2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL, Priced to sell
In the 1950s through the early 1970s common knowledge was that a four-cylinder engine just wasn't cut out for highway use. They just had to be spun too fast. Maybe in the '50s and '60s this was correct but by the '70s things had begun to change. I doubt that anyone then could have imagined that one day cars, trucks, and SUVs would routinely be powered by "tiny" four-cylinder engines.
Case in point is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos with its 1.5-liter four-cylinder. It may not be the smallest engine in a SUV but it is close. Yet that "tiny" engine can propel the 3,175 pound (a relative lightweight) Taos from 0-60 mph in around 7.5 seconds. And the engine doesn't do it with brute power. The engine is only rated at 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft or torque. How the heck does VW do that? Is it magic?
I am not a convertible or sunroof kind of guy. It distracts me to have my hair blowing about, and the glare of the sun blinds me (not to mention that with thinning hair my head burns) so I didn't use the Taos' sunroof except to test it.