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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA will start at $36,230 when it arrives at dealerships this summer

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA will go on sale later this year.

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Mercedes is giving the redesigned GLA a $2,000 price bump. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA features fresh design inside and out, along with the latest infotainment system the company offers.

The GLA is the smallest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. It competes directly against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It slots below the new GLB in the lineup.

Mercedes-AMG has developed a performance-focused version of the GLA, the GLA 45. More information on that model can be found here.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA The refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA focuses on value, gets new car wash functionality. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The 2021 GLA is taller and wider than its predecessor as well as having a longer wheelbase. Those fresh dimensions give the model more front headroom, rear legroom, and cargo space than the previous model.

The GLA will be sold in GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC variants. 4MATIC is the Mercedes name for all-wheel drive. Both models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, a 13-horsepower improvement over the 2020 model. The engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Mercedes has given the GLA a roster of desirable standard equipment including LED headlamps and taillamps, 18-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch driver information display, and 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen.

The model has the new Mercedes MBUX infotainment interface with smartphone integration. It features a customizable display, learning-capable software, and Voice Control with natural language recognition. A full-color head-up display and augmented video for navigation are standard.

The GLA will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-2020. The 2021 GLA 250 will start at $36,230 and the GLA 250 4MATIC is priced from $38,230. The prices exclude a $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

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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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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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