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Fog lights are common on taller vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, but are rarely seen on smaller vehicles. The term “fog” is in the name, but it is not always clear when and how to use fog lights. This article defines fog lights, explains how they work, and highlights the positives and negatives.
Fog lights don’t come with every car. Because they are not standard equipment for most vehicles, fog lights often come as an extra feature in luxury models. Drivers’ lack of experience with the fog lights adds to the equipment’s confusion, leaving many unsure about when and how to turn them on.
Fog lights are different from high- and low-beam headlights, which are regularly used in the dark. Fog lights aren’t always necessary; drivers need to keep them on when visibility is low due to poor weather or dust. Unlike headlights, fog lights point at a steeper angle in a bar-shaped beam to prevent the light from reflecting into the driver’s eyes.
Fog lights are specifically made to function quite low on the vehicle’s body and face the ground, while headlights are installed at a shallow angle to light up as much of the road as possible. Fog lights illuminate only the ground and pierce through any fog, mist, haze, dust, or other particles that limit visibility.
Though some shops that sell fog lights may promote lamps with selective yellow light as “fog lights,” many kinds of lights use the color yellow. Fog lights are characterized by their shape and how they illuminate the road, not by their color.
Fog lights: not always recommended
As their name suggests, the purpose of fog lights is for fog and similar low-visibility conditions. When used on regular days, the light can end up blinding other drivers because it is too bright.
Even in poor weather, fog lights shouldn’t stay enabled the entire time. Instead, a driver should use them only when the driver finds it difficult to see the road. Keeping the fog lights on when they aren’t necessary can lead to accidents because the light cannot illuminate areas far in front of the car. Cars going too fast with only their fog lights on may collide with other vehicles and objects. Drivers are advised to go slow whenever they use their fog lights, at least until they reach their destination or park somewhere until the weather improves.
How to use fog lights
Cars equipped with fog lights usually feature a switch or buttons aside from the controls for the headlights. Some vehicles have separate switches for front and rear fog lights, while others use the rotary light switch. Typically, there’s a symbol in the instrument panel that informs the driver that the fog lights are on, but most fog lights automatically turn off when a driver turns off the vehicle.
Buying fog lights
Fog lights are affordable accessories one can install in various ways. Factory-style fog lights would require the removal of the bumper and addition of a specific grille. Still, universal fog lights can be mounted onto any part of the vehicle without much hassle. Car-owners would benefit from fog lights with glass lenses instead of plastic for increased durability. Broken fog lights shouldn’t be a problem either, considering they’re easily replaceable.
Fog Light Symbols
At the point when you turn on your fog lights an image will illuminate on your dashboard to show that they’re on. Generally, the universal symbol for the rear fog lights is golden in color and the light for the front fog lights is green.
The symbol you’re looking for in your instrument cluster is a light pointing to the left plus a wavy line with three lines through it – these are your front fog lights. When you switch on your rear fog lights a light pointing to the right plus a wavy line with three lines through it will illuminate in your instrument cluster.
Tesla’s self-driving vehicles are a classic case of the automaker’s reach exceeding their grasp. Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems almost obsessed with realizing his dream of a futuristic world that seems ripped right out of the pages of a sci-fi pulp fiction magazine.
Trips to Mars. Vehicles that drive themselves. It’s the future that the 1980s promised we’d have by now, but is the technology safe enough for widespread public use? Are Tesla vehicles really safe to use with the auto pilot software engaged? Are Tesla’s safety claims exaggerated?
Tesla Protest in China
These questions are being asked after Tesla endured a brutal month of bad press. In China, a man was driving a Model 3 car on the motorway that caused a multi-car crash in February. The man’s daughter Zhang Yazhou staged a dramatic protest during the Shanghai Auto Show that went viral. She stood on top of a Tesla vehicle at their booth and cried foul play. She alleged that the Tesla Model 3 her dad was driving experienced a brake failure that caused the crash.
Tesla revealed that vehicle data from the vehicle in question indicated that the vehicle was speeding and the brakes had been applied successfully more than 40 times in the half hour leading up to the crash. Zhang was quick to call the vehicle data fake and the Chinese government has put pressure on Tesla to respect Chinese consumers and meet the highest safety measures.
Tesla Crash in Texas
Earlier this month, two men were killed in a fiery Tesla car crash that took place in Texas. The vehicle was speeding and eventually crashed into a tree and burst into flames. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found one passenger in the back seat and one man in the front passenger seat. There was no one driving the Tesla vehicle.
Elon Musk took to Twitter to deny allegations that the vehicle’s autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the crash. He also pointed out that the owner did not purchase the Full Self-Driving feature.
This crash from Texas is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA has 24 ongoing investigations into crashes involving Tesla auto pilot software.
How Does Tesla AutoPilot Work?
The official disclaimer from Tesla’s website is that Tesla’s Autopilot feature is not designed to work independently, at least not yet. Autopilot is “intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time,” the website states.
According to the Tesla website, a vehicle will not engage auto pilot unless the vehicle’s sensors detect there is adequate weight in the drive’s seat, the seatbelt is engaged, and the driver is attentively watching the road ahead. The full self-driving software update has been created but Tesla has not made it available to the public yet. Right now, Tesla electric vehicles can accelerate, change lanes, brake and follow road signs, as well as enter and exit highway ramps.
Consumer Reports put the Tesla AutoPilot feature to the test in a new video. During a demonstration, a small weight was applied to the steering wheel and there was no live driver behind the wheel. The Tesla vehicle essentially drove itself and failed to engage any safety measures regarding a lack of a driver.
Tesla’s software is notoriously quirky. It’s important to note that the vehicle can also still drive itself if someone is asleep behind the wheel. Trusting your life to a vehicle that drives itself takes a great deal of faith in technology and the brand which brings that technology to the market.
Tesla autopilot statistics are confusing to say the least. The findings would suggest that passengers are just as safe with the feature engaged as they are with it disengaged. Tesla publishes quarterly safety reports via their website. Here is what the electric vehicle automaker had to say about their most recent data statistics.
“In the 1st quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.19 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.05 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 978 thousand miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 484,000 miles.”
That sounds absolutely stellar, but critics are quick to point out some inconsistencies. Most Tesla vehicles use Auto Pilot on the highway where the chance of a fatal crash is reduced in comparison to city streets. The Full self-driving software is designed to allow auto pilot in urban settings, but it hasn’t been released yet. In essence, Tesla is comparing their limited highway driving statistics against the total number of driving accidents on both the city and highway.
Consumer Reports has been a thorn in Elon Musk’s side for a couple of years now. In 2020, Consumer Reports compared the driving assistance systems of all the leading automakers. Despite all the bragging that Tesla executives uphold about their Auto Pilot safety, the Cadillac Super Cruise function that’s featured on the Cadillac CT6 beat out the Tesla Autopilot by a wide margin.
Tesla’s claims that their electric self-driving vehicles are safer than anything else on the road is little more than a marketing scheme. At all times, a driver must mechanically operate a motor vehicle. The future of autonomous driving is attractive, and it is close to realization. However, it’s not worth risking your life. Please drive safely.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona proves that good things come in small packages. It’s a small crossover SUV with budget pricing and attractive body lines. However, the Kona does come with available all-wheel drive, a turbo engine, and other high-end amenities. Play around with the model trims and options and you’ll walk away with a sweet deal.
There are six trim levels for the Kona crossover. The base model SE comes with an attractive entry cost as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The SEL model has push button ignition and rear cross traffic collision warnings. The SEL Plus upgrades the Kona with tech amenities like wireless charging, a premium audio system and a Blue Link connected car system. The Night Edition has sporty black accents, aluminum alloy sport pedals and 18-inch semi-gloss black wheels. The Limited model has a 175 horsepower turbo engine and a dual clutch SHIFTRONIC gearbox. The Ultimate model has leather upholstery, a Heads-up Display, and smart cruise control.
Auto enthusiasts will be excited to learn that Hyundai does plan to produce an N model for the Kona. In a company press releaseTill Wartenberg, the Head of N Brand Management said, “We are very excited to unveil the KONA N, a true Hot SUV with all the driving fun N offers. With our first ever N Day, we aim to continue the story of N and share our vision with this digital format to further engage with our enthusiasts.” Hyundai N Day is April 27th, 2021. So, look out for more details about the 2021 Hyundai Kona N to come very soon.
2021 Hyundai Kona: A Small but Sporty Exterior
The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a busy exterior design with lots to see. There’s a large front mesh grille with headlights arranged in a stacked formation. Just ignore the faux air intake vents as you pass along to the profile. The base model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. It might be wise to upgrade to the SEL model so that the wheel wells get at least a set of 17-inch shoes. 18-inch wheels are available on the higher model trims.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a small footprint. It stretches out to 164 inches in length and just under 71 inches in width. It has 6.7 inches of ground clearance and a height of 61.6 inches when equipped with roof rails.
Perhaps, the 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate is the best model to showcase the crossover’s exterior style. The Ultimate Kona comes with LED headlights with high beam assist. It has 18-inch black wheels, roof rails and a power tilt and slide sunroof.
For a more detailed look at the 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate, check out this video review on YouTube.
Interior Amenities of the 2021 Hyundai Kona
The interior of the Kona isn’t a bit easier on the eyes than the exterior. The 2021 Hyundai Kona has seating for 5 passengers, but 4 will fit much better. The Hyundai Kona favors the front row in terms of passenger space. The front seat occupants get 39.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom. Things get a bit more cramped on the rear bench though. Head room is almost universal, but leg room in the back seat drops to just 34.6 inches. There’s a total of 113.3 cubic feet of interior volume and 94.1 inches of that is earmarked for passengers. There’s a total of 45.8 cubic feet of cargo volume when you fold down the rear seats. There’s a dual level cargo floor back there that adds some additional storage space.
Cloth upholstery is standard on all Kona models except for the Limited and Ultimate models. A 7-inch color touchscreen display outfits the center dashboard while the Ultimate model gets a small boost with an 8-inch screen. The SEL is just a step up from the base model and gets proximity key entry, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Yet, the SEL still only costs about $22,300.
Performance Options for the Kona Crossover
The 2021 Hyundai Kona is available with two choices for the powertrain. There’s a 2.0 Liter inline four-cylinder engine that gets 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque. With a 6-speed gearbox pushing the front wheels, it’s pretty obvious that this is an economy team. The Night, Limited and Ultimate models come with a 1.6 Liter turbo inline four. It produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque. The turbo models also get a 7-speed EcoShift transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but any model can be outfitted with all-wheel drive. The suspension is bolstered by gas-pressurized shock absorbers. Front-wheel drive models have a coupled torsion beam axle rear setup. The all-wheel drive models trade out the standard suspension for an independent multi-link design.
There are two driving modes. Drivers can toggle between normal and sport mode. The 2021 Hyundai Kona gets impressive gas mileage which is to be expected from a four-cylinder compact crossover. The Kona with front-wheel drive gets 30 MPG combined while the all-wheel drive models get 28 miles per gallon combined.
Safety Features from Hyundai
The NHTSA gives the Kona crossover a 5-star crash rating. However, standard safety features on the base model are surprisingly sparse. The SE model comes with Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Driver Attention Warnings. Yet with just a slight upgrade to the SEL model, interested buyers get the additional blind-spot collision warning, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic collision warning. Only the 2021 Kona Ultimate gets additional safety features. It comes with parking distance warning and an improved forward collision warning system that includes pedestrian detection.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona has an MSRP of $20,500. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate model has a cost of $28,150. So, even the top tier model for the Kona doesn’t break the bank. The base model is skippable, especially when you consider the features and amenities you get just from going up one notch on the model tree.
Hyundai offers some attractive incentives to go with the 2021 Kona crossover. Buyers get 3 years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. You also get a 10-year powertrain warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance for 5 years.
The Kona crossover is one of the best budget vehicles on the market. The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a lot going for it, but real performance heads might want to wait for the N model. Perhaps, the Kona N will get improved handling, a sport-tuned transmission and even better style elements.
The 2022 Kia Stinger GT is the ultimate sleeper. It’s a gran tourer with luxury and power in equal measure. The brand name might not give people the chills, but South Korean automaker Kia has got a winner with this sporty saloon.
There are three configurations for the 2022 Kia Stinger GT. There’s the GT-Line, GT1 and GT2. The GT-Line model comes with nearly every advanced safety feature on the market and a peppy turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. The GT1 steps up to V6 power and adds plenty of performance upgrades to match. The GT2 takes the interior of the Stinger to the heights of luxury with heated seats and Nappa leather. There’s also the Scorpion special edition model.
The Scorpion special edition outfits the Kia Stinger GT with a stylish rear spoiler, black fender accents with matching side mirrors and smoky chrome exhaust ports. There are black 19-inch polished wheels under the fenders and special body paint colors like Snow White, Aurora Black, and Ceramic Silver. The interior gets bonus carbon fiber trims.
Performance Capabilities of the 2022 Kia Stinger GT
The standard 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line has a 2.5 Liter turbo four under the hood. It produces 300 horsepower and 311 lb. ft. of torque. The Kia Stinger had a version of this four-cylinder powertrain in the 2021 model, but this turbo four-cylinder engine is new for 2022. It produces about 40 more HP than the previous year’s entry level Stinger.
The 2022 Kia Stinger has an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. There’s an available electronic shift-by-wire transmission, as well. There’s five different driving modes that link up throttle, torque, suspension and steering to create unique driving profiles.
You can outfit the Kia Stinger GT with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Rear wheel drive models come with a limited-slip differential (LSD) while all-wheel drive Stingers get an electronically controlled transfer case and dynamic torque vectoring control. The all-wheel drive has torque vectoring just like the Audi S4 and the AMG C43. Those sports cars are a bit faster though. The Audi S4 can go from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds.
The top models are the Stinger GT1 and GT2. These models come with a 3.3. Liter, twin turbo V6 engine that pumps out 368 horsepower and 376 pound feet of torque. It rips from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. The 2022 Stinger GT1 and GT2 have launch control and a valved exhaust system. The electronic variable exhaust affects the engine note for a robust, athletic sound.
The 2022 Kia Stinger GT comes with high performance dampers, a multi-link rear suspension and MacPherson struts in the front. An electronically controlled suspension comes standard on the GT1 and GT2. The GT1 and GT2 also have larger red Brembo brake calipers.
Gas mileage might be the thorn in the paw of the 2022 Kia Stinger. Rear wheel drive models equipped with the four-cylinder engine get the best gas mileage. The GT-Line with rear wheel drive gets 22 MPG in the city and a surprising 32 miles per gallon on the highway. However, all wheel drive models suffer significantly. The GT1 and GT2 with all wheel drive and a V6 powertrain only get 17 MPG in urban settings and 24 MPG on the highway.
Style Elements of the New Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger was always an aggressive looking sports car. The 2022 model comes back with sharper wheel designs, improved LED lighting, and four exhaust ports in the rear. The LED taillights now cross the whole rear end liftgate. It’s as if the Stinger finally looked in the mirror and realized just how competitive it really can be against the big name brands.
The 2022 Kia Stinger has a long hood, swept back windshield and low-riding interior that marks it as a gran tourer. There are chrome air intakes on the front and sides of the vehicle. You can outfit the Stinger GT with 18-inch wheels on the GT-Line model. The GT1 and GT2 come with 19-inch Spire alloy wheels. Michelin all-season tires are optional. Pilot Sport summer tires come as standard equipment on all the new Stinger GT models.
Luxurious Interior of the 2022 Stinger GT
The interior of the 2022 Kia Stinger GT has a cockpit aesthetic reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz SLR coupe. The center console of the Stinger GT has three large air conditioning vents in the place where most automakers place their touchscreen interface. The 2022 Kia Stinger GT has shifted the display to the top of the dashboard so that drivers won’t need to take their eyes off the road to access navigation and infotainment. The Stinger comes with a 10-and-a quarter-inch touchscreen display.
“No detail was too small to be obsessed over,” noted Orth Hedrick, Executive Director, Car Product & Telematics on the Kia website.
The interior has red, black or beige Nappa leather upholstery with glossy black and chrome accents sprinkled throughout the cabin. The front bucket seats are oriented in a low, almost reclining posture. The rear bench fits two people and provides the type of stretching room you’d expect from a gran tourer.
There’s 23.3 cubic feet of cargo volume and 93.8 cubic feet of total passenger volume. There’s 37 inches of headroom and 36.4 inches of legroom in the rear. Front passengers have the best use of the interior space with 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.6 inches of legroom.
The 7-inch LCD instrument cluster is bright with a functional layout. It tells you pertinent performance data such as turbocharger boost levels and cornering g-forces. A Heads-up Display projects your vehicle’s speed and navigation directions. The interior also has ambient LED lighting that comes standard.
The entry model doesn’t come with a sunroof. You can add the Sun and Sound package which outfits the Stinger with a wide sunroof, 8-way power adjustable passenger seats to enjoy it, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system with 15 speakers.
Safety Features from Kia
In the safety department, the Stinger GT comes with automatic emergency braking, blind spot collision warnings, and lane keeping assist. You don’t have to pay an extra premium for these features. They come standard on the 2022 Kia Stinger GT.
The only safety feature that doesn’t come standard on all Stinger GT models is the blind-spot view monitor. Otherwise, every 2022 Stinger Gt gets rear cross traffic collision avoidance, driver attention warning, forward collision warnings, and pedestrian detection.
At the Finish Line
The 2022 Kia Stinger has an MSRP of $36,090 for the GT-Line model. If you’re not that interested in performance, then it’s a hard sell to choose the GT1 over the entry level GT-Line Stinger. It already produces 300 horsepower and that’s more than enough power for most drivers. Plus, all of the best safety gear comes standard on the entry model. The 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 costs $53,490. It’s simply the best performance vehicle that Kia has ever produced.
“Nobody expected such a car. Not just the way it looks but also the way it drives.” – Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development
The Kia Stinger quietly competes with the Audi S4, BMW M340i, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43. It’s just as capable and stylish with a much prettier price tag. The Kia Stinger could possibly be Kia’s last internal combustion engine (ICE) sports car. Then again, perhaps consumers will demand that automakers keep making a small batch of ICE vehicles for people who simply love them and don’t want to make the shift to electric cars. In either case, the 2022 Kia Stinger GT is a sure bet. It costs less than a German sports car but hangs with the pack. If you’re a driving purist then it shouldn’t matter what logo is on the hood. It’s what’s under the hood that matters the most.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Different 2021 BMW M Vehicles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.