2020 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Early Preview

 

Like our early 2019 new vehicle survey, our 2020 vehicle preview is split roughly 50-50 between crossovers and conventional passenger cars. The crossovers that will be on sale by early 2020 include the Cadillac XT6, the Escape and Explorer from Ford, the Hyundai Venue, Lincoln Corsar and the Toyota Highlander. The convetional passenger vehicles that will be on sale by early 2020 encompass the Cadillac CT5, Hyundai Sonata, Mercedes-Benz CLA, the Legacy and Outback from Subaru and the Corolla sedan and Yaris hatchback from Toyota.  

Cadillac CT5  Hyundai Sonata  Kia Telluride  Subaru Outback 
Cadillac XT6  Hyundai Venue  Lincoln Corsair  Toyota Corolla Sedan 
Ford Escape  Jaguar XE  Mercedes Benz CLA  Toyota Highlander 
Ford Explorer  Jeep Gladiator  Range Rover Evoque  Toyota Yaris Hatchback 
Hyundai Palisade  Kia Soul  Subaru Legacy   

 

2020 Kia Telluride

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
with the Telluride, corporate cousin to the Hyundai Palisade, Kia enters the mainstream three-row market to compete against vehicles like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.  

Comments
Named after a ski resort in Colorado, the Telluride marks a return to the large three-row segment that Kia abandoned with the demise of the ill-fated Borrego in 2011. It is a twin under the skin of the new Hyundai Palisade. Unlike the Palisade, which looks overstyled, the designer of the sleek Telluride knew when to “lift the pen.”
Inside, the dashboard, with conventional gauges and a German style free-standing info screen at the top of the centre stack, eschews the "right now" computer tablet used on the Hyundai Palisade. Like the Palisade, the Telluride's cabin is quite plush. Kia's new three-row is very roomy in the first two rows and has abundant cargo space with the third row seat folded down. The Telluride is equipped with an in-car intercom system Kia calls Drive Talk, a rear occupant sensor so nobody gets left behind and second-row passengers are warned not to open their doors if another vehicle is approaching from the rear.
The Telluride is positioned right at the heart of the three-row segment, like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Power is derived from a 3.8 L-V6 Kia calls Lambda II, and is unusual is that it is a non-hybrid that Atkinson Cycle combustion system. Power reaches all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, but a drive system called Active on-demand 2, which actively splits torque from front to rear depending on driving conditions, is optional. Its default mode is 80 percent front, 20 percent rear, but goes to 65-35 when in Sport mode and will distribute torque 50-50 when placed in the Lock setting. Self-levelling rear suspension will be optional. Kia Drive Wise, with forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic and driver awareness warnings, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane following assist, a basic semi-autonomous drive mode which will centre the vehicle in its lane, will be available, if not standard.

Pricing
With a good level of equipment, including a sunroof, the base EX trim delivers a lot of equipment for the money. With a dual panel sunroof, a power driver's seat and a better audio system, the SX trim is priced to reflect its additional content. The range-topping SX Limited adds Nappa leather upholstery, heated and cooled second row seats, head-up display and auto-level rear suspension, is good value.

Reliability
Average to above average reliability predicted. 

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/2/2, 2/3/2
Engines:
3.8L-V6 (291 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 8A* 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  n.a.
Highway Fuel Economy: n.a.
Active Safety Features: Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.  

Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Lincoln Corsair

 

NEW

What’s new
A development of the new Ford Escape, the Corsair replaces the MKC in the Lincoln lineup. 
Comments

The Corsair replaces the MKC in the Lincoln lineup with a very serious new vehicle. Power choices include the returning 2L and 2.3L turbo fours that send power to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on 2.3L models and optional on Corsairs powered by the base 2L powerplant. Though not yet announced, Lincoln should eventually offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Corsair to match the powertrains available on the 2020 Escape. Lincoln Co-Pilot 360, with Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking assist, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, lane keep assist and lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings, is standard. Co-Pilot Plus adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring, evasive steer assists and reverse auto braking, will be optional.
The Corsair adheres to the current Lincoln "truck" styling ethos and bears more than a passing resemblance to its Navigator and Aviator showroom mates. Viewed on its own merits, the Corsair is elegant, with some nicely rendered bright accents. While the Corsair is just marginally larger than the MKC, it looks substantially bigger, leaving the MKC's stubby look behind. The interior is fronted a strongly horizontal dashboard, punctuated by a large free-standing screen at its centre. A small console, housing the climate and audio controls, protrudes from the centre of the dashboard. Pleasant shapes, attractive two-toning and artfully placed chrome embellishments make the cabin very inviting. The interior, with comfortable seats front and rear, has greater rear legroom, despite being the same size as the outgoing MKC. Cargo space is good for a vehicle of this size. The Corsair will be available in the fall of 2019.

Reliability
New model, insufficient data. Reliability should be at least average.    

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (240 HP estimated), 2.3L-4T (280 HP estimated) 

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking assist, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, lane keep assist and lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. Co-Pilot Plus adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring, evasive steer assits and reverse auto braking, will be optional


Additional Airbags: Driver and front passenger knee airbag

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

 

NEW

What’s new
The second-generation CLA goes on sale in the fall of 2019. 
Comments

The advent of the A-Class moves the CLA out of its position near the bottom of the Mercedes range in North America. 
The new CLA retains an indentifiable silhouette but, with less fussy styling accents than previously, the new car looks sleeker. The CLA's cabin, with its long, rectangular computer tablet instrumentation-infotainment screen and turbine style air vents, looks like it has been lifted directly from the A-Class. The look is very high-tech but not to all tastes, with some commenting that silver-painted vents look vulgar. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, that was introduced on the A-Class, is also featured on the new CLA. The MBUX, which reacts to the phrase "Hey Mercedes" works like other audio-based concierge services that are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.  
The mainstream CLA is powered by 2L turbocharged four that is rated at 221 horsepower and an impressive 258 lb.ft. of torque. Power reaches the front wheels, or all wheels, via a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission. All-wheel drive, marketed as 4Matic, is optional on the CLA250. Like the previous CLA, there is a genuine (as opposed to a wheel and trim kit) AMG version of the car, sold as the CLA AMG 35. It is powered by a 302 horsepower 2L turbo four and sends power via the dual clutch automated manual transmission to all four wheels. There is no information as of yet as to availabiltiy or available active safety equipment. 

Pricing
There are no pricing details available at this time. 

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Predicted reliability is average for the first three or four years, declining after that. Four year/80,000 basic warranty but there is no coverage, including powertrain coverage, after that point. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (221 HP, 302 HP AMG)  

Transmissions: 7-speed dual clutch 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: No information is available


Additional Airbags: No information is available 

Warranty: 4/80,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  Hungary

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Range Rover Evoque

 

NEW

 

 

 

What’s new
A second-generation Evoque went on sale in the spring of 2019. 

Comments
Other that taller windows, the new Evoque displays a similar silhouette as its predecessor. The new Evoque employs new technology, like flush door handles that extend past the body work when the car is unlocked, that Jaguar Land Rover has introduced on its other new cars such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Range-Rover Velar.
Like the outside, the Evoque’s cabin looks updated but also very familiar. Cabin materials are very plush. Seating is comfortable up front, but the rear seat is mounted a bit low for adults and legroom is more adequate than generous for a car this size. Cargo capacity looks good for the intended user.
Power stems from JLR’s “Ingenium” 2L turbo four producing 246 horsepower. New for 2020 is a hybrid, which uses a 48 volt electrical system and a strap-on belt starter generator unit to produce 296 total system horsepower. The sole transmission offered with either powertrain is a nine-speed automatic. 

Pricing

The P250 engine, a 246 horsepower 2L turbo four can be upgraded to the 296 horsepower P300 engine for $5500. This looks expensive at first glance but does include the 48 volt mild hybrid system as well as a more sophisticated active all-wheel drive system that incorporates torque vectoring via electro-magnetic clutches located in the rear differential. Trim upgrades, including the limited production First Edition, are all reasonably priced considering that Range-Rover is a premium brand.

Reliability
Not rated. Insufficient data on this model. Average reliability predicted during the warranty period. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (246 HP), 2L-4 T H (296 HP)

Transmissions: 9A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n.a.

Highway Fuel Economy:  n.a.


Active Safety Features: Available forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

Additonal airbags:  No info available 

Warranty: 4/80,000 with no additional powertrain warranty

Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin: England

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating: 


 

2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback

 

NEW

What’s new
The next-generation mid-size Subarus go on sale in the fall of 2019.
Comments
Following Subaru’s philosophy of gentle design evolution, both cars bear a strong resemblance to their predecessors.
Compared with the previous Legacy and Outback, the new cars are marginally larger overall but still trim for a cars in their class. The new Subarus are the last mainstream Subarus to move to its Global Platform that debuted on the current Impreza. Subaru notes that the platform of the new cars is 70 percent stronger in terms of tensional rigidity than that of its predecessor.
The new Legacy and Outback are once again powered by a 2.5L flat-four, but Subaru says that 90 percent of the engine internals are new and it gains direct fuel injection this year as well as a stop-start system. The 2.5L engine produces 182 horsepower, seven more than last year. The previously-available flat-six engine has been discontinued in favour of a 260 horsepower 2.4L turbo flat-four that debuted in the Ascent last fall. Power reaches all wheels via a CVT transmission regardless of engine choice.
Like the exterior, the design of the cabin of the new Legacy and Outback is one of gentle evolution rather than significant change. The biggest departure from the past is the 11.6 inch touchscreen that dominates the dash centre stack on higher-end models. Subaru made a point at the Legacy reveal that while the touchscreen can perform a variety of functions, knobs and buttons are still available for those more comfortable with them. Subaru touted an upgrade in the look of cabin materials for the new cars. Certainly the pre-production models on display in Toronto and New York looked very luxurious. The new cars have very roomy cabins, with a commanding driving position and big windows to aid outward vision. The trunk on the sedan is commodious, and while the cargo bay on the Outback is long and quite wide, it is shallower below the windows than some other competitors. Thicker glass for the windshield and windows in the front doors are said to boost refinement for 2020.
Subaru’s Eyesight active safety suite will be standard on all trims. Added for 2020 is a new Driver Mitigation system that uses facial recognition software to detect driver drowsiness or distraction. Adaptive cruise control, long an Eyesight feature, will be joined by a new lane centring device for 2020. 
Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time. 


Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is average to above average for the first five years, after which engine durability is unknown.    

Specifications


Body Style:  4 SD, 4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.5L-4 (182 HP), 2.4L-4 T (260 HP estimated) 

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic. and driver drowsiness warnings and active cruise control with stop and go and rear auto braking.  


Additional Airbags: No info available 

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

 

NEW

What’s new
The all-new Corolla sedan is already on sale. 
Comments
Like the recent Corolla Hatchback, the 2020 Corolla sedan is built on the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) components set.
Other than an expressive front end, the rest of the new Corolla’s exterior design, while neat, lacks flair. Inside the dashboard is shared with the hatchback and features straightforward controls, including those for the large info screen. Seating is comfortable enough front and rear, and rear legroom is good for this class. The new Corolla’s trunk is quite roomy.
Initial expectations were that the 169 horsepower 2L four would be standard across the total Corolla lineup, but it is restricted to the SE and XSE trims, at least initially. A 1.8L four with 139 horsepower is found under the hood of the L, LE and XLE trims. A six-speed manual transmission is available in the L, LE and SE models, with a CVT available on all trims. New for 2020 is a hybrid version of the Corolla. It is powered by a 1.8L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine mated to two electric motors to produce 121 horsepower. Called Hyper Prime Nickel, the battery pack employs the nickel metal hydride battery technology Toyota has had so much success with. Power finds its way to the front wheels via a CVT. Though the Corolla hybrid is officially available, dealers will be getting so few cars that finding one to buy will be next to impossible.  
Pricing
At just under $21,000 with air conditioning and automatic transmission, the base L represents a reasonable proposition for many buyers. Upgrading from the L to the LE includes automatic climate contriol, heated front seats and variable intermittant wipers, all for a very attractive price. The LE upgrade, with alloy wheels, Keyless Go, a sunroof and a heated steering wheel, is very good value and includes the key features of the XLE trim but at a lower price. Compared with the 1.8L LE, the SE is not only powered by the stronger 2L but contains enough additional equipment to support its higher price even before the bigger engine is accounted for. The SE Upgrade package is priced to reflect the value of its additional equipment compared with the SE, and contains much of the more tempting features of the XSE at a lower price. When equipment variances are accounted for, the base Hybrid model is priced roughly $4400 higher than a Corolla LE with a CVT. 

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliabllity is above average.    

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.8L-4 (139 HP)*, 2L-4 (169 HP), 1.8L-4 H (121 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, CVT*
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.9L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.1L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Forward collision, lane departure and blind spot warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: Eight in Total 

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  Canada

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Toyota Highlander

 

NEW

What’s new
An all-new Highlander made its debut in New York in April but won't be in showrooms until early 2020.  
Comments
Long overdue for a makeover, the new-generation Highlander debuted at the New York in April. Built on a marginally longer wheelbase, the new Highlander is a bit bigger than previously.
Toyota has been gradually improving the look of its interiors and the new Highlander is no exception. Abundant soft-touch surfaces, even on the tops of the rear doors, are present, and all surfaces appear quite luxurious. A massive 12.3 inch touch screen is featured on top models and controls look quite logical. Legroom in the first two rows of seats is very good and third-row space looks reasonable for this class. Cargo room with the third seat arrayed to accept passengers is greater than previously.
The conventional V6 engine, now with a standard stop-start feature, is rated at 295 horsepower and is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system on the Limited and Platinum trims can shift torque up to 50/50 front-rear like on the LE and XLE trims, but can also move power from one side of the car to the other. The hybrid loses its V6 engine in favour of a new 2.5L four, which, in unison with its electric motors, puts out 240 horsepower. The hybrid sends power to the front wheels via a CVT; with the rear wheels being driven electrically.  
The standard Toyota Safety Sense 2 (TSS 2), includes a Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full speed range radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and a lane tracing system that centres the vehicle in its lane.

Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time. 


Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Predicted reliability is above average.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/2/3, 2/3/3
Engines:
2.5L-4 H (240 HP), 3.5L-V6 (295 HP) 

Transmissions: 8A, CVT 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Forward collision, lane departure, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control. 


Additional Airbags: No information is available  

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 km on the hybrid components
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

 

NEW

What’s new
A hatchback version of the Mazda 2-based Yaris sedan, goes on sale in early 2020. 

Comments
While the genuine Toyota Yaris hatchback may continue in other markets, North America will receive a hatchback version of the Mazda-sourced Yaris sedan that has been on sale for a number of years.
Like the sedan, the new hatchback has a stylish, carefully crafted cabin whose only fault is limited rear seat legroom. Cargo space looks good for this size of car.
The hatchback uses the same engine, a 1.6L four, and two six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, as the sedan.
The Yaris sedan is a delight to drive and the hatchback should deliver similar performance, but add a bit of hatchback versatility as well.
A pre-collision system, that gives out audio and visual alerts in the event of an impending collision, has brake assist and will apply the brakes if the driver doesn't.

Pricing
No pricing details are available at this time. 


Reliability
Not rated due to very low volume sales. Predicted reliability is above average. .  

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 (106 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Active Safety Features: Forward collision warning system. 


Additional Airbags: No information known 

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

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