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Redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai gets new sleek styling, 30% more range

The Toyota Mirai has been redesigned for the 2021 model year.

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The 2021 Toyota Mirai is more than just a unique hydrogen-powered sedan. It's evolved to become a thoroughly modern vehicle with a luxury level interior and extended range, complete with an exterior that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the Toyota lineup.

Built on a rear-wheel drive platform, the 2021 Toyota Mirai is the first model year in the second-generation of the hydrogen-powered sedan's lifespan. Toyota is promising that the new model will deliver a "more powerful, engaging, and even quieter driving experience."

2021 Toyota Mirai front face grille The Toyota Mirai has been completely redesigned to be flashier and have a larger range.Photo courtesy of Toyota

The Japanese automaker is boasting about a targeted 30 percent range increase in the new model. The range of the 2020 Toyota Mirai is 312 miles. The increase would put the 2021 model's range around 400 miles.

While the Mirai uses an electric motor to move the Mirai's wheels, the motor is powered by electricity generated when hydrogen is combined with oxygen. This is different than a typical hybrid vehicle powertrain which uses a combination of gasoline and electricity to power a vehicle's wheels. Only water is released by the tailpipe of a hydrogen-powered car, as opposed to the emissions of a typical internal combustion engine car.

2021 Toyota Mirai side wheels The 2021 Mirai has an elongated nose, similar to the design of the Lexus LC.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Unlike a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Mirai does not need to be plugged in to get power. Its hydrogen tanks, which are extremely difficult to permeate, are filled up at a fuel pump in a similar fashion to a typical gas station.

The car is being first show wearing available 20-inch alloy wheels and a brand new blue paint job that has never before been featured on a Toyota vehicle.

2021 Toyota Mirai interior The interior of the Mirai is plush and full of luxury level appointments.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Inside, the cabin of the Mirai is modern and plush but fits in line with the current visual aesthetics and material appointments of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. It comes standard with an 8-inch digital combination meter and available digital rearview mirror. A 12.3-inch infotainment touch touch screen is standard, as are a 14-speaker JBL sound system and navigation.

Toyota is boasting that the platform change yields more passenger space than in the previous generation Mirai.

2021 Toyota Mirai interior center console The platform change for the Mirai means that there's more passenger space.Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Pricing for the 2021 Mirai has yet to be announced. The 2019 model starts at $58,500. According to Toyota, currently about 95 percent of Mirais are leased and current lease prices for a Mirai have it priced around $350 per month with just $2,499 due at signing.

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Fiat sales in America are abysmal. In an effort to lure more U.S. shoppers to its dealerships, the automaker has introduced the Fiat 500X Sport for the 2020 model year.

Described by Fiat it as "youthful and sporty" the 2020 Fiat 500X Sport features new front and rear fascia designs, body-color painted side moldings, and dark-finish exterior accents. It also has an eye-catching Rovente Red paint job. Its mirror caps, door handles, and rear license plate brow are finished in black and the model rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels. New 19-inch premium aluminum wheels wearing Micheline CrossClimate all-season tires are available. At the back are chrome dual-tire exhaust tips.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport The 500X Sport comes standard with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The 500X Sport comes standard with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and achieves 210 pound-feet of torque. That's a lot of torque for a car this size. The Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to have 30 mpg highway and standard all-wheel drive.

"Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to feature standard all-wheel drive and achieve 30 miles per gallon," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – North America. "With standard turbo power, the Fiat 500X Sport is a fresh, new alternative in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry."

2020 Fiat 500X Sport The model comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The interior of the car features a dark-black headliner and pillars. There are new interior door and console bezel surfaces finishes. The car's techno-leather steering wheel is an upscale touch and features handcrafted red stitching and Alcantara inserts with paddle shifters. Alcantara leather also features as the cover on the cluster brow and there's a new cluster graphics and instrument-panel bezel finish.

Sport seats feature black fabric and vinyl inserts. A grey "500" logo is stitched on them just below the unique, circular headrests.

Below the seats are standard aluminum pedal covers and new Sport floor mats.

The model comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Navigation, SiriusXM, a Beats audio system, and automatic climate control are available.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Sport seats feature black fabric and vinyl inserts.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The 500X is available with adaptive cruise control and front park assist. It comes standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rearview camera, and seven standard air bags.

The 2020 500X Sport model is available for $26,895, excluding destination.

Toyota is adding an all-wheel drive option to the Camry for 2020 and the Avalon for 2021.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Toyota buyers will have less skids and twists to deal with when they add the new all-wheel drive (AWD) option to their new Camry or Avalon.

Recently, the demand for all-wheel drive has increased dramatically as the option becomes cheaper for consumers and more widely available. Toyota has listened, bringing to market the first AWD Camry since 1991 and the first-ever Avalon with the equipment and technology. Back then, the technology was option was called AllTrac.

2020 Toyota Camry XLE AWD All-wheel drive can help vehicles maintain traction in inclement weather.Photo courtesy of Toyota

This version of AWD technology made its debut in the current Toyota RAV4 generation when it was introduced in 2019. Toyota's Dynamic Torque Control AWD system provides torque when needed, where needed, allowing a computer to do the calculating while drivers remain assured and confident behind the wheel.

One of the quibbles with older AWD technology is that it significantly reduced a vehicle's fuel efficiency. Toyota wishes to assure customers that it's AWD system "balances added traction with exemplary fuel efficiency."

Buyers can get the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system as a standalone option on the 2020 Toyota Camry LE, XLE, SE, and XSE trims levels and on the 2020 Toyota Avalon XLE and Limited grades.

2020 Toyota Camry XLE AWD Which ones are AWD? Looking at the badging on the trunk lid.Photo courtesy of Toyota

All-wheel drive will be available on 2020 Toyota Camry models just in time for the snow melt - early spring. Toyota's Cold-Weather Package, which adds heated seats and mirrors on the LE, heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel on the SE, and heated steering wheel on the XLE and XSE, can be added to any Camry AWD model. The 2020 Toyota Camry starts at $24,295. No pricing is available for the all-wheel drive option, yet.

The Avalon AWD will be a model year 2021 sedan and go on-sale next autumn. Both XLE and Limited AWD grades will receive a standard heated steering wheel in addition to the system. Pricing for the 2021 Avalon will be available closer to the product's launch.

AWD models can be spotted on dealer lots by checking for "AWD" badging on the trunk lid of the vehicle.