If you needed convincing that America loves its SUVs, look no further than this year's . The floor was crowded with utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes, with different prices and drivetrain options. If variety is the spice of life, SUVs are a tasty bite.
The fifth-generation of the best-sellingshowed it's redesigned face in the Big Apple. Sitting atop a new, longer platform, the 2019 RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can even get the RAV4 as a hybrid.
Perhaps the best news comes from the inside. The all-new cabin includes Alexa integration and -- finally -- Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is still not in the mix, but we hope Toyota gets with the program next year.
Acura RDX and MDX
Thegets a radical overhaul at the New York Auto Show, with a sleeker front end and interior said to be inspired by the company's hybrid supercar, the . While there is no hybrid option for the five-passenger RDX, it's powered by a spry little 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, good for 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That new engine is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, a standard 10.2-inch infotainment screen is controlled by using a touchpad on the center console. Also standard is the AcuraWatch suite of driver's aids, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning, as well as automatic braking.
Elsewhere in Acura's lineup, the larger MDX gets afor 2019. Its V6 power remains the same, but unique front fascia styling, 20-inch wheels and blacked-out exterior elements are unique to the A-Spec model.
Hyundai Kona EV, Santa Fe and Tucson
The folks over athave been busy, bringing a trio of SUVs to New York. The fully electric will join its gas-powered twin in the lineup, powered by a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery can store enough go-go juice for 250 miles of range. It won't be a slouch, either, with an expected 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of that awesome instant electric torque.
The largermoves into its fourth generation with sharper styling and a new engine choice. The 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines are still available, but Hyundai adds a turbocharged 2.2-liter diesel into the mix as well. The oil-burner is good for 190 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque, for max blast off the line and presumably better fuel economy, although official EPA numbers have not yet been announced.
And not to be left out, the five-passengergets a tech refresh for 2019 that adds . Driving aids get a big bump as well, with the addition of stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and standard forward-collision avoidance.
Banking of the success of the, debuted the all-new . This little whippersnapper of a crossover is a full 8 inches shorter than the XT5, but manages to eke out 40 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Now that's good packaging.
A new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will push out 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, with power getting to the pavement through a 9-speed automatic transmission. A new version of the CUE infotainment system runs on an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In place of capacitive touch and haptic feedback, the XT4 has a full set of physical controls for CUE. This is a good thing.
If you like your crossovers more on the rugged side, the might just be your jam. Now in its fifth generation, the 2019 Forester is bigger all around and gets a new engine to boot: a 2.5-liter boxer four with 182 horsepower. Sadly, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the outgoing Forester XT is no longer available.
New for 2019 on the top Touring trim isDriverFocus technology, which uses facial recognition software to keep distracted driving and fatigue at bay. The EyeSight suite of driver's aids with adaptive cruise control, lane departure and lane keep assist is standard on every single new Forester.
The, new luxury three-row SUV, also made an appearance in New York. With sculpted body lines and a rakish silhouette, the Aviator is easily a standout debut, and under the hood it gets even better. Although Lincoln hasn't given specifics, we know the Aviator will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 powertrain with an optional plug-in hybrid system.
The Aviator is also loaded with tech. There's a predictive suspension system that can read the road ahead and adjust accordingly, 30-way adjustable massaging seats and you can even use your phone to start the car, unlock the doors and lock them after your drive.
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept
The five-passengeris a shrunken-down version of the larger SUV, and that's just fine with us. The smaller vehicle carries itself on the same wheelbase, but it's a full 7.5 inches shorter. It also shares the same 3.6-liter V6 engine, but with an extra kick: an electric motor in front and back, bringing the power output up to 355 horses.
While the Cross Sport is officially just a concept for now,has confirmed that it will come to market in 2019.
The plucky littleonly gets a couple of updates for 2019, but they're all thoughtful improvements. New 18-inch wheels nicely fill out the wells, the seats get better cushions and there's more soft-touch material on the doors as well as the dashboard. The front fascia gets a slight nip/tuck, as well, and there's a new light signature in the LED taillights.
The CX-3 uses the same 2.0-liter engine as before, with 2 extra horsepower and 2 more pound-feet of torque. Mazda says this makes it a bit more eager off the line, thanks to revised torque mapping. The CX-3 is already one of our favorite compact CUVs to drive, and this update shouldn't change that one bit.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
Apparently, someone within Maserati thought its already-quickneeded more power. Enter the Trofeo, which uses a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, puts out 590 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque.
That power increase means the Levante Trofeo can sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 187 mph. The unique exterior styling incorporates carbon fiber elements and a unique set of 22-inch wheels. The car seen here is the limited Launch Edition. The Trofeo will go into production this summer.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Speaking of fast SUVs, here's Jaguar's hottest F-Pace yet. Theuses a supercharged V8 with 550 horsepower and can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 176 mph.
Bigger brakes and a revised all-wheel-drive system will help the SVR be a hoot on the road, and an 8-speed automatic transmission will fire off quick shifts in the process. Look for the F-Pace SVR to arrive this summer, priced just under $80,000.
Waymo's autonomous Jaguar I-Pace
Yes, yes, we've seen the Jaguar I-Pace before,. This I-Pace is outfitted with Waymo's autonomous driving technology, and the company is expecting to deploy some 20,000 of these on the roads in Arizona this year. The hope is that sometime soon, you'll be able to summon a Waymo I-Pace in Phoenix, and use it like an autonomous taxi. Cool, right?
Aside from the Waymo autonomous gear (and that funny little hat on the roof), the I-Pace is the same as the one we'll be getting in the US later this year. That means there's a Jaguar-estimated 240 miles of electric range, big wheels, muscular design and lots of luxury inside. As far as self-driving cars go, this one's certainly the prettiest.
Super 8 RoadM8 Concept
Yes, that Super 8. The hotel chain created this Jeep Wrangler underneath -- and not even the new Wrangler, for that matter -- this thing is kind of like a rolling hotel room.to celebrate its recent $100 million investment into renovating its rooms across the country. And while it's just a
The interior borrows its appearance from Super 8's new bed sheets and cabinetry, and there are tables in the rear. There's even a coffee maker and a fridge nestled between the rear seats.
No, it's not for sale, and yes, it's super ugly. But it's a neat one-off showcar for New York. And as the rest of this list certainly illustrates, if there's one type of car that dominates the American travel landscape right now, it's indeed the SUV.