2019 Ford Ranger
If you’ve been shopping for a pickup truck lately, you’ve likely noticed the eye-watering prices. Mid-size trucks, like the Toyota Tacoma, have not been as popular as full-size equivalents, so most manufacturers have not been producing the slightly smaller vehicles. Ford has returned to the segment with the all-new 2019 Ranger, which starts from a much more affordable $24,300. One of the cost-saving measures is that all Ranger models will be equipped with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. It is turbocharged however, so it generates a hefty 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque. Initial demand has been immense for the Ranger, so don’t expect to see a huge number on dealer lots. Available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew versions, the Ranger is sure to be an appealing option.
2019 Honda Insight
While sedan sales have been dwindling, cars have never been better, and Honda’s latest hybrid model is here to normalize the quirkiness of the segment. Toyota’s Prius has a unique, hate-it-or-love-it design while Honda has decided to go far more traditional. They’ve eliminated the hybrid Civic and are pushing potential buyers into a model that skews more luxurious. Its appearance most closely resembles the Accord, which is certainly a good thing. It gets 55 MPG in the city and pricing starts as low as $22,830. If you want to keep your emissions to a minimum, this is an exciting new choice.
2019 Jeep Cherokee
If you feel like you’ve been seeing Jeeps everywhere you go, it’s because you have. Jeep has continued to build off of the momentum they’ve developed the last few years and continue to sell more cars than they ever have before. Their small SUV, the Cherokee, was released a few years ago, and the futuristic slit-like headlights were turning some buyers away. They’ve revised them to look more like its big brother, the Grand Cherokee, and introduced a turbocharged four-cylinder along with other small tweaks. Fortunately for the consumer, instead of raising prices, they’ve dropped the base price $300 from the outgoing model. The new base MSRP is $25,190.
2020 Ford Bronco
Don’t expect this one until the end of 2019 at the very earliest, but Ford will be bringing a truck-based 4x4 SUV in a smaller size than the current Expedition. Based on the new Ranger platform, expect a very boxy vehicle that double-down on ruggedness. Jeep is selling beaucoup of their new Wranglers, and Ford wants part of that action.