TodayApril 15, 2022

Fruitcake Challenger heated WAPO carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

It’s time for the WAPO carchat. The first snowstorms of the year always feel like we’re in for a Maunder Minimum, a small ice age. The body is not ready for it, and you need to switch from Summer driving to Winter driving. I’ve written a Top Ten Winter driving tips for snow and ice.

I have to show you this – can you see the fruitcake? This could be the best PR stunt yet; Nissan sent it. The top says, “Holiday Fruitcake The one food that might last longer than the 2017 Nissan Titan’s industry-leading five year/100,000-mile warranty.” Too funny, very timely – and effective.

Looking at Christmas lights on the Genesis G90
Looking at Christmas lights on the Genesis G90

I drove the Genesis G90 – Stretch loved the nightlights in the car and the way our friend’s  Christmas lights looked on the hood of the G90. It’s a $70,000 beauty that got 15 mpg.

The Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring CUV with skyactiv is very affordable at $41,370, and we got 25mpg.

I also drove the Dodge Challenger. Stretch loved the Challenger; the sound when it started up, the fun of driving 0-60. Me, I’m a luxury kind of girl. We’re funny that way. He did agree that he would like the heated steering wheel and heated seats in the car. Total price was $43,575, EPA estimate of 15 city/ 25 highway/ 18 combined.

If you are interested in future alternative energies and alternative universes, perhaps multi-verses, you can check out the article Stretch wrote on EmDrive. Then you will know I call him Sheldon from the big bang theory. :)

Let’s chat about cars

Click on the picture below to read the rest of the Washington Post car chat

Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger
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.