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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

2021 Genesis GV80 Photo courtesy of Genesis

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

2020 Ford Mustang GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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New SUV

New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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