The Price is Right

2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup starts at $19,650, performance-focused N Line is under $25,000

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup includes two versions of the Elantra Hybrid.

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The redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra looks to break out of the typical sedan mold but not veer from the budget-conscious pricing structure that has made it one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. It also continues to be fuel-efficient, hitting up to 54 mpg, and now comes in a sporty Elantra N Line variant.

2021 Hyundai Elantra SE (MSRP: $19,650)

The Hyundai Elantra SE base model is much improved over the last model year as part of a generational refresh of the model. Powertrain performance highlights included added idle stop and go functionality, four-wheel disc brakes, and a combined EPA-estimated 37 mpg (up from 35 mpg).

The car rides on 15-inch alloy wheels and has projector headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Hyundai has given the model a long list of standard and available equipment including a 4.2-inch driver's information screen, 8.0-inch infotainment touch scree, HD Radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB ports. It comes with keyless entry, a hands-free trunk release, heated front seats, illuminated vanity mirrors and sliding sun visors, and Blue Link connected car services.

The car's safety technology offerings are significantly improved and the car now comes with blind spot warning and assist (including rear cross-traffic warning and assist), forward collision alert with assist and pedestrian detection, lane following assist, automatic high beams, and safe exit warning.

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL (MSRP: $20,900)

The Elantra SEL builds on the Elantra SE and is available with the buyer's choice of two options packages that add tech, safety, and appearance upgrades.

The SEL Convenience Package ($950) adds forward collision alert and avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction-turning detection. WIth it, the model also gains a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, an electronic parking brake, a leather steering wheel and shifter, wireless charging, heated front seats, and heated outside mirrors.

Hyundai's SEL Premium Package ($3,050) requires the SEL Convenience Package and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dark chrome exterior accents, LED taillights, chrome DLO, sunroof, side mirror turn signal indicators, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power driver's seat with lumbar, Hyundai Digital Key, and a passenger seat back pocket.

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL Hybrid (MSRP: $23,550)

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

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The Hyundai Elantra SEL Hybrid adds the car's hybrid powertrain option as well as some equipment. It has a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, electronic parking brake, and multi-link rear suspension.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited (MSRP: $25,450)

Hyundai has positioned the Elantra Limited to build on the Elantra SEL when equipped with the Convenience and Premium Package. They've then added rear parking distance warning and rear parking collision avoidance assist technology. Highway Drive Assist is also available.

Additionally, the car gets navigation but its wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have to be replaced with a cabled version. Dynamic Voice Recognition is added.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hybrid (MSRP: $28,100)

The Elantra Limited Hybrid builds on the Elantra Limited with Hyundai's hybrid powertrain, six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and multi-link rear suspension. It achieves over 50 mpg.

Hyundai has added a few extras to this model including full LED taillights, driver's memory seats, and ventilated front seats.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line (MSRP: $24,100)

The Elantra N Line is the sportiest version of the Elantra. It's packed with equipment and features befitting its status.

The car gets Nn Line exterior design elements including an N Line version of Hyundai's grille with a distinctive red character line, N Line front bumper fascia, black colored side sill moldings, N Line rear fascia with diffuser, lip-spoiler, N Line badging, N Line window accents, chrome twin exhaust, a sunroof, and LED taillights.

It comes with N Line 18-inch wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus all-season tires when equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Goodyear Eagle Fi summer tires when the buyer opts for the six-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai has given the interior of the model a unique leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel, N Line sport seats with leather bolsters and N logos, N Line gearshift with metal accents and leather inserts, N Line analog gauge cluster, and red stitching and trim accents that differentiate the N Line from the standard Elantra. There's also a wireless charging pad, NFC smartphone Digital Key, alloy pedals, and a black headliner.

All prices exclude a $995 destination charge.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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New compact pickup truck

Three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick

The Maverick will be hybrid-first and can return great fuel economy.

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Last week, Ford confirmed the name of its new compact truck and set a date for its official reveal. Today is that day, and the Maverick is finally out in the open for all to see. Ford's compact pickup features an interesting mix of powertrain tech and functionality, so we're here to help you get a feel for what makes the new truck tick.

Here are three things to know about the 2022 Ford Maverick.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick will likely be all the pickup most people ever need.Ford Motor Company


It'll be hybrid-first

The 2022 Maverick will be offered with two powertrains, but the standard fixture is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 94kW electric motor. The two combine to produce 191 horsepower and send the power to the front wheels. The base hybrid models get a continuously variable transmission and can return as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Yes, it's a hybrid, but there's some real truck capability hidden in the Maverick's specs. It will be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 1,500 pounds. That's enough to pull a small boat, a couple of jet skis, or a camper trailer.

The optional gas powertrain includes a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Maverick models equipped with this powertrain can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.


2022 Ford Maverick The Maverick's bed and tailgate will help owners carry more with less overall space.Ford Motor Company


It's bigger than you think

Ford's marketing materials and even tweets from prominent members of its PR staff suggest that the Maverick is tiny, but that's not the whole story. The truck rides on a platform shared with the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape, but is just ten inches shorter than the Ranger and around 32 inches shorter than an F-150. It's compact, sure, but it's not the tiny toy truck you might be envisioning. Beyond fuel economy, the Maverick's dimensions help it maneuver tight spaces, so much so that Ford says it needs just a 40-foot diameter to turn in a complete circle.



2022 Ford Maverick Trucks don't need to be huge to get the job done.Ford Motor Company


It will be relatively affordable

Vehicles of all types are becoming more expensive, especially trucks. The Maverick bucks that trend, at least in most of its forms, and comes in with a starting price of around $20,000 after destination charges are applied. The midrange XLT model starts at $22,280 before destination and the range-topping Lariat starts at $25,490 before destination. Any model can be upgraded with the 2.0-liter gas engine and the Lariat trim is available with a First Edition Package that adds exclusive wheels, paint colors, and a moonroof.

If you're hoping to get your hands on a Maverick, you can reserve one now on Ford.com. The automaker says that the truck will start hitting dealers' lots in fall 2021, so there are just a few months to wait if you're in the market.

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