The week we present an exclusive interview with Ryan Nagode, the chief interior designer for some of the hottest production cars in the world. In a discussion with AOTR Host Jack Nerad, The Dodge/SRT designer takes us behind the scenes to see how interior design and the new UConnect 5 infotainment system contribute to the overall performance of impressive vehicles like the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye and 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. True dual-use vehicles, their interiors make them day-to-day livable despite their incredible performance.
In road tests this week, co-host Chris Teague puts an all-wheel-drive 2021 Toyota Avalon to work over the icy roads of Maine. And we discover that the once awkward Avalon is really coming into its own.
Also road tested is the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon four-door coupe, one of the best looking cars you’ve probably never heard of. Jack Nerad spent quality time in the recently refreshed Arteon and discovered that both exterior changes and interior tweaks have made this car one of the “sleeper values” of the 2021 model year. Get yours before word gets out.
The lead story in the news segment is the release of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for 2021. We give listeners an in-depth look at the findings that spell out the most dependable cars, trucks, SUVs and vans in the country. Also in the news, we discuss Ford of Europe’s big shift to all-electric cars.