Episode 42, Ford F-150 still rules, less safe cars, hydrogen

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The Ford F-150 pick-up has no equals, except for its siblings. They comprise the stable of the country’s best-selling pick-up trucks. The truck’s legacy as the second best-selling vehicle in history as well as its pros and cons among three topics discussed in Episode 42 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia recently drove the 2018 Ford F-150 (Lariat) trim. Neither of us are pick-up enthusiasts, but the new F-150 won us over. It’s powerful, comfortable, spacious, rugged and luxurious — at least as much as pick-up trucks can be luxurious.

The Ford F-150 is the country's top-selling pickup. and for plenty of reasons.
The Ford F-150 is the country’s top-selling pickup and the second best-selliing vehicle in history — and for plenty of reasons. Image © James Raia/2018

The new Ford F-150 is also expensive. We review the turbo-charged diesel equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and 250 horsepower. It leaves little doubt why Ford pickups are increasingly popular

Bruce and I also discuss a recent report that examines car features that make driving less safe. And we also revisit the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. We review a recent interview I had with Chris White, the communications director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. White has been leasing the Clarity fuel cell for more than 1 1/2 years. She was the first person in Northern California to lease the vehicle that operates on hydrogen.

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