With an emphasis on bold grille design to distinguish it from the pack, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is unmistakable for anything but a BMW. Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and an automatic-only transmission summarize the drivetrain choices. It still comes in a convertible, too. The performance-tuned M4 variant has a twin-turbo 6-cylinder good for more than 500 horsepower, and offers a manual gearbox.
An electric vehicle with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a 5-door sportback design for maximum utility, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is positioned as an SUV by the automaker. You can be the judge as to whether it meets the standard. Four trims and two battery packs offering up to 300 miles of range make this Mustang-influenced EV a clear Tesla competitor.
A dramatically redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson is coming, with a clear emphasis on style and technology. It also grows in size and comes with a choice between gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. As is expected of any crossover SUV, all-wheel drive will be available. Hyundai says a turbocharged N Line sport-tuned version is coming sometime after the SUV goes on sale.
There's a big safety benefit to buying the newest car you can afford. When you buy a new car, you're ensuring you're getting a car that's up to the most recent safety standards in both crash testing and in safety technology. A new car compared to a used car from even five years ago can have big safety advantages with things like more airbags, a more rigid construction, and more advanced technology like a backup camera which is now mandatory on every new car sold in the U.S.