What is a substantially refreshed model? Substantially refreshed models are existing vehicles receiving significant engineering, design, or technology updates. Because complete redesigns cost a big pile of money, car companies sometimes take what is a fundamentally sound design and give it a major makeover. Think of it as the difference between rebuilding your home or remodeling it. Examples for 2021 include the the Lexus IS.
A redesigned Audi A3 and Audi S3 are coming to the U.S., but it appears the vehicles are delayed until the first half of 2021, which means they’ll likely be 2022s. In any case, when the new car makes its way to the States it will have appealing new styling, an upgraded interior with new tech, and an electrified powertrain for improved performance and efficiency.
Though it sells in small numbers, Subaru’s elemental 2+2 sports car returns for the 2022 model year with a flat-four engine making more power, rear-wheel drive, and a choice between a manual gearbox and an automatic transmission. Design themes are similar to the outgoing car, but with more appealing details that give the 2022 Subaru BRZ a premium look, inside and out. Naturally, new tech is also a part of the package.
Cons: While buying new might be the most satisfying way to buy a car, it's also the most expensive. Some cars depreciate faster than others, but no matter what you're buying, your new car is going to experience depreciation the minute you drive it off the lot. That's not to say buying a new car isn't a good value, but it's a financial hit you should keep in mind if you're shopping for a new car. Consider doing a little homework on the depreciation rate of the car you have your eye on before pulling the trigger.