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Toyota’s body-on-frame full-size SUV was recently overhauled and includes plenty of new technology. Chief among them is a new 3.4-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine paired to a hybrid drive system. It allows the big SUV to unleash an impressive 538 lb-ft. of torque.
The Toyota 4Runner is a survivor. While most mid-size body-on-frame SUVs have been put to pasture, the 4Runner soldiers on. Available with two or three row seating, this vehicle can travel places most SUVs cannot. It has real off-road capabilities and credentials, especially in TRD form.
With compact SUVs continuing to grow in size, a new sub-segment of vehicles has emerged that are not quite compact, but not quite subcompact. The Toyota Corolla Cross firmly fits in this new class with the likes of the Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and Kia Seltos.
The Toyota RAV4 Prime is the plug-in hybrid version of the this popular compact SUV. Unlike most hybrids, the Prime focuses on performance as much as it does fuel savings. With a total of 302 hp on tap, the RAV4 Prime is one of the most powerful mainstream compact SUVs available today regardless of powertrain.
The Toyota Crown defies classification. Part sedan, part crossover, and all hybrid, the Crown replaces the Avalon in the Japanese brand’s lineup. Two four-cylinder engines are available, one turbocharged and one naturally aspirated. Regardless of which is chosen, both come exclusively with all-wheel drive.
The Aston Martin Vantage is a high-end super sports car that can be had with a V8 or V12 engine, both turbocharged. But the choices don’t stop there. It can also be had as either a coupe or a convertible. Which version is the better looking option is a tough call.
The number of subcompact front-wheel drive convertibles currently on sale totals one – the MINI Cooper. Mechanically identical to the MINI Cooper 2-Door, the Convertible is available with a choice of three engines. Yes, that means there is even a frantic JCW Convertible option, a fantastic choice for ripping through some canyon passes on a warm summer day.
The MINI Cooper Clubman is a unique vehicle from a unique manufacturer. It is a small wagon-like vehicle with twin-swing doors at the rear in place of a traditional lift gate. Available with all-wheel drive, the Clubman is a great alternative to small crossovers. Especially if driving enjoyment is high on a customer’s priorities list.
Mercedes-Benz’ flagship sedan is one of the most luxurious four-doors out there. Dripping with elegance, the S-Class continues to be a standard in the segment. Recently, a plug-in hybrid version joined the lineup, utilizing a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and electric motors.
Maybach used to be a Mercedes-Benz stand alone super luxury brand. But recently, the manufacturer has transformed into a special trim level on some of Mercedes’ most prestigious vehicles. One of those models is the Maybach GLS. Starting at a price well over $150,000, the exclusive SUV comes with a 550 hp turbocharged V8 mated to a hybrid drivetrain.
The GLE Coupe is Mercedes-Benz swoopy-styled version of the GLE SUV. With a raked rear roofline, the GLE Coupe is designed to have a more striking, sportier look. It lacks cargo capacity compared to its GLE sibling and cannot be had with a third row of seats.
The GLE is Mercedes-Benz’ mid-size SUV, formerly known as the ML Class in a previous life. A variety of engines are available starting with a 255 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder, crescendoing with a fire-breathing 603 hp turbo V8. The SUV can be had with two or three row seating configurations.
The compact Mercedes-Benz GLB offers something most of its competitors do not – a third row of seats. Obviously, the back most row is the domain of small children, but having that option is a big plus for many. Two basic versions of the GLB are available, a regular model and an AMG.
If the MINI Cooper 2-Door is a bit too impractical, maybe the 4-Door is the answer. By slightly stretching the iconic MINI Cooper, a set of rear doors are added making access to the back seats easier. Otherwise, everything we love about the 2-Door Cooper is included with the 4 Door. But there is one caveat; the JCW is not offered on this model.
MINI went electric a few years ago with the Cooper 2-Door SE. The all electric MINI offers minimal range and is intended as more of a commuter than a longer distance driver. But the Cooper SE does feature on thing most EVs do not – that fun to drive factor.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an icon for the brand. Also referred to as the G-Wagen, this is a hardcore SUV wrapped in an elegant package. Locking differentials, adjustable suspension, and a low-speed transfer case are a few of the vehicle’s trail ready tidbits.
The EQ family of all electric vehicles continues to grow at Mercedes-Benz. One of the first models introduced was the flagship EQS SUV. Power comes from a single motor powering the rear wheels or a pair of dual motors that drive all four wheels. Being a cutting edge electric, the vehicle’s styling is anything but contemporary.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan is the second member of the EQ all-electric sedan family. Smaller than the EQS, the EQE is a more affordable mid-size all-electric option from Mercedes. But just because it is smaller doesn’t mean the EQE lacks the technology wizardry found in the larger EQ family members.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to be one of the most versatile models in the brand’s lineup. It can come as a traditional sedan, a lifted wagon, a coupe, or a convertible. Here, we are focusing on the latter two. The coupe and convertible include just a single drivetrain, a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder coupled to a mild hybrid. Two levels of power are available, and power can be sent to the rear or all four wheels.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain Wagon may have a long name, but it’s a rather simple formula. Take a luxury station wagon, lift up the suspension a bit, add some cladding, and voila – it’s a crossover. The current All-Terrain comes with just one engine choice, a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder that features a mild hybrid system.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been around for a long time. It’s stood the test of time as a stalwart within the mid-size luxury sedan world. Currently the luxurious four-door comes in a few different flavors with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Regardless of which E-Class is chosen, one can be rest assured they purchased a refine, smooth, premium sedan.
The compact C-Class from Mercedes-Benz can come as both as coupe and a convertible. Unlike it’s sedan counterpart, the two-door models of the C-Class still ride on the previous generations architecture. Power for both vehicles comes from a choice of turbocharged engines, a 4-cylinder and a 6-cylinder.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is a new arrival on the scene and the lineup slowly continues to expand. The small luxury car continues to be a three-quarter scale version of the large S-Class, complete with state-of-the-art features. Some of the controls take a bit to get used to, but the drive and ride comfort are top notch.
The subcompact Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is the entry point to the luxury manufacturer. With the lowest price point, only one version of the car is available, the A 220. It can be had with front-or all-wheel drive and comes exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The McLaren GT is a less frantic mid-engine supercar from the British manufacturer. It’s designed to take on the world’s finest GT cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Mercedes-Benz. Power comes from a turbocharged V8 engine paired to a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Artura ushers in a new era for McLaren, utilizing a down-sized six-cylinder engine and plug-in hybrid technology. Fears that this would dilute the performance and feeling of the brand thankfully did not come to be. The Artura is still every bit of a performer as its V8 siblings.
The CX-9 is Mazda’s aging, large, three-row SUV. Arguably one of the most stylish mainstream three-row SUVs inside and out, despite being on the market for awhile it is still a very competitive offering. The CX-9 was ahead of the curve as well by offering a turbocharged four-cylinder as its only powertrain option.
The Levante was the first SUV introduced by Maserati. Focusing on sport as much as utility, the Levante can have upwards of 572 hp from a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8. Of course, it makes fantastic noises, just as any proper Maserati should. It’s also very luxurious inside, coddling passengers in both rows of seats.
The Grecale joins the Maserati lineup as the brand’s second SUV. Smaller than the Levante, the Grecale is no less performance orientated. There’s upwards of 523 hp on tap from a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Easily identifiable as a Maserati, the SUV has a classic design on the exterior.
The Maserati GranTurismo is a Grand Touring coupe with an Italian flare. Not much on the road sounds anything like the GranTurismo, even if it now uses a six-cylinder engine instead of a V8. For those that want something different, there’s the Folgore. It utilizes three electric motors that produce around 750 total horsepower.
The Ghibli is Maserati’s mid-size luxury sedan that can be had in a variety of configurations. Top amongst all of them is the Trofeo that uses a turbocharged V8 borrowed from Ferrari. With 572 hp, it can compete head to head with cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo and BMW M5.
Lucid is a newcomer to the automotive landscape. But the brand’s first product, the Air, is an impressive piece of machinery. The all-electric sedan can be had with various powertrain set-ups. Some versions can travel upwards of 516 miles on a single charge, while others have over 1,200 hp.
The Lotus Evija is part of a new onslaught of products from the British manufacturer. As the halo vehicle in the brand’s portfolio, nothing about the Evija is subtle. Under that striking body work are four electric motors that combine to create almost 2,000 hp. The all-wheel drive hypercar offers mind-bending levels of performance, all while silently going about its business.
The Lotus Emira is the last hurrah for the mid-engine line of cars that has included the likes of the Elise, Evora, and Exige. To end the line, the small sports car can be had with a choice of engines. There is a turbocharged four-cylinder as well as a supercharged six-cylinder.
The Eletre will shock a lot of Lotus faithful. Not only is this the brand’s first SUV, but it is an all electric one as well. Rest assured, the Eletre is all about performance and is designed to hold its own on the track. Power comes from a set of electric motors that makes anywhere from just over 600 hp to in excess of 900 hp.
One of the OG large luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator continues to soldier on. Available in two lengths, the posh people mover is now powered by a turbocharged V6. With 440 hp on tap, it out muscles most of its competitors V8s and offers class competitive fuel economy. That stated, the Navigator is not exactly a fuel sipper.
The mid-size Lincoln Nautilus is currently available with a pair of turbocharged engines. Entry level models use a 250 hp 2.0-liter engine while higher trims have a more powerful 335 hp 2.7-liter unit. Regardless which engine is chosen, both vehicles offer a premium interior and comfortable driving experience.