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Audi's second EV comes with 218-mile range, 4,000-pound towing capacity

The 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the L.A. Auto Show and now it's ready to arrive on dealer lots.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi is bringing its second electric vehicle (EV), the 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback, to the U.S. this summer. The model is a slightly different take on the traditional E-Tron crossover, with a sloped, fastback-like roofline and more efficient powertrain.

The new two-row SUV is virtually the same as its sister E-Tron up front with most major changes coming halfway back. It drops off at the angled D-pillars for a rear that is in vogue with how other German automakers are designing their new SUVs these days.

U.S.-bound versions of the model have exterior trim components that are painted the same color as the SUV's body color – including the wheel arch trims, door sills, bumpers, and exterior mirrors. It rides on standard 20-inch wheels and every E-Tron Sportback comes with an air suspension.

2020 Audi E-Tron SportbackBuyers can opt for the Black Optics package to give their model a little pizzaz.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Buyers can add on the Black Optics package, which offers black accentuations for the signature Singleframe grille, side windows, bumpers, and exterior mirror housings.

Each E-Tron Sportback is all-wheel drive. It has a 95 kWh battery that helps deliver 355 horsepower in the car's standard driving mode. Drivers who engage Boost mode have access to 402 horsepower, which moves the car from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Drivers can regenerate power while coasting or braking, which contributes about 30 percent of the model's total 218-mile range. During most driving situations, the car relies solely on a rear electric motor, which improves efficiency. It is slated to get 76 MPGe in the city, 78 MPGe on the highway, which is 2 and 5 MPGe better, respectively, than the E-Tron.

The SUV can charge at 150 kilowatts, recovering 58 miles of range in just 10 minutes and 174 miles of range in 30 minutes. Audi says that 98 percent of all single-trip journeys in the U.S. are under 50 miles. When traveling beyond that and needed a charge, drivers can take advantage of the Electrify America nationwide charging network where owners receive 1,000 kWh of charging – the equivalent of approximately 2,500 miles of range – from Audi at no additional cost with purchase.

2020 Audi E-Tron SportbackThis model features a fastback roofline.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The E-Tron Sportback has a towing capacity of up to 4,000 pounds when equipped with the available towing package.

The list of standard equipment in the cabin is competitive for the car's price point and includes standard heated and cooled front seats and an overhead camera view, which is handy for parking in tight spaces. Options include massaging front seats, and an improved suite of safety and driver assistance technology.

The design of the interior and technology is nearly identical to what is offered in the Audi E-Tron.

Audi will sell a celebratory limited edition E-Tron Sportback Launch Edition with its own lineup of features including an exclusive Plasma blue metallic paint and Dynamic orange brake calipers. Alu-optic trim will highlight design elements, including the unique S-line front and rear bumpers. The model also gets an exclusive interior in Monaco Gray Valcona leather seating surface with two-tone stitched dash and black headliner. It also comes with puddle lamps.

2020 Audi E-Tron SportbackThe car's interior is similar to the one in the E-Tron SUV.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback has a starting price of $77,400, which is $2,600 more than the E-Tron.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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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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