Talking Cars 296: Driving the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid

We also discuss Consumer Reports’ new Green Choice designation

Main theme: We discuss our first impressions of the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. This popular truck gains a new hybrid engine for 2021 as well as a number of other upgrades. We give our early thoughts on whether traditional truck buyers will embrace the hybrid, how such a big vehicle rides and handles, and a number of new amenities that may appeal to those using the F-150 for work or play.

We also talk about CR’s new Green Choice designation for cars and how it should help those looking for vehicles that produce less greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions.

Audience Questions
• Why don’t vehicles alert you when you have a headlight or taillight out?
• Is it better to rent or buy if you’re using a car only for weekend recreation?
• Will seat covers affect the safety or effectiveness of heated seats?
• How seriously should you consider the visibility of your license plate when using a rear-mounted bike rack?

Talking Cars 296
Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Quincy.

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Driving the Ford Bronco Sport, episode 295
Nissan Frontier, Polestar 2, episode 294
Ford Mustang Mach-E, episode 293
Toyota Sienna, episode 292
Hyundai Elantra, episode 291

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.