The Friday Five:The Crossed Corolla, Smart Cadillacs, Clean NYC Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 10, 2021

This week was a busy one. Over Labor Day weekend, Mercedes-Benz announced several new electric vehicles during the IAA Mobility Show in Munich. They include the 2023 EQB SUV, the 2023 EQE sedan, the 2022 AMG EQS, and the Concept EQG. That latter model is an electric G Wagen, and Mercedes says it will go into production in a few years.

Hyundai Motor Group also made waves this week. It announced its vision of a hydrogen-powered society, calling its contributions to the future the Hydrogen Wave. Shorter-term, the 2022 Genesis G80 lineup adds a spiffy new Sport trim.

Honda wants you to perceive its SUVs and Ridgeline pickup truck as rugged, so it is rolling out a new TrailSport line of models with off-roading aspirations. If the automaker’s teaser image is any indication, the first Honda to get the treatment is the 2022 Passport.

Speaking of off-roaders, the electric Rivian R1S SUV and R1T pickup truck got official driving range ratings for their midsize battery pack this week. We’ve also got an in-depth comparison of the Ford Bronco and Toyota 4Runner for your consideration.

New reviews published this week cover the aging Infiniti Q50 sedan, the redesigned Infiniti QX60 SUV, and the freshened Lexus ES in its new ES 300h F Sport trim. And if you’ve ever wondered what a post-collision automatic braking system is, we’ve got an explainer for you.

But, believe it or not, that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Toyota Corolla Cross Prices Start at $22,195 - Find the best Toyota deals!

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross L Silver Front Quarter View

What happens when compact car customers decide they want an SUV instead? Aside from typically getting lower fuel economy and less nimble handling, they pay thousands extra. 

Toyota released prices for the new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, and the small SUV starts at $22,195. That’s $2,120 more than the Corolla sedan with which it shares a platform, powertrain, dashboard, and technology. If you want all-wheel drive, that runs an extra $1,300. Also, don’t forget to add the $1,215 destination charge.

To be fair to the Alabama-built Corolla Cross, which is destined for Big Hitsville, it is more powerful than a standard Corolla sedan. And at an estimated 32 mpg in combined driving, it is almost as fuel-efficient. And there is no arguing against its superior cargo-toting capabilities.

If you’ve been eyeing the Corolla Hatchback, you might want to act fast. Or reconsider. Because the arrival of the new Corolla Cross almost certainly spells doom for it.

New Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Top Safety Rating - Find the best Mitsubishi deals!

The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is the first genuinely competitive vehicle the automaker has offered in years. But when it first came out, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated its standard LED headlights as Poor, preventing it from earning a coveted Top Safety Pick award. 

That didn’t sit well with Mitsubishi, so it tweaked the Outlander’s peepers and, starting with models built on July 1, 2021, or later, the Outlander now earns a Top Safety Pick+. It doesn’t get any better than that.

All 2022 Cadillac Models Get Smart - Find the best Cadillac deals!

Cadillac is adding what it calls the Smart System to all of its 2022 model-year vehicles. It’s the luxury brand’s new name for a collection of safety features that include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection with automatic braking, automatic emergency braking, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, a rear-seat reminder system, and Teen Driver technology

Additionally, the Smart System equips new Caddys with a Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to communicate warnings.

Bronco Hardtop Fix Is Coming Soon - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford has reportedly resolved its Bronco hardtop quality issue. The automaker found defects with the SUV’s optional molded-in-color hardtops and delayed customer deliveries until it could resolve the issue. 

Now, according to the Detroit Free Press, the defect is resolved, and replacement tops are headed to dealerships. Ford is also delivering customer-ordered Broncos again.

However, if you’re one of the thousands of Ford Bronco buyers waiting for the fix, it could still be a while before you get your new top or your new SUV. There will be a ramp-up period as Ford gets tops to dealerships, performs fit and leak tests on customer vehicles, and installs the tops on Broncos already built and ready to ship.

New York to Require Clean and Green Machines in 2035

New York governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill into law that aims to make the state cleaner and greener starting in 2035. 

Mirroring action already taken by California, New York wants zero-emission vehicles to comprise all sales of new cars, trucks, and SUVs starting in 2035. In addition, medium- and heavy-duty trucks would need to meet that same standard by 2045.

Meanwhile, for New York City to meet its climate goals, it needs a fifth of vehicle owners to swap their internal combustion engine models for electric vehicles by 2030. For those keeping count, that’s 400,000 of the estimated 2 million people in the city who own a car. The city says it will install 10,000 curbside charging stations to serve these new EV owners, one for every 40 EVs.

The automakers and trusted publications are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on September 10, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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