The Friday Five:The Mustang V8 Downgrade, Toyota Mirai 845-Mile World Record, and F-150 Is Most Stolen Edition

Beverly Braga | Oct 15, 2021

This week, some bad news for used-car shoppers: prices aren’t going down anytime soon. Due to production disruptions and inventory shortages, the latest J.D. Power Used Vehicle Price Index reveals that pricing for pre-owned vehicles might not stabilize until 2025. Eek.

On the new-car side, we have updates on the refreshed 2022 Kia Fortenew 2022 Hyundai Sonata N Line Night Edition, and just-added 2023 Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan Edition. Also, the 2022 Lexus LX is previewed, the 2022 Toyota Tundra and Honda Civic Hatchback are reviewed, and the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro duels with the Ford Mustang.

We cover new advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) in Lucid’s DreamDrive and GM’s Ultra Cruise for techies. For those who are nostalgic, we say farewell to the discontinued cars for 2022.

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

Ford Mustang V8 Engine is Less Powerful for 2022 - Find the best Ford deals!

2022 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Blue Front Quarter View

Pour one out for the V8 engine. First, Mercedes-Benz canceled all V8 engine production for 2022 because of the semiconductor chip shortage. Now Ford is easing up the performance of its 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine, the one found in the Mustang GT and Mach 1. Microchips again? Nope. This time it’s due to emissions regulations. Similarly, Chevrolet modified the C8 Corvette’s V8 engine to comply as well.

The result is that horsepower and torque for 2022 models will each drop by 10, regardless of transmission. This means 410 pound-feet of torque for both Mustang variants, with the GT producing 450 hp while the Mach 1 will offer 470 hp. Of course, the V8 remains a powerful engine, and the Mustang will continue to be competitive among the muscle car set.

Infiniti Offers Free Wireless Apple CarPlay Upgrade - Find the best Infiniti deals!

The all-new 2022 Infiniti QX55 was the first model in the brand’s lineup to feature wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility with the 2022 Q50 and Q60 to follow suit. But rather than let only the new cars have all the latest tech, Infiniti is offering a complimentary upgrade to owners of 2020 and 2021 model-year vehicles. “No strings attached,” reads the press release.

Okay, the announcement also said “most” models. The free upgrade only applies to the Q50, Q60, QX50, and QX80. Owners of the QX55 and QX60 are out of luck. The offer is for a limited time as well. Qualifying Infiniti owners have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade at their local dealership.

Confirmed: New Acura Integra Getting a Stick Shift - Find the best Acura deals!

Saving the manuals has become an increasingly lonely job, but leave it to Acura to stick with, well, the stick shift. In a recent teaser video, Acura says so much about the 2023 Integra without actually saying a word.

The 23-second spot features a top-down view of Acura’s manual transmission shifting through the years to the soundtrack of what may or may not be the new Integra’s actual engine note. These well-placed breadcrumbs have enthusiasts salivating. (Can’t be just me, right?)

Toyota Mirai Drives 845 Miles on One Fill-Up, Sets World Record - Find the best Toyota deals!

How would you like to drive more than 800 miles without refueling? A duo of professional hypermilers did just that with a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV). After fueling up at Toyota’s Technical Center in Gardena, California, over the course of two days, the team’s route took them as far south as the California-Mexico border, north to Santa Barbara, and through rush-hour traffic loops in between.

When the Mirai finally ran out of fuel, it had traveled 845 miles—more than twice the EPA estimate while producing zero emissions. The Mirai Limited is rated at 357 miles of range and the XLE at 402 miles. An adjudicator from the Guinness World Records documented and confirmed the world-record feat.

Ford Trucks Top the List of Most Stolen Vehicles - Find the best Ford deals!

Ford’s line of pickups continues to be a sales juggernaut. And its full-size trucks (F-150) are very popular with consumers... and thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual “Hot Wheels” report and, in 2020, vehicle thefts increased by 11 percent. And “Ford pick-up (full-size)” gets the most likely to be stolen award for the second year in a row.

Trucks, in general, are so beloved by bandits that Chevy (Silverado) pickups came in second. Competitors from GMC and Dodge were listed at 7 and 10, respectively. However, the most pilfered products come from Honda. The Civic and Accord are ranked third and fourth, while the CR-V (the only crossover on the list) came in at number 9.

The automakers are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on October 15, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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