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Jeffrey N. Ross | Jun 29, 2020

Automotive design has progressed immensely over the last decade, but if you want your new car to stand out even more, most automakers provide some sort of appearance package. These packages offer a custom-looking exterior right from the factory including tinted headlights and taillights, blacked-out wheels, unique trim and sporty interiors. With so many to choose from, though, here are the coolest appearance packages you can buy today.

Honda Black Edition

Honda Pilot Black Edition

There are several automakers that offer available blacked-out appearance packages, and Honda's Black Edition models are a great example.

As range-topping trim levels for the Pilot crossover and Ridgeline pickup truck, the Black Edition comes fully loaded with equipment and has a sporty look inside and out. These models are easy to spot thanks to black wheels and mirror caps, and they also upgrade to a sporty interior with black leather seats, red contrast stitching and red LED ambient lighting.

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Toyota Nightshade

Toyota 4Runner with Nightshade package

Toyota also offers a similar appearance package called the Nightshade Special Edition adding black wheels, black exterior badges and even black interior trim. The Nightshade Special Edition is currently available on five vehicles – 4Runner, Corolla, Corolla Hatchback, Camry and Sienna.

But Toyota's website promises more Nightshade models are coming soon. Most of these models are available only in white, black or silver exterior paint jobs, although Sienna buyers also have the option for a red Nightshade model.

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Rolls-Royce Black Badge

Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge

It isn't just mainstream automakers getting in on the appearance package action. Rolls-Royce offers its Black Badge treatment across its lineup for customers who "reject conformity and live on their own terms." We're pretty sure that applies to anyone driving a Rolls-Royce, but you have to admit that seeing a murdered-out Cullinan, Wraith, Ghost or Dawn.

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Acura A-Spec

Acura TLX A-Spec

Not all appearance packages have to focus on the outside of the vehicle. Yes, Acura's A-Spec package does spice up the look of the ILX and TLX sedans and RDX and MDX crossovers with bigger wheels and gloss black exterior accents, but it also provides a sportier and more luxurious feel inside with a unique Alcantara interior that is offered in red or black.

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Jeep North Edition

Jeep Gladiator North Edition

Being a Jeep, the North Edition appearance package combines form and function with winter driving in mind.

For style, these Jeeps all come standard with tow hooks, unique badging and durable all-weather floor mats, but it also adds some warming functionality with standard heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Best of all, the Jeep North Edition is available across the Jeep lineup on the Compass, Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Gladiator.

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Chevrolet RST

Chevrolet Silverado with RST Package

Pickup trucks and SUVs deserve a chance to look sporty, too, and Chevrolet's RST package does just that. Available as a trim level on the Silverado or an option package on the Tahoe, the RST a monochromatic look with bigger wheels and bolder style.

While the Silverado RST gets blacked-out Chevy badges, LED headlights and 18-inch wheels, the Tahoe RST takes this a step further with a black grille and window molding as well as massive 22-inch two-tone aluminum wheels. The Tahoe RST also offers an optional Performance Package swapping out the base 5.3-liter V-8 with a more powerful 6.2-liter V-8.

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Ford STX

Ford Super Duty with STX Package

Like the Silverado, the Ford F-Series can also get a styling upgrade with the STX trim level. The STX appearance package is available on the F-150 and the F-Series Super Duty, but these trucks take slightly different approaches to their application.

The light-duty F-150 gets a monochromatic look with body-colored bumpers and grille surround, and it also gets 20-inch aluminum wheels, standard fog lights and "STX" decals on the bed. The Super Duty STX Appearance package can be ordered on the F-250 and F-350 (both single- and dual-rear wheels), and it gets exclusive aluminum wheels with bright hub covers, a bright chrome grille and chrome bumpers front and rear.

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