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2021 Subaru Outback Specs, Prices

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2021 Subaru Outback review

With a substantial cargo volume and plenty of interior space, the Subaru Outback 2021 is certainly a good option for adventure-loving families. Some of its strengths include lots of advanced safety technologies, roomy and comfortable interior, excellent rear visibility, above-average off-road ability, and unrivalled safety scores. Its release date should be expected early next year.

For 2021, the Outback gains retuned shock absorbers and steering, inter-connected apps such as Stitcher, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery, automatic crash notification, and optional Subaru StarLink system.

Many would consider Subarus quirky cars, and that would still hold for the new Outback. Here is a mid-size wagon based on its Legacy brethren and comes with an all-wheel-drive mode, raised ground clearance, and plastic body sporting. In today’s competitive automotive standards, this would be likened to a cladding paisley bell bottoms to an IBM boardroom press conference. However, die-hard enthusiast would still find plenty to like in this fresh vehicle.

2021 Subaru Outback exterior

Practically, the designers at Subaru redesigned the vehicle only last year with the view of injecting a new lease of life and making it feel as a mainstream car. The efforts finally paid off as people appreciated the efforts through ordering more Outbacks. The hard plastic clattered everywhere in the cabin and the oddball ergonomics of the prior models were swapped with contemporary and high-quality materials.

If the fresh 2021 Subaru Outback profile isn’t what you are looking for or the feature list doesn’t meet your priorities, other alternatives the segment provides include 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country, 2021 Subaru Forester, Volvo XC70, and 2021 Jeep Cherokee.

Subaru Outback – Available Trims

The five-passenger crossover 2021 Subaru Outback wagon is available in a walloping four trims: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited. The numbers before the trims connote the engine size.

Interior Dimensions & Exterior Review – 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Subaru Outback interior

The base 2.5i list of accessories includes cruise control, air conditioning, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, 17” steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, roof rails, full power accessories, four-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding wheel, satellite and HD radio, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, Aha and Pandora audio streaming, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

The 2.5i Premium trim builds on what the base offers and adds a 7” infotainment system, automatic climate control (dual zone), heated exterior mirrors and seats, 17” alloy wheels, expanded StarLink Connected services, six-speaker sound system, a 10-way power driver seat, a windshield wiper de-icer, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Options available for the above trim include adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, power folding side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, additional StarLink Safety Plus services, a power rear liftgate, and headlight washers.

Opting for the 2.5i Limited gets you a blind-spot monitoring system, driver memory settings, 12-speaker sound system, a power rear liftgate, 18” alloy wheels, heated rear seats, keyless entry and ignition, power-folding side mirrors, a comfort-tuned suspension system, rear cross traffic alert, and upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.

Finally, the range-topping 3.6R Limited trim chips in with adaptive xenon headlights, six-cylinder engine, and all of the 2.5i Limited’s equipment list.

Some exterior colors to expect include Carbide Grey Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, and Venetian Red Pearl.

2021 Subaru Outback trunk

2021 Subaru Outback Engine Specifications

A horizontally opposed four-cylinder turbocharged 2.5L diesel engine powers the needs of the standard 2021 Subaru Outback. The output generated by the 2.5L engine stands at 176 hp and 175 pounds of torque. The power produced drives all the wheels via the CVT system.

During our 2021 Subaru Outback test drive, a 2.5i Limited trim was able to dash to 60 mph in just 9.6 seconds.

The base’s EPA ratings stand at 26/32/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The maximum towing capacity stands at 2,700 pounds.

The high-performance 3.6R model takes the output a notch higher to 257 hp and 247 pounds of torque. Its fuel consumption ratings stand at 19/26/22 mpg.

2021 Subaru Outback engine

Safety technologies include emergency assistance, side curtain airbags, automatic crash notification, disc antilock brakes, seat cushion airbags, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, and a rearview camera.

Others include forward collision warning system, blind-spot warning, lane assist, automatic brake intervention, and lane departure warning system.

Release Date & 2021 Subaru Outback Price

An MSRP starting from $24,995 will get you the base 2021 Subaru Outback 2.5i trim, while the range-topping 3.6R Limited will demand from you an MSRP starting from $33,395. As for the 2021 Subaru Outback release date, expect it early next year.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Ratings, Prices, Specs

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2021 Lexus ES 350 review

If you are looking for a serene and relaxed transportation in an entry-level sedan, the new and invigorated 2021 Lexus ES is an excellent choice. Its highlights include a luxurious and well-built interior, a smooth V6 engine, generous rear legroom, and a composed and luxurious ride. Its release date should be expected either before this fall or early next year.

Brand new features include a revised safety package that includes an updated pedestrian detection and pre-collision warning system. Others include sound-deadening in the cabin, freshened rear and front styling, and a number of minor interior tweaks.

The entry-level luxury sedan segment is chock full of eligible cars ranging from the full-size to compact cars. The sheer number of the choices can be overwhelming, however, finding another car that matches the equipment and feature list of the ES can be quite daunting. The vehicle, despite its feature list, isn’t a sporty luxury sedan. Instead, the ES prioritizes on comfort, space, and overall quality above anything else.

2021 Lexus ES 350 exterior

For those looking for an upgrade, you’ll realize that Lexus didn’t make any substantial changes over the previous model apart from the freshened front and rear styling and the new bi-LED headlights. Nonetheless, the ES long-standing appeal as a luxury laden cruiser reputation remains. If you are shopping in the segment you’ll most probably come across other well-built vehicles such as 2021 Nissan Maxima, Acura TLX, and 2021 Cadillac XTS, which provide an excellent alternative to the 2021 Lexus ES.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Colors For Interior & 350 Reviews For Exterior

The mid-size large 2021 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan with a seating capacity for up to five people comes in a single well-equipped trim.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, driver-adjustable drive settings, 17” alloy wheels, foglights and running lights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, premium vinyl upholstery, 8-way power front seats, LED headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Safety Connect emergency communications. Other equipment and technologies include an auxiliary audio jack, an eight-speaker sound system, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a multipurpose control knob.

Additionally, there are various packages and options available, but depends on the location you live in.

For instance, the Navigation package bundles a mouselike Remote Touch electronics interface, an 8” display screen, text-to-speech functionality, and Bluetooth connectivity. Others include 15-speaker sound system, Lexus Enform Remote, voice controls, and smartphone app integration system. The Safety System Plus package bundles lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, and frontal collision warning system.

2021 Lexus ES 350 interior

The Premium package adds a power rear window sunshade, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, parking sensors, wood trim, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and driver memory settings. The Ultra Luxury package adds both the Luxury and Premium packages’ equipment plus passenger seat memory settings, a power driver seat cushion extender, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, manual rear door sunshades, a panoramic sunshade, a panoramic sunroof, a power operated trunk lid, and automatic wipers.

Stand-alone features are also available and sometimes some are mandatory depending on which packages you select. They include many of the Ultra Luxury package’s extra features plus rear and front parking sensors, rear cross traffic warning system, blind-spot monitoring, upgraded bi-LED headlights, and 18” wheels.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Specs – Engine

The new 2021 Lexus ES 350 gets its motivation from a 3.5L V6 engine good for 268 horsepower and 248 pounds of torque. Standard systems provided include the 6-speed auto transmission and front-wheel-drive.

The fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 21/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

In our 2021 Lexus ES 350 test drive, it was able to clinch 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.

2021 Lexus ES 350 engine

Safety equipment include stolen vehicle location, rearview camera, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, and emergency assist button. Others bundled in the Lexus Safety System Plus package include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system, pedestrian detection system, and lane departure warning system.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Price & Release Date

As already mentioned atop, we should expect its release either late this year or early next year. As for the price, the 2021 Lexus ES 350 Base should set you back by an MSRP starting from $39,195.

Both the 2021 Lexus ES 200 and 300h are reviewed separately.

2021 Audi Q5 Release Date, Review, News

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2021 Audi Q5 review

The new Audi Q5 for 2021 is stylish, luxurious and comes with a fun-to-drive character offered in a whopping four engines. With the luxury and performance that comes with the Q5, its age is nothing but a number. Some of its highlights include a refined driving character, Hybrid’s and TDI impressive fuel economy ratings, top-notch craftsmanship, sporty handling, and of course, tons of luxurious features. Its release date should be expected early next year.

For 2021, buyers should look forward to a standard panoramic sunroof, Audi Connect telematics, adaptive suspension dampers, and Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. Despite its age, the Audi Q5 doesn’t show anything to suggest it would be calling quits anytime soon.

With its engines ranging from sprightly turbocharged four-cylinder to a TDI engine, its performance is nothing short of breathtaking. Interior wise, you can expect a spacious seating and a high quality construction that puts the greying demeanor at bay. Honestly, the 2021 Audi Q5 hasn’t ageing a day if its updates are anything to go by.

2021 Audi Q5 exterior

True, 2009 might be a pretty long time for a car to remain in the market virtually unchanged in terms of design, however, the year-in year-out updates have given the Q5 a fresh and appealing style.

Still, there are some things that Audi left out and which might work against it. They include: a missing navigation system, a firm ride, lacks conventional safety technologies, and USB ports are conspicuously missing.
Available Trims – Audi Q5

The new Audi Q5 for 2021 is available in a walloping seven variants arranged depending on the engine fitted: 2.0T Premium, 2.0t Premium Plus, 3.0 TDI Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, 3.0 TDI Prestige, and the top-of-the-line 2.0T Hybrid Prestige. The sq5, which is a high-performance version of the Q5, is reviewed individually.

Interior Changes & Exterior News – 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5 interior

The base 2.0T Premium trim comes with 18” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, LED taillights and running lights, aluminum roof rails, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, reclining and sliding 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a 10-speaker premium sound system, Audi’s digital music interface, MMI interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and climate control (tri-zone).

Next up is the 2.0T Premium Plus trim that adds keyless entry and ignition, trunk-edge trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum door sills, and driver memory settings.

Opting for the 3.0T Premium Plus trim gets you headlight washers, a supercharged V6 engine, and “S” line exterior styling.

The 3.0T Prestige bundles rear parking sensors, a color trip computer, rear door sunshades, cooled and heated cupholder, a navigation system, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear parking sensors, and Audi Connect online services.

2021 Audi Q5 trunk

Springing for the 3.0 TDI Premium Plus trim gets you headlight washers, and the “S” line exterior styling in addition to what the 3.0T Premium Plus trim tacks on.

Lastly, the top-of-the-line 2.0T Hybrid Prestige comes bundled with hybrid-specific instrumentation, 19” wheels, and hybrid badging.

2021 Audi Q5 Engine Specs

The default systems available on every Q5 include an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive.

Starting off the engine lineup is the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped under the hood of both the 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus trims. With the engine, expect an output of 220 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/28/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Next up is the 3.0T trims, which come equipped with a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine rated at 272 horsepower and 295 lbs. of torque. The estimated fuel economy ratings stand at 18/26/21 mpg. Additionally, the automatic stop-start system is also available.

For those looking for more power, the most likely powertrain for them would be the 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 available for the 3.0 TDI trims, and generates 240 horsepower and 428 lbs. of torque. It offers the best of the bunch with its fuel ratings of 24/31/27 mpg.

2021 Audi Q5 engine

Finally, the Hybrid mates both the 2.0T engine and a 54 hp electric motor and a battery pack. The result is the generation of 245 horsepower and 350 pounds of torque. According to Audi, the fuel consumption ratings are 24/30/26 mpg.

Release Date & 2021 Audi Q5 Price

The 2021 Audi Q5 Diesel will cost you an MSRP starting from $48,100, the Hybrid – $52,500, and the SUV – $$0,900. Release-date wise, expect the redesigned Q5 early next year.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Overview, Specs, Pricing

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2021 Chevrolet Camaro review

For 2021, the Chevy Camaro returns fully redesigned. Some of the pros to expect from this vehicle include a fuel-efficient turbo-4, a sharp and nimble handling, boffo V8 and strong V6 engines, and a quiet and smooth comfortable ride. Its release date should expected before this fall.

Fuel-efficient and muscle car engines are as identical with one another as puritanical living and Keith Richards. However, the automobile landscape has undergone an evolution dissimilar to the one back in the ‘60s, when no one never thought about the possibility of making a long road trip in a Sherman tank sized fuel-sapping Cadillac. These days, ever-changing gas prizes and strict fuel economy statutes have made an admissible case for car makers to downsize their engine consumption, and that is exactly what GM has managed to do with its Camaro.

Motivating every Camaro is a 2L 4-cylinder engine. The four bangers provide up to 275 hp and 295 pounds of torque, and according to Chevy, more than thirty miles per gallon on the highway. The car is shorter, lower, narrower, and agiler than before due to the “Alpha” platform which underpins it. It is also more compact than the previous Camaros which debuted from 2010 to 2015.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro exterior

Still, the new vehicle comes in a segment dominated by other well-placed rivals. For instance, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2021 comes as one of the most potent rival with better features and materials. Others include Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 for 2021, the 2021 Dodge Challenger V6, and the compelling Audi TT for 2021.

Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – Chevrolet Camaro for 2021

The coupe with a seating arrangement for four people comes with four trims ranging from the 1LT to the plush 2SS. One of our credible sources has indicated that the convertible version will be available before this fall.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro interior

Standard equipment and features amiable for the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT include a 7” touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility, eight-way driver power seat, premium sound system, automatic headlights, dual exhaust tips, 18” alloy wheels, adjustable driving modes, a six-way passenger seat, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, OnStar connectivity, and air conditioning.

The Technology package available comes equipped with Apple CarPlay compatibility, perforated and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming aftview mirror.

Opting for the 2LT with both the Lighting and Convenience package will get you a heads-up display, a heated steering wheel, an infotainment system, auto climate control. Options available for the above trim include driver memory functions, wireless device charging, rearview mirror with auto-dimming, parking aft sensors, well-lit sill plates, a blind-spot monitor, an upgraded multi-function cluster gauge display, heated outside mirrors, and traffic alert at the rear.

Also available is the RS package that bundles xenon headlights, a special trimmed grille, 20” wheels, LED taillights, and a lip spoiler at the back.

Expect the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS to come equipped with quad exhaust outlets, an 8” multifunctional display, 20” wheels, upgraded brakes, a suspension system, and xenon headlights.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro rear view

The top-of-the-range 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS comes with bespoke inside accents, a sunroof, adaptive suspension dumpers, an exhaust performance, a Heavy Duty Cooling, a system navigation, and a Brake package.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Engine Specifications

Producing 295 pounds of torque and 275 horsepower is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cyl engine equipped under the hoods of both the 1LT and 2LT trims. An optional high-performance 3.6L V6 engine good for 335 horsepower and 284 pounds of torque is also available.

Debuting with a 6.2L V8 good for 455 pounds of torque and 455 hp are the 1SS and 2SS trims. The 6-speed DCT system is standard across the entire trim lineup, while the 8-speed auto with shifter paddles is optionally provided.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro engine

The EPA stats stand at 18/27/21 mpg for the V6 manually-equipped transmission system, and 17/28/20 mpg with V8s automatic transmission systems.

Price & Release Date – 2021 Chevrolet Camaro

Expect to get a big price cut for the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro. The average price paid for the Camaro is $26,695. The release date should be expected sometime later this year.

Expect the ZL1 concept and ZL1 HD to come in separate reviews. According to industry rumors, we should expect the 2017 Camaro Z28 to arrive later next year, and it’s expected the vehicle will be produced at the GM’s Lansing factory in Michigan. You can also check the photos we have of the z28 1969 and z28 1970 Camaro.

New 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Release Date and Review

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2021 Mini Cooper Clubman review

Its practical, refined, and offers high value for the money, however, its middling fuel economy ratings and acceleration are still points of concern. The 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman is for those who like the four-door Mini Cooper but are in need of extra space. The Mini Cooper release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2021. 

Some of the highlights that define it include a high-quality cabin, a distinctive style and character, usable backseat and cargo space, abundant customization options, and a nimble handling.

As expected, there will be those who will often lambaste the Clubman formulae for obvious reasons such as going against the Mini Cooper hallmarks, and those that find the new change welcoming. Some will ponder whether the Mini Clubman is still a Mini given its seemingly different evolutionary path.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman exterior

For starters who don’t understand the Clubman concept, the new model is by all means a Mini to the roots, but differs in terms of its dimensions that Mini alleges measure 3” wider, and about 10” longer than the Hatchback Cooper. The footprint is also 4” longer. The result of this growth is a practical cargo area, refined and comfortable ride quality, and a truly usable backseat relative to its competition.

Loyalist of the Mini brand also get distinctive design details, cool customization options, ambient multi-color interior lighting, and toggle switches. The 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman interior can be customized to anything unimaginable. The cabin is of high quality and offers plenty of new technologies as well.

In terms of performance, the base engine offers an impressive power output rated at around 134 hp. however, fuel economy ratings get a beating despite its remarkable leadership in the past. The other foible seems to be its pricing. There’s no denying the fact that every Mini Cooper is overly priced relative to the available competition. In all fairness, you’d be better off opting for a German-made vehicle than consider any Mini in terms of value.

In overall though we still find the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman fascinating. Alternatives include the 2021 Volkswagen Golf/GTI, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and the BMW 320i.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Review of Trims

The newest Mini Cooper Clubman is offered in two trims: Cooper and Cooper S trim levels.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Interior & Exterior Images

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman interior

Some of the standard accessories offered on the Cooper include a tilt-and-telescopic-leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights and wipers, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, smartphone app integration, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a multi-color ambient lighting, driver-selectable vehicle setting, run-flat tires, leatherette upholstery, and the Mini Connected infotainment interface.

Opting for the Cooper S model gets you adjustable thigh support seventeen-inch wheels, front sport seats, foglights, and extra styling flourishes. Options offered for the two trims include a panoramic sunroof, an automatic parallel parking system, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, auto-diming and power-folding mirrors, a rear spoiler, keyless ignition and entry, various wheel designs, and LED foglights and headlights.

The 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman interior options include a sport steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power front seats, a rearview camera, a heads-up display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, various interior trims, heated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, driver memory settings, full leather upholstery, and rear parking sensors.

The Mini Cooper Clubman JCW offers rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a navigation system, an eight-inch display, and special design flourishes.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman trunk

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

The Mini Cooper Clubman 2021 comes equipped with a three-cylinder 1.5L turbocharged engine rated at 134 horsepower and 162 lbs. ft. of torque. Pairing is done to the six-speed manual transmission system and the front wheel drive system. Optionally offered is the six-speed automatic system.

The top-of-the-line Cooper S model gets a 189-horsepower- and 207 pounds-feet of torque – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It, too, gets the same transmission options as the base model.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman engine

EPA rates the fuel economy at around 24/34/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the automatic.

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Release Date & Price

Rumors allege the new vehicle will most likely go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2021, at least for the USA market.

The 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman price starts from an MSRP of around $24,100.

2021 GMC Terrain SUV

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2021 GMC Terrain SUV review

If a comfortable, quiet, and a powerful V6 engine is what you are looking for, the new and invigorated 2021 GMC Terrain should rank atop your shopping list. Some of the sweeteners for the 2021 year model include a quiet interior, a robust V6 engine, adjustable and spacious backseat, and a comfortable highway ride. Its release date should be expected sometime later this year.

Some of the novelties to expect from the updated 2021 GMC Terrain include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross monitor, a storage area, unique front and rear styling, lane departure warning systems, a tweaked suspension system, and LED daytime running lights.

The 2021 Terrain will undoubtedly mark its 7th year of production ever since its debuted into the mid-size crossover segment. During this time, the segment has seen an unprecedented increase of the number of brands that have ventured into segment. And in trying to keep up with the growing rivalry and modern evolution, GMC has not disappointed with its constant updates on the Terrain.

2021 GMC Terrain SUV exterior

The 2021 GMC Terrain still has some appealing credits, to GMC’s credit. On the flipside, the 182 hp motor looks good in its segment, however, the engine seems greatly underpowered and slow to respond in real-life situations. And in an attempt to coax more power and oomph from the engine, often results in one driving the pedal to the metal beneath. Naturally, this negates the four-cylinder’s advantage over the V6 due to the uninspiring fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings.

Therefore, some alternatives may be worth your time. They include Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, and Mazda CX-5.

Interior Colors & Exterior Changes – 2021 GMC Terrain

It comes in a whopping five trims ranging from the standard SL to the well-equipped 2021 GMC Terrain Denali.

The standard features and equipment for the base SL includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, full power accessories, 17” alloy wheels, six-speaker sound system, reclining and sliding functions, cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a power height-adjustable steering wheel, 7” touchscreen interface, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a USB port, auxiliary audio jack, rear privacy glass, and power lumbar.

Moving up to the SLE-1 gets you several feature packages, rear carpeted floor mats, exterior heated mirrors, an optional AWD system, and a satellite radio.

Building upon what the above trim offers is the SLE-2, which comes fitted with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, front heated seats, voice command functionality, an 8-way driver’s seat, Stitcher and Pandora smartphone apps and Pioneer sound system, chrome exterior trim, remote engine start, GM’s IntelliLink system, and automatic climate control.

2021 GMC Terrain SUV interior

Nearing the top of the trim ladder is the 2021 GMC Terrain SLT that bundles remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring, chrome exterior accents, rear parking sensors, rear cross detection, ambient lighting, perforated leather upholstery, driver memory settings, an adjustable power liftgate, 8-way power passenger seat, lane departure warning system, heated front seats, forward collision warning system, and driver a trip computer.

At the helm of the food chain is the Denali that tacks on SLT’s features and equipment plus exterior/interior trim, and Denali-specific comfort-oriented suspension set-up.

2021 GMC Terrain Engine Specs

Generating 172 pounds of torque and 182 horsepower is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that comes equipped under the hood of the standard 2021 GMC Terrain. EPA ratings stand at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2021 GMC Terrain SUV engine

Optional for the SLT, SLE-2 and Denali is a 3.6L V6 good for 301 horsepower and 272 pounds of torque. EPA ratings for the V6 stand at 17/24/20 mpg for the front-wheel-drive Terrain. The standard transmission system is a 6-speed auto. While the front-wheel-drive is standard, the AWD system is available as an option.

In our test drive, the redesigned four-cylinder front-wheel-drive Terrain accelerated to 60 mph from standstill in just 9.1 seconds.

The towing capacity for a four-cyl engine-fully equipped Terrain stands at 1,500 pounds, and 3,500 pounds for the V6.

2021 GMC Terrain Price & Release Date

As already mentioned in the above review, we should expect the 2021 GMC Terrain release date sometime later this year. As for the price, expect an MSRP starting from $30,975 for the base Terrain.

You could also lease the vehicle at a discounted price from your nearest GMC dealership.

2021 Fiat 500L Release Date, News & Specs

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2021 Fiat 500L review

New 2021 Fiat 500L info – Although it might look as a compelling alternative to the miniscule Fiat 500 Hatchback, we have found the new 2021 Fiat 500L to have substantial drawbacks. We recommend exploring other options in the market before committing. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of 2021 according to rumors.

Some of its strengths include an attractive and easy to use 6.5” infotainment screen, lots of European personality exterior and interior wise, big-car passenger and cargo space, and a laudable visibility.

This is the first car that was produced immediately after Fiat acquisition of Chrysler. And although the vehicle has earned quite some admiration from its stateside fans, it isn’t that popular in other regions as they consider the vehicle too small for their utility purposes.

2021 Fiat 500L exterior

Some of the reasons that you should worry ponder about before acquiring the 500L model includes a quirky behavior when equipped with the optional automated manual transmission system on the Pop trim level; brakes are difficult to modulate, a lackluster acceleration; rear seats don’t fold flat; and it has an uncomfortable ride quality.

Some of its rivals we think are better off than the 2021 Fiat 500L model include the 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman – it offers better dimensions, sportier handling, more sophisticated driving experience,  and interior personality, superior acceleration, and an optional AWD system.

Other options include the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, the 2021 Honda HR-V, Fiat’s own 2021 500X, and 2021 Nissan Juke.

Available Trims – Fiat 500L

The four-door compact 2021 Fiat 500L wagon will be offered in five trims: Lounge, Urbana Trekking, Trekking, Easy, and Pop.

Impressive Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2021 Fiat 500L

The base Pop trim comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, adjustable cloth front seats, 16-inch steel wheels, a CD player, an auxiliary input, a USB port, voice controls, a 5” Uconnect touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, and six-way manually adjustable cloth upholstered seats.

2021 Fiat 500L interior

Up next is the Easy trim that comes with upgraded seat fabric, body-color exterior mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, six amplified speakers, a front armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and tinted glass.

Moving to the Trekking trim gets you a two-tone interior color scheme, premium cloth upholstery, unique body panels, 17-inch wheels, and foglights.

The Urbana Trekking trim offers a trunk-mounted subwoofer, six-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a black roof, and matte black alloy wheels.

At the acme of the trim lineup is the Lounge trim which bundles a 115-V household style power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a body-color roof, a rear-seat armrest, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, chrome exterior trim, a16-inch alloy wheels, and heated front seats.

Few standalone options bundled in packages termed “Collections” include a leather upholstery, power driver lumbar adjustment, a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen, the Beats Audio sound system, smartphone app integration, rear parking camera, heated seats, automatic climate control, and LED running lights.

One notable thing that greats you once you are inside the 500L model is the large glass area. This gives a sense of minivan-like exterior visibility. Although you may find the A-pillars of either side to interruptive.

2021 Fiat 500L rear view

2021 Fiat 500L Engine Specifications

Front wheel drive is standard in every 2021 Fiat 500L, as is the 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 160 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Except the Lounge model, all other models come mated with a six-speed automated manual transmission system.

Test drives conducted on the 500L equipped with an automated manual transmission yielded 9.3 seconds in an acceleration from 0-60 mph, and 8.5 seconds from a model fitted with an automatic transmission system.

EPA projects the manual-equipped model will return 33/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 30/22/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic equipped model.

2021 Fiat 500L engine

Safety wise, expect the vehicle to come equipped with front and rear parking sensors, remote vehicle access, active head restraints, front-seat-mounted side airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, stolen vehicle location, and a driver side knee airbag.

2021 Fiat 500L Release Date & Price

We should expect the 2021 Fiat 500L’s release date in the latter second half of 2021 as per online provisional reports. As for its price, expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $19,495.

2021 Infiniti Q70 Release Date, Info & Specs

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2021 Infiniti Q70 review

The new 2021 Infiniti Q70 falls short of our expectations and doesn’t come with the standard set by other leading midsize luxury sedans in the segment. Some of the defining features for the fresh Q70 include strong crash-test scores, plenty of high-tech safety features, and an admirable fuel economy. Its release date should be expected sometime during the 4th Q of 2021.

Apart from a few changes, the new Infiniti Q70 returns unchanged.

Despite previous efforts of changing its nameplate, the model appears to be showing some greying areas. Some of the ageing features are well pronounced from the feature content and refinement which have fallen from the previous grace. However, it still offers a long-wheelbase variant which, at least, sets it apart from the crowded segment.

The long-wheelbase version which is commonly referred to as the Q70l adds up to 5.9” of additional rear legroom. With such an impressive legroom, it might prove to be a cost effective alternative to large sedans like the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

2021 Infiniti Q70 exterior

Surprisingly, though, the vehicle lacks the extra seat accoutrements that are mostly needed to make it compete effectively with the luxury-themed Mercedes S-Class sedan. Things are a bit lively under the hood of the Q70, as the vehicle comes with a 3.7L V6 engine rated at an impressive 330 hp. Wait! Although the engine suggests an impressive output, the vehicle doesn’t ride and feel energetic.

Fortunately, for those bored with the long list of disappointing Q70 features there is, hopefully, an alternative galore. Some of them include the 2021 BMW 5 Series, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 2021 Cadillac CT6, and the 2021 Jaguar XF.

Available Trims – Infiniti Q70

The five-passenger 2021 Infiniti Q70 is available in just two trims: a 3.7 (V6) and a 5.6 (V8) engine. Both of which are further available in long-wheelbase Q70l form. You can find the Q70 Hybrid in a separate review.

Exterior Redesign & Interior Review – 2021 Infiniti Q70

Standard accessories available for the 3.7 and Hybrid trims include power folding mirrors, a sunroof, LED headlights and foglights, 18” wheels, cruise control, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a soft-close trunk lid, auto-dimming mirrors, leatherette upholstery, a power telescopic and tilt steering wheel, a gearshift knob, an eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, a rearview camera, wood interior trim, driver memory settings, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, and a 7” infotainment system.

The Hybrid further adds heated rear seats, rear reading lamps, a rear 12-V power outlet, and a soft-close rear doors.

2021 Infiniti Q70 interior

Opting for the 5.6 gets you rear parking sensors, a navigation system, voice controls, an 8” display, Bluetooth streaming, an upgraded 10-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view parking camera system, Infiniti Connection telematics, cooled front seats, and leather upholstery.

The Deluxe Touring package gets you added seat bolstering, a 16-speaker Bose premium sound system, upgraded gauge, upgraded leather upholstery, power rear sunshade, adaptive headlights, silver powdered wood trim, a power rear sunshade, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, lane-change assist, a collision warning system, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

The Performance Tire and Wheel package offers upgraded brakes, all-season performance tires, and 20” wheels. Tacking on a sport-tuned suspension, 20” wheels, unique front exterior styling, a leather stitched gauge pod, aluminum pedals, sport seats, paddle shifters, and upgraded brakes is the Sport package.

The Premium Select Edition package offers different 20” wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, illuminated door sills, aluminum interior trim, simulated-suede headliner, upgraded brakes, all-season performance tires, premium leather upholstery, and a dark rear bumper finisher.

Engine Specs – 2021 Infiniti Q70

Employing a 3.7L V6 rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lbs. of torque is the base 2021 Infiniti Q70.

Every trim comes fitted with a seven-speed auto transmission system, as is the standard front-wheel-drive. Non-hybrid models have the option of getting the all-wheel-drive system.

During our won test drive, the 2021 Infiniti Q70 3.7 was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. According to Infiniti, the Q70 returns fuel economy ratings of 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2021 Infiniti Q70 engine

The 5.6 trim comes fitted with a 5.6L V8 engine good for 417 pounds of torque and 420 horsepower. The RWD Q70 returns 16/24/19 mpg, and 16/23/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive.

Price & 2021 Infiniti Q70l release date

The fresh 2021 Infiniti Q70 sedan goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $49,850. We should expect the vehicle sometime during the 4th Q of 2021.

New 2021 Dodge Viper – Release Date and Info

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2021 Dodge Viper review

Much has been discussed about a 2021 Dodge Viper model these days and it has finally been confirmed that we are getting an official model. In fact, after a 5 year stint, Dodge is going to update its ACR line and bring us the latest 2021 Dodge Viper ACR model. Everything that you need to find out about this car, release date, specs and stats, latest news and design features are given here in this review.

The model has actually made its debut as a concept model in 2014 at the SEMA Show, yet they actually release date schedule has not been given. It took some time but they finally made it happen as they are going to bring back the Dodge ACR for the second time. The Dodge Viper brand has been around for a period of 22 years and out of all of the models released so far, this one is by far the most aggressive looking one.

With the release of the second generation Dodge Viper cars, came the Dodge Viper ACR in 1999. It was a sports car powered by a V-10 engine which was available as a coupe version only. The already great Viper has received a slew of new power enhancement features and aerodynamic features that has improved the ability of the ACR brand by far. It was discounted for the third generation of Dodge Viper vehicles, but made its return in 2008. It continued to set recordsd with the 2011 version which managed to score the sixth fasters track at the Nurburgring track back then.

2021 Dodge Viper exterior

We can only wait and see whether the 2021 Dodge Viper and its ACR version managed to set a new record with this one. All the numbers and the technology are there so with a new release we might also expect something exciting out of the Viper brand.

Exterior

The exterior styling of the 2021 Dodge Viper model is pretty similar to the 2008 and 2011 versions. In fact it actually takes a lot from the concept model seen at the SEMA show which was perhaps an unexpected feat. The model mainly focuses on adding aerodynamic properties and continues to improve. For the 2021 model, they have added a carbon-fiber splitter, carbon-fiber canards  which are seen on both sides of the bumper, fender gills and a race spec vented hood. The previous model had two canards but the newest one will have three of them installed.

The rear end of the car places a huge carbon-fiber wing which has aluminum stanchions making additional downforce available and also enhancing cornering speed as well. The vehicle also receives a new aggressive looking carbon-fiber diffuser. Dodge has stated that this new model is going to bring the highest even present aerodynamic package which rustled in 177 mph of downforce during testing. The continued to improve on enhancing its Viper model and its prize car and we see it as a welcomed addition to the design.

The color scheme is going to be kept traditional as the Dodge Viper 2021 sports a  thick gloss-black center stripe which flows in the middle from the nose to the tail and also adds the Adrenaline Red stripe.

2021 Dodge Viper trunk

Interior

The interior of the 2021 Dodge Viper has still to be disclosed. No official pictures have been released but luckily there have been some leaks. The model will incorporate the same kind of a weight reduction cockpit as it has been doing before, and since the aerodynamics has improved it is safe to say that this will improve as well. This also means removing some convenience features from the mix, like the radio amplifier, the carpet and speakers making the cabin as light as possible. All the bazel on the dashboard has also been replaced with carbon-fiber.

The comfort is also there as the race seats and steering wheel including teh shifter have been wrapped in Alcantara leather. An interesting addition is the Header Red stripe which is placed on the  12-o’clock position of the steering wheel with the Stryker badge  and also a heritage ACR instrument panel badge which is further complemented with a  carbon-fiber inlay is also part of the setup. There is also a special program that lets you select and customize your inside with additional 16 interior trims.

2021 Dodge Viper interior

Release date and price

Interestingly enough, although almost everything is ready for the 2021 Dodge Viper model, we are still have to wait for the next year of its release. The release date has been scheduled for around mid-2021 which is a disappointment as we have been gearing up for an early 2021 release. Nevertheless, the price does not have any doubts and the model is going to feature an appropriate price tag for this kind of a car. The base MSRP is set at  117,895.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 2.8 in. (98.8 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.7 in. (175.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.4 in. (76.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 48 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3390 lbs.
Top Speed: 193 mph
0-60: 3.3 sec
MPG: 12/21 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Adrenaline Red, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Competition Blue Pearl Coat, GTS-R Blue Pearl Coat, Gunmetal Pearl, Venom Black Clear Coat, Viper White Clear Coat, Yorange Clear Coat…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Engine

The engine of the latest 2021 Dodge Viper is perhaps the part that many of you have wanted to read about. Like the previous Dodge Viper ACR models, so will this one use the astounding 8.4-liter V-10 engine. This also means  645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque with shifting provided by a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual gearbox. There is an option of adding a eight-speed Corvette Z06 shifter and there have been some latest news which state that an automatic transmission is set to arrive. Either way the current stats say an acceleration rate to 0-60 mph 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.

2021 Dodge Viper engine

Safety

As for the safety standards of the 2021 Dodge Viper there are still some information that we are expecting to see. Of course the model is going to feature a standard slew of safety elements that a racing car needs to have. The seats are bolstered to adjust the driver at high speeds and there is sufficient support to make the model pretty safe. There are still some elements that we are expecting to get an update on but those will arise in due time. Also, although very light, the car is strong as the chassis is made of durable materials which make it very appropriate  for the car and the passengers inside.

Conclusion

What better way to say it except that the Dodge Viper ahs finally brought back the ACR mark back for its 2021 Dodge Viper ACR model. We are ever so excited and the thought of having this car back is sufficient enough. That said there are many things that we are happy about the car. The elements brought to the car are stellar and the improvements are great. We are particularly happy that Dodge has managed to upgrade the things that the car was already good at. The aerodynamic package is perhaps the best one that you can see on the current market which also makes the specs of the car through the roof. Everything from the acceleration, handling and performance is something that we are happy about. If we are to nitpick, the only thing that could provide a problem is the price. An updated car with such a performance does not come cheap and will largely bring the target group of buyers to a lesser on in the end.

2021 Kia Sportage Release Date, News and Rumors

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2021 Kia Sportage review

The new 2021 Kia Sportage offers excellent value and is fun to drive. Other things that make it a top consideration include a new look, better fuel economy, improved ride and comfort quality, and plenty of interior upgrades. Read on for more updates concerning its release date, engine specs, interior appointments, and price.

2021 Kia Sportage Release Date & Price

Although it is yet to be confirmed by Kia, the new Sportage release date in the USA should be expected sometime the spring of 2021. Pricing also is under wraps for now but credible reports say the new model will probably be headed to dealerships with a price tag of $22,990.

Review

With four generations in its résumé, the Kia Sportage is arguably one of the longest running compact SUV in Kia’s lineup. The exterior design comes with mild changes and now sports a jet fighter design that might cause some debates once it hits our shores. The front end has been redesigned mildly and now features sleek headlights perched high above the hood. The rear end, on the other hand, isn’t as busy as the front fascia and mimics those of small crossovers like BMW, Lincoln, and Ford.

2021 Kia Sportage exterior

In terms of dimensions, the new model has grown a bit in length and now measures 1.6” longer thereby increasing both passenger and cargo space slightly. Further aback, the cargo volume has also grown in volume and now takes about 31 cu. ft. of stuff. The 2021 Kia Sportage interior sports some high-quality materials and technologies even for the most basic model. Some new features to expect include a wider panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, additional insulation, hands-free streaming audio, Kia’s Uvo 3 package, Wi-Fi connectivity, leather upholstery, a seven-inch touchscreen display, heated front seats, an eight-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system, and an automatic opening liftgate.

Buyers shopping in this segment have a variety of options to choose from. Those options include Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the Mazda CX-5. Some of Honda’s strengths include an exceptional fuel economy, appealing roster of safety and technologies, more cargo capacity, and exceptional passenger space. Unlike Kia Sportage, only one engine is offered beneath the hood of the CR-V: a 185-horsepower- and 181 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 2.4L four-cylinder engine.

2021 Kia Sportage Interior Accessories & Exterior Pictures

While some changes can be expected, exterior Kia Sportage colors include Burnished Copper, Sparkling Silver, Hyper Red, Pacific Blue, Clear White, Black Cherry, Mineral Silver, and Snow White Pearl.

Similar to the model it is replacing, or as at the time of this writing, the new 2021 Sportage is available in three trim levels: SX, EX, and LX. Some of the standard accessories available for the standard Kia Sportage LX model include cruise control, a satellite radio, reclining and folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, a USB port, a CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a rear privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, and seventeen-inch alloy wheels. Options available include a rear seat center armrest, a rearview camera, a 4.3” touchscreen audio system, a rear spoiler, and a trip computer.

Upscale features you can expect include upgraded Infiniti sound system, ventilated and heated front seats, heated power-folding mirrors, voice controls, a cooled glovebox, a panoramic sunroof, a seven-inch touchscreen display, aluminum scuff plates, dual exhaust outlets, unique front grille, eighteen-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

2021 Kia Sportage interior

2021 Kia Sportage Engine Specs

Beneath the hood, the new Sportage comes with a 181-horsepower – generating 2.4L engine. Also available is the turbocharged 2.0L engine that is rated at 241 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Although Kia is yet to announce the EPA findings on the Sportage model’s fuel economy ratings, it is highly projected that they will be better than those of the existing model. The FWD is the default drive system while the AWD is optional.

While the EPA is yet to make the 2021 model’s fuel economy known, the existing model offers 24 mpg of combined city/highway cruising.

2021 Kia Sportage engine

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Top Speed: 130 mph
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