The Friday Five:The New Blue Miata, New Blue Mini, and Old Used Hondas Edition

Liz Kim | Dec 11, 2020

This week, we covered the sexy Jaguar F-Type Heritage 60 Edition and California’s ban on sales of certain Chevrolet Camaros, shared J.D. Power analysis of how the pandemic has altered the car-buying process, and delivered details about the new 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor and 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV

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

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Goes Deep Into the Blue - Find the best Mazda deals!

We just can’t quit the tiny, jewel-like little speedster known as the Mazda Miata. For 2021, Mazda increases its base price by $300 to $26,830 (not including $945 for destination charges), but that bump does pay for standard wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone projection so you can unleash the powers of Siri without having to plug in your iPhone. 

2021 Mazda Miata Deep Crystal Blue White Leather Top Down View

In other Miata news, the Grand Touring trim level’s Red and Parchment leather colors are discontinued. However, a new exterior color called Deep Crystal Blue, which, when paired with the new-for-2021 White Nappa leather upholstery ($300), makes for a dreamy, nautical-themed combination. 

2021 Nissan Sentra’s New Headlights Light the Way to a Top Safety Pick Award - Find the best Nissan deals!

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gets more stringent with regard to what it takes for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick award. A car can have perfect crash-test and driving assistance technology ratings and still fail to receive this highly marketable designation due to substandard headlight performance. 

Recently redesigned, the Nissan Sentra adds an improved set of optional LED peepers for 2021, and now the compact sedan earns the Top Safety Pick distinction. The car’s standard headlights still fail to impress in the IIHS test.

Used Hondas – Get ‘em While They’re Hot! - Find the best Honda deals!

Hondas have an excellent reputation for reliability, and they often fetch a premium price on the used car market. But Honda dealers eager to advertise their cream-of-the-crop trade-ins on Honda’s official certified pre-owned vehicle website haven’t been able to do so if the vehicles didn’t meet stringent criteria.

That’s changing, for now, as cash-strapped consumers seek quality used cars at more affordable prices. Now, consumers will find non-certified Hondas less than ten years old on the HondaCertified.com. In the coming weeks, listings for older used Acuras will also appear.

2022 GMC Sierra Denali Shows Off Fresh Technology - Find the best GMC deals!

Some people still think full-size pickup trucks are primitive and basic, but for a while now, top-of-the-line trim levels have been as luxurious and high-tech as premium SUVs. Case in point: late in the 2022 model year, the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will be one of the first GM vehicles without a Cadillac crest on the grille to offer Super Cruise, a Level 2 Plus semi-autonomous advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). 

An official photo showing the Super Cruise indicator light on the steering wheel also shows full digital instrumentation and hints of a redesigned interior.

Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea - Find the best Mini deals!

We began with oceanic themes, so we’ll end with one by fantasizing about warmer days by the beach. Mini has announced a new special edition of its Countryman, the Boardwalk Edition. With a Deep Laguna Blue paint job and emblems designed to evoke wooden planks, a black roof and side mirrors, and special edition trim, Mini hopes you’ll be reminded of oceanside vacations.

Which, in the summer of 2021, we might actually be able to take. 

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