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August 28, 2015 Washington Post car chat

Good Morning Warren and friends,

Doing the happy dance! My good buddy, and yours, showed up at the BMW 7-Series launch yesterday and we got to spend the whole day together driving a car and having a blast. It was a beautiful day to be in upstate New York at the Monticello private race track driving a long-wheelbase car that drove like a mid-sized sedan or sports car, depending on which mode you’re in.

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 28, 2015

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 28, 2015

I drove two SUV/CUVs this week. Sheri, Miriam and I went to San Francisco in the white platinum metallic 2015 Ford Edge titanium FWD. The first thing Miriam and Sheri said was they couldn’t believe it was a Ford, “They’ve really upped their game.” If you look at the Ford Edge and the Acura RDX below you can see a similarity in design. The Edge was easy to drive and had plenty of room for the three of us and all of Liz’s birthday gifts.

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 28, 2015

2015 Ford Edge

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium

MPG: Up to 20 city, 30 highway – I got about 24 mpg
MSRP: From $35,600 – the car I drove was $42,375 out the door
Horsepower: 245 horsepower
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine 6-speed transmission

The 2016 Acura RDX AWD in a beautiful blue was an excellent ride as well.

The 2016 Acura RDX AWD

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 28, 2015

2016 Acura RDX

Model: 2016 Acura RDX

MSRP: $43,420 – – the car I drove was $44,340 out the door
MPG: 19 city / 28 highway – I got about 24 mpg
Horsepower: 279 horsepower
Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs
Engine: 3.5L V6 8-speed automatic

The interesting aspect is that the Ford Edge starts out $7,000 cheaper but once you spec it out to meet what I would feel comfortable comparing it to on an Acura, there is only a $2,000 difference. And I got about the same mpg on both.

What does that say? When you’re comparing vehicles make sure you have everything spec’d out the way you want the vehicle before you start comparing cars.

Let’s chat about cars

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Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com August 28, 2015

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.