Talking Cars 317: Driving the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

We also debate the future collectibility of SUVs and crossovers

Main theme: We explain the latest recall involving the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle and why owners should park their cars outside and away from homes or other structures because of a fire risk. Then we give our impressions of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe. Does this plug-in hybrid earn legitimate “green” credentials, and will it appeal to the diehard Wrangler crowd? We also debate whether SUVs and crossovers will ever be popular as collectible cars . . . and give our picks of which ones might just make the cut.

Driven this week: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Audience Questions

  • Why aren’t asymmetrical tires labeled more clearly to help prevent them being mounted incorrectly?
  • Should you use transmission braking to slow your car down mountain roads?
  • Would a 2012-2013 Nissan Leaf be a good used car for a teenage driver?
Talking Cars 317
'Talking Cars' panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Mike Monticello.

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.