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

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• 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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