New Package

Ford makes STX Package available for 2021 Expedition XL

The 2021 Ford Expedition has a new base model

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Want a family bus that's both stylish and capable but does't break the bank? If you're not planning to use the Expedition's traditionally-available third row, the new STX Package is a fresh option.

The Expedition XL STX is now the cheapest Expedition in the company's lineup. Some of the price cut can be attributed to the fact that the full-size SUV now seats only five. What that gives buyers is a lot more cargo space, 104.6 cubic feet to be exact.

The STX Package also gives them an ight-way power driver's seat with power lumbar and manual recline. The second-row 40/20/40 split bench with CenterSlide folds flat and there's a cargo management system, cargo protector, and cargo net as standard.

2021 Ford Expedition XL STX

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The exterior of the Expedition XL STX features a gloss-black five-bar grille and 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels.

Even though it's the new base model, the SUV features a good amount of technology. It comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, SYNC 3 operating system, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and tri-zone automatic climate control. There's a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot that works with FordPass Connect, four 12-volt outlets, and four USB ports (two up front and two in the rear).

The Expedition continues to be powered by a its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that achieves 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and has automatic start/stop functionality. A non-limited-slip 3.15 rear axle, a 23.2-gallon fuel tank, and a Class IV trailer hitch receiver are also standard. Four-wheel drive is available.

Buyers can choose to upgrade their Expedition with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. The features in the package include Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a 3.73 rear axle, trailer brake, and heavy-duty radiator. When equipped, the Expedition offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 9,300 pounds for two-wheel drive models and 9,200 pounds for four-wheel drive Expeditions.

The 2021 Expedition XL STX package starts at $49,995 MSRP and is available to order today.

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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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New full-size pickup truck

Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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