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Audi updates Q7's engine, tech, design for 2020 model year

The Audi Q7's refresh comes at the right time, helping the model not fall behind the competition.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The Audi Q7 was the German automaker's second best-selling model in 2018 and it's on track for a repeat performance for 2019. Audi is woking to keep the model on top of its game by giving it a significant mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year.

At its front, the Audi now has a large octagonal grille with six vertical chrome slats. There's a fresh aluminum front spoiler design, high-definition Matrix-design and Audi laser headlights. LED headlights and taillights are standard. There are also chrome window surrounds and roof rails.

2020 Audi Q7 The car's front-end styling has been updated for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The SUV now rides on standard 19-inch five-arm star-design wheels covered in all-season tires. The three-row SUV is available with 20-inch wheels with run-flat tires or 21-inch wheels with all-seasons. Large 22-inch wheels are a further upgrade and come wrapped in summer performance tires.

The Q7 will now be powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That's slightly more horsepower but a serious increase of 44 pound-feet of torque, which is now available at lower RPM ranges, helping the Q7 get off the line quicker. Audi says the model now gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel steering is not (that's available, though). Other available equipment includes an adaptive air suspension and a tow package that gives the model a 7,700-pound towing capacity.

The interior design of the 2020 Q7 follows in the footsteps of the 2019 Audi Q8 with similar cockpit architecture and infotainment touch screen. Each Q7 comes standard with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof with electric sunshade adds light to the cabin, heated eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, split tumble-folding 35/30/35 second row seatbacks with fore/aft position and seatback angle adjustments, five LATCH connections, and power 50/50 split-folding third-row seats with electric fold and return functions. Quad-zone climate control and sunshades for the rear door side windows and tailgate are available.

2020 Audi Q7 The SUV comes standard with front and rear LED lighting.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Available packages upgrade the luxury level of the model to include things like real wood inlays, a leather headliner, black roof rails, and interior LED lighting.

The model also comes with a long list of standard and available technologies including a 10.1-inch upper infotainment display and 8.6-inch lower infotainment display, 12.3-inch high-definition digital cockpit, wireless device charging, head-up display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 3D surround sound system with 19 speakers and a 15-channel amplifier, a 23-speaker surround sound system with a 23-channel amplifier.

2020 Audi Q7 The interior of the Q7 is not similar to the Q8.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The 2020 Audi Q7 offers a new suite of standard and available driver assistance safety technology. New for 2020, the emergency assist can detect if the driver is inactive and can initiate a multi-stage process to alert the driver, eventually decelerating the vehicle to a stop in the same lane with activation of the hazard lights. A top view camera system, intersection assist, turn assist, and traffic sign recognition are available.

The 2020 Audi Q7 will start at $60,800. The top-tier Prestige trim starts at $71,200.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

Toyota

The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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