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2021 Mazda Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay, Carbon Edition options

Mazda has made few changes to the Mazda6 for 2021.

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The 2021 Mazda Mazda6 will get a few tweaks for the 2021 model year but mostly remain unchanged. It will start at $24,325 and arrive at dealerships in September. That price is a few hundred dollars more than the 2020 price.

The Mazda6 will continue to be offered in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. There is also a new Carbon Edition.

The base model Mazda6 Sport is powered by a standard 2.5-liter engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and Sport modes. Front-wheel drive is standard.

2021 Mazda Mazda6 The Mazda6 Carbon Edition is new for 2021.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The Mazda6 Sport comes standard with a host of safety features including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Mazda6 will now come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displayed on an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen. Inside the cabin are also a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, two USB inputs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, push button start, remote keyless entry, and electronic parking brake.

LED headlights with auto-leveling, LED taillights, and 17-inch gun metal aluminum alloy wheels are also standard.

Upgrading to the Mazda6 Touring ($26,925) adds leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, power moonroof, 19-inch gun metallic aluminum alloy wheels, two rear seat USB charging ports and rear air conditioning vents.

Bumping up to the Mazda6 Grand Touring ($30,025) installs a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that generates a robust 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a new badge on the tail indicating the turbocharged engine, this trim level model gets wireless Apple CarPlay, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, headed side mirrors with driver's side auto-dimming functionality, and paddle shifters.

The Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve gets even more premium ($32,525). It comes with a head-up display, adaptive front lighting system, black or Parchment leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic power folding door mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, eight-way power and memory driver's seat with power lumbar support, and six-way power passenger's seat. Traffic Sign Recognition is available with the optional navigation system. This model rides on 19-inch bright silver finish aluminum alloy wheels and has a rear lip spoiler.

The Mazda6 Carbon Edition ($32,800) special edition builds on the Grand Touring Reserve model adding Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black rear lip spoiler, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. The interior has red leather seats with black cross stitching and black hairline interior accents on the dash and door panels. The dash and center console armrest add red stitching.

The top-trim Mazda6 Signature has a gunmetal grille. Inside there is Parchment or Deep Chestnut Nappa leather upholstery, adorned with authentic Japanese Sen wood and gilded UltraSuede interior accents. A 360-degree monitor with front and rear parking sensors, 7.0-inch reconfigurable driver's information display, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscription, a black headliner, auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror with Homelink, and LED ambient lights are standard in this trim level.

Buyers will pay a premium for some of the available paint colors in any trim level. The Soul Red Crystal Metallic costs $595. Machine Gray Metallic is $495 and Snowflake White Pearl Mica is $395.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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