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 Hyundai Ioniq Packaging & Model Mix Comparison
2017 MY Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – 58
plus tech package $24,950
plus ultimate package $30,500
2017 MY Hyundai Ioniq Electric – 124 mile driving range
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
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:
2017 Jeep Compass Models
Sport 4X2 – $20,995
Sport 4X4 – $22,495
Latitude 4X2 – $24,295
Latitude 4X4 – $24,295
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.
Let’s chat about cars
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