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2021 Subaru Model Year Changes



2020 Subaru Ascent

The Ascent gets new Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist, standard on all models.

Steering responsive LED headlights with automatic high beams are now standard on all models, not just Limited and Touring. This gains the 2021 Subaru Ascent the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "2020 Top Safety Pick Plus" award. (Don't think about the model years too hard.)

All the rear seats now have seat belt reminders with weight sensors.


The light, rear-wheel drive, boxer-engined sports car from Subaru skips a year, and comes back for 2022 with a more powerful, but still naturally aspirated flat-4.


2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport_1 courtesy Subaru Media

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, courtesy Subaru Media Center

A new Sport trim level fits between Premium and Limited models. The interior features yellow stiching throughout. Outside, wheels, grille, mirrors and badging get a grey finish.

The larger engine from the Forester is now avaiable, standard on the Sport and Limited. The bigger, 2.5-liter boxer (horizontally oppossed) engine makes 182 horsepower, 30 more than the Crosstrek's standard 2.0-liter.

Lane Centering is added to the standard EyeSight Driver Assist package all automatic transmission Crosstreks get. This system is in addition to the already standard Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist.

The outside of all Crosstreks is refreshed with a new front bumper, grille and fog light covers. Each trim is made more distinct.

The Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid model, is discontinued due to low sales.


2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan stock photo

SI-DRIVE, basically a "Sport" button," is now also standard on Impreza Premium, in addition to Sport with the CVT and Limited.


2021 Subaru Forester

Adaptive headlights that move with the steering, automatic high beams and a rear seatbelt reminder are now standard on all models. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-Code Access are now standard on Forester Premium.


2021 Subaru Legacy

A rear seat reminder system has been added as standard equipment: it registers if a rear door has been opened before or during a trip and then reminds the driver to check the rear seat when the engfine is turned off.

Front and rear seatbelt reminders are also now standard, alerting the driver if a passenger (by weight) present in any seat is not buckled.

Steering responsive headlights (adaptive lighting) are now standard on all models.


2021 Subaru Outback

A rear seat reminder system has been added as standard equipment: it registers if a rear door has been opened before or during a trip and then reminds the driver to check the rear seat when the engfine is turned off.

Front and rear seatbelt reminders are also now standard, alerting the driver if a passenger (by weight) present in any seat is not buckled.

Steering responsive headlights (adaptive lighting) are now standard on all models.


2021 Subaru WRX

Keyless access with pushbutton start is now standard on WRX Premium, as well as still standard on Limited and STI.

The Performance Package offered last year on WRX Premium is discontinued.


2021 Porsche Model Year Changes



2021 Porsche 911 Cabriolet stock photo

The new Turbo S model is the most powerful ever, with 640 horsepower. Right below, a more recent addition, the Turbo model with 572 horsepower.

Comfort Access is now standard, so you can leave the key in your purse or pocket. Sounds reasonable for a car that starts over $100 large.


Porsche Boxster

As with all Porsches, variety is good and more of it is better. A new model, sliding between the Boxster S and the Spyder is the GTS 4.0. With a similar naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat 6-cylinder to the Spyder, the GTS 4.0 produces 394 horsepower and replaces the previous turbocharged 4-cylinder GTS model. The 20 horsepower deficit compared to the Spyder comes by lowering the RPM for peak output and the redline.

Spyder and the new GTS 4.0 are now offered with the 7-speed PDK in addition to the standard 6-speed manual.

Heated seats, dual zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors are all standard, now. Apple CarPlay and adaptive headlights will be standard after the initial build.


Porsche 718 Cayman

The Cayman GTS 4.0 replaces the previous turbocharged 2.5 with a naturally aspirated flat-six with 394 horsepower. An optional 7-speed PDK is now available with the GT4 as well as the new GTS 4.0. 

Heated seats, dual zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors, Apple CarPlay and adaptive headlights are all standard.


2021 Porsche Cayenne

A new player joins the team: Cayenne GTS. With a 453-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, it nestles between the Cayenne S and E-Hybrid in power, but between the S and Cayenne Turbo in performance and price. By Porsche's estimates, it is good for zero to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds, compared to 4.7 seconds for the E-Hybrid, 3.9 for the Turbo and 4.6 for the S.

Both E-Hybrid models get much larger batteries, and both battery packs will not charge completely but only to 80% when E-Charge mode charges the battery with the gasoline engine, so that regenerative braking will always be consistent. Range and mileage are not reported, yet, but range should improve for electric-only operation.

The base model gets the larger brakes from the Cayenne S: 15.4 inch vented front rotors and 13 inch rear vented rotors. This makes the E-Hybrid's 14.2-inch front brakes the smallest, but they're backed up with much more powerful regenerative braking from the E-Hybrid system. (All Porsche Cayenne's use some regenerative braking; E-Hybrid's use a much greater amount.) 

A compartment inside the center console that will wirelessly charge compatible phones is a new option.


2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo courtesy Porsche Cars North America

A refresh brings a new lower fascia and bumpers, a continual LED light between the taillights and new wheel designs on the outside. On the inside a new steering wheel and other updates keep it fresh.

Powertrains are updated slightly: the base engine moves from Volkswagen's 3.0 turbo V6, to a detuned version of Porsche's 2.9 V6 with 5 less horsepower (325) and one pound-foot more torque (331). The 4S stays the same. The Turbo S E-Hybrid also increases in power, now 689 horsepower (up 12). The GTS gets a slight bump (20 horsepower) for a total of 473.

Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, memory for the driver's seat and memory outside mirrors are now standard.

Exterior and interior measurements don't change, but curb weight increases up to 78 pounds.


2021 Porsche Macan

Full carbon ceramic brakes are no longer offered, only PSCB (Porsche Surface Coated Brakes).


2021 Porsche Taycan stock photo

The base (don't laugh, it's reasonable) Taycan arrives, with rear-wheel drive, so only one motor. It starts at $81,250 and has 402 horsepower.

A heads-up display is now offered, and in full color. The display, projected in the driver's line of sight, can show speed, navigation directions, phone call information, remaining power and other status messages.

A smartlift function memorizes areas that challenge the Taycans extremely low clearance and uses the adaptive air suspension to prevent damage over speed bumps, driveway entrances and other challenging terrains.

Taking a page from Tesla and expanding upon it, the Taycan can be enhanced at extra cost via over-the-air software upgrades. This can even be done on a subscription basis; for instance, paying for Active Lane Keep Assist for a few moths instead of permanently.


2021 Honda Model Year Changes



2021 Honda Accord Hybrid2021 Honda Accord Hybrid courtesy Honda Auto News

1.5T, 2.0T and Hybrid models are all refreshed. A new grille, new, smaller lower fog light openings and multi-unit LED headlights (Sport and above) are the primary changes in front. LX, EX-L and Touring get new wheel designs. The headlights are intended to increase Accord's rating from the Insurance Inststitute for Highway Safety to "Top Safety Pick Plus."

The changes to the front result in almost four inches more overall length and up to almost twenty pounds curb weight without any improvement to the interior dimensions.

The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HondaLink is now standard on all models. EX Hybrid, EX-L, and Touring models get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lighted vanity mirrors are now standard. Wireless phone charging is expanded, now on EX Hybrid, EX-L, Sport 2.0T and Touring. EX-L no longer offers navigation, which is only available and standard on Touring.

The manual transmission versions are all discontinued, leaving only a CVT or a ten-speed automatic. Idle-Stop is now standard on 1.5T, but if it annoys you, the 2.0T's engine keeps perculating at traffic lights.

Accord Hybrid is retuned to improve throttle feel and give more immediate acceleration from a stop. Hybrid Touring now gets a separate EPA rating, a lower 44 city and 41 highway. In the meantime other models (base, EX and EX-L) gain 1 MPG highway, now rated 48 city/48 highway.

Accord Hybrid Touring now uses the larger 235/40R19 tires of the 2.0T Touring, accounting for the lower fuel mileage of that model.

A new Rear Seat Reminder is standard; it takes note is a rear door was opened immediately before or during the present trip and then warns the driver to check the back seat. A rear seatbelt reminder system is also added. Touring models get standard Low Speed Braking Control, a system which uses the ultrasonic parking sensors to detect objects while parking and then automatically applies the brakes before striking an obstacle. The standard adaptive cruise control has been tweaked to allow for smoother braking. EX-L models now have the front and rear parking sensors, but without the automatic braking function.

A new Accord Sport SE with the 1.5 turbo engine is introduced, it basically takes the place of the Accord EX with that engine, which is discontinued, but with leather seats and 19-inch wheels. Accord EX-L will no longer offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, only the 1.5T.  


2021 Honda Civic Hatchback stock photo

No more Civic coupe. This applies to the Civic Si as well. Also, the sedan loses its third pedal (#SavetheManuals), so only the Hatchback Sport and Sport Touring still offers a manual transmission.

Hatchback no longer offers an EX-L trim.

Civic Type R

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition courtesy Honda Auto News

Civic Type R Limited Edition amps up performance by dropping 46 pounds. Forged wheels and less sound deadening materials account for part of the reduced mass, the rest by eliminating the rear wiper and rear seat heater ducts. Higher performance Michelin Cup 2 tires retuned steering rack and retuned adaptive damping suspension enhance handling and take advantage of the reduced unsprung weight. The Limited Edition is an honest name, only 600 will be made, each with a numbered plaque and painted "Phoenix Yellow." You'll pay $6500 for the priviledge.


2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid stock photo

The Honda CR-V Hybrid LX is discontinued, so the hybrid line starts with the EX, now. The standard turbo engined version still starts with LX. This means automatic one-touch front passenger window, illuminated visor mirrors, dual zone air conditioning, variable intermittent front wipers, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, 12-way power memory driver's seat, Blind Spot Information System, rear Cross Traffic Monitor, power moonroof, security system, HondaLink smartphone integration, satellite radio, and rear privacy glass are therefore standard now on CR-V Hybrid.


2021 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell stock photo

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Fuel Cell are unchanged for 2021. There was no 2020 Clarity Electric and no sign it will return for 2021.




2021 Honda HR-V

The HR-V Touring is discontinued, leaving the EX-L as the top model; as such, navigation, power driver's seat, LED headlights and Homelink garage door opener are no longer offered. Sport, EX and EX-L wheel designs are new. HR-V Sport now has rear privacy glass.


2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Honda Odyssey, courtesy Honda Auto News

Honda's minivan gets a refresh, with new, standard LED headlights, a new grille, bumpers and lower side air intakes. Overall length is up by two inches; sadly, none of it increases interior room or cargo space.

New safety equipment includes a standard Rear Seat Reminder which on higher models can show a camera view, pedestrian detection added to the forward collision warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Traffic Sign Recognition. With Honda Sensing® now standard on all trims, Odyssey LX gains Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigating Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Automatic High Beams and Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane-Keeping. The Adaptive Cruise Control now includes Low Speed Follow, to help with traffic jams. 

Elite models get new automatic dimming side-view mirrors in addition to the interior auto dimming rearview mirror.

The Odyssey Touring now shares the Elite's 235/55R19 tires with 19-inch wheels; it also gains the Rear Seat Entertainment system and 120-volt rear seat outlet. Other models still have 235/60R18. The Touring model loses the hands-free tailgate feature and wireless phone charger, though, balancing things out.


2021 Honda Passport

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on all models, including Sport. The large 8-inch touch screen audio screen is also now standard on all Passports.


2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition

The 9-speed automatic is now standard on all models, resulting in better fuel mileage for lower trims. The 6-speed is discontinued.

A Special Edition is now offered; built on the EX-L trim, it adds 20-inch black wheels, black roof rails, black grille and front and rear lower bumper covers. Additional equipment includes a hands-free foot operated tailgate and a wireless phone charger.

Dual-zone automatic climate control is now standard on Pilot LX.


2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Honda Ridgeline, courtesy Honda Auto News

The Ridgeline gets a significant refresh with all new front-clip sheet metal, including front fenders, hood, grille lights and bumpers. LED headlights are now standard. New wheel designs still sport 18-inches, but the track width is increased almost an inch, leading to greater stability.

On the inside a redesigned infotatinment screen boasts a physical volume knob. A new wireless phone charger is standard on RTL-E and Black Edition.

The 280-horsepower V6 and 9-speed automatic remain the same, but the all-wheel drive system is again standard.

An auto dimming rearview mirror, memory driver's seat, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor are both now also standard on RTL. The clever, but sometimes annoying blind spot monitoring system is no longer offered.

Remote engine start is now standard on all models.


2021 Maserati Model Year Changes



2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo

2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo courtesy Maserati Media

A new Ghibli Torfeo will introduce the 3.8 twin turbocharged V8 to the Ghibli. With 580 horsepower, it will be terrifyingly fast . For comparison, the Quattroporte GTS V8 makes 523, the Levante GTS 3.8 V8 makes 550 horsepower and the Levante Trofeo V8 makes 590. This powertrain has been rated by the EPA at 13 city and 20 highway, so it's not a crazy guzzler. The Trofeo will also benefit from larger brakes: 15 x 1.33 inches front and 13.6 x 1.1 inches rear, both ventialated and perforated for cooling.

Also on the way, a Ghibli Hybrid. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Ghibli Hybrid will use a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder with a 48-volt mild hybrid system to provide more than 300 horsepower.

2021 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso rear

2021 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso rear courtesy Maserati Media

New "boomerang" tail lights freshen the Ghibli's exterior along with a lightly modified front grille.

2021 Maserati Ghibli Interior

2021 Maserati Ghibli interior courtesy Maserati Media

Inside a much larger, frameless infotainment screen with curved edges takes center position. Measuring over ten inches diagonally, it touts higher resolution and now supports multi-touch user input. It is powered by an Android operating system. The gauge cluster is also improved; it retains two large, analog dials for tach and speed, but the display between the two has been improved, with higher resolution and a similar look to the new infotainment screen. A wireless charging pad is a new option.

Active Driving Assist improves the adaptive cruise control system with lane following available in more situations on roads other than large highways. It will still detect when the driver removes his hands from the wheel and deactivate.


http://thecarchat.net/admin/carchat_admin/app/web/img/uploaded/2021 Maserati Levante courtesy Maserati Media USA

2021 Maserati Levante SQ4 courtesy Maserati Media

The grille and rear taillights of the Levante are tweaked to held lend unity between the three mainstream models, Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte, and to also show borrowed cues with the new supercar MC20.

The Levante also benefits from the same upgraded touchscreen infotainment system as the Ghibli. 

The top-of-the-line Trofeo is now almost $17,000 less expensive, starting at $154185 with destination.


2021 Maserati MC20

2021 Maserati MC20 courtesy Maserati Media

Maserati hasn't produced a supercar since the MC12 (2004 - 2006), but now comes the MC20. With 621 horsepower from its 3.0 twin-turbocharged V6, it matches the output of the MC12's V12. A mid-engine design with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Both a convertible and an all-electric version will be coming later.



2021 Maserati Quattroporte

2021 Maserati Quattroporte S courtesy Maserati Media

Quattroportes also receive visual changes to the grille and taillights for 2021.

A Quattroporte Trofeo will have a tuned-up version of the 3.8 V8 with 580 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque replaces the GTS with its 523 horsepower. Launch control is added to the bargain, which is still rear-wheel drive through an 8-speed automatic. As part of the Trofeo's exterior differentiation the Maserati portholes will have red accents.


2021 Fiat Model Year Changes


The Fiat brand in the United States has cut down to the bone, selling fewer models now than when they left the U.S. market in 1983. Only the 500X, cousin to the Jeep Renegade is till on the market for 2021. Although the fact of Fiat leaving the U.S. market is not proven, with the brands low sales, loss of its 500, 500C, Abarth, and 124 Spider models, and the upcoming merger with European company PSA, Fiat has probably sang its last aria in a U.S. opera house.

124 Spider

The badge-engineered Miata clone, albeit with a Fiat engine, is discontinued.


This model disappeared before model year 2020, along with its semi-convertible and hot-rod Abarth variants.


This expanded, 5-door hatchback version of the 500 is discontinued as well for 2021.


2021 Fiat 500X stock photo

500X Sport offers a new value package, bundling popular options together at a savings of $2700. These features include navigation, front and rear parking sonar, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a premium audio system and more. The 19-inch wheels are a new feature this year, along with the all-season 225/45R19 tires.

A new Sport Appearance Package on the Pop equips it with the fascia from the Sport model, dual chrome exhaust tips, gray mirror caps, cornering light fog lights and 18-inch wheels, options not available on the Pop before.

500X Pop and Trekking get new upholstery and dashboard trim.


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