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Editors Choice 2020

A few surprises, for me anyway, from this list from Car&Driver of Best vehicles of 2020. Primarily, didnt expect to see Jeep Gladiator as Top Mid-Sized pickup.

It does do the Off-road thing for sure – it is a Jeep after all! But I guess we all value different things when determining “Best of”. For me, in the category of Best mid-sized pick-up, I am going to value Highway handling and Wind-noise as major considerations. But I spend a great deal of time on the highway, so I probably value these more than the average driver.

But the 4 doors and 2 rows of seats is a big plus for sure. I drove one earlier this year as my friend bought one (he loves it by the way). It has a decent drive train and feels super solid when towing a heavy load.

But the thing seems super long to me. It is a bit more than 18 feet long, which seems to me anyway to be pushing the limits of a “mid-sized” pickup. But maybe I am nit-picking.

I have owned a lot of jeeps in my day, and I do love the brand. And todays Jeep running 75 mph down the highway is nothing like any JeepI have owned in the past. They have come a long way for sure.

But man, they arent cheap! I think they list entry level around 35k, but like anything, by the time you add even some basic add-ons, you can easily get over 50k.

Check out the entire Editors list of Best of 2020 HERE.

MN Telsa

Top rated cars for 2014

Minnesota TelsaI was somewhat surprised to see Telsa Model S come out as the top rated car this year. But I do admit I have been intriged for awhile now about Telsa and I genuanly hope the comany does well. Unfortuanly I don’t think I personally will be able to contribute much to their overall success. With this model currently selling at around 90K$, I don’t see any Telsa Modle S purchases for me in the near future.

But with an overall impressinve safety and performance record – and more than 225 miles on a single charge, I think we are moving in the right direction. If they can realize some commercial success with this, others will surly follow and improvements in performance, reliablity and PRICE will surely follow.

 

For whoever is interested, here is a link to the Consumer Reports for the Top rated autos for 2014.

To quickly summerize:

  • BEST OVERALL: Tesla Model S electric luxury car ($89,650). This technological tour de force, while pricey, is brimming with innovation.
  • MIDSIZED SEDAN: Honda Accord with 4-cylinder engine ($23,270) Roomy, well-equipped, and competitively priced sedan.
  • COMPACT CAR: Subaru Impreza sedan ($21,345) and hatchback ($22,345). This all-wheel-drive vehicle gives a lot for its affordable price.
  • GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius ($26,750). Combination of affordability, practicality and fuel efficiency.
  • LUXURY CAR: Audi A6 ($56,295). Potent, supercharged V6 engine and super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • SPORTS SEDAN: BMW 328i ($43,195). Roomier, more luxurious and more fuel-efficient than past models.
  • SMALL SUV: Subaru Forester ($26,814). User-friendly small SUV redesigned for 2014.
  • MIDSIZED SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe ($36,290). 7-passenger mid-sized SUV provides comfortable ride, quiet interior and doesn’t feel bulky to drive.
  • MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey ($36,830). Most complete family vehicle available. Carries eight people in comfort.
  • PICKUP: Ram 1500 ($42,810). Surprisingly refined and inviting and has coil-spring rear suspension.

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