The Friday Five:The Durango Dollar Sale, Cadillac Dealer Buyout, and Mustang Mach-E Roams the Range Edition

Liz Kim | Nov 25, 2020

It’s Thanksgiving time, which means we’re bringing you The Friday Five on a Wednesday, instead, just in time for all of your turkey and trimmings goodness. During this short week, we’ve covered Volkswagen’s plan to drop the Passat sedan and changes to the 2021 Acura lineup, and explained how a fuel cell electric vehicle works and how to open a frozen car door.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Black Friday Dodge Power Dollars Discounts - Find the best Dodge deals!

In a too-cute-by-half holiday savings schtick, Dodge is offering its successful Power Dollars program as a Black Friday promotion for one weekend only, running from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30. The deals are available on the 2020 Challenger, the 2020 Charger, and the refreshed 2021 Durango SUV.

2021 Dodge Durango Red Front View at Speed

Dodge Power Dollars offers customers a $10 cash allowance that corresponds to each horsepower of the vehicle the customer chooses. For example, the more powerful the Durango, the bigger the discount. Starting with the 295-horsepower Durango GT or SXT model, you’ll get up to $2,950 off. Step on up to the 360-hp R/T or the Citadel, and you can get up to a $3,600 discount. Even the 475-hp SRT 392 is on sale, with a reduction of $4,750.

There is one version of the Durango that is not a part of this Black Friday promotion, and that’s the 710-hp Durango SRT Hellcat, which Dodge plans to build for just one year only.

Sentra Price Bump for Standard Connectivity - Find the best Nissan deals!

Ranking slightly lower on the exuberating scale, the Nissan Sentra lures the practical-minded with its value proposition. Entering its second year following a full redesign, the 2021 Nissan Sentra sees incremental tweaks with correspondingly small price increases. 

For 2021, the base Sentra S rises to $19,410 (not including a $925 destination charge), which covers the newly standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sentra SV goes for $20,470. The sporty Sentra SR commands $21,750. This year, NissanConnect Services and a NissanConnect Wi-Fi hotspot are available for the SR, as is a new Electric Blue with Black roof paint scheme.

Cadillac Dealers Get a Money-paved Exit Ramp - Find the best Cadillac deals!

The future is electric, and General Motors is telling its Cadillac dealers they can either be a part of it or take the next exit ramp. 

With its ambitious plan to make all Cadillacs electric within a decade, and to accelerate this program to the greatest extent possible, GM knows some dealers can’t (or won’t) make the investments necessary to support the coming changes. As such, GM is offering its 880 dealers nationwide $300,000 to $500,000 as an incentive to close up shop if they’re not on board the Electrification Train. 

Sticking with Cadillac means dealers will need to invest in infrastructure and service departments that support electric vehicles. Culling dealers who don’t want to play ball gives GM a smaller and more manageable Cadillac dealer network as the brand navigates this unfamiliar road. 

Dealers have until Monday, November 30, to make their final decision.

Official Ford Mustang Mach-E Driving Ranges Finalized - Find the best Ford deals!

Speaking of electric vehicles, Ford announced that its new electric crossover SUV, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, officially provides between 211 and 300 miles of driving range on a single charge, depending on the trim level and battery pack. 

The least capable version has the standard range battery and two-motor all-wheel drive. While its 332 horsepower is impressive, it can travel just 211 miles between visits to the charger. The most capable version has the extended range battery and single-motor rear-wheel drive. It provides 282 hp and can travel as far as 300 miles on a single charge. 

Other versions of the Mach-E rank between these two extremes. Ford has yet to release official EPA ratings for the muscular 459-hp Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport MPG Ratings Released - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford may have electrified a Mustang, but fans of hydrocarbons need not worry. For the time being, internal combustion engines remain plentiful at the Blue Oval, and the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV will happily sip upon fossil fuels. Now, we know to what extent. 

Based on official EPA ratings, a Bronco Sport equipped with a 181-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine will average 26 mpg in combined driving (25 city/28 highway), while the available 245-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine should get 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway). 

Remember, these figures include the Bronco Sport’s all-wheel-drive system. So, get out there and enjoy the exhaust burble while you can, either on or off of the pavement.

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