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2021 Subaru Impreza keeps its standard AWD, goes up just $100 in price

The 2021 Subaru Impreza continues to come standard with all-wheel drive.

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For the 2021 model year, the Subaru Impreza will continue to be the only compact passenger car in America with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The 2021 Subaru Impreza will also only cost $100 more than the 2020 model despite a performance upgrade.

Subaru has priced the base model Impreza to start at $18,795. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Subaru has made a continuously variable transmission (CVT) available on all trim levels but a five-speed manual is standard on this model.

The base model has a good list of standard features including a 6.5-inch infotinament touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, power windows with auto up/down for driver and front passenger, tilt and telescoping steering column, keyless entry, power door locks, 4.2-inch driver information screen, tire pressure monitoring system, rear seat reminder technology and EyeSigh Driver Assist Technology. The five-door version of the Impreza starts at $19,295.

Upgrading to the Impreza Premium ($22,195 for sedan, $22,695 for five-door) will get you all the features of the base model along with a standard CVT, steering wheel with paddle shifters, fog lights, All-Weather Package (heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors), and roof rails. New for 2021, the Impreza Premium includes SI-Drive performance management system.

Impreza Premium
The popular Impreza Premium trim, priced at $22,195 for sedan and $22,695 for 5-door includes all features from the Base model with Lineartronic CVT and adds 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The Premium also adds the STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus, STARLINK Safety and Security features, fog lights and the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, windshield and exterior mirrors. The 5-door models are equipped with roof rails as standard.

New for 2021, the Impreza Premium includes SI-Drive performance management system, which allows the driver to maximize engine performance, control, and efficiency and includes two selectable drive modes. Buyers can add an option package ($1,970) to their Impreza Premium that includes a power moonroof, blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, push-button start, and six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Impreza Sport is also available in sedan ($23,595) and five-door ($22,995) body types. It has unique suspension tuning, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, and active torque vectoring. The Sport hatchback comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission but the sedan comes with the CVT and SI-Drive performance. Buyers can upgrade to the CVT in the five-door model. Both styles include a 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, keyless entry, push-button start, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift handle, and CVT shift boot.

Buyers can add an option package ($2,470) to the Impreza Sport that includes a power moonroof, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, a Harmon Kardon amplifier and speakers, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Upping the ante, the Impreza Limited is priced from $25,895 for sedan and $26,395 five-door. The model builds on the Premium and Sport models. It offers standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, a leather-trimmed interior with double-stitched door armrests and instrument panel, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, keyless entry, and push-button start. Subaru's SI-Drive performance management system is standard.

In addition to its roster of standard EyeSight safety tech, Subaru adds reverse automatic braking, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and steering responsive headlights to the standard equipment list.

An option package ($2,350) includes navigation, Harmon Kardon premium audio, and a power moonroof is available.

The 2021 Impreza arrives at Subaru dealerships in October. All prices are reported without the standard $925 destination charge that applies in most states.

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The Lincoln Nautilus has gotten a substantial interior upgrade as part of a mid-cycle refresh.

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Lincoln replaced the MKX with the Nautilus in 2019 and now, at the three-model year mark, the SUV is undergoing a refresh that aims to up the ante on the elegance inside the two-row midsize SUV.

"Nautilus plays a critical role in bringing new clients to the brand, especially those who are looking for the flexibility of a larger midsize SUV and appreciate the luxurious features and design that set Lincoln apart," said Michael Sprague, North America director, Lincoln. "The intent for the new Nautilus was refinement, rounding out our distinct lineup of SUVs – truly creating sanctuary."

2021 Lincoln Nautilus The Nautilus now offers the largest infotainment screen in its segment.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

The new interior is designed to draw the eye side-to-side, emphasizing the wide proportions of the SUV. At the center of the dashboard is a 13.2-inch infotainment screen, the largest available across the Lincoln lineup and the largest in its segment. Below that are the SUV's piano key shifters, a feature carried over from the Lincoln Navigator.

The screen is the home to the SYNC 4 operating system, making the Nautilus the first Lincoln vehicle to adopt the tech. Phone is Key comes to the SUV as well, a technology Hyundai has also marketed this year that allows drivers to use their phones to start and drive the vehicle for a designated period of time, without the physical key present.

SYNC 4 will operate with a Lincoln-exclusive Constellation appearance theme that is inspired by the night sky. The scheme features blue tones with pops of orange.

The system allows for wireless communications and over-the-air updates. SiriusXM with 360L and a digital owner's manual are offered as well.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus

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Lincoln is giving buyers an additional Black Label themes to choose from for 2021 - Flight. It joins Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Gala in the Black Label theme lineup.

Buyers are able to get their 2021 Nautilus with the new Sandstone color family inside, featuring high color contrasts from light to dark. The Black Ebony interior returns for 2021, but with added Roast accents on the seats, doors, and console armrests.

Lincoln has refreshed the Nautilus's exterior color options as well. Asher Gray is a new choice and is available with the Monochromatic Package. Green Gem and Lincoln Flight Blue round out the new paint options.

Lincoln will continue to offer the Nautilus with a 335-horspower, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 or a standard 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Lincoln Co-Pilot360 comes standard on the SUV and Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus is available. The Plus version adds a 360-degree camera with front sensing system, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, distance alert, enhanced part assist, and evasive steering. This technology is the rebranded version of Ford's Co-Pilot360 tech.

Nautilus will continue to be built in Oakville, Ontario, for North America and will arrive in dealerships in early 2021.

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The Sorento Yosemite Edition is a one-off Kia model designed to showcase the company's new Sorento accessories line.

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For the 2021 model year, Kia redesigned its Sorento SUV. That fresh face began arriving in showrooms this month, with more trail-ready capability than ever before found on the model. To celebrate that, Kia has worked with LGE-CTS Motorsports to create two custom Sorentos inspired by America's National Parks.

Each of the models is built on the Sorento SX Prestige X-Line model, an SUV that features 20-inch wheels, increased ride height (8.2 inches versus the Sorento's traditional 6.9-inch height), improved approach and departure angles (18.4 degrees and 23.3 degrees, respectively, versus 16.8 degrees and 22.1 degrees), all-wheel drive with Snow drive mode, and a more robust roof rack.

2021 Kia Sorento Yosemite Edition

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The 2021 Sorento Yosemite Edition is named after California's Yosemite National Park, one of the country's first national parks. It's finished in a matte Pine Green paint job and has gloss and matte black exterior accents.

The 2021 Sorento Zion Edition gets its name from Zion National Park in southwest Utah. Like Yosemite, Zion is known for its long canyon full of trees with hills rising far above. The SUV wears a Desert Sand gloss paint color and has gloss black exterior accents. The Sorento Zion Edition has a full-length cargo top on its roof.

Both models have custom fender flares and ride on 32-inch all-terrain tires. Their body armor includes custom skid plates and brush guards finished in satin chrome.

Kia will be offering the Sorento with a range of port-installed and dealer-installed accessories including roof racks, tow hitches, and side steps.

2021 Kia Sorento Zion Edition

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Traditionally, these types of models would have debuted at a major auto show, like the LA Auto Show, then been shown at smaller auto shows throughout the country over the next year. Instead of that, these models debuted during Kia dealer meetings and will make their way across the country making what Kia calls "special appearances".

These models are not for retail sale.

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