Here Are All The Most Important Cars Coming For 2021
Buckle up and grab a snack everyone, here are all the most important cars coming in 2021.
The following list will cover the most important cars and trucks coming for the 2021 model year, regardless of whether they're already purchasable or not.
1. Subaru BRZ
Subaru has fully redesigned the BRZ for 2021, and has added a more premium look, inside and out. The cabin bears advanced technology, but performance wise it stays true to the rear-wheel drive manual transmission layout. Of course, with that being said, an automatic is offered but, obviously, won't be as fun. Surprisingly, however, the new BRZ didn't arrive with a redone Toyota 86 which, if you didn't already know, is essentially the same car.
2022 Subaru BRZ on sale date: Fall 2021
2022 Subaru BRZ starting price: $30,000 est.
2. Nissan Z Proto (400Z)
The Nissan Z has been around for a while, but hasn't received many updates for the last 10 or so years. This was a problem for Nissan, their beloved sports car was getting old and enthusiasts started turning their backs on it. Not only is the recently unveiled 400Z exciting because it will be completely new, it's set to have a twin-turbo V6 and, best of all, a 6-speed manual transmission.
Learn more here.
2021 Nissan Z (400Z) on sale date: Fall 2021
2021 Nissan Z (400Z) starting price: $45,000 est.
3. BMW M3/M4
While they do sport controversial front-end looks, the M3 and M4 sports cars are still serious machines. With 473 horsepower in both the M3 and M4 and manual transmissions available, they aren't slow either, and have rear-wheel drive 2-door, 4-door, and convertible (4 series) layouts. Not good enough? No problem, competition variants will be offered with upgraded parts and increased performance.
2021 BMW M3 and M4 on sale date: March 2021
2021 BMW M3 and M4 starting price: $69,900 and $71,800, respectively
1. Ford Bronco
A list such as this wouldn't be complete without what could be the most highly anticipated and hyped car for 2021, the Ford Bronco. Although I'm sure you've had your mind packed with information about the Bronco since July, I'll provide a refresher. The Bronco is available in numerous different trim levels, and has 3 different configurations on tap. Up for grabs is 2-door and 4-door Broncos with a crossover-based Bronco Sport also offered.
The best thing about the Jeep Wrangler challenging Bronco? It can be had with a manual, a 7-speed to be specific. Equipping the usually-standard 2.3 L EcoBoost engine will force you to use your left leg, and has a power output of 270 horses. Another engine is offered, but only comes with a 10-speed automatic. That engine is a 2.7 L EcoBoost that generates 310 horsepower and an estimated 400 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Ford Bronco on sale date: Spring 2021 (Bronco Sport: November/December 2020)
2021 Ford Bronco starting price: $28,500 (Bronco Sport: $26,660)
2. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
Jeep's legendary off-roader, the Wrangler, has been confirmed to be getting the HEMI treatment. Come January 2021, this 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque monster will go on sale, with the listed power pushing the vehicle to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. But don't think it's forgotten its off-road heritage, it's equipped with all the goodies, electronic sway bar disconnect, huge wheels and tires, the lot.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 292 on sale date: January 2021
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon starting price: $60,000 est.
3. 2021 Land Rover Defender 90
The recently launched Land Rover Defender 110 is getting a sibling for 2021, and it's a lot shorter. With 2 doors rather than 4 and seating up to 6 thanks to a nifty center jump seat, the 90 is no less capable than its older brother. Two turbocharged engines are available, both coming with permanent 4 wheel drive.
Learn more here.
2021 Land Rover Defender 90 on sale date: December 2020/Early 2021
2021 Land Rover Defender 90 starting price: $47,125
1. Ford F-150
While it may only be slightly updated appearance wise, Ford claims that the 2021 Ford F-150 is all-new. Its interior and exterior can be loaded with extraordinarily useful and, in the interior's case, luxurious features. These can include a tailgate-incorporated workstation, completely foldable front seats, an interior work surface, and a rear power station. Additionally, a hybrid powertrain is optional on most models, and offers a more fuel efficient and powerful alternative to its traditional, fully gas powered engine (Although gas powered powertrain configurations are still optional).
2021 Ford F-150 on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Ford F-150 starting price: $28,940
2. Ram 1500 TRX
Ram's 1500 pickup truck is super capable, loaded with technology, and chock full of luxurious comfort items - but what if it had more than 700 horsepower? Wondering isn't necessary, Ram has done it, they shoved a supercharged V8 into the Ram 1500 and tuned it to generate 702 horsepower. The reason for this? It's cool and, as a bonus, goes head to head with the Ford F-150 Raptor, which should be receiving a refresh for 2021/2022.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Ram 1500 TRX starting price: $69,995
Electric And Hydrogen Vehicles:
1. Toyota Mirai
Toyota's sole hydrogen vehicle is entering its second generation in 2021, and it's a whole different animal this time around. Packed with luxury, style, and a whole lot of tech, the 2021 Mirai will be a huge improvement over the previous, Prius looking model. With a range of 400 miles and rear-wheel drive, the new Mirai will be unconventional, and it's hydrogen layout makes it 1 of just 3 fuel cell vehicles on sale today.
2021 Toyota Mirai on sale date: December 2020 est.
2021 Toyota Mirai starting price: $64,500 est.
2. Lucid Air
Tesla is considered the sole EV behemoth, but startups like NIO, Rivian, Nikola, and, yes, Lucid are challenging the world's electric vehicle leader. As mentioned, Lucid is one of them, and they recently unveiled the Air, a stunning Tesla Model S competitor. With smooth curves, up to 517 miles of range, and a power figure north of 1,000 horses on the Dream Edition, the Air is gunning for Tesla.
2021/2022 Lucid Air on sale date: Spring 2021 to early 2022.
2021/2022 Lucid Air starting price: $77,400
3. Audi e-tron GT
Audi's EV e-tron lineup will grow for the 2021 model year, and one of the contributors is this, the 2021 e-tron GT. Yes, it is as fast as it looks, and yes, it's a real thing. Similar to the Lucid Air, the Porsche Taycan based EV is aimed squarely at the Tesla Model S. Luckily, it's been developed with Porsche and makes 590 horsepower from 2 electric motors (1 per axle). The e-tron GT will be Audi's flagship electric vehicle, and has an estimated range of over 250 miles.
2021 Audi e-tron GT on sale date: Early 2021
2021 Audi e-tron GT starting price: $75,000 est.
4. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes EQ line will be made up of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric vehicles with the EQC, an electric SUV, being one of the first models to arrive. The 5-passenger luxury EV is about the same size as a Mercedes GLC, and will go on sale for the 2022 model year. The EQ line should expand to 10 models, with the EQC having an estimated range of 220 miles from 2 electric motors.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC on sale date: Spring/Summer 2021
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC starting price: $67,900
5. Polestar 2
Volvo's former performance brand stands alone now, and produces 2 models, the Polestar 1 and 2. The 1 is a high-cost sports car, while the 2 is a Tesla Model 3 fighting fastback. Pushing the pedal, while it releases no sound, opens up the gates to 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, a power amount that pushes the beast to 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. The 2 can travel 233 miles on a single charge and can be ordered today.
2021 Polestar 2 on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Polestar 2 starting price: $59,900
6. Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The Wrangler seems to be having an identity crisis as of late, based on its adding of a gas-guzzling HEMI version and a plug-in hybrid in the same year. Don't be mistaken though, its electric component doesn't slow it down one bit, and the early 2021-arriving 4xe will have an all-electric range of 25 miles, 375 horsepower, and 370 lb-ft of torque. That's the same torque output as the previously mentioned Wrangler Rubicon 392!
Learn more here.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe on sale date: Early 2021 est.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe starting price: $40,000 est.
7. Volkswagen ID.4
Volkswagen's electric SUV is one of many Volkswagen EVs to come, and should have a range of 250 miles on a single charge. Inside the ID.4 lies many advanced features and a clean design, but nothing is truly special about this new electric SUV, other than the mass sales it will most likely accumulate.
Learn more here.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 on sale date: Early 2021
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 starting price: $39,995
8. GMC Hummer EV
GMC has brought back Hummer, and rather than being gas-guzzling tanks for the road, the SUV and truck variants coming soon are fully electric. The pickup has already been unveiled, and has an Edition 1 model with a price tag of over $112,000 and a horsepower figure that consists of a 1 followed by 3 zeros. The new Hummer has a lot to go up against, electric trucks are all the rage at the moment. An SUV version will also be available, but most likely not for 2021.
Learn more here.
2022 GMC Hummer EV on sale date: Fall 2021
2022 GMC Hummer EV price: $112,595 (Edition 1)
9. Nissan Ariya
Ten years ago, Nissan introduced the Leaf, an electric car, and since then hasn't expanded their EV lineup. This changes for 2021 with the Ariya, an all-electric 5-seater SUV. The compact vehicle should provide 300 miles of range, and is purchasable with all wheel drive and horsepower figures ranging from 215 to 389.
2022 Nissan Ariya on sale date: Fall 2021
2022 Nissan Ariya starting price: $40,000 est.
10. Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Chevy is adding a new Bolt to their lineup, and it's a fall-arriving EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) with a range of about 250 miles and more cargo and passenger space than its smaller sibling. The competition consists of Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E models.
Learn more here.
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV on sale date: Fall 2021
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starting price: $46,000 est.
11. Ford Mustang Mach-E
December 2020 will mark the dealership arrival of Ford's electric SUV. Available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Mach-E is ready for all climates, and pushes to 60 mph in the mid 5 second range thanks to its 346 horsepower electric motor layout. There's a more powerful Mach-E GT offered as well, a model of which generates 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. These power figures allow GT variants to reach 60 mph in 4 seconds.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E on sale date: December 2020
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E starting price: $42,895
Sedans and Hatchbacks:
1. Genesis G80
The dramatically redesigned G80 luxury sedan is imposing and stylish at the same time. With the previously mentioned GV70 and GV80's diamond grille, an ultra-luxury interior, and a choice between rear and all-wheel drive, the restyled G80 is the ultimate Mercedes, Audi, and BMW alternative. And when it comes to what's under the hood, it's your choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder or V6.
2021 Genesis G80 on sale date: December 2020
2021 Genesis G80 starting price: $47,700
2. Honda Civic
Current Honda Civic models don't look outdated, but they're styling elements aren't exactly conservative. For the 2022 model year, the Civic is adapting a more minimalist and conservative design, and borrows many styling cues from its larger sibling, the Accord. Just like 2020 models, the brand new 11th generation Civic will be offered in hatchback and sedan body styles with Si and Type R variants arriving as well.
Learn more here.
2022 Honda Civic on sale date: Spring 2021 est.
2022 Honda Civic starting price: $21,500 (Sedan) $23,500 (Hatchback) est.
3. Volkswagen Golf GTI/R
Coming with drift mode, 315 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a computer set to maximize performance, the completely redesigned Golf R is an anonymous beast. Just below the R in the Golf lineup is the GTI, a vehicle of which is considered to be the best hot hatch money can buy. With new styling, more technology, and a good ol' manual transmission, the GTI is the perfect balance between fun and practicality.
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R on sale dates: Summer 2021 (GTI) and November 2021 (R)
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R starting prices: $31,000 and $45,000 est, respectively
4. Hyundai Elantra
Unlike ever before, the 2021 Elantra might set standards for the compact segment. With a load of technology and standard features onboard, multiple different engine choices, with a hybrid included, and a unique and yet stylish exterior, the new Elantra might be a class-owning titan. In addition to an ultra-efficient hybrid, a sporty N-Line variant is purchasable with 201 horsepower and a stick shift.
2021 Hyundai Elantra on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Hyundai Elantra starting price: $19,650
5. Kia K5
Kia, like most manufacturers do with their vehicles, decided that the Optima sedan needed a redesign and, apparently, a new name. 2021 brings a new car for Kia, the K5, which is essentially a redesigned Optima. With a sporty, 290 horsepower GT model also available, the K5 caters to most buyers still looking to the declining sedan segment for a new car.
2021 Kia K5 on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Kia K5 starting price: $23,490
6. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
A fully redesigned and improved Mercedes S-Class sedan is coming soon, and stands out in the luxury sedan class with its extraordinary safety, luxury, and style. With a starting price just south of $100,000, though, it certainly isn't cheap, and might have a difficult time differentiating itself from the previous models thanks to its vague redesign.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class on sale date: Early 2021
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class starting price: $99,000 est.
SUVs, Crossovers, And Minivans:
1. Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Despite being a 2022 model, the all-new Grand Wagoneer should be out within 2021. The name, as you will probably notice, isn't new, and appeared on a previous Jeep SUV from almost 60 years ago. However, the only thing in common is the name, virtually everything else will be different. The new Grand Wagoneer won't be cheap, not by a long shot, and fully loaded models will top $100,000. The new vehicle has its sights set on the likes of Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon.
Learn more here.
2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer on sale date: Fall 2021 est.
2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer starting price: $60,000
2. Alfa Romeo Tonale
No, not toenail...The Tonale concept was originally shown in 2019, and offers an ultra-luxury and electric alternative to BMW X1 models for an expected price of about $35,000. The Tonale will be a subcompact SUV with styling cues from it's older sibling, the Stelvio, and a classic Alfa Romeo front fascia. Based on the Jeep Compass, Renegade, and Fiat 500X, the Tonale could turn out to be an absolute nightmare in terms of reliability but, as the three middle aged men say, you're not officially a petrolhead until you've owned an Alfa - not sure they mean this one though, it's a subcompact SUV.
2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale on sale date: Fall 2021 est.
2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale starting price: $35,000 est.
3. Genesis GV80
Hyundai's luxury brand, Genesis, is on track to launch their first midsize luxury SUV this December. It's called the GV80, and it is striking. With an imposing grille and styling cues that could very well be from a Bentley Bentayga, the GV80 could be a real threat to its German rivals. Its cabin resembles that of the ultra-luxury Genesis G90, meaning it is truly lavish. Powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder or a more powerful turbocharged V6 and available in either rear or all wheel drive, the GV80 isn't a slouch in terms of speed either.
2021 Genesis GV80 on sale date: December 2020
2021 Genesis GV80 starting price: $48,900
4. Genesis GV70
Also from Genesis is the GV70, a smaller, GV80-based (Styling wise) luxury SUV with a lavish interior and a similar, but slightly restrained, imposing grille as its larger sibling. Just like the GV80, it will sit on a rear-wheel drive platform, with all-wheel drive being optional equipment. GV70 models, once on sale, should worry the currently dominating SUVs in its class, those of which include the Mercedes GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and BMW X3.
Learn more here.
2022 Genesis GV70 on sale date: Summer 2021 est.
2022 Genesis GV70 starting price: $41,000 est.
5. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson will be all new for 2021, and has a striking new design along with an abundance of powertrain options. Additionally, Hyundai says an N-Line variant will be available with turbocharged power sometime after the SUV's dealership arrival. Offering gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models, the Tucson should cater to every possible buyer's needs, especially considering its most likely optional all-wheel drive system.
2022 Hyundai Tucson on sale date: Spring 2021 est.
2022 Hyundai Tucson starting price: $26,000 est.
6. Infiniti QX55
The long-awaited Infiniti QX55 is finally here, and it's quite ridiculous. Similar to what Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Porsche do with their SUVs, the QX55 is a "coupe", and offers less room and a higher price than the QX50. Depending on your opinion, it doesn't even have better looks.
2022 Infiniti QX55 on sale date: Spring 2021
2022 Infiniti QX55 starting price: $46,500 est.
7. Infiniti QX60 Monograph
Nissan-owned Infiniti is planning on replacing their midsize three-row SUV, the QX60, with this, the QX60 Monograph. The vehicle shown in the image below looks to be pretty much production ready, and will share a platform with the Nissan Pathfinder. This and the QX55 do bring a fresher look to the Infiniti brand, but might not be enough to save their almost inevitable fate.`
2022 Infiniti QX60 Monograph on sale date: Fall 2021
2022 Infiniti QX60 Monograph starting price: $47,500 est.
8. Acura MDX
This Acura very well could be the most important SUV going on sale in 2021, as it's Acura's best selling vehicle. For 2021, the MDX gains more luxury and a vast array of performance advancements. Buyers of the 2022 MDX will mostly care about the cabin, however, and that's a good thing, because it is grand. The MDX's lush interior bears massage-capable heated and ventilated front seats, a plethora of technology, polished aluminum galore, and much, much more.
Learn more here.
2022 Acura MDX on sale date: Early 2021
2022 Acura MDX starting price: $45,000
9. BMW iX
The iX will be BMW's first truly all-electric SUV, and measures similar to the gas-powered X5. This means the iX could, at some point, entirely replace the X5, with smaller variants of it replacing X3 and X1 models. Front-end styling is, of course, controversial, as it carries the same massive grille as the all-new M3 and M4 models.
BMW iX on sale date: Early 2021
BMW iX starting price: $75,000 est.
10. Buick Envision
Buick needs saving, and this all-new Buick might envision a positive future for the luxury brand. The 2021 Buck Envision could be Buick's savior, if it makes people start liking Buick SUVs. The new Envision isn't a traditional Buick though, it doesn't just belong in the bird-watching parking lot, it's a handsome vehicle with sights set on the Lincoln Corsair.
Learn more here.
2021 Buick Envision on sale date: Early 2021
2021 Buick Envision starting price: $32,995
11. Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chevrolet has brought back the Trailblazer...Kind of. Unlike the new Bronco, the new Trailblazer has virtually nothing in common with its predecessor from all those years ago. For example, it has a turbocharged 1.2 L 3-cylinder engine as standard, and there's no real way to get out of it. It's either that or a turbocharged 1.3 L 3-cylinder.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer starting price $19,000
12. Kia Sorento
To be frank, the Kia Sorento is a boring vehicle, but this has the potential to change for 2021. While the current and practically all previous generation Sorentos have been drab, the new, 2021 model is quite something. With a huge line of engines up for grabs, from gas to plug-in hybrid, the all-new Sorento should be quite the sales magnet.
Learn more here.
2021 Kia Sorento on sale date: December 2020
2021 Kia Sorento starting price: $29,390
13. Nissan Rogue
Nissan's most popular vehicle is getting a long overdue redesign for 2021. The coming year brings an all-new Rogue, a vehicle that features a reworked interior with luxurious potential, a range of trim levels, and optional all-wheel drive. While it does utilize the same 2.5 L engine as previous models, it has increased safety, an improved design, and a lot more technology.
2021 Nissan Rogue on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Nissan Rogue starting price: $25,650
14. Toyota Venza
Toyota has, weirdly, added another SUV to their lineup, one that slots in between the RAV4 and Highlander. The partially electric SUV comes standard with all-wheel drive and should accomplish 40 mpg according to the manufacturer. Styling wise, it shares elements with the new Sienna minivan, both front and rear.
2021 Toyota Venza on sale date: Now (November)
2021 Toyota Venza starting price: $32,470
15. Toyota Sienna
While minivans might be considered the least cool type of vehicle to most people, they sure do serve a purpose. The Sienna serves its purpose efficiently for 2021, and comes standard with a hybrid setup. The new Sienna's cabin is jam-packed with family friendly features and all-wheel drive remains available, despite its hybrid powertrain.
2021 Toyota Sienna on sale date: December 2020
2021 Toyota Sienna starting price: $34,460
16. Volkswagen Taos
Like Toyota, Volkswagen has added yet another SUV to their already SUV-plentiful lineup. The Taos is an all-new model, and shares interior and exterior styling with the larger Tiguan. Inside the Taos you'll find an abundance of luxury features like, for example, the heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Learn more here.
2022 Volkswagen Taos on sale date: Spring 2021
2022 Volkswagen Taos starting price: $24,000 est.