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Porsche rolls out 2020 Macan GTS, a new option for buyers looking to spend $70k on a subcompact SUV

Porsche has introduced a new grade of the Macan, the GTS.

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

If you raised your hand when the teacher asked, "Who wants to spend $70,000 on a subcompact semi-performance-focused SUV?" Porsche has a new model you'll be interested in.

The German automaker has rolled out the specs and features list for its forthcoming 2020 Porsche Macan GTS, a model that sits above the the Macan base model and Macan S but below the Macan Turbo in Porsche's lineup.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The model rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Priced from $71,300, it is priced perfectly within that grade walk. The Macan S starts at $59,400 and the Macan Turbo is $86,300.

Its specs and features list also puts the SUV snugly between the two. The Macan S is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, achieves 348 horsepower, and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The top-tier Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.-9-liter V6 under its hood that gets 434 horsepower and can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Porsche has given the Macan GTS the same engine as the Macan Turbo, but de-tuned it to get just 345 horsepower. It can still haul, getting off the line and to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS At its back, the Macan GTS features similar features as the other Macan models, with black accents.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and Porsche is offering this model with the equipment to give it sporty driving dynamics but deliver a comfortable ride for the SUV's occupants. The model comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and cast iron brakes. Buyers can choose to upgrade to a Porsche Surface Coated Brake with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.

The SUV also comes with a standard sport exhaust system that allows its twin-turbo growl to shine.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The interior design is similar to the other Macan models.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Its exterior is uniquely defined with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts. The front fascia has black accents and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. At the back are three-dimensional lights with an LED light bar and a black diffuser. Buyers can option the headlights in black with PDLS Plus.

The SUV's interior is mostly a carryover from the Macan S. It features high-quality materials like Alcantara leather and brushed aluminum. It has sport seats that are unique to the GTS trim level and feature eight-way adjustment as well as pronounced side bolsters. Options packages add red or white stitching and additional leather surfaces, a Bose surround sound system, and wireless device charging.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS Alcantara leather feutres on the car's interior.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Park Assist including Surround View, a heated windshield, and an ionizer are also available.

The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer and feature an added $1,350 delivery charge.

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The new Grand Cherokee L is on its way to dealers now.

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The all-new three-row Grand Cherokee L was unveiled earlier this year, and features an ultra-premium interior, a load of new tech, and sharp styling that shouts back to Jeep models of the past. Just a few weeks ago, we learned pricing and feature details for the new model, and now Jeep says the vehicle is on its way to dealerships across the country.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L is the first three-row Grand Cherokee.Stellantis


In terms of styling, the L's shape has been reworked from previous Grand Cherokee models to be more reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The automaker says that the grille has been tilted forward and is now wider for better air flow and a more dramatic appearance. The idea was to make the Grand Cherokee L look rugged, but keep it sleek and technical in the process.

The stretched Grand Cherokee retains the engines that powered its predecessors. That means a 3.6-liter V6 is standard, which delivers 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter V6 is optional, and makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or al-wheel drive. Either powertrain option will provide decent towing capability, but the V8 is unsurprisingly more powerful. With a V6 on board, the Grand Cherokee L can tow 6,200 pounds, while V8-powered models can pull 7,200 pounds.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L's styling is modern but nostalgic.Stellantis


Inside, Jeep says the L can be equipped with the latest tech and entertainment features. Running the latest Uconnect infotainment software, the Grand Cherokee L will be capable of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be had with a head-up display, a rear-seat monitoring camera system, and a 950-watt 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. At the top end of the lineup, the Summit Reserve model gets Palermo quilted leather, open-pore waxed walnut wood, and 21-inch wheels.

Pricing for the L starts at $38,690 after destination, which buys the base Laredo trim. The range-topping Summit Reserve model starts at $61,690 after destination. Dealer deliveries are underway now, supported by almost 5,000 employees at Stellantis' Detroit Assembly Complex.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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