2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Automobiles.com photograph by Aaron Bragman

Far be it from us to query the mystic knowledge of Yoda, {that a} Jedi craves not such things as adventure and excitement — however we don’t all reside alone on distant swamp planets. So after being caught in various states of quarantine for the previous 9 months and counting, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, the li’l inexperienced guru must forgive us midi-chlorian-deficient people pining away for a bit of exterior stimulation. As the car stays America’s quintessential totem of freedom, it is smart that the vehicles we at present fixate on would favor the thrilling, adventurous and prosperous.

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It comes as little shock that SUVs dominate our year-end countdown of Automobiles.com’s hottest knowledgeable auto opinions, accounting for a full six of the highest 10. However a noteworthy emphasis on luxurious, efficiency and enjoyable, in a 12 months during which unemployment reached a precedent-setting high of practically 15%, lends an air of escapism to the 2020 lineup — nowhere extra so than the spendy luxurious compact SUV taking the highest spot.

For the 2020 mannequin 12 months, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class will get updates to its styling, powertrains and cabin appointments, with pricing from the $40,000s all the best way as much as practically 100 grand for the top-performing AMG variant. Automobiles.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s evaluation of the GLC is total favorable, and he sees why Mercedes patrons in want of some further cargo or elbow room would select it over the model’s erstwhile top-selling mannequin, the C-Class sedan.

“The GLC-Class has surpassed the C-Class compact sedan to turn into Mercedes-Benz’s bestselling mannequin within the U.S., and for good purpose: For a couple of dollars greater than a C-Class, you get more room and headroom, plus the identical high quality inside, top-notch facilities, trendy multimedia system and a great deal of accessible extra-cost security gear,” Bragman writes.

Comply with the hyperlink under to our No. 1 automobile evaluation of the 12 months for Bragman’s full take.

Steering onerous into 2020’s enjoyable, fancy theme, Mercedes’ second entry on our annual countdown clocks in at No. 6 — although that quantity will get a lot decrease if that clock is a stopwatch. The jaw-droppingly attractive 2020 AMG GT C Roadster boasts a neck-snapping 0-60-mph time of three.6 seconds, courtesy of the posh roadster’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-Eight engine. It additionally boasts a $163,395 beginning worth with vacation spot, a determine that may hold accelerating from there. However, as Automobiles.com reviewer Mike Hanley implies, you probably have that kinda cash, it’s cash properly spent.

“The Mercedes-AMG GT C is a chic luxurious automobile that would most likely get by on seems alone, however spending only a few minutes behind the wheel reveals how far more it’s than only a trendy roadster,” Hanley writes. “The GT C has sufficient luxurious and tech options to not appear misplaced alongside its Mercedes siblings, however its focus is driving efficiency, and on this it’s an exhilarating success.”

Comply with the hyperlink under to our No. 6 automobile evaluation of the 12 months for Hanley’s full evaluation.

Headed additional down Luxurious Lane, one other evaluation from Bragman makes the highest 10 within the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, a reasonably sported-up model of Cadillac’s CT4 sedan and little bro to the CT5-V. Head to the No. 7 spot for the complete story there. And, at No. 9, Automobiles.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger affords blended emotions on the 2020 BMW X1, the smallest SUV within the luxurious maker’s lineup.

And at last, these cooped up in quarantine and dreaming of overcoming obstacles not associated to the coronavirus ought to head to No. Eight for Bragman’s evaluation of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which affords all of the off-road ruggedness of the long-lasting Wrangler on which it’s based mostly … plus some of the utility of a pickup truck.

However 2020 wasn’t all aspirations and off-roading. Peruse the complete listing under for common opinions on respectable each day drivers just like the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Toyota Yaris and RAV4 Prime, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Tahoe. Listed here are the highest 10 opinions Automobiles.com readers couldn’t get sufficient of prior to now 12 months:

1. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review: Fast and Fancy Family Haulers

2. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review: A Good People Mover … for Fewer People

3. 2020 Toyota Yaris XLE Sedan Review: Frugal Can Be Fun

4. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid Review: Efficiently Quick, Annoyances Aside

5. 2020 Honda Pilot Review: Showing Its Age

6. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Review: This Beauty Is a Beast

7. 2020 Cadillac CT4-V Review: Think of It as Fun-Sized

8. 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: Unique, Expensive and Massively Entertaining

9. 2020 BMW X1 Review: Delightful to Drive, Confounding to Control

10. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Review: A Different-Flavored Ford Expedition Fighter

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