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These are the best vehicles for social distancing

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If these cars could come with a Hallmark card that reads, "When you don't want to be at home, but also shouldn't go out in public" (opens card) "Congratulations on your new car" they should. The models on this list offer many creature comforts, but also provide a number of features that make them perfectly suited for social distancing behaviors, whether it be during the Covid-19 outbreak or any other time.

If you're in need of a new car but don't want to visit a dealership, remember, you can virtually shop for new cars using Cadillac Live or purchase a used car online through sites like Carvana. And, keeping a packet of sanitizing wipes in the glovebox to use to wipe down gas pumps and windshield washer fluid station wands, isn't a bad idea.

Land Rover Discovery

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With its off-road prowess and plush accommodations, the Land Rover Discovery is ready, willing, and able to take you far away to the desolate corners of civilization. Plus, the Disco has some great features like standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, fog lights, blind spot monitoring, and power lift gate. Navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera are available.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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There's a fair amount of parents complaining about being stuck in the house all day with their children. Why not pile them in the plug-in hybrid version of America's plushest minivan? The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can comfortably seat seven and it can go 32 miles without using any gasoline meaning less time touching dirty fuel pump handles.

Ram 1500

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The Ram 1500 is plenty capable of towing and hauling but when it comes to leaving the house with your most precious cargo during an epidemic, the truck's creature comforts show through. Many drive-ins are opening up and the Ram's reclining second row and abundant passenger space make the model a great choice to take to the movies. Plus, you can set up a few chairs or tent in the bed to enjoy a more unique experience.

Subaru Crosstrek

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Latch you kayaks, skis, snowboards, or bicycles to the top of the Subaru Crosstrek and head out to your favorite recreation facility to take advantage of communing with Mother Nature in solitude. The Crosstrek has good cargo space, standard all-wheel drive, and can go nearly 600 miles between fill ups.

Mercedes-Benz Metris

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The Chicago Auto Show debut of the Mercedes-Benz Metris camper van was just in time. Though you might not have the lead time to order one of theirs, you can DIY a camper van from and of the Mercedes van models, new or used.

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Hyundai has completely refreshed the Santa Fe for 2021.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is getting more than just a traditional mid-cycle update for the 2021 model year. It's closer to a generational shift with new powertrains, a new platform, and more premium features.

If you're saying to yourself, "Didn't they just change it?" to yourself right now, you're not wrong. The current Santa Fe shifted generations just about two years ago as the company prepared to introduce the three-row Palisade. When the Palisade arrived, the Santa Fe was relegated to the new two-row Santa Fe and a holdover three-row Santa Fe for a year before going to just a two-row model for 2020.

The SUV has a fresh grille and headlamp design as well as new front and rear fascia.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has a face that looks like a blend of the Palisade and the Vision T concept car, which was first shown at last year's LA Auto Show. Its headlights carry over the Spartan helmet-like design that first appeared on the Kona. T-shaped LED daytime running lights flow from the headlights to the sides of the grill. The lower grille eschews the crucible-shape that is on the Palisade and offers a new, sophisticated look.

Hyundai has made the car beefier looking but also gentler with posterior that's sophisticated with arrow-like taillights that are connected through the center of the tailgate by a light bar.

Twenty-inch wheels are available as part of a Luxury Package that includes front and back lower bumpers and side cladding that match the body paint color, rather than the traditional matte black.

Hyundai has already revealed that the 2021 Santa Fe will come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants in Europe. They have not confirmed which, if either of those powertrains is coming to the U.S. More information is expected to be revealed soon.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai aimed for a premium SUV with the Palisade, to thunderous applause from industry experts and buyers, and it looks like that design mantra is holding true in the New Santa Fe. The company promotes the model as having more "space, comfort, and convenience" than the outgoing model. That's thanks in large part to the new platform the SUV is riding on.

The new third-gen Hyundai platform allows for improvements inn performance, handling, fuel efficiency, and safety. Additionally, it features more crash resistance. With the SUV market growing increasingly competitive, it's understandable that Hyundai would want to shift the model to the new underpinnings ASAP.

The lower half of the dashboard has been redesigned for 2021 and the cabin has been outfitted with soft-touch materials. The center console has also been redesigned and now floats and features similar instrumentation to the Hyundai Nexo and Palisade. This leaves a good amount of space between driver and front passenger for storage.

A new 10.25-inch infotainment screen floats on the dashboard.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen appears to float above the dashboard. A new 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver.

The new Santa Fe will be available in Europe starting September 2020. There is not yet confirmation as to when it comes to the U.S. or what it will cost.

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The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will debut on June 24.

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The Volkswagen what? You're not alone if you haven't heard of the Arteon. The model is easy to forget in a carscape that's crowded with a rich number of much more premium and luxury cars that compete directly with the model in the U.S. due to the car's high price point.

The Arteon is the successor to the Volkswagen CC. The company makes them in Germany and China. VW designed the car to be an upmarket offering.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon The current interior of the 2020 Arteon doesn't have the appointments or features of many modern premium and luxury cars, despite Volkswagen positioning the model to fit in with that crowd.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

It's a model that hasn't quite caught on with American audiences despite the popularity of other models in the Volkswagen lineup like the Atlas, Tiguan, and Jetta. In the first quarter of the year, Volkswagen sold under 800 Arteons. Alfa Romeo sold more than twice as many Giulias during that same time and Toyota sold that many RAV4s every 17 hours.

Volkswagen will debut a refreshed version of the Arteon on June 24. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will have a completely new cockpit area and feature a new roster of high-tech infotainment system functions.

It will also benefit from the addition of new safety and driver assist systems, including Travel Assist, which takes over steering, acceleration, and braking at speeds up to 130 mph. Further restrictions of the vehicle's capability will likely be forthcoming.

Additionally, Volkswagen will premiere the new Arteon shooting brake alongside the sedan. VW has already acknowledged that the U.S. isn't getting this version of the car. It's planned exclusively for Europe according to a release from the company.

With just the interior getting refreshed, the U.S. version of the car is likely to continue to have its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the 2020 model year, Volkswagen sold the car in the U.S. in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Plus. It was priced starting at $35,995.

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