The Top 2021 SUVs: Makes and Models that will Excite Every Driver

For many drivers, SUVs are a good balance between having a larger vehicle, without running into the common drawbacks normally associated with bigger cars. SUVs are strong cars that perform well in most terrain, but it is also the kind of vehicle you can use to transport the family.

Most importantly, SUVs do not have the same fuel problems as other larger vehicles. There are also a wide range of SUVs to choose from, ranging from casual and affordable vehicles to more expensive luxury SUVs. There are several up and coming SUVs worth keeping an eye on for 2021.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E:

2021 is proving to be an interesting year for SUVs. One of the boldest moves comes from Ford, who is attaching the fabled Mustang name onto an SUV. Not only that, but the 2021 Mustang is an electric vehicle. With the Mustang name comes a focus on speed, and the 2021 Mach-E is rumored to go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds, matching the acceleration normally only seen in Porsches.

There are a few variants available, including the option for an all-wheel drive Mustang. The 2021 Mustang is shaping up to be one of the pricier SUVs on the market, with the standard model coming in at around $44,000, while the higher end packages may cost up to $60,000. As of writing, you can reserve the Mustang Mach-E by placing a $500 deposit with Ford.

2021 Audi Q1:

Audi continues to be secretive about the 2021 Q1. The Q1 will be smaller than some of the previous SUVs in the Q family. The smaller size means a limited rear window, but Audi is adding a backup camera to make reversing safer. Despite being a more compact vehicle, the Q1 still has room to comfortably seat five. The interior is being altered as well, with a wider dashboard allowing for larger air vents. As of writing, there is little information released for the engine, but the Q1 is expected to have multiple variants available, including a turbo charged option. There is still some debate about the cost, but it is expected to be between $25,000 to $30,000.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime:

For Toyota, Prime indicates a hybrid plug-in vehicle. The 2021 RAV4 is not only one of the fastest vehicles produced by Toyota, going from zero to 60 mph in only five seconds, but it is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. The battery pack is predicted to get 42 miles from a single charge. When the battery pack starts to run low, the gasoline engine kicks in, making drivers less reliant on charging stations. Each RAV4 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Power to the rear wheels comes from an electric motor, while the front wheels are powered by a combination of electric motors and the gasoline engine. The RAV4 also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package, which contains a number of driver assistance and safety features. The RAV4 Prime is expected to go between $38,000 to $41,000.

2021 Kia Seltos:

Kia has gained a reputation for mixing things up with each iteration of SUV. Everything in the Seltos is carefully calculated. It is one of the more compact SUVs on the market, but it still boasts plenty of cargo and passenger space. It is also one of the more fuel-efficient SUVs, making it a great choice for highway driving. What is getting the Kia Seltos the most attention is the price tag. It is currently priced at only $21,990, making it a great SUV for any driver shopping on a budget.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge:

The 2020 XC40 was an incredibly popular SUV. The XC40 Recharge takes inspiration from the previous model, but there are some major changes. The biggest difference is the Recharge is all-electric. Each axle features an electric motor, not only providing all-wheel drive, but greatly enhancing the performance. The Recharge is estimated to go from zero to 60 mph within four seconds. The electric engine is expected to produce 402 horsepower, and last for over 200 miles with a single charge.

Another change comes with the interior. The touchscreen comes built with Google connectivity, giving drivers easy access to Google Maps. Drivers can easily access the Google Assistant for other assistance, with the majority of Google Play apps being compatible with the Recharge. The Recharge comes standard with Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, which helps manage steering, acceleration and braking.

Volvo wanted to get the Recharge on the market at the end of 2020, but the Coronavirus has slowed production. Volvo is still pushing for an end of the year release, but as of writing, it is unknown whether the Recharge will come out before 2021. The exact price of the Recharge is also up in the air, but Volvo has promised to keep the starting price under $50,000. Currently, you can place a refundable $1,000 preorder deposit to get a spot on the XC40 waiting list.