2020 was an odd year but most cars and SUVs are still really good.
Despite my best efforts, 50% of the list holds SUVs.
Variety remains the spice of life and this is what this list is partially about. There could have been a few more sports cars in the mix however “normal” cars are still about getting a job done. This is why 50% of the vehicles here are SUVs, plus there’s even a minivan.
Here’s my Top 10 vehicles driven in 2020, in alphabetical order:
2020 Audi A6 allroad
“Driving the 2020 A6 allroad is like holding all the cards. No matter the demands, the Allroad has an answer, including an off-road, allroad, comfort and dynamic drive modes. Like I said, all the cards.” Read the full review.
2020 BMW X7 M50i
“The nearly 5.2-meter long BMW X7 is more agile and easier to toss than the X5 I reviewed last year. Steering response is nearly immediate, injecting a serious dose of unexpected confidence when driving such a large truck. Couple this with the truck’s 51/49 weight distribution, fantastically large 22-inch wheels and accompanying tires, and you’ve got yourself a 6-foot tall near 2.5-tonne sports truck. Remember, this is an M50i meaning it has all the “M” go-fast bits as standard.” Read the full review.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
“Another impressive detail about the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which also applied to the 2020 Buick Encore GX, is its impressively civilized on-road behaviour. Not only is the 3-cylinder engine reasonably quiet but its chassis tuning borders on cushy even though the Activ is endowed with an “off-road” suspension. I suspect that the Activ’s larger sidewalls play an important role in this case.” Read the full review.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
“Despite the extensive hardware to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where few have dared tread before, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon remains extremely civil on pavement. My stint with the truck saw my family and I drive from Ft. Lauderdale all the way down to Key West. While the road was generally smooth, even rougher surfaces did little to upset overall ride comfort.” Read the full review.
2021 Kia Seltos
“Kia, on the other hand, has built a reputation on giving more than expected and this approach has paid off for both Hyundai and Kia. Items and features such as a heated steering wheel, satellite radio and cooled front seats were unheard of in sub-$30k vehicles but now they’ve become more common-place. And now, Kia’s once more pushing the boundaries with a driving experience that was quite rare in the same price range.” Read the full review.
2021 Land Rover Defender
“Desperately cool and hotly anticipated, the new Land Rover Defender fulfills all expectations be they for off-roading, design, luxury and performance. In fact, the Defender cannot fail for JLR no matter if the truck is riddled with teething issues early on. It’s just that desirable.”
2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
“There’s a playful energy about the new CLA 45 that I found to be incredibly endearing and impossible to resist. This is not to say that this car is a toy as it’s a serious high-performance automobile but unlike its all-speed-business C 63 S sibling, the CLA 45 is able to take a step back and have fun.” Read the full review.
2020 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon
“In my line of work, cars come and go however some are far more difficult to return willfully. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon is, for someone like me, akin to meeting your hero for the third time and still thinking that he or she is the most fabulous human being in the world.” Read the full review.
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S
“While the power is addictive, it’s the sense of unwavering control that truly permeates the driving experience. So surefooted is the chassis that, even as snow piled up on the highway, I scarcely felt the need to slow down. The communication between the front wheels and the driver, albeit partially simulated, is so clear that confidence in the car builds within the driver.” Read the full review.
2021 Toyota Sienna
“The 2021 Sienna is unequivocally brilliant. The new van is 80mm longer with a 30mm increase in wheelbase, 10mm wider but 20mm lower overall. The best new measurement is that the Sienna’s floor height is now 30mm lower improving accessibility. The cabin’s functionality is a testament to Toyota taking the job of building a truly family-friendly minivan very seriously. From the twin-grip second-row handles to the 3rd-row sunshades, all bases are covered for utmost comfort and well-being.” Read the full review.