When buying your dream car, you definitely don’t want to get the base version. Extra equipment could cost a lot, but it provides reliability and peace of mind. We tried to make 10 best available things you can add to your crossover SUV when building the best configuration. Well, there are a lot of other interesting features, but these are our picks and favorite choices among buyers.
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
TRD Pro is the best off-road upgrade you can find, not only for the SUV segment. For a few years, 4Runner was the only model in the class offering it. Now, we also have Sequoia. But, the full-size SUV is not going to offer the same ride quality because of its size.
The package replaces shocks and suspension with more off-road capable parts. Fox shocks, special all-terrain tires, and a unique exhaust system will make the SUV work smoother in tough situations. Well, this model is also a favorite for customization.
Under the hood of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a large 4.0-liter displacement capable to tow 5,000 pounds. For the new season, Toyota added Android Auto. The price for vehicle with this package starts just under $51,000.
2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD
While we are waiting for the news about the Type S performance-oriented version, the 2020 Acura MDX is still one of the best SUVs out there with great optional packages. For example, you can upgrade the look with the A-Spec bundle. Also, the convenience gets a boost thanks to the Advance package. Still, we recommend the purchase of the all-wheel drive.
Why? The carmaker brings the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive technology (SH-AWD) which enhances the driving quality. The system is distributing power where the 2020 Acura MDX needs it the most. The SH-AWD can put extra torque to each wheel, front or rear axle, left or right side.
Equipped for the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, it will cost you $2,000. If you choose the Sport Hybrid model, the SH-AWD is standard. The first option comes with the MSRP of $51,500 and the other one is $1,500 higher.
2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport
Lexus RX is the best-selling luxury SUV. The company manages to sell twice more units than the next carmaker (BMW). Many options are making the SUV so popular. We have two- and three-row configurations, as well as the hybrid engine. But, the driving impression the 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is going to bring is something special.
This package is not improving output numbers. Still, the ride quality gets a huge boost thanks to the new suspension setup. The adaptive variable system, in combination with the enhanced steering, is definitely what makes the F Sport different from other models in the class. Plus, there are a few stylish upgrades, to already eye-catching design.
Another cool option about the 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is that the vehicle is available with two- and four-wheel drive setups. Plus, you can select the same package if you pick the RX 450h hybrid system. Unfortunately, it is not available for the extended, three-row RX350L. Prices: 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport – $48,000; 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport AWD – $49,400.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
It is finally happening. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid joins the lineup in the US. This drivetrain became available for the best-selling Honda’s crossover in Europe last season. Now, it competes with the Toyota Rav4 with 42 mpg. Two rivals are the leaders in the class and it is hard to believe that any other vehicle can meet these standards.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is going to use a 2.0-liter petrol unit in combination with an electric motor. We saw this combination already in Accord sedan. With 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque, it upgrades the base outputs. The mileage is not confirmed by EPA yet, but the new crossover should achieve 42 mpg, like its fiercest rival. The company announced that the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be available later this year.
Besides the hybrid, Honda also introduced the new petrol engine. A 1.5-liter turbo mill replaced an old unit. An efficient mill also dominates the class with 31 mpg combined, so there is no surprise why the electrified version returns such numbers.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV in the market. the mid-size model is available with plenty of other options. The base version is a V6, while the pair of V8 units are making the offer interesting as well. The SRT is crunching 475 hp from a 6.4 Hemi powertrain. According to some sources, this one will also become the Trackhawk model in 2021.
For the current season, the only 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can deliver 707 horsepower from the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, also called Hellcat. With it, the SUV needs just 3.5 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. The same engine has a few other tunings, and its Demon variant goes up to 797 horsepower. Also, in the aftermarket, you can make the Grand Cherokee produce over 1,000 ponies.
As you can predict, the price for the most powerful SUV in the world is not cheap. The offer starts just under $90,000. Besides the extreme amount of power, the Trackhawk edition also comes with the premium features making this vehicle luxurious and elegant.
2020 Volvo XC90 T8
XC90 brings the best from the Swedish carmaker. Styling, reliability, power, modern systems… everything is there. Plus, you can pick the most suitable drivetrain for your ride. The mid-size three-row model is one of the rare SUVs offering the plug-in hybrid system. The 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 configuration boosts the power output to 400 hp and torque to 472 lb-ft. Interestingly, the company makes this from a 2.0-liter petrol unit as the base of the PHEV system.
For the new season, engineers have been worked on a larger battery pack. Now, the SUV has a range of 20 miles. High outputs are not allowing the 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 offering you an exceptional mileage, which is kept at 28 mpg. Well, we also have to add that AWD is standard on this type of system.
The price of the T8 configuration is $68,000. However, you can get a refund thanks to the tax credits for the cleaner drive system. In case you find this too expensive, the base T5 configuration is just under $50k and the AWD costs $2,500 for this one. The T6 has the MSRP of $57,000.
2020 Nissan Armada Rear Seat Entertaining System
When it comes to luxury equipment, it is impossible to pick the best one. But, if you would want one of the upgrades for your ride, the entertaining system of the 2020 Nissan Armada is among the favorites. The Tri-Zone Entertainment System is not too expensive if you check out prices for some other packages in the same segment. The full-size SUV is offering this upgrade for just $1,700.
The rear seat entertaining system will include wireless phones and screens mounted in headrests. It allows passengers at the back to play movies or play games during long trips. Of course, there are HDMI and USB ports.
If you pick some premium SUV with such an option, you will have to pay at least $75,000 for any luxury model. In this case, the base Armada costs $50,000 and the system charges only $1,700. A clear bargain.
2020 GMC Yukon Diesel
Yukon is heading to the new generation. Well, all full-size SUVs from the General Motors portfolio are getting the new series. But, the diesel unit is going to be available first on the GMC’s model. We believe Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade will also take advantage of such drivetrain, but Yukon is going to arrive already in 2020.
Duramax unit is the same as the one we can find under the hood of the Silverado 1500 truck. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine is making 277 horsepower, which is more than its main rivals. Also, the 2020 GMC Yukon will gain 460 lb-ft of torque. It will be enough for the class-leading towing capacity, but only until the FCA and Ford add their diesel to the big SUV segment. Both F-150 and Ram 1500 trucks can pull more than Silverado.
We expect updates about this model. It is part of the next generation, but some sources claimed the current version could sign out in style – with a diesel engine. We will have to wait for a few months to see it. Even if it doesn’t appear, GM could start selling 2021 Yukon after the auto show in Detroit.
2020 Hyundai Tucson N
This is another model we believe is worth of waiting. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson N is the performance-oriented crossover that will help the Korean company to achieve a better position in the market. The vehicle is already available in six trim levels, but this one will be the best the manufacturer can offer.
Why we are so eager on the 2020 Hyundai Tucson N? Well, the company presented the same package for the i300 hatchback. Soon after the initial success, we heard updates about the next steps and one of them was Tucson N. The crossover is even spotted in Germany. Tests are showing we could expect it pretty soon.
Highlights of this model are improved driving skills, especially cornering and steering. New springs and suspension system will provide better traction and balance, while we believe the N package will use the AWD only. Of course, there are many updates in the cabin, making the appearance sportier. The release date is not set yet, but the company will try to launch the 2020 Hyundai Tucson N as soon as possible.
2020 Audi Q7 B&O Audio System
The luxury SUV is full of interesting features even for the base model. But, one thing stands up when you start upgrading the Audi Q7. Instead of standard audio, the carmaker offers Band and Olufsen sound system with 23 speakers. The company thinks of everything and some of them will be positioned in A-pillars.
The package is available only with the top of the class trim level (Prestige). The B&O for 2020 Audi Q7 costs $4,900 and also brings 1,920 watts from the 23-channel amplifier. Well, some lighter versions are available on smaller crossovers. But, only the Q7 offers BeoCore amplifier with ICEpower technology.
If you are not a fan of Audi, other carmakers are also offering interesting audio system upgrades.