Auto auctions

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction raises millions for charity

The Z06 raised $3.6 million for Operation Homefront, a veteran's assistance organization.

Chevrolet

Barrett-Jackson is one of the biggest names in the world of automotive auctions, but some of the company's most impressive work happens beyond the auction block. The Scottsdale, AZ company got its start more than 50 years ago with auctions to benefit various charities, and giving is still a big part of its operations today.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The new Z06 will have a starting price of around $90,000.Chevrolet

In the first auction of 2022, Barrett-Jackson's stage saw several rare, first-production, and celebrity-owned cars, some of which sold for millions of dollars with 100 percent going to charity. One of the most impressive charity cars was a 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that crossed the block with a winning bid of $3.6 million - a far cry from the car's sub-$100,000 retail starting price. All proceeds will go to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps veterans make the transition back to the civilian world.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition grabbed a crazy winning bid amount, but it wasn't the only seven-figure auction result to benefit charity. Two first-production 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickups raised more than $1.2 million, the full amount of which will go to the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

2022 Toyota TundraA pair of first-production Toyota Tundras raised over $1.2 million.Toyota

Chevy plans for the Z06 to enter production in summer 2022, but there's a near-zero chance of finding one sitting on a dealer's lot. The car will be built in extremely limited numbers, and that's on top of the fact that all makes and models are in short supply right now. Unfortunately, that almost certainly means big profits for scalpers, but even the greediest reseller isn't going to get $3.6 million for the value-packed supercar.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

Cadillac

Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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New minivan

Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

Honda

The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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