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7 can't-miss and electrifying rides at the Houston Auto Show

7 can't-miss and electrifying rides at the Houston Auto Show

Porsche Taycan Houston Auto Show
Look out Tesla, here comes Porsche.  Photo courtesy of Porsche

Whether you’re in the market for a new SUV or just going to browse the buffet, there are hundreds of vehicles to feast your eyes on at auto shows across the country this year. Among the highlights are new SUVs from Hyundai, an all-electric Porsche sports car, a rugged new Land Rover off-roader, and the dynamic Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The Houston Auto Show will be offering guests the opportunity to test drive more than 80 different vehicles and have 700 models on display. Product specialists from 40 automakers will be on hand to relay information to event goers rather than dealership staff.

These are the models you won’t want to miss.

2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E was the belle of the ball at the L.A. Auto Show where it debuted. This electric vehicle is geared more for performance than grocery getting. When it goes on sale, the Mustang Mach-E will come in several variants, with ranges that go up along with the price tag. Interested buyers can reserve their Mustang Mach-E online or at their dealership today.

2020 Hyundai Palisade
This three-row Hyundai SUV is new for the 2020 model year. It replaces the old three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, which was replaced with a new two-row model in 2018. The Palisade is well-regarded for its high-quality interior, competent 3.8-liter V6 (standard across all grades), and extended warranty. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts at $31,550.

2020 Hyundai Venue
The Palisade is Hyundai’s largest SUV and the new Venue is its smallest. Designed for urban dwellers, the Venue bills itself as “small, agile and not fragile.” It’s a subcompact SUV that competes directly with the Nissan Kicks. The 2020 Hyundai Venue starts at $17,250 before incentives.

2021 Kia Seltos
Kia’s newest subcompact crossover looks like it should be for city residents but don’t let its looks fool you. Kia is touting the SUV’s road-to-trail readiness in addition to its high-tech interior and long warranty. The 2021 Kia Seltos will come in 12 paint jobs when it goes in sale in early 2020.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110
With a nod to the past, Land Rover debuted its long-awaited next-gen Defender last year. Despite having the latest safety equipment and high-tech features, the Defender stays true to its history as a competent and confident off-roader. It comes in two variants: a three-door 90 and the five-door 110. The 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 starts at $49,900.

2020 Mazda CX-30
Mazda’s hot-selling CX-3 and Mazda3 are getting some compact company. The company’s new crossover boasts similar interior space and styling while elevating the packages of the Mazda3 and CX-3 to a new, empty-nest appropriate level. The CX-30 takes to the streets with aplomb and it has a fantastic available 8-speaker sound system. It starts at $21,900.

2020 Porsche Taycan
Consider the Taycan to be Porsche’s high-end answer to Tesla. The sports car was built more for dynamic driving than range but still, it allows for nearly 200 miles of all-electric driving. Porsche enthusiasts should be satisfied with the looks of the car; it holds true to many of the automaker’s current design elements. The 2020 Porsche Taycan starts at $103,800.

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The Houston Auto Show runs through Sunday, January 26, at NRG Center, One NRG Park. For tickets and more information, visit the official site.