For many years various international companies, especially European ones, have seemed to lead the automotive industry, innovating each year with the best in engineering, design, and luxury to provide a more complete experience. But are domestic cars really inferior?
It is common to hear people who say "I prefer to invest in a European car because they are better." In the past, our vehicles have been notoriously low on quality and prices. Meanwhile, foreign cars have been the long-time winners in categories involving quality, reliability, and longevity. But I would like to emphasize a particular moment in automotive history when Ford showed up at the 24 hours of Le Mans with a handful of GT40s and won from 1966 to 1969. When people say that domestic cars are inferior to foreign ones, they are just showing a lack of automotive knowledge. Both sides have shown us their bests and their worse cars, with ups and downs over the decades and we can not generalize. Hence, to say that all red white and blue cars are bad is a lie because brands like Ford, Chevrolet, GM, Cadillac, and Chrysler (among others) have brought us incredible cars through the years, that have nothing to envy to those offered by European brands
Mike Rabkin, owner of From Car to Finish, a national new car negotiating service and information provider, said once "Comparison is not necessarily domestic vs. foreign, but rather which brands (or models) are better for what you’re looking for in a car.” That's why today we are going to talk about 10 upcoming Toyotas and 10 domestic ones that are better.
15 Cadillac Escalade 2020
In 1998 Cadillac first entered the SUV market introducing its first model, the Escalade, a full-size luxury SUV designed and manufactured by Cadillac. Since then this vehicle has become a driver's favorite, especially because with each Cadillac generation it grants more luxuries and better performance.
It is expected that the new model will be released in 2019, and we will have within our reach a completely redesigned Escalade with a 4.0-liter V8 engine as well as a plug-in hybrid model.
In addition, there are rumors that Cadillac is abandoning the solid rear axle on the Escalade to replace it with an independent rear suspension or perhaps a pneumatic suspension system.
Currently, Cadillac seeks to attract buyers of BMW and Mercedes and according to Automobile, the price will start around $ 78,000, which is why the expectations are quite high with respect to this SUV.
14 Toyota: Avalon 2019
The Avalon has been in the market since 1994 when it was first introduced as a replacement for the Toyota Cressida. Avalons are known for having front-wheel drive powered by a V6 engine. And although in recent years there have been considerable changes in its mechanical engineering and aesthetic appearance, the Avalon remains the favorite vehicle of many consumers. In fact, for its fourth generation, the Avalon was introduced on a platform shared with the Lexus ES.
Between the characteristics of the new Avalon 2019, we can emphasize its engine - a V6 3.5 Liter, ECT-i transmission 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode, horsepower of 301 at 6600, seating capacity (Std / Max) 5/5 and a body style sedan.
13 Toyota: 86 2020
In 2012, Toyota brought a new kid to the neighborhood of sports cars, and so far has given us plenty to talk about. The 86 is a series of sports cars of 2+2 seats that was developed in an alliance between Toyota and Subaru, although I must emphasize that it was manufactured exclusively by Subaru. Since its launch, these cars have been characterized by a boxer engine, front engine, rear-wheel drive, 2+2 seats and a fastback coupe style, which has attracted the attention of more than one enthusiast.
The 2018 Toyota 86 is ranked no. 7 in sports cars. Therefore, the expectations for the 2020 model are quite high. It is rumored that under the hood we will find a Subaru's 2.4-liter turbo with 260 horsepower (194 kilowatts) and 277 pound-feet (376 Newton-meters) of torque, but nothing is confirmed yet.
In addition, Japanese sources claim that the new 86 will be lower to the ground and feature more aggressive shapes, like the CH-R-inspired front lines of the car.
12 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid 2020
The first time the Jeep Wrangler was introduced to the market was in 1986 as a series of compact and medium-sized models (Wrangler Unlimited and Wrangler 4-door JL) with an all-terrain four-wheel drive. Such was the success of these models that Jeep decided to develop more generations. The Wrangler JL was unveiled at the end of 2017 and production began at the Toledo Jeep Complex.
During 2018, a redesigned Jeep Wrangler will join showrooms with a new hybrid plug-in model. This fourth generation comes with a choice of the all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder and the 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V-6 engines mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
11 Toyota: GR Supra Racing Concept 2019
The first generation of the Toyota Supra was introduced in 1978. The design of the Supra was derived from the Toyota Celica, with the difference that it was longer and wider. From the mid-80s onward, the A70 Supra became a separate model from the Celica. But even by then, the first generations captivated many enthusiasts.
But the new GR Supra Racing Concept 2019 looks like a beast worth driving. The production Supra will be the result of a BMW-Toyota collaboration. Among its specs, we can highlight, 3.0-liter turbo inline-six with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque with an additional 37 lb-ft on over boots.
10 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2019
The Chevrolet Silverado has been a series of full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors, which were presented in 1998 as the successor to the long line Chevrolet C/K. And so far, has 3 generations and their models are still current in the market as favorites of the truck-style enthusiasts. In 2019 many changes are expected regarding this line.
The Silverado will be expanded to include two new Chevrolet conventional trucks of medium service for the Class 4 and Class 5 segments: the Silverado 4500 and the Silverado 5500.
While regarding the 1500 model we can highlight its engine, various 6- and 8-cylinder gasoline; 6-cylinder turbo-diesel possible, and a transmission GM 8- and 10-speed automatic.
9 Toyota: Corolla Hatchback 2019
The Toyota Corolla is a line of compact vehicles manufactured by Toyota that have been on the market since 1966. The brand has been responsible for updating each of the models of this line according to technological advances in addition to presenting it in different types of bodywork. Since 1974 Corolla has taken the title of one of the best selling cars in the world.
Therefore it should not be surprising that people have high expectations of the new Corolla Hatchback. Under the hood we can find a 2-liter (1,987 cc), four-cylinder Dynamic Force gasoline engine (M20A-FKS) fitted with Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection setup and dual VVT-i. Other features included in the updated Toyota Safety Sense pack are the likes of pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam, lane departure alert with steering assist and a dynamic radar-based cruise control.
8 Ford Ranger 2019
The name Ranger is steeped in history, Ford has since 1958 used this name in three of its lines, initially used in the Edsel division of the Edsel Ranger model, then the name was used in several versions of the F series as an optional package, and finally in 1983 the name Ranger was established with its own line of models.
And although these trucks left the market in 2011, Ford decided it was time to bring them back to life and to the streets. Ranger has been resurrected in a larger and medium-sized package to fight with Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma.
Among its other features we can highlight a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission as the sole powertrain. Featuring a forged crankshaft and connecting rods and a double-roller timing chain, and finally, the aluminum 2.3-liter has been beefed up for truck duty.
7 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2019
Ford seemed to be having a bitter drink thanks to the latest models of its competitors such as the Camaro ZL1 650 HP Chevy and Challenger Hellcat 707 horsepower Dodge / SRT. But we know that in this industry, sometimes it's necessary for a bit of healthy competition among brands to get the best out of them and manage to improve each of their vehicles, and rumor has it that Ford did just that with their new 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500.
Apparently, the 5-liter V-8 with a flat crankshaft of the GT350 will be supercharged to generate more than 700 HP.
This beauty will have an aggressive rear spoiler and a heavy camouflage that we had not seen before in Ford models, and it will be the most powerful street-legal Ford production car ever, topping the last GT500 and even the 647-hp GT supercar. 2019 promises to be an interesting year in the industry and enthusiasts are dying to put their foot on the pedal of this beast.
6 Toyota: RAV4 2019
The Toyota RAV4 was introduced in 1994 as a compact crossover SUV. It was designed and manufactured with consumers in mind who would like to enjoy the benefits of an SUV with more cargo space, full-time four-wheel drive, along with the maneuverability and fuel economy of a compact car. Since then it has been on the market and already has 5 generations.
Among the latest features of the new RAV4, we can highlight the standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the 8-speed Direct Shift-8AT automatic transmission. And there is an optional hybrid version of the 2.5-liter engine mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, or ECVT.
5 Cadillac XT4 2019
Cadillac wanted to go further and recently introduced their new baby, the Cadillac XT4, a compact crossover SUV. Among its most important features, we can highlight that it has a body of 5 doors, and a capacity of 5 passengers.
Regarding the engine, it has a 2.0L Turbocharged I4 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and stops/starts, a Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and reaches up to 237/177 @ 5000 (SAE cert) horsepower.
Cadillac seems to be beefing up their crossover line, and like all of its competitors, the XT4 includes turbocharged power, a front or all-wheel drive option and a complete set of the latest and best technology on board. But this new vehicle promises to establish itself as one of the favorites in the crossover SUV niche.
4 Ford Edge 2019
The Ford Edge was introduced in 2006 with a first generation based on the Ford CD3 platform shared with the first generation of Ford Fusion, Mazda CX-9, first and second generation of Mazda 6 and Lincoln MKX
But recently Ford has refreshed its medium-sized crossover SUV, not only taking into account exterior details but internal ones as well.
Among the main features, we can highlight that Ford added a 5 hp EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged four, presented the Edge line with the new Edge ST that replaces the Sports model and is powered by a twin-turbo Eco-Boost V-6, which also comes with the standard all-wheel drive.
3 Lincoln Aviator 2019
Lincoln Aviator was introduced to the market in 2002 as a variant of the second generation of Mercury Mountaineer within the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. This mid-size vehicle over the years has been characterized by its luxuries, so when it was announced the return of Aviator the expectations of the avid consumers reached the sky, curious to know what improvements this vehicle would bring.
The Aviator now more elegant, high-tech, and spacious, will make its triumphant return in the summer of 2019. This new version was manufactured under the concept of a plug-in hybrid with two turbochargers. However, Lincoln also promises that there will be a plug-in version of the Aviator; and so far it is believed that the engine will be a V-6, probably the 2.7-liter of the F-150.
2 Ford Bronco 2020
In 1966 Ford introduced its new truck called the Bronco, an SUV designed for people who needed a vehicle for multiple purposes, such as moving around the city, camping or for jobs that required a vehicle that would adapt to different grounds. For a long time this was one of the people's favorite SUVs. The last generation had a V8 engine and a 4-speed E4OD automatic transmission.
It has been two decades since the last Bronco model came on the market, but now Ford wants to bring back a truck that is capable of competing with the Jeep Wrangler, and what better option than Bronco?
Among the features that we can highlight of the 2020 model, we can mention that it will be powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four making around 300 horsepower driving the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. A boosted 2.7-liter V-6 could also find its way under the hood. Finally, Bronco will use the same body-on-frame bones as the 2019 Ranger.
1 Ram 1500 2019
Finally, I would like to talk about the new Ram 1500 (2019). Apparently, the brand is ready to compete with half ton trucks like the renewed Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the recently renewed Ford F-150. Experts say that this new version could be the perfect balance between efficiency and capacity after Ram spent time solving the problem of the weight of the vehicle. The 1500 weighs significantly less than its predecessor which makes more light and aerodynamic with fuel-saving technology.
Among the highlights, we can mention that the new Ram 1500 is powered by a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 (called Pentastar) or a 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8 (Hemi). Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. And it's now a hybrid due to a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ eTorque system, replacing the alternator with a motor/generator unit that can feed energy to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack.