The Friday Five:The Ford Raptor Price, Speedy Mercedes GLC, Toyota and Lexus SUVs Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Apr 30, 2021

This week, we reported about 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT prices and specs, new Ford F-150 towing and hauling technologies, a Toyota Sienna with a factory-lifted suspension, and GM’s new EV charging network initiative.

Honda revealed the 2022 Civic this week. We spent a couple of hours photographing it and crawling around the interior, using the infotainment and digital instrumentation, and examining it up close and personal. Hyundai also debuted a new vehicle: the performance-tuned 2022 Kona N.

Our latest car review covers the plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe. We’ve also got a Jeep Compass vs. Subaru Crosstrek comparison for you and 5 Fun Facts articles about the Toyota Highlander, Toyota RAV4, and Toyota Sienna

Lastly, if you’ve ever wondered what Audi Pre Sense is, what it does, and what the differences between Pre Sense Front, Pre Sense Side, and Pre Sense Rear are, well, we’ve got a full explainer for you.

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

New Ford Raptor Price Leaked - Find the best Ford deals!

A forum dedicated to the 14th-generation Ford F-150 has published an order guide showing 2021 Raptor prices starting at $64,145, not including a destination charge of $1,695. Reportedly, a Ford spokesperson has confirmed the information to Autoblog.

2021 Ford Raptor Front View Cornering in Dirt

Available only in SuperCrew form and powered by a standard twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor costs $6,100 less than the Ram TRX. But the TRX includes a supercharged V8 engine developing more than 700 horsepower. 

Don’t worry. Ford plans a fix for this situation, confirming that a high-performance Raptor R is also on the way.

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Drops the Swoop of a Coupe - Find the best Mercedes-Benz deals!

If you’re not crazy about the whole SUV-coupe thing, but you want a maximum-performance luxury compact sport-ute wearing a 3-pointed star, you are in luck. Mercedes-Benz is making the AMG GLC 63 S available in the standard body style for 2022. Previously, the S variant was offered only as a GLC Coupe.

With a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine and a full performance massage, the new 503-hp super SUV scoots to 60 mph in a claimed 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 174 mph. For comparison, the non-S AMG GLC 63 makes 469 hp, gets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 155 mph.

The new max-output GLC arrives in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Larger Lexus and Toyota SUVs Coming to Indiana Factory - Find the best Toyota deals!

Earlier this year, rumors claimed that Toyota would build a larger Grand Highlander model to better compete with newcomers like the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Volkswagen Atlas. Lexus also realizes that it needs a more competitive 3-row SUV to sell because the RX L is too small and the GX is not a crossover.

Not surprisingly, Toyota officially announced an $803 million investment in its Princeton, Indiana factory and the creation of 1,400 new jobs to build a couple of all-new 3-row SUVs aimed at “active Gen Y families.” One will be a Toyota, and the other a Lexus. The facility currently builds the Sienna, Highlander, and Sequoia.

Ford Bronco Sport Safety Rating: Top Safety Pick+ - Find the best Ford deals!

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completed crash tests on one of the hottest new small SUVs of 2021: the Ford Bronco Sport. In its announcement of the results, the IIHS characterized the SUV’s testing performance as “stellar.” 

The Bronco Sport earned the highest possible ratings across all evaluations, except for an Acceptable rating for its child safety seat LATCH anchor accessibility. The IIHS says every version of the Bronco Sport has headlights that earn a Good rating.

In related news, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned Top Safety Pick ratings, but only when equipped with specific headlights.

Legislators Call for Driver Monitoring Systems

In the wake of a mysterious Tesla Model S crash in Texas that killed two people, three U.S. senators introduced legislation that would mandate the installation of driver monitoring systems in vehicles with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS).

Currently, the law does not require driver monitoring technology in vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous driving systems such as Tesla Autopilot. Tesla does not install them in its vehicles, while other automakers do. For example, General Motors uses a camera-based driver monitoring system with eye-tracking technology to ensure proper use of its Super Cruise Level 2 hands-free driving system.

The automakers and trusted publications are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on April 30, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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