VW’s one-two SUV punch is about to be joined by a 3rd model. Based upon the impressive 3-row Atlas is the new Atlas Cross Sport: a more emotive 5-seater that preserves a large portion of its bigger brother’s cargo volume. The Atlas Cross Sport arrives at dealerships in the Spring of 2020 with pricing to be announced closer to launch. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-volkswagen-atlas-cross-sport/
To say this current generation CR-V has been a success would be a gross understatement. Redesigned for 2017 replete with major improvements, the CR-V and its car counterpart the Civic are Honda’s darlings; their only models that tally over 30,000 sales each per month. So here are 4 things you need to know about the refreshed 2020 model on-sale at dealerships right now. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-honda-cr-v-first-look/
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition First Look By Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
The ‘S’ can now be colored red at Chrysler. The best minivan on the market has just received an infusion of Dodge attitude. While Toyota claims they have the “swagger wagon” this new for 2020 Pacifica Red S Edition is clearly the winner with soccer dads and kids alike. The S Appearance Package introduced 3 years ago is an option chosen by one out of every three Pacifica owners but Red S is like sneaking into Spencer’s without your parents. For $3,995 it features Rodèo Red soft Nappa leather two-tone seats accented by Light Diesel Grey stitching and piping and a “S” logo on the seatbacks. Silver Metal Brush trim dresses up the instrument panel and door trim. Riding on 20s, there’s a Red S liftgate badge and Black Chrysler wing badges with Velvet Red inserts. Safety features also get a boost and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system can drown out the screaming. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-chrysler-pacifica-red-s-edition/
2020 Hyundai Accent First Look By Auto Critic Steve Hammes. At $16,125 including destination the Hyundai Accent is one of the most affordable new sedans on the market and for the 2020 model year it’s also much more fuel efficient.
When equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission, MPGs in combined driving jump from 32 to 36 over the previous car’s 6-speed automatic. Smartstream is the name Hyundai has given to this new powertrain, which still uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylidner engine but one that curiously reverts back to port injection from direct injection to produce a little less power but also saving the typical owner $150 per year at the pump.
Paired to Hyundai’s in-house developed CVT they call an Intelligent Variable Transmission or to the standard 6-speed manual available only on the base model, output is rated at 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque.
I’ve driven other models with the company’s IVT and it’s extremely well done with more of a traditional automatic feel.
Duking it out with the likes of the all-new 2020 Nissan Versa and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4, the Accent includes a standard Rearview camera and a 5” color touchscreen while higher trims like the Accent SEL and Limited can be optioned with goodies like heated seats, push button start, auto climate control, a bigger display audio system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and the segment’s first Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release.
And on the safety front, the Limited trim, which is priced at just over $20,000, even comes with Forward Collision-avoidance Assist.
When the Defender’s 67-year production run ended in 2016, it had already been nearly 2 decades since one could be found in a U.S. Land Rover dealership. The 1997 Defender 90 with its 4.0-liter V8, 4-speed auto and 13mpg was a British-born Jeep rival. But since, Land Rover’s SUV lineup has trended more towards afternoon tea and less to morning fox hunts. The Defender’s much anticipated return is about ready to recapture some of the original’s raw ruggedness with modern day accoutrements. Going on sale next Spring, the 2020 Defender 110 will sticker from near $50,000 slotting it pricewise above the entry-level Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.