Few things get car fanatics as excited as getting a first look at the new model. Whether you can’t wait to see the update on your old, reliable sedan or you want to lay track in the sports car that’s supposed to put all previous iterations to shame, watching the buzz about new vehicles — or new versions of old vehicles — is one good way to see which car is right for you. That’s even truer when it’s coming from the sort of industry experts who have spent years gauging how different tweaks will help or hurt a car’s appeal.
So, even if you just want to stash some names for the next time you’re shopping for a used car, taking a look at the 2020 models getting the most buzz can be a great way to find the car you’ll be driving for the next decade.
2020 Cadillac XT6
- MSRP Range: $53,690-$58,090
Cadillac is launching the all-new XT6 for the 2020 model year in an effort to offer a more modestly sized alternative to its wildly popular Escalade. And, based on the early returns, Cadillac might have hit the bullseye: Edmunds describes the fuel economy as “excellent” for its size and the third row of seats as being large enough for adults.
2020 Ford Explorer
- MSRP Range: $33,860-$59,345
Much like the Cadillac XT6, the 2020 Ford Explorer is looking to offer a three-row SUV that’s not quite as large as the biggest options in the class. And, if you really want to combine a reasonably spacious interior with better fuel economy, there’s a hybrid option.
2020 Kia Telluride
- MSRP Range: $32,735-$44,535
Another model that’s new for 2020, the Kia Telluride has gotten early reviews from a few major outlets. Consumer Reports gave it a score of 90 with a glowing review.
“It did so well in our testing that it vaulted its way nearly to the top of the standings, thanks to its refined driving experience, user-friendly controls, thoughtful features, and vast cargo room,” according to the venerable magazine. “The Telluride may not offer a lot of ‘wow factor,’ but we were impressed by its overall competence and standard equipment for the price.”
2020 Hyundai Palisade
- MSRP Range: $32,595-$47,445
The Hyundai Palisade is a new entrant into the midsize SUV category for 2020. However, Edmunds notes that it has a spacious third row that can accommodate adults, as well as solid towing power from the V6 engine.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
- MSRP Range: $43,645-$57,845
Kelley Blue Book noted that the Range Rover Evoque is “one to watch” in the small luxury SUV category. It was impressed with just how stylish the vehicle is — inside and out — while still being off-road capable.
2020 Lincoln Aviator
- MSRP Range: $52,195-$88,895
Before you get too excited, no, the Lincoln Aviator is not a flying car, in spite of its name. But, this 2020 model — the first new Aviator since 2005 — launches a new generation for the line that now includes an option for a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA
- MSRP Range: $33,100-$53,100
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA looks to maintain the brand’s stellar reputation with this slightly longer, wider version. Consumer Reports notes there are some interesting infotainment features added for the 2020 model year.
2020 Toyota Supra
- MSRP Range: $31,078-$40,508
While Consumer Reports hasn’t completed its road test yet, the company is eagerly anticipating the return of this sports car after a 20-year absence from the scene. Consumer Reports is already raving about the 2020 version’s styling, safety features and infotainment system.
2020 Cadillac CT5
- MSRP Range: $45,000-$65,000
Cadillac might be retiring the CTS model, but it’s offering the CT5 to fill the void. It appears Cadillac hopes to offer a midsized luxury sedan that can lock horns with the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette
- MSRP Range: Under $60,000
The new C8 — the eighth iteration of the most American of sports cars — is here. Chevrolet made significant changes to the car, shifting the engine to the rear and shortening the car’s front end for more of a supercar look. The new V8 engine delivers 495 horsepower and a 0-60 time under 3 seconds, all for under $60,000. Industry experts were expecting the Corvette to cost at least $10,000 more.
2020 Ford Bronco
- MSRP Range: Expected to start in the low $30,000s
While it wasn’t necessarily the truck itself that has melded the Ford Bronco into the American consciousness — thank you, O.J. Simpson — that’s not really on the Bronco. And given that Ford is bringing back the Bronco “by popular demand,” it might be a sign that plenty of Americans remember the Bronco for being a quality vehicle rather than a notorious getaway car.
- MSRP Range: Not yet available
The new Mazda3 has Car and Driver excited about the technical advances represented under the hood, calling it the first car to hit the market with a gasoline compression-ignition engine.
“This spark-initiated combustion unleashes a wave of increasing pressure that ignites the lean air/fuel mixture,” said the magazine. “If it all pans out, [it] promises plentiful power and a bump in fuel efficiency.”
Photo disclaimer: The 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback is the image shown here.
2020 Polestar 1
- MSRP Range: $155,000
The Polestar 1 is the debut car from Polestar, a subsidiary of Volvo, and it appears to be one that does a lot to make it feel worth the sky-high price tag. It’s a plug-in hybrid that appears to offer all the fun of a traditional performance car. Car and Driver wrote that “its unique electronically controlled suspension and torque-vectoring rear differential should make it as fun to drive as it is to look at,” though we’ll have to wait until the magazine gets a chance to drive it to see if the rubber meets the road, so to speak.
2020 Porsche 911
- MSRP Range: $113,300-$133,400
Get this: Porsche makes a really nice car. But then, the odds are good that you didn’t need to read any reviews to know that. And the early buzz about the newest version of the legendary 911 — which reportedly boasts more power and greater efficiency in its new engine — would seem to indicate that, should you spend $130,000 on a car, a Porsche is often the best way to go.
2020 Subaru WRX
- MSRP Range: Expected to be close to $30,000
Subaru is giving its performance car, the WRX, a 2020 makeover that Car and Driver is calling the “most important redesign yet.” The magazine sees the new WRX as a chance for Subaru to burnish its sagging perception among car lovers.
2020 Toyota FT-4X
- MSRP Range: Not yet available
Toyota is rumored to be launching the FT-4X to get an SUV on the market that’s small in size but rugged in nature. The company is reportedly selling it as a family car that can survive the annual camping trip and would give you the chance to “tip the work-life balance scale in your favor.”
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
- MSRP Range: Not yet available
The Volkswagen Golf has proven to be one of the most reliable cars year after year for a long time, so each new iteration is eagerly anticipated even when it’s not a major update. Writing for AutoBlog, Reese Counts did some analysis of a recent sighting of a test version of the newest year and wrote, “Few vehicles can combine practicality, performance and refinement as well as the GTI, and the past few generations have improved upon the formula.”
Photo disclaimer: The 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit is the image shown here.
2020 Tesla Roadster
- MSRP Range: $200,000-$250,000
Say what you will about Tesla, its issue appears to be with making cars quickly. In terms of the quality of its end product, you have to work pretty hard to find anyone with all that much to say about Teslas that’s pointedly negative. As such, the new quarter-million Roadster is being touted by Elon Musk as the car that will ruin gasoline-powered sports cars for anyone who drives it.
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan
- MSRP Range: $20,430-$26,380
Okay, so going from the Tesla Roadster to the Toyota Corolla might be something of an abrupt segue, but you could make the argument that the reputation of Toyota for making economical, fuel-efficient cars that last more than matches Tesla’s reputation for high-performance luxury cars that run on electricity. And after all, would you rather have a Tesla Roadster or a Toyota Corolla and a house?
2020 BMW 7 Series
- MSRP Range: $87,445-$158,695
The 7 Series is a full-sized luxury vehicle that should offer plenty of space to stretch out in an interior that will virtually ensure you’ll enjoy your ride. Kelley Blue Book cites a number of features that the new year model will have, noting, in particular, the variety of digital displays inside the car.
2020 Genesis G90
- MSRP Range: Not yet available
The Genesis G90 is an offering from the luxury subdivision of Hyundai, and the company is updating the vehicle after it’s been on the market for about three years. After the car’s January unveiling, U.S. News & World Report wrote that the car featured “an exterior that further reinforces the brand’s ‘athletic elegance’ design objective and new features that further the brand’s positioning as a player in the luxury segment.”
2020 Kia Soul
- MSRP Range: $18,485-$28,485
One model you might want to get to before it’s, ahem, soul-ed out is the 2020 Kia Soul. And while it got a rating of 76 from Consumer Reports — due in part to a ride that’s described as “stiff and jittery” — the car could still be a great fit for the right family.
“The Kia Soul is a compelling alternative to compact sedans and SUVs,” wrote Consumer Reports. “It’s small on the outside but feels roomy inside. Its practical, boxy design gives it a cheerful personality.”
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Joel Anderson is a business and finance writer with over a decade of experience writing about the wide world of finance. Based in Los Angeles, he specializes in writing about the financial markets, stocks, macroeconomic concepts and focuses on helping make complex financial concepts digestible for the retail investor.