2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Lexus HS 250h, Chevrolet Spark, Cadillac XTS

Episode #256 of the Autoblog Podcast is here a day late but still fresh, with Chris, Dan and Zach this week. Topics include the heavily revised Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the possible death of the Lexus HS 250h, the U.S. Chevrolet Spark and the Cadillac XTS. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. We've embedded our Q&A module after the jump for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #256:
In the Autoblog Garage
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost

Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman
Runtime: 01:17:50

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      These guys on the podcast today don't get what the Chevrolet Volt is about. It's about the work commute or whatever you use your vehicle for daily, as long as it's under a 30-40 mile round trip. You are giving it bad press by not understanding it. The fuel side is only meant to be used *if needed* not as constant use. Plug it in at night so you can use it the next day. If that doesn't work for you, buy something else of course. Quit griping about the gas mileage on gas. It's the first execution of what it is and it's pretty decent. Plus you failed to mention the tax credit that is pretty large ($7500) off the MSRP of $44k you said, so it's $36,500 and that's still a bit but get your facts right.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I fully understand all of those points, Ant. There's no charging infrastructure at my office - I'd be able to do 2/3 of my round-trip commute gas free. It's not that the Volt doesn't deliver what it promises, it does, for the most part. Thinking about the idea of the Volt and then experiencing the reality of how it fits with the way I use vehicles make it less appealing than I thought it would be. The Volt is expensive. It does 35 miles gas-free, true, but then it returns fuel economy that disappointed me. The ability to have electric propulsion backed up by the range-extending engine makes the Volt a vehicle you can use all over the nation, in any locale, that's cool. BUT.... If all I wanted was great economy and a car that fit my budget, I'd go with a Cruze Eco or the soon-to-be-released Cruze Diesel. The Volt simply does not pencil out, and that's not *MY* concern, but it's a point worth noting. It's not *SUPPOSED* to pencil-out, I understand, but it's a steep price, even with the tax break for a vehicle that may not thrill you as much in reality as it did when you read about it. As a car, there are some compromises to visibility and practicality in the name of aerodynamics and the necessity to package two powertrains. The criticisms are legitimate, as is the praise. -Dan
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