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2021 Roush F-150 offers increased truck performance for a pretty penny

The 2021 Roush F-150 sports familiar design with high-performance upgrades.

Photo courtesy of Roush

The 2021 Ford F-150 is now available at dealerships nationwide. The F-150 Raptor is coming soon. If you want to take your performance to the next level, you'll soon be able to get your hands on the wheel of the 2021 Roush F-150, for a price.

The new truck is a product of the company's racing chops, both on- and off-road. It builds on the 2021 F-150 architecture and enhances its with Roust-engineered body components, a high-performance suspensions, upgraded wheels and tires, and a cat-back dual-tip exhaust system.

A high-flow Roush grille and bumper cover have in-set running lights as well as custom puddle lamps that display the ROUSH logo on the ground when a door is open and a signature ROUSH graphics package.

In place of the traditional "Ford" grille is a "Roush" one.Photo courtesy of Roush

Each model is based on four-wheel-drive XLT Sport and Lariat models and equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Additional enhancements include a custom-valved set of Roush/Fox 2.0 shocks. They're equipped with internal floating pistons to provide a smooth and controlled ride in the dirt or on the pavement. Roush says that the front coiler shocks are "outfitted with tuned performance springs that lift the front end two inches" resulting in a level stance for the truck.

Buyers can add a ROUSH Performance brake package to the model that features six-piston Alcon front brakes with upgraded 13.7-inch rotors and high-friction pads and a Roush active control exhaust system, which uses integrated electronic valves to allow the driver to quickly switch between exhaust modes via a console-mounted switch. An Extreme Off-Road Upgrade will be available later this year that will include suspension and tire upgrades for even greater off-road performance.

There's also Roush wide-body fender flares with integrated accent lights and vents. Below, the F-150 rides on General Tire 33-inch Grabber A/TX tires that are wrapped around 20-inch gray ROUSH wheels.

2021 The truck rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Roush

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But that's not all. The interior gets upgraded as well (and it's already quite plush). The features list includes Roush gauge cluster, serialized badging, custom pedals with rubberized grips for secure foot control and custom Roush floor liners by WeatherTech, as standard.

Buyers can upgrade further to include premium leather seating and the Ready Package, which includes a steel center console vault with a four-digit combo lock and the off-road utility kit that holds a host of trail recovery tools.

"The all-new F-150 has been a highly anticipated project for us," said Jack Roush Jr. "While our roots are in high-performance Mustangs, we've taken that knowledge and our racing prowess and applied to the all-new 2021 F-150. From the six-piston Alcon brakes to the ROUSH/Fox performance suspension, our modifications are engineered to provide unmatched performance, quality, and durability."

Introducing the all-new 2021 ROUSH F-150 | ROUSH Performance www.youtube.com

The ROUSH F-150 starts at $16,745 over the factory MSRP of the base truck and comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. The 2021 Ford F-150 XLT starts at $35,050 and the 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat has a starting MSRP of $44.695. Opting for the V8 adds $1,995 to the F-150 XLT and $800 to the F-150 Lariat.

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New off-roader

Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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