Car shoppers set sights on bargain 2020s, tantalizing 2021s

Labor Day may signal the end of summer, but for auto dealers, this weekend (and beyond) can be anything but a holiday. With many 2021 models on the way (or already here), dealers want to reduce inventories of 2020s. Now could be the chance for savvy shoppers to save thousands of dollars.

For instance, Consumer Reports put together a list of 10 vehicles that it says may be scooped up at $2,000 to $6,000 below MSRP. The editors’ picks include the Nissan Altima, Sentra and Rogue, Kia’s Forte, Sorento, Sportage and Soul, as well as the Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe and Veloster. Keep in mind that although there are certainly other makes and models that can be had at steep discounts, all 10 on Consumer Reports’ list earned a “recommended” rating.

But these days, consumers often covet trucks. In 2019, the three best-selling vehicles in the U.S. were pickups: Ford F Series (838,635), Ram (617,392) and Chevy Silverado (578,965), according to IHS Markit, which tracks new-vehicle retail registrations. If a truck is at the top of your wish list, you could be looking at saving yourself up to $7,300, depending on cab, model and supply on hand.

Another tip: don’t overlook limited-time special lease or financing terms or additional discounts and rebates pertaining to college graduations or military service.

But if nothing but a 2021 model will do, here’s a handful of intriguing trucks and SUVs coming down the pipeline.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

Ram has blown up the performance pickup scene with its Ram 1500 TRX, a half-ton hellcat pickup boasting 702 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram said its 4×4 super truck will rip from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and deliver 12.9-second quarter-mile time slips, thanks to its deep-breathing 6.2-liter supercharged V8.

The Ram 1500 TRX’s MSRP starts at $71,690, including destination. All of the 702 orders allocated for a limited run of “launch edition” versions were snapped up in about three hours.

The TRX sports a new frame and its own off-road suspension that incorporates forged aluminum control arms and 2.5-inch Bilstein shock absorbers. A large hood scoop and grille openings utilize twin, heavy-duty air filters that provide 198.4 square inches of surface area, ensuring the hungry Hemi gets plenty of clean, dry air.

Standard or available technology includes a new head-up display, LED adaptive front lighting, Performance Pages app that logs vital information that can be downloaded to a USB flash drive, trailer reverse steer control and a review camera mirror.

The Ram TRX (short for tyrannosaurus rex?) has a 8,100-pound two rating and a 1,210-pound payload. With 11.8 inches of ground clearance — 2 inches more than the standard Ram 1500 — it can ford 32 inches of water.

The TRX comes with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires mounted on a new 18×9-inch wheel design.

The Ram TRX has a wider cargo box than regular Ram 1500s. A bed-mounted spare tire carrier will be available. (A standard full-size spare is under the bed, tucked between the rear axle and trailer hitch. The TRX’s brutish mission is reflected in its oversized front and rear tow hooks. The pickup’s 5-inch dual exhaust outlets help carry the theme too. The Ram 1500’s five-link coil suspension works with a Dana 60 3.55 rear axle and electronic-locking rear differential.

Production of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is set to begin later this year.

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2021 Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport

Ford’s betting on a Bronco comeback. A reboot of the pioneering SUV is due next spring, ending a quarter century hiatus. Exclusively offered with standard four-wheel-drive, the 2021 Ford Bronco is heavily influenced by the first-generation 1966 Bronco.

In addition to the classic two-door version, for the first time, the 2021 Bronco will be available as a four-door. Also new to the Bronco lineup are turbochargers, a seven-speed manual gearbox (six gears and a crawling ratio) and eight- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. For open-air adventures, the roof sections of both the two- and four-door Broncos are removable

The standard engine is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four that should pack about 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, according to Ford. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is optional and targeted to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. The Bronco’s standard part-time 4×4 system has a two-speed shift-on-the-fly transfer case. An upgraded four-wheel-drive setup automatically switches to 4×4 on demand and employs a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that has a low 3.06:1 ratio.

The Bronco will initially come in seven flavors: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands and First Edition. Owners can further tailor their Bronco with more than 200 accessories Ford will offer.

Depending on the trim, the Bronco’s standard terrain management system will offer five to seven modes, including normal, eco, sport, slippery and sand, mud/ruts and rock crawl. The 2021 Bronco has 8.3 inches of ground clearance and tire diameters will range from 30 to 35 inches on 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. The base two-door Ford Bronco will start at $29,995, which includes $1,495 destination.

A smaller version, the Bronco Sport, should arrive later this year. Four-wheel-drive is again standard across the lineup. The Bronco Sports all have four-doors and can enclose a pair of mountain bikes. The standard engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost four that should make about 181 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost will come in at about 245 horses and 275 lb.-ft. Prices, including destination, begin at $28,155.

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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Have a hankering for a three-row SUV packing 700-plus horses? Dodge is aiding and abetting those dark desires with its 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat. Swapping in one of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8s used in the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats — in this application rated at 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque — results in a beast that’s been certified by the National Hot Rod Association to blast through the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds.

If you just have to own a factory-warrantied SUV that tops out at 180 mph, you’ll need to strike quickly once ordering opens this fall — Dodge said the Durango SRT Hellcat will go away after the 2021 model year. Considering the Durango Hellcat’s extensive performance and technology, we suspect that some would say its $80,995 MSRP isn’t too monstrous for this Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde hauler. (The Durango SRT Hellcat can tow 8,700 pounds.)

This extreme Durango gets the now well-known SRT treatment, including updated engine oil cooler and ducting, cold-air induction and aero tweaks that Dodge said pays off in 140 pounds of rear downforce at 180 mph. The manufacturer claims a 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat going 60 mph can stop in 116 feet, thanks to meaty Brembo 15.75-inch rotors and 6-piston calipers up front and rear four-piston/13.8-inch discs.

The 2021 Durango will introduce an updated cockpit that’s more ergonomic and driver-oriented, while the SRT Hellcat and SRT 392 versions get a flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters to control Dodge’s performance-fortified eight-speed automatic.

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