013 Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S
Subaru introduced the all-new 2013 rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ as a pure sports car with precise handling, low weight and a low center of gravity. Powered by a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine, the BRZ is offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission and standard Torsen limited-slip differential. The BRZ is built on a new platform that shares only a few parts with other Subaru models, including rear suspension architecture from the Subaru WRX STI. The BRZ was jointly developed with Toyota and also sold as the Scion FR-S, and later as the Toyota 86.
2012 Tesla Model S
The Model S is Tesla’s high-performance all-electric luxury sedan offered with either rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive. The rear-drive Model S is powered by a 285 kW motor with either a 60 kWh, 75 kWh or 90 kWh battery and driving range of 210 miles or 249 miles. All-wheel-drive versions have two 193 kW motors — one for each axle, with four battery choices: 60 kWh (218 mile range), 75 kWh (259 mile range), 90 kWh (294 mile range) and 100 kWh (335 mile range). The Model S 90D receives the highest EPA rating at 102 MPGe city / 107 MPGe hwy 104 MPGe combined. High-performance all-wheel-drive versions use the 193kW motor for the front axle and a 375 kW for the rear with either a 90 kWh or 100 kWh battery. Model S P100D will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
2016 Tesla Model X
The first production electric SUV on the market, the Tesla Model X is now offered in a Long Range version that has a 325 mile range. The Model X Long Range is powered by dual-motor all-wheel drive and will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. Adaptive air suspension is standard; the Model X offers seating for seven, with access to the rear seat via top-hinged Falcon Wing doors. Thanks to the absence of an internal combustion engine, the Model X has a large front trunk in addition to a rear cargo area.
2020 Toyota GR Supra
Toyota enthusiasts have waited — somewhat patiently — more than 20 years for the return of the Supra, and the wait is now over with the introduction of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. The 2020 Toyota GR Supra was developed in conjunction with BMW and is powered by a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, and the 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is an 8-speed automatic with standard paddle shifters for manual shifting. The GR Supra will sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top track speed limited to 155 mph. For handling and performance, the GR Supra has high structural rigidity, a low center of gravity, a 50:50 weight distribution, standard Adaptive Variable Suspension, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and large disc brakes with 13.7-inch rotors and 4-piston Brembo calipers at the front. Supra is on sale now with a starting MSRP of $49,990.
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
While the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle offers a Final Edition for the last year of the Beetle in the U.S. market, it seems as if the Beetle has been around forever — as one of the longest running nameplates in automotive history that first arrived in the U.S. in 1949. The Beetle returned to the U.S. market in 1998 as the New Beetle, the modern version of one of the most iconic cars of all time. The beetle received an update for 2012, and at that time the name was changed to Beetle, dropping New from the nomenclature.
2016 Volvo XC90
Volvo’s flagship model, the seven-seat XC90 SUV is the first model built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture platform used for all 90 and 60 Series Volvo products. Like the S90 and V90 models, the XC90 carries the design language with classic design cues including the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlight design, the new grille with large Volvo Iron Mark and the large Volvo word mark on the liftgate. Three powertrain options are offered: T5 with a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine; T6 with a 316-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine; and T8 with a 390-horsepower turbocharged, supercharged hybrid 2.0-liter engine. All engines have 8-speed automatic transmissions.