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2021 Toyota TRD Pro lineup gets a new coat and boots, 4Runner receives additional upgrades

The Toyota 4Runner is getting additional upgrades for 2021.

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Toyota is replacing its Army Green exterior option with a new coat of paint - Lunar Rock. The color is designed to turn heads and will only be available on the 2021 TRD Pro lineup.

Currently, Toyota sells TRD Pro versions of the Sequoia, 4Runnner, Tundra, and Tacoma.That trim level adds Toyota's top-tier off-roading technology to vehicles traditionally meant for more on-road use. They also feature unique styling. TRD Pro was first introduced in 2014.

2021 Toyota TRD Pro Lineup: 4Runner

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For 2021, several Toyota models have gotten upgrades or new variants, like the Trail edition, as the company works to bridge the gap in new product in their lineup. Toyota recently announced an expansion of their popular blacked out Nightshade model roster.

The company also has debuted a redesigned Sienna minivan and reintroduced the Venza in the last few months. The Toyota Highlander XSE is also new for 2021. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 delivers more driver assist and safety technology across the lineup.

The 2021 4Runner will have standard LED headlights for the first time. 4Runner Limited, Nightshade, and TRD Pro will also receive LED high beams. LED fog lights will be standard in all 4Runner models.

Toyota is also giving the 4Runner TRD Pro fresh footwear in the form of standard Nitto Terra Grappler tires.The tires are stronger and more aggressive looking. Additionally, the 4Runner TRD Pro is now equipped with re-tuned 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass Shocks, which are paired with TRD-tuned coil springs at the front. At the rear, the shocks feature piggyback-style remote reservoirs to maintain damping performance in the most demanding off-road terrain.

Toyota is beginning to roll out 2021 models onto dealership lots now. More will be become available as supply lines open back up following stagnation related to the global coronavirus lockdown.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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