2021 Acura TLX is one svelte sedan, with or without the Type S badge – CNET

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Ford Edge gets sporty-looking ST-Line package – CNET

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Toyota’s new hybrids, Honda Civic Type R and more: Roadshow’s week in review – CNET

New minivans!

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It's Memorial Day weekend, Roadshow readers. And since that might look a little different this year, since the usual backyard barbecues and road trips aren't exactly a good idea these days, we've got a whole roundup of news, reviews and videos from the past week for you to peruse.

Here's a recap of our most important stories from May 17-23.

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Honda's winged wonder packs a few meaningful upgrades for the 2020 model year, making this hot hatch even easier to love. But there's one new thing we absolutely can't stand -- read the full review to find out what it is.

Click here to read our 2020 Honda Civic Type R review.

Toyota's new Sienna and Venza hybrids also made big headlines this week, but the Highlander SUV is another great choice for folks who want a comfortable, efficient family hauler.

Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid review.

The Cadillac CT6 is dead! Long live the Cadillac CT6! Yes, the CT6 officially went out of production earlier this year, but we took a new, V8-powered version out for a sendoff review. Spoiler alert: This car is great -- mostly.

Click here to read our 2020 Cadillac CT6 Platinum review.

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  • 2021 Toyota Sienna: The Japanese automaker's stalwart minivan is back with standard hybrid power and all-wheel drive.
  • 2021 Toyota Venza: There's another new hybrid in Toyota's lineup, too, and it's a stylish, five-passenger crossover.
  • 2021 Porsche 911 Targa: We love a good Targa, and there are many reasons to get excited about this latest version of the 992-generation Porsche 911.
  • 2021 Genesis G80: Now that we have all the details about this new sedan, it's time to find out how much it costs.
  • 2021 Acura TLX: This new sedan will officially debut next week, and resurrect the Type S moniker, too.
  • The best used cars for families: Want a great people-and-cargo-hauler on the cheap? Here are our picks for the best used family cars for less than $20,000.

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The Toyota Sienna proves minivans are cool

Minivans offer just as much functionality as their higher-riding crossover siblings, and when they look as good as the new Sienna, there's a lot to get excited about.

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The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is like a Sienna, but more butch

OK, we get it, you don't want a minivan. So check out the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which offers seating for up to seven passengers and returns excellent fuel economy.

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The Toyota Venza is smaller than the others, but also packs hybrid power

Don't need all that space? Toyota will soon bring back the Venza name for a new, five-passenger SUV, which also comes standard with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

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2021 Acura TLX Type S teased ahead of May 28 debut – CNET

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There's a turbocharged V6 under this car's hood.

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The 2021 Acura TLX will launch later this year, and it'll mark the return of the brand's storied Type S performance line. Ahead of its debut on May 28, Acura released the first teaser image and video of the 2021 TLX on Wednesday, giving us our best look yet at the new sedan -- or it's rear end, at least.

Acura says the new TLX takes inspiration from the company's 2016 Precision Concept as well as the 2019 Type S Concept. The link to these showcars is clear in the light signature of the LED taillights, though the creases have been rounded, especially compared to the angular design of the Type S Concept.

Below the lights, we can clearly make out four large exhaust tips, like the ones on the Type S showcar. Speaking of which, notice the Type S logo on the left side of the TLX's rump, while the SH-AWD text on the right side stands for Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive tech.

Acura has already confirmed the 2021 TLX Type S will be powered by a brand-new, turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine, which is expected to have well over 300 horsepower. Acura has yet to officially confirm any of the car's finer points, but we'd expect the standard models to be available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive and use four-cylinder power -- likely the 2.0-liter turbo engine found in the company's RDX crossover.

"The new TLX will be the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan in Acura history," the company said in a statement.

We'll have all the details on Thursday, May 28.

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Tesla ‘full self-driving’ price will increase by $1,000 on July 1, Elon Musk says – CNET

Autopilot always requires a driver's full attention.

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Tesla's infamous "full self-driving" option will apparently get a small price hike this summer. Prospective buyers will have to pay around $1,000 more for this option beginning July 1, Elon Musk tweeted on Monday.

At the moment, the full self-driving package costs $7,000, so this would bring the asking price up to $8,000 or so. The exact price is unclear, and Musk did not say if this upcharge will include any new features. A Tesla spokesperson told Roadshow they "don't have anything to share beyond Elon's tweet."

"The FSD price will continue to rise as the software gets closer to full self-driving capability with regulatory approval," Musk added in a subsequent tweet. Musk claims that, at that point, "the value of FSD is probably somewhere in excess of $100,000," for whatever that's worth. Tesla most recently increased the full self-driving price last August.

Despite the name, the "full self-driving" tech does not turn your Tesla into an autonomous car; there are currently no self-driving cars for sale. Instead, FSD works with the car's Autopilot suite and includes a number of features, including automatic lane changes, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, the bring-the-car-to-me summon feature, Navigate on Autopilot highway driving assistance and most recently, automatic traffic light and stop sign control. The next bit of software in the FSD suite will allow the car to automatically steer on city streets, as well.

In March, video surfaced of a Tesla stopping for a red light at an intersection for the first time. Musk's tweet also comes on the heels of Tesla's Fremont, California plant reopening this week, following a bit of controversy regarding the plant restarting without government approval.

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Toyota confirms the US will get a GR hot hatch – CNET

No, we aren't getting the GR Yaris, but we are getting something.

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Earlier this week, Toyota VP Jack Hollis told us the Gazoo Racing badge will make its way to more models in the US. No, we aren't getting the hot little GR Yaris sold abroad, but some kind of hot hatch is definitely headed our way.

"While GR Yaris isn't hitting the States... perhaps it's time the US got a hot hatch to call its own," Toyota tweeted on Thursday. The company won't officially say if the new hot hatch is the Corolla, but like, come on.

This announcement jibes with an earlier report from Car and Driver, saying Toyota will put the Yaris GR's 1.6-liter turbo I3 engine under the hood of the Corolla hatchback. That means the Corolla GR would theoretically produce around 260 horsepower, which would slot it above the 228-hp Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of output.

Toyota isn't saying anything else at the moment, though the company did launch a teaser page on its US website, where folks can sign up to receive updates. Considering the Corolla hatchback is already pretty darn good in its nonperformance form, we're stoked about the idea of a proper GR version. You'll never hear us complain about another hot hatch for the US.

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Toyota confirms the US will get a GR hot hatch – CNET

No, we aren't getting the GR Yaris, but we are getting something.

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Earlier this week, Toyota VP Jack Hollis told us the Gazoo Racing badge will make its way to more models in the US. No, we aren't getting the hot little GR Yaris sold abroad, but some kind of hot hatch is definitely headed our way.

"While GR Yaris isn't hitting the States... perhaps it's time the US got a hot hatch to call its own," Toyota tweeted on Thursday. The company won't officially say if the new hot hatch is the Corolla, but like, come on.

This announcement jibes with an earlier report from Car and Driver, saying Toyota will put the Yaris GR's 1.6-liter turbo I3 engine under the hood of the Corolla hatchback. That means the Corolla GR would theoretically produce around 260 horsepower, which would slot it above the 228-hp Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of output.

Toyota isn't saying anything else at the moment, though the company did launch a teaser page on its US website, where folks can sign up to receive updates. Considering the Corolla hatchback is already pretty darn good in its nonperformance form, we're stoked about the idea of a proper GR version. You'll never hear us complain about another hot hatch for the US.

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2020 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance canceled amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – CNET

This gorgeous 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta won the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours Best In Show award.

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Put down those champagne flutes, fancy friends. The 2020 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance -- a highlight of the annual Monterey Car Week festivities -- will be canceled this year due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, event organizers announced Wednesday.

The 2020 Concours was scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 16, and will not be rescheduled. Instead, the 70th annual Pebble Beach Concours will skip this year, and will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Monterey Car Week attracts tons of people from around the world, many of which are well-heeled folks who display the pristine cars in their personal collections. In addition to the Pebble Beach Concours, other Monterey Car Week events include the Quail Motorsports Gathering and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, as well as several high-profile auctions. In recent years, carmakers have held special events in Monterey to reveal new concept cars and production models, as well.

It's unclear if the rest of these events will be canceled, but we can't imagine Monterey Car Week will continue as planned without its Pebble Beach Concours climax.

Pebble Beach is one of many automotive events that have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus-related concerns. The New York Auto Show moved from April to August (though we'll see about that), the Detroit Auto Show was canceled, the Goodwood Festival of Speed won't take place, and the Indy 500 race won't be held, just to name a few.

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera tested, Cadillac’s new Blackwings and more: Roadshow’s week in review – CNET

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Happy weekend, Roadshow readers. At least I think it's the weekend. In this time of coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, time has no meaning. It could be Tuesday for all I know, in which case, I'm late for work.

Anyway! The past seven days were busy. We spent extended time with the base 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera, 2020 Honda Accord sedan and more. Cadillac also showed us its new Blackwing-badged (but not Blackwing-powered) CT4-V and CT5-V sedans, and Porsche rounded off the week with an announcement about the Taycan 4S' less-than-stellar EPA rating.

Here's a recap of our most important stories from April 12 to 18.

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2020 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a staple of the midsize family sedan segment, and one of America's best-selling cars. But it's also a good choice for folks who truly love driving, as evidenced by this Sport 2.0T model, complete with a manual transmission. Let reviews editor Jon Wong tell you why, here.

Click here to read our 2020 Honda Accord review.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

Following my test of the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S, I hopped into the standard Carrera to see if that solid 911 framework carries over to the most basic version of this sports car. Turns out, it most certainly does. This car is truly the ace of base.

Click here to read our 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera review.

2020 Subaru WRX

Sometimes, a car just makes you smile. That's the case with the Subaru WRX. It's not the flashiest or most modern sport compact car out there, but its turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and manual transmission are a recipe for backroad fun. It's not the new kid on the block, but we love it all the same.

Click here to read our 2020 Subaru WRX review.

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More and more cars are being offered with shift-by-wire technology. There are lots of benefits, sure, but reviews editor Craig Cole explains why, most of the time, these shifters are just annoying.

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Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Jeep Gladiator Mojave

The new Gladiator Mojave is Jeep's version of a fast desert-running off-roader. Thus, it's only natural that we take a look at how it compares to its closest rival, the Ford F-150 Raptor.

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Hear those Blackwings roar

No, the new CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing don't have Cadillac's Blackwing V8 engine under their hoods (yes, really), but it sure sounds like there's something sweet on offer. Have a listen.

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Hyundai recalls 2020 Sonatas with Remote Smart Parking tech – CNET

The 2020 Sonata only just recently went on sale.

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Hyundai's Remote Smart Parking Assistant -- perhaps better known as "smaht pahk" -- can help the 2020 Sonata squeeze in and out of tight spots. But if there's a glitch in the software, the car might just keep on moving.

That's the cause of a new recall announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday, concerning 11,870 Hyundai vehicles in the US. The brand-new 2020 Sonata sedan is the most significant vehicle affected, though the recall includes the company's low-volume Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell crossover, too.

"The Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software may fail to prevent vehicle movement upon detection of an RSPA system malfunction," NHTSA said in its official statement (PDF). "Unintended vehicle movement increases the risk of a crash."

The fix for this recall is pretty easy: Hyundai dealers will simply reprogram the RSPA software, free of charge. The recall work is expected to begin on June 4, and Hyundai said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem.

Only the top-end Sonata Limited is available with the remote parking tech, and since the all-new 2020 model only recently went on sale, that's why the recall only affects a relatively small number of cars. RSPA is not available on the gasoline-electric Sonata Hybrid.

Want to check if your vehicle is affected? Head over to Roadshow's handy-dandy guide to see if your car is subject to this -- or any other -- safety campaign.

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