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Ten New Cars to Check Out in 2021

Every year there are a number of all-new and redesigned models available from car manufacturers. For 2021, there are so many amazing vehicles coming out that a top 10 list is incredibly easy to put together – if anything, it was tricky to narrow down the choices to just 10. Whether you are looking for a reliable or sophisticated car, a hard-working pickup, or a spacious and family-friendly SUV, there’s really something for everyone coming out this year.

Today, I’m going to take you through the top 10 all-new and fully redesigned models that will be coming to your local dealership this year. Some of these might already be available, as you’d expect from a 2021 model, though some are going to be hitting showrooms a little later in the year (or maybe even 2022). I’ve also included not just a wide range of options in terms of design and style but also for many different budgets and needs. So no matter what you’re interested in, you should be able to find a fantastic new option with what you want. Presented in no particular order, here are the top 10 new rides for 2021:

#10 – 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

Let’s kick things off by cheating and including two vehicles under one entry – I said it was hard to limit myself to just a top 10. The Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban are both getting major updates with all-new, larger designs for 2021. This redesign includes a new independent rear suspension and other improvements that allow for much greater interior cargo and passenger space than ever before.

In terms of engines, the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban are available with your choice of two powerful V8s or a turbo-diesel I-6, all paired with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. One of the most exciting new features is the available air suspension with magnetic ride control, which makes for an incredibly smooth and enjoyable ride. Combine that with upgraded standard safety features and an available 15-inch full-color head-up display, and you have a bold option for 2021.

#9 – 2021 Chevy Trailblazer

Next up, we have another offering from Chevrolet, the all-new Trailblazer – a name that last appeared early in the 2000s but has returned after a decade as a new subcompact model. The Trailblazer is a fantastic option if you want a great crossover SUV that doesn’t let its small size get in the way of impressive features. In particular, the standard safety features on the Trailblazer really put it above a lot of other models on the market and include both automatic emergency braking and a lane keep assist. We were supposed to see a lot of these last year, but then 2020 happened, and the Trailblazer really became more of a 2021 model.

A gray 2021 Cadillac Escalade is parked in front of trees.

#8 – 2021 Cadillac Escalade

If you want a large SUV like the Chevy Suburban, but you’re looking for even more impressive luxury, then check out the newly updated Cadillac Escalade. This model is a bit longer than last year’s version of the Escalade, but that extra length comes with a more spacious and comfortable interior. The Escalade is a truly stunning SUV, and the improvements this year simply take it even further.

Much like the Chevy SUVs, the all-new Cadillac Escalade is available with a V8 or turbo-diesel I-6 engine, letting you get the type of power you want. Perhaps surprisingly, this updated Escalade is a great choice for towing, offering up to 8,200 lbs of maximum towing capacity when properly configured. Plus, the 2021 Escalade has Super Cruise available, which is GM’s answer to autonomous driving and will become available on more models in the years ahead.

#7 – 2021 Ford Bronco

It’s impossible to put together a top 10 list for 2021 models and not talk about the all-new Ford Bronco, the return of an automotive legend. The new Bronco is designed to conquer the trail in ways that few other vehicles can, with some of the best off-road features I’ve ever seen. It’s a two-door model, with a four-door version available, that has clearly set its sights on dethroning the Jeep Wrangler as the king of the trail.

If you’re interested in going off-road, then look for a Bronco with the Sasquatch package, available on all trims, which features 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, an advanced four-wheel drive system, and a high-clearance High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) with Bilstein position-sensitive shocks. Best of all, if you’re interested in a Bronco but want something a bit smaller and more efficient, then check out the all-new, compact Ford Bronco Sport (I guess that’s twice now I’ve included two vehicles in one entry).

#6 – 2021 Ford F-150

If you want a pickup, then the all-new and updated Ford F-150 is a terrific choice. The interior has been redesigned to be more functional and to better compete with luxurious options like the Ram 1500. There are a number of different trims and engine options available for the F-150, which is nice, and there’s even a brand-new Hybrid model available if that could work for you. The all-new F-150 is terrific, but if you want something much different in a truck, then you’ll have to keep reading…

#5 – 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The last of the three options from Ford is the first truly new Mustang in decades, and it’s an SUV. But it’s not just any SUV; it’s an all-electric SUV that has reinvigorated Ford’s approach to the EV market. The Mustang Mach-E has a range of up to about 300 miles on a full charge, offers plenty of interior cargo space, and comes with a 15-inch HD infotainment display standard on every model. As Ford’s first fully electric SUV, the brand has definitely gone all in and made something truly special.

#4 – 2021 Kia K5

While a lot of manufacturers have moved away from making sedans, Kia has doubled-down on offering some of the best cars on the market. The all-new K5 replaces the popular Kia Optima, bringing Kia’s American lineup more in line with its overseas model names. It’s a midsize sedan with a low, wide design that gives it a surprisingly powerful stance for a four-door vehicle. With available all-wheel drive and turbocharged engines, the K5 is a great choice whether you want something practical or sporty.

A gold 2021 Lexus IS is parked in front of a concrete building at night.

#3 – 2021 Lexus IS

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated and luxurious sedan, on the other hand, then check out the heavily updated Lexus IS, which is truly stunning. The Lexus IS features two different powertrains, with rear-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive available. It now includes 18-inch wheels standard and has upgraded infotainment and audio systems for an even more incredible driving experience. If you want a classic sports sedan with luxury and reliability, there is no better option.

#2 – 2021 Nissan Rogue

One of the most popular compact crossover SUVs on the market has only gotten better with the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue. This is a sporty vehicle that’s incredibly fun to drive, and it has become even more so thanks to a more responsive all-wheel drive system. The new styling also really makes an immediate impression. Although only one engine is available for the Rogue, it’s been upgraded for 2021 to offer improved horsepower and torque, with a light-weight design that really lets you zip along whether you’re out running errands or on a road trip.

#1 – 2021 Tesla Cybertruck

I promised you a different sort of truck, and you can’t say I haven’t delivered. The Tesla Cybertruck is the first pickup designed by Tesla and looks unlike anything else on the road. Like the rest of their vehicles, the Cybertruck is an all-electric model, and it offers up to 500 miles of range on a full charge. This beast has some serious power, with a maximum towing capacity of up to 14,000 lbs and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. It’s definitely a unique take on the standard pickup. The Cybertruck was originally supposed to be available later this year, but it seems to have slipped into early 2022.

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