BMW X4M Competition — Full-time attack mode

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

With electrification threatening to take over our driving life in the coming years, this might be the best time ever to enjoy massive horsepower and insane performance from internal combustion engines. It may never get any better — as long as you have the cash to explore the world of monster performance.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

SCOTTSDALE, Az. — Mercedes has just added yet another significant SUV to its product lineup. The all-new GLB slots between the smaller urban-stylish GLA and the larger rounded and best-selling GLC. GLB is offered in two-row five-passenger and three-row seven-passenger configurations ($850 upcharge) with standard front-wheel drive or optional 4Matic all-wheel drive, and is surprisingly affordable ($36,600 FWD and $38,600 AWD).

Toyota Land Cruiser — Large and capable

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota's iconic Land Cruiser SUV is a full-sized body-on-frame go-anywhere vehicle that hasn't undergone a full redesign since 2008, an anomaly in an industry that churns out all-new iterations every five or six years. That aside, if you are looking for a leather-ensconced sport utility with a big V-8 engine that can haul up to eight people with true off-road chops and the famous Toyota reliability, then perhaps this is your vehicle.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

PHOENIX — For Toyota to have the audacity and downright adventurousness to actually slap the TRD (Toyota Racing Development — the brand’s in-house tuner division) on a Camry, let alone an Avalon, is clearly considered getting out on the skinny branches. It’s more than common to see the TRD moniker (add no vowels here please) affixed to the rear fenders of the world’s largest automaker’s trucks and SUVs, making them more off-road capable.

Cadillac XT5 — Solid luxury crossover

Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Cadillac has been reinventing itself as a contemporary luxury brand, and the cornerstone of its efforts is the compact/mid-sized crossover, which has been its best seller for several years. It was the SRX earlier in the decade before evolving into the XT5 in 2017. Sales of the outgoing SRX were nearly three times that of the next best-selling Cadillac, and the XT5 has continued as the brand's top-selling vehicle.

Range Rover Evoque — New and improved

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Land Rover introduced the compact Range Rover Evoque in 2011 in a nod to fashionable over the traditional squared-off SUV look of Range Rovers up to that point in time. To put an explanation point on the slick, sporty look, the company even added two-door and convertible versions.

Subaru Outback — New and refined

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Subaru customers are some of the most loyal on the planet. And loyalty to the iconic Outback — the vehicle that arguably lifted the Japanese brand into the mainstream nearly three decades ago — enjoys a good portion of this loyalty. Today the all-new 2020 Outback will not disappoint. It represents an impressive leap forward in virtually all categories including styling, performance, ride and handling, and technology and safety.

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my good friends, who owns a Mercedes C-Class wagon with nearly 200,000 miles, recently asked what vehicle she should buy next.  She really wants a new C-Class wagon, but alas, they are no longer imported to the U.S.  She’s not a fan of crossovers, though she could use their soft-road capabilities while keeping track of her family farm.  Then, it came to me.  She’d like the car already in my driveway, the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country.

2020 Toyota Supra

PHOENIX —  After a two-decade hiatus, the Toyota Supra makes a thrilling return as a fifth-generation two-seat coupe. Supras were originally sold in the U.S. from 1979 until 1998. The newest Toyota Supra was built as a collaboration between Toyota and BMW’s Z4 roadster, sharing the same platform and engine. It’s a 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder.

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — Everyone knows that the Jeep brand is the crown jewel of the entire FCA palette of product offerings. Especially in the past few years, Jeep sales have been nothing short of spectacular, with year after year of record setting numbers. But ask Jim Morrison, head of Jeep North America, what are the questions he gets most frequently from friends, neighbors, Jeep owners, and just about anyone else, and he’ll say they are: “When is Jeep going bring back a Wrangler pickup?” and “When is Jeep going to put a diesel engine in the Wrangler?”