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Toyota celebrates 20th anniversary of the Prius with 2,020 Prius 2020 Editions

Toyota is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Prius with a new special edition model.

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

Its been 20 years since the Toyota Prius became the talking point of eco-conscious celebrities the world over. Since 2000, more than 6 million Prius models have been sold globally, changing the industry forever, showing the there is an appetite for hybrid cars and a willingness for buyers to spend more to drive a car they feel good about.

To celebrate the milestone, Toyota has announced a special edition to commemorate the success of the model. The 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition will be based not he Prius XLE FWD model and be available in the buyer's choice of Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl paint job.

2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition

2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition

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


Each special edition model features black exterior trim accents, similar to the Nightshade outfitting that other Toyota models are getting. There's a color-keyed rear spoiler as well as black wheel inserts on the 17-inch alloy wheels, blackout headlight components, trim, and B-pillars. Each Prius 2020 Edition gets a "2020" insignia key glove and floor mats, black shift knob, interior A-pillar, and smoked HVAC vents.

It continues to achieve 54 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. The powertrain setup has no changes in this model.

The Prius XLE grade on which the car is based comes standard with 17inch alloy wheels, Safety Connect, a heated driver's seat and steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed driver's seat and steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, push-button start, remote illuminated entry, and wireless charging.

Its features list also includes a 7-inch infotainment touch screen, AM/FM CD player, six-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, AUX, three USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition technology, Siri Eyes Free, and a rearview camera.

Just 2,020 of the 2020 Editions will be made. Information about an on-sale date and pricing is forthcoming. The 2020 Toyota Prius XLE starts at $28,250. Buyers of the new model should expect pricing to be slightly higher with the new model year vehicle in addition to the special edition premium.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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