5 Fun SUVs Worth Waiting For
We’re on the cusp of getting some super fun SUVs. Sure, SUVs are great when they can tow 10,000 pounds, carry nine people, and go up the side of a mountain. But, for some of us we want some utility, but also want our commute to feel like an adventure. For us, there are several new SUVs coming in late 2022 or early 2023 that promise some big fun that we should wait for, from the cheap thrills of new Chevy Trax to the hooligan power of the BMW XM.
2023 Dodge Hornet brings PowerShot giggles
Most of the SUVs on this list are EVs, but Dodge is sticking to gasoline power (mostly) for the new 2023 Hornet, which will be available in December of 2022. The new 2023 Hornet adds a plug-in-hybrid option, which will give it up to 285 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque. But, since it’s from Dodge, you can order it in R/T and GT trim levels, with bigger wheels and more. At its core, though, the Hornet should bring some fun to the compact five-seat SUV market at a price that won’t break the bank.
We love the PowerShot feature on the Hornet R/T PHEV that gives you an extra 25 additional horsepower when you need it which reduces the 0-60 mph time to just 6.1 mph. The Hornet will start at less than $30,000, Dodge says.
Like modern style? The 2023 Polestar 3 is for you
If your idea of fun is showing up to the Met in the most fashionable SUV available, then the Polestar 3 is for you. The new Polestar 3 is one of the most anticipated SUVs not only because it’s an EV, but because it’s one of the most stylish. In this case, it packs next-generation styling on the outside and the inside, with bold lines and a spartan minimalist feel. It should also be fast. The Polestar 3 comes from Volvo’s high-performance arm, which means it will pack in up to 517 horsepower and a 300-mile range.
The Polestar 3 isn’t cheap, and starts at $83,900, but if you want to make a statement, this could be the right piece.
The performance of the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV could embarrass ‘Vettes
We love that Chevy is taking a chance with the upcoming 2024 Chevy Blazer EV and adding an SS package. The new SS version will have 557 horsepower and will likely go hunting for Corvettes and Camaros to drag race on the weekends. But even in non-SS (or RS) trim, the Blazer packs in a lot of value in a five-seat SUV. It should have a range of 290 to 320 miles, depending on the battery, and have a large cargo hold, seating for five, new tech and more.
Chevy’s offering its hands-free Super Cruise when the Blazer EV launches next year. The new Blazer in LT trim starts at $44,995, while the SS will cost $66,000.
The BMW XM brings M power to a big SUV
The giant grille on the 2023 BMW XM is your first hint that this SUV packs something special under the hood. And indeed, it does. The XM is BMW’s first uber-performance suv with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it’s attached to already mighty twin-turbocharged V8, for a total of 644 horsepower. This two-row SUV is all new, though it does look a lot like the three-row X7.
The XM comes in two flavors, expensive and more expensive, with the base model starting at $160,000 while the special Red Label trim gets 735 horsepower and a $26,000 price increase. We believe that that the XM is the first to show off BMW’s next evolution of its styling, with bold creases and broad shoulders.
The 2023 Chevy Trax brings cheap thrills
Why does the Chevy Trax matter? The model has held down the spot as Chevy’s cheapest SUV, and cheap SUVs are important to bringing folks into the brand and also providing the basic transportation we all need. The subcompact Trax will start at $21,500 but it doesn’t look cheap, and instead borrows a lot of styling cues from the more expensive Blazer and Equinox SUVs. CNBC points out that it’s cheaper than the model it replaces.
It has a novel 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that should be enough to get it up to speed. All-wheel drive is available, as are several special trims like the RS version that comes with some sporty touches that should not only make it cheap, but fun, too