Official pricing is finally out for the Honda E. The announcement was made by Honda at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the only country pricing was revealed for is Germany. It begins at €33,470 before the German electric car subsidy brings the base price down to €29,470. Converted to U.S. dollars, the base price before any potential tax credit is $36,957. Of course, the Honda E would be eligible for the $7,500 tax credit here, bringing the price below $30,000. This, we could live with. The last report we heard back in May is that the Honda E would start around $45,000. Just under $37,000 is a seriously pleasant surprise. We learned the final power numbers and range the other day. Unsurprisingly, the more powerful Honda E is also more expensive. That base price is for the 134-horsepower version. If you want the "Advance" (trim name from Honda) 152-horsepower Honda E, you'll be paying an extra €3,000. More equipment is also along for the ride here, but Honda didn't specify exactly what that is. We'll assume it includes nicer trim, materials and maybe an extra tech gizmo or two. If you're in Frankfurt, you can go look at and experience the production Honda E in the flesh. Honda doesn't bring it stateside for shows since it won't be selling the car here. Also, it would be rather cruel to taunt us with such an awesome little car that we won't be able to buy despite our desperate pleas. Those who expressed interest in buying one will be able to place an order this month. Deliveries to some European countries (UK, Germany, France and Norway) will begin summer of 2020.
The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was developed to climb mountains, but it also learned how to climb up in the Japanese firm's pricing chart. Buyers who take home the 2020 variant of the truck will pay considerably more than those who signed the dotted line on a 2019 model. For the next model year, the Tacoma TRD Pro carries a base price of $45,080 after a mandatory $1,120 destination charge. Cars Direct points out that figure represents an increase of precisely $1,000 over the outgoing 2019 model. It corresponds to a truck with a six-speed stick, too. Factor in the optional automatic transmission, and the bill comes to $47,785. If the thought of paying nearly $50,000 for a Tacoma makes your head spin, keep in mind most of its rivals are priced in the same ballpark. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon costs $47,040 when equipped with an automatic transmission, for example. And, for 2020, the trail-wise TRD Pro variant benefits from lighter wheels, redesigned Fox shocks, and a panoramic view monitor that gives drivers a 360-degree view of what's around them. One camera even shows what's under the truck. Pricing for the rest of the Tacoma range stays relatively flat in spite of updates all across the board. Most variants are approximately $200 more expensive in 2020 and than in 2019, and they receive a new-look front end and grille, and a new infotainment system compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. That's huge news for buyers seeking connectivity; Toyota doggedly resisted Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for years. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will reach showrooms across the United States in the coming weeks. It will join updated versions of the 4Runner and the Tundra, which are also more expensive for 2020.
The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD takes a different approach to its place in lineup than the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD. Cars Direct, having seen order guides for the Camry TRD, says the sedan will start at $31,955 after a $955 charge for destination. That makes it about $2,000 more than the most expensive four-cylinder Camry trim, and $3,410 less than the least expensive six-cylinder Camry, the $35,405 XLE V6. The Camry TRD has just become the most cost-effective way to get the 93 additional horsepower that comes with the 3.5-liter V6. Compare that to the Avalon strategy. The Avalon TRD came in at $43,255, which is $4,000 more than the sport-inclined Avalon XSE with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, and not even $1,000 from the most expensive Limited Hybrid trim. When Cars Direct asked Toyota about the positioning, the carmaker responded that the Carmry TRD should be judged against the mid-grade, four-cylinder SE trim that sits two levels below the four-cylinder XSE trim, and costs $5,000 less than the V6 Camry TRD. Since the TRD version gets performance and appearance mods like a tuned, lowered suspension, larger brakes, a TRD exhaust, black wheels, aero tweaks, and interior eye candy, the standard equipment list stays modest. The TRD sticks with SofTex synthetic leather seating and can't be optioned with the Navigation or the Driver Assist Packages. If the TRD trim mirrors the SE package options across the board, a moonroof, a blind spot monitor and keyless entry, and an Entune 3.0 audio system that bundles dual-zone climate control will be the only possible upgrades. Cars Direct didn't break out pricing for all Camry trims, but price increases are coming based on order guide figures for the SE, XLE V6 and XSE V6. The SE goes up by $200 to $26,995, the XLE V6 will cost $150 more, and the top-tier XSE increases by $110.
Nissan breathed lightly on the Maxima for the 2019 model year refresh, and raised prices by a few hundred dollars. The Japanese automaker's done the same again for the 2020 model year, the Maxima getting more standard equipment and a minor MSRP premium. For 2020, the four-door we called "stylish, luxurious and comfortable" overall, but no sports sedan, gets Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard across the range. The driver assistance suite, which includes features like lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert, had been standard only on the Platinum trim. Nissan's also made Intelligent Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, and the Intelligent Driver Alertness monitor standard. The entry-level 2020 Maxima S trim will cost $34,250 before an $895 destination charge, for a total of $35,145. That's a $300 increase over 2019. Next up the chain of five models, the 2020 Maxima SV rises to $37,195, which is $340 more than in 2019. The Maxima SL costs $39,535, $200 more than the outgoing model. The sport-focused Maxima SR with unique suspension tuning and 19-inch wheels boosts its equipment, making the Premium Package standard. That adds the dual panoramic moonroof and Intelligent Around View Monitor, and explains the $1,920 price jump to $42,345. That also means the nearly $2,000 difference between the SR and top-tier Platinum trim is gone, the ultimate model costing $42,435, just $90 more than the SR and only $100 more than in 2019. With visual tweaks like full LED headlights and quad pipes having come in 2019, nothing else changes for 2020. The 3.5-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque carries on, shifting through NIssan's Xtronic CVT.
Pricing for the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback crossover are now available. Both models were completely redesigned for the model year, but base prices have barely gone up. The 2020 Subaru Legacy starts at $23,645, just $215 more than the old model. The 2020 Subaru Outback now starts at $27,655, which is $335 more than the 2019 Outback. Price differences vary depending on trims, but for the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models, the prices have only gone up a few hundred dollars. You can see the breakdown of Legacy prices below, and the Outback prices below the next paragraph. As for the turbocharged models, the price increase is quite a bit more compared with equivalent 3.6R 6-cylinder examples from 2019. The cheapest turbocharged Legacy is $35,095, which is $2,665 more than its flat-six predecessor. With the Outback, you can technically get a turbo model for less than the cheapest 2019 six-cylinder model. It starts at $35,905, whereas the entry-level 6-cylinder Outback for 2019 started at $35,970. But keeping trims matched up, the same trim turbo model is $38,755, an increase of $2,785. Regardless of Legacy or Outback trim, buyers will get more power and torque. The base 2.5-liter inline-4 makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, up from 175 and 174, respectively. The turbo engine makes 260 horsepower versus 256 from the old 6-cylinder, and 277 pound-feet of torque instead of 247. Both vehicles are completely redesigned boasting lighter, stiffer chassis and a much nicer interior with a massive center touchscreen available. Be sure to check out our first look articles on the Outback and Legacy for additional details on the new cars.
The words "design" and "styling" are largely used interchangeably in the automotive world. In the fashion world, however, they are quite different. The way a dress looks is the result of design. The jacket, shoes and purse you pair with it are styling.
I mention this because the 2019 Honda Passport is largely the work of styling in the fashion sense. Yes, it's shorter in overall length and seat count than the Pilot, and there are design tweaks to the front end and tailgate. But much of what makes the Passport distinctive and arguably more attractive than its rather drab three-row sibling comes down to "styling." There are the blacked out wheels and trim, the beefier roof rails and crossbars, and the more macho grille. There's also the ground clearance increase that does as much for aesthetics as it does for off-road ability. Take all that away, and the Passport really is just a shorter Pilot, albeit with better proportions.
To further celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Z sports car, the 2020 Nissan 370Z got a 50th Anniversary Edition model featuring a two-tone color scheme evoking BRE race cars of the early 1970s. It certainly looks stylish, but you'll pay for the looks. Specifically, you'll pay $37,315, an extra $2,600 on top of the 370Z Sport's unchanged base price of $34,715.
Besides the badging and fancy livery, the 50th Anniversary Z doesn't bring much else aside from some Alcantara and faux suede details, contrast stitching, more badging and power heated seats inside. In fact, it actually removes the front and rear spoilers that come standard with the 370Z Sport, so you actually lose some parts. So this package is really for people that are head over heels for the design.