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Kristin and Aaron

In this episode, Kristin and Aaron talk about automotive design and branding. A question from a fan prompted our look at the way automotive companies and their designers use elements of the car to create a brand. There’s a reason why you always know a Dodge when you see the tail lamps, always know a Nissan when it’s coming towards you, and can always tell a Volkswagen from its side profile. These and many other examples are used to show how it’s done.

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U.S. News and World Report has announced its choices for best family vehicles of 2020. Here’s the rundown of the list and our thoughts on the winners and their chief rivals in each category. Some of the categories appear to be shoe-ins and others maybe not so much.

See the U.S. News rankings here: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-families

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We’ve all been there as parents, passengers, or road trip drivers. The dreaded “I don’t feel too good..” from the back seat. Car sickness is something that can be dealt with fairly easily. A little preparedness, some knowledge, and a good idea of what causes it and can be done about it are key. Here’s what you need to know, plus some pro tips to get you through it.

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Kristin and Aaron play a game of Truths and Lies with a couple of humdingers. Kristin has the Charger Hellcat Widebody in her corner, hitting Aaron with questions about it that he can’t Google for answers. Aaron returns with a 500X with some zingers that befuddle. Whose got answers? Lets find out.

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Both Aaron and Kristin talk about the new Jeep pickup truck, the Gladiator. After having driven most of the renditions available for this truck and having spent a fair amount of time with it, Drive Mode is in agreement that the 2020 Gladiator is legendary.

We’ve gone off-road with it in California, stripped it down (https://drivemodeshow.com/2020/01/01/how-to-strip-a-jeep-gladiator-in-3-minutes/), and saw the new Mojave trim in Chicago (https://drivemodeshow.com/2020/02/11/unwrapping-the-jeep-gladiator-mojave-in-chicago/). Oh, ya, we drove it on the road too. Mostly to get where the good stuff was.

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