The new RDX is a big leap forward for Acura in terms of both design and technology. The "NSX-inspired" dash looks much more premium, and the new nose is a definite improvement over the previous bucktooth corporate grille.
Acura's new TrueTouch tap-and-swipe-based infotainment controller could be a win as well, but we'll need time with it to know for sure.
This time around, Audi's RS5 ditches its V8 powerplant and comes out swinging with a twin-turbocharged V6 with 444 horsepower. It's gorgeous to behold, especially when painted in this new metallic Sonoma Green hue.
Plus, with Quattro all-wheel drive, you'll be able to blast along your favorite roads come rain or shine.
The M5 has always been a bit of a brute, but that's kind of why we love it. The new car still feels a little angry and 'roided out, but thanks to a clever new all-wheel-drive system (the first in an M5), it's a little less apt to fling you into a field if you get stabby with the throttle.
The rest of the car is pretty standard BMW 5 Series in that it's a nice place to be and is packed with infotainment and driver assistance tech.
On sale: Now
Pricing starts at: $102,600
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The badge on the C-pillar of the X2 is one of the most polarizing BMW design features in recent memory. What's less polarizing, however, is the fact that it's a super-competent little crossover with a nice interior and pleasing driving dynamics.
It won't be cheap -- it's a BMW after all -- but it might prove a more stylish choice than some other small crossovers from European brands.
The BMW X4 is basically an X3 underneath, which means it's a treat to drive, both around town or out on twisty roads. The 2018 model is a little bit bigger than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase that results in improved interior space. It's available in either xDrive30i or M40i flavors, with the M40i getting specific interior bits like fancy sport seats.
Of course, with its sloped roofline, it's less practical than the X3 upon which it's based. More expensive, too.
The Hyundai Veloster is still plenty quirky with its asymmetrical door layout, but it no longer looks like a squashed frog. It's an upscale hatch, and one that can be pretty potent -- there's a 275-horsepower N model headed our way, and soon.
As you'd expect, the 2019 Veloster comes with a killer warranty and plenty of in-cabin tech, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That said, enthusiasts should be most excited about its updated chassis and more sophisticated rear suspension.
Gone is the old Cherokee's polarizing face, and in its place is a more approachable mug. It's more or less the same old Cherokee that people loved otherwise, though it does get a new powertrain option in the form of 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Unlike many other vehicles in the segment, the Cherokee (particularly in Trailhawk trim) has real off-road ability.
It's the Juke's less-weird-looking replacement, and it comes from Brazil. The Kicks is an affordable little crossover that will likely fit in perfectly with your semi-urban, new parent, condo-dwelling lifestyle, and friend, that's not nothing. Seriously though, it comes with a bunch of standard safety features and decent in-car tech for the price bracket its in.
A hybrid-electric Range Rover might soon be the best version of Land Rover's iconic SUV.
While it doesn't have quite the same the snarl as the V8-powered Range Rover, the electric torque on tap means that it's quick enough to get out of its own way while politely sipping fuel, and because it's a Land Rover, it'll climb a mountain if you need it to.
Toyota's new Avalon has a whole lot of grille, but it also has a whole lot to offer. The full-size sedan was designed, engineered and will be built in the USA.
It also has, in top trim levels, a frankly gorgeous-looking interior (particularly in lighter colors). It's built on Toyota's new global TNGA platform and features the latest Entune 3.0 onboard infotainment.
The Corolla Hatchback feels like Toyota returning to what it does best, and the fact that it will be offered with a real six-speed manual transmission means it could even have some performance enthusiast cred.
We dig how it looks, and we're thankful Toyota has finally added Apple CarPlay to its infotainment suite.
Continuing Volvo's recently adopted tradition of producing the most attractive car in any given segment, the XC40 has come to crush the premium compact crossover game. It's little but well-proportioned, and this available Amazon Blue color gives us the fits.
The XC40's interior is well laid out and feels premium for the price point. Its 2.0-liter turbo engine is a good 'un and should make the XC40 a joy to live with on the daily.
On sale: Spring
Pricing starts at: $35,200
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