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Don't miss these 20 cars, trucks, and SUVs at the 2020 Dallas Auto Show

When you head to your local auto show in 2020, there are some can't-miss vehicles you'll want to have your eye out for.

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Editor's Note: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Dallas Auto Show, on March 13, announced that the event would be postponed and that more information regarding a rescheduled event is pending. Stay tuned to AutomotiveMap for more information as it becomes available.

Whether you're in the market for a new SUV or just going to browse the buffet, there are hundreds of vehicles to feast your eyes on at auto shows across the country this year. Among the highlights are new SUVs from Hyundai, the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, the adventure-ready Toyota 4Runner Trail, and a host of quirky subcompacts.

The 2020 Dallas Auto Show will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from March 18 to 22. In addition to the new models, the CBS 11 Classic Car Corral will return as will the Auto Tech Competition. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for senior citizens 65 and older and children ages 6-12, $10 for military with ID, and children 5 and under are admitted free. Discount coupons are available at participating franchised new car dealerships.

These are the models you won't want to miss.

​2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade

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This three-row Hyundai SUV is new for the 2020 model year. It replaces the old three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, which was replaced with a new two-row model in 2018. The Palisade is well-regarded for its high-quality interior, competent 3.8-liter V6 (standard across all grades), and extended warranty. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts at $31,550.

2020 Buick Encore GX

2020 Buick Encore GX

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The 2020 Encore GX is a new addition to the Buick lineup, slotting between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision. Its designed to have all the hallmarks of modern Buick design in a right-sized package for empty nesters who need slightly more space than the Encore allows. The Encore GX will be arriving at dealerships soon.

2020 Cadillac CT4 & CT5

2020 Cadillac CT4 & CT5

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The 2020 CT4 and CT5 make up the new core of the Cadillac sedan lineup. They showcase the future of the brand from interior design to technology to powertrains. The CT4 is smaller than the CT5. New V-Series versions of the models have been announced. The CT5 starts at $36,895. Pricing for the CT4 had not yet been announced at the time of publication.

2020 Nissan Titan

TitanNissan has given the Titan a thorough refresh for the 2020 model year, adding new high-tech features, a new center stack design, fresh exterior accents, and more differentiations between grades. They've also simplified the truck's lineup in response to customer and dealer suggestions. AutomotiveMap's team was one of the first to put the new Titan to the test last November.

​2020 Hyundai Venue

2021 Hyundai Venue

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The Palisade is Hyundai's largest SUV and the new Venue is its smallest. Designed for urban dwellers, the Venue bills itself as "small, agile and not fragile." It's a subcompact SUV that competes directly with the Nissan Kicks. The 2020 Hyundai Venue starts at $17,250 before incentives.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

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AutomotiveMap was one of the first outlets in the county to test drive the Corvette last October, right after it was unveiled. The new model features a mid-engine format but keeps some of the hallmarks that last-gen had, like inspiration from a fighter jet for its body design. The 2020 Corvette is on sale now and starts under $60,000.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

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The Telluride has been one of the hottest-selling SUVs this year and it's worth a look for any family wanting more bang for their buck out a large SUV. The three-row model has been lauded for its unique exterior, refined interior, and off-road prowess. The 2020 Kia Telluride starts at $31,690.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

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The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe have been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. Their makeover is apparent from top to bottom, with a sizeable grille in between. Their interiors feature the latest convenience and safety features buyers are looking for with added legroom for the new model year.

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos

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Kia's newest subcompact crossover looks like it should be for city residents but don't let its looks fool you. Kia is touting the SUV's road-to-trail readiness in addition to its high-tech interior and long warranty. The 2021 Kia Seltos will come in 12 paint jobs when it goes in sale in early 2020.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E was the belle of the ball at the L.A. Auto Show where it debuted. This electric vehicle is geared more for performance than grocery getting. When it goes on sale, the Mustang Mach-E will come in several variants, with ranges that go up along with the price tag. Interested buyers can reserve their Mustang Mach-E online or at their dealership today.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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This Chevy Trailblazer not like the one you grew up knowing. Now it's a subcompact crossover that's more closely related to the 2021 Kia Seltos than the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban with two rows of seating, a low-powered engine, and just enough back seat space for short trips. The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer goes on sale later in 2020.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Trail

2020 Toyota 4Runner Trail

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Toyota is packing the 4Runner Trail with equipment to make it an ideal camping vehicle. It has dark gray TRD Off-Road wheels, a Yakima LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket, and a custom, lockable 40-quart cooler and sliding cargo tray. The model will go on sale this summer.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape

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Ford sells the Escape around the world under different names, but the Louisville, Kentucky SUV was designed with the U.S. audience in mind. The compact SUV can store more cargo than ever, has gotten a significant increase in second-row legroom, and a massive technology upgrade. The 2020 Escape is on sale now.

2021 Genesis GV80

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The Genesis GV80 is the Korean automaker's first luxury SUV. It packs a punch with looks that combine the Genesis G90 with the Bentley Bentayga and appointments befitting a much more expensive vehicle. This is the SUV that John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were promoting in their Super Bowl ad. The model goes on sale later this year.

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

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Like many of the vehicles on this list, the Subaru Outback has undergone a ground up redesign for the 2020 model year. It delivers more of what last-get Outback owners have asked for while not straying far from the typical Outback mold. The wagon is on sale now.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross

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Following the trend of luxury European automakers, Volkswagen has smushed down the roof on its popular three-row SUV, the Atlas, to make the two-row 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross. The fastback SUV is the first to wear the new Volkswagen badging and refreshed "R". The Atlas Cross goes on sale later this year.

2020 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer was redesigned from the ground up for the 2020 model year. It has more passenger space, standard rear-wheel drive, and is available with a hybrid powertrain. The automaker recently announced that a new XLT Sport Appearance Package will be available on the 2021 model in response to customer demands. The 2020 Explorer is on sale now.

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Toyota GR Supra

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Last year, Toyota presented a number of special Supra builds at SEMA. This year the company is hitting the local auto show circuit showing off its 2021 Toyota GR Supra with a fresh four-cylinder engine and a special edition model. The 2021 Supra was just unveiled at the Daytona 500. The 2020 Toyota Supra is on sale now. The 2021 model goes on sale later this year.

2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan Sentra

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Nissan has completely redesigned the Sentra for the 2020 model year, making it into a big of a mini Maxima. This new 2020 Nissan Sentra features a sportier design, upgraded interior, and a good list of standard safety technologies. It also has a more powerful engine that helps make this compact sedan fun to drive. The 2020 Sentra is on sale now.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The most powerful entry in the Ford Mustang lineup has arrived. It has signature Mustang looks mixed with signature Shelby performance. The heart of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a hand built, supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy V8 engine produces 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. The car is on sale now.

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Kia is offering the Sorento SUV in a hybrid form for the 2021 model year.

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New car prices keep going up so it was only a matter of time before the average new car price hit the $40,000 threshold. New quarterly analysis by Edmunds showed that the average amount borrowed for a new car in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $35,373. Buyers put an average of $4,734 down on top of that, which makes the average new car price $40,107.

Paying around $40,000 is a sweet spot in the market. It gets buyers into lower cost luxury and premium models as well as most of the mass market offerings. AutomotiveMap has put together a list of the best vehicles you can get for around the $40,000 mark.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX Advance

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Price: $37,500
The Acura TLX debuted as a completely redesigned car for the 2021 model year bringing with it a new sportiness and fresh styling outside and in. The TLX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Its cabin is quite nice - decked out in leatherette upholstery with 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, a 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen, seven-inch driver information display, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto make up just some of the items on the standard features list.

Editor's Note: Acura doesn't sell the TLX in a variety of trim levels. Instead, buyers choose the TLX then can add on packages to get what they want. The model described here has no package add-ons. Pictured: 2021 Acura TLX Advance

2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn

2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn

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Price: $39,490
Configure the 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn with two-wheel drive, a crew cab, and 5'7" box to get one of the best trucks at the price point. It comes standard with Ram's tried and true 3.6-liter V6 engine, which provides a good amount of power. Cloth seating for six passengers and a five-inch infotainment screen is standard as well.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands

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Price: $32,660
The Ford Bronco Sport Badlands trim is the most off-road capable version of the SUV, and it's no slouch. The model is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, off-road suspension, advanced four-wheel drive with a twin-clutch rear-drive unit, a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes, metal bash plates, Trail Control, a 180-degree front camera with washer, front tow hooks, and rubberized flooring. The SUV rides on 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 28.5-inch all-terrain tires.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

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Price: $36,590
The new-for-2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid comes in just two trim levels: S and EX. The upgraded EX model gets an EPA-estimated 37 mpg and has 227 total system horsepower. The features list for the Sorento Hybrid EX is long and includes a power liftgate, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless phone charger. It also comes with a host of safety and driver assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and forward collision avoidance assist.

2021 Genesis G70 2.0T

2021 Genesis G70 Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Price: $36,000
The Genesis G70 is a sports sedan you probably haven't seen that much on roads near you, but you should. They should be everywhere. For under $40,000, buyers can get their hands on a rear-wheel drive G70 2.0T with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It has the buyer's choice of gray or black leatherette upholstery.

2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport

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Price: $39,470
The Ridgeline might not be a typical truck in the looks category, but for the 2021 model year the Honda has gotten some aesthetic beef thanks to a design refresh. The truck continues to have a trunk in its bed and now comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assist technologies. Power comes from the truck's 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.The Ridgeline is most noted for its refined and comfortable interior that's more SUV-like than truck-like. For 2021, that has only improved. The RTL grade (Ridgeline Sport is shown above) is a step up from the base model.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

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Price: $39,995
The Chrysler Pacifica is presently the best minivan you can buy. Its Hybrid version (shown above in the Pinnacle grade) adds plug-in electric capability to the equation offering over 30 miles of gasoline-free driving per charge and running like a typical hybrid when the battery has been depleted or the van needs some extra oomph. With the Pacifica Hybrid Touring buyers get their choice of a number of included paint colors, 17-inch machined aluminum wheels with gray pockets wrapped in all-season tires, premium cloth bucket seats in black or cognac, and a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen.

2021 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX Advance

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Price: $38,400
Acura sells gobs of RDXs and it's really no mystery as to why. The SUV is fun to drive, has abundant cargo space, and is easy on the eyes. Add in the comfortable seats that offer plenty of space, and the RDX turns into one of the best family haulers out there, empty nest or not. The 2021 RDX rides on standard 19-inch glitter silver wheels, gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 272 horsepower, and has a host of infotainment features like a nine-speaker audio system, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 10.2-inch infotainment system touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Buyers ca opt for all-wheel drive, which puts the vehicle just a tick over the $40,000 mark.

Editor's Note: Acura doesn't sell the RDX in a variety of trim levels. Instead, buyers choose the RDX then can add on packages to get what they want. The model described here has no package add-ons. Shown: 2019 Acura RDX Advance

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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Price: $35,300
Not only does the fanciest and most tech-forward Hyundai Sonata Hybrid you can buy get 47 mpg, it also has a solar roof. It also doesn't lack oomph, with 192 horsepower from its propulsion system at the ready. The car has a 12.3-inch fully-digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen. It also sports plenty of head- and legroom, cargo space, and forward visibility. Pricing for the sedan includes checking nearly every option box, which is standard for the Limited model.

2021 Kia Telluride EX

2020 Kia Telluride

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Price: $37,590
Kia is selling the Telluride like gangbusters and it's not hard to see why. The three-row SUV comes standard with a 3.8-liter V6 that supplies plenty of power. Its roster of standard features on the EX trim level includes a power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode, a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, wireless smartphone charging, six USB ports, leather-trimmed seats, and more. Add all-wheel drive for just $2,000 more.

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Ford has enlisted the help of Clark and Ellen Griswold for its new "Christmas Vacation"-themed commercial.

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The Griswolds are back. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold for a new national TV spot that also stars the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. In the words of Mr. Griswold himself, "We're gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas."

The ad recreates one of the movie's most iconic scenes as the Clark calls the Griswold family out on to witness the annual lighting of the home's iconic Christmas lights display. While various group members recite lines "Christmas Vacation" fans will take note of as being inspired by the original film, they face the home awaiting the big moment.

Behind the Scenes: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E meets The Griswolds

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"It's great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it," said Chase. "I suppose you're expecting some sort of riff on electric cars, but I can say with 85% certainty that this thing probably won't cause any blackouts in your neighborhood when you plug it in."

"My favorite side kick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy's Clark, my one and only Sparky," D'Angelo said. "But this year, the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway! Please don't tell him I said that. I'm already in trouble for bringing a different set of kids every time we go on a vacation."

As in the movie, the Griswold's lights fail to illuminate and Ellen heads off to the garage and ends up flipping a light switch ahead of grabbing the charging cable for the Mustang Mach-E along the way. When Ellen plugs in the shiny new crossover... Well, you'll just have to watch to see what happens.

Electri-vacation, starring the Griswolds | Mustang Mach-E | Ford www.youtube.com

A new short featuring Mustang Mach-E on the SNL Christmas Special on December 22.

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