2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR’s New Green Choice Program | Talking Cars # 296

This week we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. We talk about all the new features that the F-150 has to offer, including the built-in generator, hybrid powertrain performance, and the sizable touch screen. Consumer Reports recently released a new auto designation called Green Choice, which spotlights the more environmentally friendly vehicles on the market. We explain the purpose of the Green Choice designation, and which criteria vehicles need to meet to earn the distinction. Other topics include why headlight or taillight warnings are virtually nonexistent, if renting a car only when needed makes more financial sense than owning, and why you should pay attention to your license plate when using a hitch-mounted bike rack.

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
01:24 – CR’s Green Choice Designation
06:04 – 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions
18:18 – Question #1: Why automakers don’t put a headlight or taillight failure warning light in cars?
20:19 – Question #2: Is renting a car when you need one makes more financial sense than owning one?
23:05 – Question #3: Would seat covers on heated seats have any negative impact?
25:20 – Question #4: Can you get pulled over by the police for obstructing your car’s license plate with a hitch-mounted bike rack?

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https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner/

7 Reasons the New Ford F-150 Is the Most Advanced Version Ever
https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/new-ford-150-is-the-most-advanced-version-of-this-pickup-truck-ever/

Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse
https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/

How to Avoid Sneaky Car-Rental Fees
https://www.consumerreports.org/fees-billing/how-to-avoid-sneaky-car-rental-fees/

How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car
https://www.consumerreports.org/ride-hailing/stay-safe-from-coronavirus-in-an-uber-lyft-rental-car/

How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy
https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-bike-racks-affect-car-fuel-economy/

Guide to Car Safety
https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

Coronavirus Resource Hub
https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

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