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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 Q7The 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 Q7The 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 Q7The 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 Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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