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2021 Toyota Sequoia gets new color, special edition, price increase

The Toyota Sequoia is getting more options for the 2021 model year.

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

The Toyota Sequoia stands at the large end of the company's family-friendly SUV lineup. For the 2021 model year, Toyota is giving the Sequoia a few new options but also raising the price.

The body-on-frame model, which seats up to eight across three rows, will continue to be powered by a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine.

2021 Toyota Sequoia NightshadeThe model is powered in all grades with the same V8 as the 2020 model had.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Toyota will offer the Sequoia TRD Pro grade with a Lunar Rock paint job. The Lunar Rock color replaces Army Green on the TRD Pro color palette. Other available colors on the TRD Pro include: Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic.

2021 Toyota TRD Pro Lineup: SequoiaThe 2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is available with a Lunar Rock paint job, shown here in a rendering. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade Edition delivers the black accents that buyers are seeking. The model builds off the Sequoia Limited grade and comes with black leather-trimmed seating and black exterior accents. Additionally, "Sequoia" badging, body moldings, and lower grille and fog light surrounds get the blackened treatment.

Buyers can get the Sequoia Nightshade Edition in either two- or four-wheel drive. Buyers can opt for the model in a Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Blizzard Pearl paint job.

2021 Toyota Sequoia NightshadeThe 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade builds on the Limited grade.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Pricing for the 2021 Sequoia starts at $50,100 - up just a few hundred dollars from the 2020 model. The Sequoia TRD Pro model, which is amiable with the Lunar Rock paint job, starts at $64,225. The two-wheel drive Sequoia Nightshade starts at $60,120 while opting for the four-wheel drive version of the model moves the starting MSRP up to $63,345.

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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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