Here are the 2021 new car models worth keeping an eye on

What we know about the 2021 new car models, when they're due to arrive at dealerships, and more. 

Whether or not you’re in the market for a vehicle, following new car news can be a lot of fun. It shows what automakers think shoppers are going to buy next. And the future of the auto industry appears to be flush with crossovers, electric vehicles, and other innovations.

To keep you up to date, we’ve compiled all the new 2021 model year vehicles that we know about so far. We’ll update this list throughout 2020 as new information becomes available, so check back in for updates.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Chevy’s full-size, truck-based SUVs were long due for a redesign, and the new look takes a lot of inspiration from the redesigned Silverado pickup. The new Tahoe and Suburban offer more cargo space and more passenger space, including an increase in third-row legroom for the Tahoe. It will be available with Magnetic Ride Control and an air-ride adaptive suspension. Engine options include a 5.3-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, and GM’s new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel six-cylinder.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The 2021 Trailblazer gives Chevy a more competent subcompact SUV. —Chevrolet
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After treating the buying public to the underwhelming Chevy Trax since 2015, Chevrolet is finally rolling out a competent subcompact crossover. With a claimed starting price under $20,000, the Trailblazer comes with a host of safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive high beams. It also has the latest infotainment system and safety technology.

2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco will be far more rugged than originally expected. —Ford

Perhaps the biggest surprise for the 2021 model year is the return of the Ford Bronco, which will be offered in two-door and four-door variants, with features like a removable roof and doors. It is also expected to have serious off-road credentials, with lessons learned from the rugged Ford F-150 Raptor. With the return of the Bronco, Ford is setting its sights squarely on the iconic Jeep Wrangler.

No word yet on pricing or availability.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The all-electric Mustang Mach-E. —Ford

Ford shocked the world by putting the “Mustang” name on its first-ever all-electric SUV, which will be offered in a number of battery/drivetrain options. The Select is expected to offer 255 horsepower and either 306 pound-feet (RWD) or 429 pound-feet (AWD) of torque. The Select will have a range of 230 miles at a starting price of $43,895. The top of the range is the GT, which has a starting price of $60,500, an extended-range battery, and a dual-motor AWD setup. They combine for a total output of 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, and an expected 0-60 mile-per-hour time of under four seconds.

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E will arrive in late 2020. The GT model will arrive in 2021.

2021 GMC Hummer EV

Cryptic teaser image of the new Hummer EV. —GMC

GM is reviving the Hummer name for an all-electric SUV as well, which is ironic, given that it was the poster child for early-2000s gas guzzling SUVs. The new Hummer EV claims 1,000 horsepower, a stunning 11,500 pound-feet of torque, and a 0-60 mile-per-hour time of three seconds.

Little else is known about the Hummer EV, other than this dimly lit image from a Super Bowl commercial that featured LeBron James.

2021 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

2021 GMC Yukon Denali (left) and AT4 (right). —GMC

As Chevy has redesigned the Tahoe and Suburban, its sister vehicles, the Yukon and Yukon XL, are also being overhauled. They continue to utilize truck-based platforms but with new technology, such as an air suspension and magnetic ride control. The Yukon Denali features an electric sliding center console and a 15-inch heads-up display. GMC also introduces the Yukon AT4, which features a number of rugged, off-road touches, such as an upgraded suspension, all-terrain tires, skid plates, and a Traction Select system with off-road mode.

The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL will go on sale this summer.

2021 Jeep 4XE Vehicles

The Consumer Electronics Show was once all about laptops, flatscreens, and mobile device debuts, but as more technology enters new cars, the auto industry has become a larger presence at CES. Jeep made news this year with the announcement of the 4XE lineup of Plug-In Hybrid-Electric SUVs, including the Renegade, Compass, and Wrangler. They will feature gas-electric hybrid drivetrains with plug-in capability.

Little is known about any of these vehicles, other than that Jeep is expected to offer electric versions of its entire lineup by 2022. More information is expected to be announced at the Detroit Auto Show this summer.

2021 Kia Seltos

The 2021 Kia Seltos subcompact SUV. —Kia
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The Seltos is a new subcompact SUV by Kia. Although it rides on a car-based platform, it has an upright layout, which will give it solid headroom. Kia says this vehicle slots between the immensely useful Soul hatchback and the handsome Sportage SUV. Engine options are either a two-liter four-cylinder or a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The base offering will be front-wheel drive, but will also offer an all-wheel drive model with torque vectoring.

The Seltos will go on sale in the first quarter of this year. It will have a starting price that’s below $22,000.

2021 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Navara is the international counterpart to the Frontier. —Nissan

Little is known about the new Nissan Frontier other than that it’s well overdue. The Frontier was last redesigned in 2004; meanwhile, the Navara, its international counterpart, was more recently updated in 2014. For the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger, each respective automaker pulled heavily from its international truck to return to the U.S. market. Whether this is the path that Nissan takes, or the automaker develops an all-new truck, an update is a welcome one for the aging Frontier.

2021 Tesla Model Y

The 2021 Tesla Model Y has the look of a smaller Model X. —Tesla

Tesla continues to expand its line-up, this time with a small, upscale crossover. We’d hardly call it an SUV, but it’s essentially a more versatile version of the Model 3. The Model Y provides 66 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than a BMW X1. Tesla claims a 315-mile range, and its dual-motor setup provides all-wheel-drive and a 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds. The Model Y will have Tesla’s signature clean interior design, with just a single touchscreen to handle most of the vehicle’s functions.

The Model Y goes on sale this fall with the high-performance version, which costs $60,000. The base model costs closer to $40,000, but it won’t arrive until next year.

2021 Tesla Cybertruck

The 2021 Tesla Cybertruck has a steel exoskeleton and armored glass. —Tesla

True to the nature of Tesla, its first-ever pickup truck looks like nothing else on the road. In fact, it looks more at home on the lunar surface, but Tesla claims it has “better utility than a truck with the performance of a sports car.” What does that mean? It has a cold-rolled steel exoskeleton and armor glass. The layout provides the Cybertruck with 100 cubic feet of cargo space in the bed, while the electric drivetrain is capable of 3,500 pounds of payload and a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds.

2021 Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai moves upmarket and gains a sporty appearance. —Toyota

The first generation of the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle was based on the Toyota Prius, and as such, it was more economy-minded. For its second generation, Toyota is giving the Mirai a more upscale, rear-wheel-drive layout. It is a few inches longer and wider than the Lexus GS performance sedan, and the Mirai also borrows heavily from Lexus styling. Toyota claims a 30 percent increase in range, which means it could be just over 400 miles based on current capabilities. Toyota also says it takes just five minutes to refuel the hydrogen tanks, which powers a generator that makes electricity. The electric power is stored in battery packs, which power rear-mounted electric motors.

No word yet on pricing or availability, but given its upmarket pivot, expect a solid jump over the current price of $58,500.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid that is also an upscale trim of the RAV4. —Toyota

Starting with the Prius, Toyota has been using “Prime” to designate plug-in hybrid vehicles and also positioning them upmarket from their brethren. For example, the Prius Prime is a plug-in, but it is also considered the top of the Prius lineup. This will also be true of the new plug-in Toyota RAV4 Prime. Its powertrain makes a combined 302 horsepower, making it the most powerful RAV4 ever. It offers up to 39 miles of all-electric driving and an estimated 90 MPGe. The RAV4 Prime is also set off with unique exterior styling updates.

The Toyota RAV4 Prime is expected to go on sale this summer and have a starting price between $30,000 and $35,000.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s first-ever fully electric SUV. —Volvo

The first full EV from Volvo is based on the XC40 subcompact crossover. It’s part of a plan by Volvo to make half of its lineup electric by 2025. The XC40 Recharge uses multiple motors for an all-wheel-drive setup that puts out a combined 408 horsepower. Volvo says this is good for a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds. Volvo also promises a range of more than 200 miles.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is expected to cost around $50,000 when it goes on sale in late 2020.

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