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Left Lane Hogs, Buick Regal TourX...Station Wagon?? | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #150

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We've all experienced someone driving slow in the left lane. "Why won't they just move over?!" you think to yourself. Turns out some states are changing laws to address this common nuisance. Next, we give our first impressions on the Buick Regal TourX, and why car enthusiasts seem to love station wagons. We end this week on audience questions about the Lexus ES, and how CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2 Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:26 Left lane hogs 03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars 07:36 Buick Regal TourX 09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons 13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles 17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance 21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES ----------------------------------- More American Drivers Want Electric Cars, AAA Survey Says: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-american-drivers-want-electric-cars-aaa-survey-says/ Stop The Left-Lane Hogs: http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-ct-needs-left-lane-law-20180101-story.html 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2014 Buick Regal Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY 2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk 2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU 2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8vDgiQnUI 2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4 Lexus ES first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOpsFg2H_S8 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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RayJ-HT (2 days ago)
They sounds so stupid when they are talking about electric cars. If you have 250 miles of range how are you concerned about not having enough electricity day to day? They he claim oh I will never remember to plug it up.....yes you will. They sound completely brainless. Also I bet most of them have a second car.....use it for the long trips or a super charger. It will not take hours and hours as he said to charge it up.
Right Lane Hog (6 days ago)
If I may quote the immortal words of George Carlin, "Have you ever noticed when you're driving that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot and anyone driving faster than you is a maniac?"
daniel thomas (6 days ago)
There’s more to it than just blocking the traffic. It’s the lane where cars line up to take their turn pass a slow vehicles in the right lane. If they move over, they loose their place in the quew
Trevor Doyle (6 days ago)
"Rather than police pulling over speeders, have police marksmen on overpasses to shoot these morons in the back of their heads. That is the police state working for the people." Jeremy Clarkson
26EMUNA (7 days ago)
Hey CR, when you purchase a car, you pay an amount of sales tax based on the selling price of the car. This can amount to thousands of dollars that you never get back, even if you end up selling the car a few years later. In most states, California included, you pay sales tax only on the cost of the lease. These tax savings more than make up for the acquisition fee required on a lease. What are your thoughts? Still think you will save money in the long run to purchase or lease?
The Montgomery's (7 days ago)
I love wagons
Paulman50 (8 days ago)
Millions of spent tyers in the tip, now millions of spent batterys in the tip.
Bryan Smith (8 days ago)
Slower traffic keep RIGHT .... common sense !! Hogging the left lane is dangerous. Drive smart, pay attention !
donE37100 (8 days ago)
We all know the dangers and frustrations of left lane drivers. It all comes down to people that are selfish. The same people that drive in the left lane also double park, tailgate, cut you off, delay starting off on a green light as well as non driving situations such as, not putting the grocery cart in the proper place, leaving diapers where they changed the child etc... The left lane is convenient for the these people. In the right lane, you have to be more attentive of large trucks and other people entering the freeway, and these people believe that being inconvenienced is beneath them.
Eskimopride07 (9 days ago)
I’m not gonna move over to the right lane if they are going slower
Phil Kulak (9 days ago)
You're going to forget to plug in? Really? Do you forget to get gas? Do you forget to close the door? That makes no sense at all.
fredofoto (9 days ago)
TourX will not sale. It looks good enough but it has no soul, no desire, no enthusiasm. Just good enough. Nobody is going to even notice it.
Bruce Solomon (9 days ago)
Congratulations on your one hundred fiftieth episode.
95thRiflesOCI (9 days ago)
If the speedlimit says 100km/h you should drive 100km/h either on the right lane or left lane. To tell people not to hold traffic is basically asking everyone to drive 140km/h + just to be in the left lane and then no one can merge into each other because everyone is driving too fast.
William B (9 days ago)
I'd follow the owner's manual with the Prius Prime. We will be changing the oil in our Volt every 2 years, in line with the computer. We also run full synthetic "0" weight in line with the owner's manual.
Mark Griffith (9 days ago)
Fix the potholes in the right lanes and we will move back.
Acclude 109 (9 days ago)
Anyone bother mentioning good reasons to hold your left lane position? ...no room to pass in traffic, maintaining safe distance, you're already well over the limit so moving over for someone doing ridiculous speeds is less safe, respecting those who are anticipating traffic for left lane exit, and etc.
Teige Kaye (10 days ago)
Methinks CR doth protest too much. Where are there LLHs going below the speed limit? The problem is not the LLH but the bigger hog behind him, traveling at an excessive rate of speed. He resents as lesser vehicle moving from the right to pass but unwilling to floor it, forcing the Big Hog to slow down. He is not there to pass and move right but to race forward unrestricted, demanding others dangerously change lanes under pressure of tailgating and flashing high beams -- often with a scoff law medallion in his windshield.
Right Lane Hog (7 days ago)
We will know wagons are back when Toyota and Honda are offering us the wagons they currently sell overseas.
Right Lane Hog (6 days ago)
That is exactly what I am talking about. The Auris (Corolla) wagon and the Civic are incredibly spacious , practical and fuel efficient. The Civic wagon is made in the same British factory that supplies all our hatchbacks so what's stopping them loading a few wagons on the ship as well?
toyotaprius79 (6 days ago)
Like the Auris wagon? There's tons of them in the EU, mainly hybrids.
Curtis Lee (10 days ago)
So you show a big rig!! Idiots!!
Paul Archer (10 days ago)
They just can't quite bring themselves to say "it feels like a traditional Buick."
Daniel Zajic (10 days ago)
Man, you guys really disappoint me sometimes. You should be pumping up electric cars, the vast majority of people would be surprised in a good way if they bought one. You clearly don't represent how most people drive every day. Many people have multiple vehicles, they could use an electric one for 90% of their trips, and have a long range vehicle for occasional road trips.
Daniel Zajic (10 days ago)
You know what's a bigger problem? People driving too fast, and tailgating. Speed limits seem to have no meaning anymore.
So drive slow in the right lane. Your problem has been solved, you're welcome.
Anthony Portare (10 days ago)
In a stunning turn of events Talking Cars guys are against electric cars. Wish you guys were stuck in the past, but what can you do.
Jan-Michael Franklin (10 days ago)
The average American just can't be bothered to have common courtesy. An old friend of mine coined the term "Obliviots"! I think this is the perfect term for many of the drivers on our roads.
TrollBuster (10 days ago)
I've seen drivers merge into a fast flowing highway at 40 MPH, then proceed to literally jump 3 lanes to the passing lane and then camp there. WTF is wrong with these people?
borninhk1 (10 days ago)
You put an LS instead of an ES!
thwipp89 (10 days ago)
please talk a little bit about the upcoming SONDORS electric car and what your thoughts are.
thwipp89 (10 days ago)
SO MANY people seem absolutely CLUELESS when it comes to etiquette of using the left/passing lane. they really need to emphasize this in class and during tests because way too many people don't seem to know. and like ryan said, a lot of time they're in their own little world on their phone. it's infuriating.
Alvin Brock (11 days ago)
How about hybrids?
Anthropology 4Everyone (11 days ago)
More wagons please! Are any reliable, mainstream manufacturers selling wagons at a modest price point?
Norm T, You are correct, the starting price of the TourX is very reasonable.
Norm T (9 days ago)
Starting at $29,999 for a 2.0T with 295 lb-ft of torque and torque vectoring AWD, what more would one ask for?
weatherman07 (10 days ago)
Anthropology 4Everyone no because they want you to buy their crappy compact and subcompact SUVs that are based on economy cars.
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
If shaggy beards and skinny suits can come back in style then why can't wagons?
Sam S (11 days ago)
I liked the Regal when I test drove it. Both the sportback and the wagon. Still, liked small SUVs just as much. The only advantage the Regal has is the better gas mileage from its lower coefficient profile, and better handling in some cases.
Norm T (9 days ago)
Sam S I squeaked 32.5 mpg at 65 mph in a 2016 Envision 2.0T. So figure a TourX should be 36-38 mpg.
Dennis Dowd (11 days ago)
People do not enjoy driving anymore, thus they end up seeking distractions. Electric cars and their recharge time intervals are a joke and personally I won't have one. Why anyone will spend the money they have to buying an all electric car is something I still don't understand. Look at the sell numbers, from what I have heard all electrics aren't selling. All electric for a 2nd car maybe, but I feel you truly have to have a fairly high income to afford this type of buying decisions. "Electric cars are less hard on the environment" I really don't know if this is a true statement. We are running towards a solution that I don't believe there is some real studies that show this to be true. But why are manufacturers committing to making electric cars? Because of Federal regulations around mpg. I am still not convinced that the system we have today can support electric vehicles and I still don't know that being environmentally friendly includes the making of these cars and then the eventual recycling of the battery and other components of these vehicles. And when I am asking if these cars are more environmentally friendly that should include the cost of making the increase electrical power that these cars need. If we suddenly had 250 million electric vehicles plugging into our electrical grid every night, what impact will that have on the grid, and do we have enough reserve power to all that to happen every night? Are their studies showing this is going to work???
Desperate4Attention (11 days ago)
Hey Buick, Why don't you bring the TourX to Canada where you might actually sell a few?
Right Lane Hog (10 days ago)
Eh?
kirk gilmore (11 days ago)
You failed to mention that if I am in the left lane going at the LEGAL speed I have the right to be there especially if soon I have to make a left merge or exit .
inane (11 days ago)
Is it still part of common decency to not honk on left lane hoggers? What if you use your horn softly instead of going to the right and sneak in to the left dangerously. Oh well.
highrollaXRS (11 days ago)
the problem with this narrative on left lane hogs is that the types of people that do it, will never watch anything like this.
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
The problem still needs to be discussed.
Edysin Simon (11 days ago)
I'd buy a EV car IF it had a gas operating system in which it keeps the main propulsion system operating for as long as needed. Otherwise it's still a city/urban dwelling car. I live in a area with longer distances between cites and not that many charging infrastructures along the way so..
Zhibo Wu (11 days ago)
I am a Prius prime owner that has 39000 miles on my car through my 18 months ownership. I would like to add some comment on that question of how often should you going for a service. I think that user's question which he did not clear it out is that regular Prius hybrid have a schedule maintenance of every 5000 miles and why is that the plug in version have same schedule which doesn't make sense. I think from Toyota's point of view, they can not know how much you are plunging in wether you use one tank every 3000 miles, or just driving like a regular hybrid, so toyota's schedule is always on the very least possible drive habit so it doesn't damage their engine. But here is the but, I am drive for more than 18000 miles over last 9 months without oil change becasue that's my car, I trust myself on how much EV only I am drive and how much engine I am running. If Toyota is recommending oil change every 10000 miles (5000 is just service, but oil is 10000), I feel I can at least drive 20000 miles without oil change, of course you still have to change oil every 12 months as consumer report said. By the way, Toyota prime's engine do not come on when you on default mode even when you floor it, it is a pure EV when there is juice in the battery.
Inc Gohd (9 days ago)
Making the why of left lane hoggers and what to do overly complicated. In Europe one of the traffic rules states, the exact place of the traffic participant is at the most right lane of the road (if it's got more lanes in the same direction like a highway). Second you shall always overtake another vehicle on the left side (couple of exceptions like at a crossroad or exit lane). Ignoring each of the two rules and possible danger is substantial is the tendency. Fines up to 360 euro. This is much easier to understand were left lane hogging comes from and why authorities have to deal with it.
Brian S (11 days ago)
Is it just me, or does the Buick look like it has Discovery fenders, XC70 front end, and an A4-XC70 rear end?
Benjamin Francis (11 days ago)
Wait, there's a left lane? Not in LA there isn't. It's either every lane bumper to bumper traffic or every lane doing 110mph. Nothing in between.
lexusfan100 (11 days ago)
you are talking about Lexus ES...but the video footage was about Lexus LS..lol
Rob Z (11 days ago)
Thank you for exposing left lane hogs to public shaming!!! I wish they all were forced to watch your comments. I could not agree more.
Greg U (11 days ago)
Definitely need to enforce the general rule about left lanes being for passing only. For safety reasons alone. Angry drivers are unsafe drivers. I'm generally a slower driver. But I also hang out in the far right lane. And when I pass I actually pass and move back. As it should be. Or course longer drives I like to go the speed or 5 over to shorten my long tiring trip.
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
Agreed!
Gene Morse (11 days ago)
I think you guys are missing the boat on electric cars. I’m not green and I’m not an early adopter, but I am a new model 3 owner (1 week) and I am impressed. I love the idea of never stopping at a gas station or an oil change shop and never worrying about other maintenance issues. As fuel prices rise, it’s great to have a refueling cost at a small percentage of an ICE. And the instant torque is totally addictive. My range anxiety is ebbing quickly with all of the tesla super chargers out there. When oil returns to greater than $100 per barrel & someone creates an ev that can compete with a Honda Accord in cost, that market will explode.
Gene Morse yeah I’m pretty thrilled with my Model 3, too. It’s replacing my gas car
John Burkard (11 days ago)
Need vehicles that run on something but Electric.
skipsteel (11 days ago)
Montreal is in Quebec where they have more than ample fast chargers.
Right Lane Hog (7 days ago)
If Montrealers could charge their electric cars with their wood burning stoves they would be fine.
Quix (11 days ago)
People aren't expecting you to pass on the right? Around here the right lane is the only lane you can pass in because there is always some slow idiot driving 10 under the speed limit. It is illegal to block the left-hand lane, but it's not like the cops enforce it.
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
Well said.
TTC (11 days ago)
Electric cars are not better for the environment. Look at the manufacturing processes not only for the vehicle but the batteries themselves and the power plants that have to transmit the electricity to charge them. This is all orwellian rubbish
As long as you don’t total your ev before putting 30k miles on the odometer, the ev on average ends up cleaner. But luckily the average car lasts longer than 30k miles
Norm T (9 days ago)
TTC I rolled my eyes when I heard that too. There are some very informative people at CR but sometimes think their agenda slips out of their mouths.
mountainhobo (11 days ago)
As soon as people start buying electric cars massively, watch what happens to the price of electricity. Since that will hit old and poor people the most, we will have wide-spread protests, and different price tiers will be introduced. In the end the owners of EVs will wonder how they got into this mess.
Bull's Eye (11 days ago)
CR experts, flooding seems like the new norm in our area now which SUV will handle going through flooded street/high water the best in case of emergency I need to get the entire family evacuate? Thanks!
mountainhobo (11 days ago)
0:45 "There is this one car in the left lane with a big gap ahead of it" — Can't we just say "There is this one Prius in the left lane"?
mountainhobo (11 days ago)
Thanks for the table of contents.
Lynn Butterfield (11 days ago)
Please do more bike tests. I have a 2004 Element awd manual 240K mi on it. One sad day I will be forced to replace it and having a hard time finding something that will do the job.
saturnday (11 days ago)
Electric vehicles are ideal second vehicles. You have your F150 supercab for long trips and your Bolt for squeezing into the mall parking lot.
Joe Wilder (11 days ago)
Viewers: Would a 200 mile EV range work for you? Is there a way you could charge at night where you live?
I prefer 300 miles on a charge, but if everything else about the car is excellent, I’ll consider 200 miles.
MRT (8 days ago)
I think for most it would. But we are getting beyond that. Model 3 folks have been showing that they can get 300 miles or more. I want them to have more range for the simple fact, any battery doesn't do as well with constant charging. So, if they get up to 500 miles on a charge, and you can have a safe buffer to go farther and then charge when the battery is much lower, so as to make the battery last longer. I mean, not a lot of vehicles get 500 miles on a full tank of gas, unless they have a big gas tank. A diesel car can get that range, but diesel is far too complex to make clean running, thus costing a lot more to run. I think people start really adopting when the range gets to at least 400 miles, and less than 50K bucks, loaded. People do charge at night, at home, with a 240 volt outlet and charge cheaper because electricity rates go down at night from what I understand.
Justin O (11 days ago)
The video clip rolling footage used when referring to the Lexus ES shows an LS460 🧐
Bandidos Yanquis (11 days ago)
What if there’s three lanes, or four? Should we all drive in the right? If I drive the speed limit, should I move over for someone who’s speeding? This topic is a joke!
Sung Joung (11 days ago)
Are there any significant difference between the the same model cars you "rent" vs. "purchase" in terms of ride quality, reliability, etc.?
M Boone (11 days ago)
Thanks for taking my question; I will try to uphold the standard of swag.
Jason Hamilton (11 days ago)
Lexus ES is discussed, but Lexus LS is shown in both exterior/interior. ?. I'm not saying you're wrong, but i can't say it's exactly right.
weatherman07 (10 days ago)
Jason Hamilton agreed. I was thinking it was an LS or a GS.
TheLifetraveler1 (11 days ago)
My ears perked up when you talked about the Lexus ES. My 1992 was bought brand-new and I drove it past 300,000 miles. The 1997 one I purchased was used with 105000 miles on it and it ran reliably up to 290000 miles until my sister crashed it. I would love another es but I cannot stand that big mouth bass front grill that has become prevalent on it and the Toyotas in the last 4 or 5 years and the upcoming model looks even worse. But their reputation stands on its own.
Right Lane Hog (10 days ago)
At least you don't have to look at the grill when you are inside the car. Ugliness and beauty are subjective but reliability is a very solid, objective reason to purchase a specific car.
Blake Swan (11 days ago)
Would never buy an EV. It's amazing how many people say they will buy EVs untill it comes time to put cash where there mouth is. How many EVs are sold a year? That is the only stat I care about. Not this 20 percent that talk out of there ass about being I interested. Fake news
cheatham glenn (11 days ago)
Plug ins “save the world”........where do they think that electricity comes from???? Power plants and nuclear plants, some even still coal....so the argument doesn’t make sense!!! Love Ryan on these episodes!!!
ElementalWk (11 days ago)
American drivers don’t care about lane etiquette. In UK, it’s illegal to cruise in the left lane, we have cameras that take pictures of cars at three different points to check. The US gives licenses out like they give out guns: you get one if you can breath.
Hoder Harris (11 days ago)
Buick making great cars right now.
yan-Deriction (11 days ago)
"passing from the right is dangerous because people don't expect you to pass from the right" That is a lie. I've been passed from the right on empty 3 lane highways where the left lane was wide open and the passing car had no need to be in the right lane. Anyone who has driven in America expects to be passed from the right.
J Segal (11 days ago)
I like wagons, but not into the poser-suv thing. Buick should go the Volvo route and have standard wagon also. Remember V70 XC70?
J. Wang (11 days ago)
21:30 Lexus ES with Lexus LS460 video clip?
anotheran (11 days ago)
Mike, you forget some ppl want to force others to slow down by blocking traffic on the left lane. Some other ppl have really poor driving ability and find it hard to change lanes from he left once they get there
Dongi (11 days ago)
I have the same question about my clarity phev. Contacted Honda about it and they said that the car will notify you when the oil viscosity indicates the need for the change. PS: we have about a similar use on gas engine with a tank full of gas.
lessdeth69 (11 days ago)
My Chevy Volt has an oil condition sensor. You either wait for the oil condition sensor to tell you to change it or change it every 2 years, whichever comes first. I've owned it for 4.5 years and done two oil changes. Fantastic.
William B (9 days ago)
lessdeth69 Agreed, we are also on the two year program with our Volt. Such an easy vehicle to live with.
Brian Burke (11 days ago)
I think I could be friends with Quincy. Seems like a cool cat.
Brian Burke (11 days ago)
Two problems with the TourX: 1. No V6 option. But that isn't a dealbreaker for me like... 2. The non-defeatable stop/start. I can't stand being next to a car that has it, much less my own.
lakevacm (9 days ago)
Brian Burke Turning the air conditioning on blast defeats the auto stop; as well putting it in manual shift. It does suck though.
Robert LeBlanc (11 days ago)
People like crossovers because of the increased seating height. They'll tell you it's because of AWD, cargo space, etc., but the #1 reason is because people like to see more ahead of them on the road.
V VA (11 days ago)
Where are all good reviewers? These 3 are horrible!
dcharizard91 (11 days ago)
Who is the editor of this vid....they kept showing the Lexus LS while they discussed the ES.
Robert LeBlanc (11 days ago)
The people who hold up traffic by camping out in the left lane, seemingly oblivious of the vehicles behind them, are either lazy assholes, imbeciles, or both. Unfortunately, imbeciles and assholes can't be taught anything, which is why they'll never change, until law enforcement begins enforcing this law effectively.
Max Borker (11 days ago)
I've been driving back and forth between Orlando and Jacksonville for the past year for school and even though there's a law about left-lane sitting, I've never seen a cop care. On multiple occasions, I've seen local cops or state troopers get on 95, swerve straight over to the left lane and park it. One time I watched a state trooper tailgate this car going the speed limit in the left lane, holding up traffic for about 10 miles -- the car had multiple opportunities to move over and didn't and all the trooper did was ride their bumper. They're more interested in collecting speeding fines than enforcing rules that actually make a difference.
Forever Free (11 days ago)
If Jennifer had been on the panel today, she probably would have commented on the stop/start system that cannot be deactivated on the Regal. Maybe it did not annoy you guys.
catsspat (11 days ago)
I completely disagree with that "1 year time limit on oil" thing. I had my oil analyzed after 1 year (5,625 miles), and oil was in fantastic condition, with TBN of 6.7. I do not believe quality synthetic oil degrades so fast as to call for yearly oil change. There was even a guy who showed a fine UOA (Used Oil Analysis) results for his Miata (weekend car) using 3-year oil change interval on bobistheoilguy site. Of course, the standard disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" applies, so if you want to be sure, send 'em out for UOA.
Right Lane Hog (7 days ago)
Norm T, I agree.
Norm T (9 days ago)
Turbocharged engines need a 12 month oil change interval. Even Amsoil extended service oil is recommended for 12 month change.
William B (9 days ago)
We are on the 2 year oil change program with our Volt. Many Volt owners also follow this schedule, assuming low engine usage. I'm not sure where the 1 year idea came from, maybe synthetic blend over full synthetic? IDK.
Robert LeBlanc (11 days ago)
Most people drive much more than 5K miles per year. 😉
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
catsspat, Great points.
pioneer7777777 (11 days ago)
As someone who has an EV as a second vehicle in the house, it is ideal for most trips. I think the ideal setup is a full EV and a Plug in hybrid EV as the other car. Like Bolt and Volt, LEAF and Honda Clarity PHEV, etc.
Caleb Brown (11 days ago)
I’m more irritated with speeders not being patient enough to wait for the overtaking to happen. 🤔 who cares if you speed, but I’m going the speed limit and I’ll move over when it’s clear, not because you’re on my bumper.
headcas620 (11 days ago)
25k in a year? That sounds like severe duty. Keep doing whatever they recommend every 5k.
Rye Shelton. (11 days ago)
I don't like it...its ugly....looks like a fugly old mans wagon....the new 2019 Lexus ES looks 100 times better than the Tour X.....comparing the Regal to the ES is a JOKE.
William Bouma (11 days ago)
yes, the numerous environmental benefits of enormous lithium mines, and all the energy it takes to make batteries.
simonisable (11 days ago)
The key word or phrase is “common decency”. Sadly lacking.
Right Lane Hog (11 days ago)
Nothing bothers me more than a Left Lane Hog.
Right Lane Hog (5 days ago)
Maybe.
STI555 (6 days ago)
tailgaters?
Mario Lopez (11 days ago)
Left lane except to pass, there is always someone who is going faster.
InternetDude (11 days ago)
Would you buy a furnace that was only 32% efficient? No, so why buy a gas vehicle that’s just as inefficient? EVs are more like 90% efficient and cheaper to operate. The future, obviously.
William B (9 days ago)
Brent No, Coal is not 100% efficient. But the U.S. grid is 30% Coal market share and dropping. No internal combustion engine can match the current grid in carbon output, Coal, natural gas, wind, hydro, nuclear, solar, geothermal etc. Let's be realistic about our current and future power generation.
William B (9 days ago)
Blake Swan Let's see some numbers please. Fact is my friend, all manufacturing has a carbon footprint. Our Malibu takes a 20% hit in efficiency and range up in the MN Winter. Fact is, cars don't like the cold. Our Chevy Volt takes a 25-30% hit in the winter yet still out performs the Malibu by a wide margin in efficiency. MN power grid is wind, nuclear and coal... primarily.
David Street (10 days ago)
You are not calculating the efficiency of energy generation / transportation / and energy loss while charging. It's possible to lose 50% of efficiency through the power wires...
TrollBuster (10 days ago)
Batteries can be recycled and they currently have a lifetime of 10+ years and improving every year. The cost of carbon emissions in the long run is much higher than the one time cost of extraction for the batteries and the cost to recycle them. Don't forget oil has a lot of hidden costs and externalities that end up adding to the price at the pump.
dwight122324 (11 days ago)
sooo many reasons
J de la Cruz (11 days ago)
How is 20%, of people less than 2% of total sales? What are they selling cars to? 🙂
Norm T (9 days ago)
Funny math for sure!
Robert LeBlanc (11 days ago)
Easy: 80% of the market buys 98% of the new vehicles, while the other 20% buy only 2%. These are people who usually buy used, and/or buy a new car and keep it until the wheels fall off.
InternetDude (11 days ago)
Why are there “cages” around the mics?
Patrick Lay (11 days ago)
They are for show. They are wearing mics on their shirts.
Robert LeBlanc (11 days ago)
Those are suspension cords. The mics are suspended, so there's as little physical hard contact on them, which would translate to sound aberrations from things like hands tapping on the side of the mic or things thumping on the table.
catsspat (11 days ago)
That's the "rubberband" mount to eliminate vibrations.
Kris Mier (11 days ago)
Electric cars are marginally less "harsh on environment". And this is if you buy in to the climate change aka global warming scam.
FutureParadise (11 days ago)
You are a scam
Kris Mier (11 days ago)
Left lane hoggers are the most frustrating part of driving in North America.
Juan Reynoso (6 days ago)
Yep. Tailgaters are worse but those lane one hogs cause a lot of traffic.
MRT (8 days ago)
NO....that is tailgaters. I don't want somebody to rear end me because they can't hold back and control themselves. Especially pisses me off in snowy weather...morons!
Right Lane Hog (10 days ago)
Kris Mier, Agreed!
TM (11 days ago)
Kris Mier im guilty of doing it. I hate slower than normal driver - i feel like they are more dangerous than normal
Bill (11 days ago)
Could we be running from CO2 pollution to electromagnetic pollution?
Florian Beckert (11 days ago)
06:40 ... You'll NEVER remember to plug in? Come on guys, you must be sleeping at some time. Plug the car in at 1 am, get up at 6 am, all fixed (as long as your outlet is 240 V/14-50 and supports 40 Amps,). At work, you can usually charge, too.
William B (9 days ago)
Based on his daily gasoline use he probably fills up once every two days. I'm rather confused by his own example in an argument against plugging in. Wouldn't it be easier to plug in at home over frequent gas station visits?
Paul Mills (11 days ago)
"I'll never remember to plug it in". He must run out of gas all the time.
Cal Joe (11 days ago)
first!
Dennis G Mattinson (11 days ago)
nope! - someone beat you by 47 minutes
Dennis G Mattinson (11 days ago)
Why would you want to hold up other cars? Because you likely drive a hybrid and are trying to save the world by keeping everyone else driving slower and thus (in their mind), saving gas burn and reducing carbon emissions. Distracted driving is also a huge problem - people tend to slow down when they aren't fully engaged in driving.
MRT (8 days ago)
This is really ignorant! It has nothing to do with saving the world or environment. People that drive in the left lane are not following the law, distracted, or just an asshole, that is it. Everything does better going slower BTW and hybrids do much better in city because of regen braking into the battery....not on the highway. Not sure what the hell you are talking about frankly. 8 idiots somehow voted you up.
BadlndsBob (11 days ago)
I've spoken to people who know they are blocking the lane and don't care. I've ridden with a woman who thought that line of cars behind her was not trying to pass her, they were just there. Some drivers seem to think it's a lane of refuge.
yan-Deriction (11 days ago)
sure, blame those darn hybrids. there is no other possible explanation for why someone is driving slow or hogging the left lane.

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