5 fun SUVs worth the wait
We’re about to get super fun SUVs. Sure, SUVs are great when they can tow 10,000 pounds, carry nine people, and climb the side of a mountain. But, for some of us, we want some utility, but we also want our ride to feel like an adventure. For us, there are several new SUVs coming in late 2022 or early 2023 that promise big fun we should be looking forward to, from the cheap thrills of the new Chevy Trax to the hooligan power of the BMW XM.
The 2023 Dodge Hornet makes PowerShot laugh
Most of the SUVs on this list are electric vehicles, but Dodge is sticking with gasoline (mostly) for the new 2023 Hornet, which will be available in December 2022. The new 2023 Hornet adds a plug-in hybrid option, which gives it up to 285 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. But, since it comes from Dodge, you can order it in R/T and GT trim levels, with bigger wheels and more. At its core, however, the Hornet should bring some fun to the five-passenger compact SUV market at a price that won’t break the bank.
We love the Hornet R/T PHEV’s PowerShot feature that gives you an extra 25 horsepower when you need it, cutting the 0-60 mph time down to just 6.1 mph. The Hornet will start under $30,000, Dodge says.
Do you like the modern style? The 2023 Polestar 3 is made for you
If your idea of fun comes to the Met in the hottest SUV available, then the Polestar 3 is for you. The new Polestar 3 is one of the most anticipated SUVs, not only because it is an electric vehicle, but also because it is one of the most elegant. In this case, it offers next-gen styling outside and inside, with bold lines and a spartan minimalist feel. It must also be fast. The Polestar 3 comes from Volvo’s high-performance arm, which means it will develop up to 517 horsepower and a range of 300 miles.
The Polestar 3 isn’t cheap and starts at $83,900, but if you want to make a statement, this might be the right piece.
2024 Chevy Blazer EV performance could embarrass Vettes
We love that Chevy is taking a chance with the upcoming 2024 Chevy Blazer EV and adding an SS package. The new SS version will have 557 horsepower and will likely go hunting Corvettes and Camaros for weekend drag racing. But even as a non-SS (or RS) version, the Blazer offers plenty of value in a five-seat SUV. It’s expected to have a range of 290 to 320 miles, depending on the battery, and have a large cargo bay, seating for five, new tech and more.
Chevy is offering its hands-free Super Cruise when it launches the Blazer EV next year. The new Blazer in LT trim starts at $44,995, while the SS will cost $66,000.
The BMW XM brings M power to a large SUV
The 2023 BMW XM’s giant grille is your first clue that this SUV packs something special under the hood. And indeed, it is. The XM is BMW’s first ultra-performance SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it’s attached to an already powerful twin-turbocharged V8, for a total of 644 horsepower. This two-row SUV is all new, even though it looks a lot like the three-row X7.
The XM is available in two versions, expensive and more expensive, with the base model starting at $160,000 while the special Red Label version gets 735 horsepower and a price increase of $26,000. We believe the XM is the first to show off BMW’s next evolution of styling, with bold creases and broad shoulders.
The 2023 Chevy Trax brings thrills at a low price
Why is the Chevy Trax important? The model has retained its place as Chevy’s least expensive SUV, and inexpensive SUVs are important in attracting people to the brand and also providing the basic transportation we all need. The Trax subcompact will start at $21,500, but it doesn’t look cheap and instead borrows a lot of styling cues from the more expensive Blazer and Equinox SUVs. CNBC points out that it is less expensive than the model it replaces.
It has a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine which should be enough to upgrade it. All-wheel drive is available, as are several special versions like the RS version which comes with some sporty touches that should not only make it cheap, but also fun.
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