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Porsche Macan Turbo returns, gets faster for 2020

The Porsche Macan Turbo is returning for the 2020 model year.

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How fast do you need your SUV to go? Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6, the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo has quicker acceleration and a higher top track speed than the outgoing generation model.

The subcompact SUV's power plant produces 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, which gets the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. If that's not fast enough for you, you can add the available Sport Chrono package to your new Macan Turbo and drop the time to 4.1 seconds.

Thanks to the that engine, the same as in the Cayenne and Pamnamera, it now has a top track speed of 167 mph, a 3 mph upgrade.

The all-wheel drive Macan has its engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo interior steering wheel screen shifter The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 under the hood that is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America

Equally as important as getting going is stopping. The new Macan Turbo comes standard with Porsche Surface Coated Brakes that are designed to improve stopping power over the previous-generation Macan's brakes. The SUV's rotors are coated in a layer of tungsten carbide, which reduces brake dust by up to 90 percent and provides a sharper braking response.

With all that power, it's expected that the Macan will sound and look good. Porsche is giving each Macan Turbo a standard Sport Exhaust system and 20-inch wheels. The Macan Turbo also has standard Sport Design side skirts and exterior mirrors, dual strip LED fog lights, and a fixed rear spoiler.

The new, faster 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2019. It has a starting MSRP Of $83,600 and comes with $1,350 in processing, delivery, and handling fees.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will be available with all-wheel drive and the longest list of standard safety features available in a minivan.

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For the 2021 model year, there will be two redesigned and two significantly refreshed models hitting the market in addition to the Dodge Caravan, which is finally getting the axe.

Below is a list of the best-selling minivans through August 8, 2020. Many automakers report their sales results quarterly. These rankings have been determined using sales numbers provided by the individual automobile manufacturers. FCA rolls its Chrysler Voyager sales into Pacifica sales (they share most of the same components).

The vehicles on this list are bound to change order as new information becomes available. Stay tuned!

Kia Sedona (8,050 sold)

2021 Kia Sedona Kia Sedona Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia Sedona has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. The 2020 model is still on U.S. lots and delivers a lot of bang for its buck - just like most of the rest of the Kia lineup. The Sedan comfortably and confidently gets passengers to and fro.

Toyota Sienna (20,670 sold)

2021 Toyota Sienna

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Toyota has redesigned the Sienna for 2021, giving it only a hybrid powertrain and offering more polarizing looks. If you'd rather have a straight up gasoline-powered Sienna, you'll want to head to the Toyota lot sooner rather than later to grab a 2020 model before they run out.

Dodge Grand Caravan (30,222 sold)

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Dodge Grand Caravan has finally reached the end of the road. It's in the process of being replaced by the similarly priced but nicer appointed Chrysler Voyager.

Chrysler Pacifica (35,549 sold)

Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica is a well-designed family hauler that comes in a traditional gasoline-powered variant as well as a plug-in hybrid model. It has gobs of passenger space and sits a little lower to the ground than the Odyssey and Sienna while still giving good forward visibility. It will be significantly refreshed for 2021.

Honda Odyssey (43,203 sold)

2021 Honda Odyssey

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The Honda Odyssey gets a significant facelift for 2021 with a shuffling of the packages and trim levels that actually lowers the price of the mid-grade model a significant amount. The car can come loaded with some neat tech like CabinWatch, which puts a camera view of the rear seats on the infotainment screen.

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Americans have complaints about their car insurance companies.

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A new study by ValuePenguin discovered what Americans dislike about the top insurance companies in the country. The research found that customers were most likely to gripe about claims-related issues, but not always for the same reason.

The top 10 insurance companies are Allstate, Farmers, Chubb, GEICO, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, Progressive, State Farm, USAA, and Travelers. All of these companies offer auto insurance alongside other type of insurance.

The study used data collected from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). These results are specific to the auto industry.

Allstate and GEICO customers were most irritated by delays while Farmers, Progressive, State Farm, and Travelers clients complained most about unsatisfactory settlements/offers.

Value Penguin insurance companies Photo courtesy of ValuePenguin

About three-quarters of complaints directed at GEICO dealt with claims, typically with claims delays and unsatisfactory settlement offers.

Chubb customers were much less likely to complain about a claims issue. Only 43 percent of complaints made about that insurer involved claims. Instead, customers said they weren't happy with the company's sales and marketing process. "Misrepresentation" of coverage offerings was the single most common complaint among Chubb customers, and Chubb received more complaints regarding this issue than any other insurer ValuePenguin looked at.

Liberty Mutual was plagued by complaints over adjuster handling while the chief issue for Nationwide customers was the denial of a claim.

The NAIC's Complaint Index compares the number of complaints an insurer has received with its size. When this criteria is taken into account, Nationwide has the fewest complaints among the top car insurance insurers. Liberty Mutual car insurance customers are 96 percent as likely to file a complaint as they would at another insurer. Though it sounds high, this still beats the national average.

Here are all the Auto Complaint Index ratings for the top insurers:

  • Allstate - 0.6
  • Chubb - 0.51
  • Farmers - 0.86
  • GEICO - 0.81
  • Liberty Mutual - 0.96
  • Nationwide - 0.43
  • Progressive - 0.78
  • State Farm - 0.69
  • Travelers - 0.62
  • USAA - 0.69

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