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PostHeaderIcon Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot entered its third generation for the 2016 model year, and with it came a completely redesigned vehicle that dropped its boxy look, shed a few pounds, and inches closer to the premium segment as far as interior materials and overall fit and finish. On the outside, the front end is now sportier with thinner wraparound headlight units, a stylish front fascia, muscular hood, sculpted side profile, new taillight units, and a rear end that is far less boxy compared to the outgoing model. Inside, the cabin has been redesigned to provide a more premium feel, despite still be packed full of hard plastic trim. There is a new digital instrument cluster, and eight-inch touch screen display and extra passenger and cargo room compared to the previous model. Honda didn’t do too much to alter the Pilot’s drivetrain for the third-gen model, but it did update the 3.5-liter to include cylinder deactivation, a stop/start function, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

More importantly, however, is the fact that the 2016 Honda Pilot should be safer than the outgoing model, earning “good” ratings for moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength, which was an improvement over the previous gen model, which received a “poor” rating for small overlap frontal offset and a “marginal” rating for roof strength for the 2009 to 2011 model years. With models like the Toyota Highlander and Chevy Traverse already sporting a more modern design, the new Pilot finally has what it takes to compete in the Large SUV segment once again. With that said, take a look at our detailed review of the new 2016 Honda Pilot below.

Updated 06/28/2018: Honda has updated the 2019 Pilot with a revised exterior look, a revised nine-speed automatic transmission, Honda Safety Sense, and a decent list of optional equipment for the taking. Check out the details in our updated section below.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru celebrates 50 years of selling vehicles in America with an appropriately named 50th Anniversary Edition lineup, including the Legacy sedan. Each model receives similar treatments of Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome accents, and an embroidered interior with the unique 50th Anniversary logo.

Subaru is producing a limited number of each anniversary edition model, with the Legacy limited to 1,050. Of those, 800 will be the 2.5i Limited trim, while the other 250 are the 3.6R Limited. Subaru chose to base the 50th Anniversary Edition on the Legacy’s range-topping trim, the Limited, so each example will pack tons of standard equipment and features. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist package is included, meaning active safety features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist are present. EyeSight also includes the 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with navigation, high-beam assist, and LED headlights with steering responsive turning.

Now let’s jump into what makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special.

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What makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special


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“The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts”

The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue. It’s accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts. The 18-inch wheels are painted in a medium gray color that differentiated them from the standard Legacy’s wheels, despite them sharing the same design. Last but not least, a 50th Anniversary Edition badge is fixed to the front fender like an official seal to the special edition.

Inside, the 2018 Legacy 50th wears the same interior as conventional Legacy Limited, but its black leather seats come with gray contrast stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered onto the seatbacks. Silver seatbelts also set this Legacy apart from its conventional counterparts.

Like normal, Subaru gives customers the choice between the standard 2.5-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder or the peppy 3.6-liter Boxer flat six-cylinder.

The 2.5i offers up 175 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The enthusiasts’ choice is the 3.6R with 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both engines are constructed from aluminum for reduced weight and feature variable valve timing – what Subaru calls Active valve Control. Both are also Boxer engines, meaning they are horizontally opposed, flat-style engines. This keeps the engine’s center of gravity rather low, helping with vehicle handling.


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“Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R.”

Both engines come paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. While not the most engaging transmission, the gearbox does help improve fuel economy. The 2.5i Legacy is EPA-estimated to get 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, while the 3.6R is estimated to get 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway – both on regular 87 octane gasoline.

As for pricing, Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R. Again, both models have limited production numbers of 800 and 250, respectively, so finding discounts probably won’t happen. But for those Subaru fans who want to celebrate the Japanese brand’s five-decades in the U.S., the 50th Anniversary Edition models are a solid way to show their loyalty.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Legacy 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Forester 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru used the 2018 Chicago Auto Show to launch special 50th Anniversary Edition models for each of its vehicles as a celebration of the five decades the Japanese automaker has been selling inside the U.S. While no mechanical upgrades are made, there are several visual changes that help distinguish the 50th Anniversary Editions from their standard counterparts.

These 50th Anniversary Editions are based on upper trim levels. For the 2018 Forrester, that means the Touring model – including both the 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder and the turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer-four engine options. The Continuously Variable Transmission comes standard on the Touring trims, as does Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control.

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What Makes the 2018 Forrester 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“Most notably, the crossover features Subaru’s Heritage Blue paint”

Most notably, the crossover features Subaru’s Heritage Blue paint. The color is complemented by Satin Chrome on the side mirrors and grille. The 18-inch wheels have the same design as the standard Forester Touring, but skip the black accent paint for a medium gray hue that looks similar to the stain chrome on the mirrors and grille. Lastly, Subaru adds a 50th Anniversary badge to the front fenders.

The Forester’s black leather interior is upgraded with silver contrast stitching and a stylized 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the seatbacks and floor mats. The logo A pop of color in the star helps attract attention while the star itself references Subaru’s logo, which is modeled after the constellation Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. Silver seatbelts round out the interior upgrades.


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“The Forester’s black leather interior is upgraded with silver contrast stitching and a stylized 50th Anniversary logo”

Beyond the visual, Subaru makes its Eyesight safety system standard equipment in the 50th Anniversary Editions. The system includes adaptive cruise control; lane keep assist and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management.

As for the drivetrain, the Forester’s base engine is the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder. The engine makes 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque while getting 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

The optional 2.0 XT is a turbocharged Boxer flat four-cylinder kicking out a more respectable 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The extra power does pull fuel economy rating down a bit, measuring an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. It’s also worth noting the 2.0-liter’s power ratings are measured on premium fuel. Both the 2.5- and 2.0-liter engines come standard with the CVT in the Touring trim.


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“Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring starts at $34,305 and will be limited to 800 examples”

Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring starts at $34,305 and will be limited to 800 examples. The 2.0 XT Touring starts at $37,305. Only 250 examples will be made, making it a bit rarer.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Forester 2.5i Touring 800 $33,390 $34,305
Forester 2.0 XT Touring 250 $36,390 $37,305

References


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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru is launching a 50th Anniversary Edition for each of its 2018 models, including the Crosstrek. No mechanical changes are included on the Anniversary Editions, but there are several key visual changes making the package worthwhile. Subaru is also limiting availability of the special edition.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on upper trim levels, which for the Crosstrek, means the 2.0i Limited. That means leather seats, the CVT, and Eyesight safety system comes standard. Like all 2018 Crosstreks, this model comes with Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Symmetrical AWD is standard, too, of course, and includes X-Mode and Hill Descent Control. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with regular 87 octane gasoline.

For everything that’s special about the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition, keep reading.

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What Makes the 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past”

First and most noticeable, the car is painted in Heritage Blue. The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past. The side mirrors, though, are accented in satin chrome. The standard wheels are painted a medium gray color rather than the glossy black normally seen on the Crosstrek Limited. Last but definitely not least, Subaru adds a 50th Anniversary badge to the front fenders.


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“Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching”

Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. The stylized 50 includes a bright yellow star reminiscent of the stars seen in the Subaru logo. The star also adds a pop of color that’s appreciated on the otherwise dark seats Subaru also includes silver seatbelt that match other accents seen around the cabin.

The 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 1,050 examples. Prices start at $30,955 with the destination fee and Subaru dealerships already have the 50th Anniversary Edition models on sale.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition

The Subaru Outback isn’t making many headlines today, especially when compared to other wagons on the market, but it’s getting pretty good reviews. Sure, it’s not as fancy as the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, but it offers a spacious cabin, solid off-road ability, and a decent equipment package. And it’s more affordable than the aforementioned models too. Introduced in 2014, the latest model is still pretty fresh, but Subaru is giving it the limited-edition treatment for 2018 with the 50th Anniversary Edition.

No, the Outback nameplate isn’t 50 years old yet. It’s barely on its way to its 25th anniversary. Of all the existing model, the Legacy is the oldest, and it dates back to 1989. This limited-edition model was actually launched to celebrate half a century since Subaru of America was established. The Outback is only one of seven vehicles to get this treatment, as the celebrations include all nameplates offered in the U.S. (sans the upcoming Ascent). What does it have to offer on top of the regular model? Let’s find out below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition.

What makes the Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Heritage Blue paint
  • Satin chrome trim
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Unique wheel design
  • Black upholstery with silver stitching
  • Silver seatbelts
  • Special logos on seats and floor mats
  • Extra standard features
  • Standard drivetrains

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“On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that's called Heritage Blue”

While it has a couple of features to set it apart from the regular Outback, this crossover shares most of its special features with the rest of the 50th Anniversary Edition lineup. So it’s far from unique. On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that’s called Heritage Blue. The new hue is complemented by satin chrome trim for the windows, matching badges, and similar mirror caps. Subaru did add a set of exclusive wheels, but that’s it. All the other features remain unchanged.

Inside the cabin, there’s black upholstery highlighted by silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and “50th Anniversary” logos on embroidered on the front seat headrests and the carpeted floor mats. Standard features vary depending on trim, as this limited-edition model can be had in either 2.5i Limited or 3.6R Limited guise. For instance, both get standard power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and woodgrain-patterned, matte-finish accent trim.


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“Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively.”

Engine options are standard. Go with the 2.5i Limited, and you get the 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. If you need more oomph, the 3.6-liter six-cylinder cranks out 256 horses and 247 pound-feet of twist.

Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively. That’s only a tad higher than the models they are based on. But unlike the regular model, production is limited to only 800 units for the 2.5i Limited and 250 examples for the 3.6R Limited.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge Titanium Elite

Introduced in 2014, the Ford Edge, one of the company’s key vehicles, gained a significant update for the 2019 model. Alongside the revised exterior, high-tech interior, and upgraded turbo engine, Ford also updated the model lineup with an ST model. Replacing the old Sport, the new Edge ST brings the performance-oriented “ST” badge into the SUV market for the first time. At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Ford unveiled a second new trim. It’s called the Titanium Elite and slots right between the Titanium and the ST.

Ford’s choice for a new trim seems rather awkward at first glance. Unlike other models, the Edge doesn’t have the luxury-oriented Platinum trim. The latter seemed to be the next logical step after the ST, but Ford chose to introduce a slight upgrade to the Titanium model. The Titanium Elite would make more sense if the Titanium were to be discontinued soon, but as things stand, I can’t really understand where Ford is going with this. But let’s have a closer look at what we already know about this new trim.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Edge Titanium Elite.

What makes the Ford Edge Titanium Elite special

  • Unique 20-inch wheels
  • Body-colored trim
  • Upgraded rear bumper skid plate
  • Standard features from Titanium model
  • EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
  • 250 horsepower
  • 275 pound-feet of torque
“The "Elite" badge adds a new set of 20-inch wheels, body-colored trim, and a "premium" skid plate”

Ford has yet to release the full details on this model, but we can see that the “Elite” badge adds a new set of 20-inch wheels. Unique to this model, they feature a twin five-spoke design and a two-tone finish. It also has various body-colored trim elements instead of the usual black, while the rear bumper sports a “premium” skid plate. Yeah, the latter sounds a bit ridiculous, but hey, I’m sure that the marketing people at Ford had their reasons.

No word on interior upgrades yet, but the Titanium Elite should get everything you can find in the regular Titanium model. So expect standard features like dual-zone climate control, a particulate air filter, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power windows, garage door opener, carpeted floor mats, and a cargo management system. It comes with SYNC 3 infotainment, two 4.2-inch displays in the instrument cluster, and a 12-speaker audio system from Sony.

“The EcoBoost engine delivers 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque”

The Titanium Elite will use the 2019 Edge’s updated powertrain, which includes the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and new eight-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBoost received a five-horsepower gain, so now it delivers 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and AWD remains an option.

Ford has yet to announce pricing, but with the 2018 Sport, which the ST replaces, starting at $41,670, and the Titanium priced from $36,925, the Titanium Elite is likely to retail from around $38,000.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition

Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the current-generation Subaru Impreza received a significant makeover inside and out compared to the previous model, but old engine was carried over with mild revisions. Despite not being that much more powerful, the sedan gets a lot of praise for its comfortable and roomy cabin, the standard all-wheel-drive system, and the available safety features. For 2018, the Impreza continues without any changes — which isn’t surprising given that it’s still relatively new — but Subaru is offering a limited-edition, 50th Anniversary package.

The bundle is part of Subaru’s celebration of its 50th anniversary in the United States. Established in 1953, the Japanese firm crossed the pond to the U.S. in 1968, when Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm founded Subaru of America in Philadelphia and began selling the tiny 360 model. This limited-edition Impreza is part of a larger scale 50th Anniversary offensive that includes the entire U.S. lineup, minus the yet-to-be-available Ascent. Yes, you can have the package on the Legacy, Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, BRZ, and WRX too, but we’re going to focus on the Impreza in this article.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition.

What makes the Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Heritage Blue exterior
  • Satin chrome trim
  • Special badges
  • Unique wheels
  • Black interior
  • Silver stitching
  • Anniversary logos
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Standard AWD

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“The Impreza also gets satin chrome mirror caps, a feature that's not available on some models included in this run”

Just like the rest of this anniversary lineup, the Impreza comes wrapped in an exclusive color. It’s called Heritage Blue and its similar to the brighter blue seen on the World Rally Championship cars and the WRX models. The hue is available for the 50th Anniversary model only, so you won’t be able to order it with any of the regular cars and SUVs. At least not for a while. Subaru also replaced the usual chrome trim on the windows and badges with a satin finish and added unique alloy wheels with a five-spoke design. The Impreza also gets satin chrome mirror caps, a feature that’s not available on the BRZ, WRX, and STI models included in this run.

The upholstery inside the cabin is all-black, which isn’t very exciting, but at least it has silver stitching and silver seatbelts. New “50th Anniversary” logos are embroidered on the front seats and the carpeted floor mats for a more exclusive look. Each commemorative model is based on a high-level trim, so they come with extra features compared to the base model. The Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the range-topping 2.0i Limited model, so it gets all the fancy features. Extra standard equipment inside the cabin includes a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, paddle shifters for the CTV gearbox, folding rear seat armrest with dual cupholders, and automatic climate control, among others.


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“The 50th Anniversary Edition is available for both sedan and hatchback versions of the Impreza”

Power is provided by the same 2.0-liter boxer-four engine available across the entire Impreza lineup. Output is rated at 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, and travels to the wheels through a Lineartronic CTV transmission and the company’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is available for both sedan and hatchback versions of the Impreza. The four-door costs $28,340 before taxes and delivery, a $4,145 premium over the base 2.0i Limited trim it is based on. The gap is similar between the hatchback models, with the 50th Anniversary Edition five-door priced from $28,840. The sedan is limited to 500 units, while the hatchback is limited to 550 examples.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ram 1500 By Mopar

It’s been just a month since Ram debuted the brand-new 1500 pickup truck at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and FCA is already offering a wide range of aftermarket parts and accessories. Showcased on a concept truck at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, these new accessories cover everything from the exterior and interior to the drivetrain and the chassis. Most of them will become available in a few months, so you can start planning a Moparized model if you’re not happy with the standard and optional Ram features.

Described as an “outdoor, sport-themed truck,” this Mopar-specced vehicle sports a unique, slightly more aggressive exterior, a more upscale interior, and lift kit that turns it into a more capable off-road explorer. The parts and accessories are taken from a list of around 200 items that can be purchased from Mopar via FCA dealerships. That’s quite a big selection, unlike anything you get from the competition. Let’s have a closer look at some of these features in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ram 1500 by Mopar.

What makes the Ram 1500 By Mopar special

  • Flame Red exterior
  • Two-inch lift kit
  • 18-inch wheels
  • 35-inch off-road tires
  • Black stripes
  • Blacked-out badges
  • Ram Rack in the bed
  • Black Katzkin leather
  • Rebel Red stitching
  • Brushed aluminum door sills
  • Mopar Ram Airflow intake
  • Performance exhaust
  • Five-inch exhaust pipes

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“The biggest change lies below the bodywork, in the form of 18-inch wheels wrapped in massive, 35-inch tires”

The new Ram 1500 looks surprisingly boxy. At least compared to the outgoing model. Not that I have a problem with that, but it feels as if the new 1500 blends in with the other trucks easier than before, and I used to Ram being a bit unique. The good news is that the new Mopar parts work great with the truck’s new design. Based on the Big Horn Sport model, the show car is finished in Flame Red, a color that already gives it a sporty look. Granted, the biggest change lies below the bodywork, in the form of 18-inch wheels wrapped in massive, 35-inch tires.

The red paint is combined with black accents here and there. There are black stripes on the engine hood, blacked-out emblems and badges all over the place, and black wheelarch trim. The truck is also equipped with body-length Mopar off-road cast aluminum running boards, which add both visual appeal and functionality. A skid-resistant stepping surface offers better grip in muddy or wet conditions.


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“The front and rear seats are wrapped in black Katzkin leather, and feature Rebel Red stitching”

Finally, the concept features the unique Ram Rack first showcased as prototype part on the Ram Macho Power Wagon at the 2016 SEMA. Set to become available this year, the rack is adjustable, can slide all the way up to the front section, and mounts to the available production bed rails. A Mopar bed step makes loading stuff easier.

The interior standard out by means of added premium features and a color layout that matches the exterior. The front and rear seats are wrapped in black Katzkin leather, and feature Rebel Red stitching and logos on their seatbacks. The same stitching adds a splash of color to the door panels and center console. The new all-weather floor mats with Ram’s head logo have deeper channels and higher, more rigid side walls to contain water and debris. Now that’s one feature that helps keep the cabin clean. Finally, the doors sill guards are now made from brushed aluminum and have “RAM” lettering.


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“The Mopar Ram Airflow cold-air intake system feeds a steady flow of air into the engine”

The Mopar package doesn’t alter the engine. In this case, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 remains standard and generates the same 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. The only improvements here are the Mopar Ram Airflow cold-air intake system that feeds a steady flow of air into the engine and the performance cat-back exhaust. The latter is made from stainless steel and have bigger, five-inch tips for an aggressive look.

The truck benefits from a two-inch lift kit for additional off-road clearance. The lift also enables the 1500 to accommodate the oversized tires and six-lug rims. The black wheel flares provide additional protection against trail hazards.

Most of these parts and accessories will become available to customers in the coming months.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is one of the capable SUVs on the market today. While most SUVs have softened into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame tradition matched with the even-more-capable TRD Pro suspension system. Yet, for 2019, Toyota is turning up the heat.

The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro gets upgraded Fox Racing Shocks that help better handle high-speed desert running while providing a civil ride around town and a new roof rack offers more storage for dirty gear. A few other changes inside and out help keep the 4Runner fresh as interest explodes for its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.

Exterior

  • Rugged new roof rack
  • Red accent on front skid plate
  • Continued TRD Pro appearance from before
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • All-Terrain Tires

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“The biggest and most noticeable change is the new roof rack”

Visually, the 2019 updates for the 4Runner TRD Pro are minor. The biggest and most noticeable change is the new roof rack. Its thick black bars look extremely rugged and fitting for such a capable SUV. Toyota says it added the rack to increase the 4Runner’s cargo space, especially for dirty items like camping gear.

The other visual change is the new LED fog lights. Like the 2016 and later Tacoma TRD Pro, these come from Rigid Industries, a purveyor of LED off-road lighting. While road-legal and not some crazy bright spotlights, the LEDs should be more effective than the previous halogen bulbs.

The last aesthetic update happens with the front skid plate. While technically the same as before, the skid plate’s stamped TRD logo is now painted red. It doesn’t really help anything, but it sure looks good.

The 4Runner TRD Pro retains its same wheel and tire package from before, meaning it rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels finished in matte black wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires sized in 265/70R.

Spotting the 4Runner TRD Pro is easy compared to other 4Runner trims thanks to the large, blacked out grille with the TOYOTA block logo and the TRD Pro badges on the C-pillars. For 2019, it gets even easier thanks to the big roof rack.

Interior

  • Updated Entune infotainment system
  • Updated JBL Audio sound system
  • Black cloth seats with red contrast stitching
  • TRD logos on headrests, floor mats, & shift knob

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“The Entune infotainment system has been upgraded for 2019 and includes a premium JBL Audio system with navigation and Toyota’s App suite”

Minor changes happen inside, too, but are not restricted to the TRD Pro grade. The Entune infotainment system has been upgraded for 2019 and includes a premium JBL Audio system with navigation and Toyota’s App suite. Sadly, it still doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

As for the TRD Pro upgrades, the seats are wrapped in Softex and accented with red contrast stitching and TRD logos on the headrests. More TRD logos appear on the floor mats and on the shift knob.

The 4Runner offers seating for five with 47.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row. With the rear seats folded flat, the cargo volume jumps to 89.7 cubic feet. Of course, the new roof rack offers even more storage than previous 4Runners.

Drivetrain

  • 4.0-liter V-6
  • 270 horsepower at 5,600 RPM
  • 278 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 RPM
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Two-speed 4WD transfer case w/ manual operation
  • Multi-Terrain Select
  • Crawl Control

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“Horsepower is rated at 270 at 5,600 rpm and torque comes in at 278 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm.”

The 4Runner still relies on Toyota’s old 4.0-liter V-6 for power. It does have variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams, but that’s about as advanced as it gets. Horsepower is rated at 270 at 5,600 rpm and torque comes in at 278 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm. The engine is paired with an outdated five-speed automatic transmission.

As such, the EPA-estimated fuel economy isn’t too impressive. The 2018 4Runner TRD Pro is rated at 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Those numbers aren’t expected to change for 2019.

Of course, the engine and transmission are only a small part of the 4Runner TRD Pro’s drivetrain.

A part-time 4WD system is used here, with a good ole-fashioned manual shift lever. 4WD high range can be engaged on the move, while low range does require a full stop and the transmission placed into neutral. Once engaged in either 4WD range, the engine torque is split 50/50 between the front and rear axles. The 4Runner also boasts an electronic locking rear differential, too. The transfer case does need to be in 4WD low range, but the E-locker engages quickly and keeps the rear tires turning at the same speed, regardless of traction.


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“Another big traction aid is Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system”

Another big traction aid is Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system. Using two knobs above the rearview mirror, the driver can choose different drive modes like mud, snow, and rocks. It adjusts things like throttle response, ABS, and traction control to best suit the terrain.

The 4Runner TRD Pro also includes Crawl Control, a kind of low-speed cruise control. The driver can engage the system, pick a speed, and concentrate on steering rather than throttle and brake inputs. It works best on slow, technical trails like rock crawling. The system also directs power to the wheels with the most traction.

Suspension

  • New Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners
  • 2.5-inch diameter shock bodies
  • Rear shocks have 2.0-inch diameter remote reservoirs
  • 17-inch wheels give extra inch in track width

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“Like the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models, the biggest change for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro is its suspension upgrade”

Like the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models, the biggest change for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro is its suspension upgrade. Gone are the TRD-branded Bilstein shocks – replaced with 2.5-inch diameter Fox Racing Shocks with beefy 46mm-thick pistons. The rear shocks even have 2.0-inch remote reservoirs that hold more fluid that helps with temperature control during periods of extended extreme use.

Up front, the Fox shocks have seven bypass zones. Of them, four of the zones are for the compression stroke and three are for the rebound stroke. Each zone gets progressively stiffer during the piston’s travel, allowing the shock to have a variable damping rate. In other words, the shock offers a smooth ride around town but provides the proper damping in high-speed off-roading so the 4Runner isn’t slamming into its bump stops. The rear shocks have 11 bypass zone, with seven being for compression and four for rebound.

The front suspension uses the typical coil-over shock, MacPherson struck configuration, while the 4Runner’s rear suspension uses a multi-link coil spring arrangement mounted on a solid axle.

Compared to the standard 4Runner’s suspension, the TRD Pro enjoy an extra inch of lift, along with another inch of wheel travel. The 17-inch wheels add an inch to the SUV’s overall track width.

Pricing


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Toyota has not announced pricing for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro, however, we don’t expect a massive change compared to the 2018 model. Price for 2018 start at $42,875 and hardly increase since there are no big option packages. The only add-on costs are the $350 sliding rear cargo deck and a slew of dealer add-on options that range from all-weather floor mats to first-aid kits.

The Competition

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon


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The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited dressed out in the mighty Rubicon trim is about the closest competitor to the 4Runner TRD Pro. While the Toyota is built to handle both low- and high-speed off-roading, the Wrangler specializes in low-speed, technical driving. New for 2018, the Wrangler JL offers a modern take on a classic design, while the interior is far more welcoming and technologically advanced. An available 8.4-inch Uconnect system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an Off-Road Page that shows stats like wheel articulation, body roll, and pitch.

Power currently comes from two engine choices: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the standard engine and makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. it can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a ZF eight-speed automatic. The optional engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Called the Hurricane after a classic four-cylinder from Jeep’s past, the new engine gets a mild-hybrid system that assists with low-speed starts and works to make the Auto Stop/Start system work smoothly. In the near future, the Wrangler will also have the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

The Wrangler rides on solid axles front and rear, held in place with multi-link track bars and coil springs. The Rubicon boasts front and rear locking differentials and a two-speed transfer case. The front sway bar can be electronically disconnected for even more wheel articulation.

Pricing for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon starts at $40,495 while a fully loaded Rubicon will sticker at nearly $56,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

Conclusion


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The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro might have aging bones with its 4.0-liter V-6, five-speed automatic transmission, and old-school interior, but that’s arguably what makes it so endearing. Of course, the biggest attraction is its high-performance suspension system and impressive Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control systems.

While we love the new shocks and appreciate the new roof rack and LED fog lights, the changes seem like too little too late in making the 4Runner a highly competitive SUV. Then again, Toyota sells more than enough to justify the “don’t mess with success” attitude.

  • Leave it
    • * Outdated engine & transmision
    • * Interior feels dated
    • * Where’s the generational update following the Tacoma?

References


2015 - 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Driven - image 719848

Read our full review on the 2015 – 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro


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Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.


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PostHeaderIcon Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

The Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is one of the capable SUVs on the market today. While most SUVs have softened into crossovers with unibody chassis, the 4Runner continues its body-on-frame tradition matched with the even-more-capable TRD Pro suspension system. Yet, for 2019, Toyota is turning up the heat.

The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro gets upgraded Fox Racing Shocks that help better handle high-speed desert running while providing a civil ride around town and a new roof rack offers more storage for dirty gear. A few other changes inside and out help keep the 4Runner fresh as interest explodes for its main rival, the Jeep Wrangler.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.

Exterior

  • Rugged new roof rack
  • Red accent on front skid plate
  • Continued TRD Pro appearance from before
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • All-Terrain Tires

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“The biggest and most noticeable change is the new roof rack”

Visually, the 2019 updates for the 4Runner TRD Pro are minor. The biggest and most noticeable change is the new roof rack. Its thick black bars look extremely rugged and fitting for such a capable SUV. Toyota says it added the rack to increase the 4Runner’s cargo space, especially for dirty items like camping gear.

The other visual change is the new LED fog lights. Like the 2016 and later Tacoma TRD Pro, these come from Rigid Industries, a purveyor of LED off-road lighting. While road-legal and not some crazy bright spotlights, the LEDs should be more effective than the previous halogen bulbs.

The last aesthetic update happens with the front skid plate. While technically the same as before, the skid plate’s stamped TRD logo is now painted red. It doesn’t really help anything, but it sure looks good.

The 4Runner TRD Pro retains its same wheel and tire package from before, meaning it rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels finished in matte black wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires sized in 265/70R.

Spotting the 4Runner TRD Pro is easy compared to other 4Runner trims thanks to the large, blacked out grille with the TOYOTA block logo and the TRD Pro badges on the C-pillars. For 2019, it gets even easier thanks to the big roof rack.

Interior

  • Updated Entune infotainment system
  • Updated JBL Audio sound system
  • Black cloth seats with red contrast stitching
  • TRD logos on headrests, floor mats, & shift knob

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“The Entune infotainment system has been upgraded for 2019 and includes a premium JBL Audio system with navigation and Toyota’s App suite”

Minor changes happen inside, too, but are not restricted to the TRD Pro grade. The Entune infotainment system has been upgraded for 2019 and includes a premium JBL Audio system with navigation and Toyota’s App suite. Sadly, it still doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

As for the TRD Pro upgrades, the seats are wrapped in Softex and accented with red contrast stitching and TRD logos on the headrests. More TRD logos appear on the floor mats and on the shift knob.

The 4Runner offers seating for five with 47.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row. With the rear seats folded flat, the cargo volume jumps to 89.7 cubic feet. Of course, the new roof rack offers even more storage than previous 4Runners.

Drivetrain

  • 4.0-liter V-6
  • 270 horsepower at 5,600 RPM
  • 278 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 RPM
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Two-speed 4WD transfer case w/ manual operation
  • Multi-Terrain Select
  • Crawl Control

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“Horsepower is rated at 270 at 5,600 rpm and torque comes in at 278 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm.”

The 4Runner still relies on Toyota’s old 4.0-liter V-6 for power. It does have variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams, but that’s about as advanced as it gets. Horsepower is rated at 270 at 5,600 rpm and torque comes in at 278 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm. The engine is paired with an outdated five-speed automatic transmission.

As such, the EPA-estimated fuel economy isn’t too impressive. The 2018 4Runner TRD Pro is rated at 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Those numbers aren’t expected to change for 2019.

Of course, the engine and transmission are only a small part of the 4Runner TRD Pro’s drivetrain.

A part-time 4WD system is used here, with a good ole-fashioned manual shift lever. 4WD high range can be engaged on the move, while low range does require a full stop and the transmission placed into neutral. Once engaged in either 4WD range, the engine torque is split 50/50 between the front and rear axles. The 4Runner also boasts an electronic locking rear differential, too. The transfer case does need to be in 4WD low range, but the E-locker engages quickly and keeps the rear tires turning at the same speed, regardless of traction.


2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - image 768253
“Another big traction aid is Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system”

Another big traction aid is Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system. Using two knobs above the rearview mirror, the driver can choose different drive modes like mud, snow, and rocks. It adjusts things like throttle response, ABS, and traction control to best suit the terrain.

The 4Runner TRD Pro also includes Crawl Control, a kind of low-speed cruise control. The driver can engage the system, pick a speed, and concentrate on steering rather than throttle and brake inputs. It works best on slow, technical trails like rock crawling. The system also directs power to the wheels with the most traction.

Suspension

  • New Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners
  • 2.5-inch diameter shock bodies
  • Rear shocks have 2.0-inch diameter remote reservoirs
  • 17-inch wheels give extra inch in track width

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - image 768270
“Like the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models, the biggest change for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro is its suspension upgrade”

Like the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma TRD Pro models, the biggest change for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro is its suspension upgrade. Gone are the TRD-branded Bilstein shocks – replaced with 2.5-inch diameter Fox Racing Shocks with beefy 46mm-thick pistons. The rear shocks even have 2.0-inch remote reservoirs that hold more fluid that helps with temperature control during periods of extended extreme use.

Up front, the Fox shocks have seven bypass zones. Of them, four of the zones are for the compression stroke and three are for the rebound stroke. Each zone gets progressively stiffer during the piston’s travel, allowing the shock to have a variable damping rate. In other words, the shock offers a smooth ride around town but provides the proper damping in high-speed off-roading so the 4Runner isn’t slamming into its bump stops. The rear shocks have 11 bypass zone, with seven being for compression and four for rebound.

The front suspension uses the typical coil-over shock, MacPherson struck configuration, while the 4Runner’s rear suspension uses a multi-link coil spring arrangement mounted on a solid axle.

Compared to the standard 4Runner’s suspension, the TRD Pro enjoy an extra inch of lift, along with another inch of wheel travel. The 17-inch wheels add an inch to the SUV’s overall track width.

Pricing


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Toyota has not announced pricing for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro, however, we don’t expect a massive change compared to the 2018 model. Price for 2018 start at $42,875 and hardly increase since there are no big option packages. The only add-on costs are the $350 sliding rear cargo deck and a slew of dealer add-on options that range from all-weather floor mats to first-aid kits.

The Competition

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 749430

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited dressed out in the mighty Rubicon trim is about the closest competitor to the 4Runner TRD Pro. While the Toyota is built to handle both low- and high-speed off-roading, the Wrangler specializes in low-speed, technical driving. New for 2018, the Wrangler JL offers a modern take on a classic design, while the interior is far more welcoming and technologically advanced. An available 8.4-inch Uconnect system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an Off-Road Page that shows stats like wheel articulation, body roll, and pitch.

Power currently comes from two engine choices: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the standard engine and makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. it can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a ZF eight-speed automatic. The optional engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Called the Hurricane after a classic four-cylinder from Jeep’s past, the new engine gets a mild-hybrid system that assists with low-speed starts and works to make the Auto Stop/Start system work smoothly. In the near future, the Wrangler will also have the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

The Wrangler rides on solid axles front and rear, held in place with multi-link track bars and coil springs. The Rubicon boasts front and rear locking differentials and a two-speed transfer case. The front sway bar can be electronically disconnected for even more wheel articulation.

Pricing for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon starts at $40,495 while a fully loaded Rubicon will sticker at nearly $56,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

Conclusion


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The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro might have aging bones with its 4.0-liter V-6, five-speed automatic transmission, and old-school interior, but that’s arguably what makes it so endearing. Of course, the biggest attraction is its high-performance suspension system and impressive Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control systems.

While we love the new shocks and appreciate the new roof rack and LED fog lights, the changes seem like too little too late in making the 4Runner a highly competitive SUV. Then again, Toyota sells more than enough to justify the “don’t mess with success” attitude.

  • Leave it
    • * Outdated engine & transmision
    • * Interior feels dated
    • * Where’s the generational update following the Tacoma?

References


2015 - 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro – Driven - image 719848

Read our full review on the 2015 – 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro


2014 Toyota 4Runner - image 503880

Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota 4Runner.


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Read more Chicago Auto Show news.


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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota has upped the ante with its Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year. The off-road package receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes both cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The move is completely understandable considering how hot the off-road segment is getting these days.

It’s important to understand the Tundra TRD Pro’s place in the market. It competes most directly with the Ram 1500 Rebel, both of which fall short of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s outright ownership of the high-speed desert racing niche. But while Ford is busy making the Raptor an extremely capable but very expensive upgrade to the F-150, both the TRD Pro and Rebel are more obtainable for the everyman. In other words, the Tundra TRD Pro might not match the Raptor’s off-road performance, but it’s also far less expensive.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s 2019 updates push the Tundra TRD Pro beyond what it was capable of from 2015 to 2018.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.

Exterior

  • New TRD Pro grille
  • New hood scoop
  • New LED fog lights from Rigid
  • New 18-inch wheels
  • New headlight design shared with 2018 TRD Sport
  • New Black coating on dual exhaust tips
  • 1/4-inch thick front sid plate with red TRD lettering

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“The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro makes use of the new headlights and integrates the forward-facing radar sensor into a restyled and less bulky TRD Pro grille.”

The current Tundra’s design has been around since 2014 with a very mild update for 2018. The recent change brought reshaped headlights with smoked lenses for certain Tundra models, new grille designs, and Toyota Safety Sense-P for all trims. The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro makes use of the new headlights and integrates the forward-facing radar sensor into a restyled and less bulky TRD Pro grille.

Another big difference is the hood scoop. The Tundra already has that long slot in the hood above the grille, but the new 2019 TRD Pro trim adds a secondary scoop further back. Some might say it looks like an afterthought. Thinking positively, we say it makes the 2019 model easier to spot. It’s worth noting the scoop was first seen on the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport and that it’s not functional.

On a more functional note, the Tundra’s halogen fog lights are swapped out for LED off-road lights from Rigid Industries – the same company that makes the Tacoma TRD Pro’s fog lights and a purveyor of all things LED in the aftermarket.

Combining cosmetic and functional, the Tundra TRD Pro’s front skid plate now has red lettering inside the stamped TRD logo. The aluminum skid plate still measures 1/4-inch thick as before, helping to keep vital powertrain components safe from trail damage. Exposed front tow hooks make vehicle recovery an easier task.


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“They are 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels with an all-new design, five spokes, and a 3.35-pound reduction of mass over the outgoing wheels”

Last but certainly not least, Toyota gave the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro some new shoes. They are 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels with an all-new design, five spokes, and a 3.35-pound reduction of mass over the outgoing wheels. In total, the new wheels cut 13.4 pounds of unsprung weight from the truck.

Interior

  • Retains updated gauges from 2018 Tundra
  • Black leather seats and dash with red contrast stitching
  • TRD Pro emblems on seatbacks and center armrest
  • TRD Pro floor mats
  • TRD shift knob

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“The minor updates from 2018 carry over, including the revised gauge cluster and all the Toyota Safety Sense-P equipment”

Toyota didn’t do much with the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro’s interior. The minor updates from 2018 carry over, including the revised gauge cluster and all the Toyota Safety Sense-P equipment, but otherwise, the differences are nil.

As with previous Tundra TRD Pros, the 2019 version comes with black leather seats with red contrast stitching and the TRD Pro logo embroidered into the seatback. Another logo adorns the center armrest while a TRD-branded shift knob rises from the console. The dash is covered in black leather, too, along with the same red contrast stitching. TRD Pro floor mats finish off the look.

The Tundra TRD Pro offers seating for five in both the Double Cab and Crew Max modes, with the Crew Max boasting limo-like legroom and a nearly flat load floor.

Drivetrain

  • 5.7-liter V-8
  • 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
  • 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Part-time 4WD

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“The big V-8 kicks out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.”

The Tundra soldiers on with its venerable but aging 5.7-liter iForce V-8. The all-aluminum, DOHC engine uses port fuel injection and variable valve timing but lacks modern tech like cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection. Still, the big V-8 kicks out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.

The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. Like other 4WD Tundras, the TRD Pro uses a part-time 4WD system with a two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case. 4WD high range can be selected on the fly and 4WD low range, while requiring a full stop and the transmission to be in neutral, multiplies the engine’s torque for even more low-end power.

The Tundra TRD Pro does not benefit from a traditional locking differential in either the front or rear, but Toyota does include its A-TRAC system. Pressing the traction control button activates the system; individual brake applications keep any one wheel from spinning freely without traction. This causes power to transfer to the opposite horizontal wheel, allowing the truck to continue forward progress.


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“Toyota does make the awesome TRD cat-back dual exhaust a standard feature on the TRD Pro”

Toyota does make the awesome TRD cat-back dual exhaust a standard feature on the TRD Pro. This system makes the V-8’s bellows a wonderfully audible tone, giving the truck a more masculine growl. The exhaust system should help improve horsepower and torque figures, too, though Toyota does not have an official statement on the matter. In our experience, however, the TRD exhaust is one of the most lovable features available on a Tundra.

Fuel economy is a downside here, with the 5.7-liter V-8 only achieving an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway on the 2018 Tundra 4WD Crew Max. We don’t expect those numbers to change for the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro.

Suspension

  • New 2.5-inch Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners
  • 1.5-inches more wheel travel up front
  • More than 2.0 inches more rear wheel travel
  • Rear Fox shocks have remote reservoirs

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“The biggest updates on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro happen in the suspension department.”

The biggest updates on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro happen in the suspension department. Gone are the TRD-branded Bilstein shocks, replaced with Fox Racing Shocks. The new Fox dampers are 2.5 inches in diameter and boas 46mm-thick pistons. The front shocks have 11 bypass zones while the rear shocks have 12 zones. Wheel travel is increased by 1.5 inches up front and more than two inches out back.

As for those bypass zones, they control the damping rate. On the front shocks’ 11 zones, seven of them are dedicated for the compression stroke and four for the rebound. During compression (when the wheel is traveling upwards into the fender) each bypass zone provides progressively more damping. In other words, the deeper into the shocks’ travel, the stiffer it becomes.

In practice, this allows for a smooth, comfortable ride on regular roads where the shocks aren’t working hard. On rough terrain and at high speeds where more of the shocks’ travel is utilized, the stiffer they become. This is in an effort to keep the truck off its bump stops, which makes for a hard landing. The same is true for the rear shocks and its 12 bypass zones, with eight being for compressions and four for rebound. The rears also have a 2.5-inch diameter piggyback reservoir for each shock. This holds more oil, which helps keep shock temperatures down during extended off-road driving.


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“Like before, the Tundra’s suspension setup is very similar to the standard TRD Off-Road model”

Like before, the Tundra’s suspension setup is very similar to the standard TRD Off-Road model. The front suspension uses double A-arms with the shock and coil spring combined in a MacPherson strut setup. The rear uses traditional leaf springs on a solid axle with the shocks mounted outboard of the leaf springs.

The truck continues to use Michelin LTX A/T2 tires sized in P275/65R18. The tires offer a good balance between on-road comfort and off-road capabilities, though folks who regularly drive in the dirt might find a more aggressive tire advantageous.

Pricing


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Toyota has not released the pricing for its 2019 Tundra TRD Pro. We’re betting pricing won’t increase too much past the outgoing model. Expect a starting price of around $44,000 for the Double Cab and around $47,000 for the Crew Max.

Toyota will have the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro in showrooms by the end of 2018, so more information will be known then.

The Competition

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel


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Ram has given its 1500-series pickup a complete generational change for 2019, including all the special trim levels like the Rebel. Built to be a hard-core appearance package that backs up its looks with actual performance increases, the Ram Rebel uses 33-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires, boasts an electronic locking rear differential, and is available with Ram’s four-corner air suspension. Those with the standard coil spring suspension can opt for the Mopar 2.0-inch suspension lift kit.

As for its appearance, the Rebel comes with a unique front bumper, grille, hood, and wheels. Inside, red anodized aluminum accents the black interior while the leather-trimmed seats have a tire tread pattern form the Goodyear DuraTracs in their cloth center section.

Power comes from either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with Rams new eTorque system or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 available with or without the eTorque system. The V-6 offers up 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the Hemi kicks out 395 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic powers the rear wheels. Interestingly, 4WD is optional on the Rebel.

Prices for the 2019 Ram 1500 haven’t been announced as of this writing, but like the Tundra TRD Pro, expect them to remain competitive.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel.

Ford F-150 Raptor


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The Ford F-150 Raptor is what started the current trend of high-speed off-roading trucks when it launched back in 2010. Now in its second generation, the Raptor enjoys immense popularity and impressive off-road capabilities. The truck uses 3.0-inch diameter Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners with beefy control arms up front and leaf springs out back.

Power comes from Ford’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The little engine kicks out an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The transfer case is technically a part-time system that can pull full-time 4WD duties when controlled via Ford’s smart Terrain Management software. The driver simply selects the right mode for the terrain at hand and the truck will do the rest.

All this tech is expensive, however, with the 2018 Raptor starting at $50,020 for the SuperCab truck with no options. The SuperCrew model starts at $53,005 and will crest over $73,000 with all the option boxes checked. Ouch!

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Conclusion


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The improvements made to the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro give it more capability off-road while not changing much of its on-road persona. Aside from the minor appearance modifications, the truck generally looks the same. The interior shows no signs of upgrades, either. Still, the truck makes for a great daily driver and weekend toy. Only time will tell if Toyota can keep up with the new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel in both sales and in the dirt. Our bet is Toyota will have a challenging fight on its hands.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will arrive in showrooms toward the end of 2018. More information will become available then, so stick around to TopSpeed.com as that happens.

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    • * Visual changes rather minor
    • * No interior updates
    • * Aging bones

References


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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota has upped the ante with its Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year. The off-road package receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes both cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The move is completely understandable considering how hot the off-road segment is getting these days.

It’s important to understand the Tundra TRD Pro’s place in the market. It competes most directly with the Ram 1500 Rebel, both of which fall short of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s outright ownership of the high-speed desert racing niche. But while Ford is busy making the Raptor an extremely capable but very expensive upgrade to the F-150, both the TRD Pro and Rebel are more obtainable for the everyman. In other words, the Tundra TRD Pro might not match the Raptor’s off-road performance, but it’s also far less expensive.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s 2019 updates push the Tundra TRD Pro beyond what it was capable of from 2015 to 2018.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.

Exterior

  • New TRD Pro grille
  • New hood scoop
  • New LED fog lights from Rigid
  • New 18-inch wheels
  • New headlight design shared with 2018 TRD Sport
  • New Black coating on dual exhaust tips
  • 1/4-inch thick front sid plate with red TRD lettering

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“The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro makes use of the new headlights and integrates the forward-facing radar sensor into a restyled and less bulky TRD Pro grille.”

The current Tundra’s design has been around since 2014 with a very mild update for 2018. The recent change brought reshaped headlights with smoked lenses for certain Tundra models, new grille designs, and Toyota Safety Sense-P for all trims. The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro makes use of the new headlights and integrates the forward-facing radar sensor into a restyled and less bulky TRD Pro grille.

Another big difference is the hood scoop. The Tundra already has that long slot in the hood above the grille, but the new 2019 TRD Pro trim adds a secondary scoop further back. Some might say it looks like an afterthought. Thinking positively, we say it makes the 2019 model easier to spot. It’s worth noting the scoop was first seen on the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport and that it’s not functional.

On a more functional note, the Tundra’s halogen fog lights are swapped out for LED off-road lights from Rigid Industries – the same company that makes the Tacoma TRD Pro’s fog lights and a purveyor of all things LED in the aftermarket.

Combining cosmetic and functional, the Tundra TRD Pro’s front skid plate now has red lettering inside the stamped TRD logo. The aluminum skid plate still measures 1/4-inch thick as before, helping to keep vital powertrain components safe from trail damage. Exposed front tow hooks make vehicle recovery an easier task.


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“They are 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels with an all-new design, five spokes, and a 3.35-pound reduction of mass over the outgoing wheels”

Last but certainly not least, Toyota gave the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro some new shoes. They are 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels with an all-new design, five spokes, and a 3.35-pound reduction of mass over the outgoing wheels. In total, the new wheels cut 13.4 pounds of unsprung weight from the truck.

Interior

  • Retains updated gauges from 2018 Tundra
  • Black leather seats and dash with red contrast stitching
  • TRD Pro emblems on seatbacks and center armrest
  • TRD Pro floor mats
  • TRD shift knob

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“The minor updates from 2018 carry over, including the revised gauge cluster and all the Toyota Safety Sense-P equipment”

Toyota didn’t do much with the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro’s interior. The minor updates from 2018 carry over, including the revised gauge cluster and all the Toyota Safety Sense-P equipment, but otherwise, the differences are nil.

As with previous Tundra TRD Pros, the 2019 version comes with black leather seats with red contrast stitching and the TRD Pro logo embroidered into the seatback. Another logo adorns the center armrest while a TRD-branded shift knob rises from the console. The dash is covered in black leather, too, along with the same red contrast stitching. TRD Pro floor mats finish off the look.

The Tundra TRD Pro offers seating for five in both the Double Cab and Crew Max modes, with the Crew Max boasting limo-like legroom and a nearly flat load floor.

Drivetrain

  • 5.7-liter V-8
  • 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
  • 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Part-time 4WD

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“The big V-8 kicks out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.”

The Tundra soldiers on with its venerable but aging 5.7-liter iForce V-8. The all-aluminum, DOHC engine uses port fuel injection and variable valve timing but lacks modern tech like cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection. Still, the big V-8 kicks out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.

The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. Like other 4WD Tundras, the TRD Pro uses a part-time 4WD system with a two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case. 4WD high range can be selected on the fly and 4WD low range, while requiring a full stop and the transmission to be in neutral, multiplies the engine’s torque for even more low-end power.

The Tundra TRD Pro does not benefit from a traditional locking differential in either the front or rear, but Toyota does include its A-TRAC system. Pressing the traction control button activates the system; individual brake applications keep any one wheel from spinning freely without traction. This causes power to transfer to the opposite horizontal wheel, allowing the truck to continue forward progress.


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“Toyota does make the awesome TRD cat-back dual exhaust a standard feature on the TRD Pro”

Toyota does make the awesome TRD cat-back dual exhaust a standard feature on the TRD Pro. This system makes the V-8’s bellows a wonderfully audible tone, giving the truck a more masculine growl. The exhaust system should help improve horsepower and torque figures, too, though Toyota does not have an official statement on the matter. In our experience, however, the TRD exhaust is one of the most lovable features available on a Tundra.

Fuel economy is a downside here, with the 5.7-liter V-8 only achieving an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway on the 2018 Tundra 4WD Crew Max. We don’t expect those numbers to change for the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro.

Suspension

  • New 2.5-inch Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners
  • 1.5-inches more wheel travel up front
  • More than 2.0 inches more rear wheel travel
  • Rear Fox shocks have remote reservoirs

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“The biggest updates on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro happen in the suspension department.”

The biggest updates on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro happen in the suspension department. Gone are the TRD-branded Bilstein shocks, replaced with Fox Racing Shocks. The new Fox dampers are 2.5 inches in diameter and boas 46mm-thick pistons. The front shocks have 11 bypass zones while the rear shocks have 12 zones. Wheel travel is increased by 1.5 inches up front and more than two inches out back.

As for those bypass zones, they control the damping rate. On the front shocks’ 11 zones, seven of them are dedicated for the compression stroke and four for the rebound. During compression (when the wheel is traveling upwards into the fender) each bypass zone provides progressively more damping. In other words, the deeper into the shocks’ travel, the stiffer it becomes.

In practice, this allows for a smooth, comfortable ride on regular roads where the shocks aren’t working hard. On rough terrain and at high speeds where more of the shocks’ travel is utilized, the stiffer they become. This is in an effort to keep the truck off its bump stops, which makes for a hard landing. The same is true for the rear shocks and its 12 bypass zones, with eight being for compressions and four for rebound. The rears also have a 2.5-inch diameter piggyback reservoir for each shock. This holds more oil, which helps keep shock temperatures down during extended off-road driving.


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“Like before, the Tundra’s suspension setup is very similar to the standard TRD Off-Road model”

Like before, the Tundra’s suspension setup is very similar to the standard TRD Off-Road model. The front suspension uses double A-arms with the shock and coil spring combined in a MacPherson strut setup. The rear uses traditional leaf springs on a solid axle with the shocks mounted outboard of the leaf springs.

The truck continues to use Michelin LTX A/T2 tires sized in P275/65R18. The tires offer a good balance between on-road comfort and off-road capabilities, though folks who regularly drive in the dirt might find a more aggressive tire advantageous.

Pricing


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Toyota has not released the pricing for its 2019 Tundra TRD Pro. We’re betting pricing won’t increase too much past the outgoing model. Expect a starting price of around $44,000 for the Double Cab and around $47,000 for the Crew Max.

Toyota will have the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro in showrooms by the end of 2018, so more information will be known then.

The Competition

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel


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Ram has given its 1500-series pickup a complete generational change for 2019, including all the special trim levels like the Rebel. Built to be a hard-core appearance package that backs up its looks with actual performance increases, the Ram Rebel uses 33-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires, boasts an electronic locking rear differential, and is available with Ram’s four-corner air suspension. Those with the standard coil spring suspension can opt for the Mopar 2.0-inch suspension lift kit.

As for its appearance, the Rebel comes with a unique front bumper, grille, hood, and wheels. Inside, red anodized aluminum accents the black interior while the leather-trimmed seats have a tire tread pattern form the Goodyear DuraTracs in their cloth center section.

Power comes from either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with Rams new eTorque system or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 available with or without the eTorque system. The V-6 offers up 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the Hemi kicks out 395 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic powers the rear wheels. Interestingly, 4WD is optional on the Rebel.

Prices for the 2019 Ram 1500 haven’t been announced as of this writing, but like the Tundra TRD Pro, expect them to remain competitive.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel.

Ford F-150 Raptor


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The Ford F-150 Raptor is what started the current trend of high-speed off-roading trucks when it launched back in 2010. Now in its second generation, the Raptor enjoys immense popularity and impressive off-road capabilities. The truck uses 3.0-inch diameter Fox Racing Shocks at all four corners with beefy control arms up front and leaf springs out back.

Power comes from Ford’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The little engine kicks out an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The transfer case is technically a part-time system that can pull full-time 4WD duties when controlled via Ford’s smart Terrain Management software. The driver simply selects the right mode for the terrain at hand and the truck will do the rest.

All this tech is expensive, however, with the 2018 Raptor starting at $50,020 for the SuperCab truck with no options. The SuperCrew model starts at $53,005 and will crest over $73,000 with all the option boxes checked. Ouch!

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Conclusion


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The improvements made to the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro give it more capability off-road while not changing much of its on-road persona. Aside from the minor appearance modifications, the truck generally looks the same. The interior shows no signs of upgrades, either. Still, the truck makes for a great daily driver and weekend toy. Only time will tell if Toyota can keep up with the new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel in both sales and in the dirt. Our bet is Toyota will have a challenging fight on its hands.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will arrive in showrooms toward the end of 2018. More information will become available then, so stick around to TopSpeed.com as that happens.

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    • * Visual changes rather minor
    • * No interior updates
    • * Aging bones

References


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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Sonata is one of those nameplates that just seems to stick around no matter what. First introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the Hyundai Stellar, the first generation only lasted two years before it got the axe. However, the second generation, which was introduced in 1988, fared far better, finding success in a variety of export markets, including North America and Australia. A third generation arrived in 1993, followed by the fourth in 1999, the fifth in 2004, and the sixth in 2010. The latest seventh generation arrived in New York just last year for the 2018 model year, but the hybridized variant was left conspicuously out of the lineup. Now, the new seventh-gen hybrid has arrived following a debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. While still framed as Hyundai’s near-premium mid-size four-door, this latest generational update brings improvements in the chassis and handling department, plus new exterior and interior bits, new safety features, and new features for connectivity and infotainment. All told, Hyundai is looking to take a more premium approach with the Sonata Hybrid, enhancing it with an upscale appearance, a nicer ride, and better equipment throughout.

Of course, with demand shifted primarily towards the crossover and SUV segment, competition among the sedans is ruthless right now, especially in the near-premium slot. The question is – where will the Sonata excel? Well, the hybrid gear is certainly a tempting proposition, but how good is it really? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Exterior

  • New styling looks great
  • Germanic vibes throughout
  • LED lighting elements with optional high-tech headlights
  • New “eco-spoke” wheels, 16 to 17 inches
  • Reduced Cd improves efficiency

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“The seventh-gen Sonata hybrid brings with it a new exterior styling that definitely sets it apart from the outgoing model. The latest aesthetic is more rounded and sleek than before, almost gaining an Audi-esque vibe overall.”

As you might expect with any major generational changeover, the seventh-gen Sonata hybrid brings with it a new exterior styling that definitely sets it apart from the outgoing model. The latest aesthetic is more rounded and sleek than before, almost gaining an Audi-esque vibe overall. Not that it’s a ripoff of the German make by any means – rather, the new Sonata looks as though it has its own take on an aesthetic we’ve seen elsewhere, namely the German-sourced premium sedans.

Contributing to the cause is a new fascia in front, where the hood, the grille, the fenders, and the headlights are all redesigned for 2018. The hood gains numerous muscle lines that lead the eye rearward, adding a sort of streamlined look to the front end. The reshaped grille is the bit that reminds us the most of an Audi, although on the South Korean vehicle, it’s a whole lot smaller. The trapezoidal shape, though, is unmistakable.

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Note: 2018 Hyundai Sonata pictured on the left, Audi’s Singleframe grille pictured on the right.

The front fenders also get an update, although the character line started in the headlight housings is retained, stretching back into the car’s flanks to become part of the window surround. Speaking of the headlights, the housings are now slimmer in their appearance, ditching the older blocky, almost Mercedes-esque housings of the outgoing model and adopting a drawn-back appearance that reminds us a bit of one of the Sonata’s competitors, the Ford Fusion.

The headlights are clever too, and offer extra tech like a Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) feature when going for the optional LED lighting elements. DBL will actively turn the headlights as go through a bend, illuminating the road ahead in the process. Meanwhile, the LED taillights and LED daytime running lights come as standard.

In the sides, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets some handsome proportions, with a longer hood line, a short rear end, and a gently curving roofline that emphasizes the four-door’s almost coupe-like profile. Here we again find lots of high-end trim bits, including shiny polished trim around the windows and a complimentary character line closer to the ground as well. The door handles also get a brushed metal look to them. New for 2018 are the wheel designs, which get an “eco-spoke” layout that looks to reduce turbulence thanks to wider slabs of alloy. Wheel sizing ranges between 16 and 17 inches in diameter.


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“Step around the rear of the vehicle, and you'll find a new rear fascia and a new rear deck. The tail is rounded in its appearance, while the trailing edge of the trunk is turned upwards in a flick to help it appear a bit sportier.”

Step around the rear of the vehicle, and you’ll find a new rear fascia and a new rear deck. The tail is rounded in its appearance, while the trailing edge of the trunk is turned upwards in a flick to help it appear a bit sportier. A glossy black insert near the pavement visually tightens the rear end, while the taillights wrap around from the rear fenders, looking fancy with their clear inserts offsetting the LED lighting elements.

While the new look is definitely an improvement over the old, it’s surprisingly functional as well. All told, Hyundai managed to reduce the coefficient of drag down to 0.24, which is actually better than the 0.25 Cd you get in the Toyota Prius, all of which should do well the maximize the car’s overall efficiency – definitely the sort of thing you want in a hybrid.

Interior

  • New design for the center stack
  • More traditional three-spoke steering wheel design
  • Optional 8.0-inch color screen
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Qi wireless phone charging
  • Rear sunshade feature
  • Substantial amount of cargo room
  • Loads of advanced safety technology features

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“To coincide with the fresh exterior updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also gets a slew of updates to the interior spec and layout as well”

To coincide with the fresh exterior updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also gets a slew of updates to the interior spec and layout as well. These include a new instrument panel center stack design, and although the previous model’s three-tier approach is retained (HVAC inputs on the bottom, infotainment buttons in the middle, and infotainment screen above between two air vents), the surrounds and trim bits are updated in a meaningful way. The same is true for the steering wheel, which now gets a more traditional three-spoke layout for the 2018 model year. The steering wheel is also offered with an available heating feature, if desired.

Moving past the layout updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with a solid selection of infotainment features, both new and updated. For example, the audio and navigation system now include a Bird’s Eye View map perspective, and buyers can get theirs with an optional 8.0-inch color touchscreen. As a compliment to the navigation system, the Sonata comes with loads of modern smartphone support, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as auxiliary inputs for your iPod and USB connected devices.

There’s also SiriusXM satellite radio for extra entertainment, and Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and phone book transfer for added utility. If you decide to get the navigation-equipped 8.0-inch screen, it’ll come with a split-screen operation feature that’ll keep both the map and the music on screen at once – great for multitasking, if you’re a passenger. It’ll also let you record and rewind up to 22 minutes of a given broadcast, just in case you want to relive an important sportscast moment or catch some important news. Or if you just want to hear that one song again.

Further infotainment features include SiriusXM Travel Link, which provides traffic info, sports news, weather forecasts, and fuel prices, among other things. The Sonata is also optionally available with a nine-speaker stereo from Infinity, which includes an external amp and a sub-woofer to really bump the tunes.


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“The Sonata is also optionally available with a nine-speaker stereo from Infinity, which includes an external amp and a sub-woofer to really bump the tunes.”

Speaking of traffic, the Sonata also gets the HERE HD Traffic feature with real-time updates as part of a no-pay subscription service. There’s also a three-year complimentary subscription to Blue Link, which offers a variety of Connected Car features for both remote control and extra guidance. A list of the services includes Remote Start with climate control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. The app can be accessed from your smartphone or your smartwatch.

A Qi wireless phone charging system comes with models equipped with navigation. There’s also now an extra USB charge port in the rear. An electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold comes as part of the package, and there’s an Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat and side mirrors. The rear windows get a sunshade feature, and the front seats are ventilated, complemented by power adjusting settings that include electric settings for the lumbar support.

Hyundai also says the hybrid model’s battery is mounted under the trunk floor, which provides a flat trunk floor as a result. That means the Sonata Hybrid still has a good amount of utility, and you can still load up and unload without too much trouble. Space in the rear is rated at 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room, while the whole package gets a segment-best total interior volume of 106.1 cubic feet. To enhance the car’s interior space, the rear bench gets a 60/40 split, and there’s an available Hands-free Smart Trunk feature as well.


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“The Sonata Hybrid has a good amount of utility, and the flat load floor means you can carry lots of stuff without too much trouble.”

In terms of safety and convenience, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts with a standard rear-view camera, as well as a standard blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert and Lane Change Assist. That’s all important stuff too, as technology and equipment in this segment can often determine the front-runners from the back markers.

The blind-spot monitor uses warning lights in the side-view mirrors to indicate a possible hazard. The system can also determine the closing speed of traffic coming up in an adjacent lane, and if a speeding car is detected, it issues an auditory warning. The lane-change assist uses forward-facing camera to do its duties. According to Hyundai, “If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning on the instrument cluster illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.”

“Space in the rear is rated at 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room, while the whole package gets a segment-best total interior volume of 106.1 cubic feet.”

There’s also an optional Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist system, and an automatic high-beam assist as well. A Smart Cruise Control with start/stop feature keeps it all as efficient as possible, all of which is well appreciated in the segment. Finally, as a means of rounding out the safety gear, the Sonata gets seven standard airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS, and a TPMS. All pretty standard stuff, really.

Drivetrain

  • Both standard Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models available
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder ICE burns the gas
  • Electric motor is mounted inside the six-speed automatic transmission
  • Upwards of 202 horsepower in net output
  • Plug-in offers 27 miles of all-electric range
  • Standard Hybrid offers 650 miles of range (including gas)
  • Not exactly fast, but still provides solid low-speed shove

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“Of course, while sleek exterior styling and a healthy amount of tech in the cabin are all well and good, the thing that really set the Sonata Hybrid apart it what it's got going on under the hood.”

Of course, while sleek exterior styling and a healthy amount of tech in the cabin are all well and good, the thing that really set the Sonata Hybrid apart it what it’s got going on under the hood. This include the option between both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Let’s start with the hybrid, which burns the dino juice through a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine. Mated to the ’four is a six-speed automatic transmission, but this isn’t just any normal slush box. Mounted inside the gearbox is a 38-kW electric motor and clutch rather than a traditional torque converter. Hyundai calls this the Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device, or TMED, and it’s intended to provide crisp power delivery, as well as lots of mpg at the pump. The transmission also uses an electric oil pump for even better efficiency. Put it into all-electric mode, and the Sonata Hybrid will decouple the gas engine from the drivetrain, enabling it to go as fast as 75 mph on electrons alone.

Specs include 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque for the Nu four-cylinder’s output levels, while the electric motor makes 38 kW, 51 horsepower, and 151 pound-feet of torque all by itself. Total output for the entire hybrid system comes to 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai also estimates it’ll return as much as 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which comes to 42 mpg combined – not too shabby, if you ask us. Providing the all-electric juice is a lithium-ion battery pack rated at 1.76 kWh. With a primed battery pack and a topped-off gas tank, the Sonata will go 650 miles before requiring a refill.


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“Hyundai estimates the Hybrid will return as much as 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which comes to 42 mpg combined – not too shabby, if you ask us.”

Now lets check out the plug-in hybrid model, which offers more all-electric range than the standard Hybrid model. Hyundai says the Plug-in will provide upwards of 27 miles in local emissions-free driving on a full battery, which, again, is pretty solid, and could definitely fulfill the daily commute needs of many a buyer. Helping it accomplish that EV range is a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which happens to be five times larger than the battery in the non-plug-in Sonata Hybrid.

When plugging the Sonata into a level-two charging point, the sedan can top off its battery in just three hours. Hyundai says “It offers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a hybrid gasoline engine, perfect for long trips, with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting.”

We agree. Total range for the plug-in, which includes burning of the fossil fuels comes to 590 miles. The discrepancy here between the Plug-in and standard Hybrid is most likely due to the Plug’s smaller fuel tank, which sees a downsizing to make up for the extra space taken up by the larger battery pack. For reference, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in gets a 14.5-gallon tank, while the standard Hybrid model gets a 15.9-gallon tank.


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“Like the standard Hybrid, the Plug-in also uses a six-speed automatic transmission, which once again comes equipped with that previously mentioned TMED device for electric motivation.”

Like the standard Hybrid, the Plug-in also uses a six-speed automatic transmission, which once again comes equipped with that previously mentioned TMED device for electric motivation. This time around, though, the plug-in’s electric motor is rated at 50 kW and offers 32 percent more power than the standard Hybrid model, which “allows EV operation at higher engine load and speed.” On the internal combustion side of the equation is a 2.0-liter Nu gas burning engine, which produces 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Total system output is rated at 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, which is a modest increase over the standard Hybrid. However, we’re willing to bet the larger battery pack and more powerful motor will help the plug-in feel much more powerful thanks to oodles of low-end shove.

Chassis And Handling

  • Stiffer rear components improve the ride quality
  • Better steering feel livens up the experience a bit

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When it comes to premium appearances, the way a sedan rides is crucial. To that end, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata gets a few tweaks to the suspension to give it that smooth sailing feel on the road. This includes a stiffer front anti-roll bar and a more rigid rear trailing arm design. The bushings were also tuned for better response and the steering assistance was re-calibrated for more feel. And although the Sonata isn’t exactly our first choice when it comes to any activity one could consider “sporty,” these enhancements should do well to make the Sonata slightly more interesting to drive.

Of course, it bears mentioning that if extra performance is what you really want from your Sonata, Hyundai is offering a sport-tuned suspension on the ICE-only, 245-horsepower Sport and Limited trim levels. Just sayin’.

Prices


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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata will roll off the production line in Asan, South Korea. The hybrid will be available by the first quarter of 2018, followed by the plug-in hybrid in the second quarter of 2018.

Exact pricing is not yet available, but expect figures close to those seen with the outgoing model. For reference, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes for $26,000, while the Plug-in is priced at a much more expensive $34,600.

Competition

Ford Fusion Hybrid


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Right off the bat, the Ford Fusion Hybrid looks to be a solid competitor for the Sonata, down to the exterior aesthetic similarities. The same goes for the equipment, with LEDs used for the Fusion’s exterior lighting bits, plus optional equipment that includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the dash, leather upholstery, and a few safety techs that come as standard on the Sonata (lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, etc.). Power is derived from a 2.0-liter four-banger making 141 horses and an electric motor making 118 horses. Pricing starts at $25,295.

Read our full review on the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Toyota Camry Hybrid


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If Hyundai is gonna do well in this segment, it’s gonna need to take on one of the best-selling cars of all time – the Camry. Toyota sells these things in droves, and its even got a hybrid iteration to boot. While we think the Hyundai looks better than the grille-tastic Toyota, the Camry still gets loads of equipment, a nice interior, and 208 horsepower from a hybrid 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder powerplant. A continuously variable transmission ekes out every last mpg. Pricing starts at $27,800.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Conclusion


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“This is one Hyundai that's definitely worth checking out.”

Overall, this latest from Hyundai looks to be quite the nice package. We like the new styling, and feel it strikes a balance between unique aesthetic and crowd-pleasing generalities. The tweaks inside are also well-appreciated, and the equipment line-up is generous for the segment. Throw in the very usable storage space and solid engine line-up, and this is one Hyundai that’s definitely worth checking out.

Of course, rival products from Ford and Toyota are also strong contenders, offering their own benefits and advantages over the Sonata. That said, we feel the Hyundai is focused on all the right areas, and it’s a good bargain, which is important in the growing hybrid segment. The plug-in might be a bit on the pricey side, but it’s right in line with what we expect to pay to eke out extra miles. Overall, the Sonata Hybrid feels and acts like a normal sedan, even with the extra tech on board, and that makes it quite attractive.

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    • * Plug-in model is just a little pricey
    • * Strong rivals from other major makes
    • * Sedans not as popular these days

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Durango SRT By Mopar

SUV fans have been clamoring for a beefed-up version of the Durango SRT ever since Dodge launched the Challenger Hellcat. But it has yet to happen as of 2018. And I really don’t think that it will change anytime soon. Jeep is already offering the Cherokee Trackhawk above the SRT model, and I’m pretty sure FCA doesn’t want a re-bodied version of this model with a Dodge badge. But, if you’re not a Cherokee fan and you want a Durango SRT with a few special features, you’re going to have to settle for the Mopar upgrade that was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Mopar-made bundles for the Dodge Durango is nothing new; we’ve seen them in the past. But these new packages are a bit more comprehensive and include updates for both the exterior and interior, as well as the drivetrain. There’s no extra power to talk about, and this might be disappointing for some, but the performance exhaust and suspension are just enough to set Durango SRT apart from its standard siblings. And the body stripes and carbon-fiber trim add a certain degree of sportiness you don’t get in many SUVs.

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What makes the Dodge Durango SRT By Mopar special


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“The dual-center stripes remind me of high-performance Mopars from the golden era of muscle cars”

These new Mopar features don’t turn the Durango into a more aggressive SUV, but they add a sportier twist to the already beefed-up SRT. Visually, it’s the “go-fast” stripes that catch the eye. Running across the entire length of the vehicle, but around the big NACA duct vent on the hood, the dual-center stripes remind me of high-performance Mopars from the golden era of muscle cars. It’s safe to say that this is what Dodge was aiming for all along. Five color options are available, including Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss (metallic), Low Gloss Black, Sterling Silver (metallic). The black stripes seem to have a carbon-fiber-like pattern, which is really cool.

Interior upgrades aren’t extensive either. Mopar only offers a new SRT Interior Appearance Group, which features a premium-wrapped instrument panel, Dinamica soft-touch headliner, and accent paint on speaker trim rings. The bundle also adds authentic carbon-fiber trim on the dashboard and the door panels. Far from impressive, but at least the SRT already comes with a wide range of exclusive features.


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“The Durango SRT can be fitted with a new performance lowering spring kit enhances high-speed cornering”

Under the hood, the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine remains unaltered at 475 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but it gets a performance exhaust system for improved flow and a more aggressive sound. Made from chromium stainless steel for improved corrosion resistance, it also uses stainless steel band-style clamps for tight seals, and welded and polished four-inch tips for sportier performance. Dodge doesn’t say whether the new exhaust actually improved horsepower figures, but it will definitely make your Durango sound meaner.

Finally, the Durango SRT can be fitted with a new performance lowering spring kit enhances high-speed cornering stability and consistency. The new springs lower the SUV by an average of 15 mm (0.6 inches) closer to the road, which improves handling. Performance gains include less rear-end squat during acceleration, less nose-dive under braking, and reduced body roll while cornering.

So how much do these updates cost? The stripes will set you back $1,195, while the interior upgrade fetches $2,495. The performance exhaust comes in at $1,850, while lowering spring kit is very affordable at $325. Overall, it will cost you $5,865 to Moparize your Durango SRT. This converts to a final sticker of $68,860 for the SUV.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chicago Auto Show – Worst In Show

Truth be told, this year’s Chicago Auto Show brought out a lot of good stuff. We even cataloged the best of the best right here in a convenient list format, just in case you wanted to see what we’re on about. But, given CAS’s positioning between the Detroit Auto Show and Geneva Motor Show, events considered to be two of the most important auto shows in the domestic and international markets respectively, there’s always bound to be a few throwaway debuts in Chi Town. And that’s exactly what we saw in 2018, where the big makes brought out disappointments that included an update which was basically a rehash, plus a pair of yawn-worthy new crossover trim levels. Hell, there was even an entire booth that had us scratching our heads as to why it was there. So put on your troll face and click on as we explore the worst in show at CAS 2018.

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The “New” Fiat 500


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There’s a lot to like about the Fiat 500. It’s small and stylish, with just the right measurements and aesthetic to tackle the rigors of urban driving. So when Fiat announced it was bringing the turbo 1.4-liter MultiAir engine to the entire 500 line, our first reaction was a positive one. Because of course, who wouldn’t want forced induction motivation on a platform like this, right? After all, it works so well for the Abarth…

“As it turns out, the turbo four-banger in question is actually four years old, first dropping on the 500 Turbo model back in 2013.”

Not so fast. As it turns out, the turbo four-banger in question is actually four years old, first dropping on the 500 Turbo model back in 2013. Output is more or less identical to what we saw back then, topping out at 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Granted, that’s a massive 34 ponies and 52 pound-feet over the naturally aspirated powerplant it replaces, but it leaves us asking why Fiat didn’t just keep the turbo ’four as standard from the start.

To compound the issue, Fiat says the new 500 arrives with a “sportier appearance,” but we’re struggling to see it. Sure, there’s a few tweaks to the front and rear fascias, new fog lamps, and a subtle roof spoiler, but to our eyes, it’s pretty much the same Italian sub-compact we’ve seen in the past.

At least it still sounds great, right?

Read our full story on the turbo 2018 Fiat 500C.

Chevrolet Traverse RS


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Over the course of the past few years, Chicago has established itself as a popular venue to debut both new trim levels and new crossovers. With the Chevy Traverse RS, we got both.

This latest RS kicks off with the traditional round of black trim upgrades, including dark finishes for the grille, window surrounds, and roof rails. In the corners, you’ll find 20-inch wheels in a Dark Android gun metal finish. All told, the aesthetic changes improve the look, although we’re struggling to figure out why Chevy didn’t offer it like this from the factory. Strike one.

While the new trim bits are to be expected, Chevy also felt the need to introduce a new turbocharged engine spec with the model. Mounted under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, with output routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission, all of which hits the ground through the front wheels exclusively. Compared to the 3.6-liter V-6 option, that’s a gain of 29 pound-feet, but a loss of a whopping 53 ponies. Strike two.

“Compared to the 3.6-liter V-6 option, that's a gain of 29 pound-feet, but a loss of a whopping 53 ponies.”

In our opinion, the new engine definitely makes the Traverse RS a better daily driver, but at the end of the day, there’s really nothing sporty at all about this mid-size SUV. In reality, it just feels like Chevy is changing up the configuration and adding performance cues to see if it can squeeze out a few more sales, and that’s a strike three. Instead, we think the Bow Tie should reserve the RS “Rally Sport” connotation for its more exciting models. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again – adding black trim does not make something a sports car!

Read our full story on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS.

Ford Edge Titanium Elite


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Following the reveal of the performance-minded Edge ST in Detroit, Ford brought out a new trim level for the popular crossover in Chicago, introducing a prim and proper luxury version dubbed the Titanium Elite. Updates include further body-colored trim pieces, a “premium” skid plate, and unique 20-inch wheels. There’s also a few bits and bobs in the interior as well. The rest of the mechanical spec goes unchanged.

It definitely makes sense. After all, Ford has seen an uptick in top-trim level sales as of late, so why not just add another option for consumers to pick through? Thing is, we’re not really digging the Titanium Elite. The upgrades are just so, well, lame – I mean, a premium skid plate? Seriously? We all knew the vast majority of off-roader design cues on modern SUVs and crossovers were nothing more than aesthetics, but this is getting out of hand, don’tcha think?

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The Entire Maserati Booth


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Auto shows are expensive, but if it means getting a ton of eyeballs on a new product, the high costs might be worth it. Unfortunately for Maserati, the Italian brand really hasn’t had anything new to offer since it revealed the Levante SUV at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2016. Regardless, Maserati still felt it was necessary to attend Chicago with its full lineup.

Seriously, why even bother to show up, Maserati? We’ve already see all these things before, and the updates you’re touting as model refreshes are so small, we can barely even notice them. To be honest, you’re copping this haughty, Ferrari-esque attitude, which would be fine if, you know, you were actually Ferrari.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chicago Auto Show – Best In Show

Tucked between the domestic frenzy that is the Detroit Auto Show and the international insanity of the Geneva Motor Show, the Chicago Auto Show (CAS) is a bit of an oddball on the auto show circuit schedule. Despite this, CAS is still the best-attended auto show in the States, regularly drawing over a million attendees ready to feast upon a cornucopia of fresh metal. Once again, the automakers have obliged, offering up a healthy selection of debuts for the new year, and in response, we’ve assembled a list of the best from this year’s Chicago Auto Show right here for your enjoyment. In addition to the latest production models and updates, we also threw in some highly desirable upgrades and even a few random old-school rides to ogle along the way. Read on for more.

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Volkswagen Arteon


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First seen at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the Arteon is now arriving stateside with a debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Offered as Volkswagen’s latest upscale compact sedan, the Arteon gets a four-door fastback profile that’s loaded with tons of little visual details, which is quite the departure from the ultra-understated aesthetic we usually get from the German automaker. Under the skin is the latest MQB architecture, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is added under the hood. Output is rated at 270 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Inside is a premium interior, with top-shelf materials and an Audi-esque layout. Tech like a digital cockpit, a heads-up display, and a 9.2-inch infotainment screen with gesture control make the list of optional equipment.

“The Arteon is among the coolest cars there and a bit of a surprise,” says TopSpeed’s Ciprian Florea. It’s not often we enjoy VW’s efforts in this segment, but this time, we think the brand did it right.

Read our full review of the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon.

Factory Options That Kick Ass And Won’t Void Your Warranty


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Vehicle customization is as popular as ever, and Chicago drove the point home with a variety of tricked-out trucks and SUVs in Chicago – all with factory-approved parts that won’t void your warranty.

First up is a new lift kit from Nissan, which adds inches to the ride height of its Titan and Titan XD pickup trucks. The kit comes from Icon Vehicle Dynamics, a well-known parts maker in the off-road community, and it boosts the Titan a full 3 inches when it’s all said and done. You can have it installed right at your local Nissan dealer in about four hours, and it comes with adjustable coilovers, custom rod end bearings, and special upper ball joints. What’s more, it’s all bolt-on components, so you can swap it out if you decide to sell your truck or give it up at the end of your lease.

Up next is a slew of upgrades from Mopar, which debuted new parts for the Dodge Durango SUV and Ram 1500 pick-up truck in Chicago. The Ram showed its stuff on the show floor with a 2-inch lift, huge wheels and tires, new fender flares in flat black, a cargo system up top, and a step-up at the side, plus all-weather mats in the cabin matched with Katskin leather upholstery.


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“And given Mopar is Chrysler's go-to go-faster division, you better believe Chicago brought a splash of extra performance stuff as well.”

The Durango three-row SUV also gets leather upholstery (either in red or in black), as well as soft-touch surfaces throughout, plus carbon fiber trim. Outside, you’ll find a set of racing stripes in one of five colors, which really enhances the SUV’s visual aggression.

And given Mopar is Chrysler’s go-to go-faster division, you better believe Chicago brought a splash of extra performance stuff as well, including lowered suspension bits for the Durango that cut 0.6 inches from the ride height, and a high-flow exhaust that’s sure to add a nice throaty growl out back. The same goes for the Ram, which gets a new intake and exhaust, all in the name of extra aural pleasure and a few newfound ponies to boot.

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Toyota TRD Pro Lineup Gets Some Love


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Toyota also got in on the off-roading fun in Chicago, offering up a variety of updates to its TRD-branded trucks and SUVs. Previewed prior to the show by a single pic depicting a dusty, snorkel-wearing Tacoma blasting through the dunes, Toyota brought along new gear for the Tundra and 4Runner as well.

Unfortunately, the Taco was the only model of the three to get the snorkel, which is great for enhancing river wading depth, but also is used to keep the intake away from the dirt and grit that has a habit of flying around when attacking the great outdoors.

Still, we like what we see from all three of these vehicles. The big-ticket items are the new 2.5-inch Fox shocks, which come with piggyback reservoirs in case the trails gets really rough. With the new parts installed, the Tacoma gets a 1-inch lift, plus specs like three rebound and five compression zones in front, and four rebound and seven compression zones in the rear.

Meanwhile, the Tundra gets a 2-inch lift and up to 2 inches of extra suspension travel as well. Rounding out the package are new skid plates and upgraded high-intensity headlights.

Of course, it bears mentioning that Toyota might have some hard-hitting competition just over the horizon. “Toyota made waves updating the TRD Pro line,” says our resident truck expert Mark McNabb, “but none of them can compete with rivals like the F-150 Raptor, the Jeep Wrangler, the Chevy Colorado ZR2, or the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor.”

Ya hear that Toyota? Consider the gauntlet thrown.

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Hyundai i30 N TCR Race Car


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This wouldn’t be a true TopSpeed Best of List if we didn’t include at least one ridiculously fast machine, right?

Taking the honor this time around is a pumped-up Hyundai hatchback, which looks ready to roll and take on all challengers in the Touring Car Racing class of the Pirelli World Challenge race series this year. The story is that Hyundai is teaming up with Bryan Herta Autosport to sponsor a pair of racers in the popular series, and as such, this thing is nothing less than a full competition-spec racer. It’s got a stripped-out interior, a full roll cage, enormous rear aero, slick-shod lightweight wheels, and a fire extinguisher system as well. Making it go is the same 2.0-liter four-banger you’d find in the road car, but this time around, it comes with a re-tuned ECU and supporting mods, all of which conspire to crank up output to 350 ponies, far exceeding the 271 ponies you get in the top-trim road car. Routed through a six-speed sequential gearbox, you can bet this thing is an absolute rocket ship.

Unfortunately, Hyundai isn’t offering the i30 N to stateside consumers, but hopefully its presence in the TCR class will inspire customers to explore the brand’s sportier side.

Read the full story on the Hyundai i30 N TCR Race Car.

1968 Subaru 360


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Yeah, we know this isn’t exactly a “fresh debut,” but we just had to include it in this list. Why you ask? Well, just look at it! The Subaru 360 is one of the six-star brand’s very first products and its 12 different shades of weird. For starters, it’s tiny, with dimensions that’ll make a modern Mini double-check the nearest mirror. It’s also got suicide doors and a curb weight of just 900 pounds. Hell, when it arrived in the States, it was even advertised as “Cheap and Ugly.”

We could go on and on about the quirkiness of the Subaru 360. It’s a true oddball, and because of that, we love it.

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The Original Batmobile


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Consider this an extra double bonus for ’ya. Straight out of the ’60s, it doesn’t get much more iconic than the original Batmobile. Designed by the legendary George Barris, this black-and-red crime fighter is actually an adaptation of a Ford concept car called Lincoln Futura, which was created ten years prior by Ghia of Italy. Fast forward to 1965, and as ABC was gearing up to shoot the show, it needed a proper car to do so. The network went to Barris to accomplish the task, but with only three weeks to complete the project, he decided to reuse the Futura, which he happened to purchase from Ford for $1, and the rest is history.

Stay tuned for a full written review on this awesome machine. Same TopSpeed time, same TopSpeed channel!

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PostHeaderIcon Tuscany Brings Two Modified Ford F-150s to 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Ford didn’t limit itself to regular production vehicles at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Rather, it invited Tuscany to participate in the fun. Tuscany is an independent aftermarket coachbuilder that contracts with Ford to upgrade trucks with special packages and performance modifications before selling them at Ford dealerships and covered under Ford’s new-vehicle warranty.

Well, Tuscany brought two Shelby-branded trucks to the show – both of which are lifted 4WD modes, but with very different personalities.

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2018 Ford F-150 Shelby by Tuscany


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“The biggest upgrade, however, is found under the hood”

This truck started life as a 2018 F-150 Super Crew with the Lariat trim package and 5.0-liter V-8. Tuscany then modified the brand new truck by adding a BDS suspension lift, 20-inch wheels wrapped in BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, upgraded Fox Racing Shocks, and several unique pieces of bodywork that include a new wire-mesh grille, functional ram air hood scoop, fender flares, Shelby graphics, and a tonneau cover.

The biggest upgrade, however, is found under the hood. Tuscany added a Shelby supercharger and high-flow fuel injectors to the 5.0-liter V-8. It takes the relatively docile 395 horsepower and cranks it to 755 horsepower. Combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission and stout 3.73 final drive ratio, this truck can undoubtedly move.


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“This particular conversion costs $46,470 – and that’s on top of the F-150’s cost.”

While we’re not terribly big fans of the outlandish exterior upgrades, the extra horsepower is unquestionably a big plus, especially considering the upgrades don’t void the F-150’s warranty. For those who really like the truck, Tuscany sells its upgraded F-150s through local Ford dealerships. Be prepared to pony up some hefty cash, though. This particular conversion costs $46,470 – and that’s on top of the F-150’s cost. This particular truck originally cost $61,495 and now costs a whopping $107,965.

2018 Ford F-150 Shelby Baja Raptor by Tuscany


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“Tuscany had its way, however, and now the truck looks like a Hot Wheels model.”

Like the truck above, this truck started life as a convention 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor with nothing special about it. Tuscany had its way, however, and now the truck looks like a Hot Wheels model.

The truck rides on a Shelby suspension lift with 18-inch alloy wheel sand BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires. The Raptor’s front bumper is replaced with a Shelby steel bumper with LED off-road lights and shackle mounts. The hood also gets the Tuscany touch with the functional ram air hood scoop.

Tuscany added Shelby graphics to the rocker panels, along with Amp Research power running boards. The bed also got plenty of attention thanks to a sports bar with off-road lights and mounts for two spare tires. The rear bumper is also steel with LED lighting and shackle mounts for off-road recovery situations. Red and white Shelby decals adorn the windshield, rear fenders, and tailgate for that one-off look. Inside, the truck features embroidered leather seats with the Shelby Baja Raptor logo.


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“This particular conversion costs $49,295 on top of the truck’s original MSRP of $68,165”

Of course, Tuscany didn’t leave the Raptor’s 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost V-6 alone. It took the twin-turbo V-6 from 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque to a whopping 525 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque.

Naturally, such modifications don’t come cheap. This particular conversion costs $49,295 on top of the truck’s original MSRP of $68,165. That brings the grand total to a spit-take worthy $117,460. Ouch!

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PostHeaderIcon We Found a Bunch of Cool Classic Cars at the Chicago Auto Show

When you’re a full-blown gearhead, each auto show, no matter how small, is a reason to celebrate the wonderful world of cars. However, when an event such as the Chicago Auto Show comes right after Detroit, the year’s first major show, things aren’t that exciting. Although there are a few cool cars worth mentioning, such as the Volkswagen Arteon, trucks from Ram and Toyota TRD, and a race-spec Hyundai i30 N, Chicago was packed with cars we’ve seen before and not-so-impressive limited-edition models. Fortunately, this year’s event also included a big display of vintage vehicles.

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It’s always cool to see so many classic cars in one spot. I don’t about you, but it takes me back in time to an era when automobile design was more about the looks than the aerodynamics. It also reminds me of the good old days when big-displacement engines were the norm. Not that I’m against eco-friendly and fuel-efficient drivetrains, but big fins, spacious interiors, and big V-8 engines make a great combination. And there’s plenty of that in Chicago, especially in the Klairmont Kollection that’s on display here.


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“Created by Gary Fioto, this thing looked as if it came from another world back in the 1950s”

Make sure you don’t miss it if you like big luxury cars from the 1930s to the 1960s and be on the lookout for a few unique vehicles, such as the 1955 Ford Beatnik Bubble Top. Created by Gary Fioto, this thing looked as if it came from another world back in the 1950s thanks to its lexan bubble roof, sculpted fenders and wheel covers, aggressive fins, and the big engine popping through the hood. The one-off Ford is estimated to worth around $300,000 and you probably won’t get to see it anywhere else anytime soon.


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“Then there's the incredible Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe, a massive two-door that puts the iconic Bugatti Atlantic to shame”

Then there’s the incredible Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe, a massive two-door that puts the iconic Bugatti Atlantic to shame. Built in 1937 with a unique body, it features a massive 7.3-liter V-12 engine rated at 165 horsepower. It’s equipped with independent front suspension and semi-elliptic rear springs, centralized chassis lubrication system, automatic shock absorbers with over-riding hand controls, and servo-operated brakes, which made it pretty high-tech back in the day. And it’s worth close to $1 million nowadays!


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“If you're into wagons, make sure you check out the 12-seat Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview”

If you’re into wagons, make sure you check out the 12-seat Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview, but there’s also a finely restored Lincoln Continental from the 1940s. You’ll also find a Batmobile, a 1970 Ford Mustang convertible, and a big batch of old police cars. It definitely makes a trip to the Chicago Auto Show worthwhile. Check out the gallery for more photos.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Celebrates 50 Years In The U.S. Market With Special Editions, But We’re Digging This 360 Instead

This year at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru made its presence known with a long line of special edition models. There’s eight of them in total, encompassing almost every entry in Subaru’s stable, and each comes with special paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheels. All told, we think it’s a rather half-hearted batch of upgrades. Still, there was one car at the Subaru booth that definitely caught our eye – this 1968 Subaru 360. Read on to find out why we like it so much.

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“The 360 was one of the first cars Subaru ever made. Nicknamed the “ladybug” in its native Japan, the 360 followed the old “kei” car tradition of small dimensions and low weight.”

The 360 was one of the first cars Subaru ever made, with production lasting between 1958 and 1971, which, all things considered, is a pretty impressive run. Nicknamed the “ladybug” in its native Japan, the 360 followed the old “kei” car tradition, and was part of the nation’s efforts towards widespread adoption of the automobile following the devastation of WWII.

The 360 is essentially a two-door microcar created specifically for the rigors of city travel, with a simplified design and tiny dimensions. And when we say tiny, we mean tiny – compared to a modern Smart Fortwo, the 360 is both narrower and shorter, plus its got a shorter wheelbase as well (the rounded body work makes it a bit longer overall, though).


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Exterior Dimension Comparison Subaru 360 Smart Fortwo
Width 1,300 mm (51.2 inches) 1,663 mm (65.5 inches)
Height 1,379 mm (54.3 inches) 1,555 mm (61.2 inches)
Length 2,990 mm (117.7 inches) 2,695 mm (106.1 inches)
Wheelbase 1,801 mm (70.9 inches) 1,873 mm (73.7 inches)

While the 360 was doing well at home, it took about a decade for it to make the journey across the Pacific. Taking responsibility for that was Malcolm Bricklin, who, in 1968, founded Subaru of America in Philadelphia. Bricklin was interested in selling the 360 to U.S. buyers, and after a bit of legal maneuvering, he finally struck a deal to import some 10,000 examples in the late ’60s. Advertised as “Cheap and Ugly,” the 360 was priced at a bargain-beating $1,297.


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“Advertised as “Cheap and Ugly,” the 360 was priced at a bargain-beating $1,297.”

The 360 name is a reference to the engine’s displacement, which is rated at a minuscule 356 cc, or 0.356 liters. The engine is mounted transversely in the rear, and uses air cooling and a two-stroke, inline 2-cylinder design. And because it was a two-stroke, owners were required to pre-mix the oil with the gasoline. As such, Subaru designed the fuel tank lid to act as a measuring cup to help owners find the right proportion of gas to oil. How frickin’ quirky is that?! Thankfully, by 1964, the “Subarumatic” auto-mixing system was introduced to make operation of the 360 a bit more convenient.

Per Japan’s weight regulations regarding kei cars, the 360 tips the scales at just 900 pounds. It uses a monocoque construction, rather than a unibody, as well as a fiberglass roof panel, all of which helps to keep the pounds off. It also incorporates an independent swing axle rear suspension, another weight-saving measure.

Ingress and egress is accomplished by rear-hinged suicide doors. Once inside, passengers would find a layout befitting of the simplified theme, including split front bench seating and a full metal dash. Later models added padding to the dash, as well as an open glove box, pop-out rear quarter windows, and map pockets. Subaru also added controls on the floor for the choke, the heater, and the fuel cut-off.


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“With the three-speed transmission routing the two-cylinder's maximum output of 16 horsepower, the 360 could reach a top speed of 60 mph in a little under 40 seconds.”

The two-cylinder engine connected to a three-speed manual transmission to feed the rear axle, although later models were offered with a four-speed manual and a three-speed “Autoclutch” that replaced the third pedal with a self-operating electromagnet unit. With the three-speed transmission routing the two-cylinder’s maximum output of 16 horsepower, the 360 could reach a top speed of 60 mph in a little under 40 seconds. Subaru claimed fuel returns of 66 mpg, but independent outlets saw numbers around 30 mpg.

By the end of its production run, the 360 enjoyed incremental increases to output, peaking at 25 horsepower. There was also a twin-carbureted engine option offering up a whopping 36 horsepower, which meant the plucky little 356 cc powerplant was making an impressive 100 horsepower per liter.

In addition to the two-door hardtop body style, Subaru also offered the 360 as a wagon, a.k.a. the Custom, and a convertible, with the latter being essentially a coupe with a rolling fabric roof. Subaru even offered a pair of sport models dubbed the Young S and Young SS. The Young S came with a four-speed transmission, bucket seats, a tachometer, and a black roof with a white stripe, plus a roof crease to mount your surfboard. Finally, the Young SS offered up that previously mentioned 36-horsepower engine option.


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“The extremely low curb weight meant the 360 was exempt from U.S. safety regulations, and during crash tests, it provided about the same level of protection as a coffee can.”

While the Subaru 360 was similar to the VW Beetle in a variety of ways, it was also smaller and less powerful. As a result, it was less popular in the U.S. The extremely low curb weight also meant it was exempt from U.S. safety regulations, and during crash tests, it provided about the same level of protection as a coffee can. To compound the issue, Consumer Reports noted that the suicide doors would occasionally open when traveling at speed due to the wind. As you might imagine, sales weren’t great after these issues came to light.

Nevertheless, the 360 was a huge success in Japan, with production reaching an impressive 392,000 units over the course of its 13-year production run. These days, the 360 remains a popular oddity among collectors, and despite all its faults (or maybe because of them), we think it’s awesome.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Gets an Update For The 2018MY

Two years after unveiling the Mazda MX-5 RF at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda is giving the raunchy sports car a new update ahead of its 2018MY release. The updates are subtle, but with a car like the MX-5 RF, even the smallest of changes can go a long way in giving the sports car a fresh perspective in the eyes of prospective customers.


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“Each of these trims has something new to offer, including the addition of keyless entry and heated cloth sports seats in the Club trims.”

For the 2018MY, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF will feature four trim levels: Club, Club with Brembo/BBS Package, Grand Touring, and Grand Touring with Auburn Nappa later. Each of these trims has something new to offer, including the addition of keyless entry and heated cloth sports seats in the Club trims.

Should you decide to get manual transmission version of the MX-5 RF Club, you’ll receive a sports car that comes with front air dam and rear spoiler extensions, black side mirror caps, and rear seat stitching, all while sitting on a set of 17-inch dark alloy wheels. Throw in the Brembo/BBS Package and you get also get a palette of color options, a rear bumper skirt, body sill extensions, black leather seats with heating functions, and extra wheel options.


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“The updates are impressive, but if you really want to make the most out of your MX-5 RF purchase, the range-topping Grand Touring trim with the Auburn Nappa leather interior is the way to go”

The Club and Grand Touring trim options also share a few standard equipment. The LED headlights, for example, are standard. So is the leather steering wheel. Both trims also get a gear shifter knob, an infotainment system with a seven-inch display, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month trial subscription, and a Bose premium sound system.

The updates are impressive, but if you really want to make the most out of your MX-5 RF purchase, the range-topping Grand Touring trim with the Auburn Nappa leather interior is the way to go. The premium leather goes well with the available color options for the sports car, as well as the heated leather seats. Tech and safety items like automatic climate control, navigation system, adaptive automatic headlights with high-beam control, rain-sensing wipers, and the Lane Departure Warning System all come standard on the MX-5 RF Grand Touring.

Unfortunately, the changes, or at least the good ones, end there. There are no updates to the car’s engine, which means that all versions of the 2018 MX-5 RF will still get the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.


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“For 2018 models of the MX-5 RF, pricing now starts at $31,910 for the six-speed manual version.”

The updates also come with the expected price increase. No surprises there. For 2018 models of the MX-5 RF, pricing now starts at $31,910 for the six-speed manual version. That’s $355 more than the base price ($31,555) of the 2017 model. Opt for the one with the automatic and you’ll need to tack on an extra $600 for the trouble. Meanwhile, the Grand Touring trim now starts at $32,750, an increase of $130 from its 2017MY price.

MX-5 Soft Top 6MT MX-5 Soft Top 6AT MX-5 RF 6MT MX-5 6AT
MX-5 Sport $25,295 $26,645 N/A N/A
MX-5 Club $29,155 $29,755 $31,910 $32,510
MX-5 Club
with Brembo/BBS Package
$32,925 N/A $35,680 N/A
MX-5 Club
Brembo/BBS/ Recaro Package
$33,625 N/A N/A N/A
MX-5 Grand Touring $30,195 $31,270 $32,750 $33,825
MX-5 Grand Touring
with Auburn Nappa Leather
$30,495 $31,570 $33,050 $34,125

Premium paint colors:

Soul Red Crystal $595
Machine Gray Metallic $300
Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200

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