Prime Day 2020: Best car detailing deals – Roadshow

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET's guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Amazon shoppers and, well, anyone who likes a good deal: the multiday event called Prime Day. We scoured this year's Prime Day deals to pick out the best gear for the you or the auto detailer in your life. With these deals, you'll have some of the best gear, products and accessories to keep your car looking fresh.

Keeping your car clean doesn't only help it look better, it can protect your car from swirls, scratches, debris and even rust. A simple wash and wax will go a long way to keep your car looking shiny, but below, you'll find some of the best deals on tools, supplies and products to help you accomplish that goal.

Carfidant

Hey, look at that. One of our top picks for scratch removal is on sale as part of Prime Day. It works great and it comes with a hand applicator. You should read more about it in our piece on best scratch removers for cars.

Chemical Guys

This is by far the best car detailing deal we found as part of Prime Day. This bundle of amazing stuff from Chemical Guys typically costs $100, but it's $31 off for Amazon's event. There's truly a little bit of everything if you're just diving into car detailing, or perhaps you want to load up on supplies and equipment. It even includes our top car wax pick for 2020!

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If you plan on using a scratch remover, wax or any other product on your car, you're going to need microfiber cloths. A lot of them. AmazonBasics typically sells this bundle of 144 cloths for over $50, but for Prime Day, the pack is $14 cheaper. These cloths aren't cheap anywhere, so this is a great chance to stock up at a great price.

KIMO

What the heck is a leaf blower doing on a list of car detailing gear? A leaf blower is actually a handy tool when you want to dry your car off after a wash without wiping it down. Consider it a big ol' hair dryer for your car as it blows away water, and it's even easier after you apply a coat of wax to make water bead well. The Kimo leaf blower is $12 off its standard price during Prime Day, making it a great, affordable, touchless way to dry off your car.

Novete

It can be a pain to drag out the Shop-Vac every time you want to vacuum your car. Consider a small handheld vacuum instead. The Novete handheld vac comes with three attachments, including a brush, to pick up whatever litters your interior. Pet hair, crumbs and debris don't stand a chance with great suction and up to 30 minutes of run time. Owners are happy with it, too: It rates 4.3 stars overall. Snag it for $8 off before it's gone.

Tacklife

We were so excited to see a dual-action polisher make its way to the Prime Day deals. It's a vital tool that will make life so much easier when you want to use scratch-removal products, polishes and waxes. Trust us, doing the work by hand is hard work. Polishers make it a whole lot easier. Tacklife's polisher is $20 off and enjoys 4.4 stars out of 5 from those who've bought it. It even comes with a wool polishing disc and three other cutting pads to get you started.

MATCC

If a power washer and foam lance aren't in the budget, a foam cannon for a garden hose is the next best thing. The MATCC Foam Gun enjoys 4.3 out of 5 stars from owners, and it's $12 off for Prime Day. It even includes an adjustment dial to fine-tune the suds this foam blaster spews while you wash your car. It's a handy tool that should make washing your car more enjoyable.

Detailing deals just before winter

Colder weather is just around the corner and many of us will need tools and products to get our cars clean and protected before the snow starts showing up in many parts of the US. Even if you're not readying your car for the cold weather, these detailing tools and products would make a fine addition to your car detailing arsenal. Keep an eye on this page for new deals as they become available.

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2021 Honda Accord reveal: Fresh style, more tech but no manual gearbox – Roadshow

Bigger grilles are all the rage.

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One of Roadshow's favorite family sedans is getting a freshened look and a brace of new equipment. The 2021 Honda Accord bowed on Monday with slightly tweaked styling, more tech and a new trim level that will surely appeal to those shopping the popular Accord Sport variant. All in all, the updates should be much appreciated by those still interested in a vehicle with four doors and a trunk.

Every Accord trim gets a redesigned, wider grille that incorporates some new horizontal pieces to emphasize width. It's definitely not a huge change, but it helps the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech work even better, according to the automaker. LED headlights are also standard on Accord Sport and above, though those shopping the Accord Hybrid will need to splurge for at least the EX trim for the same lighting tech. Every Accord except the Sport trim gets a set of new wheels that I personally do not care for whatsoever and the Accord Hybrid Touring nabs its own unique set of wheels, while all other Hybrid models get blue accents to signify its fuel-sipping credentials; the hybrid powertrain returns an EPA-estimated 48 miles per gallon.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard across the board now.

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Inside, the already well-appointed cockpit now features an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also join the standard equipment list. Previously, the tech and larger screen were not available on the base LX trim. The more luxurious Accord EX-L and Touring trims go further and add wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Accord Hybrid makes the wireless tech standard on the EX trim and above. Truly, the wireless versions make the system so much better to use, if you like using them at all. Rounding out the changes for all Accords is a new Rear Seat Reminder system.

Making its debut as part of the Accord lineup is the new Sport Special Edition trim. The previous Accord EX trim is gone in favor of this new combination, which builds on the Accord Sport with more luxurious features. It honestly reads like a greatest hits album of in-demand comforts. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, smart keyless entry and a power driver's seat are all part of the new trim. Prices start at $29,675 after a $995 destination charge, or $1,490 more than a regular Accord Sport. A 1.5-liter turbo-four and CVT remain the standard powertrain. The Accord Hybrid sticks with its 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle inline-four engine paired with a small electric motor.

As for other prices, the Accord's base price climbs by $500 to $25,725. Elsewhere, Honda effectively jacked the Accord's price up since the sedan will no longer feature an optional manual transmission, though it hits the Accord Sport 2.0 the most with its lovely 2.0-liter turbo-four. While other trims previously offered with a manual see an increase of a few hundred bucks, the cheapest Accord Sport 2.0 costs $1,205 more since the 10-speed automatic becomes standard for 2021. We'll miss that manual, but clearly, we were in the minority of Accord shoppers.

The 2021 Accord goes on sale this Tuesday. If you want an Accord with a manual, you'll need to scour local dealers for any remaining inventory because those days are gone, friends.

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2021 Honda Accord reveal: Fresh style, more tech but no manual gearbox – Roadshow

Bigger grilles are all the rage.

Honda

One of Roadshow's favorite family sedans is getting a freshened look and a brace of new equipment. The 2021 Honda Accord bowed on Monday with slightly tweaked styling, more tech and a new trim level that will surely appeal to those shopping the popular Accord Sport variant. All in all, the updates should be much appreciated by those still interested in a vehicle with four doors and a trunk.

Every Accord trim gets a redesigned, wider grille that incorporates some new horizontal pieces to emphasize width. It's definitely not a huge change, but it helps the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech work even better, according to the automaker. LED headlights are also standard on Accord Sport and above, though those shopping the Accord Hybrid will need to splurge for at least the EX trim for the same lighting tech. Every Accord except the Sport trim gets a set of new wheels that I personally do not care for whatsoever and the Accord Hybrid Touring nabs its own unique set of wheels, while all other Hybrid models get blue accents to signify its fuel-sipping credentials; the hybrid powertrain returns an EPA-estimated 48 miles per gallon.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard across the board now.

Honda

Inside, the already well-appointed cockpit now features an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also join the standard equipment list. Previously, the tech and larger screen were not available on the base LX trim. The more luxurious Accord EX-L and Touring trims go further and add wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Accord Hybrid makes the wireless tech standard on the EX trim and above. Truly, the wireless versions make the system so much better to use, if you like using them at all. Rounding out the changes for all Accords is a new Rear Seat Reminder system.

Making its debut as part of the Accord lineup is the new Sport Special Edition trim. The previous Accord EX trim is gone in favor of this new combination, which builds on the Accord Sport with more luxurious features. It honestly reads like a greatest hits album of in-demand comforts. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, smart keyless entry and a power driver's seat are all part of the new trim. Prices start at $29,675 after a $995 destination charge, or $1,490 more than a regular Accord Sport. A 1.5-liter turbo-four and CVT remain the standard powertrain. The Accord Hybrid sticks with its 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle inline-four engine paired with a small electric motor.

As for other prices, the Accord's base price climbs by $500 to $25,725. Elsewhere, Honda effectively jacked the Accord's price up since the sedan will no longer feature an optional manual transmission, though it hits the Accord Sport 2.0 the most with its lovely 2.0-liter turbo-four. While other trims previously offered with a manual see an increase of a few hundred bucks, the cheapest Accord Sport 2.0 costs $1,205 more since the 10-speed automatic becomes standard for 2021. We'll miss that manual, but clearly, we were in the minority of Accord shoppers.

The 2021 Accord goes on sale this Tuesday. If you want an Accord with a manual, you'll need to scour local dealers for any remaining inventory because those days are gone, friends.

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Virgin Hyperloop heads to West Virginia to build $500 million test track – Roadshow

Virgin Hyperloop

The future of high-speed travel?

Virgin Hyperloop

Ah, the Hyperloop. What started as a weird dream of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in the past few years became something numerous companies started to pursue in a realistic fashion. Musk even gave others the green light to carry out their own plans as he pivoted to work on Boring Company projects. While it's true a handful of companies are working to bring the super high-speed subway of sorts to life, Virgin Hyperloop is one of the most credible companies out there. And West Virginia will be home to the company's next step.

The company said on Thursday it selected the state as the upcoming home of a $500 million certification center and test track. The facility will work to regulatory and safety standards alongside the US government and perfect the floating-pod transport network before it's available for wide-scale use. Using magnetic levitation technology in vacuum tubes, pod vehicles could travel at speeds up to 600 mph. Virgin previously estimated a trip between New York and Washington, DC, could take just 30 minutes.

Virgin said construction of the new facility in West Virginia will begin in 2022 and hopes to receive safety certifications for the transportation method in 2025. "We're one step closer to making hyperloop travel a reality for people everywhere," Virgin founder Richard Branson said following the selection.

"Particularly as we look to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, it's clear that we need a 21st century solution that will propel us forward, allowing us to not just rebuild, but actually evolve," Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Welder added in the announcement. The company imagines connecting the entire US coast-to-coast with a hyperloop system to let people move more freely than before.

Based on Virgin's timeline, and if all goes according to the company's plan, the first hyperloop could open for business and welcome public passengers in 2030.

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Virgin Hyperloop heads to West Virginia to build $500 million test track – Roadshow

Virgin Hyperloop

The future of high-speed travel?

Virgin Hyperloop

Ah, the Hyperloop. What started as a weird dream of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in the past few years became something numerous companies started to pursue in a realistic fashion. Musk even gave others the green light to carry out their own plans as he pivoted to work on Boring Company projects. While it's true a handful of companies are working to bring the super high-speed subway of sorts to life, Virgin Hyperloop is one of the most credible companies out there. And West Virginia will be home to the company's next step.

The company said on Thursday it selected the state as the upcoming home of a $500 million certification center and test track. The facility will work to regulatory and safety standards alongside the US government and perfect the floating-pod transport network before it's available for wide-scale use. Using magnetic levitation technology in vacuum tubes, pod vehicles could travel at speeds up to 600 mph. Virgin previously estimated a trip between New York and Washington, DC, could take just 30 minutes.

Virgin said construction of the new facility in West Virginia will begin in 2022 and hopes to receive safety certifications for the transportation method in 2025. "We're one step closer to making hyperloop travel a reality for people everywhere," Virgin founder Richard Branson said following the selection.

"Particularly as we look to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, it's clear that we need a 21st century solution that will propel us forward, allowing us to not just rebuild, but actually evolve," Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Welder added in the announcement. The company imagines connecting the entire US coast-to-coast with a hyperloop system to let people move more freely than before.

Based on Virgin's timeline, and if all goes according to the company's plan, the first hyperloop could open for business and welcome public passengers in 2030.

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Tesla may build batteries in Texas, not just the Cybertruck – Roadshow

Tesla batteries? It doesn't sound impossible.

Tesla

Tesla is headed to Texas and we learned this year the automaker chose Austin to build the Cybertruck, Semi and Model Y at this upcoming Gigafactory. What we didn't know is the automaker's intent to produce battery cells in Austin as well. According to a report from the Austin Business Journal on Wednesday, Tesla applied to also assemble batteries and cells at the Texas location.

The publication reviewed a 188-page application document Tesla filed with the state's Commission on Environmental Quality, which the automaker submitted between July and September. Explicitly, the documents reportedly say the application is to "operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle." 

Tesla does not operate a public relations department to field requests for comment.

Tesla continues to look more closely at integrating its supply chain with the possibility of its own in-house batteries. Last month, the automaker's Battery Day showcased some of the breakthroughs the company hopes to put into production in the next few years, such as the "Biscuit Tin" to pack more energy density into a cell. We've also heard rumors Tesla wants to start another cell production site in Fremont, California -- its sole US production hub right now.

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All the while, Tesla said it's committed to purchasing batteries from suppliers Panasonic, LG Chem and CATL. But, proprietary Tesla batteries don't seem too far-fetched for the future as evidence continues to pile up.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline toughens up with new looks – Roadshow

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2021 Toyota Sienna won’t launch with nifty fridge and vacuum features – Roadshow

No fridge. No vacuum. At least for now.

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A refrigerator and vacuum will not be part of the 2021 Toyota Sienna as the automaker once planned, the company told Roadshow on Thursday, as supplier problems will leave them off the menu.

Both the fridge and built-in vacuum were two of the Sienna Limited and Platinum trims' neatest features as the minivan moves to an all-hybrid powertrain lineup and boasts some very cool styling. Toyota originally planned to plop in a vacuum and storage box for the Limited trim, but the Platinum trim was supposed to swap the box for a fridge.

"Unfortunately, due to a supplier issue, the vacuum and refrigerator features will not be available at launch," a Toyota spokesperson told Roadshow. "Availability is to be determined." The fridge and vacuum should come eventually, but it could be a while before minivans with one or both features land at dealerships. The plan remains to start shipping the 2021 Sienna to dealers by the end of this year.

We're looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new Sienna. While the minivan segment isn't the booming sector it used to be, families still need lots of space for kids, pets and cargo. The best way to haul all of that stuff remains the minivan.

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid adds XLE Premium trim bringing more comforts to the masses – Roadshow

2021 Toyota RAV4 XSE Premium

New model year, new trim.

Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid soldier on for the new model year, but for those eyeing a hybrid crossover from the company, the automaker said on Thursday a new XLE Premium trim will better bridge the features gap. Based on the gasoline version of the trim, the XLE Premium adds a dollop of extra features for not a lot more coin.

Those kicking the tires on the RAV4 Hybrid will still find the previous trims available: LE, XLE, XSE and Limited. The XLE Premium slots in between the XLE and XSE trims with a starting price of $33,675 after a $1,175 destination charge, or $2,705 more than the RAV4 Hybrid XLE. But, for the extra cash, you'll go home with a fancier 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, LED headlights, a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smart keyless entry, a power liftgate and much more. It's not a poor way to spend an extra $3,000 for the niceties the trim adds, and every RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2021 Toyota RAV4 XSE Premium

The RAV4's interior isn't a bad place to spend time.

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If you're simply looking for the least expensive RAV4 Hybrid, that'd be the LE trim, which costs $29,675. And if an electrified RAV4 isn't your jam, a base RAV4 LE rings in at $27,225. There aren't any major changes to the standard RAV4, but for the TRD Off-Road trim Toyota tossed in a stainless steel skid plate.

The big addition to the RAV4 lineup is the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid. With the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the crossover will go 42 miles on electricity alone and returns an estimated 94 miles per gallon equivalent. Prices for the PHEV model start at $39,275, but it also bundles some popular features as standard equipment, such as heated front seats and a larger infotainment screen.

The 2021 RAV4 lineup is shipping out to dealers as you read this, and if you can, do give the RAV4 Prime a good look. We really enjoyed it in our first drive review.

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Look out, Nikola: Toyota and Hino partner for fuel cell-powered semi truck – Roadshow

Toyota/Hino fuel cell semi

Here come Toyota and Hino, ready to shake things up.

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Back in 2017, which honestly feels like one or two lifetimes ago, Toyota showed off Project Portal -- a fuel cell-powered semi truck it seemed rather serious about. Then, a year later, Project Portal 2.0 showed up and further underscored Toyota's dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology. Here we are in 2020, and Toyota has officially said it's going to develop a production semi truck that runs on fuel cells.

The Japanese automaker made the announcement on Monday: After all these years of flirting with the possibility of a Class 8 truck, by golly Toyota's going to do it. But it won't do it alone. The automaker said it will work with Hino, a Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer. Hino will provide the semi chassis, and Toyota will bring its fuel cell powertrain to the party. The final result will be a zero-emissions semi truck with specs to make the vehicle competitive for the North American region. Toyota and Hino already said they'd partner on a truck for Japan, but the two won't be identical.

What kind of specs the production semi will pack isn't clear yet, but Project Portal 2.0 likely gave us a preview. The prototype semi made 670-plus horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque and could handle 80,000 pounds. All the while, the two hydrogen fuel stacks and a 12 kilowatt-hour battery helped the truck go 300 miles. The only byproduct from the powertrain? Water.

Toyota and Hino plan to show off a "demonstration vehicle" in the first half of 2021. And Toyota has a pretty long history in fuel cells. At a time when hydrogen-electric startup Nikola is under fire for a lack of proprietary technology, it's probably not a good feeling for competitors to see Toyota officially toss its hat into the ring.

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