We’ve been in the SUV age for just about a decade – the last time cars outsold trucks and SUVs was in 2009 – and there’s no surer indicator than the sales numbers this year. This year, a whopping 70 percent of sales have been SUVs and pickup trucks, and some automakers are responding by expanding their SUV lineup. Of course, this also means fewer small and mid-size sedans are being produced, making new cars harder to find than their taller, fatter, and thirstier relatives.
American automakers, like Ford and FCA, are dropping the Ford Fusion and Chevy Volt, but keeping popular cars – read: profitable – like Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. While European and Asian automakers have boarded the SUV bandwagon, producing things like Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Macan, they’re still producing plenty of sedans and coupes. Dropping cars might be a little nearsighted, but people are still buying new vehicles across every segment, over 28,000 vehicles every day.
Thankfully, we’re not left with leftover cars and outmoded sedans, because there plenty of interesting new cars coming down the pike. Here are three of our favorites:
Aston martin Rapide E $260,000
The Rapide coupe is a sensuous combination of carbon fiber and aluminum, now available in an all-electric version. The 2020 Aston Martin
Porsche Taycan $103,800
Coming to a galaxy near you are the Porsche Taycan’s headlights, appearing on the Porsche/Lucasfilm collaboration of the S91X Pegasus – the rest of the car is available right here on Planet Earth, starting at $103,800. For an electric sport sedan, the 300-mile range in the battery is certainly good news, but it’s not all about the miles. Twin electric motors exceed 600 hp and are expected to launch the Taycan to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Fast-charging, at 800 volts, adds about 15 miles range per minute, so drivers can get back to cruising in the time it takes to sip a latte.
Electra Meccanica Solo $16,250
Moving in the complete opposite direction is a new automaker out of Canada. This new electric vehicle seats one, but its 17.3 kWh battery pack is good for up to 100 miles and a top speed of 82 mph, and recharges on 220 V in about 3 hours. Really, for a solo commuter, do you need any more than that? Is the 2020 Electra Meccanica odd? Yes, but it’s proof you can style a three-wheel electric vehicle beautifully and affordably, starting at only $16,250.
If you’re looking to get into a new car, under $20,000, over $200,000, or anywhere between, you aren’t limited to SUVs, CUVs, and wagons. There are still plenty of compact, small, mid-size, full-size, and sport sedans worth a look. Trucks and SUVs might rule sales for now, but smart companies aren’t alienating their sedan fans with their 2020 new car offerings.