The new 2020 model year is upon us and automakers are preparing for the newest models to hit the lots. It’s an exciting season, with poor-performing cars discontinued and the anticipation of getting a glimpse at the newest and hottest cars looming. But which new 2020 car models are set to turn the most heads? Here’s what Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has to say about their picks for the top three favorite car models for 2020.
3. 2020 Jeep Gladiator
The brand new Jeep Gladiator started hitting dealerships earlier this year, in Spring 2019. The Gladiator’s design blends the versatility of a Jeep and function of a truck, with a truck bed attached to the back of an iconic Jeep. Its versatility is just one of the reasons KBB thinks it will be one of the best of the year. According to KBB, base models start around just over $33,000, but there’s plenty to love about the mid-sized Jeep pickup truck.
Just like Jeep’s iconic Wrangler, the Gladiator has true convertible capabilities. The roof can be removed for better adventuring and the lightweight, steel and aluminum frame means the Gladiator can go anywhere.
Combining the function of a pickup, the Gladiator can carry a payload of roughly 1,600 lbs in its five-foot, steel bed, and its maximum towing capacity reaches over 7,600 lbs. Interior lights within the bed and a three-position tailgate come standard. Jeep designed the Gladiator from the inside-out as a performer, with a larger grille that increases intake and enhanced power during inclines.
According to Cars.com, you have the option to choose between a variety of trims, with a variety of drivetrains and features. Base Gladiators will house a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine that makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft torque, alongside a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
There is also a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, turbo-diesel option that makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Alongside a slew of safety and tech features, the interior of the Gladiator also features a new, exclusive seat configuration. It that allows the rear bench to be folded 60/40, to access rear storage compartments within the cabin’s wall.
2. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
The new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette provides the ideal opportunity to own a speedy, high-performing car for nowhere near the money you would expect. For the first time in production history, the new Corvette features a mid-engine layout that’s powered by a 6.2-liter, eight-cylinder engine that makes 495 hp and 465 lb-ft torque.
It uses an eight-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission and sends its power through the rear wheels. According to KBB, the incredible 2020 Corvette Stingray can get up to 60 mph in less than three seconds and starts at just under $60,000.
According to Chevrolet, the new Corvette is set to hit the production line later in 2019. This means you may have to wait a while to see it cruising the roads. But with a top speed of 194 mph, it will be well worth the wait.
The new engine placement makes way for a new Corvette design, with a cabin that is more central to the car and a longer nose. Available only as a coupe, the Corvette also has a removable roof panel when you’re ready to feel the wind and an engine cover with a glass window to show off its impressive build.
The new Corvette isn’t just fast, with all the modern amenities you would need. It comes with two impressive display screens, one for driver controls and one for infotainment. It also comes with three different choices in seating and a race car-inspired steering wheel.
Though there are plenty of options for upgrades, the Corvette’s base model comes with a variety of features like eight-way power seating, driver mode selector, a rear-view camera, rear park assist technology, and one-touch connectivity capabilities.
1. 2020 Kia Telluride
As one of the most surprising entries into the 2020 model year, the new Kia Telluride has received rave reviews. The Telluride is a modern, luxurious, SUV with third-row seating.
Combining safety, reliability, and practicality with Kia’s affordable prices makes the Telluride KBB’s number one pick for 2020. According to KBB, the Telluride can comfortably seat up to eight passengers in a large and roomy cabin. Boldly designed, the Telluride is interesting to look at and drive.
The 2020 Kia Telluride houses a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that makes 291 hp and 262 lb-ft torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed, automatic transmission and can hit 60 mph in just over seven seconds. The Telluride is available with front- or all-wheel drive, houses a superior braking system, and has an eight-inch ground clearance for off-road adventuring.
And when it comes to standard safety features, Kia has you covered with lane-keeping assist, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It even has Kia’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) tech, which utilizes radar to spot lane markings and signage. This allows the Telluride to adjust its braking, acceleration, and steering to maintain a safe distance and adjust speed accordingly.
The new Telluride allows drivers to change between four driving modes, which automatically adjust the engine, transmission, and steering to suit your conditions. Consumer Reports also gives the Kia Telluride their approval. It tops its list of “New 2020 Cars Worth Waiting For.” Starting at around $35,000, the Telluride is already available for purchase, suitable for families and adventurers alike.