Later today, I’m reviewing the Kia K900, which is a full-size luxury sedan that not many people know about. In keeping with the theme of little-known cars, I’ve decided to also make a little list of five new models that you may not know about — five cars that garner so little press, and so few sales, that you may not even know they’re on the market. Here goes.
Although I’ve found that many car enthusiasts and industry observers are well aware of Buick’s compact crossover (the Encore) and larger crossover (the Enclave), the midsize, Chinese-made Envision seems to slip through the cracks. The Envision is intended to be a budget, midsize luxury crossover, with a starting price of around $33,000, and two available engines: a 197-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, or a 252-hp turbo four.
Chevrolet City Express
The Chevy City Express is especially well-hidden, and I’ve talked to few car enthusiasts who know about it. Many people know Chevy’s full-size cargo van, the Express, but the City Express is the brand’s smaller van — a rival to the Ford Transit Connect, the Ram ProMaster City and the Nissan NV200. In fact, the City Express is effectively just a rebadged version of the NV200, as the two vans share the same body, interior and powertrains — it’s just that the Chevy version has a Chevy bowtie on the front.
It may surprise you to learn that the Infiniti M — sold as the M37 or the M56 depending on which engine you chose — is still on sale to this day as the Infiniti Q70. The current model debuted for the 2011 model year, with minor updates here and there to keep it fresh — including the name change to "Q70" in 2015. A hybrid version was offered for several years, but it’s been discontinued for the 2019 model year, leaving the 330-hp 3.7-liter V6 and the 420-hp 5.6-liter V8 as the sole engine choices.
The Kia Cadenza has always been a capable, competent rival to full-size sedans like the Ford Taurus and the Toyota Avalon — but the trouble is, most people simply don’t know about it. The Cadenza first went on sale for the 2014 model year, and it was redesigned for 2017 — but most shoppers don’t know it exists at all. It starts from around $34,000, and it offers one engine: a 290-hp 3.3-liter V6.
The Lincoln MKT has been reasonably well-known since its debut way back in 2010 — but I’ve met few car enthusiasts who know it’s still on sale. Yes, Lincoln’s full-size crossover — effectively, the Lincoln version of the Ford Flex — is still on the market, and you can still buy one new. It’s not common, to be sure, and it’s likely headed for cancellation — but it’s still here, with a starting price of around $50,000. It also now features Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 as standard equipment, meaning even base models carry an impressive 355 hp.