Over the past 20 years or so, most SUVs have morphed from a body-on-frame, truck-based construction to become “crossover” SUVs that utilize car-like unibody construction. The upside of this shift in design is better on-road driving dynamics and better driver ergonomics. The downside is reduced towing capacity and diminished capabilities in serious off-roading.
Jeep unveiled a concept vehicle today that revives a name from the brand’s past, and heralds not only a forthcoming production vehicle, but a portfolio of future production vehicles. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept is a large three-row SUV that offers seating for up to seven and is finished with premium-brand trim and features inside and out.
Nissan unveiled its redesigned-for-2021 Rogue a little over a month ago, and the new generation of this popular compact SUV (the best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup) is slated to begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Though no journalists have driven the new Rogue just yet, Nissan recently brought a pre-production Platinum model to Consumer Guide headquarters for us to check out.
Nissan has just taken that wraps off its first pure-electric SUV. The Nissan Ariya made its debut during a livestreamed digital event in Yokohama, Japan; it’s a two-row 5-passenger crossover that will offer a choice of a single-motor front-wheel drive powertrain or dual-motor “e-4ORCE” all-wheel drive, and two different battery sizes for an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles.
At last, Ford has officially unveiled the long-awaited revival of the Bronco. After more than half a decade’s worth of rumors, teasers, leaked photos, and speculation, Ford’s iconic off-road SUV is reborn as a 2021 model that is aimed squarely at the popular and profitable Jeep Wrangler.
Among the seemingly countless tragedies and hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the world this year, the upending of the normal American summertime car-show season ranks relatively low on the list. Still, it hurts to have so many car shows, car races, cruise nights, and other automotive gatherings either cancelled outright or postponed.
Mazda has officially announced details on the updated 2021 Mazda 3, and there’s good news and a bit of bad news—at least for enthusiast shoppers. The good news is that there are two new-to-the-Mazda-3 engines available, including Mazda’s turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The bad news is for buyers who like to shift for themselves: a manual transmission is not available on that turbocharged engine.
Kia unveiled an all-new version of its mainline midsize sedan today, and with it a new model name. “Out” is the Optima nameplate, replaced by a badge that Kia uses for this car in global markets: K5. “In” is dramatic new styling, available all-wheel drive, a choice of two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, and fresh technology features.
When the best-selling vehicle in America gets a full redesign, it’s a big deal—even in the midst of a global pandemic. Ford officially took the wraps off the new, fourteenth-generation F-150 full-size light-duty pickup this evening via a streamed digital-reveal event.