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2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition improves performance but isn’t TRD approved

The Toyota Corolla Apex Edition joins the Toyota lineup for 2021.

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

Toyota is launching a new, performance-focused-ish version of the Corolla for the 2021 model year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition. Unlike models that meet criteria governed by the team at Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the Corolla is a step in the right direction but doesn't meet the standards.

The Apex Edition is a package available on Corolla SE and XSE models.

It is powered by the Corolla's 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual. Sport driving mode and paddle shifters are standard equipment.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition

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

Toyota is enhancing the noise that comes out of the Corolla Apex Edition's posterior with a sport-tuned exhaust that delivers a throaty growl. The specially developed catback exhaust has a 3.5-inch stainless steel tip.

Just 6,000 of these versions will be sold for the 2021 model years. Of those 120 will have a six-speed manual transmission that replaces the standard automatic.

Models with the CVT achieve 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Six-speed Corollas get 28 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

To make it look the part, the Apex Edition gets a black body kit that is meant to visually impress and increase aerodynamics. There is a black front spoiler, fog light covers, side moldings, and rear diffuser. There are bronze accents as well. Buyers can add a rear trunk aero spoiler.

Under the body is a special set of unique coil springs that lower the vehicle by 0.6 inches. Specially tuned shocks with internal rebound increase the damping force to control body roll. A unique solid stabilizer bar further ups the ante.

New jounce bumpers are meant to ensure that the car's lower ride height doesn't hinder ride quality. The changes increase roll stiffness by 47 percent in the front and 33 percent in the rear.

The model's electronic power steering has been tuned specifically for the model.

The Corolla rides on 18-inch flow-formed cast aluminum gloss black wheels. Buyers can get them wrapped with all-season or summer tires.

Buyers will have their choice of three exterior colors: Cement with a Black Sand Pearl roof, Super White with a Black Sand Pearl roof, and Black Sand Pearl. All models have black mirrors caps, triple J-shaped clearance lamps, LED turn signals and tail lamps with smoked outer lenses.

The Corolla SE Apex Edition will feature premium fabric upholstery, while the XSE Apex Edition has black SofTex-trimmed fabric upholstery. The XSE Apex Edition will also feature heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support.

The car has standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility that play out on the car's 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen. Two USB ports, Bluetooth, and satellite radio are also standard.

Toyota is equipping the model with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is standard across the Corolla lineup.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.


Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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Family-friendly three-row SUVs

Three of our favorite three-row SUVs for 2022

The Grand Cherokee L is available with two different powertrain choices.


There are more three-row SUVs on sale than ever before, so it can be tough to make a choice between them. You need to balance space, performance, safety, and tech to make your decision, and doing your homework is important. To help you get started down the right path, we've selected three of our favorite three-row family haulers. These are SUVs that bring the latest features and excellent design features to help keep you and your family rolling. Let's get started.

2023 Toyota SequoiaThe Sequoia is all-new for the 2023 model year, and finally stands on level ground with its rivals.Toyota

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota gave the Sequoia a much-needed overhaul for the 2023 model year that brought it up to speed with its competitors. The thirsty V8 and outdated styling are gone, and in their place, Toyota installed a twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid system that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive are available.

The Sequoia’s update brought a new infotainment system with a much more intuitive, fluid interface. It runs on a standard 8-inch or an optional 14-inch touchscreen. Toyota’s new software offers voice controls, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.

Inside, the Sequioa’s interior feels much more upscale and modern than before, and there’s plenty of room for the entire family and all their gear across its three spacious rows. Starting with the Limited trim, Toyota gives luxurious standard features, including heated and ventilated front seats, a larger touchscreen, a hands-free liftgate, and a heated steering wheel.

2023 Kia TellurideKia updated the ultra-popular Telluride for 2023 with refreshed styling and features.Kia

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is easily one of the best family vehicles from the last ten years, and it offers great value on top of its functional characteristics. Kia updated the SUV for 2022 with a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and a highway driving assistance system.

The Telluride comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The SUV’s engine may not be the most powerful or thrilling, but it gets the job done and offers refined, smooth operation.

Kia equips the base Telluride with seating for eight, but the optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. Interior fit and finish, materials, and styling are all far more upscale than the Telluride’s price tag would suggest, making the SUV an excellent family companion for longer road trips.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee LThe Grand Cherokee got a third row for the first time with the new L.Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep completely overhauled the Grand Cherokee for 2021 and added a new three-row “L” model shortly after. The new Grand Cherokee L features boxy, muscular styling that works with its stretched profile. Even with a new shape, the SUV is immediately recognizable as a Grand Cherokee.

Jeep offers two engines in the 2022 Grand Cherokee L. The base mill is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available that produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the V8 comes standard with four-wheel drive.

The L is more premium inside than most likely expect from a Jeep, but at the top end of the model line it’s deep into luxury territory, both on price and design. The Jeep is just shy of its competitors on interior space, but there’s still plenty of room for up to seven people. Top trims get luxury finishes like leather and woodgrain, and available tech like a rear-seat entertainment system helps keep everyone happy for the long haul.

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