In this week’s Ask Nathan:
- Any information on the Dodge Charger EV?
- Base Model Battle – Honda Civic vs. Nissan Sentra vs. Toyota Corolla!
- Have you approved the name “Nathan’s Crack”?
The first question comes from a fan who wants an update on the upcoming Dodge Charger EV.
Q: Do you have information about the Dodge Charger EV? (AskNathan@TFLCar.com) Did they post anything after the teaser?
I own a 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT with nearly 90,000 miles on it. Say what you will about the quality of Dodge, this is the most reliable car I’ve had in five decades of driving. I have replaced the tires and updated the brakes. A check engine light came on a few times, but the solution was a burnt sensor. That is it.
I was now thinking of a bigger 4-door for my family and the Challenger is a pain to get in and out of for rear passengers. That’s why I’m looking at the Charger. Now I hear that a Dodge Charger EV will be coming soon instead of a gasoline. I do not mind. But I want him to keep the same spirit as the one I ride.
Despite having a V6, my car is a lot of fun to drive. I also get pretty good miles. So what about this Charger EV? Is this the car that will make me switch to electric driving?
A: Yes, some sort of Dodge Charger EV is coming soon.
It may or may not be called the Dodge Charger EV. They can opt for something more akin to electrification. Who knows? It could be called the Dodge Charger Gigawatt on this point. Stellantis uses the term eMuscle with Dodge, and that theme will take off across the board after 2024.
As for information, here’s the latest news.
- First of all, the Dodge Charger and Challenger . are expected to survive. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, confirmed this in an interview with MotorTrend in July 2021.
- CEO Tim Kuniskis stated that the brand will stop making the current Charger by 2024. This could be a short break before production of new variants hit the market. Kuniskis said, “If a charger can make the charger faster, we’re in it.”
- There’s a lot of buzz behind bringing back the “Cuda” name – as a possible convertible.
- If you check out the attached Dodge EV promo, you’ll see a four-wheel burnout of what looks like a Charger or Challenger EV. Many believe the vehicle could sit on an STLA Large EV platform. That means it could have a range of up to 500 miles, and four-wheel drive.
- We may see early use of the all-new (GME-T6) inline six-cylinder turbo before going all-electric. That six-banger would outperform just about any V8 currently built by Stellantis. It is a powertrain that is expected to work well within a hybrid powertrain, meaning a possible PHEV lineup.
- An insider recently revealed that up to five powertrains could be available for one vehicle, but went no further. Stellantis adapts the current Giorgio architecture. This is the platform that should be able to use hybrid, PHEV and full battery electric powertrains.
- Stellantis aims to make 40 percent of their North American sales on batteries or plug-in hybrids. By then, they expect that 70 percent of sales in Europe will be BEVs or PHEVs.
Insiders say the rear will look a lot like the concept of the 1999 Dodge Charger, a popular design among fans.
The next question comes from a fan who wants a good entry-level compact sedan.
Q: (AskNathan@TFLCar.com) Hi TFL crew!
So I wanted to ask Nathan about the cheapest commuter fun cars out there. I thought the Sentra vs Corolla vs Civic makes sense. I’m not very good at manual driving and I live in Sacramento, so there’s no point in driving with a stick in traffic anyway.
Nathan. It seems that most cheap and unpleasant cars are left to you to judge. So I thought you would be the one to ask about these cars. As you mentioned before, I will wait a while during the price increases to let things calm down before buying. This gives me a lot of time to pick and choose.
For $23,000.00 which one is the best for the money? I want something that gives me value for money! Nothing complicated Nathan, I just want to know what makes them worth watching.
Thank you Nathan!
A: These are great choices, but I think you should add a few more.
I’d say (for under $23K) Sentra vs Jetta vs Corolla vs Impreza vs Civic vs Forte vs Mazda3 vs Elantra…now the comparison is complete. Compact sedans still represent a highly competitive class, one that accounts for more than a million vehicles sold each year. I’ll keep it short with everyone because they all have their strengths.
Please note these are based on the base models, not the higher trimmed, higher performing versions.
- Honda Civic – Good dynamics, great interior and efficiency.
- Hyundai Elantra – Lots of kit for the price, including a great warranty. Great all-rounder.
- Kia Forte – Similar to its cousin the Hyundai Elantra, but with a different physical design, with a little less punch.
- Mazda3 – Looks good inside and out, with great overall driving manners.
- Nissan Sentra – Outstanding handling and comfort.
- Subaru Impreza – Offers four-wheel drive and has excellent safety figures.
- Toyota Corolla – A great all-rounder with an excellent long-term reputation for quality.
- Volkswagen Jetta – Good space and a decent all round driving experience.
My choice? It’s a tie between the Honda Civic and Mazda3, with the Hyundai Elantra a close second. I like cars that are fun to drive and offer excellent quality – and I believe these three have that.
Thanks for the e-mail!
The last question comes from a fan asking about… “Nathan’s Crack.”
(Via: Twitter@NathanAdlen) What’s going on with Nathan’s Crack!?
Did you choose that name!? Are the guys closing in on my favorite TFL presenter?!
A: Yes, as I’ve said in the past, some get libraries and ships named after them – but I get an off-road obstacle named after my derriere.
Yeah, I had no idea until I saw an edit of an off-road shoot where Roman proclaimed that the off-kilter obstacle would be named after me. It’s a fun obstacle, with a deep drop and an off-center lip, it challenges the articulation of some vehicles.
Or, it’s just how the guys have looked at my ass over the years. Disturbing thought.
Over time, we’ll make Nathan’s Crack even more challenging as we expand Tumbleweed Ranch and build a serious and permanent off-road track. My tush will be immortalized.
It’s not that bad. I look at it this way, given my love for off-road adventures, the name “Nathan’s Crack” will enter the lexicon of the off-road community. Plus, people will start looking at my ass – which is good for my ego.