Hyundai wants to change the world with the 2022 IONIQ5 battery-electric SUV, and we were invited to view the vehicle’s North American debut as Hyundai prepares to put the vehicle on sale this summer. Host Jack Nerad participated in the post-introduction press conference, and in this episode of AOTR he discusses what he learned. One thing Hyundai wants to do with the IONIQ5 is to answer the major consumer objections to buying a battery-electric, and the biggest one is range anxiety. The IOINIQ5 has state-of-the-art fast-charging capability and up to 300 miles of range in American-spec form, which should answer some of the issues. And Hyundai has a fascinating try-it-before-you-buy-it program that could take the worry out of making the plunge into EVs.
In the road test segment, co-host Chris Teague discovered how the all-new Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid fared when taking on the mud and muck of Maine in May. He put it to family transport duty as well. And host Jack Nerad relates his experiences in driving the vehicle on a rock-crawling expedition outside Austin, Texas, a little earlier this year. Is the Wrangler 4xe a vehicle that can tempt the Teague family to leave their Subaru?
In his road test, Jack Nerad found the simple pleasures of horsepower as he drove the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392. While most midsize SUVs are known much more for their people-hauling abilities than their fun-to-drive nature, the SRT 392 offers both. In many ways, it is a tall musclecar. But it also has three rows of seats and can tow and haul a remarkable amount of stuff. Nerad might never give it back.