TodayApril 15, 2022

August auto sales, Jaguar F-Pace, Toyota carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends Its WAPO carchat time, 

August is done! August is an interesting month; it’s the end of Summer, the time everyone starts buckling down again and getting serious. Many people take vacations during August, which is why auto sales are traditionally off a bit.

Do we have chatters in Florida? If so, is everyone okay from the Hurricane? Are my peeps in DC feeling it? What are you doing differently? Does everyone have their emergency kits in their trunks?

This week I drove the new Jaguar F-Pace and the Toyota Prius Two Eco.

I love any design by Ian Callum, and the F-Pace continues that tradition. The interior is neatly appointed, especially when it is lit up at nighttime. The 35t R-Sport starts at $55,300, the one I drove was $62,295 which included climate/heated seats. I got around 20mpg; EPA estimate is 18 city/23 highway/20 combined.

My beloved little Toyota Prius isn’t getting the love it deserves; sales are down 26% this year. That is surprising to me because I love this vehicle. Out the door, it is $25,760 and the EPA estimated fuel economy is 58 city/ 53 highway/ 56 combined. I got around 55 mpg. Just a great car, but cars aren’t selling well right now, only SUVs and trucks. When the price of gas goes back up….

Let’s chat about cars

August auto sales, Jaguar F-Pace, Toyota Prius two eco, carchat
August auto sales, Jaguar F-Pace, Toyota Prius two eco, carchat
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.