Ask Nathan: Will the Kia Midsize Pickup Come to the US, the 2023 Honda HR-V and – No More Ford?

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In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Will we see Kia’s midsize pickup in the US?
  • Who wants a 2023 Honda HR-V?
  • Ford F-150 overload?

The first question comes from a Kia fan who wants to know if Kia’s rumored midsize pickup truck is coming to North America.

Q: (via Twitter @NathanAdlen) I think it’s time for the market to change, and Kia’s midsize pickup (ute) heading to Australia might be perfect.

Could you imagine a Kia midsize pickup with its massive warranty? I love my Kia Soul, and this is my third Kia. Very underrated brand. It makes sense that they are focusing on a bigger pickup. I hope they will come soon!

Aqua J

This is an older KIA concept pickup truck called the Mojave

A: Remember: Kia’s midsize pickup is still a rumor, but with plenty of support inside.

Recent reports contain quotes from Kia Motors Australia Product Planning Manager Roland Rivero. What he’s talking about specifically is a truck (not a car-based van) that would compete with Down Under. Even though this pickup is built, maybe it is for oversea market, not ours. The quote below is from CarsGuide.Com.Au.

“If we want to integrate a ute, it has to be a HiLux competitor, it has to be at scale, and also from our perspective, we see it as the biggest contributor to volume and profit. And if you’re going to do it all, you’re going to go in real 4×4, 4×2 utility, single cab, double cab… by categorization it’s a C pickup, which is more Ranger, HiLux, D -Max, Triton, as opposed to the (larger) F-series truck.”

Kia Motors Australia Product Planning Manager, Roland Rivero

There is more. We’ve announced Kia’s electric vehicle lineup strategy in the past. It looks like there’s a possibility that Kia will have both electric and gas-powered (PHEV?) versions of its pickups.

We will keep you posted when more data comes in!

The following question comes from a current Honda HR-V owner who is skeptical of the 2023 model. This conversation took place over lunch last month, before I drove it.

Image: Honda

Q: (Paraphrased) Why should I even consider buying the 2023 Honda HR-V over my 2019 HR-V?

My lease ends in six months and my dealership says he’ll have the new HR-Vs in the field by then. I love my ’19 model and I’m not convinced the new one is all that much better.

Nancy (false name – on request)

A: The thing is, the 2023 Honda HR-V is all new, from the ground up.

Since I can’t discuss driving impressions, I can tell you what the main differences are. In the video above, the numbers are also mentioned. In a later driving impressions video, we actually have the two models side-by-side.

Honda wanted to solve two major problems with the current HR-V: passenger space and power. To do this, they built an all-new vehicle based on many components from the new Honda Civic. Much of the platform, powertrain, interior and technology comes directly from the Civic. The most noticeable difference from the Civic (other than looks) is the unique multi-link rear suspension. Unlike other Civics, this vehicle offers all-wheel drive (AWD) as an option.

Honda made the 2023 HR-V bigger (in most cases), more powerful, and added a lot of standard tech.

On the other hand, the ’23 HR-V is less efficient and does without the famous “magic seat”. This rear seat feature would allow storage of large items when the rear seat flips up. It’s gone, but in its place there is more space for passengers. One final odd note, although the new HR-V is much larger (about 9 inches longer) it has a bit less cargo space than before. Still, I think space has been sacrificed for more human space.

The video should help you understand the numbers. Very soon we will have a full driving impressions video that was shot both on AND off-road!

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available from spring 2022. (Image: Ford)

The final question comes from a “former” fan who is sick of all of our Ford F-150 coverage.

Q: So I was a fan for a while until FL launched their Ford F-150 blitz.

Every other video I see features a Ford F-150! For example, can you find news about other trucks? I’m so sick of all these shitty Fords. So I’m done watching!

A: Sorry to see you go.

Let me ask you a question: what is the most notable car news? Did we see a brand new Chevy truck (well, we did – so we bought the ZR2). And Ram? We purchased a Heavy Duty Ram a few months ago. Toyota? Yes, we also owned a new Tundra.

If there’s something remarkable, we cover it. If it’s something brand new or significant updates, we try to own them.

Right now, Ford is very aggressive with its product debuts. We know that Ford gets a lot of attention, and that’s because they’ve released several trucks that our viewers are interested in. At the end of the day, if our viewers aren’t in the vehicle, we’ll move on.

Sorry, you are disappointed, I suggest Boring Orange Substitute YouTube channel.

Cheers!

ps here are some more FORDs!

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