If you’re in the market for a small, mid-size SUV or crossover, you’ve got a lot of choices right now. From long-running models like the Ford Explorer to brand new entries including the Cadillac XT4 and XT6, Nissan Kicks, Volvo XC40, or return of the Chevy Blazer. This year also brings us some new all-electric utilities void of a hybrid engine-motor setup. Here, we outline brand new entries either on sale now or arriving sometime in 2019; both 2019 and 2020 models featured. We’ve organized this guide as follows:
- Affordable compact and luxury
- Electric crossovers
- Mid-size and small
1. 2019 Affordable Compact & Luxury Crossovers
2019 Volvo XC40
For a compact crossover, the new XC40 retains a fairly big footprint. Powered by a 2.0L turbo-four, you’ll have a PHEV option coming soon. For the gas options, there’s the 187-hp T4 or the burlier 248-hp T5. Visually, the Scandinavian utility is unmistakably Volvo and looks both clean and sleek.
- In-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine
- Front Wheel Drive for lower trims
- All-wheel Drive for top trims
- 187 hp @ 4700 rpm
- 221 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
- 360° Surround View Camera standard
- 9″ Center Display w/Touch Screen standard
2. Electric Crossovers New For 2020
2021 Mustang Mach-E
Originally, the new compact Mustang Mach-E crossover hit the drawing board as new model, compliant all-electric sport utility before taking on life as a new pony car-inspired hauler. And whether you’re a Mustang fan or not, the new Mach-E may just mark off all the boxes for EV shoppers looking for something sporty, stylish, and sustainable. Available 5 trims and hitting dealerships November 2020, Ford is betting big on the Mustang Mach-E – and from our first look at the LA world premiere, we’re pretty sure the Blue Oval will sell a bunch of them.
- 0-60 in the mid-3 seconds (top trim)
- 459-hp and 600 lb.ft of torque
- 15.5-inch screen with the next-generation Ford Sync3 system
- 120-volt quick charger provides 3-mile range
- 240-volt charger provides 22-mile range
- Ford Connect charge station provides 32-mile range
- Mustang Mach-E GT gets unique splitter with black look, 20-inch wheels, smooth top surface, seats in Alcantara
- Interior uses no animal materials like leather
- $7500 US federal tax credit
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
The new and distinctively-styled Kona crossover is already available, but now Hyundai adds a sustainable model to the mix with the Kona Electric. Output is listed at 201-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Charging time is estimated at 55 minutes to get 80% charge when using a Level 3 charging station, and close to 10 hours on a Level 2 station. The looks are polarizing but the fuel-savings may offset all that. Plus, notable standards like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are all included.
- Interior permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
- Electric motor power output 150 kW (201 hp)
- Electric motor torque 290 lb-ft.
- Battery type Lithium-ion polymer (LiPB)
- Battery capacity 64.0 kWh
- Battery power output 170 kW
- Maximum EV operation speed 167 km/h
- Front-wheel drive
2019 Audi e-Tron Quattro
With looks more inline with a wagon than a crossover, the 2019 e-Tron Quattro is the German brand’s first full-production, long-range EV, so it’s a significant vehicle. Powered by 3 electric motors paired to a 95-kW-hr battery pack, expect towing capacity of close to 4,000 pounds and a top speed of an electronically-limited 124.3 MPH. Oh, and sprint 0-62 MPH in 5.7-seconds. Here’s what Audi’s electric E-Tron crossover looked like in concept form back in 2015.
- 0-60 mph in 5.5 sec.
- 300 kW with boost engage technology
- Towing Capacity – 4,000 lbs
- Five modes, including off-road air suspension
- Capable of fast charging – 150 kW DC
- 95 kWh battery
2019 Jaguar I-Pace
With enough power to hit 60-mph in under 5-seconds, the new I-Pace is the Brit’s first EV. Powered by two identical electric motor, one to power each axle (front and rear motors), 80-percent of the I-Pace’s battery can be charged in about 40 minutes with the DC fast charger. The dual engine will put down 394-hp and 512-lb-ft, riding on huge, optional 22-inch wheels for a sportier look.
- One full charge provides a range of up to 234 miles
- 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
- 90 kWh battery
- Motors generate 394 HP and 512 Lb-Ft of torque
- Rear cargo space of over 25.3 cubic feet and 0.95 cubic feet in the front storage compartment
- 0-80% charge in 85 minutes
3. Smaller, Mid-Size 2019 & 2020 SUVs
Cadillac just debuted their first-ever 3-row SUV at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January. This pretty much rounds out the luxury brand’s SUV/crossover lineup with the smaller XT4 on one end and the huge Escalade on the other. Powering the XT6 is a 3.6L V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, along with 4 driving modes to handle various road conditions. The new SUV isn’t in production-mode just yet but expect horsepower to be 310-hp / 229-hp @ 6600 and torque at 271 lb.ft / 373 lb.ft @ 5000.
- Engine type: 3.6L V6
- Horsepower: 310 hp
- Torque: 271 lb/ft
- 3rd row seating
- 9-speed automatic transmission
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The mid-size 2019 Chevy Blazer arrives early 2019, slotted between the small Chevy Equinox and the larger Chevy Traverse. It’s bold, sleek, and frankly looks like a Chevy Camaro in and SUV guise – and that’s definitely not a bad thing – sporting a strong front grill and brawny proportions. All new Blazers get power from a standard 2.5L engine with optional 3.6L V6 powerplant capable of 2,041 kilogram (4,500 lbs.) estimated max trailering; both engines paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission and available advanced twin-clutch AWD system. Here’s our new Chevy Blazer review.
- 5-passenger seating
- FWD, 3.6L V6 engine
- Horsepower – 305 @ 6600
- Torque – 269 @ 5000
- Transmission – 9-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive
- 1,500 lbs maximum conventional trailering
- 4.2″ diagonal color Driver Information Center standard
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capable standard
2020 Ford Explorer
Still going strong 30-years later. Entering its 6th-generation for 2020, Ford’s mid-size SUV isn’t the gas-guzzling family hauler it once was. It’s progressed over each generation, today, boiling down to the most advanced variant yet sporting a leaner design, more cabin tech, and improved performance efficiencies. The 3.0L turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the Explorer hood solidifies this as the most powerful to date putting down a projected 365-hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque using 93-octane gas. Here’s our 2020 Explorer ST first drive review.
- 3.0L EcoBoost turbo engine
- Projected 365-hp
- Projected 380 lb.-ft. of torque
- New 10-speed transmission
- New Explorer Hybrid offered
- New sportier Explorer ST offered with 400 horsepower
- Tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with a Class III Trailer Tow Package
- 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC3 standard
- 12.3-inch customizable cluster, standard on Platinum and ST
2020 Lincoln Aviator
The sleek Aviator offers twin-turbo V6 power and a plug-in hybrid option, and goes on sale from summer 2019. Aviator is built on an all-new, RWD architecture, although all Canadian models will come with AWD. There will be three grades, each with its own grille pattern – Aviator, Aviator Reserve and the Grand Touring hybrid. US buyers additionally have the option of a top-of-the-line Black Label model with either gas or hybrid power.
- Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6 Engine with Stop-Start Technology
- Ten-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission
- Hybrid powertrain optional
- Adaptive Suspension (included with AWD) optional
- 10″ LCD touch-screen in center-stack standard
- Second-Row Captain’s Chairs with mini-floor console and PowerFold Easy Entry standard
- Second-Row Bench Seat – 35/30/35 Power Tip-and-Slide Release optional