Detailed Review of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

Subaru has just debuted their premiere off-roader, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. It comes with a turbocharged engine, enhanced suspension, and off-road modes, plus a tough exterior that can tame the outdoors with ease. The Outback Wilderness has plenty of standard safety features and comfortable seating for a rambunctious family of five.

Rugged Style of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

The Outback Wilderness is full of style enhancements for 2022. The front and rear bumpers have signature Wilderness model designs and decals. The front fascia has a hexagon honeycomb black grille. Tough black cladding creeps up from the front skid plate all the way up to the center of the front fascia. The profile has black cladding over the wheel wells, too. The hood has a matte black decal traveling down the center. There are LED fog lights up front and LED lights for the rear gate.

The rear of the Wilderness model makes use of the thick black cladding motif again with a chunky U-shaped rear bumper. There are bright copper accents all around the vehicle that indicate where you’ll find utility points like front and rear tow hooks and roof rail tie downs. The roof rack can accommodate 700 pounds of gear and has versatile options for storing cumbersome camping gear. An upgraded options package outfits the Outback Wilderness with a power moonroof.

The 2022 Outback Wilderness has an exclusive color called Geyser Blue. It hearkens back to Subaru’s rally heritage and the blue color palette is a welcomed change from Subaru’s usual drab color schemes for the Outback. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard on the Wilderness model and they have a matte black finish. The Outback Wilderness comes with Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires as standard equipment. Your spare tire isn’t a dud either. It’s a Yokohama all-terrain tire that’s stored under the cargo area in the rear. The back of the Outback Wilderness has a power, hands-free liftgate with an LED light.

The dimensions of the 2022 Outback Wilderness model have some of the same measurements as the standard Outback. It has 191.3 inches of length like the standard Outback and a wheelbase of 108.1 inches. However, the Wilderness model sits slightly higher, adds more than an inch and a half in width, and a slight nudge to the track both front and rear.

Performance Capabilities to Match

It’s abundantly clear that the Outback Wilderness can manage challenging terrains and elevations. A 2.4 Liter turbocharged BOXER engine comes standard on the Outback Wilderness. It produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound feet of torque. A symmetrical all-wheel drive is also standard. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox. It can be operated as an 8-speed manual with the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel assembly.

The 2022 Outback Wilderness has a ground clearance of 9.5 inches. That’s thanks to longer shock absorbers and springs. That’s about an inch higher than the other Outback models. The approach angles have a 2-inch increase. The breakover angle has gone up and the departure angle went from 21.7 degrees to 23.6 degrees. The rear differential was also tweaked a bit, too. It has a 3,500 maximum towing capacity.

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness comes with active torque vectoring and an assortment of electronic stability controls. The suspension has been upgraded for rugged adventures. The X-MODE system has been upgraded to provide an even sportier experience. It has two functions – snow/dirt and deep snow/mud. The X-MODE in the Outback Wilderness can switch automatically from low to high speed so that there is no loss of power as you traverse trails that require a quick change in traction and torque. A front skid plate comes with the 2022 Outback Wilderness from Subaru. However, if the standard equipment isn’t rugged enough for you there are accessory options that include a steel skid plate to cover the fuel tank, engine, rear differential and transmission undercarriage.

When it comes to gas mileage, the 2022 Outback Wilderness doesn’t disappoint. It gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Driving conditions will make these figures highly variable, but the CVT transmission keeps the turbo BOXER engine primed for the best fuel economy.

Stylish Interior of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

The first thing you might notice inside the 2022 Outback Wilderness are the seats. They’re made of a water-resistant, ultra-durable material called StarTex. The headrests have a huge Outback Wilderness logo. There’s bright copper stitching on the seats to match the copper accents on the steering wheel and shift knob. Brushed aluminum pedals and gun metal grey accents hit the AC vents just right.

The center console has an 11.6 inch touchscreen display. It comes with a STARLINK multimedia system and it’s oriented vertically like a tablet. You can access X-MODE controls and infotainment. Yet, there are still some manual buttons for volume, radio tuning and air conditioning. The 2022 Outback Wilderness comes with full Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Top of the line models come with an integrated navigation system.

The cargo area has a waterproof cargo tray, and it extends up over the rear seatbacks. The Outback Wilderness has all-weather floor mats with the embossed Wilderness logo on them, as well. There’s little doubt what this SUV is meant to do – get dirty and get moving in style.

Top Safety Gear from Subaru

One of the best safety features on the new Outback Wilderness is the EyeSight Drive Assist Technology. It employs cameras and sensors to monitor traffic around you. It comes standard on the Subaru Outback. The system can prompt you to get back in your lane if you drift and it can adjust the cruise control for safety. It also comes with automatic braking against frontal collisions. The Subaru EyeSight safety suite has given the Outback the highest rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The IIHS reported that EyeSight helped to reduce rear end crashes with injuries by up to 85%. Additional safety gear includes a front view camera and a rearview camera. The available option package includes automatic reverse emergency braking.

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Final Thoughts about the Subaru Wilderness

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is the most off-road capable vehicle that Subaru has ever created. This SUV can ride toe-to-toe with a Land Rover Defender or Jeep Wrangler. It has power, towing, and torque. The interior is unique and sporty. It’s also meant to clean out easily.

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuted without pricing information. Subaru is expected to provide details about pricing later in the year. The current model of the Subaru Outback has an MSRP of $26,795. So, even with a slight bump up in price it’s easy to see that the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness could present serious competition for Land Rover and Jeep.

Subaru vehicles are notoriously reliable. According to Experian Automotive, 97% of Subaru vehicles sold between 2010 and 2019 are still on the road today. You might not think that the Outback Wilderness model is fit for city slickers, but there’s plenty of tech inside the cabin to make daily commutes much easier. It gets great gas mileage. Plus, it’s easy on the eyes. So, whether you plan on conquering mountains or not, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness model will certainly make you feel capable of anything.

Detailed Review of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody

The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody is a muscular sedan from Dodge that doubles down on style and performance power. It is unapologetically fast and loud, but that is what auto enthusiasts love about this vehicle. The 2021 Charger Scat Pack Widebody aims for speed glory and it is certainly a contender for the crown. It has a HEMI SRT V8 engine that produces well over 400 horsepower.

Let’s take a closer look at this muscle car and all of its best features.

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2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody Style Elements

The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack has American athleticism and charm. The body style of this vehicle is almost identical to the Dodge Challenger coupe. It just has a signature grille, two extra doors and a heavier, wider stance. The body width of the Scat Pack Widebody is 78.3 inches and has a curb weight of 4,385 pounds. For comparison, the base model Charger SXT has a width of 75 inches and a curb weight of 3,964 pounds.

The front fascia for the Scat Pack Widebody is similar to the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. All three of these models have the widebody style with larger intake ports in the front fender. The profile is eye-catching with deliberate lines traveling down the length of the vehicle. 20-inch black wheels with black brake calipers come standard on the Charger Scat Pack Widebody. All-season performance tires also come standard. A power sunroof is available, but it doesn’t come as a standard feature.

The rear end has a black spoiler. There are also clever black accents on either end of the Charger’s rear so that the widebody doesn’t just look like it has a plain swath of color paneling. It’s a subtle but nice touch.

The Scat Pack Wide Body has dual exhaust ports that constantly belch out a monstrous invitation to press the accelerator over and over again. The sound of the 2021 Charger Scat Pack is so appealing; it enhances the appearance of the vehicle. At idle, it just hints at the power within. When it revs, there’s a throaty rumble that’s absolutely aggressive.

There are 13 colors for the Scat Pack Widebody. They vary widely from muted monochrome colors to bright, attention getting palettes like Go Mango orange and Hellraisin’ purple. The White Knuckle paint adds a clean white contrast to all of the black accents around the vehicle. A satin black hood, roof, trunk, and spoiler can be outfitted for an extra $3,495.

Muscle Car Performance

This vehicle has a 6.4 Liter SRT HEMI V8 engine. It’s managed by an 8-speed automatic transmission that shunts power to the rear wheels. There are paddle shift controls on the steering assembly and a standard gearshift knob in the center stack.

The Charger Scat Pack Widebody produces 485 horsepower and 475 pound feet of torque. Just breathe on the accelerator and the Charger’s full weight leaps to action, pressing your torso into the back of your seat. There isn’t any speed sensitive steering on the Charger. So, the combination of raw power and rear wheel torque can get out of control if drivers aren’t careful.

Fuel economy is a non-starter with the Dodge Charger. It’s important to note the specs in this review, but most people who are interested in a muscle car will accept that fuel economy isn’t a strong suit of the segment. The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody gets 15 MPG in the city, 24 on the highway with a combined score of 19 MPG on premium unleaded gasoline.

The Interior of the Charger Scat Pack Widebody

The interior of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack is surprisingly well-appointed. It has a passenger volume of 105 cubic feet and comfortable seating for four passengers. Black cloth seats with the signature bee logo come standard, but there are three leather and Alcantara upholstery packages that are hard to resist. There is all black, black on tan, and black on red. One of the best packages is the two-toned black Nappa leather upholstery with red Alcantara. The same two-toned color motif is found on the doors, as well.

The dashboard has contrast stitching and ambient lighting to match the color palette. It really ties the whole interior aesthetic together quite nicely. There is an 8.4 inch touchscreen display in the center of the dashboard. It controls HD and satellite radio, temperature controls for the atmosphere and seats, and some apps for infotainment.

There are some pesky redundant buttons beneath the touchscreen display. There’s an additional manual control for temperature even though that function is handled by the touchscreen. You can select a driving mode from this center stack and also engage the Charger Scat Pack’s launch control.

There are performance pages available on the center touchscreen, but most of the essential performance information can be found in the driver’s instrument cluster. That is controlled by manual buttons on the left side of the steering wheel.

You’ll find gauges and indicators for tire pressure, battery voltage, g forces, and how much horsepower and torque you’re producing. It’s an amazing performance feature to be able to have digital displays of all your performance outputs in real time while you’re operating the vehicle.

Safety Features of the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody

The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody comes with a full complement of interior airbags and side impact beams. There are also rear parking sensors, brake assist, electronic stability control, and traction control. Otherwise, safety considerations are largely in the driver’s hands. The 2021 Charger Scat Pack has a lot of power on tap and the driver has the ultimate responsibility of operating the vehicle safely.

There are six packages available for the 2021 Charger Scat Pack Widebody and most of the advanced safety gear is bundled into the Plus Group and the Technology Group. These packages carry an extra cost, but the safety features within these groups are almost indispensable.

The Plus Group provides blind spot indicators on the mirrors and cross path detection. The Technology Group has adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, forward collision warnings, and lane departure warnings.

At the Finish Line

The 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody carries an MSRP of $47,195. If you work your way through a build out and equip additional features, then your final price could land between $50,000 and $70,000.

That’s the price for unbridled driving excitement. It is almost impossible to get bored driving the 2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody. The exhaust notes, the torque, and the stylish American muscle vibe are intoxicating. It’s a thirsty beast though. You’ll be spotted near the pump more often than on the road.

The Dodge Charger lacks the subtlety of a German sports car. It would greatly benefit from such features as torque vectoring, automatic emergency braking and adaptive steering. However, in the world of the Dodge Charger there is only fast, faster and fastest. Everything else gets drowned out by the roar of the Challenger’s rumbling SRT engine.

Detailed Review of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a tough pick-up truck with all-wheel drive and a peppy V6 powertrain. The rugged exterior gives way to a comfortable interior with plenty of versatility and SUV DNA inside. The Ridgeline isn’t the most powerful truck on the market, but it is one of the most reliable vehicles for work or play.

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Configurations

The 2021 Ridgeline doesn’t overcomplicate its qualities. There are just four model trims for the Ridgeline. For a pick-up truck, that’s refreshingly streamlined and simple. There is the Sport model that comes with 18-inch wheels, rearview camera and dual-action tailgate. The next level up is called the RTL. It provides leather upholstery, a power moonroof, and heated seats. For just a small increase in price, the RTL model is a top value. Then, there’s the RTL-E. This is the top model of the Ridgeline and it comes with advanced tech features like navigation, wireless phone charging, and cross traffic monitors. For an MSRP of $42,420 the Ridgeline truck with the best features is quite affordable.

There is a special trim called the Black Edition. This model adds unique style elements to the Ridgeline. As the name would suggest everything has a blacked-out aesthetic. It comes with black exterior accents and 8-inch black alloy wheels. The interior features black leather upholstery and contrasting red ambient lighting.

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Exterior Style of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Competition for the Honda Ridgeline is tough. Perhaps that’s why the Ridgeline has an even tougher exterior design for 2021. The front bumper, grille and hood have all been updated. The result is a front end that matches up with contemporary style cues that consumers expect for a pick-up truck in 2021.

The rear of the Ridgeline has dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports. That’s a new feature. The tailgate is attractive and incredibly versatile. It can flip down vertically or open horizontally on side hinges. The bed itself is a rust-resistant composite with lockable trunk storage. It’s 64 inches long and 60 inches wide from wall to wall.

The Honda Performance Development (HPD) package gives the Ridgeline a sporty, almost throwback style upgrade. It comes with bronze 18-inch wheels, chunky fender cladding, and a unique front grille design. However, it doesn’t add any mechanical advantages to the Ridgeline. The name is a bit misleading in that regard. It’s an appearance package for now, but Honda might use the moniker to add off-road prowess to the Ridgeline in the near future.

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Performance Capabilities of the Ridgeline Pick-up Truck

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a 3.5 liter V6 engine for a power plant. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. The Ridgeline is a swift little mover that shunts power to all four wheels with a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It gets 18 miles per gallon in urban settings and 24 MPG on the highway. For the point of comparison, the 2021 Ford Ranger pick-up truck gets slightly better gas mileage with 21/26, but the Honda Ridgeline does stretch highway driving a bit farther than the Toyota Tacoma.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,583 lbs. That falls a bit short of the competition. The 2021 Ford Ranger can pull 7,500 lbs. and haul up to 1,860 lbs. when properly configured. However, the Ridgeline can still handle the average workload with ease.

Both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma have performance packages. There’s the Tremor off-road package for Ford and the TRD off-road model from Toyota. That doesn’t mean the 2021 Honda Ridgeline isn’t tough enough for the trail. It has a durable unibody frame with a 20.4 degree approach angle and 7.64 inches of ground clearance. The V6 engine is capable enough to power through some tricky terrain, but it lacks the performance underpinnings for managing challenging variations in elevation.

There are MacPherson front suspension struts and a multi-link rear suspension in the rear. The steering is quite smooth for a pick-up truck, too. The Ridgeline handles itself like an old-school SUV. It’s comfortable on the interior but capable of towing a car out of the mud or carrying a living room’s worth of furniture across town.

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Interior Amenities of the 2021 Ridgeline

The 2021 Ridgeline pick-up truck looks a lot like the Honda Pilot when you open the doors. That’s actually a good thing. The Honda Pilot is a fantastic SUV, so it bodes well for the Ridgeline to borrow some of the Pilot’s finery.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has comfortable seating for five passengers and there’s underseat storage in the rear for extra gear. With leather seating and matching leather steering wheel, the interior of the Ridgeline dares to present itself as an upscale vehicle when you get to the mid-level trim.

The base model has plenty of amenities though. There’s a standard 8-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity comes standard on all models and so does a 7-speaker premium audio system. There are at least 2 USB ports and a wireless charging on the higher level models.

Safety Technology from Honda

Honda offers the Honda Sensing Safety Suite with every model of the Ridgeline truck. So many automakers provide advanced safety features across a number of costly packages, but Honda offers them as standard features.

The 2021 Ridgeline comes with lane keeping technology, road departure and lane departure warnings. The Ridgeline has forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking. It comes with adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera. Blind spot warnings are available on every model except the entry level Ridgeline. The previous year’s Honda Ridgeline received a 5-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Final thoughts on the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has an MSRP of $36,490. There’s no smoke and mirrors with the Ridgeline. The base model comes with all-wheel drive and a V6 engine. Thankfully, Honda didn’t force a four cylinder engine into the lineup just to get interested buyers to skip up to a costlier model.

When it comes to off-road performance, the Ridgeline doesn’t quite match up to the Ford Ranger or the Toyota Tacoma. However, that still leaves a lot of room for the Ridgeline to win over new buyers. It’s a hearty everyday truck that doesn’t specialize in any one particular aspect. It’s mechanically well-rounded and that’s an essential quality for a pick-up truck.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has top notch safety equipment and fantastic safety ratings. The interior of the Ridgeline has everything that you’d want from a family SUV. There’s leather upholstery, a fantastic sound system, push button ignition, a moonroof, and infotainment. For drivers who plan to spend plenty of time behind the wheel, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline promises a fantastic long-term relationship. It’s got everything that you need and nothing that you don’t.

Review of the 2022 Land Rover Defender

The 2022 Land Rover Defender is a throwback SUV with top level capabilities and modern technology. Versatility is the Defender’s ace of spades, but the price tag could send some interested parties running for the hills.

The 2022 Defender is in the same class as other unibody SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler and the Ford Bronco. However, both the Wrangler and the Bronco seem to fall just a step behind the Defender in nearly every category. The 2022 Land Rover Defender effortlessly crosses the bridge of urban dwelling for adventurous forays into just about anything that the wilderness can throw at it.

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What’s New for the 2022 Land Rover Defender?

The 2-door Defender gets two model trims that were previously only available for the 4-door body style – the X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE. There are two new special edition trims. There’s the XS Edition which provides a style remix to the Defender both inside and out. There’s also the new flagship Defender. It’s called the V8 Carpathian.

There are a few other infotainment upgrades, but everybody is talking about the new V8 powertrain for the 2022 Defender. The addition of a V8 powertrain for the Defender is certainly big news. In a company press release, Iain Gray, the senior manager of the powertrain advanced engineering department gave some key insights into the new engine option.

“The 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine further enhances the unique character of the Defender. It sounds fantastic and delivers incredible performance – providing new levels of driver appeal.” Gray went on to comment, “Our engineering focus has been to optimize powertrain calibration for Defender to deliver both responsive on-road performance and fine control off-road – all without compromising the Defender vehicle’s all-terrain capability and wading ability.”

Why Are There So Many Different Types of Defender SUVs?

The different types of Defender models can be a bit confusing; there are just so many options and trims. On the one hand, that speaks to the versatility of the Defender, but it can also put-off casual consumers who want a more streamlined buying experience.

So, here is a simplified description of what Land Rover has available. First, there are two different body styles for the Land Rover Defender. There’s the 2-door variant called the 90 and the four door, full-sized Defender called the 110.

Furthermore, these two variants get broken down into different model trims. For 2022, there are 9 model trims, and the prices cover a wide lane. Just so that you have a quick reference of the different 2022 Land Rover Defender models, check out this list.

  • Base Model 90 and Base Model 110
  • S and SE
  • X-Dynamic SE and X-Dynamic HSE
  • The XS Edition and the X
  • The V8 and V8 Carpathian Edition

There are subtle differences as you climb the ladder, but the biggest difference is the price. You can’t just look at the base price for a 2-door Defender and assume that this is a bargain-priced vehicle. Each model trim offers new features and amenities that might leave interested buyers wondering if this stairway truly leads to heaven or to yet another paywall.

The 2-door 2022 Land Rover Defender 90 has an MSRP of $47,700 and the four-door 110 costs $50,500. Not too bad, right? Well, the top-of-the-line Defenders cost $104,100 and $107,200 respectively. If you are interested in purchasing or leasing a 2022 Land Rover Defender, then it’s best to focus on two things: your budget and the type of activities you expect to do in your new SUV.

The Base Model 2022 Land Rover Defender

The base model Defender 110 is an ideal choice for growing families. It has seating for five to seven passengers and plenty of safety features. It comes with a surround view camera and a 360-degree parking aid. The onboard sensors turn their attention to monitoring the driver for signs of fatigue. The base model has emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The exterior has 18-inch wheels and LED lighting. The interior has fabric seats. The front seats are even heated. The powertrain isn’t that amazing though. The base model comes with a 2.0 Liter turbocharged inline four. It’s capable of achieving 296 horsepower but its saving grace is the standard all-wheel drive with terrain response and a two-speed transfer case. It’s a Defender alright.

A 2022 Land Rover Defender That Focuses on Performance

If you’re interested in off-road prowess or simply want the most powerful Land Rover ever constructed, then you should set your sights on the new V8 powertrain. It’s equipped in the 2-door Defender 90 V8, and the 90 V8 Carpathian Edition. You can also select a V8 powertrain for the 4-door body style, as well.

This thing roars and rumbles in such a satisfying way. It’s a 5.0 Liter, Supercharged V8 engine that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound feet of torque. It also comes with some transmission and handling upgrades. You get custom suspension and springs with an electronic active rear differential.

The V8 model also has new style upgrades for 2022. It comes with signature badging, quad exhaust and 22-inch wheels. The front brake calipers are painted blue, and they gorgeously complement the Santorini Black paint finish.

The Most Stylish 2022 Land Rover Defender

The new V8 Carpathian model is the clear winner. Perhaps, it’s best viewed on the 4-door body style just because there’s more surface area to appreciate. The Carpathian model has grey premium metallic paint with a satin protective film. It’s like something you would see on a modified Bentley Bentayga or Rolls Royce Cullinan.

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22-inch gloss black wheels fill out the fenders and a sliding panoramic roof opens the sky. Illuminated floorplates and satin chrome trim can be found inside the cabin along with suede or Windsor leather upholstery. The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara. There is also a 14-speaker premium sound system, but the updated 11-inch touchscreen display will still cost you a bit extra.

The Best Value Option for the 2022 Land Rover Defender

The 2022 Defender 90 X-Dynamic HSE hits the sweet spot for value, especially if you’re not that big on off-roading but you like the style of the Defender. The X-Dynamic HSE rides in the middle of the model trim pack.

It comes with the 3.0 Liter P400 hybrid powertrain all-wheel drive and adaptive cruise control for improved fuel economy. The exterior has fog lights, 20-inch wheels, and attractive silicon silver accents. The interior has leather seating and a leather steering wheel. You also get all those amazing safety features from the base model as standard equipment. This model has an MSRP of $69,600.

At the Finish Line

The 2022 Land Rover Defender is equal parts icon and innovator. It has tremendous versatility and off-road capability. To get the most out of the platform, you need to spend some time at the build out to ensure that you get all the best features.

The turbo four-cylinder engine is skippable. The hybrid powertrain and the new V8 engine are impressive, but for different reasons. The hybrid boosts the Defender’s fuel economy while the V8 maximizes the Defender’s capabilities.

The base model comes with remarkable safety equipment as standard offerings. Yet, the different model trims start to get pricey in a hurry. One thing is for certain though – the new Defender puts the Jeep Wrangler out to pasture and brings rugged outdoor proportions to the sophisticated urban jungle.

Enjoy the ride.

Top BMW M Performance Vehicles for 2021

Are you a fan of BMW M vehicles?

BMW has been putting track-worthy vehicles on the streets for 40 years under the M badge. This special assortment of coupes, convertibles, sedans, and SUVs take high performance to an entirely different level of motorsport excellence.

BMW M vehicles have custom enhancements to their transmissions, suspension systems and other racing-inspired upgrades to their powertrains that enable everyday drivers to feel more like racecar drivers, even on their daily commute.

The M performance engines are tuned with precision to deliver the maximum amount of power for a rip-roaring throttle note. The sound of a M twin-turbo coming up the block is almost unmistakable. That belligerent exhaust roar is like a challenge to both the driver of the vehicle and anyone else on the road who dares to keep up.

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2021 BMW M2 Competition Coupe

The entry vehicle to the BMW M collection is the M2 Competition Coupe. It can travel from zero to 60 MPH in about 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 miles per hour. It has a 3.0 Liter, twin turbo straight 6 engine that produces 410 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. For a stock sports car, that’s a remarkable amount of performance potential on tap.

Driving purists will laud the manual 6 speed gearbox. Motorists who want to ease into the deep end of the speed pool might be better served using the 7-speed double clutch automatic. The M2 Competition has both.

The M2 has classic sports coupe proportions. It has a black gloss kidney grille, 19-inch wheels and quad black chrome exhaust tips. The interior is dark and functional. It has carbon fiber inlays and black Dakota leather sports seats with blue contrast stitching.

BMW offers an even more powerful M2, but you’ll likely have trouble finding one on dealership lots. It’s the limited edition 2021 BMW M2 CS. It’s one of the fastest coupes on the market. Output has been boosted to 444 horsepower and a zero to 60 time of 3.8 seconds. The M2 CS has limited-slip differential, performance racing tires and adaptive M suspension. Drive straight from the office to the track if you like. You’ll surely be first in line.

2021 BMW M3 and M3 Competition

The 2021 BMW M3 sedan is sporting a brand-new design for its sixth generation outing. The signature BMW kidney grille has been completely reshaped vertically. The front end also has intelligent LED headlights and an aggressive-looking bonnet with bold cuts in the lower portion of the front fascia.

The profile has dramatic side gills and a deep contour line to accentuate the low center of gravity of the M3. The roof is carbon fiber, and the rear has a new bumper design, too. The 2021 BMW M3 sedan has an assertive style that only hints at the performance capabilities imbued within the vehicle.

There is an M3 and M3 Competition sedan available from BMW. The M3 has a 3.0 Liter twin turbo inline 6 with rear wheel drive and a manual transmission. It produces 473 horsepower and 406 lb. ft. of torque. The M3 Competition model boosts performance to an output of 503 horsepower and 479 lb. ft. of torque. The M3 Competition loses the manual gearbox in place of the 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission.

2021 BMW M4 and M4 Competition

The 2021 BMW M4 comes as a coupe or convertible. The new M4 has the same vertically oriented kidney grille as the M3. It seems to fit the M4 best though. The M4 also has the same 473 horsepower twin turbo engine as the M3.

The M4 coupe comes standard with a manual gearbox, but the Competition M4 upgrades to the Steptronic automatic. Whether you go with the standard M Compound brakes or upgrade to carbon ceramics, you’ll have the stopping power to offset your natural inclination to lean on the accelerator.

The interior is motorsport chic with a minimal number of distractions and adornments. The instrument cluster has a custom M configuration for the dials and indicators. Yet, you can pare it down to just the vitals with the Sport and Track driving modes if you really want to get dialed in. That doesn’t mean the M4 coupe doesn’t come with some creature comforts. The front seats are heated. It has a soft anthracite headliner and an available moonroof.

2021 BMW M5

If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. That old adage rings true for the BMW M5 sedan because it crosses into 2021 without any need for mechanical upgrades. It does however sport new front and rear bumper designs to accommodate a larger kidney grille and improved LED lightings.

The 2021 BMW M5 has a 4.4 Liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. It produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb. ft. of torque. The M5 Competition pushes out 617 horsepower. Drivers can find a driving style that suits their mood with the 8-speed Steptonic transmission. Get aggressive with paddle shifters or play it smooth, it’s all up to you.

The M5 Competition is the fastest M vehicle for 2021. It can go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. The ride height has been lowered by about 0.28 inches. The M5 Competition also has stiffer dampers and anti-roll bars in a case where stiffer is actually a good thing.

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2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

Fans of the M8 coupe and convertible might be feeling left out in the cold in 2021. BMW recently announced that those models will be discontinued. However, there is still the 2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe. It’s a four-door coupe/sedan that is brimming with luxury.

The M8 Gran Coupe has one of the most attractive exteriors. The profile sports arrow-shaped breathing ports and polished 20-inch wheels. It comes with a carbon fiber roof and chunky body paneling over the wheel wells.

Under the hood, the M8 is powered by a 4.4 Liter twin turbo V8. It’s the same engine as the M5. The exhaust note for the M8 is one of the rowdiest ones of the bunch considering that you can customize the acoustic sound with four different modes. So, you can decide whether you want to wake the neighbors next door or just wake the whole neighborhood.

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2021 BMW X3 M and 2021 BMW X4 M

The 2021 BMW X3 M and X4 M are practically identical. Both SUVs have the same 3.0 Liter twin-turbo 6 engine and produce 473 horsepower and 442 pound feet of torque. The X4 M has a sloped roof, but if you happen to see one driving by, you’d be forgiven for not being able to tell them apart.

What makes these SUVs so impressive is the balance that they strike between sports car performance and SUV features. They offer a commanding view of the road and have thick sport seats that are wrapped in full Merino leather. There’s connectivity apps for the center console and a signature M instrument cluster for the driver.

The X3 M has a starting MSRP of $69,900. That makes the prospect of owning an M badge more obtainable for drivers with growing families, too. Android Auto connectivity and a matte wood finish are new for 2021. Apple CarPlay connectivity was already a standard tech feature.

The X3 and X4 make the most of their tech teams’ expertise. A Connected Package gives drivers real time navigation and parking visualizer. Just by saying “Hey, BMW,” you get a virtual concierge that can assist drivers with navigation and online information. So, it’s clear that the focus for the X3 M and X4 M centers around the driver and passenger experience.

2021 BMW X5 M and 2021 BMW X6 M

The 2021 BMW X5 M and X6 M have comfortable seating for five. Both SUVs come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as advanced safety features. They’re perfect family haulers that also go from zero to 60 in 4 seconds flat.

These SUVs shouldn’t be this fast, but they’re powered by the same engine as the M5 sedan. That’s right. BMW has placed their 4.4 Liter, twin turbo V8 engines inside the X5 M and X6 M. The result is a surprisingly nimble mid-sized SUV that forgets its manners when you step on the accelerator.

There are even Competition trims available that take these SUVs up to 617 horsepower. You’ll pay handsomely for these impressive SUVs, that’s for sure. Yet, not a soul will be able to say that it’s over-priced.

Price List for the 2021 BMW M Vehicles

  • 2021 BMW M2 Competition – $59,900
  • 2021 BMW M2 CS – $83,600
  • 2021 BMW M3 – $69,900
  • 2021 BMW M3 Competition – $72,800
  • 2021 BMW M4 – $71,800
  • 2021 BMW M4 Competition – $74,400
  • 2021 BMW M5 – $103,500
  • 2021 BMW M5 Competition – $112,000
  • 2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe – $130,000
  • 2021 BMW X3 M – $69,900
  • 2021 BMW X4 M – $73,400
  • 2021 BMW X5 M – $105,100
  • 2021 BMW X6 M – $108,600

At the Finish Line

These 2021 BMW M performance models certainly don’t disappoint. Some automotive enthusiasts have been waiting years for these vehicles to drop. The M3 sedan and M4 coupe redesign are the standouts from this list, along with the limited edition M2 CS.

The 2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is the priciest sports car on this list and that’s for good reason. With the coupe and convertible going out to pasture in North America, the Gran Coupe is the only M8 game in town for American motorists. It’s not only equipped with track-ready enhancements, the M8 is also draped in sophistication and luxury.

The M5 Competition is all about speed; it’s the fastest M vehicle. It’s a motorsport dynamo that adds 17 horsepower to the M5 along with an M Sport exhaust upgrade. By the time you outfit the M5 with the Competition package, ceramic brakes, premium performance tires and wheels, your build out costs will hover around $130,000.

It’s difficult to pick a favorite when each one of the BMW M vehicles is so well-built. From coupes to SUVs, this group of high-performance vehicles are undeniably superb. Each one is a winner. Each one is powerful and competitive. So, good luck if you’ve set yourself to the task of selecting just one from the bunch.

Detailed Review of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Grand Wagoneer has been reborn as the premiere luxury SUV for Jeep. It has the ability to haul 10,000 pounds and has a plush interior that can rival luxury yachts. It’s a full-sized SUV with a V8 engine and 22-inch wheels. Top of the line models of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer can cost more than $100,000.

Either Jeep executives missed the electric vehicle memo, or they simply chose to provide the automotive market with a well-dressed dinosaur. In a company press release, Christian Meunier, Jeep® Brand Chief Executive Officer addressed the inspiration and focus of the new 2022 Jeep SUV. “We are ready to start a new exciting adventure with a model that wrote some of the most iconic pages in the history of the American automobile.

Meunier went on to say, “Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are born from the Jeep brand, but they have a flair of their own, building on a rich heritage of craftsmanship and refinement, while offering new levels of sophistication, comfort and legendary 4×4 capability, as well as a new level of customer service.

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Configurations

There are four model variants for the Grand Wagoneer. The base model is Series I and it has an MSRP of $86,995, making it one of the most expensive entry level SUVs on the market. The nest level up is Series II and it comes with 22-inch polished wheels, premium leather and autonomous parking. Then, there’s the Obsidian model. It costs $98,995 and exerts itself as the custom style version of the Grand Wagoneer. It comes with blacked out grill and dark onyx inlays inside the cabin, plus a 23-speaker entertainment system. Finally, there is the Grand Wagoneer Series III. It is the top tier model and carries an MSRP of $103,995. Series III has all the top autonomous driving and safety features that Jeep has to offer.

There are so many more amenities for the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. So, let’s explore the vehicle in greater detail.

Exterior Style of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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The exterior of the 2022 grand Wagoneer is bold and expressive, as you would come to expect from big SUVs like the Suburban and Bentley Bentayga. The Grand Wagoneer has a high strength steel body on frame architecture that gives the Grand Wagoneer the rigidity it needs to carry its own weight.

The Grand Wagoneer has a black roof, power side rails with flared out fenders to create a commanding profile. The front fascia houses a new premium LED configuration and tow hooks to remind everyone on the road that the Grand Wagoneer has real towing muscle. The rear of the vehicle is upscale with a hands-free liftgate and the letters of the brand stretch across the width of the vehicle.

The front fascia of the new Grand Wagoneer has the signature grille design of a Jeep, but you won’t find much mention of the Jeep brand anywhere on the vehicle. Instead, the front fascia has the words Wagoneer across the grille. The logo is also on the rear, sides and the interior front seats. The word Jeep is absent from the design on purpose and that’s because the Wagoneer is slated to become a new luxury sub-brand.

You’ve seen this before; it’s becoming a popular trend. Hyundai gave the Genesis its own brand. Ford now has a Mustang sub-brand as well as a Bronco sub brand. The Grand Wagoneer represent the premium luxury segment of Jeep and there will undoubtedly be more vehicles coming down the pipeline.

Interior Refinement of the 2022 Grand Wagoneer

One of the highlights of the Grand Wagoneer is the attention to detail that goes into creating the vehicle’s interior. At just a glance, you’ll be inspired by the American craftsmanship, the choice of materials and thoughtful layout.

In keeping with tradition, there is an overabundance of wood grain inside the cabin. Satin American Walnut wood gives the interior the same aesthetic of a luxury yacht deck and drives home the upscale target audience of this vehicle. Aluminum trim and premium leather fill in the spaces between.

The center armrest is much more functional than other vehicles. The vehicle’s infotainment controls flow from bottom to top starting with a rotary dial and push button ignition, a 10-inch touchscreen, and yet another, much larger 12-inch touchscreen above it. The front passenger dashboard also has a 10-inch touchscreen display. So, there are some 45 inches of display real estate across the dashboard and 2 available touchscreen displays for the second row, too.

This glut of digital screens controls heating and cooling, navigation, entertainment, internet connectivity and surround view cameras. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer could double as a nightclub on wheels with copious interior space and a McIntosh 1,375-watt 3D surround system that bumps with a 12-inch subwoofer.

There are three rows of seating for 8 passengers and interested buyers can choose between a second-row bench or captain’s chairs at build out. The 24-way power adjustable seats in the front row have memory settings and you’d be excused for spending the better part of an hour tweaking the seating position to perfection. The second row seats fold flat and the rear bench is 60/40 split folding. With everything placed flat, you can slide just about anything inside the Grand Wagoneer.

Performance Capabilities

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer can tow up to 10,000 pounds when properly outfitted. It has a powerful 6.4 Liter V8 power plant under the hood. The intake and exhaust manifolds are unique to the new Grand Wagoneer. It also has variable camshaft timing and the ability to de-active cylinders for enhanced fuel economy.

The Grand Wagoneer’s engine produces 471 horsepower and 455 pound feet of torque. The powertrain delivers lots of low-end torque, but the range is rather broad so that the Grand Wagoneer can maintain traction and power in various conditions over large distances. The Grand Wagoneer comes with a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. It can travel from zero to 60 MPH in six seconds flat. That’s pretty impressive for a vehicle this size. It won’t win any races, but drivers will feel confident enough to lay down some power to maneuver around.

The Grand Wagoneer has some impressive performance capabilities, but it hasn’t been trail-rated like other Jeep SUVs. That’s this vehicle’s naughty little secret. The grand Wagoneer is a large vehicle and although it has off-road packages available, the big luxury SUV won’t be required to pass some of the most vigorous off-road testing. In that sense, it truly is a departure from the Jeep lineup.

That being said, the Grand Wagoneer will still have three available 4×4 systems. The suspension system is electronically controlled. It can ford up to 24 inches of water, has a crawl ratio of 48:1 with 10 inches of ground clearance and features a terrain management system.

Advanced Safety Equipment from Jeep

The Grand Wagoneer Series III has over 100 safety and security features. These include autonomous and driver-assisted features that would rival anything put on the road by Audi or Mercedes-Benz. The Grand Wagoneer comes with night vision for the surround view camera display along with pedestrian detection. The onboard sensors produce blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance. The driver is fully supported if he/she begins to feel drowsy on a long ride. The steering wheel will re-adjust the vehicle position automatically if the driver is less than attentive and fails to do so. Other advanced safety features include intersection collision assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking.

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Final Thoughts on the 2022 Grand Wagoneer

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer will most likely be a popular fleet vehicle for record companies and celebrities. The Obsidian model has black wheels, black and chrome accents, and plenty of urban appeal. In any trim, the Grand Wagoneer has all the luxury trappings of a Bentley or Mercedes-Benz and the price tag to match.

It’s important to note that there is also a Jeep Wagoneer that premiers alongside the Grand Wagoneer. It costs about $30,000 less but lacks some of the grandiose refinery of the Grand Wagoneer. It will most likely turn the heads of auto consumers who fail to see the value of a six-figure vehicle but still feel nostalgic for the bygone era of big SUVs.

The original Wagoneer debuted back in 1963 and it was the first 4×4 vehicle to have automatic transmission and the first vehicle to have an automatic all-wheel drive system. Essentially, it was the first modern SUV. The first Grand Wagoneer debuted in 1984 as the first luxury sport utility vehicle.

It seems as if Jeep is seeking to reclaim their brand dominance in the luxury SUV market, but are they too late? As consumer preferences scale down from large SUVs and away from internal combustion engines, it will be an uphill climb for Jeep to redefine or reclaim the luxury SUV experience with the Grand Wagoneer.

Top 10 SUVs and Crossovers of 2021

It’s an exciting time to drive an SUV or crossover. There’s so much variety on the market in 2021. Some of the latest SUVs aim to wrangle in big families with top safety equipment while others set their sights on big performance numbers.

SUVs and crossovers have always provided more utility than sedans and coupes and more versatility than trucks or vans. Now, there are electric powertrains and off-road goliaths to wow potential buyers with high tech features.

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Here are Some of the Best SUVs and Crossovers Hitting the Market This Year

2021 Toyota RAV4

According to global auto sales data from Focus2Move, the Toyota RAV4 is the second highest selling vehicle on the market and the highest selling SUV. One of the biggest selling points is the shockingly low MSRP. It costs just $26,150 to own a brand new 2021 Toyota RAV4. The ticket price is attractive but so are the dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports, upscale profile lines, and sporty front end.

Style isn’t the only thing that the RAV4 has going for it. Top level safety features come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite. You get blind spot warnings, rear cross traffic alerts, parking assist, and automatic high beams. Toyota is willing to give away these safety features to attract buyers with families who place a high value on their road safety.

At any trim level, the Toyota RAV4 is value priced. There’s all-wheel drive, hybrid models, and nothing costs more than $38,000. That’s for the Limited Hybrid model that comes with all the bells and whistles. Although there’s only a 4 cylinder powertrain available for the 2021 RAV4 gas models, its 8-speed automatic gearbox handles acceleration like a champ.

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2021 Audi E-Tron

The 2021 Audi E-Tron is a technologically advanced electrified SUV. It’s a plug-in vehicle with two electric motors and quattro all-wheel drive. If you’re in the market for an SUV or crossover with zero emissions but still want high performance, then the 2021 E-Tron can’t be ignored. It produces 408 horsepower and travels from zero to 60 in a respectable 5.7 seconds.

The 2021 Audi E-Tron excels as an electric SUV because it doesn’t look like it came from a science fiction movie set. It’s easily recognizable as an Audi from the inside out. You’ve got the upscale interior ambient lighting, the 10-inch touchscreen display, and real wood grain accents. There’s no compromising on luxury, even as the market trend is going in the direction of minimalist design.

The 2021 Audi E-Tron has three different powertrain options that give drivers flexibility on performance vs. fuel economy. At its best, the E-Tron has a driving range of 252 miles and can recoup about 80% of its power in 30 minutes with DC fast charging.

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2021 Kia Telluride

When it comes to spacious interiors, there’s no beating the 2021 Kia Telluride. It leads the segment. Three rows of seating are a hallmark feature for large SUVs. It’s rarely done properly when mid-sized vehicles attempt to jam in a third row.

The 2021 Kia Telluride is one of the only large SUVs that presents seating for 8 passengers without compromising legroom for the second row. There’s 31.4 inches of legroom there. The Audi Q7 is more luxurious, and costs more, but only provides 29.2 inches of legroom on the second row. It might seem like a small difference, but those few inches mean everything on a long road trip.

The 2021 Kia Telluride has stellar reviews and carries a MSRP of just $32,190. There are options galore spread out between four different model trims. However, the base model has plenty of standard equipment such as leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, and blind spot warnings. When wrapped in premium Nappa leather, the interior steps on the toes of Mercedes-Benz and other expensive luxury SUV automakers.

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2021 BMW X5

Truthfully, both the BMW X3 and the X5 could make this list of the best SUVs for 2021. Yet, the BMW X5 stands out among mid-sized luxury SUVs. It has powerful engines to choose from including a hybrid and a M-tuned V8 engine that produces 523 horsepower. It’s fast enough to go from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds and powerful enough to tow up to 7,200 pounds.

There are plenty of other performance options for the X5. You can select advanced air shocks, all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension at your build out. You can also pick and choose some of the M features such as sport brakes and colored calipers.

The 2021 BMW X5 has an MSRP of $59,400, but that’s just the start. The X5 M tips the scales at $105,100. Even the base model has a beautiful exterior though. There’s the signature BMW kidney grille, 19-inch wheels, and an upright ride height that grants the driver with great visibility.

The amenities of the BMW X5 are most evident from the interior. There are copious amounts of woodgrain and leather inside the cabin. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are key tech features. There’s even a small third row for seating an additional couple of passengers.

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

If you’re looking for an affordable crossover with all-wheel drive and great gas mileage, then take a closer look at the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid. It has standard all-wheel drive, 40 miles per gallon, and attractive chrome accents all along the body.

The CR-V Hybrid has 75.8 cubic feet of cargo volume and 102.9 cu. Ft. of passenger volume. When you add the power liftgate to that equation you get an interior that is easily accessible and large enough for a full family.  The interior is much larger than the Prius and the Toyota RAV4. The rear seats fold down and there’s plenty of stow-and-go compartments.

When it comes to safety features, the 2021 Honda CR-V is all aces. It comes with the Honda Sensing suite as standard equipment. That’s a bundle of safety features that includes road departure mitigation technology, collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring.

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid isn’t the best-looking SUV on this list. None of the model trims make much of a difference in that regard. It has an MSRP of $30,560 and the low price is meant to take your attention away from the tame exterior and budget materials in the cabin. If you can get past the looks of the CR-V Hybrid, you’ll be rewarded by its thrifty nature.

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2021 Volvo XC40

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is a compact crossover that punches above its weight class. It’s a stellar all-around vehicle with advanced collision avoidance technology as standard equipment. The 2021 XC40 goes above and beyond to keep passengers safe by providing automatic braking and four onboard cameras.

The 2021 Volvo XC40 is a city dweller. It has a small footprint and an available plug-in model that boasts up to 208 miles on a single charge. The XC40 has an expressive body design with attractive lines and a panoramic glass roof. There’s leather upholstery and a 9-inch vertical touchscreen.

With an MSRP of $33,700, the XC40 cuts into the budget crossover market. Yet, this is still a luxurious Volvo with plenty of tech inside. It has a perky turbo-charged engine and can be outfitted with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. With 187 horsepower and a low curb weight, the XC40 is safe but fun to drive.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is an off-roader dream and a formidable alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. There are four model trims, all of which seek to master a unique aspect of outdoor adventuring. All of the 2021 Bronco Sport vehicles claim to go over any type of terrain.

You’d expect to pay just as much as a loaded Jeep for the Bronco Sport, but it has a starting price of $26,820. That comes with standard 4×4 capability, best in class cargo volume behind the first row, and voice activation SYNC 3 technology.

Beyond the base model, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport presents almost too many options. There are four other model trims, and the First Edition model is a rare find on any Ford lot. The Badlands model has everything Ford can throw at it for off-roading. It has a metal bash plate, beefy off-road tires, front tow hooks and a specially designed suspension system.

Even if off-roading isn’t your thing, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will turn heads on the road. It’s an attractive throwback. It has a high roof that offers best-in-class headroom. The interior is easy to clean and purpose built. Plus, there’s wireless charging, a 10-speaker premium audio system and plenty of creature comforts for urban adventurers.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Tesla still rakes in the lion’s share of the electric vehicle market. Yet, whatever falls off the Tesla table goes to Ford and the Mustang Mach-E. According to a Morgan Stanley report, Tesla’s share of the electric car market fell to 69% and Morgan Stanley attributes the losses directly to the debut of the Mach-E from Ford.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E won SUV of the Year from the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards. Here’s why the Mach-E is doing so well. There are four different models including the suped-up Mustang Mach-E GT. It has 480 horsepower and 600 pound feet of torque; it truly lives up to the Mustang namesake.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has a standard driving range of 230 miles with an extended mile model traveling up to 300 miles in certain conditions. The body design of the Mach-E is a direct jab at Tesla but presents itself as a hardline departure from Mustang vehicles of the past.

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2021 Porsche Macan Turbo

The 2021 Porsche Macan Turbo is sexy and athletic. It’s a small luxury SUV that successfully matches looks with capabilities. The Macan Turbo borrows from its stablemate the Cayan in the looks department. It has broad shoulders, large wheels, and a new LED taillight strip in the rear.

The Porsche Macan Turbo is a driver’s SUV with an overdose of Porsche DNA. It leads with performance and handling. Safety equipment and creature comforts for passengers are an afterthought. It has a 2.9 Liter, twin turbo V6 powertrain. The 7-speed PDK gearbox is one of the best transmissions on the planet.

Traction management, torque vectoring, and air suspension give the Macan Turbo the handles of a sports car. With a push of a button, the Macan Turbo switches jobs and goes into Off-road Mode. It grips the road and carves out corners with ease, making even novice drivers look like pros.

The interior of the 2021 Porsche Macan Turbo is an explosion of buttons, controls, and screens. It can be a bit overwhelming. Directional sound technology amplifies the exhaust note around the cabin and the panoramic glass roof has embedded ambient lighting. Aside from a cramped rear bench, the 2021 Porsche Macan Turbo is one of the best performance SUVs on the market. Scoop up your own if you’ve got $84,600.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G Class SUV is like a behemoth. The AMG version of the G-Wagon is a behemoth that’s nearly impossible to kill. It’s just too tough. When you combine the ruggedness of the G Wagon with the performance of an AMG, you get a monster with a six figure price tag and fire under the hood.

Most known for its boxy, iconic proportions, the AMG G63 scoffs at any inkling of a redesign. Four chrome pipes growl from the sides of the AMG G63. It intimidates other SUVs with massive 22-inch wheels and exposed door hinges.

The 2021 AMG G63 has a twin turbo, twin scroll V8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 627 pound feet of torque. It’s best not to even think about gas mileage when you’re putting out that level of power. It’s all managed by a 9-speed paddle-shifting AMG Speedshift transmission.

Don’t forget that this SUV is meant for off-roading in the worst conditions known to man. It has three locking differentials, a 60:40 rear bias, high ground clearance, and an AMG trail package for enhanced suspension, braking and handling. Put simply, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 is peerless.

The Best SUVs and Crossovers of 2021

From thrifty fuel sippers to luxury flagships, these top-rated SUVs and crossovers have something for everyone. If you’re looking to go easy on the wallet, then the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 have some of the best standard features that don’t cost extra money after the build out. These family haulers double down on cabin space and advanced safety equipment.

When price plays second fiddle to performance, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63, BMW X5 and Porsche Macan Turbo take the podium. The AMG G63 is rugged and ready for the outdoors while the M5 and Macan Turbo are poised to rip up some asphalt in style. All these SUVs carry large price tags and desirable options, so be ready to spend way over the MSRP.

Then, there are the electric and hybrid vehicles. The 2021 Audi E-Tron and Mustang Mach-E are standouts in this category. The dominance of Tesla in the electrified segment is being steadily challenged by automakers who balk at expensive vehicles with next to nothing inside them. Audi and Ford don’t sacrifice the luxury trappings that made them famous just to stretch the MPG meter.

The underdogs might be the clear winners in this race. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and the Kia Telluride promise thrilling rides with lots of value built into their platforms. These SUVs check all the right boxes and it’s clear that designers at Kia and Ford did their homework when it comes to satisfying what auto buyers want most out of their next vehicle.

Detailed Review of the 2021 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

The RX mid-sized crossover is the most successful vehicle in the Lexus lineup. Its name is almost synonymous with hybrids because Lexus was a pioneer in the luxury hybrid section. The RX already does a lot of things well, and the hybrid version, the 2021 Lexus RX 450h is the luxury crossover to beat. 2020 saw a major refresh to the RX mid-sized crossover. So, the 2021 version is only slightly updated with more standard safety equipment and subtle style upgrades.

The 2021 RX 450h comes in four model trims. There’s the base 450h with all-wheel drive and hybrid fuel economy. There is a 450h F Sport with all-wheel drive and an F Sport Black Line Special Edition. The Special Edition is a limited run with only 1,000 vehicles. Lastly, there’s the 450hL. This model stretches the vehicle to accommodate a third row of seating.

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2021 Lexus RX 450h: Performance First. Hybrid Second

The 2021 Lexus RX 450h gets a combined 30 miles per gallon. There are thriftier hybrids on the market, but very few that can match the performance of the 2021 RX crossover. It’s capable of reaching 308 horsepower on the F Sport and 450hL models. There’s a rotary dial selector in the center console. It’s a drive mode selector that toggles between eco, normal, sport, and an EV mode that drives the RX hybrid for short distances solely on electric power.

The 2021 RX Hybrid has a 3.5 Liter V6 engine with dynamic torque all-wheel drive. The gasoline engine is bolstered by two electric motors and a battery bank. The hybrid powertrain is managed by an 8-speed electronically controlled CVT with paddle shifters on the steering column. In truth, the gasoline engine produces front-wheel drive, and the electric motors propel the rear.

The 2021 RX Hybrid can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, but you should know that its speed is reduced to 8.1 seconds in the 450hL. All of the hybrid RX vehicles have a top track speed of 112 miles per hour.

Does F Sport Make the RX Hybrid Faster?

Although the F Sport model doesn’t do much to improve acceleration or top speed, it does sound better. That’s because the exhaust sound is channeled through the cabin to add sportiness to the RX hybrid’s driving experience.

The F Sport RX Hybrid isn’t all about speed, but really shines in its handling. It has adaptive dampers that tighten the steering response making the RX Hybrid drive more like a sports car and less like a clunky electric concept car. It also has an F Sport tuned suspension on the front and rear chassis. The result is a corner carving crossover that really sticks to the road.

Upscale Style of the Lexus RX Hybrid

Looking at the exterior of the 2021 RX crossover is a bit like looking through a kaleidoscope. There are angles, cuts, and reflective paneling everywhere along the body. The 2021 RX Hybrid has a pinched, hourglass front grille with trim LED headlights. Overall, the front of the Lexus RX presents the vehicle as a sharp and edgy hybrid.

The angular exactness of the RX’s style is toned down a bit in the profile. Lines are a bit more subtle with a floating roof over the rear C pillars. The RX has a power liftgate. The hourglass motif returns in the rear of the RX and so do the sharply tapered lights.

The 450hL is a bit longer (by about 4 inches) to accommodate a third row of seating inside. The difference is negligible from the outside, but unmistakable from the interior cabin. For 2021, power-folding and auto dimming side mirrors are standard.

18-inch wheels come standard on all RX vehicles, all but the F Sport models. Those have dark alloy 20-inch wheels that fill the wheel well nicely. The F Sport Special Edition has a sporty black strip of paneling on the profile and a blacked-out grille.

Interior Comfort and Convenience

The seating has synthetic leather, but real premium leather can be equipped with a luxury package. Even without genuine leather, the contrast of wood trim creates the refinement that a Lexus customer would come to expect from a luxury crossover.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft touch surfaces make the RX hybrid a cocoon of comfort, but that comes as little surprise given the RX crossover’s reputation. There’s 44.1 inches of legroom for front passengers and 38 inches of legroom for rear passengers. As far as mid-sized crossovers go, the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid checks all the boxes as a five-seater.

The 2021 450hL adds a third row of seating to the RX Hybrid, but any adult would be frustrated with the amount of space back there. It only adds a single passenger space, so it’s out of sorts to call it a “row”. To be fair, the 350L (the non-hybrid model) has seating for 7. The one saving grace of the 450hL’s interior is the available rear captain’s chairs that recline.

The F Sport can be outfitted with brushed aluminum accents and bold red leather with thick side bolsters, which instantly transform the 2021 RX into something akin to an Aston Martin or Porsche. Nobody will be able to accuse the Lexus RX of being tame after a ride in the F Sport.

Safety Equipment from Lexus

Thankfully, the 2021 RX Hybrid crossover gets Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alerts as standard safety equipment. That’s a new addition to the 2021 line. The Lexus Safety System 2.0 comes standard on all RX 450h vehicles.

That safety suite comes with lane tracing assist and lane departure warnings. Drift too far and the steering assist gently guides you back between the lines. There’s a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian and road sign detection. Plus, there’s intelligent high beams and adaptive cruise control.

2021 Lexus RX 450h Technology

Inside the cabin, the eye is immediately drawn to the touchscreen display. It sits high over the center console creating a top-heavy cliff-face that cascades down toward the drive mode shifter. The 2021 RX Hybrid comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, but it’d be hard to resist upgrading to the navigation package.

That’s one of the best packages that Lexus offers on the RX Hybrid. It has a 12.3 inch touchscreen with navigation and a premium 12 speaker sound system. Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Voice Commands, and Apple CarPlay are standard tech features. You also get six USB outlets and a 4G Wi-Fi subscription service.

At the Finish Line

If you’re shopping for a luxury crossover SUV and the Lexus RX 350 AWD has caught your eye, then you’d might as well get the RX 450h. It’s just about $1,200 more than the standard RX crossover. The chart topper in terms of price would have to be the 2021 RX 450h F Sport Special Edition. It has an MSRP of $51,885. If you get caught staring too long at all the options and packages, then this vehicle could cost you upwards of $50,000 in any guise. Count on it.

That being said, there aren’t many downsides to this vehicle. Plus, there aren’t many luxury hybrids that can match the RX 450h on fuel economy, safety features and performance. So, it’s a good buy in the arena of luxury vehicles and the hybrid powertrain is a bonus.

Real Review of the 2021 Honda Passport

The 2021 Honda Passport is a mid-sized SUV that offers a spacious interior, Honda Sensing safety gear and some light off-roading forays. It’s an attractive vehicle in the budget bracket, but base models won’t raise any eyebrows. The Passport Elite is the top tier model trim and upgrades the 2021 Honda Passport so that it breaks away from its big brother, the 2021 Honda Pilot.

There are four model trims available for the 2021 Honda Passport. The base model Sport trim comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and the Honda Sensing safety features. The next level up is EX-L. This model trim adds leather seating and a one-touch power moonroof. The Touring model has parking sensors, premium audio, and navigation systems, as well as a hands-free power liftgate. The top level model is called Elite. It has some of the best features of any mid-sized SUV on the market. Let’s take a closer look at how the Elite model puts all the best features on the 2021 Honda Passport.

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2021 Honda Passport Exterior Style

The 2021 Honda Passport has a front end that features harder surface paneling than painted body. This is an attempt to make the Honda Passport more rugged than the Odyssey or the Pilot and for the most part it works. From the profile, the Passport can’t hide its resemblance to the Honda Pilot. When you start to add on some of the package features like roof rails and running boards, the Honda Passport starts to live up to its adventurous mission statement.

Colors

The color choices for the exterior are rather limited. There are only four color options that come standard with the 2021 Honda Passport, but you can choose from three different premium paints that cost an additional $395. One of the most attractive colors, Deep Scarlett Pearl, happens to be in the premium section.

Wheels

20-inch gloss black alloy wheels come standard with the new Honda Passport. They have a nice premium look that complements the other black accents of the exterior. You can include machined chrome wheels that are the same size, but that adds over two thousand dollars to the build without adding much style.

Packages and Add-ons

There are two accessory packages that you can include in the final build of the 2021 Honda Passport, Adventure Packages and Urban Packages. There is a tiered group of features for each package. You can get a basic Adventure Package or the advanced package. The highest level Adventure Package comes with protective door handle film, fender flares, wheel locks, running rails, cargo tray and seatback protectors. It’s all the little things you need to take the 2021 Passport on an outdoor adventure.

The highest-level Urban Package includes welcome lights on the exterior, underbody spoilers in the front and rear, and crossbars. The interior gets outfitted with cargo bins and illuminated door sill trim. This package is ideal for families or people that put a lot of miles on their mid-sized SUV in their daily rounds.

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2021 Honda Passport Performance Capabilities

The 2021 Honda Passport has a 3.5 Liter V6 engine. It’s the same one from the Honda Pilot. It’s capable of achieving 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. The 2021 Honda Passport gets decent fuel economy considering that it has a V6 powertrain. The front-wheel drive version gets 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The all-wheel drive Passport only loses a single digit in each category. This is the standard powertrain package for the Elite model.

The 2021 Honda Passport has a 9-speed automatic shift-by-wire transmission. It’s one of the only negative marks on the 2021 Honda Passport. The 9-speed transmission has a nice acoustic sound, but it doesn’t deliver the power. In low gears it hesitates, and frustrated drivers will likely just mash the accelerator to power through the lag. This will sacrifice some gas mileage for sure.

This mid-sized SUV has decent towing capacity thanks to its robust V6 engine and all-wheel drive traction control. The 2021 Honda Passport Elite with all-wheel drive has intelligent traction management for snow, sand, and mud. The Honda Passport isn’t as hearty as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it’s still up for some outdoor fun. The front-wheel drive model can tow 3,500 pounds and the all-wheel drive variant of the Elite model pulls 5,000 lbs.

2021 Honda Passport Interior Amenities

There are two interior upholstery options for the Elite model. There’s black leather and grey. The front seats are heated and ventilated to provide all-weather comfort throughout the year. If you live in a cold climate region, then you’ll be delighted to see that the 2021 Honda Passport Elite model comes with a heated steering wheel, as well.

The Elite model comes with some impressive technology. There’s a wireless charging pad in the center console. Just place your smartphone on the charging tray and your Honda Passport tops up your battery. The Passport has home link technology, ambient LED lighting, three USB ports, three 12-Volt power outlets, and Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities. Unfortunately, the center console only has an 8-inch touchscreen display even on the top tier Elite model.

The interior has ample space for 5 adults and some cargo. There is 114.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 100.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The rear seats fold down and split with one touch to accommodate odd-sized luggage and travel gear. Gaining access is made easy by the hands-free power liftgate in the back.

Safety Options

Honda Sensing and Driver-Assistive Technologies are standard on all models. Even the base model comes equipped with lane keeping technology and adaptive cruise control. All but the base model comes with blind spot detection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) give it 5-stars overall.

Rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard on the Elite model. It’s not an essential safety feature, but it’s comforting to have one less mechanical function to worry about in an unexpected downpour. There’s also a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic gridlines on the Elite model.

Final Thoughts

The 2021 Honda Passport has a starting cost of $32,790. The top of the line Elite model trim carries an Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $44,180. When outfitted with premium paint, machined-finish alloy wheels, and the urban accessory package, the final build cost can reach more than $48,605. Still, that’s a decent bargain for a mid-sized SUV with V6, all-wheel drive and some added creature comforts.

You can compare the 2021 Passport to a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The starting cost of a Grand Cherokee is slightly higher, and the Limited model is more expensive, as well. The 2021 Honda Passport isn’t as capable as the Jeep in off-road settings and doesn’t have all of the refinery but makes up for it by offering top safety equipment, style, and interior comfort for a bargain. It might take some thinking, but most consumers will find that the 2021 Honda Passport is the better buy.

Detailed Review of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT

From the time that the E-Tron GT debuted as a concept car at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to the time that it is slated to go on sale in the summer of 2021 has been relatively short. Most people got their first peek at the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT when Tony Stark pulled up to the Avengers headquarters driving one in the movie Avengers: End Game.

There’s no coincidence that the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT bears a striking resemblance to a Porsche. It’s built on the foundations of technology from the Porsche Taycan EV. Essentially, this is an Audi modded version of the Porsche Taycan EV. Anyone who thinks that means there’s a lack of vision or originality at play here would be mistaken.

There are three versions of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT. There’s the base model E-Tron GT Quattro Premium Plus and a Prestige model trim. There’s also an RS E-Tron GT version. It’s hard to call the entry level Audi E-Tron GT a base model. It has a power output of 350 kW and 470 horsepower with a price tag that comes dangerously close to six figures. However, the bar for Audi’s electric grand turismo has been set extremely high.

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Performance Capabilities of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT

The E-Tron GT has a dual motor set-up with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The permanent electric motors provide the same quattro all-wheel drive experience of internal combustion engines by pushing power and torque to both the front and rear axles. The power output is a bit offset. The front axle power is 235 horsepower, and the rear puts out 429. This is optimized by the E-Tron GT to produce a combined output of about 469 horsepower and 464 pound feet of torque. Launch control and overboost will provide a 522 horsepower bump and 474 lb. ft. of torque for around 2.5 seconds.

Overboost Mode

The RS E-Tron GT has a power output of 440 kW and 590 horsepower. Its rear motor is more powerful. The overboost mode is key to Audi’s high-performance claims for the Audi E-Tron GT. The power output jumps to 522 for the base model and 637 horsepower for the RS. That overboost mode opens up a new stratosphere for the E-Tron GT. When drivers engage launch control, the electric sedan rockets from zero to 60 MPH in about 3.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 152 miles per hour.

All-Wheel Steering

The E-Tron GT has available all-wheel steering, as well. The rear differential lock on the rear axle and the multi-plate clutch allows this EV to brake each wheel individually and shift torque automatically to offset slippery conditions on the road and deliver the handling that drivers have come to expect from Audi Sport. It’s standard on the RS E-Tron. This will give the RS E-Tron GT some of the best handling of any EV on the market.

Driving Modes and Exhaust

Drivers can adjust the sonic output of the E-Tron GT by selecting through the different driving modes. Muscle cars have their own signature throaty rumbles and pops, but the new E-Tron GT matches their bravado with a specially designed futuristic acceleration sound. EVs are normally whisper quiet, but Audi chose to boost the acoustic feedback of the E-Tron GT to broadcast its performance chops.

Aerodynamics

Audi engineers put aerodynamics into driver’s hands with the new E-Tron GT. The ride height can be adjusted by lowering or raising the air suspension. It has a novel three chamber air suspension system that is governed by an electronic chassis platform. The ride height can be adjusted 22 millimeters (0.9 in) downward and 20 millimeters (0.8 in) upward. This can help reduce drag at high speeds or add comfort while cruising on the highway. There are also controls inside the cabin that can open and close the front air intakes or adjust the extension of the rear wing. Some drivers might travel thousands of miles and never toggle any of these settings, but savvy motorists will adjust these settings to choose energy efficiency on long drives and boosted performance for short bursts of exhilaration and speed.

Charging

The E-Tron GT offers fast charging to rival Tesla, Chevy, and other electric vehicle providers. The E-Tron GT has a 93kWh lithium-ion battery bank with 800 volts. This sets a benchmark in electric vehicle charging. It can recoup 60 miles of driving range in just five minutes of DC fast charging. The Audi E-Tron GT has a driving range of 238 on base models and 232 miles for the RS E-Tron GT version. The overall driving range isn’t the best on the market, but you can quickly top-up the power with fast charging.

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Style Points for the 2022 E-Tron GT

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT has a curb weight of 5,100 lbs. with its stock 20-inch alloy wheels and huge floorboard battery bank. It also gives the E-Tron GT its wide stance and low center of gravity. The battery bank has integrated cooling and a separate aluminum frame. The Audi E-Tron GT has a glass roof, but you can outfit the RS with a carbon fiber reinforced roof.

Exterior Design

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT has some of the most attractive lines of any Audi vehicle. It has a dominant, aggressive, performance-first appearance. There’s the high rear fenders, the sloping rear window and sharp body lines along the lower door sills to love. Those shoulder lines are the first thing that draws the eye because it’s a significant departure from Audi design architecture. For the E-Tron GT, the fenders are more pronounced, adding more Quattro muscle. The front fascia has an inverted honeycomb grille that further distinguishes this EV from other Audi vehicles.

In a company interview, Audi’s head of design Marc Lichte, gushed over the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT. “The Audi e-tron GT quattro is perfectly proportioned. My philosophy is that proportions are always the springboard to good design. That applies in equal measure to architecture and fashion as well as cars. In that respect, the GT’s design is built on a sound foundation—giant wheels, beautifully tight transitions and a seriously road-hugging silhouette.”

Headlights

The jewel-eyed headlights of Audi have undergone a significant tweak for the 2022 E-Tron GT. Matrix LED headlights are not standard on the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT Quattro. The LED headlamps that come standard on the RS have an X-shape that separates the E-Tron Gt from anything else in the field. Audi Laser Light doubles the range of the headlights, but it comes as an option on both vehicles. In the rear of the vehicle, there’s a continuous band of lights that travel across the width of the E-Tron GT. They have a prominent V-shaped pattern that can run through a series of different animations every time the driver enters or exits the vehicle.

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What’s the Interior of the Audi E-Tron GT Look Like?

The interior of the Audi E-Tron GT takes on the appearance of a true supercar. In true Grand Turismo fashion, everything is angled toward the driver. The seating position is rather low with all the dashboard controls sprawling out both horizontally and vertically.

There’s black leather-free upholstery with thickly bolstered sport seats, red contrast stitching, Alcantara headliner and red ambient lighting. There’s also carbon fiber accents placed around the interior space. The steering wheel has a flat-bottomed D-shape wrapped in Alcantara for enhanced grip with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in the dashboard.

The center stack is dominated by both touchscreens and manual push button controls. The central touchscreen is 10-inches. If you’re familiar with Audi tech, then there’s nothing really novel about the central console controls. It offers onboard Wi-Fi, satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Why Choose the RS E-Tron GT?

The 2022 RS E-Tron is the first Audi Sport EV. The RS E-Tron comes with 21-inch alloy wheels and a lightweight carbon fiber top. It has boost mode and launch control. It’s capable of achieving 637 horsepower with all-wheel drive. The rear electric motor is even more powerful than the E-Tron GT Quattro. It produces 450 horsepower all by itself. The RS has a maximum output of 637 horsepower and 612 lb. ft. of torque. It can go from zero to 60 in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The only thing this fast in the Audi stable is the R8 with V-10 engine. The main difference here is that the RS E-Tron is delivering that same level of performance with zero emissions.

At the Finish Line

This Gran Turismo EV is all about versatility in a segment that usually plays only one note. The E-Tron GT has high performance capabilities and the ability to just maneuver through suburban parking lots if you need a daily driver. That’s thanks largely to its two-speed transmission.

Options

Audi is notorious for parceling out its best tech features in pricey packages. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, all-wheel steering, a heads-up display, and matrix LED headlights are all options. It’s almost a sin to have a vehicle cost nearly six figures stock with missing equipment.

Price

So, the MSRP of the Audi E-Tron GT will almost certainly not be the final price that prospective buyers will pay. The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT Quattro has an MSRP of $99,900. The Prestige model costs $107,100 and the RS E-Tron GT has an MSRP of $139,900.

Competition

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT is loaded up with enough style and electric tech to rival other luxury electric performance vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I-PACE. However, consumers will find that there’s little difference between the Audi E-Tron GT and the Porsche Taycan EV. That might be a disappointment for people who wanted something truly unique from Audi.

At the end of the race, Audi will have a hard sale with the E-Tron GT’s price tag. The novelty of the vehicle helps, but its power output is dependent on overboost, launch control and the right aerodynamic settings. Without them, the E-Tron GT is still middle of the pack.

The E-Tron GT is perfect for fanboys and auto enthusiasts who love the Audi brand and want the latest status symbol in electric vehicles. Yet, that’s the sales model for all performance EVs. Prospective buyers will hear the same pitch on the Tesla lot, too. The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT will most likely appeal to a niche crop of buyers who daydream about being Tony Stark.