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2021 Kia Stinger gets design changes including checkered flag taillights

The Stinger has gotten a long list of enhancements.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

For the 2021 model year, Kia is enhancing the Stinger fastback sports sedan with changes inside and out. The fresh looks are designed to “builds on the svelte gran turismo design" according to a release from the company.

The front of the 2021 Stinger will now feature the car's tiger-nose grille between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and daytime running lights.

Kia has given the rear of the Stinger a new combination taillight displays that includes a new light signature that goes across the entire width of the back end. That signature mimics the shape of the spoiler that is integrated into the trunk lid. Each turn signal is comprised of 10 LED units and arranged in a grid pattern that is reminiscent of a checkered flag.

2021 Kia StingerThe front of the Stinger has gotten headlight enhancements.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

There are also larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and a more purposeful rear diffuser, which combine to give the car a more muscular appearance.

Stinger rides on either 18- or 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels that feature geometric designs. Kia will also offer the model with a new exterior color - a shade of purple.

Kia will make two exterior packages available on the Stinger. High-performance variants will be available with the Dark Package, which includes a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tip, and black Stinger emblem on the tailgate. In North America, the model will be offered with a new Black Package that adds 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim.

The Stinger gets materials upgrades for 2021 designed to make its cabin more premium. The lower section of the steering wheel now has a metallic finish. That finish matches the bezel that surrounds the 7.0-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Kia has made the car's rear view mirror frameless.

2021 Kia StingerKia has upgraded the Stinger's cabin for 2021.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Depending on the trim level purchased, the Stinger's dashboard and doors can feature contrast stitching while the center console is available with aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.

The model has an upgraded 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen and navigation system that is surrounded by a new glossy black finish.

Kia is offering the Stinger Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red, or Beige, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options. A new Saturn Black option finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a “chain" pattern, designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.

The Stinger goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020 followed its arrival in global markets. Ahead of that, Kia is set to reveal a new powertrain line-up and technologies for the car.

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Updated EV

2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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Comfortable midsize sedan

2022 Nissan Altima: Three things to know

The Nissan Altima is a good value and a comfortable car.

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The Nissan Altima may not get the attention or the praise that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get, but it's a solid entry in an ultra-competitive segment. It's also one of few options in its class with available all-wheel drive. We spent a week with the 2022 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition with AWD and came away from the experience impressed. Here are three things to know about the car.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a Good Value

With a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to complain about value here. The Altima is still reasonably priced at the top end, where it maxes out at around $35,000 before options and fees. That's a great value for a spacious, comfortable car like the Altima, and with all-wheel drive it's a great all-weather commuter.

2022 Nissan AltimaNissan offers the Altima in several configurations.Nissan

2022 Altima Interior Space and Comfort are Generous

It's easy to ignore Nissan's Zero Gravity seats as another marketing buzzword, but they are legitimately comfortable and supportive in a way that not many others are. Available leather upholstery and contrast stitching give the interior an upscale feel, but even lower trims' cloth upholstery feels nice and works well from a visual standpoint. Up front, there's room for both passengers to stretch out, and the driver won't feel cramped on leg or headroom. Back-seat passengers get a similar treatment, as there's plenty of space for adults and kids. Parents will find an easy time loading and unloading car seats as well.

2023 Nissan AltimaThe Altima gets an update for 2023 with fresh styling and more tech.Nissan

The 2023 Nissan Altima Gets an Update

Nissan is refreshing the Altima for 2023 with a facelift, new tech, and better safety features. The new car will go on sale in the fall of 2022 and will come in several trims, including one with Nissan's truck VC-Turbo engine. The Altima's most noticeable update will be its front fascia, which is all-new for 2023. Nissan gives the car a fresh grille design that varies depending on the trim, and LED headlights will be standard. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard, and the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, ProPilot Assist, and more.

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