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2021 Lexus LX 570 gets fresh Sport Package, new color options, Amazon Alexa compatibility

The LX 570 will be a part of the Lexus lineup for at least one more year and it's getting some improvements.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Lexus LX 570 will continue on as a beefy flagship for one more iteration at least, but with some changes for the new model year. Lexus has updated the available Sport Package, given the SUV a new paint job option, and added connectivity, and upgraded LX Inspiration Series offerings.

Lexus will continue to have the LX be powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive, and a Torsen limited-slip differential. It continues to be rated to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

2021 Lexus LX 570The model is still powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The model rides on standard 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, with 21-inch 10-spoke wheels offered as an option.

The LX will be offered with new color choices - a Nori Green Pearl paint job and Glazed Caramel interior. Available wood trim selections include Open-Pore Walnut, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood, and Dark Brown Walnut - none of which are new for 2021.

The 2021 LX gets Amazon Alexa compatibility, something that is making its way to most all Toyota and Lexus models. A rear-seat entertainment system featuring dual 11.6-inch screens is available, as is a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system.

2021 Lexus LX 570The SUV is a touch old school, but it has most of the modern infotainment amenities buyers want.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

All LX 570s come equipped with Lexus Safety System + as well as blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic view monitor, multi-terrain monitor, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

The popular Sport Package, available only on the three-row version of the SUV, has been updated for 2021 to include 21-inch forged alloy wheels, an updated sport grille and front fascia, sport lower rear valence, and body color/chrome accent side mirrors. The interior of the models includes a black headliner and semi-aniline leather trimmed upholstery in Black, Cabernet, or Glazed Caramel.

2021 Lexus LX 570The interior of the LX has gotten more premium as its current generation has gone on.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The LX Inspiration Series is adding a level of sophistication to the model. It is available in a Black Onyx or Eminent White Pearl paint scheme. The exterior of the models features 21-inch black alloy wheels and center caps, a black grille with black chrome surround, black headlamps with smoked lenses, black fog lamps, black window accents, black roof rails, black taillamps with smoked lenses, black chrome garnish, black rear license plate garnish, black frame back door garnish, and black rear badges.

The interior of these models gets black semi-aniline leather trim with Rioja red accents, a black headliner, unique carpet floor and cargo mats, and unique key gloves.

2021 Lexus LX 570The Lexus Inspiration Series delivers black accents.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Only 500 Inspiration Series models will be produced - all of the three-row variety.

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Subcompact SUV

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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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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