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

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May 22, 2022 42 min

Mazda is well-known for producing vehicles with uncommon handling precision and exceptional driving feel. Now the brand is bringing those attributes to another type of motoring — off-road. It’s a departure but it tracks the rise in popularity of SUVs and crossovers. The all-new 2022 Mazda CX-50 is the standard-bearer in the move off-road. In this episode of America on the road we give the vehicle a very thorough road test in the hi...

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The first journalists have driven production versions of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, and we at “America on the Road” were among them. Not only is the F-150 Lightning a remarkable vehicle that is fast, stable, and eerily silent, but it also has superpowers that have very little to do with driving. How about the ability to power your house for days if a thunderstorm knocks out your electricity? How about the ability to recharge ot...

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As more and more people consider switching from conventional vehicles to EVs, we wanted to see what it would be like to live with one of the most-appealing EVs out there. So we borrowed a 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge and put it through a rigorous list of tasks for a week. The XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s leader in its quest to become an all-electric carmaker by 2035. The big question: is: can the average American adapt to the new lifestyle...

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After years of existing in the wilderness, Ford Motor Company is taking the midsize Ford Explorer back into the woods. And it hopes the move will help get the midsize SUV out of the woods and into the sales sunshine. We have just tested the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline, the automaker’s newest version of its very important SUV. The goal is not only to sell Timberline models; it is also to give a new, more adventurous sheen to the F...

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Have you ever wondered why a Mazda feels like a Mazda and nothing else? We’ll have the answer for you in our exclusive interview with Dave Coleman, Mazda Vehicle Dynamics Manager. Host Jack Nerad had the chance to have a long discussion with Coleman on the recent first drive of the Mazda CX-50 crossover utility. He gave us insight into the special things Mazda does to give their vehicles an edge others lack.

Among other things, he’...

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Volvo is turning itself into a completely new brand with a strong emphasis on EVs. The latest example of that is the all-new Volvo C40 Recharge, a vehicle we got a chance to test drive in the desert of Southern California. Kristina Vasandani, Volvo Senior Product Manager, is an expert on the C40 Recharge EV, and Host Jack Nerad got the chance to talk with her at length about the new car and how it fits into Volvo’s plans to concent...

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Two global giants that many feel are past their prime have gotten together on a major joint venture to build electric vehicles. General Motors and Honda have announced plans to codevelop a series of “affordable electric vehicles” based on a new global architecture using next-generation Ultium battery technology. GM currently uses Ultium battery tech in its just-introduced GMC Hummer EV pickup truck.

The companies say they will ente...

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Ford has just introduced a new low-priced off-road version of the F-150 pickup that is sure to be a hit. And we’ll tell you all about it in this episode of America on the Road.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler is a rugged, entry-level addition to the Ford truck lineup. Its standard four-wheel-drive is a tipoff to its off-road emphasis. Designed with affordability in mind, it is based on the XL series, and it leverages FX4 content. The F...

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Jeep continues to move toward electrification while retaining all the capabilities that it is known for. The latest example of that is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, a plug-in hybrid version of the new five-passenger SUV. In this episode Host Jack Nerad interviews Jim Morrison, head of Jeep in North America, about the brand’s recent efforts to add electrified versions of many of its top products. The interview was conducted as M...

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March 20, 2022 42 min

For the 2022 model year, the Mustang will offer five new special edition models while standing pat mechanically. With no major changes this year in powertrain or suspension, the special editions should give buyers a new reason to take a look at the venerable sports model. The limited editions are designed to suit a wide variety of tastes. They include the Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition, Ice White Edition Coupe, California Special GT...

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Battery-electric pickup trucks are top of mind right now, and Ford has taken the early lead in the sweepstakes with its 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. What does that truck deliver? And how will Ford capitalize on its early start? To answer those and other questions, Host Jack Nerad talks with Jasen Turnbull, Ford F-150 Lightning marketing manager. He’ll share details on the electric truck and answer some tough questions about EV truck ...
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Kia is seeking to change the way it is perceived — shifting from being a value brand to a maker of leading-edge electric vehicles. It’s a big change, and we have one of the architects of that change as our special guest this week. Steve Kosowski is Manager, Long Range Strategy & Planning at Kia America. Host Jack Nerad had the chance to sit down for an in-depth interview with him recently. One of the subjects was the introducti...
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For those not paying attention, Ram is on a roll. Despite inventory shortages that have plagued the industry, the truck brand finished 2021 with a sales increase. Ram brand total year sales were up 4 percent year over year, the second-best year for the brand ever. At the same time, Ram’s competitors have announced electrification efforts that could alter the balance of power in the truck segments. So how will Ram answer that? In t...
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This special edition of America on the Road includes interviews from two of the most important attendees at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. With cool trucks the overarching theme of the show, Host Jack Nerad captured exclusive interviews with two men responsible for some of the coolest trucks on the show floor. Arie Groeneveld is the chief engineer of the just-introduced Ford Bronco Raptor high-performance desert runner. Direct from t...
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A number of new vehicles were just unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, which is running right now on the Windy City’s lakefront. Among the most impressive vehicles on display are three concepts from Nissan based on the Frontier pickup. The Project 72X, Project Hardbody, and Project Adventure share the 2022 Frontier Crew Cab platform but they are designed to cater to three different mid-size truck audiences. The concept vehicles sta...
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The Kia EV6 not only is likely to change the way the American public thinks about the Kia brand, but it also has the chance to change the entire automotive market. We are among the first U.S. Journalists to drive the EV6, and we can attest to the fact that it will address many of the issues the typical buyer has with buying a battery-electric. Our review of the vehicle by Host Jack Nerad will detail what drivers can expect from the...
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Ford has just introduced an ultra-high-performance version of its Bronco off-roader called the Bronco Raptor. And we’ll have all the details in this episode. The 2022 Ford Bronco brings a 400-horsepower turbocharged V-6 engine and a heavily altered, fully-boxed frame to the task of desert running. With a significantly wider track and added ground clearance, the Bronco Raptor seems ready to do battle with the Ram 1500 TRX. But does ...
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The 2022 Jeep Compass takes the compact SUV to a new level of comfort and functionality, and it is one of the vehicles we review in this edition of America on the Road. Co-host Chris Teague took delivery of the Compass in the midst of a vicious Maine winter, and he will tell us whether the newest version lives up to the legendary 4x4 reputation Jeep vehicles have established. Among other things the new Compass is the most technolog...
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An all-new Range Rover comes along only every decade or so, but an all-new version of the seminal luxury SUV has just been introduced and we have exclusive insight into it. Our special guest on America on the Road this week is Nick Collins. He is Executive Director of Vehicle Programs for Jaguar Land Rover, and Host Jack Nerad recently had the opportunity to sit down for a lengthy interview with him. The 2022 Range Rover is full of...
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One of the best family vehicles introduced in 2022 is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is now available in two configurations: the three-row Grand Cherokee L and the more recently introduced two-row Grand Cherokee. In this edition America on the Road Co-Host Chris Teague puts the Grand Cherokee through a grueling regimen to see if it is up to the task of transporting his family of four in the harsh Maine winter, and he’ll report on that...
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