Autotrader’s best new cars for 2021 award winners
Learn more about the best new cars for 2021 and how to leverage these awards in your marketing and advertising efforts.
2021 Acura TLX
An excellent sport sedan that properly balances beauty, refinement, and engaging driving dynamics. Try not to smile each time you hit that freeway on-ramp.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
It’s the continuation of a winning formula. The Tahoe has, for years, been the go to truck-based SUV for those who need a tough, three-row family wagon as well as those buyers who just like the Tahoe’s ability to do it all. Towing? Yes. Off-road? Yes. Road trips? Double yes. What can’t the Tahoe accomplish?
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
The Bronco Sport may be temporarily overshadowed by the larger, tougher Bronco but that won’t last long. Once shoppers get behind the wheel and see the Bronco’s authenticity is more than skin deep, a lot of buyers will likely opt for the Bronco Sport because of things like real off-road features and a durable interior.
2021 Ford F-150
Already the segment leader, Ford threw even more cool things into the F-150. Built in functions like power points and a more useful tailgate only enhance the F-150’s image as silent right-hand-man on the job.
2021 Genesis GV80
Compare the GV80 to more expensive luxury SUVs. The average luxury buyer will prefer the GV80’s driving dynamics, plush interior and fresh new look over both American and European brands regardless of price. If you’re not hung up on things like “Brand Image,” check out every vehicle Genesis makes – it’s a very impressive lineup.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai is rather good at SUVs and at hybrids, so it was about time the two came together. This version is all-new and is punching above its weight.
2021 Kia K5
Fresh, sharp, and fun is how we describe the new Kia K5. It’s not just a new name, it’s a totally new car. An affordable sport sedan done right. Cool-looking, high-end options, sharp handling and fresh new look are all reasons to test drive the new K5
2021 Kia Sorento
A near luxury SUV with a not-so-luxury price. Engine and interior choices are impressive, it’s also a lot of fun from behind the wheel. Want a Telluride with smaller footprint? Get this new Sorento.
2021 Lexus IS
Lexus is starting lean more toward the dynamic and fun end of the spectrum and the IS the car that does that perfectly. There’s still lots of comfort but this is a sedan for those who really like to drive.
2021 Nissan Kicks
Deluxe interior, lots of personalization options and a surprisingly spacious interior all make the Kicks a compelling small SUV. The price helps too. Nissan’s updated Kicks is the perfect first new car.
2021 Toyota Venza
It only comes as a hybrid. Toyota is, essentially, telling us what the future of the brand looks like – electrified. The average person won’t care – the relaxed driving demeanor and stylish new look combined with real-world versatility make the new Venza the perfect errand runner or upscale commuter.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
No matter how you slice the XC40, it’s good. Good-looking, fun to drive and with tons of consumer-friendly options. We like the Recharge version with is a totally electric XC40. If you like your Swedish design-study on wheels to be quick and quiet – the XC40 Recharge is calling your name.
The Best New Cars for 2021 is comprised of 12 vehicles selected by a team of experts at Autotrader, who collectively tested and scored new models using a range of criteria. Each chosen vehicle has unique features specific to anyone’s lifestyle needs, including interior comfort, build quality, tech features, driving experience and more. Vehicles had to be of the current or next model-year and score a 4.0 or higher on a 5-point scale. Editors also considered the types of vehicles consumers are shopping for most and capped the base price for consideration at $75,000, ensuring they offer a strong value for the cost.
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