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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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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