America on the Road

America on the Road

Hosts Jack Nerad and Chris Teague talk about cars and interview special guests from the automotive industry... Show More

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March 5, 2021 59 min
Midwinter might not be primetime to drive the massive 2021 Ford F-350 Tremor pickup in the wilds of Maine, but it was a perfect time for co-host Chris Teague. Not only could he put the truck through the rigors of a below-zero Maine winter, but he could also use the imposing truck to do some furniture moving. Great plan, right? The big Ford SuperDuty might not be the biggest pickup in Maine, but it is certainly in the running for t...
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As carmakers introduce more electric vehicles adoption of the technology grows. But a big question is where and how will we charge all these new electric vehicles? Happily, we just interviewed a guy who has the answers to those questions, special guest Bill Loewenthal is SVP Product at ChargePoint, a giant player in the electric vehicle charging space. In business before the current electric-car era began, ChargePoint has thought t...
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The week we present an exclusive interview with Ryan Nagode, the chief interior designer for some of the hottest production cars in the world. In a discussion with AOTR Host Jack Nerad, The Dodge/SRT designer takes us behind the scenes to see how interior design and the new UConnect 5 infotainment system contribute to the overall performance of impressive vehicles like the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye and 2021 Dodge Durango SR...
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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is one of the most exciting off-roaders to be introduced in the last two decades. In this episode, host Jack Nerad speaks with Adrian Aguirre, the vehicle's chief program engineer. Aguirre details the thinking that went into debuting the brand-new vehicle in what is already an extremely crowded segment. And he digs deep into the attributes that he believes are critical to establishing the Bronco Sport...
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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor promises to be one of the most exciting trucks of the year, and we have an exclusive interview with Raptor program head Tony Greco. The wide-ranging interview covers all of the Raptor's impressive new features, including a first-ever coil-spring rear suspension and 37-inch tire option. Conducted by host Jack Nerad, the interview also airs out the philosophy behind the third-generation truck. In the v...
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While the redesigned 2021 Nissan Kicks small SUV is just as sassy as it ever was, it also shows a new level of sophistication and refinement. That is one of the key takeaways from our recent road test of this just introduced model. Introduced in the American market just three years ago, the renewed Kicks has more features, enhanced technology, and a new standard level of connectivity. The updated interior offers a revised center co...
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Nissan has made big changes to its 2021 Armada full-size sport utility vehicle, and we'll tell you all about them in our comprehensive road test.  Better looking and more sophisticated. And we'll tell you more. We also road test the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. It's not a name that on everyone's lips, but will it pass our rigorous tests that include children in booster seats? We'll give you the definitive...
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In this edition of the award-winning America on the Road we take the brand-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport on a real-world 500-mile road trip. Host Jack Nerad and his youngest daughter, Greta, set off on a trek to take her back to college. The open question was could the Bronco Sport swallow all the gear a college student needs these days? The results were surprising. On the other side of the road test equation, this week co-host Chris...
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In our road test segment, we heat up the winter with the red-hot Dodge Durango SRT and the Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country. Both vehicles make short work of bad winter weather. In the interview segment of the program, host Jack Nerad takes a look at yet another all-wheel-drive vehicle, the AWD version of the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. After a recent drive in the top-level Pinnacle version of the vehicle. he had a chance to sit down...
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The Ford F-150 is the bestselling vehicle in America, and in our interview segment this week we have one of the men responsible for that remarkable success, Ford F-150 Marketing Manager Brian Bell. AOTR host Jack Nerad caught up with Bell at a recent Ford drive event that featured the new truck in its natural element, and, despite Covid-19 precautions, the conversation about the new truck was lively and informative. In the road te...
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This week our road tests feature two vehicles that have just been named finalists in the prestigious North American Utility of the Year competition for 2021. The Land Rover Defender is the latest version to bear the fabled Defender name, and it has all the off-road credentials its name suggests. Co-host Chris Teague had the chance to throw the newest Defender up against the challenging snow, ice, and muck that characterize a Maine ...
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What is it like to drive the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E? We were among the first journalists to drive it, and we have a full report on the vehicle in this episode of America on the Road. Host Jack Nerad is Vice President of the North American Car of the Year jury that announced yesterday the Mach-E is one of three finalists for the 2021 North American Utility of the Year award. (The others are the Land Rover Defender...
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The long wait is over and the chance to go off-road in the all-new and highly anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has arrived. Host Jack Nerad was one of a select few auto journalists who got the chance to put the Bronco Sport through its paces at the renowned Hungry Valley off-road park near Gorman, California. During the course of a very satisfying day, he had the chance to thoroughly wring out both versions of what is expected to...
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December 4, 2020 47 min
According to Honda, the new 2021 Accord Hybrid is the version of the car you should buy. Why? That's one of the many questions we asked Honda product planner Jerry Chang about the model that has become an American icon. He and host Jack Nerad discuss how the revised edition of the ever-popular sedan has been prepared to please a new cohort of Millennial buyers. In the car review segment co-host Chris Teague takes a long look a...
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What's it like to drive the all-new 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye on the street and on the racetrack? This is the place to find out because our own Jack Nerad got the chance to do both at a just-completed event outside Charlotte, North Carolina. While we don't want to let the wildcat out of the burlap bag, there are things about the new super-sedan that you would never guess. What is no secret is the car i...
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We just got the chance to drive the all-new 2021 Ford F-150, and we made the most of it. In an event that combined on-road driving, off-road crawling, and even a little black ice, host Jack Nerad had the chance to put various F-150 models through their paces. During the road test section of America on the Road he describes his experiences in detail, and guest host Geno Effler of J.D. Power reveals how previous editions of the F-150...
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In the program's interview segment, we take a look at the question could the 2021 Cadillac Escalade be termed the most technologically advanced vehicle in America? With its leading-edge Super Cruise driver's assist system that borders on self-driving and a wealth of other technological advances, one could make that case. Host Jack Nerad conducts an in-depth interview with Global Cadillac Escalade Product Manager to explore ...
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Electric cars are gaining currency and the question before the hosts of America on the Road is will cars like the ElectraMeccanica Solo, a single-person transportation device, change the way we commute? And will it change the way we deliver pizzas? Those questions and more are considered in host Jack Nerad's exclusive interview with ElectraMeccanica CEO M. Paul Rivera. The interview came after Nerad had the opportunity to test ...
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In the news segment of this week's America on the Road hosts Jack Nerad and Chris Teague take up the question of Americans' desire to purchase self-driving cars. Spurred by the most recent edition of a J.D.Power survey Nerad and Teague consider whether consumers are ready for autonomous cars, and if they're not they look at factors that might change their minds. In the road test segment, Teague wrings out the all-new 2...
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What is it like to drive a 702-horsepower supertruck that is designed to lay waste to every other truck on the road? America on the Road host Jack Nerad got that opportunity this week, and he shares his varied experiences in this podcast. Spoiler alert: there are things about the truck that you'd probably never guess. In the interview portion of the program, Nerad sits down for a lengthy talk with Robin Moreo, Nissan program m...
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