Cars come in many shapes and forms and each year new cars or brands or models, are released with others receiving their midlife updates, and others welcome new generations.
In this article, we will take a brief look at the “Top 10 Most Popular Models Manufactured in 2020” to learn what makes them popular and what determines their pricing.
10th: Suzuki Swift $8,950
In 2020, the Swift was facelifted with changes including revised LED headlights and taillights, a revised radiator grille with a chrome bar across the middle, a dual-tone color option, and alloy wheels. Some features previously reserved for the top trim became standard. The engine was reviewed as well by reducing emission levels as required in some markets. The 1.2-liter engine comes paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system with an upgraded 10Ah battery.
A Swift Sports model was also introduced in 2020 for the European market. It features a turbocharged 1.4-liter (K14D) Boosterjet engine, but now with a smaller turbocharger and dual VVT. It’s based on Suzuki‘s SHVS 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Both models come with the optional ALLGRIP 4×4.
9th: Ford Ranger $16,000
The Ford Ranger is a mid-size pickup truck produced by Ford Motor Company. In 2011, the first generation of the Ford Ranger built on the T6 platform was introduced. This model received several midlife facelifts, with the latest before the introduction of the second generation model is the 2019 facelift for the 2020 model year.
The Ranger has been available in three (XL, XLS, and XLT) trim levels and three (Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab) cab versions. The 4×4 versions are further broken down into Ranger FX4, Ranger Sport, Ranger Wildtrak, and the Ranger Wildtrak X.
Available features on the 2020 Ranger include dual-zone climate control, heated leather seats, Ford‘s SYNC3 voice control and infotainment system, rear parking sensors, electric heated door mirrors, and alloy wheels.
The Ranger has been offered with a wide selection of petrol and diesel engines over the years, but the most common ones that were also carried over to the 2020 model are the Turbocharged 2.2-liter (Duratorq TDCi) 4-cylinder DOHC diesel engine with 158 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque and the turbocharged 3.2-liter (Duratorq TDCi) 5-cylinder DOHC diesel engine with 197hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
A new turbocharged or bi-turbo 2.0-liter (EcoBlue) 4-cylinder DOHC diesel engine with 177 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and 210 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque respectively was also available in 2020. This engine is mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
8th: Nissan Note $8,300
The Nissan Note is a subcompact hatchback manufactured by the Japanese automotive company Nissan. The first-generation Note was introduced in 2004, with its third and latest generation model released in 2020.
The interior cabin is very good, with plenty of head- and legroom for both front and rear-seat passengers, and ride quality is pretty good and the steering is light.
Available features include decent cup holders, a touchscreen infotainment system, a good stereo, sat-nav, Bluetooth, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, and clear instrumentation
The 2020 Note is exclusively available with an electrified e-Power hybrid power train. It features a 1.2-liter (HR12DE-EM47) 3-cylinder e-Power series hybrid in a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain. In the 4WD version one electric motor powers the front axle and another motor powers the rear axle. The system produces a total power of 167 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
7th: Subaru Forester $18,210
The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by the Japanese automotive company Subaru. The first-generation model of the Forester was introduced in 1997, and currently, it’s in its fifth generation since 2018.
The interior of the 2020 Forester is upmarket, its quality has improved, as well as infotainment and ride and handling quality. Its off-roading abilities remain, with its permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and X-Mode drive mode making it easy to maneuver on tough terrains.
The 2020 Forester is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine with Subaru’s new e-Boxer mild-hybrid technology that powers all four wheels via an automatic or CVT transmission. The e-Boxer technology differs from the conventional hybrid systems, in that it helps to compliment the Forester’s engine and gearbox, by improving throttle response and torque.
6th: Suzuki Escudo $12,600
The notable change in the 2020 Vitara is the introduction of FWD (front-wheel drive), with the Allgrip 4WD reserved for the top-spec version.
The 2020 Vitara/Escudois available in three (SZ4, SZ-T, and SZ5) trim levels. Standard features on the SZ4 include LED daytime running lights, heated door mirrors, climate control, and Bluetooth. The SZ-T trim adds a reversing camera, DAB radio, and sat-nav, while the SZ5 trim adds adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2020 Vitara is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter (K14D) Boosterjet petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system, paired with a belt-driven Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) with 129 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque (The ISG electric motor produces 14 hp and 39 lb-ft of torque). This engine is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
5th: Toyota Allion $9,720
The Toyota Allion is a compact sedan manufactured by the Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota. The first generation Allion was unveiled in 2001 with its second and latest generation released in 2007.
The Allion came fitted with a 1.5-liter (1NZ-FE) 4-cylinder petrol engine with 109 hp and 104 lb-ft of torque. The engine was mated with a 4-speed automatic or CVT transmission.
4th: Toyota Rav4 $19,530
The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. The first generation RAV4 was unveiled in 1994 and is currently on its fifth generation since 2018.
In 2020, the Rav4 was restyled with the old conservative looks gone, its new styling features square-wheel arches and sharp edges that stand out a mile from its rivals.
The 2020 Rav4 is available in five trim levels, with naming based on the market. The base trim is available in a FWD layout only. Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone air conditioning, rear parking camera and sensors, automatic wipers and headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The second trim adds push-button start, navigation integrated with the infotainment system, keyless entry, front parking sensors, a powered tailgate, 4WD as an option, and 18-inch wheels. The third trim adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, ambient cabin lighting, leather upholstery, and headlight washers. The fourth trim adds sports seats, projection LED headlights, a contrast gloss-black roof color, and black-painted 18-inch alloys. The top-spec is exclusively offered with the plug-in hybrid system with an upgraded audio set-up, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2020 Rav4 comes fitted with a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2.5-liter petrol engine with a pair of electric motors and an 18kWh lithium-ion battery. The system produces a combined output power of 300 hp.
3rd: Honda Fit $8,240
The Fit is available in four trim levels starting with the base SE model, followed by the mid-spec SR, then EX, and the top-spec EX Style. Standard features on the base SE model include automatic air-con and adaptive cruise control. The SR trim adds a larger 9-inch infotainment screen. The EX adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, sat-nav, rear privacy glass, and 16-inch alloy wheels, while the top-spec EX Style adds a two-tone roof and black exterior trim.
The Fit/Jazz comes fitted with 1.3-liter petrol for the JDM model or 1.5-liter petrol-hybrid power, for the European market. The 1.5-liter e:HEV utilizes Honda’s dual-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system.
2nd: Isuzu D-Max $14,000
The 2020 D-Max has more modern looks, decent levels of kit, and appealing low prices. Notable exterior features include the double-fang front grille that gives the car an aggressive look.
It is available in base, mid-spec, and top-spec with naming depending on the market. The base model is available in single cab, extended cab, and double cab body styles. The mid-spec is available in extended and double cab forms, while the top-spec is available in double-cab only.
This 2020 model still utilizes the body-on-frame chassis, but it’s now rigid and lighter than before. The switchable four-wheel-drive is carried over from the previous model, it allows you to select between rear-wheel drive or 4WD (high and low-range), with a rear differential lock as standard, making it a very good off-roader.
The 2020 D-Max comes fitted with a 1.9-liter (RZ4E-TC) diesel engine with 160 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, capable of towing up to 3.5 tons. An optional 3.0-liter (4JJ3-TCX) diesel engine with 187 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque is also available. These engines are paired with six-speed manual or auto transmissions.
1st: Toyota Hilux $13,900
In 2020, the eighth generation Hilux received its second facelift. Changes included redesigned LED headlamps and taillights, new front LED turn signals, and revised 18-inch alloy wheels. This facelifted Hilux is offered in two (X and Z) trim levels.
The 2020 Hilux has a larger infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, apart from that, there are no changes tech-wise, which include a USB port, two 12V sockets, and a household power socket in the center console.
Although the Hilux is rated as one of the safest pickups, the 2020 model comes with upgraded safety in the form of Toyota Safety Sense intelligent technology which features the Pre-Collision Safety system and speed signs alert.
The 2020 Hilux comes with an upgraded 2.8-liter (1GD-FTV) 4-cylinder diesel engine with 201 hp and 369 lb-ft. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. With this new engine, the Hilux is capable of towing a maximum of 3.5 tons.
We have reviewed the 10 Most Popular Models in BE FORWARD manufactured in 2020. These are all great cars, but one thing that they have in common is that they are modern, stylish, reliable, durable, and dependable. Each car is performing very well in its category.
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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya