What’s New for 2021: Honda

The biggest changes for 2021 Honda models are as much about what’s being removed as what’s being added. The family haulers get upgraded with a refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan and special editions of the 2021 Honda Pilot three-row SUV, but the Honda Fit and Civic Coupe join other small cars in the discontinued car graveyard.

Several models come with more safety features, and transmission options get streamlined. The manual transmission is no longer offered in the Honda Accord, and a refreshed 2021 Accord prepares to launch later this year along with an updated 2021 Ridgeline mid-size pickup truck. 


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What’s New for 2021: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi updates its lineup of cars and SUVs for 2021 with a redesigned Outlander SUV and refreshed looks on its other cars.

The Japanese automaker appeared to pull itself back from the brink of exiting the U.S. a few years ago with the launch of the Eclipse Cross compact crossover, which expanded the lineup from four vehicles to five. It’s not a great car, earning a TCC Rating of just 4.6 out of 10, but it’s priced below the competition and, like other Mitsubishi vehicles, offers a relative value at a time when cars and SUVs are nearing an average

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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’s what’s inside that matters

It’ll take an eagle eye and a steady hand to point to the changes on the 2021 Audi Q5’s exterior, but that same finger may quickly find bigger changes inside.

On Monday, Audi unveiled the updated 2021 Q5 compact crossover that will go on sale this fall. When it arrives, it will sport the same friendly shape as the outgoing model, complete with available sliding second row, spacious interior, and luxury amenities. The biggest changes for many shoppers will be the updated 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s sports Audi’s newest infotainment hardware, which the automaker says is up to 10 times faster

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