TodayApril 15, 2022

Honda Hyundai Kia Jeep Smart WAPO carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

I was at the Hyundai Ioniq event yesterday. I left last night because they are forecasting 25 mph winds and 1/2 an inch of rain every hour. Combine that with a little CRJ airplane, and I called United Airlines and changed my flight.

Have you heard about the Ioniq? It’s a four-door sedan hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle.

The most amazing component of the equation is that Hyundai has a lifetime warranty on the battery. That’s wicked crazy. Tell me they’re not going right after Toyota Prius resale value. So, how often does a battery go bad? Hyundai’s Mike O’Brien told me that they tested the Li-ion battery and there wasn’t a point that the battery reached its “lifetime.” This is a very exciting time in the electrified car industry.DC fast charging Level 3 is included in the price of the car.

2017 Honda CR-V 1.5 Turbo AWD touring

2017 Honda CR-V 1.5 Turbo AWD touring

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Packaging & Model Mix Comparison

2017 MY Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – 58

Blue $22,200
SEL $23,950
plus tech package $24,950
Limited $27,500
plus ultimate package $30,500

2017 MY Hyundai Ioniq Electric – 124 mile driving range
Electric $29,500
Limited $32,500 – $7,500 – $2,500 CA
plus Ultimate Pkg $36,000 – $7,500 – $2,500 CA

2018MY Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid – 4th quarter of 2017 costs will be available

Plug-in Hybrid
Limited plus Ultimate Pkg

I also drove the Jeep Cherokee Overland 4X4 and was pleasantly surprised with the ride and feel and the interior appointments. The MSRP out the door was $41,975. The EPA estimated fuel economy was 18 city/26 highway 21 mpg.

I drove the 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5 Turbo AWD touring. The MSRP out the door was $34,595. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 27 city/ 33 highway and 29 combined. I got 24.3 mpg combined, mainly the city.



I didn’t drive the Smart much. It’s sad to see the Smart going away, but I think it is the correct move. Even four-door sedans are taking a hit in sales, it was just too hard to make a case for the Smart car.

What a great time I had off-roading in the Jeep Compass in San Antonio, TX this week.

Here’s the skinny:

Off-roading in a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Off-roading in a 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Compass Models
Sport 4X2 – $20,995
Sport 4X4 – $22,495
Latitude 4X2 – $24,295
Latitude 4X4 – $24,295
Trailhawk: $28,595
Limited 4X4 – $28,995
Add $1,095 for shipping and handling

By the way, if you need a hotel in San Antonio check out Hotel Emma – Great place!

I drove the Kia Niro at home. Great hatchback. The starting MSRP is $22,890. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 52 city / 49 highway. I got 42.2 mpg.

Happy Birthday in heaven Holly. You are cancer-free.

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Kia Niro

Kia Niro


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.