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August 7 2015 Real Wheels carchat WashingtonPost

Good Morning Warren and friends,

So, what did everyone think of the GOP debate? What was your favorite line from the evening?

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade

Do you know what I realized? I realized I missed Tim Russert. I missed the days when we sat down to hear what the candidates had to say to make a decision, not to see if they would make a mistake. Our question-and-answer sessions are more like people going to NASCAR to see if an accident happens than to see the race. It’s taking on the qualities of a sitcom.

This week I drove a Jeep Renegade and a Kia Sorento.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was burnt orange and everywhere I went people looked. The MSRP as tested was $30,245 and I got the mid-20s on the fuel economy.

2015 Kia Sorrento

2015 Kia Sorrento

The Kia Sorento was around $30,000 and had all the bells and whistles (not a 4X4) with beautiful tailoring on the interior. I got about the same mpg as the Renegade but loved the drivability so much more.

I think part of the difference was the 9-speed automatic on the Renegade. I asked the President of ZF, the transmission manufacturer, at what point – how many speeds can you have before a transmission is a CVT. I think it is 8, nine is too many.

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Real Wheels carchat Washington Post

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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.