Get ready to be surprised…
By Casey Williams
It’s that exciting season when automakers roll out their latest wares. From the sexy new Corvette to sleek crossovers and surprising hybrids, these are some of the cars that will be making headlines as summer turns to fall and drives become ever more enjoyable.
2020 C8 Corvette Stingray
No car will garner more attention this year than the eighth-generation Corvette, with its mid-mounted 6.2-litre V8 that delivers 495 horsepower and 0-100 km runs in three seconds. It’s super sexy with flared front fenders, angry eyes, accentuated side vents and quad tail lights. Owners can customize interiors with contrasting stitching, two-tone seats, head-up display and twin information screens. Ample space is retained for passengers and luggage, allowing you to store golf clubs or the removable top in the rear trunk. Fulfill your dreams in this American exotic!
Base price: $70,000
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Corollas are about as exciting as your grandmother’s stockings, but this one is special. Beneath its understated, yet handsome, attire is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and battery pack to enable 121 horsepower and fuel economy ratings of 4.4/4.5 L/100 km city/highway. Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free and Wi-Fi add tech. Safety is enhanced by standard pre-collision warning with auto brake, radar cruise, lane keep assist and lane tracking assist with auto centring. It’s a Corolla packed with style and technology like never before.
Base Price: $25,000
2020 Ford Escape
Lower and sleeker, the redesigned Escape features Euro styling and a Mustang-inspired grille. Passengers will enjoy a more posh cabin with available head-up display, 575 watt B&O audio, 4G Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Base models go with a 180 horsepower turbo-four, but a 250 horsepower turbo-four, 198 horsepower hybrid, or plug-in hybrid with 30 miles (48 kilometres) all-electric range are available. Safety is enhanced by adaptive cruise, lane centring, auto parallel/perpendicular parking and evasive steering assist. It’s a technical and stylistic tour de force.
Base price: $25,000
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
All suited up in buff new skin, this mid-size Mercedes crossover is equally cultured for trail or theatre. Interiors feature twin-screen infotainment like the big S-Class sedans, accompanied by four-zone climate control, wireless charging and available third-row seat. Choose from a 255 horsepower turbo-four or 362 horsepower electrically assisted turbocharged inline-six. E-Active body control uses road scans to independently adjust damping at each wheel for smooth driving always. Employ active stop-and-go to automatically creep through traffic. Stunning.
Base price: $65,000
2020 Kia Telluride
The largest Kia rolling packs a styling punch with bold headlights, wide grille and L-shaped tail lights. Inside, passengers can revel in quilted Nappa leather, simulated brushed metal and wood finishes, wireless charging, Harman/Kardon audio and heated/ventilated seats. Under the hood is a 3.8-litre V6 delivering 291 horsepower and enhanced by adjustable drive modes and all-wheel-drive. A head-up display, lane following assist, adaptive cruise and rear passenger alert enhance safety. Take whomever you call family on a very comfortable drive.
Base price: $45,000
CASEY WILLIAMS is a contributing writer for Gaywheels.com. He contributes to the New York-based LGBT magazine Metrosource and the Chicago Tribune. He and his husband live in Indianapolis, where Williams contributes videos and reviews to wfyi.org, the area’s PBS/NPR station.
Get ready to be surprised…