New SUVs for 2015 — And Beyond

© Ford Motor CompanyUnmatched Versatility
Sport-utility vehicles make up one of the most popular automotive segments in America — for good reasons. Considering the wide range of vehicles available, the SUV category offers unmatched versatility, making it an appropriate choice for a variety of consumers. Sport utes can haul the family, carry large amounts of cargo, tow trailers and handle adverse road conditions — a rare few can adeptly perform all these things simultaneously. Here’s an overview of new SUVs in the U.S., either on sale now or coming soon to a showroom near you.

© Honda North America2016 Acura RDX
Price: Starting at $35,270
On Sale: Now
Honda’s premium brand revealed the 2016 RDX at the Chicago Auto Show with fresh styling and updated features. The most noticeable change for the compact luxury crossover is an updated front fascia featuring “Jewel Eye” LED projector headlights that help bring the RDX’s design in line with the rest of the Acura family. The RDX also gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers a modest boost in horsepower — to 279 horses — as well as improved fuel efficiency. Available high-tech features include rain-sensing wipers, remote start, a blind spot warning system and a rear cross-traffic monitor.

© Audi of America2015 Audi Q3
Price: Starting at $32,500
On Sale: Now
Joining the Q7 and Q5 is the all-new Q3, the smallest of Audi’s SUV offerings. This premium compact crossover gets one engine for the U.S. market — a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant producing 200 horsepower. Available with either front-wheel drive or Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Q3 is designed to offer the agility of a small car without losing the capabilities of an SUV. In keeping with Audi’s reputation for luxurious amenities, the Q3 comes well equipped with heated 12-way power front leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlights, and keyless entry/start.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Audi Q7
Price: TBA
On Sale: Spring 2016
Although the vehicle’s debut is a year out, we had a sneak peek at the next-generation Audi Q7 at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. With new exterior styling as well as an updated interior, the Q7 retains similar exterior dimensions but offers up more headroom, shoulder room and legroom inside. The interior features clean, simple lines with less buttons and more technology controls, including a modular infotainment system and Audi virtual cockpit. Offered with standard quattro all-wheel drive, the 2016 Q7 will be powered by either a new 3.0-liter V6 TDI clean diesel or a 3.0-liter TFSI gas engine when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2016. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

© BMW of North America2015 BMW X3
Price: Starting at $38,500
On Sale: Now
It may look like an SUV, but according to BMW the X3 is an SAV — a Sport Activity Vehicle. Whatever you call it, the X3 is one of the sportier small crossovers on the market and enters its third generation for 2015. The new vehicle has subtle styling updates to distinguish it from the outgoing version, but overall the exterior look is now more in line with the rest of the BMW family. Three different engines are available, including a powerful and fuel-efficient diesel option on the xDrive28d. Also new for 2015 is the availability of rear-wheel drive on the sDrive28i.

© BMW of North America2015 BMW X4
Price: Starting at $44,700
On Sale: Now
Underscoring the idea that there should be a product for every want and need, BMW has further sliced and diced its lineup to introduce the all-new X4. With styling similar to the X6, the X4 features a coupe-like silhouette yet has four doors and the ground clearance of an SUV. All X4s feature BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood, buyers have a choice of either a 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a 6-cylinder unit putting out 300 horsepower. Both offer automatic start/stop functionality for added fuel savings. Other features include 8-way power front seats, split-folding rear seats, a power glass moonroof and a premium 9-speaker 205-watt audio system.

© BMW of North America2015 BMW X5 M
Price: Starting at $98,700
On Sale: Now
Introduced at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, X5 M is the pinnacle of the X5 lineup. Not only is this one of the most powerful production SUVs on the market, it also offers up impressive performance. Looking considerably more aggressive than the rest of the X5 line, the X5 M boasts 567 horsepower from its 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. In addition to its high-performance credentials, the X5 M features a luxurious interior with 18-way multi-function power seats, 3-stage heated front seats, Merino leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner, GPS navigation with 3D maps and a high-powered Harmon Kardon surround-sound audio system.

© BMW of North America2015 BMW X6 M
Price: Starting at $102,100
On Sale: Now
For 2015 BMW adds a high-performance M version to the X6 lineup. The X6 M sets itself apart from the standard vehicle with a more aggressive stance, including larger air intakes and side gills with Air Breathers to reduce turbulence in the front wheel arches; a functional diffuser; a four-tailpipe exhaust and a spoiler at the rear. The ride height gets lowered 10 mm from the standard X6, and 21-inch M light-alloy wheels complete the look. In keeping with all BMW M products, there’s more to the x6 M than merely hot styling. A new 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine produces 567 horsepower and peak torque of 553 lb-ft — the most powerful engine developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. The X6 M can reach 60 mph in just 4 seconds.

© General Motors2015 Cadillac Escalade
Price: Starting at $72,970
On Sale: Now
Cadillac’s full-size SUV receives a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, featuring fresh styling and an array of new features. While the basic shape remains the same, the vertical LED headlights and large, bold grille will be instantly recognizable and slightly intimidating in your rearview mirror. Narrow vertical LED taillamps adorn the rear, stretching from the bumper to the roof. Premium materials and tasteful ambient lighting make the interior feel luxurious and comfortable. Escalade comes equipped with OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity, as well as being a Wi-Fi hotspot.

© General Motors2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
Price: Starting at $45,120
On Sale: Now
Since all full-size SUVs from General Motors ride on the same basic platform, it was a logical move to redesign all of them for the 2015 model year. The Tahoe sports fresh styling front and rear as well as inside, and overall the big SUV is designed to be quieter and more comfortable than the previous generation. A new EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine produces a plentiful 355 horsepower yet increases fuel efficiency by 10 percent, all while maintaining a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. New available features include wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, power-folding second-and third-row seats, an 8-inch color touchscreen and multiple USB ports.

© General Motors2015 Chevrolet Suburban
Price: Starting at $47,970
On Sale: Now
With relatively few choices left in the large SUV category, the Chevy Suburban maintains its place as one of the cornerstones of the segment. Like the Tahoe, the Suburban gets fresh styling, a fuel-efficient (relatively speaking) EcoTec3 V8 engine and plenty of new features for the 2015 model year. This year also represents Suburban’s 80th anniversary and introduces the 12th generation of this iconic American utility vehicle.

© General Motors2015 Chevrolet Trax
Price: Starting at $20,040
On Sale: Now
The Trax is an all-new compact SUV from Chevrolet, which gives the brand its first entry in this very popular segment. Although Trax is a recent addition to Chevy’s U.S. lineup, it is already on sale in 66 global markets. The small crossover features seating for five with several storage compartments and a reasonable amount of cargo space that can be expanded via split fold-flat rear seats. Power comes from an Ecotec 1.4-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower and has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg on the highway. According to Chevrolet, Trax builds “on Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage with a package of features combining value, versatility, technology and maneuverability.”

© FCA, LLC2016 Fiat 500X
Price: Starting at $20,000
On Sale: Spring 2015
Fiat returned to the U.S. market in 2012 with a car that played perfectly into the Italian car company’s heritage — the diminutive, fun-to-drive 500. Now Fiat is embracing the American market with an entry into what seems to be America’s favorite segment — the crossover. The 500X stays true to the brand, with styling matching the rest of the 500 lineup and a size not much larger than the original 500. Two engines are available on the new 500X — a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo or a larger 2.4-liter engine putting out 180 horsepower. Of course the 500X is available with AWD; the advanced system disconnects the rear axle when not needed, with the intent of improving fuel economy.

© Ford Motor Company2015 Ford Edge
Price: Starting at $28,100
On Sale: Spring 2015
Nearly everything is new on the 2015 Ford Edge. Retaining its familiar shape, the new Edge features a bold grille with flush headlights that give it a more athletic stance. Two new EcoBoost engines are available — a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a 2.7-liter V6 putting out 315 horsepower. The 2.0-liter engine is more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing version; it has a tow rating up to 3,500 pounds and is estimated to achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway. But innovative technology is the biggest news with the Edge —available features include active grille shutters and air curtains to improve efficiency at highway speeds, adaptive cruise control, a 180-degree front camera, a blind-spot information system, cross-traffic alerts, Active Park assist and much more. Edge will be sold in more than 100 markets worldwide, starting with North America this spring.

© Ford Motor Company2015 Ford Expedition
Price: Starting at $39,430
On Sale: Now
Unchanged in its current generation, Ford’s full-size SUV still gets a number of updates for the 2015 model year. Front-end styling is freshened with a new grille and headlights, and an updated tailgate features a chrome strip emblazoned with the vehicle name. A new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is now the only engine available, producing 365 horsepower and giving the big sport ute a towing a capacity of 9,200 pounds. Interior upgrades for the new model year include an available 8-inch touchscreen display with SYNC and MyFord Touch.

© Ford Motor Company2016 Ford Explorer
Price: Starting at $30,700
On Sale: Summer 2015
One of the best-selling SUVs on the market, the Explorer gets a refresh for the 2016 model year. Minor exterior styling updates will differentiate the 2016 from previous years, and a new upscale Platinum version has been added to the lineup. A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 270 horsepower replaces the current 2.0-liter engine. Fuel economy will likely remain unchanged while power has been increased. New features include front and rear wide-angle cameras, enhanced Park Assist, a hands-free liftgate and USB ports throughout to charge smartphones and other devices. The new Explorer Platinum adds even more equipment. Christopher Svensson, Ford design director of the Americas, says it has “ . . . the most premium, high-quality interior we’ve ever offered on a Ford vehicle.”

© General Motors2015 GMC Yukon
Price: Starting at $47,740
On Sale: Now
General Motors sells its full-size SUV in basic (Chevrolet Tahoe), luxury (Cadillac Escalade) and premium versions, which brings us to the GMC Yukon. Priced slightly higher than the Chevy, the Yukon also benefits from GM’s complete redesign of its large SUVs, and is equipped with the new EcoTec3 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine. Available features include a hands-free liftgate, enhanced IntelliLink with text message alerts and Siri Eyes Free, wireless phone charging and OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot. The top-level Yukon Denali gets an upscale interior, unique 20-inch wheels and a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower.

© Honda North America2015 Honda CR-V
Price: Starting at $23,445
On Sale: Now
The best-selling SUV in the U.S. gets a major update for the 2015 model year. Although the CR-V’s shape remains basically the same, the grille and headlights are noticeably different. Most of the changes occur beneath the skin, highlighted by an all-new 2.4-liter direct-injected i-VTEC engine. It produces the same 185 horsepower as the previous unit, but torque has been increased 11 percent to 181 lb-ft. Teamed with a new continuously variable transmission, the powerplant’s fuel economy improves to 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway . The CR-V also gets an updated interior with a number of new convenience and safety features, including a new 7-inch touchscreen displaying the telematics interface.

© Honda North America2016 Honda HR-V
Price: Starting at $19,115
On Sale: Now
If you happen to be in the market for a vehicle with the amazing versatility of the Honda Fit but would prefer a crossover with AWD, the all-new HR-V could be for you. The smallest of the Honda crossover lineup, the HR-V has a spacious interior, and with its configurable second- row “Magic Seat” it can handle cargo of myriad shape and size. Powered by a 138-horse engine teamed with a continuously variable transmission, the HR-V is rated at 28 mpg city/35 mpg hwy for the 2WD version, and 27/32 for the 4WD. The HR-V will be equipped with a wide range of standard safety and convenience features.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
2016 Honda Pilot
Price: TBA
On Sale: Summer 2015
Count on Honda to bring useful, versatile vehicles to market — the third-generation Pilot underscores that truism. Styling clearly fits with the rest of the Honda lineup, but kicks things up a notch with LED projector headlights as well as LED taillights. Slightly larger than the outgoing model, the new Pilot provides additional cargo space while still seating up to eight occupants — unusual for midsize SUVs. Pilot has a large 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, while the nav system features updated graphics with building rendered in 3-D. An available Blu-Ray player keeps rear-seat occupants entertained, and five USB ports keep multiple devices charged and operational. The 2016 Pilot will start arriving in showrooms this summer.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2016 Hyundai Tucson
Price: TBA
On Sale: Fall 2015
An all-new Hyundai Tucson is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but journalists got a sneak peek in Geneva when the new crossover debuted for the European market. The most obvious change to the small crossover is the grille — big and bold, it contains echoes of the grille on the luxurious Genesis. Not only does the Tucson get a new look, the interior has been updated with new features and better space utilization. Since there are significant differences in engines and packages for products sold in the U.S. versus overseas, we’ll have to wait until next month to get more details on this popular crossover.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience2015 Jeep Renegade
Price: Starting at $17,995
On Sale: Now
The newest member of the Jeep family, the Renegade is the brand’s first entry into the small SUV market. But unlike some of its competitors, which are often referred to as “cute utes,” the Renegade is built to handle tough off-road terrain as well as snowy roads. The front-drive-based Renegade is available with two 4WD systems and features the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus Rock mode exclusive to the Trailhawk) that set up the Renegade for best performance based on conditions. Two engines are available: a 1.4-liter 160-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 2.4-liter 180-horsepower unit teamed with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

© Jaguar Land Rover North America2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Price: Starting at $37,070
On Sale: Spring 2015
The Land Rover Discovery was sold in America until 2004 when it was rebadged as the LR3. No matter its name, the SUV was boxy and while very capable still felt a bit old school. For 2015 the Discovery name is back — this time on a thoroughly modern SUV with styling that fits with the rest of the Land Rover lineup and capability deserving of the Discovery name. Discovery Sport has seating for seven occupants and carries a number of premium features such as an 8-inch touchscreen and head-up display. As expected, the Discovery Sport has impressive off-road capabilities — more than 8 inches of ground clearance, class-leading approach and departure angles, the ability to wade through almost 2 feet of water and climb a 45-degree incline.

© Toyota Motor Company2015 Lexus NX
Price: Starting at $34,480
On Sale: Spring 2015
Lexus joins the fast-growing compact luxury crossover market with the all-new NX. This 5-occupant SUV is available with either a hybrid powertrain or a 2.0-liter turbocharged 235-horsepower engine — the first turbocharged engine ever for the luxury brand. The NX200t is available with the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system, which can instantly vary front and rear torque split with as much as 50 percent power at the rear axle, while the NX 300h hybrid offers the Lexus E-Four AWD system that uses an electric motor to drive the rear axle when required. With a bold new grille and strong fender flares, the NX is more sport than utility. The interior supports NX’s sporty inclinations with a Lexus-first G-Force meter and boost gauge. Other high-tech amenities include a wireless charging tray for compatible phones and devices, and a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with touchpad.

© Ford Motor Company2015 Lincoln MKC
Price: Starting at $33,100
On Sale: Now
As Lincoln continues the process of reinventing itself as the Lincoln Motor Company, it delivers another new model as promised. The MKC is a premium 5-occupant crossover sharing a platform with the Ford Escape but with its own styling, powertrain and features. In fact, the MKC is wider and longer than the Escape and has a unique clamshell rear hatch. Two engines are available: a 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit producing 240 horsepower, and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost that puts out an impressive 285 horsepower. The standard equipment list is substantial, including such items as power heated front seats, SYNC with MyLincoln Touch on an 8-inch LCD display screen, a premium audio system with nine speakers, active noise control and a rearview camera.

© Ford Motor Company2016 Lincoln MKX
Price: Starting at $38,100
On Sale: Fall 2015
The latest model to come from the new Lincoln Motor Company is the midsize MKX crossover. Replacing the current version, the 2016 model utilizes Lincoln’s new exterior design language, fitting nicely with the rest of the lineup. The interior is attractive and high tech, featuring pushbutton gear selection that allows the instrument panel to flow into the center console with dual-tier storage. A new high-end Revel audio system will also be available. Power comes from either a standard 3.7-liter 305-horsepower V6 or a new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine will deliver more than 330 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. Updates to suspension, body structure and chassis components should make the MKX more comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

© Ford Motor Company2015 Lincoln Navigator
Price: Starting at $61,920
On Sale: Now
While the two Lincolns covered previously are all new, the Navigator makes do with some slight freshening and new EcoBoost power. Exterior updates include a new grille that features the Lincoln signature “split wing” design, as well as new HID headlights with LED accents. Inside, customers will find upgraded materials with premium leather and Ziricote wood trim, as well as SYNC with MyLincoln Touch. The biggest news for the 2015 Navigator is the introduction of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine producing 380 horsepower and an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque. The new engine delivers as much as 22 mpg on the highway for 2WD models — impressive for this massive luxury SUV.

© Mazda North American Operations2016 Mazda CX-3
Price: TBA
On Sale: Spring 2015
The all-new CX-3 fits into the Mazda lineup between the 5-occupant CX-5 crossover and the Mazda3 sporty hatchback, although the CX-3 is slightly smaller than the Mazda3. The “KODO – Soul of Motion” design makes the CX-3 instantly recognizable as a Mazda. The small crossover will utilize Mazda’s SKYACTIVE-G 2.0-liter engine, which should provide great fuel efficiency and also make the CX-3 a blast to drive. The CX-3 will feature Mazda’s new-generation AWD system, giving it a leg up on the front-wheel-drive Mazda3 hatchback. Using the same active-torque control introduced in the CX-5, the CX-3 also features a front wheel slip-detection system, which employs sensors to monitor the driver’s intentions as well as constantly-changing driving conditions.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Price: Starting at $33,300
On Sale: Now
With the introduction the new GLA, Mercedes-Benz is joining the very competitive premium compact crossover market. Based on the CLA sedan, the GLA features a low, sloped roof and a bold grille that gives the crossover a sporty stance. The standard GLA 250 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 208 horsepower. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox makes good use of the power while returning up to 32 mpg on the highway. The GLA is also the newest version of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system that features fully variable torque distribution for more agile handling. For those looking for a bit more performance, try the GLA45 AMG. Power is bumped to 355 horses with a sub-five-second sprint to 60 mph; a sport suspension and high-performance brake system add to the package.

© Mercedes-Benz USA2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
Price: TBA
On Sale: Late Summer 2015
It’s hard to determine if the GLE Coupe belongs on this list. The current M-Class will be renamed GLE in the near future, so GLE is clearly an SUV line. However, the GLE Coupe is bit odd in that it really isn’t an SUV and, for that matter, it has four doors so it really isn’t a coupe. Perhaps all this is best explained by Board Member Responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber who says, “Our GLE Coupé combines typical coupé attributes, such as sportiness, dynamism and agility, with the confident presence, versatility and robustness of an SUV.” (Perhaps not.) All GLE Coupes will be well equipped and feature Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Two versions will be sold — the GLE450 and GLE63 AMG, the latter getting a 577-horsepower biturbo V8 engine.

© Nissan North America2015 Nissan Murano
Price: Starting at $29,560
On Sale: Now
Nissan’s Murano enters its third generation as one of the most stylish crossovers on the market. The design is based heavily on the Resonance Concept that was shown in Detroit a few years ago, and features a bold grille, “boomerang” headlights and — with its blacked-out pillars — floating roof. Many of these design elements will likely be seen on future Nissan products. Inside, drivers will find a large information and control center with an available 8-inch color touchscreen. In an effort to simplify controls, the number of audio and navigation switches has been reduced by 60 percent — from 25 to 10 — for a less distracting experience. An available power panoramic moonroof makes the Murano feel larger inside.

© Porsche Cars North America2015 Porsche Cayenne
Price: Starting at $61,700
On Sale: Now
In 2003 many Porsche loyalists felt the introduction of the Cayenne SUV would water down the German brand, but with more than 500,000 copies sold since its launch, it seems the concern was unwarranted. The 2015 Cayenne is all new; however, the exterior changes are subtle. With an updated front fascia, hood and tail, the Cayenne has a wider, more aggressive stance. The high-performance SUV gets a number of new standard features, including Bi-Xenon headlights, HD Radio, an automatic tailgate and a multi-function steering wheel based on the one found in Porsche’s exotic 918 Spyder. Cayenne is available with four engine options at launch, including a diesel, a twin-turbo V6 in the S, a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Turbo, and a 416-horsepower hybrid system in the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The GTS and Turbo S join the lineup later as 2016 models.

© Porsche Cars North America2015 Porsche Macan
Price: Starting at $49,900
On Sale: Now
For the first time the Porsche Cayenne has a sibling — the all-new Macan. The compact SUV is certain to stand out from the crowd, claiming levels of performance expected from a Porsche. Two versions are available: the Macan S gets a twin-turbo V6 producing 340 horsepower, and the Macan Turbo sports a larger 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6. Both use a 7-speed double-clutch gearbox and power goes through an active all-wheel-drive system. Stats are impressive, especially for a compact SUV — the S reaches 60 mph in around five seconds, while the Turbo manages the same feat in just 4.4 seconds. Macan comes standard with an impressive list of equipment, and can also include an available air suspension system as well as the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system, which distributes varying levels of torque to the rear wheels.

© Subaru of America2015 Subaru Outback
Price: Starting at $24,895
On Sale: Now
We’re including the Outback in this list of new SUVs; however, it still skews more wagon than SUV. The 2015 Outback gets more space, fresh styling, better fuel economy and a slew of new high-tech features for entertainment and safety. Outback is available with either a 2.5-liter 175-horsepower engine or 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine producing 256 horsepower. Both put power to the ground via Subaru’s legendary AWD system. The interior is greatly improved for the new model year, primarily with an updated infotainment system with its 6.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen display. Available on all but the base Outback is Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Pre-Collision Braking. Improved for 2015, the camera-based system is considerably less obtrusive (mounted behind the rearview mirror) while providing 40 percent greater range.

© Volkswagen of America2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Price: Starting at $44,705
On Sale: Now
The Touareg get fresh styling and updated features for the new model year. Up front there’s a new chrome grille that flows seamlessly into the flush, redesigned Bi-Xenon HID headlights with an updated LED Daytime Running Light design. LED taillights are also standard on the new model. Inside, Touareg gets a more premium feel with white LED overhead lighting, new chrome and wood trim and updated buttons and switches. A 360-degree exterior camera is also available. Three different engines are offered: a 280-horsepower V6, a fuel-efficient TDI diesel and a high-performance V6-hybrid powertrain with a combined 380 horsepower.

© Volvo Cars of North America, LLC2016 Volvo XC90
Price: Starting at $48,900
On Sale: Summer
One look at the 2016 XC90 and you’ll immediately notice the new T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” headlights as well as updated tall taillights, tailgate and integrated exhaust pipes. Inside, Volvo has taken seats that are already among the most comfortable on the market and redesigned them with energy-absorbing material between the seat and frame cushions to help prevent spine injuries in a crash. The new seats are also available with adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extensions and massagers. XC90 also features a number of safety innovations including the ability to auto brake if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car at an intersection. The powertrain is just as innovative — the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is both supercharged and turbocharged to produce 316 horsepower.

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