TodayApril 15, 2022

Veteran’s Day, NACTOY, Washington Post carchat

Good Morning Warren and friends,

Before anything we do today let’s stop and say Thank You to the Veterans. As many of you know, Stretch’s Father was at Omaha Beach; his Mother was a member of Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. My Father served in the military for twenty-eight years, serving in the Vietnam War.

I’d like to also Thank David Green, a two-time Canadian Prisoner of War in World War II. My girlfriend, Miriam, and I knew her Father was in the war and had been a prisoner of war, but it wasn’t until we were cleaning out her Family house that we found the Canadian National Telegrams.

Do you have a Veteran you would like to Thank? Please do so. If you have a car story that involves a Veteran, we’d love to hear it. Thank you.

Hard as I try to read each post correctly, last week I read a chatter’s question incorrectly. Fortunately, I have some loyal after-chatters that alerted me to the faux pas.

The question was

“Q: mom-mobile replacement
My kids are now in college, so I’m ready to trade in my ten-year-old 3rd row SUV for something still practical but a bit smaller and more fun – would like to ideally keep it under $50k – thoughts?”

I then proceed to give a list of three-row SUVs. Arrggh.

So, mom-mobile replacement if you’re reading this my apologies.

Something under $50,000 is very doable. I’d also like something that isn’t low to the ground, and a vehicle with lots of safety technology. As we get older our neck doesn’t turn as easily, our back stiffens quicker, and our hands get colder. Heated seats are a must and if you can get a heated steering wheel do it. A small SUV or sedan is what I would recommend.

Volvo is coming out with their XC 40 soon which will have a plug-in variant I am sure.
Toyota Camry hybrid gets the same mpg as a Toyota Prius – 52 mpg!
Subaru Forester, Honda CRV, and Toyota RAV4 are all good vehicles.

If you can narrow down what you want a little more I can give you more ideas.

Land Rover Discovery TD6 (Diesel)

Land Rover Discovery TD6 (Diesel)

Stretch, and I drove a Land Rover Discovery this week. Something is happening to me. I’m beginning to like Land Rovers. Sure, they’re still on the high-end of how much SUVs cost, but Land Rover is starting to get the design and functionality right. The Discovery TD6 (Diesel) was also easy to drive in the hills of the Sierra Nevada.

I told you that I went offshore on an oil rig a couple of weeks ago. I finally got all the videos done and the story together. Shell Oil Company – Oil to rig – rig to race – to Formula 1 was a bucket list week that gave me a greater respect for what we have to do to get the gasoline in our car. I hope you will read it and go away with a greater understanding and respect as well.

It is voting time for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Award (NACTOY). Since I am a juror, I am getting caught up on the cars, which is why I also drove the Hyundai Ioniq this week.

The list is long, but one of these cars will be Car of the Year

North American Car of the Year

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A5/S5 Sportback
BMW 5-series
Honda Accord
Hyundai Ioniq
Kia Rio
Kia Stinger
Lexus LC500/LC500h
Porsche Panamera
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Camry

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq

and one will be
North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Audi Q5/SQ5
Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Traverse
Honda Odyssey
Jeep Compass
Kia Niro
Land Rover Discovery
Mazda CX-5
Subaru Crosstrek
VW Atlas
VW Tiguan
Volvo XC60

and one will be
North American Truck of the Year

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Ford Expedition
Lincoln Navigator

Lastly, one of the chatters that come to the chat almost every week is having a kidney transplant on Nov. 15th. Owen, if you’re reading this, you are in our thoughts and prayers, and I look forward to hearing from you when you are well.

Join us for the chat today on Washington Post.

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.

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