Nathan and The Fast Lane Car team are here to answer your (reasonable) questions. Interesting and/or entertaining emails will be posted to this column. If it’s relevant in the automotive universe, there’s a chance we may know something about it. The author’s email address and name will be omitted – leaving your initials or nickname, your preference.
- Is Peugeot coming to the USA?
- The new Kia Soul X-Line vs Toyota C-HR?
- Can the Ford Ranger be a solid work truck?
The first question comes from Twitter (@Nathanadlen) asking about if Peugeot is coming to the USA.
Q: (Via Twitter@NathanAdlen) Do you think the rumors are true with Peugeot coming to the USA?
I know you love French cars and so do I.
Let me know!
A: Hi Drew!
Yes, Peugeot (PSA) has stated that they are interested in coming back to the United States. It is said that they want to wait for the right time to do it, but it could happen in a few years. Right now, there are no official plans that we know of.
Anybody out there heard anything solid?
The next question comes from a buyer who is looking at the Kia Soul X-Line.
Q: I’m looking at a new car and I like the Kia Soul X-Line.
I want to buy a Nissan Kicks. It’s just funky enough for me to be kind of fun without busting the bank. Then I saw some stuff you guys put out with the Kia Soul X-Type and I was intrigued.
Yes, they are comparable – but the Nissan Kicks is a much less expensive and less substantial vehicle. It starts at $18,540 and comes with a 122 horsepower engine. It gets 31 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. A well equipped Nissan Kicks SR starts at $20,870.
The 2020 Kia Soul X-Line starts at $22,485 and comes with a 147 hp engine. Like the Nissan, it has a continuously variable transmission (CVT) but it’s a much more responsive drivetrain. It is rated at 27 mpg city and 33 highway.
You can read about the Kia Soul X-Line (here).
While the Nissan is much more affordable and economical, it lacks the performance, utility and refinement of the Soul.
Hope that helps!
The last question comes from a viewer who was thinking about buying a Ford Ranger as a work truck.
(Via Twitter @NathanAdlen) Have you looked at the base model Ford Ranger?
I was thinking about buying a midsized pickup for a work truck and I haven’t seen much about the base models. Any advice?
I am impressed with the Ford Ranger, even the base model. I like the fact that you get the EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission standard. It’s a handy size and the specs are quite impressive.
With that being said, the prices can get steep. If you are looking at more space or more equipment, you might want to consider the Ford F-150. You can get a lot of truck for the money.
Still, I like the handy size of the Ranger and I think it’s a great starting point when comparing other midsize pickup trucks.
Check out this informative Ford Ranger video.
Nathan and The Fast Lane Car team are here to answer your (reasonable) questions. Interesting and/or entertaining emails will be posted to this column. If it’s relevant in the automotive universe, there’s a chance we may know something about it. The author’s email address and name will be omitted – leaving your initials or nickname, your preference.From day one, The Fast Lane Car has made it our policy to answer as many questions and comments as we can. We get thousands of emails and comments and feel that, as part of a tight-knit automotive community, having an open dialogue with you keeps things fresh and exciting.Got a question for Nathan? Drop him a line at: email@example.com.[Ask Nathan]