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Lexus LC sheds weight, gets transmission adjustment and Android Auto for 2021

Toyota is giving the Lexus LC a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Lexus LC is good looking from almost every angle. It's no surprise that the car's mid-cycle refresh comes with equipment and features upgrades instead of the traditional fascia changes.

The sports coupe has lost 22 pounds for the new model year and gotten suspension updates designed to deliver a smoother and softer ride. This was achieved by adjusting electric absorber controls, and optimizing the rigidity of the bound stopper and rear stabilizer. Active Cornering Assist has been added.

2021 Lexus LC Lexus says that they have upgraded the car's handling for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The LC 500, the gasoline-powered model, has had its 10-speed automatic transmission timing and logic changed. The LC 500h, the hybrid model, has had its multi-stage hybrid system shift timing updated. Power plants remain the same in both cars.

Lexus is adding Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl to the paint job options list for buyers joining Caviar, Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Nightfall Mica, and Flare Yellow.

The car's 20-inch forged allow wheels with Dark Graphite finish have been refreshed.

2021 Lexus LC Toasted Caramel leather remains as an interior option for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Inside, the Rioja Red interior color has been replaced by a Flare Red leather upholstery option. Black leather and Toasted Caramel leather remain available. Bespoke White leather has been discontinued. All models retain Satin Metallic ornamentation.

The car's 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display has been updated and Lexus has added Android Auto to the system, which already featured Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration.

The 2021 Lexus LC is expected to go on sale later this year and be priced similarly to the 2020 model, which started at $92,950.

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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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.

Ford Motor Company

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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