Top 10 Cars Worth Waiting For In 2024 Staff
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With 2024 nearly halfway in the books, there is still a slew of new and revamped vehicles on the horizon. But are any of them worth waiting for?

The AutoGuide experts help you decide with this peek at the Top 10 cars we're excitedly waiting for later this year.

10) Cadillac Escalade IQ

The Escalade IQ represents a significant evolution of the Escalade, transitioning from a traditional full-sized SUV to a supersized electric variant. This model embodies a sense of grandeur, evident in its larger exterior dimensions and prominent dash display. Standing out with its substantial battery and impressive power output, the Escalade IQ is approximately one foot longer than its predecessor and features striking 24-inch wheels.

The Escalade's electric powertrain consists of two motors, delivering 750 horsepower, and is powered by a large 200-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. With an 800-volt architecture, the Escalade IQ boasts rapid charging capabilities, reportedly providing up to 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes when using public DC fast chargers. The seven-seat SUV offers an optional Executive Second-Row package, elevating the passenger experience with features such as a stowable tray table, 12.6-inch screens, massaging seats, and more. Pricing is estimated between $130,000 to $175,000 when it goes on sale in the fall of 2024.

9) Dodge Charger

The upcoming next-generation Charger will cater to a wide audience, offering both coupe and sedan configurations with a choice of electric or gas powertrains. The electric variant, known as the Charger Daytona, will debut with two initial models: the R/T delivering 496 horsepower with a 317-mile range, and the Scat Pack offering a more powerful 670-horsepower output with a 260-mile range. Following these releases, a higher-performance model called the Banshee is expected.

For gasoline enthusiasts, a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine will also be available, delivering either 420 or 550 horsepower. Each engine option will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, all Chargers will feature all-wheel drive. A notable change is the introduction of a hatchback design for both the two-door and four-door models, enhancing practicality with a folding rear seat. Inside, the modern cabin offers a range of screens for gauges, controls, and customization, with a variety of performance settings available. Pricing is estimated to range from $40,000 to $70,000, with the electric model expected to be available in late 2024, followed by the gas-only models in early 2025.

8) Toyota 4Runner

The redesigned 4Runner stays true to its off-road roots, built on a platform shared with the latest Tacoma pickup and other body-on-frame Toyota models. It's now larger, with increased length and width. The SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Sport Premium trims are equipped with a 278-horsepower, 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Higher trims offer a 326-horsepower, 2.4-liter turbocharged hybrid four-cylinder engine. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 4Runner is available in two-, four-, and full-time four-wheel drive configurations. The interior boasts modern amenities, with screen sizes varying by trim level. The second-row seat folds forward to enhance cargo versatility, and an optional third-row is available. The rear window on the liftgate is power-operated, a signature 4Runner feature. Pricing is estimated between $40,000 to $65,000 when it goes on sale in the fall of 2024.

7) Volkswagen ID.Buzz

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz electric van pays homage to the iconic Microbus while embracing modernity. Slightly smaller than traditional minivans, its innovative design maximizes space, benefitting from the lack of a combustion engine. The ID.Buzz offers a choice between a single-motor, 282-horsepower rear-wheel-drive setup or a dual-motor, 330-horsepower all-wheel-drive configuration.

Inside, the cabin features a minimalist design with horizontal vents, a 12.9-inch infotainment screen, and multiple charging points for devices. The base model includes powered, heated, and ventilated front seats, with options such as a heated windshield, panoramic sunroof with electrochromic tinting, and a premium 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system. Pricing is estimated between $45,000 to $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

6) Nissan Kicks

The redesigned 2025 Nissan Kicks marks a significant upgrade, boasting more room, more power, and the inclusion of all-wheel drive for the first time. With a 3-inch increase in length and 2-inch growth in nearly every other dimension, both passenger and cargo space benefit. All models are equipped with a 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. Each trim level offers the choice between front- or all-wheel drive.

The trim lineup ranges from the base S model to the well-equipped SV, and finally to the sporty SR variant. Because of the growth, the Kicks now competes in the subcompact SUV segment, where it stands out with a comprehensive suite of standard active safety and driver assistance features. The available ProPilot Assist system enhances driving comfort by providing steering assistance and lane centering on highways and in traffic jams. Pricing is estimated between $22,000 to $28,000 when it goes on sale in the summer of 2024.

5) Lucid Gravity

Lucid, the startup automaker, is set to introduce its second vehicle, the 2025 Gravity SUV. The company promises a range exceeding 440 miles, seating for up to seven passengers, ample cargo space, and a starting price below $80,000. The Gravity is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, showcasing performance similar to the impressive Lucid Air sedan.

In a departure from the norm, the Gravity features a design focused on flowing lines rather than aggressive angular styling. Inside, the SUV offers wide digital displays and even includes a guided meditation program. Thanks to its 900-volt design, the Gravity can recharge 200 miles in just 15 minutes at a high-speed public DC charger. Look for the Lucid Gravity to arrive in late 2024.

4) Ram 1500

The redesigned Ram 1500 pickup truck will be available initially as a conventional gasoline model, with a semi-electric variant, the 1500 Ramcharger, to follow. The Ramcharger will be equipped with a gas engine serving as an onboard generator. The lineup includes a carryover 3.6-liter V6 as the base engine, along with turbocharged inline-six engines offering 420 and 540 horsepower, all paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Ramcharger distinguishes itself as an electric vehicle with 663 horsepower. It utilizes the onboard V6 engine to recharge its 92-kWh battery while in operation, similar to the approach used by the discontinued Chevy Volt extended-range EV. This design allows the Ramcharger to target a remarkable 690-mile range. However, this range may decrease when carrying heavy cargo or towing. The interior offers numerous configurations with the option for multiple screens, including one dedicated exclusively to the passenger.

3) Subaru Forester

The 2025 Subaru Forester has been redesigned with a focus on safety and comfort. While the new model's appearance leans towards a more robust look, with a beefier grille, sleeker headlamps, prominent plastic-clad fender arches, and distinct haunches, the overall design changes are relatively subtle. The Forester continues to excel in providing standard all-wheel drive, large, high-visibility windows, and practical utility.

Subaru has enhanced its standard active safety features with pedestrian and cyclist detection, a rear seat occupant alert system, and offers optional equipment such as driver monitoring and emergency steering. Interestingly, Subaru will also continue offering the 2024 Forester Wilderness alongside the new model. Pricing will fall between $29,695 to $41,390, look for it to begin arriving in dealerships in late spring 2024.

2) Volvo EX90

Volvo's upcoming seven-passenger three-row electric SUV is set to redefine safety standards with innovative technology. The SUV will feature a driver monitoring system capable of pulling the vehicle over and summoning assistance, along with a sophisticated lidar sensor to support its advanced driving assistance systems. Equipped with a large 111-kWh battery, the SUV boasts an impressive range of up to 300 miles and a power output of 496 horsepower.

The interior is characterized by its minimalist design, highlighted by a large 14.5-inch center screen. Additionally, radar-based occupant detection is included to prevent children from being left unattended inside the vehicle. Pricing will start at $77,990 when it goes on sale in late 2024.

1) Chevrolet Silverado EV

The Chevrolet Silverado EV is the latest addition to the full-sized EV pickup market. It features a unique foldable midgate that extends the 6-foot-long bed into the cabin, accommodating items up to 9 feet in length. Built on GM's Ultium EV platform, which it shares with the GMC Hummer EV, and Escalade IQ, the Silverado EV lineup debuts with a 510-horsepower work truck and a premium RST First Edition variant.

The RST First Edition offers four-wheel steering, adaptive suspension, and Super Cruise. Depending on the option sheet, the truck can deliver up to 664 horsepower, tow up to 10,000 pounds, and achieve an estimated driving range of 400 miles. Pricing will fall between $39,900 to $105,000 when it arrives in stores later this year.

This article was co-written using AI and was then heavily edited and optimized by our editorial team. Staff Staff

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  • JMAC JMAC on May 15, 2024

    I have always been a Dodge man, but that Charger is ugly!

  • Ninja250 Ninja250 7 days ago

    Well, if those are the top 9 vehicles ( plus one car) it only means my hard earned dollars will stay in my bank account another year. Nothing to see here...