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In this episode, Kristin and Aaron talk about the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and the 2020 Mazda 6, both competing sedans in the midsized market. These are both great vehicles, but they each have strengths, weaknesses, and a different approach to the same market. We talk comparisons in differences and similarities. Which is better? You decide.

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In this episode, Kristin and Aaron talk about family vehicles with a plug. Most plug-in hybrid vehicles and fully electric (EV) vehicles are not generally family-sized. There are a few, however, and the two of us have driven most of them. From the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Tesla Models X and Y, we talk family vehicles with plugs.

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In this video, we explain what the various electrified vehicles are and give an overview of how they work and who they’re suited for. From fully battery electric EV options to plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells, this video explains the basics to the consumer wondering about efficiency options. Got questions? Comment below or find us at http://www.DriveModeShow.com and ask. We’re happy to help.

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In this episode, Aaron talks about heavy duty pickups with Tim Esterdahl of PickupTruckTalk.com. The HD truck industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years and continues to make rapid developments in powertrains, comfort, and capability. Tim explains where things are and what’s coming soon, including information on the new electric HD truck from Bollinger and the upcoming Ford Tremor package, which will compete with the Ram Power Wagon in off-road prowess. That and more in this informative chat with Tim.

Find Tim at http://www.PickupTruckTalk.com

See Kristin’s interview with an engineer at GM about HD trucks here: https://drivemodeshow.com/2020/03/06/2020-gmc-sierra-towing-with-an-engineer-to-explain/

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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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Kristin talks about the Corvette and why it’s so great. While all the talk right now is on the new mid-engined 2020 model, Kristin loves the 2019 Grand Sport model with its beautiful red and massive appeal. Here’s her take.

For a full review, see Kristin’s writeup on Cars Her Way: https://www.carsherway.com/post/the-corvette-is-still-red-hot

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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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A “set and forget” car is one that doesn’t require anything but seat and mirror adjustment the first time you get in. From there, everything is, by default, probably perfect. These are the most user-friendly and simplest of vehicles and are what those who aren’t necessarily automotive nutjobs (like we are) would probably prefer. We talk about pickup trucks, minivans, SUVs, and more that all fit this definition to us. Watch this episode of Drive Mode and see what we mean!

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Teen drivers have unique needs beyond just four wheels and a key. Safety is of everyone’s concern, especially parents, when considering a vehicle for a teenager. But there are other things to think about as well. In this episode, Kristin and Aaron delve into the criteria that make for an excellent car for a teen and list models that fit those criterion.

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