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5 Newest Family SUVs on the Market for 2019

We are living in the era of the SUV. Buyers that years ago would’ve flocked to family sedans and minivans are now scooping up 3-row crossover SUVs in droves, and automakers are racing to keep up with the latest trends in this highly competitive segment. Here in 2019, there are a number of new options either currently on sale or coming to market shortly, each packed with the latest with regard to features, safety and technology. Here we’ll outline the five newest family SUVs on the market that are worth a look in your search for a new family vehicle.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

While a formal launch has yet to take place, Toyota debuted the all-new 2020 Highlander at the 2019 New York Auto Show held this spring. One of the biggest changes coming for 2020 is the dropping of the Highlander’s 4-cylinder base engine, as the V6 will now be standard. Output is 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque, and Toyota is promising 22 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. A hybrid will again be offered, but it will be a 4-cylinder, as opposed to the V6 offered on the outgoing model. Power will be down a bit, but Toyota has announced that the hybrid should return 34 mpg combined, which is an impressive figure. With a second-row bench seat, the new Highlander will offer seating for eight people. Opt for second-row captain’s chairs and that figure drops to four. The new Highlander will also offer as standard the latest version of Toyota’s full suite of active safety features, which the company refers to as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. In addition to common features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams, TSS 2.0 comes with low-speed adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, and street sign recognition. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will both be available. Expect more info on the all-new Highlander later this year. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer

While it looks similar to the outgoing model, the Explorer is all-new for 2020, and rides on an also all-new rear-wheel-drive-based platform. Ford has announced that it’s betting big on SUVs going into the future, and in doing so has opted to cancel its entire sedan lineup. As a result, the Explorer looks to play a significant role in the company’s plans going forward. As part of the Explorer’s redesign, Ford has added both a hybrid and a performance-oriented ST model to the lineup. In base, XLT, and Limited trims, the 2020 Explorer uses a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine making 300 hp, while Platinum models come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making an impressive 365 horses. The ST gets a version of that twin-turbo V6 making 400 hp. All-wheel drive is standard on the ST, as are paddle-shifters and a sport mode. Additionally, two optional performance packs are offered. The Explorer Hybrid uses a 3.3-liter V6. Fuel economy figures have yet to be released. All trim levels make use of a 10-speed automatic transmission. Every iteration of the new Explorer wears modern styling inside and out. The latest version of Ford’s Sync system comes standard, as do Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition to all of the active safety features you’d expect from a modern vehicle, the new Explorer offers an adaptive cruise control that integrates road sign recognition, and a park assist system capable of modulating brake, throttle, steering, and even gear changes. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The Palisade is Hyundai’s new offering in the midsize family SUV segment and it represents a more ambitious offering than any 3-row SUV the company has offered in the past. With a striking design and a refined interior, the Palisade offers an upscale experience at a great value, with pricing starting at just under $33,000 and topping out at about $47,000 for a fully loaded Limited model. Under the hood of every Palisade is a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 hp and returning 22 mpg in combined city and highway driving. SE models offer seating for up to eight, while SEL and Limited models come with second-row captain’s chairs that reduce overall seating capacity to seven. A bench seat is offered as a no-cost option on the SEL. Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection comes standard, as do lane-keeping assist and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SEL trim gains blind spot monitoring with integrated cameras, heated front seats, and automatic front and rear climate control, along with a few optional packages. Top-of-the-line Limited models come with a unique front grille, Nappa leather seating surfaces, a panoramic sunroof, and a 12.3-in digital instrument cluster. Find a Hyundai Palisade for sale

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

Given that Hyundai and Kia are sister companies, the Telluride is built on the same platform as the new Palisade, but wears dramatically different styling inside and out. While the Palisade goes for a distinguished, regal look, the Telluride is boxy and muscular. Just like the Hyundai, the Telluride uses a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 hp. Feature content is on par with the Palisade, too. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, as do a variety of active safety features. S models add 20-in wheels, heated seats, and a sunroof, while EX models come with leather seats, a hands-free power lift gate, and a highway driving assist feature that can match the vehicle’s speed to a posted speed limit. The top of the line SX comes with black wheels, heated and ventilated second-row captain’s chairs, a dual-panel sunroof, and a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. Add on the SX Prestige Package and you’re looking at near-luxury levels of refinement, with Nappa leather seats, a premium headliner, a head-up display, and more. Tellurides equipped with the towing package even offer a self-leveling rear suspension. Altogether, the Telluride is a tough-looking family crossover that’s big on value. Pricing for the new Kia Telluride starts at about $33,000, while a fully-loaded SX model comes in at a little over $47k. Find a Kia Telluride for sale

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

Rounding out our list of the five newest family SUVs is the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent debuted in late 2018 as a 2019 model. As with any automaker debuting a 3-row family-hauling SUV these days, the Ascent filled what had been a major hole in Subaru’s lineup, as young fans of the company’s small vehicles previously had to look elsewhere when their growing family needs dictated they buy a larger SUV. The Ascent offers room for eight passengers, unless you opt for second-row captain’s chairs, which reduces capacity to seven. We like the Ascent because it offers tons of space (and cup holders), standard AWD, and excellent safety scores. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque and paired with a fuel-saving continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings come in at between 23 and 22 mpg combined, depending on which trim you choose. Active safety features like automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, and lane-departure warning come standard, while blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are added with the Premium trim. Second-row captain’s chairs are introduced as a no-cost option on the Premium trim. Limited models gain leather seating and rear door sunshades along with an available Technology package that comes with a panoramic sunroof and a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. At the top of the range is the Touring model, which adds luxury touches like a front parking camera, automatic wipers, and a brown leather interior. Opting for the Touring model is also necessary if you want ventilated front seats. Pricing for the Ascent falls in line with the rest of the mainstream three-row crossover segment, with base models starting at about $33,000 and top-of-the-line Touring models reaching $47,000. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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