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2021 Mazda 3 spins out a turbocharged all-wheel-drive compact contender

It’s been a long time coming, but a turbocharger finally returns to the Mazda 3. Just don’t call it a Mazdaspeed 3. 

The 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo makes 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter turbo-4 with 93 octane gas, the automaker announced Wednesday. The torque-rich engine doesn’t match the 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3 that was discontinued in 2013, but it boosts the Mazda 3 back into the hot hatch discussion. 

Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda 3 lost some of the handling verve that made it an eager but underpowered competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai

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What’s New for 2021: Audi

After a robust 2020 that starred performance crossover SUVs and wagons such as the RS6 Avant, Audi turns its attention to updated volume models such as the Q5 crossover and A3 compact sedan for 2021. Volkswagen’s luxury brand also continues to enhance its standard safety equipment and advanced driver-assistance systems across the lineup. 

The core trim levels for 2021 are Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Several Premium Plus models come with standard adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and surround-view camera. 

The biggest news for Audi is the redesign of its bestselling Q5 compact crossover SUV. Most of Audi’s 2021

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It can’t build the Telluride fast enough

Consumers might be willing to wait five to six months for a $200,000 supercar from Europe, but are they willing to wait that long for a Kia SUV?

That’s the question facing Elliott and Nichole Diehm, along with many other 2020 Kia Telluride buyers.

In October 2019 the Diehms walked into a Kia dealership in Waterloo, Iowa and ordered a 2020 Kia Telluride SX with a Dark Moss green exterior and Dune Brown nappa leather interior as part of the $2,300 SX Prestige Package.

The Diehms tested the competition of three-row crossover SUVs but the Telluride came out on top.

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2021 Kia K5 sedan starts at $24,455, up $100 from outgoing Optima

The name may be new, but the price is relatively familiar.

The 2021 Kia K5 sedan that’s arriving in dealers now costs at least $24,455, including mandatory destination charges, the automaker announced Tuesday. That’s $100 more than the base version of the 2020 Kia Optima and $120 less than the related 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan.

The 2021 K5 will be offered in LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT trim levels. The base K5 LX is equipped with 16-inch wheels, LED reflector headlights, two USB ports, cloth upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity,

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