In this week’s Ask Nathan:
- Will we ever see an EV Jeep pickup?
- Do the O-2-O cross-country tour in a gas car now!
- Are used car prices falling?
The first question comes from a fan wondering if Nissan would allow a PHEV Mitsubishi pickup to be sold in our market.
Q: (Via: AskNathan@tflcar.com) Any news on Stellantis building an EV Jeep pickup of some sort?
If they build an EV Wrangler, why can’t they build an EV Jeep pickup based on the EV Wrangler? Small pickups are hot, and no one has a cheap, small EV pickup yet. So why not Jeep?
A: You make a good point, but I think an EV Jeep pickup is a way off.
Still, there are rumors about the possibility of the little Jeep Avenger EV coming to the US in a different form. If you remember a while ago, Jeep showed the world the Comanche pickup concept. We were lucky enough to drive it, and many showed real interest. Maybe that’s something Jeep has thought of. Not only that, but Stellantis is fully aware of how popular the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are.
While a small electric pickup truck seems like a great idea to you and me, it’s a daunting task for automakers. Given what consumers expect from today’s modern pickup trucks, building a small one that underperformed in any way could sink the ship. I could be wrong, but I suspect that’s why we only see big, expensive EVs. They are easier to package and keep consumers quite satisfied with their performance.
I hope you are right about an EV Jeep pickup. It could be epic!
The next question comes from a fan who wants us to repeat our cross-country trip – in an internal combustion vehicle.
Q: (Via Twitter@NathanAdlen) Hello guys. I don’t mean to be a total troll, but I have a problem with your cross-country ride in the Hyundai.
I thought it was a really cool video, and I’m looking forward to the next one, but you left something very important out. You should have determined how long it takes to get from these two fountains in a gas car. Without comparing the other component to, it doesn’t seem as exciting. Maybe it’s something you’ll do later?
I really like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and I think it’s a perfect car for cities. You have proven that it can be driven across the country in a way that is not too bad. I guess if you decide to take it back across the country with a family, you’ll have to make twice as many stops. It seems logical, right?
Anyway, I think you guys are the hardest working journalist on YouTube. I really like all your content and all your channels. My wife and I can’t stand the fakes out there who are obviously paying for viewership. I also hate Subaru for not giving you cars. That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. Whoever is in charge of their PR should be fired immediately! I mean, you live in the Rockies for crying out loud! The only car you should try like Subaru! Anyway, enough of my ranting. Take care and have a safe winter!
A: Good question!
Yeah, we talked about it quite a bit, and I’m excited to do this whole drive in different vehicles. If this happens, we will be looking for one of the more fuel efficient vehicles out there. An economy car that can average over 40mpg in speed would be ideal, and there are still a few to choose from.
You can read about my solo trip back (here).
The only problem for us is the resources needed to do this again. Remember: we’re a small studio – with only a handful of people available at any given time. This type of travel requires a lot of planning, expense and time for the three of us to be away from the studio for a while. Still, it’s something that I think is worth looking at.
If we try again, we will make many announcements!
Here is part two of the two part series!
The last question comes from my neighbor.
Q: I was told that used car prices are finally coming down.
Is it true?
A: They really are, but there’s something you should know…
Not ALL used cars drop in price, and not all dealers play nice. Also, the vehicles in question are not the most popular ones, like Tacomas, Wranglers, pickups and others. Many of the used cars that seem to be more reasonably priced are people’s cars, such as economy cars, small/midsize sedans, and some crossovers.
I don’t think the balloon popped, but the market seems to have let off some steam. This could be a sign of things to come, and we’ll have some extensive posts on the subject on TFLcar.com soon.