10 cars after 10 years – 2010 vs 2020

A decade has passed in the automotive industry, and almost every model in every brand’s lineup has received at least a facelift or major revamp. Ten years is not a short amount of time for the automotive industry. 

Let’s wind back the clock, and have a look at some “baby photos” of some cars you see on the road today.

2010 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2020 Ford Ranger 2.0L Biturbo Wildtrak

The Blue Oval must have sent the Ford Ranger to the gym or the buffet because all models look like they packed on some weight, just like some of us in the office. It’s also even more impressive because the engine is such a tower of power now. 

2010 Honda Civic 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 RS Turbo

This is the Honda Civic that everyone’s likely familiar with. The FD generation was pretty much everywhere since it was one of Honda’s best selling models. It had a new engine and a radically different design to its predecessor. The same can be said for the new FC generation, but this time, with a turbo, lots of space, and an even more radical face. 

2010 Hyundai Accent 2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan

Ten years ago, Korean cars were just gaining traction. Their designs weren’t even great, to be honest. It’s funny what a decade’s worth of development can do to Hyundai’s best-selling model, the Accent sedan. The brand’s diesel engine has endured in the lineup even after a decade. 

2007 Kia Sportage 2020 Kia Sportage GT Line

This is like a before and after picture for plastic surgeons. The Kia Sportage seemed to have literally gone under the knife just to look this good. Beauty isn’t only skin deep with the new crossover, however, as Kia has gone to town with this model. 

2010 Lexus LS 2018 Lexus LS500

No words can describe how drop-dead-gorgeous the LS is now. One word for the predecessor: “ew”. Puberty hit Lexus in the face, and it hit hard – really, really hard. 

2010 Mazda3 Hatchback 2020 Mazda3 Sportback

The Mazda3 looks significantly different now than it did ten years ago. In ten years’ time, the company managed to go through two redesigns and switch their business plan to rebrand as premium. Instead of wearing jeans and sneakers, the new Mazda3 appears to be sporting a suit jacket and tie, in Polymetal Gray no less. 

2010 Mitsubishi Strada 2020 Mitsubishi Strada GT

There was a trend of rounded shapes back in 2010, and it’s like looking like chiseled is now in for the new decade. Mitsubishi has taken the makeup brush and touched up the entire design with contouring, giving us a defined Strada

2010 Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 Corolla Altis Hybrid

What once was a humble compact sedan from the Toyota brand, is now ushering the hybrid revolution for the masses. After ten years, the Corolla Altis Hybrid is at the forefront of electrification in the Philippines. It’s the hybrid for all.  

2010 Suzuki Jimny 2019 Suzuki Jimny

Last generation, the Suzuki Jimny’s design endured since the 1990s. At the time, the design was revolutionary, as it took two decades for an update. The modern Jimny doesn’t look that modern actually as it takes styling cues from older 4x4s with a neo-modern twist. 

2010 VW Tiguan 2018 Volkswagen TIguan

If you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which of these crossovers is the newest model. Volkswagen is good at keeping its designs timeless. Because of this, VW cars tend to age gracefully, and their designs seem to ignore the passage of time. Ten years seem like five in VW time, and that rings true for the Tiguan.

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