The current year has been a stressful time for many drivers, with stay at home orders, nightly quarantines, job losses and many other challenges. Now that 2020 is finally coming to an end, shoppers are looking for a new start, and looking forward to a better and brighter 2021. When 2021 does arrive, it will bring with it a host of new models, perfect for winter and spring vehicle buyers. Whether you are itching to replace your current set of wheels or just checking out the inventory at the local dealership, you will like what you find. Here is a sneak peek at the best SUV models coming to lots in 2021.
For the Environmentally Conscious Driver – the Toyota Kluger
The idea of a hybrid SUV is no longer a radical concept, but sector leader Toyota is taking the idea to a new level with its new Kluger. Slated to be introduced in the first half of 2021, the Toyota Kluger could be a game changer with its unique self-charging technology.
The self-charging nature of the 2021 Toyota Kluger is a first for a hybrid powertrain, but it is not the only thing this new SUV has going for it. In addition to the unique charging configuration, the Klugar also features a relatively modest sub-$45,000 price tag, a big enticement for buyers whose finances are still recovering from the coronavirus lockdown.
An Updated Old Classic – the Mazda CX-5
Not every SUV slated for a 2021 release is brand new. Some of the best entries are updates on models drivers already know and love, and the Mazda CX-5 may be the most notable example.
In the first half of model year 2021 Mazda is scheduled to release its updated CX-5, with an emphasis on interior upgrades instead of sweeping changes to the exterior look of the vehicle. One of the most notable cabin upgrades is the huge 10.25″ central display, a big improvement on earlier models of this popular SUV.
For the Budget Minded – the New Kia Sportage
The 2021 version of the Kia Sportage is another notable upgrade, one that budget minded SUV shoppers are sure to appreciate. Kia has long been a popular nameplate for car buyers, and the Sportage SUV will be hitting dealer lots sometime in September.
That is a long time to wait, but budget conscious buyers will be rewarded for their patience. Those buyers may be out of luck, however, if they are looking for a hybrid option; the 2021 Kia Sportage is not expected to offer either a plug-in or a self-charging option for its popular Sportage SUV. But with a sub-$30,000 price tag, buyers may not be too disappointed that only a gas-powered model is available.
For the Sporty – The Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Most drivers know Alfa Romeo as a seller of high-end sports cars, and as a mainstay in the racing industry, but there is more to this Italian nameplate than fast cars and sleek designs. One of the newest entries to the already crowded SUV marketplace is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, one of the most technologically advanced models soon to be available.
The in Alfa Romeo Stelvio is expected to hit dealer lots during the first quarter of 2021, and when it arrives it will feature the latest driver-assist technology. While the world is still waiting for a fully antonymous vehicle, this new SUV is a great compromise, though its high price tag of more than $65,000 could put it out of reach for many drivers.
For Lovers of Automotive Classics – The Volkswagen Tiguan
The newly designed Volkswagen Tiguan is another update on an old classic, and one that drivers are sure to appreciate. The Volkswagen nameplate has long been known for its quality and its classic good looks, and the 2021 version of the Tiguan is no exception.
With subtle design changes, Volkswagen has made the Tiguan even better with its 2021 version. The front of the Tiguan has been revamped and improved, while the rear of the vehicle has received a few smaller changes. Drivers who prefer a European SUV will find a lot to love in the 2021 Tiguan.
The SUV marketplace has never been more competitive, and that is a good thing for drivers everywhere. As 2020 comes to an end and 2021 gets its start, buyers will find a lot to love when they visit their local dealerships. Each of the 2021 SUVs on this list would be a welcome addition to any garage, so get out and explore the offerings when the new year begins.