The summer driving season is in full swing and the blazing sales pace of the US auto industry seems eternal. But this is also the time for new rides to be taken off the dealer lots at great prices.
With sales jumping each month and the seasonally adjusted annual rate now seeking to reach its highest tally in more than a decade, it’s clear American consumers are turning up more across the dealer lots. And because shopping for a new vehicle comes with numerous nuisances, let’s address at least one – what vehicle should we shop for. This – alphabetical – list of hot summer rides might come in handy.
First off we have the Acura TLX – a sedan replacing the TL and TSX models in the lineup – based on the Honda Accord and coming with either a 2.4-liter 206-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter 290-horsepower V6. The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon siblings have showed the midsize truck segment isn’t dead after all and GM had a brilliant idea taking that road again. The Chevrolet Trax has finally come to the US after being sold already across 60 other markets worldwide and wills serve as a less posh alternative to the Buick Encore in the booming small crossover segment. Ford’s F-150 and Mustang are contenders across different categories but underscore the automaker’s commitment to offer legendary models that are firmly rooted into the XXI century. Hyundai and Kia, strong contenders in the sedan category, have the Genesis and K900 flagships to show off with and the recent wins in client studies might hint they have some winners in their steed. Lexus has finally jumped the compact crossover bandwagon with the new NX and the model – together with the already traditional summer sale – has nailed the brand the top position in terms of luxury sales in July.