TodayApril 15, 2022

Ford F250 diesel Cadillac XT5 Toyota C-HR WAPO carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

Finally, the rains have stopped, and the Sun has come out. There are so many sparkling clean cars in California; everywhere you look there is green, the flowers are blooming, it’s going to be a beautiful Summer full of allergies people never knew they had.

I drove a 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty 4 X 4 crew cab 6.7-liter V-8 diesel this week. Talk about a behemoth of a vehicle! I got to practice my two-point turn everywhere I went. Ford is smart enough to put a button in the truck that pulls the foot-long mirrors in when going through tight spaces.

The truck is completely functional, except for parking. I still have to master parking, but it got easier throughout the week. The funny part is that I had more neighbors and friends talk to me about this truck than any vehicle I have driven in the past couple of months. My neighbors, Penny and Dan, just got back from a trip to San Diego, hauling their trailer down there. My neighbor, Sheri, hauls horses and would love the low-end torque of the diesel and the 14.7 mpg.

The MSRP is $50,620. The pickup I drove was $66,945 out of the door. I got 14.7 mpg.

The embargo has been lifted on the 2018 Toyota C-HR. You can read my review here.

I also drove the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD, a crossover. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 18 city / 26 highway/ 21 combined. I got 21.6 mpg. The base price is $62,500, out the door my CUV was $69,985.

The competitors for the Cadillac are Porsche Macan, Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC, Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X3, Audi SQ5, Mercedes-Benz GLC-class.

Let’s chat about cars

I was just talking about this in a previous post – that automakers are fighting the increase in miles per gallon – and using studies paid for by them to show the effect – don’t be fooled- tell them to get rid of the deadwood in their company and that you want clean air! They should be ashamed of themselves.

U.S. consumers may pay an average premium of more than $1,800 per vehicle by 2025 due to tougher fuel economy and emissions targets, according to the Indiana University study, which was conducted over 18 months and funded by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Read the rest of the Washington Post car chat by clicking on the picture

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD, a crossover

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD, a crossover


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.