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All-New, 2018 Honda Odyssey Aims to be Ultimate Family Vehicle

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2018 Honda Odyssey minivan

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Looking to fend off the new Chrysler Pacifica and hold onto the minivan sales crown, Honda used the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the all-new, 2018 Odyssey, promising best-in-class performance and refinement.

Don’t be fooled by the exterior design of the new Odyssey, which isn’t a dramatic departure from the previous model — the popular minivan features a number of key design and technical improvements that make it a superior family vehicle than before.

Like the latest Civic, CR-V and Pilot, Honda’s popular minivan benefits from a new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The unit supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and can be updated over-the-air or via USB.

Other tech and convenience features worth pointing out include a new versatile Magic Slide second-row seat that can be adjusted for optimal comfort, accessibility and storage, new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video, and a Social Play list that lets every passenger upload their own music choices using their smartphones.

CabinWatch uses cameras to feed what’s going on in the rear seats to the front passengers, while CabinTalk lets you shout at your kids to keep it down via the Odyssey’s rear speakers.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management that produces 280 horsepower, 32 ponies more than before. The engine can be paired with either a 9-speed automatic or new 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Odyssey can be equipped with Honda Sensing, a safety suite that includes a comprehensive list of advanced technology such as emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist.

The all-mew, 2018 Honda Odyssey goes on sale in Spring 2017. It will be interesting to see how the Chrysler Pacifica and all other minivans stack up against it.

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Subaru WRX STI S209 Is The Most Powerful Subaru Ever

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New Subaru-WRX STI S209 Sports Car

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The long-rumored, limited edition Subaru WRX STI S209 is here, and it’s the most powerful car ever built by Subaru.

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto SHow, the S209 transcends the standard WRX STI in power, aerodynamics, and handling. Engineers reworked Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer engine, giving it a larger HKS turbocharger that increases boost pressure from 16.2 psi to 18.0 psi and stronger yet lighter pistons and connecting rods.

The result? A significant boost in power from 300 horsepower to 341 horsepower, while midrange torque jumps by 10 percent at 3,600 rpm. All that power is sent to the four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Inspired by the the WRX STI Nürburgring Challenge racecar, the WRX STI S209 looks the part with wider fenders, front canards and a large rear wing. Handling benefits from a revised chassis and suspension, a flexible strut tower bar and tensioned draw stiffeners, along with 19×9-inch forged BBS alloy wheels covered in sticky Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

The Subaru WRX STI S209 will be available exclusively in the US market, and only 200 units will be manufactured. You will be able to choose from two color combinations: WR Blue Pearl with gray wheels and Crystal White Pearl with gold wheels.

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New Lexus RC F Track Edition Joins 2020 RC F Lineup With Less Weight, More Performance

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A track-focused version joins the updated RC F for 2020.

The new Supra was Toyota’s big debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but luxury subsidiary Lexus tagged along to remind everybody that it already has a performance coupe, one with a V8 to play with.

The RC F has received some upgrades for 2020 model year, and to make it more compelling for sports car enthusiasts, Lexus has added a new Track Edition to the lineup for 2020. The so-called RC F Track Edition is a stripped-down, track-only spec model that benefits from more aggressive aerodynamic elements and a weight-reduction regime.

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Like the regular RC coupe, all Lexus RC F models get new headlights, a restyled grille and new taillights. The 5.0L V8 has been caressed to squeeze out an extra five horsepower and 6 lb-ft. of torque, bringing the total to 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission carries over but now has a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93).

With the RC F Track Edition, major panels like the roof and hood are carbon fiber, and the standard RC F’s rear seats have been replaced by a carbon fiber partition.

Engineers also equipped 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels, Brembo with lightweight carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and a titanium muffler and tail pipes. These lighter pieces come together to reduce the Track Edition’s weight by 176 pounds from the RC F, and Lexus estimates that using the standard launch control system propels it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just under 4.0 seconds (3.96 seconds, to be exact).

Standard on even the stock RC F, the new electronic launch control automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed, and release the brake.

To help the RC F Track Edition stand out, designers gave it a red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors are available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray.

Production of the updated Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition begin in the second half of 2019. Pricing notwithstanding, do you feel compelled to buy one?

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Kia’s New Telluride SUV Is Big Enough For Your Whole Family

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New, 2020 Kia Telluride SUV

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Kia’s biggest-ever SUV has enough room to accommodate eight occupants in relative comfort.

The Kia Telluride has finally seen the light of day, giving Kia a spacious modern SUV for the whole family.

Designed in California specifically for the North American market, particularly the United States, the Telluride stands out with a boxy shape, a blunt hood, and a wide grille flanked by a pair of blunt vertical headlights. It’s distinctive, attractive and should turn some heads in the rather soft and puffy-looking full-size SUV segment.

Power is provided by a 3.8L V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough for a 5,000-pound tow rating. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the wheels.

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The Telluride also features four-wheel independent suspension with an optional self-leveling system and all-wheel drive. ‘Comfort’ and ‘snow’ odes distribute just 20 percent of torque to the rear wheels, while ‘sport’ has a 65-35 front-back split and ‘lock’ divides power equally between all corners.

Inside, the clean, BMW-esque dashboard is fitted with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibile, while a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system makes it easy to blast you favorite tunes throughout the cavernous interior. There’s also a wireless charging pad and a total of six USB charging ports.

Buyers looking for a more premium look and feel can splurge on a number of luxury interior appointments, ranging from quilted Nappa leather to matte-finish wood.

On the safety front, Kia’s big SUV is available with tons of safety tech, including forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and a head-up display.

The all-new, 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale in the second half of 2019 in LX, EX, S, and SX trims. Would you consider it as your next family-hauler?

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