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Dodge unveils two new versions of its police pursuit vehicles

The Dodge Charger and Durango Pursuit have been upgraded for the 2021 model year.

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There freshened 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit and 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit have been unveiled. The police pursuit vehicles (PPV) are equipped with new transmissions and offer new high-tech options that Dodge says are designed to "enhance officer safety, responsiveness and fuel efficiency".

The changes are the result of research Dodge did and feedback it received from the company's Police Advisory Board, a group made up of police professionals and Dodge employees from across North America. Boards like this are common and an important part of the design process; Ford also has one.

2021 Dodge Charger Durango Pursuit Vehicles Dodge has refreshed the Charger Pursuit and Durango Pursuit for 2021.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"Designed and built based on input from our Police Advisory Board and direct officer feedback, the 2021 Dodge Charger and Durango Pursuit deliver on our promise to offer police agencies the most advanced law-enforcement vehicle lineup in the industry whether as a sedan or a sport-utility vehicle," said Head of U.S. Sales Jeff Kommor.

2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit

2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit Vehicles

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Dodge has refreshed the Charger Pursuit to none exclusively offer an eight-speed automatic transmission with all powertrains options. For 2021, those options include a new V6 option with all-wheel drive as well as more horsepower and torque. It will continue to be offered with a V8 and rear-wheel drive combination.

The car has a top speed setting of 140 mph that can be adjusted to adhere to specific agency guidelines.

Electric power steering, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are now standard.

Dodge has increased the car's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to 5,500 pounds to accommodate additional payload.

Production of the Charger Pursuit starts in the fourth quarter at the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant.

2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit

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Dodge is giving the 2021 Durango Pursuit an additional 20 standard features. The all-wheel drive model continues to be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine while a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 remains as an optional upgrade. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Durango Pursuit has a top speed of 130 mph. Customers can configure and limit the car's speed settings for specific agency needs.

Dodge has changed the style of the shift lever to allow for more space in the center console area. There are now black steel wheels with chrome center caps, four programmable auxiliary switches, and police-specific front seats that are designed to better fit duty belts and enable easier seat belt latch points.

"These features, such as the new IP-mounted shift lever, free up valuable space between the front seats to accommodate the police aftermarket equipment needed for the officers to accomplish their jobs," Kommor said.

2021 Dodge Durango Charger Pursuit Vehicles

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Dodge is offering the model with the upfit-friendly Vehicle Systems Interface Module, a heavy-duty BR9 brake package, standard vinyl flooring, and a tri-zone climate control system.

Production of the 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit starts in the first quarter of 2021 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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