The Toyota 86 may be getting a little long in the tooth, but it is still a great driver’s car. However, with a 2.0-liter variant of the Supra now on sale in the United States, does the 86 remain a compelling buy?
To find out, EverydayDriver put a 2021 Supra 2.0 against a 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition. Ultimately, the two reviewers are split on their opinions of which car is the better value proposition, but the review is well worth a watch.
On the spec sheet, the 86 Hakone features a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and delivers a total of 205 hp and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque. It is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic and, of course, is rear-wheel drive.
By comparison, the Supra 2.0 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 255 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque that is exclusively coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. It can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, which isn’t too shabby considering this is the entry-level model.
So, not only is the Supra 2.0 much more powerful than the 86 but it is much more refined and has a far more luxurious interior. However, it costs roughly $16,000 more. That’s a lot of money, so can it justify such a premium over its smaller sibling?
There’s no denying that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster beautiful, but it is also a great sports car to drive?
The Vantage Roadster recently went on sale in the United States in 2021 form and is available from $150,086. Matt Farah had the opportunity to test out an example painted in a bright shade of blue and turns out he left very impressed.
Sitting beneath the gorgeous skin of the Vantage Roadster is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 503 hp and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission powering the rear wheels. Aston Martin says the Roadster can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, a mere 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe, and reaches a 190 mph (306 km/h) top speed.
In his review, Farah notes that even though the Vantage doesn’t use a carbon fiber tub, the Roadster has very little chassis flex and feels just as rigid as the hardtop. Further adding to its appeal is the fact that the fabric top can be raised and lowered in just 6.7 seconds when stationary, making it the fastest folding automatic soft-top in the industry.
Farah also has positive things to say about the steering, suspension and brakes of the Vantage Roadster and ranks it up there with the Porsche 911 Cabriolet as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.
Lamborghini only ever built 40 examples of the Centenario Roadster, and of these, just 20 are Roadsters. The example in question is currently up for sale from Lamborghini Newport Beach and has a touch over 700 miles (~1,100 km) on the clock.
Immediately making this example stand out from all other is its two-tone blue paint that combines a light shade of Blue Cepheus with a darker shade of Blu Hera. The Italian supercar also features a host of exposed carbon fiber elements and has white accents across the front splitter, side skirts, A-pillars and rear diffuser.
DeMuro starts his review by talking about the exterior of the Centenario, which is appropriate as the styling is the most obvious element that differentiates the car from the Aventador on which it’s based. There are some nice features that show Lamborghini’s attention to detail, such as the little bull horns on the ‘C’ and the ‘O’ of the car’s ‘Centenario’ badges.
We are also provided with an in-depth tour of the Centenario’s interior. As the car is based on the Aventador, it shares most of its cabin with its significantly cheaper, and more common, sibling. Much of the cabin is clad in black Alcantara and this particular one features bright blue contrast stitching and piping. It also has a telemetry feature that includes a forward-facing dashcam and a forward-facing camera between the seats, allowing owners to replay their drives.
The Porsche Cayman has long been one of the best sports cars on sale but which generation is the best? YouTube channel EverydayDriver recently set out to answer that question.
While the Boxster/Cayman twins have been built in four different generations, only the second-gen (987), third-gen (981), and fourth-gen (982), are featured in this video. The 987 model tested is the desirable Cayman R model while the 981 and 982 Caymans were both GTS models.
The Porsche Cayman R is perhaps the most intriguing of the three models tested. Introduced in 2011 and based on the Cayman S, the R left the factory with a 3.4-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine producing 326 hp at 7,400 rpm and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque at 4,750 rpm, allowing it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in roughly 5 seconds with the manual transmission and 4.4 seconds with the PDK.
These reviewers are particularly fond of the Cayman R. In fact, they both rank it as the best car of the three thanks to the amazing driving experience that it provides.
Compared to the Cayman R, the 981-gen GTS is said to feel much larger and more refined. It is also a touch more powerful with 335 hp at 7,400 rpm and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm). Additionally, it is easily the best-sounding car of the trio. Whereas the R and 981 GTS both feature naturally-aspirated flat-six engines, the 982 GTS features a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 359 hp and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm).
Nissan has basically reinvented the small crossover segment back in 2010 with the original Juke, which accounted for around 1.5 million sales worldwide. Now, the second-gen is more mature, though it hasn’t lost the quirky looks.
The V-shaped grille is still present, but it is much bigger. It also has split-level headlights, large shoulders and an arched roofline behind the B pillars that ends with a spoiler. Horizontal taillights have replaced the old L-shaped units and the whole back end appears more muscular.
Launched one year ago, it is built on the CMF-B platform shared with the latest Renault Captur and boasts a bigger footprint that translates into more generous legroom for people sitting on the rear bench. The outdated interior of the old car has nothing in common with the new one, and the overall build quality has increased slightly.
The agile and responsive handling earns it extra points, and so does the front visibility. The big rear pillars affect rear visibility, but this is something easily solved by the reversing camera or 360-degree system available in the upper specs.
Despite the sporty looks, the 2020 Juke is only available with a single engine: a 1.0-liter three-pot, rated at 115 HP (117 PS / 86 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque, which works in conjunction with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
In the UK, where this review took place, pricing starts at under £18,000 (~$23,155) for the Visia grade. The Tekna+ press car, specced with a few options, is around £26,000 ($33,445).
What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Kia Sorento? What does it compare to?
The 2021 Kia Sorento three-row crossover SUV now comes with new turbocharged engines, an available hybrid, more interior space, and a new off-road leaning X-Line trim. It competes with the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and, perhaps most problematically for Kia shoppers, the larger, lovelier, Kia Telluride, which was our Best Car To Buy 2020.
What’s new for the 2021 Kia Sorento?
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This year, the Sorento slims down while also getting stronger, roomier, and more efficient with the choice of four available powertrains.
The 2021 Sorento gets a makeover that breaks free of the bulbous minivan mold of its predecessor. It gets the creased hood from the Telluride, but broadens the grille with thin LED headlights that wrap around to the fender. The Sorento channels some of its look from the 2021 Seltos small crossover, at least in the front. The lower front bumper is full of right angles that challenge the Toyota Highlander for the biggest chin among family crossovers.
Along the sides, the Sorento’s largely the same as the outgoing version except for a fin-like tab near the rear window. The Sorento’s wheelbase stretches 1.4 inches, and six different wheel designs ranging in size from 17 inches to 20 inches buff up the profile.
The more assertive stance is most pronounced in the new X-Line SX-Prestige trim, which is raised 1.0 inches over the standard Sorento for better approach and departure angles off-road. It also comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack.
Around back, the Sorento flips its taillights 90 degrees and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a wide badge, and big rear window all read like Telluride Lite—not a bad thing.
Inside, we see even more similarities with the Telluride including an available 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a terrain select knob. An 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. Interior accent lights around the doors and speakers, available quilted seats, metal or open-pore simulated wood inlays and vents shaped like lava lamps add some flair.
It seats seven standard, or six with available captain’s chairs in the second row. Five trims are offered in LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige, in addition to the X-Line built off the Prestige. Front-wheel drive is standard on the gas-only engines, but all-wheel drive is an option.
The Sorento comes with four powertrains, but the plug-in hybrid won’t be available until some time in 2021.
The base engine is larger than last year’s 185-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4.The standard Sorento is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 191 hp and 182 pound-feet of torque with an 8-speed automatic. Kia estimates the base engine gets a 2 mpg combined bump to an estimated 27 mpg combined.
Kia ditches the V-6 for a more potent 2.5-liter turbo 4 borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover and paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It makes 281 hp and 311 lb-ft, and has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Kia projects it to get 25 mpg combined, which would be an improvement of 3 mpg over the V-6.
A 1.6-liter turbo-4 paired to 1.5-kwh battery pack and 44-kw electric motor that makes 227 hp will be offered as well, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels only. Kia targets 37 mpg combined for the hybrid.
The plug-in hybrid available in 2021 will have a similar set up as the hybrid but with a 66.9-kwh electric motor that helps make 261 hp. It’ll have an estimated 30-mile electric range but will only be offered with all-wheel drive.
Comfort, safety, and features
Kia says the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a slightly longer and stiffer body than before—but still less than 190 inches from bumper to bumper.
The longer wheelbase results in more interior space, which the Sorento lacked compared to direct rivals. We expect the two seats in the third row to be best left for small children.
With all three rows in place, the old Sorento offered a scant 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which was smaller than most three-row crossovers. Kia said the new design created more leg room in the first two rows, more head room in the third row, and more cargo volume in back.
Push-button releases on the second-row seats slide the seat forward for easy entrance into the third row, while a push-button on top of the seat enables third-row passengers of any age to get out with ease. Available captain’s chairs in the second row are a first for the Sorento, but limit total passengers from seven down to six.
We also don’t know if our gripes with the low seats in the second row have been addressed, we’ll update this space once we see it in person.
Standard features include at least six USB ports, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and driver assist features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a driver-attention monitor.
Other optional features include a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose sound system, blind-spot monitors, automatic rear emergency braking, a highway driving assistant, remote start, and the ability to pair two devices via Bluetooth, so one can take phone calls and the other can play music.
How much does the 2021 Kia Sorento cost?
Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date late this year.
Where is the 2021 Kia Sorento made?
The 2021 Sorento is manufactured in West Point, Georgia.