Each year brings with it a tsunami wave of innovation, fresh ideas, and steaming competition in every industry – especially in the automotive one. Top automotive manufacturers and new ones alike make use of the new calendar year to bring their best to the table.
At the start of each year, everyone likes to see this spectacle unfold, with critics and enthusiasts crowding to review and test and discuss the new cars. While that’s definitely a good time, we like to take it even a step further by taking a quick look at some releases scheduled for the next year.
There are so many great cars, trucks, and SUVs we're anticipating in 2021, and if you decided 2021 will be the year you upgrade your ride or finally get your first, this list of the 20 best and most affordable cars, trucks, and SUVs coming in 2021 will be of great help.
20. 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E ($44,995 est.)
The timeless Ford Mustang is expected to amaze its wide fan base once again with the highly anticipated 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E. With an estimated price of just under $45,000, the Mach E will be powered exclusively by electricity and will be available with 2 battery pack options and rear or 4 wheel drive.
19. 2021 Alfa Romeo GTV ($50,000 est.)
The iconic GTV range is set for a fancy revival in 2021. While information is scarce about the new Alfa Romeo GTV, it is expected to run on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Guilia sedan and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Plus, Alfa Romeo is developing a hybrid version.
18. 2021 Tesla Model Y ($39,000 est.)
The new Tesla Model Y electric car is expected to take the market by storm upon its release in 2021. It’s already available for order in China, and will offer 4 different models with the standard trim giving a satisfactory 5.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 120 mph.
17. 2021 Hyundai Tucson ($24,500+ est.)
Ever since its initial release in 2004, each generation of the Hyundai Tucson brings innovation and fresh perspectives at a graciously affordable price. The 2021 Tucson will have modified exterior design and is said to be loaded with a practical interior and upgraded safety features.
16. 2021 Kia Seltos ($22,000+ est.)
Kia has always been well-known for its wide range of practical and super affordable cars. The new Kia Seltos SUV is the first of the nameplate to be released by Kia, and it will offer a cool and sleek look with two engine variants and all-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
15. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime ($30,000 est.)
The newest addition to Toyota’s RAV4 line, the RAV4 Prime, is a plug-in hybrid that is expected to be sold at a base price of $30,000. With over 300 horsepower and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, the RAV4 Prime is expected to be a huge hit in the hybrid SUV market.
14. 2021 Mazda MX-30 ($35,000 est.)
Mazda’s addition to the ever-growing all-electric SUV market will be the all-new 2021 Mazda MX-30, which is estimated to be sold at $35,000. It’s the first Mazda all-electric car, and we have high hopes for the MX-30, which will have a battery pack of 35.5 kWh Lithium Ion.
13. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe ($49,995 est.)
The new SUV from Chevrolet is set to debut in 2021 and will go on sale in mid 2020. It’s an SUV that’s geared towards families, as it has a spacious and practical interior and an efficient V8 engine. It will come in 6 models offering a variety of features.
12. 2021 Ford Bronco ($30,000+ est.)
The much anticipated new Ford Bronco will hit the market in 2021. With a wild array of specifications like a turbo-four engine and a removable roof and doors. It is also expected that Ford will issue a hybrid version of the 2021 Bronco as well as a pickup truck version.
11. 2021 Volkswagen ID Crozz ($30,000+ est.)
Volkswagen will release the ID Crozz in 2021, launching its range of all-electric cars. The ID Crozz will have dual electric motors and a sizeable 83 kWh battery pack and a 300 horsepower. When the concept was first revealed in 2017, it generated waves of excitement and anticipation for VW’s contribution to the EV market.
10. 2021 BMW i4 ($50,000+ est.)
Electricity and luxury are about to come together in the new, much anticipated BMW i4. Innovative in maintaining luxury with relative affordability, the i4 is expected to be released in mid 2020 with several models and the standard comes with a 90 kWh battery pack and a satisfactory range of 300 miles.
9. 2021 Cadillac Escalade ($75,000+ est.)
Relatively expensive compared to other cars on this list, the 2021 Escalade still comes at a bargain price for an all-new Cadillac. Equipped with a strong V8 engine that can churn out 420 horsepower and a 10 speed automatic transmission, the Escalade is a powerful but luxurious car, in true Cadillac fashion.
8. 2021 Buick Encore GX ($26,000+ est.)
Another highly anticipated SUV is the 2021 Buick Encore GX. It offers the necessities in terms of space, practicality, and style. It has necessary SUV features like automatic emergency brakes, forward collision warning, parking assist, and lane departure warning. It also has Buick’s signature high quality interior and will go on sale in early 2021.
7. 2021 Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic ($70,000 est.)
The release of the Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic was scheduled for 2020, however, it was delayed until 2021. Anticipation for the new EQC is still high, though, because the car is all-electric and equipped with all-wheel drive. It also has a smart feature to calculate the most power saving route.
6. 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge ($48,000 est.)
Scheduled for release by the end of 2020, the new XC40 Recharge is an electric spin on the existing XC40 SUV. It is said to operate with Android and is integrated with Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play. With 402 horsepower, the XC40 will have an impressive 200 miles range.
5. 2021 Byton M-Byte ($48,000 est.)
This unique, Chinese-made all-electric SUV will be sold in the United States in 2021. It’s characterized by huge screens and heavy reliance on media and artificial intelligence features. The release of the Byton M-Byte is highly anticipated as it has peaked interest since its reveal in its unusual approach to smart vehicles.
4. 2021 Ram Dakota ($25,000 est.)
Chrysler has decided to revive the much adored 2011 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Expected to be smaller in size than the Dodge Ram 1500, and with a super affordable price, the Ram Dakota seems to have great chances in the truck market upon its release. It’s expected to go on sale in mid 2020.
3. 2021 Rivian R1T ($69,000 est.)
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Rivian is a relatively new name in the truck market, however, they are already making waves with the expected 2021 Rivian R1T. Just looking at the photos of the R1T tells you that it will be a unique truck wherever it goes. Additionally, it’s fully electric and is said to offer over 700 horsepower.
2. 2021 Tesla Cybertruck ($39,900 est.)
As is the usual case with Tesla, the reveal of the Cybertruck in late 2019 was one of the most talked about automotive events of the year. Bringing in largely confused reactions, the release of the Cybertruck is 2021 is anticipated because of its daring look and all-new, unique specifications.
1. 2021 Nissan Frontier ($20,000 est.)
Back in October, the world rejoiced at the news that the Nissan Frontier is getting a revival after all these years. The Nissan Frontier – although not technically superior – was an affordable and actually popular truck. Although no price estimates have been announced yet, we are excited to see what the 2021 Frontier will bring.