Glad 2021, everybody. With a brand-new yr comes a complete bunch of brand-new automobiles. With that in thoughts, our editors selected the automobile, truck or SUV they’re most trying ahead to driving this yr. Learn on for everybody’s picks.
Just a few of my esteemed colleagues have already had a go in Ford’s electrical SUV, the Mach-E, with Andrew Krok calling it “fairly darned nice.” Of that I’ve little question; the Mach-E appears good and, by almost all accounts, drives nicely. Nonetheless, everybody appears to agree that it is not fairly residing as much as that Mustang moniker from a dealing with standpoint.
Can the GT repair that? I am keen to seek out out. Efficiency on the bottom Mach-E will not be missing, with a 0-to-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds. I’ve seen instrumented testing that drops that into the 4-second vary, however the GT in Efficiency Version trim guarantees to convey that down to three.5 seconds. That is very close to Shelby GT500 territory.
However EVs are usually inordinately fast. The query for me is the way it’ll deal with. Mustangs historically haven’t been often known as nice nook carvers, however subsequent generations have been dispelling these preconceptions and each the GT350 and GT500 are glorious enjoyable on the monitor in addition to the strip. Can the Mustang Mach-E be as nicely? I am unable to wait to seek out out.
— Tim Stevens
I actually have not been alone in my enthusiasm for Ford’s Bronco revival, so maybe it is unsurprising that the Blue Oval’s bruiser is the car I am most pumped to drive in 2021. That stated, earlier than I noticed the Bronco for the primary time, I merely wasn’t ready to be as excited for this 4×4 as I turned out to be.
I attended an embargoed backgrounder nicely earlier than the Bronco’s public reveal, and to be sincere, I have not been as moon-eyed over a brand new manufacturing car of any type in a few years. Not solely does the 2021 Ford Bronco look nice, it is filled with off-road functionality and loaded with considerate, “Why did not Jeep already consider that?” touches. As a lot as I like the Wrangler and the Gladiator (I nearly purchased one final yr), the Bronco has singlehandedly made Jeep’s improvement cadence appear a little bit lazy.
I am usually a sports activities automobile, GT or basic automobile man in the case of my private car selections, however I have been eying including a body-on-frame utility to my little assortment for a while now. I’ve even seemed rather a lot at basic SUVs to scratch the itch. Because it seems, what I have been ready for is a brand new truck that matches retro-inspired appears with trendy tech and functionality. I am ordering a two-door Bronco, and I hope Ford manages to ship a high-quality launch.
— Chris Paukert
I am not simply stoked to drive the brand new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, I am stoked to be pushed in it, too. Each time a brand new S-Class debuts, it resets the bar by which all different luxurious sedans are judged, and the Maybach variant provides a complete bunch of over-the-top creature comforts that ought to even make corporations like Bentley and Rolls-Royce nervous.
The brand new S-Class already packs a wallop of latest applied sciences, together with a large improve for Mercedes’ MBUX multimedia system, an augmented actuality head-up show and top-of-the-line sound programs I’ve ever heard. Take all that goodness, add 7 inches of rear legroom, give me a few of the best, most comfy rear seats on the earth and inventory the automobile’s champagne fridge with a pair bottles of Veuve Clicquot. Site visitors jam forward? Oh darn, guess I will take a nap.
Do not get me mistaken, there are a complete bunch of sports activities automobiles I am desperate to drive in 2021, however there’s simply one thing about an enormous, ultra-comfy S-Class that makes me need to curl up and neglect the shitshow that was 2020 ever existed. Carry on the brand new yr. I’ve obtained massaging leg rests.
— Steven Ewing
There are quite a lot of fancy automobiles on this record, however you already know what? I am fairly pumped to drive the 2022 Honda Civic. At first look, the automobile appears kind of drab and I began to imagine the design could be an actual bummer when patent photographs first leaked. However I stand corrected; this automobile appears nice.
Honda’s mission is evident: A return to fundamentals and the simplicity that made its automobiles of yore timeless. This automobile in commonplace guise appears so clear and recent, and though we solely have a sketch of the inside, it appears downright glorious. I even see a little bit little bit of the Honda E inside, which is an effective factor in my guide.
Each automobile on this record will in all probability be extra thrilling to drive, however actually, the lots nonetheless want good automobiles. And when the time comes, we’ll get a brand new Si and Kind R primarily based on this clear design. That has me much more excited for the way forward for Honda’s bread-and-butter nameplate.
— Sean Szymkowski
Tesla will get all the eye, however loads of different corporations are working extra time to develop high-end electrical automobiles. Take Lucid Motors, as an illustration. The upstart model’s Air sedan appears poised to hit the pace-setting Mannequin S proper the place it hurts. This new four-door automobile will not be solely fashionable and upscale, it also needs to provide stunning efficiency, which is why I am unable to wait to expertise it firsthand.
The Air Dream Version is the head mannequin in Lucid’s nascent vary and it is a doozy, providing a claimed 1,080 horsepower. That is sufficient secret sauce to rocket this sedan from a standstill to 60 mph in an organ-scrambling 2.5 seconds. Naturally, all-wheel drive is included, together with loads of different intriguing options. Count on the Dream Version include a super-premium cabin, a complete bunch of inside screens and finally even Degree three automated driving functionality.
Elegantly designed and shockingly potent, the Lucid Air Dream Version additionally provides some spectacular driving vary. When you can resist doing back-to-back-to-back-to-back acceleration runs, this model ought to be capable of go 503 miles between expenses, although the marginally less-fancy Grand Touring mannequin beats that, with a projected vary of 517 miles. Not too shabby, Lucid, not too shabby.
— Craig Cole
There isn’t any query in my thoughts that Genesis is placing out probably the most thrilling designs within the auto business proper now, and the brand new GV70 crossover is one of the best one but. It is daring, completely different and simply plain attractive, each in and out.
The GV70 sounds prefer it’ll be nice to drive, too. It rides on a brand new rear-wheel-drive platform and shares the identical engines because the GV80, which means the choice of a 375-hp twin-turbo V6. Genesis additionally says the GV70 might be supplied with torque vectoring, a limited-slip diff and adaptive suspension, and the Sport mannequin provides much more goodies.
And greater than any of Genesis’ different fashions the GV70 is poised to change into the model’s largest success, because the compact luxurious crossover market is totally booming. So will the GV70 be a success and dwell as much as my very own private hype? I am unable to wait to seek out out.
— Daniel Golson
Subaru’s been peeking at my notes as a result of the updates to the 2022 Subaru BRZ line up nearly completely with my ideas for enhancing the present mannequin. The brand new look is probably a bit too Lexus F for my style, however I am trying ahead to seeing the rear-drive coupe in particular person and getting behind the wheel.
The brand new BRZ will get a pleasant and reasonable torque and horsepower bump from its larger-displacement 2.4-liter flat-four engine, however Subie was cautious to not upset the burden distribution and low center-of-mass by cramming an excessive amount of gear beneath the hood. And one of the best information is that the six-speed handbook gearbox returns as the popular transmission of fans.
The trip has been refined, however Subaru guarantees that it is simply as balanced as earlier than. In the meantime the cabin options up to date — however nonetheless pretty easy — tech within the heart stack and within the instrument cluster the place you may discover new digital gauges. The 2022 BRZ appears prefer it fixes the entire present mannequin’s nitpicks, whereas maintaining its soul intact for a brand new technology.
— Antuan Goodwin
One among my fortunate colleagues has already taken it for fairly the off-road journey, however with a manufacturing debut slated for mid-2021, I’m unbelievably stoked for the Rivian R1T electrical pickup.
The R1T would not simply look cool, it packs all kinds of helpful options, just like the C-pillar gear tunnel, which makes nice use of a pickup’s large physique with no boatload of mechanical bits beneath. With a footprint about equal to a Honda Ridgeline, it should not blot out the solar in your driveway, both.
If Rivian holds to its goal dates, it’s going to be one in every of, if not the primary manufacturing electrical pickup to hit the market. Contemplating simply how stuck-in-the-mud the pickup phase may be, Rivian’s preliminary efforts would be the bellwether by which different automakers — legacy or not — measure their very own success.
— Andrew Krok
What’s my favourite mannequin within the 911 vary? Not the bonkers-powerful Turbo, however the GT3 for its pure, track-focused mission. And in contrast to the earlier 991 GT3, the brand new mannequin might be supplied with a handbook transmission proper from the get-go, with Porsche’s glorious PDK as an choice.
One other factor that is superior is that the GT3 will retain its naturally aspirated flat six-cylinder engine. Which means it retains its linear energy supply and sky-high redline together with what’s certain to be an awesome exhaust be aware.
After which there are the dealing with enhancements. As a substitute of the MacPherson strut entrance suspension that each street going manufacturing 911 has had up till this level, the brand new GT3 will get a double-wishbone setup that ought to increase cornering IQ. Toss within the aero enhancements such because the swan-neck rear wing and I am certain it should be a freaking riot. I am unable to wait.
— Jon Wong
The Rivian R1S takes all the things that is nice concerning the R1T and makes it higher as a result of it appears like a basic Vary Rover.
Having seen the inside of the prototype/idea/no matter model on the LA Auto Present a few years in the past, I can say that this can be a complete dream automobile for me for on daily basis use, too. It is all sensible and seems to be hard-wearing and unfussy. Add within the promised vary and the intense off-road chops which might be unlikely to get misplaced within the translation from truck to SUV, and there is a entire hell of rather a lot to be enthusiastic about.
— Kyle Hyatt
I’ve at all times had a factor for the Wrangler and I am super-stoked to see the way it will behave with an electrified powertrain. The 4xe is a plug-in hybrid that will get 25 miles of all-electric vary. I like the concept of with the ability to save these miles for once I’m out on the path, with out having any vary anxiousness on the best way house.
Electrical energy is fairly nice for off-roading, as you’ve got all that instantaneous torque out there as quickly as you contact the accelerator. Nonetheless, I am curious as to how the electrical motors work with the two-speed switch case and entrance and rear locking differentials. It is a complete new dust world, y’all, and I’m right here for it.
The 4xe options Jeep’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and complete energy output is 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Jeep says the 4xe has already accomplished the 22-mile Rubicon Path in California on electrical energy alone, however says that it is planning a photo voltaic charging station on the Rubicon and on choose trails in Moab, Utah.
— Emme Corridor
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