- 11 New Cars That Must Be Successful
by Ian Wright Car Culture
It's make or break time in the auto industry.
The auto industry is cyclical, and we're currently in the middle of a large state of change. The pandemic and its long-term repercussions mean everyone is trying to work out what the market will want for the short, medium, and long term. Some have been lagging and are behind the curve on the growth of the crossover and SUV market. Some have been struggling to keep their grip on existing markets and need their new vehicles to help grow their brands. Simultaneously, automakers are recognizing the importance of electric vehicles and are concerned with the new brands that are coming to the market. At this tricky time where the future is all but certain, these are the cars that could make or break automakers as we start to look towards 2021.
1. Aston Martin DBX
Despite the high price tags, Aston Martin has been struggling. While other automakers have recognized the importance of producing an SUV or crossover to help the bottom line, Aston Martin is incredibly late to the party. The DBX will be the British marque's first-ever utility vehicle, and there's a lot of pressure on it to be a success. Aston Martin's previous CEO, Andy Palmer, believes the DBX could sell 5,000 units annually, which would be enough to almost double existing yearly sales numbers and put Aston on the road to success. With the recent success of the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, and even Bentley Bentayga, the signs are promising that the DBX will be good for the brand. If it isn't, it will be wasted R&D that could ultimately see the British marque crumble.
2. Acura TLX
One of Acura's selling points through the 1990s and 2000s has been its enthusiast biased edge. Lately, that's just not been there, though. Acura has been making good cars and crossovers, but that brand identity has been eroded. Now, Acura is leaning back into building driver's cars, and spent five years developing the new Acura TLX. We recently had our first drive and experienced the stiffer chassis, new suspension system, and over improved dynamics. We walked away impressed and looking forward to a full test drive to make sure the TLX is everything it needs to be for Acura to reclaim its enthusiast status.
3. Ford Mustang Mach-E
As one of the automakers chasing the electric vehicle market, Ford has made an incredibly bold move by using the Mustang name for its first bespoke electric entry. Not only is the legendary Mustang name being applied to an EV, but its a crossover as well. The outcry was loud from car enthusiasts, but Ford seems to plan on spinning Mustang into a sub-brand. If that's to happen, the Mustang Mach-E must be a success. It'll infuriate the die-hard Mustang fans, but using the name as a halo for its performance-based vehicles would help Ford evolve and grow now it's out of the US passenger car market.
4. Nissan Rogue
It's been no secret that Nissan has been struggling. A former CEO who is now an international fugitive and an aging lineup hasn't helped the Japanese company lately. However, Nissan has a plan, and it involves bringing a bunch of new cars to market. That's already started positively with the new Sentra. Still, the crossover market is one Nissan needs to compete hard with contemporary companies like Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, who have all been raising their games. The all-new Rogue is lining up as technological advancement, a step up in quality, and a value proposition that should see Nissan as a refreshed force in the market.
5. Genesis GV80
Genesis has been doing fantastic work with its sedans. The Genesis G70 is a genuine BMW 3 Series competitor at a better price, and the G90 is a fantastic luxury sedan more people should buy. However, Genesis hasn't had an SUV yet, and that's a must-have for an automaker in the premium market. Genesis has yet to gain the recognition it deserves in the mass market, and the GV80 is shaping up to snag customers away from the German and Japanese rivals. A fully loaded Genesis costs less than a BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, so it's Champagne for good wine money. If enough people snap up the GV80, it will put Genesis on course to become a nameplate right up there with Lexus.
6. Nissan 400Z
Nissan's Z cars may be iconic, but they've had a long and rocky history as enthusiasts cars. The 350Z and 370Z were a return to form, but the 370Z is now an old car. As part of its strategy to become a more potent force in the auto industry, Nissan needs a halo sports car that satisfies driving enthusiasts and competes with the likes of the Toyota GR Supra. It's shaping up well with nods to the past in styling and a powerful twin-turbo V6 engine. If Nissan prices the 400Z right, and gambling on a reasonable take rate on a manual transmission, the 400Z is shaping up to meet expectations.
7. Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo
Mazda isn't in trouble, but the subcompact crossover market is an important segment Mazda has lagged in, particularly in the US. The CX-3's biggest problem is rear-seat space as, well, there isn't any. The CX-30 cures that problem but also brings an even better interior and more tech. Another problem Mazda has had is its naturally aspirated Skyactiv engines impress on everything but power. A new 2.5 Turbo version is coming with 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque over the current naturally aspirated 186 hp and 186 lb-ft. It shows exactly how important the US market and the CX-30 is to Mazda in the coming years.
8. Volkswagen Taos
The Volkswagen Group is the biggest automaker in the world. However, the Volkswagen brand needs to get its hooks deeper into the US market. The Taos is a new crossover intended to slot in below the Tiguan and design specifically for North America. Little is known right now, but we assume it will share the same MQB architecture as the Volkswagen Tiguan, but only seat five people. The full reveal is expected on October 13, and so far, all we've seen is some shadowy or distant images.
9. Infiniti QX60 Monograph
Like it's corporate cousin Nissan, Infiniti needs to push new and competitive models into the market. The QX60 so far has been a decent SUV, but it's long in the tooth and never captured the premium market's full attention. The Infiniti QX60 Monograph is a concept that Infiniti is offering as a preview of the next generation. If Infiniti can get it into production looking the same, it will catch a lot of eyes. If the marque can then catch a decent chunk of the premium crossover market with a new QX60, it will be the first step into recovery for an ailing brand.
10. Ford F-150 Electric
Recently, Ford dropped all of its passenger cars from its roster in the US and put all of its chips on trucks, SUVs, and the Mustang. With upcoming electric trucks being released by new brands such as Tesla and Rivian, Ford has to protect its F-Series pickup sales against them. Ford claims its electric F-150 will come with dual electric motors, delivering more horsepower and torque than any F-150 otherwise available and has put it through tens of thousands of hours of torture testing to make sure it deserves to go on sale. If electric trucks prove to be a big deal, Ford will need its F-150 model to be head and shoulders above the rest.
11. Toyota Mirai
Electric cars may be the future, but that doesn't mean only battery-electric cars will be the future. Several automakers are heavily invested in hydrogen fuel cell system cars, including Toyota. And Toyota is betting big. Along with the new sleek-looking Mirai release, Toyota is deploying a fleet of heavy trucks at ports in the Los Angeles area. A large amount of time and money has been poured into hydrogen fuel cell technology, and the Mirai sales will be an indicator of interest to Toyota for its use for passenger vehicles. The Mirai won't fly out of dealers lots, but those that remember their history will know the Prius didn't either. Toyota just needs to get enough on the road to get the ball rolling.
- Aston Martin DBX. Despite the high price tags, Aston Martin has been struggling. ...
- Acura TLX. One of Acura's selling points through the 1990s and 2000s has been its enthusiast biased edge. ...
- Ford Mustang Mach-E. ...
- Nissan Rogue. ...
- Genesis GV80. ...
- Nissan 400Z. ...
- Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo. ...
- Volkswagen Taos.
|Longest-Lasting Vehicles to Reach 200k Miles – iSeeCars Study|
|Rank||Vehicle||% of Cars Over 200k Miles|
|1||Toyota Land Cruiser||16.3%|
- Toyota. Toyota has a solid reputation for building reliable vehicles. ...
- Hyundai. Hyundai moves up a few spots to second place this year with a total of 22 awards. ...
- Ford. ...
- Kia. ...
- Honda. ...
- Subaru. ...
- Jeep. ...
- Toyota Corolla (Top-rated compact car) ...
- Hyundai Sonata (Top-rated midsize car) ...
- Chevrolet Impala (Top-rated large car) ...
- Buick Envision (Top-rated compact SUV) ...
- Hyundai Sante Fe (Top-rated midsize SUV) ...
- Chevrolet Suburban (Top-rated large SUV) ...
- Toyota Sienna (Top-rated minivan)
|Name of the car||Top Speed||0-100 km/h|
|Hennessey Venom GT||435.31 kmh/270.8 mph||2.4 seconds|
|Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut||483 kmh/300 mph||1.9 seconds|
|SSC Tuatara||508.73 kmh/316.11 mph||2.5 seconds|
|Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+||482.80 kmh/300 mph||2.4 seconds|
J.D. Power forecasts that used-vehicle prices will drop by late 2022 and into 2023. Since it is a seller's market, many car companies have not only raised prices, but they have sharply reduced the number of financial incentives and discounts.
- 15 Volvo P1800.
- 14 Porsche 356.
- 13 Lexus LS 400.
- 12 Honda Accord.
- 11 GMC Yukon XL.
- 10 Toyota Camry.
- 9 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
- 8 Toyota Corolla.
- Chevrolet Silverado.
- Subaru WRX.
- GMC Canyon.
- Toyota 4Runner.
- GMC Sierra.
- Toyota Tacoma.
- Honda Ridgeline.
- Toyota Tundra.
|Rank||Most Reliable||Least Reliable|
- Lexus: 76.
- Mazda: 75.
- Toyota: 71.
- Infiniti: 69.
- Buick: 66.
- Honda: 66.
- Subaru: 66.
- Acura: 64.
- Toyota Prius Prime.
- Toyota Prius.
- Cadillac XT5.
- Mazda MX-5 Miata.
- Honda Insight.
- Toyota Highlander.
- Subaru Crosstrek.
- Mazda CX-9.
- Ford (Tie) Ford F-150 Lighting production and safety tests | The Ford Motor Company. ...
- Subaru (Tie) Average U.S. News Safety Score: 9.7/10. ...
- Hyundai (Tie) Average U.S. News Safety Score: 9.7/10. ...
- Volvo (Tie) Average U.S. News Safety Score: 9.7/10. ...
- Mazda (Tie) ...
- Genesis (Tie)
Used Cars to Avoid Buying.
|Model||Year(s) to Avoid|
|GMC||Acadia||2011-2013, 2016-2017, 2020|
|GMC||Sierra 1500||2015, 2017, 2019-2020|
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Users found this car takes the cake when it comes to unreliable vehicles.
- Subaru Ascent. ...
- Volkswagen Atlas. ...
- Jeep Compass. ...
- Volvo XC90. ...
- Chevrolet Colorado. ...
- Tesla Model S. ...
- Jeep Wrangler. ...
- 2020 Kia Forte. The 2020 Kia Forte still benefits from a major redesign that debuted in 2019, and Kia consistently scores among the top brands for quality and value. ...
- 2018 Hyundai Elantra. ...
- 2019 Honda Fit. ...
- 2019 Kia Soul. ...
- 2020 Chevrolet Sonic. ...
- 2020 Nissan Kicks. ...
- 2019 Ford Fiesta. ...
- 2020 Subaru Impreza.
- Fiat 500.
- Vauxhall Adam.
- Volkswagen Beetle.
- Volvo XC40.
- Hyundai Tucson.
- Mini Convertible.
- Renault Zoe.
- BMW Z4.
While soaring used car prices are bad for those who can't afford a new car, they may mean 2022 is a good time to buy a car for those with a vehicle to trade in. A high trade-in price means added capital that can help reduce the finance share of purchasing a new car.
- Nissan GT-R. The R35 was the first GT-R from Nissan to not carry the Skyline name, but that did not stop it from making a home in the heart of every car lover. ...
- Ford Mustang. ...
- Dodge Viper. ...
- Jeep Wrangler. ...
- Mini Cooper. ...
- Audi R8. ...
- Porsche 911 Turbo. ...
- Cadillac CTS-V.
- 3 2023 Nissan Z.
- 4 2023 Toyota GR Corolla. ...
- 5 2023 Ferrari Purosangue SUV. ...
- 6 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE. ...
- 7 2023 Maserati Grecale. ...
- 8 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale. ...
- 9 2023 Kia Niro. via Kia. ...
- 10 2023 Acura Integra. Honda. ...
Safety is a key concern for any driver, but especially for older adults, who tend to be more fragile and prone to injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that in 2020, the Kia Forte, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, and Acura RDX are some of the safest cars to drive.
The top car colors for attractive women were red (40%), black (23%) and silver (14%).
- Honda Civic & Honda Civic RS (2017)
- Mazda MX-5 RF (2016)
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe (2017)
- Lexus IS (2017)
- Kia Sportage (2017)
- Toyota Fortuner (2017)