It's undeniable that SUVs are running the motor world today, there’s a notable upsurge in demand for comfortable high seated vehicles with enough room to fit a family for a weekend trip out of town. SUVs are becoming so popular that they are expected to account for up to 50 percent of the entire car market by the end of 2020.
Many manufacturers have already released their 2020 lineups, and from what has debuted already, perfection in automobile manufacturing is at an all-time high. As automakers fight for their rightful spot in the newfound mid-size SUV segment, there are bound to be winners and losers. Here are the five best midsize SUVs of 2020 and five worst.
10 Best: 2020 Honda Passport
There’s a lot of great changes to the new 2020 Honda Passport; it comes with an additional 9.9-inches to its original length that offered its designers ample room of expanding its cabin for increased legroom and passenger comfort.
If you are looking to get enough cargo space at the back, there’s only adequate space for five passengers. With its back seat moved forward, the 2020 Honda Passport offers 41.2 cubic feet of storage without necessarily folding down the seats. The new 2020 Passport comes in four variants, which include the base model Sport, EX-L, Touring, and the Passport Elite.
9 Best: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
With its 2020 Version, Volkswagen has initiated some changes into the Mid-size luxury SUV entry. It's base model entry comes with a 4-cylinder engine; however, those looking for a bit of boost can opt for a V-6 variant.
Its higher power variant has an EPA of 19mpg on the highway and will come packed with more advanced driver-assist features such as automated braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert and many more. According to Volkswagen, these features will comes standard in their base model vehicle. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a starting price of about $32,000 to $43,000.
8 Best: 2020 Dodge Durango SRT
The new 2020 Dodge Durango SRT now comes with a third row fitted in a mid-sized luxury SUV. This particular variant comes with a ton of power and is capable of making up to 475hp and 470 lb-ft of torque from its 6.4L HEMI V-8 engine. When it comes to its hauling and towing capacity, the new Dodge Durango has an impressive capacity of 8,700 pounds on all its variant models.
The 2020 Durango SRT also comes with the performance-based all-wheel-drive system for an exhilarating drive experience. Additionally, the 2020 Durango will come with carbon fiber accents on its interior instrument cluster with silver stitching for a true premium look.
7 Best: 2020 Subaru Ascent
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is an all-new 3-row mid-size SUV from Japan. There’s a reason the 2020 Assent is considered the best, and part of it is its seating capacity, it can seat eight occupant’s standard, with the second-row captain seats optional; however, it's still manageable and nimble on the road.
It also comes with ample cargo space with fuel economy to die for. Prospective owners can choose between different trims, including a turbocharged variant with a towing capability of up to 5,000 pounds. In true Subaru fashion, prospective owners will enjoy its standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system as well as great ground clearance for off-roading adventures.
6 Best: 2020 Mazda CX-9
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is, by all means, an amazing vehicle with the right blend of size, class, and style. It’s a midsize SUV that delivers luxury at an incredibly lower price than its closest competition. What’s best is, it comes with 3-row seating but is still able to maintain its maneuverability and superb handling on the road.
It comes with a standard 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that’s peppy but lenient when it comes to fuel economy. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is one of the best-looking mid-size luxury SUVs on the road. Prospective owners also get to enjoy a ton of tech, including Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
5 Worst: 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
The 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been on the waiting list for quite some time. What’s even shocking is that it has been on the plan for even longer, and with the new upcoming competition, it already feels stale for the market. There’s even a possibility the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will debut for the 2021 year.
According to rumors, the 2020 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will come with three rows, borrowing a lot of its characteristics from the Grand Cherokee. Prospective owners will also enjoy a ton of upscale features. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer doesn’t come cheap, according to its CEO Mike Manley, the already late unit will have a starting price of $130,000 to $140,000.
4 Worst: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
Chevrolet is, by all means, a winning American motor vehicle manufacturer; however, it seems, their latest version of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer was a miss. According to reports, the 2020 Blazer will be smaller, which is a great disadvantage since most of the competition is going for much bigger units.
Prospective owners should be ready for a five-seating capacity. It will also come in two engine variations a 2.5L 4-cylinder base variant and a 3.6L V-6 engine generating up to 310hp. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer will come standard in front-wheel with optional all-wheel-drive trim.
3 Worst: 2020 Ford Explorer
It's quite unfortunate the Ford Explorer in on this side of the list, and it's because Ford is offering us the same car with minor improvements on the front and a little aesthetic touch. During the 2020 Beijing Motor Show, Ford offered a teaser of the 2020 Explorer and rumored to have a rear-wheel-drive platform.
It will also pack a 3L bitrurbo v-6 engine generating 400hp. It's difficult to conclude if the 2020 Explorer will offer better safety features after its 2018 model gloriously failed a crash test by the NIHS (National Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
2 Worst: 2020 BMW X7
The 2020 BMW X7 is, by all means, a proper third-row SUV; it’s the most capacious of the German manufacturer’s entries offers a 203.3-ich hauler. Part of the 2020 X7’s problems begins with its obnoxious grill, which, according to most reviewers, is a complete fail.
It’s quick, and maybe quick enough to outrun its internet trolls for its imposing grille. The 2020 BMW X7 comes with a V-6 engine making 335-hp paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Prospective buyers should be ready for an enormous amount of body roll and bulky driving experience.
1 Worst: 2020 Kia Sorento
The 2020 Kia Sorento is the start of the next generation. It will come with a hybrid plug-in version. It’s a mid-size SUV with a seven-seating capacity. Part of its shortcomings is with its gas mileage that is mildly disappointing for 2020. If you are planning on getting the base model, you’ll be missing out on a ton of safety features mandatory on newer vehicles. Minus its hybrid powertrain, its mpg significantly drops.
Its front-wheel 4-cylinder variant’s EPA rating is at 22 mpg city and 29 highway; the all-wheel-drive variant is at 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Its V-6 variant falls further with 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. For the front-wheel-drive version 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for its all-wheel-drive variant.