Here is our pick of the most underrated vehicles that are currently available to purchase.
Every year a plethora of new cars enter the global automotive market: facelifts, next generations, and all-new models developed from the ground up. Some are given excessive attention. Some, on the contrary, are unfairly ignored by experts and buyers, and this article is about such vehicles.
MSRP*: $43,010 -50,175
Sedans are not as popular now as SUVs and crossovers, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad choice. The Arteon is a good example of a car for those purchasers who want to own an entry-level luxury sedan at an affordable price. The model offers sleek styling, a powerful turbo-four engine making 300 horsepower, and not a few useful technologies.
MSRP: $33,400 – 47,460
We can’t say this model is unpopular: it is in stable demand in China, for instance. Nevertheless, its sales are not as good as they could be in the home market. The Envision was thoroughly redesigned for the 2021 model year. It offers a calm ride, an eye-catching exterior, and a budget-friendly price.
The level of the interior slots between mainstream and luxury: there is an abundant seating room for five and lots of standard safety systems, but some low-rate cabin materials.
The Envision has quite many premium features, including a Bose 9-speaker audio system, HD Surround Vision, or Front Park Assist. Under the hood, there is a fuel-efficient 228-hp four-cylinder engine.
MSRP: $38,800 – 46,230
Because of the fact that many customers do not associate Honda with the production of pickups and due to high competition in the pickup truck segment, the Ridgeline is left without due attention. Buyers got used that most trucks have body-on-frame structures, while Honda’s model has a monocoque chassis.
However, the monocoque or unibody structure of the Honda Ridgeline is strong enough. The pickup is nice-looking, fine to drive, and has a spacious, upscale interior. It offers unique pickup bed features including a truck-bed audio system or an in-bed trunk.
The vehicle comes with standard all-wheel drive and a reliable, zippy 3.5-liter 280-hp V6 engine. Probably, the Ridgeline’s high starting price for the class and limited off-road ability affect consumer demand.
The atomaker announced the NSX will be discontinued after the 2023 model year.
The 2022 Acura NSX is a true supercar with excellent handling and driving dynamics, thrilling acceleration, and a muscular, refined powertrain based on a potent twin-turbo 600-hp V6 hybrid engine. The car’s interior is roomy, with comfortable and supportive seats. The high price scares off, but in this segment there are more expensive offerings.
MSRP: $47,000 – 52,700
The original Jaguar XF was a notable event, and the current model, with a low base price for the segment, continues to be a worthy rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, or the Audi A6. It offers sure-footed handling, a high-end and well-built cabin with one of the best standard infotainment systems, two mild-hybrid powertrains (not high-performance but fuel-efficient), and Sportbrake wagon versions.
Lexus UX Hybrid
MSRP: $35,340 – 44,170
Lexus has a decent competitive position in the small premium SUV segment where it fights against German rivals. The 2023 Lexus UX’s efficient hybrid powertrain (42 mpg combined), classy interior with ample standard features, and nice maneuverability balance a small cargo hold, and modest acceleration.
The model sits on Toyota’s TNGA modern platform. It is as good to drive as the BMW X2 or Audi Q3. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about your UX breaking down.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
MSRP: $44,280 – 79,760
The sports sedan delivers excellent driving dynamics, agility, engaging handling, and a stunning performance from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. We won’t be mistaken if we say that the Giulia provides one of the most enjoyable driving experiences in the class.
Although the car can boast elegant exterior styling, its interior doesn’t feel premium enough for a picky customer, and if we compare it with rivals.
MSRP: $22,950 – 35,400
This is a very good vehicle with a terrific combination of quality and value. The crossover offers a good balance between ride and handling, characterful engines, and a well-contained body roll.
Compared to some German rivals, the CX-30’s steering is more responsive and gives a better connection, while its cabin feels more premium and spacious. Besides, let’s remember the Mazda CX-30 is one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet
MSRP: $56,750 – 121,100
The E-Class is somehow lost in its own segment, and that’s part of the reason why the manufacturer discontinues it after 2023. Customers pay more attention to vehicles sitting below and above in the model range, such as the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, BMW 8 Series, or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Meanwhile, the E-Class is a pleasant car that offers an impressive line of peppy engines, especially for its AMG variants, loads of standard features, and a supple ride quality thanks to its platform. Besides, the model has one of the nicest interiors in the class.
*The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) shown here are for the 2023 models