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Ford bridges the gap between Edge and Edge ST with new Edge ST-Line model

Ford is plugging a hole in its lineup with a new appearance-focused model.

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Want the looks of the Ford Edge ST but not al the power? Ford thought so too. The 2020 Ford Edge ST-Line offers just that and expands what they're now calling the "ST family".

The Edge ST-Line has design inspired by Ford Performance models including the ST-style grille, body color bumpers, black ST belt line molding, lower sport cladding, standard fog lamps, and LED lighting. Up top are black roof rails. The entire SUV rides on 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels. Edge ST-Line badging features.

2020 Ford Edge ST-LineThe exterior of the SUV has black accents.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Under the hood is a 250-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and has auto start-stop capability. It comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The list of technology features includes SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze, and Amazon Alexa capability. There's also a wireless charging pad.

Ford has made its Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus suite of driver assistance and safety technology available. It includes enhanced active park assist, evasion steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, land-centering technology, and all-wheel drive disconnect.

The model is priced $5,165 lower than the Edge ST - $38,100.

2020 Ford Edge ST-LineThe model features seats with red stitching accents.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Expect the trend started by the Edge ST-Line to carry over into other Ford models as the company ensures that there is an option for every possible buyer. Currently, Ford sells an Explorer ST. An Explorer ST-Line could fill a gap between that and the Explorer Limited or XLT models. There is currently no Escape ST in Ford's stable, though an Escape ST-Line may be more appropriate for the Escape's audience.

The Edge ST has been a sales success for the company. Since its 2018 introduction, sales have outperformed the previous Edge Sport model, with nearly double the number sold. In 2019 and 2020, nearly 13 percent of all Edge sales have been ST models.

Orders can be placed for the Edge ST-Line starting today.

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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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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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