Mid-Engine Corvette C8 Info, Used Toyota 4Runner vs Jeep Grand Cherokee for My Kid and Chevrolet Camaro V6? [Ask Nathan]

Lexus-RX350-Lincoln-MKX-Volvo-XC60In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Any updates on the Mid-Engine Corvette C8?
  • Toyota 4Runner vs Jeep rand Cherokee for my kid?
  • Is the new Camaro V6 better than an older V8?

The first question comes from a viewer who wants to know about the upcoming  mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.

Hi Nathan, is there any new information on the mid-engine Corvette C8?

I heard that there was a new development, like dealer pricing or something. But I can’t find any information.

Can you help?

Thanks bro!

Erin

A: Hi Erin!

Recently, Corvette Forum posted a story by one of its members stating that Chevrolet showed dealers a few new photos of the mid-engine Corvette C8. That’s about it. The rest of the information was speculation and a few descriptions; however, a source at GM may have spilled the beans on one of the power-plants that could show up in the mid-engine Corvette C8.

It’s rumored that a version of the 2019 CT6 V-Sport’s 550 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 (that makes 627 lb-ft of torque) may land in the new Corvette. If that’s the case, it could be a mid-level engine.

That’s all I got, we hope to find out more soon.

Check out this twin-turbocharged V8 Cadillac video from the 2018 New York Auto Show!

N


This next question comes from a reader who is looking at getting his daughter a used Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Toyota 4Runner.

Hey Nathan,
Been mulling a return to a truck/SUV after I get my oldest into her first car next summer.
Was thinking about a used 4Runner or a used Grand Cherokee. Both have V6’s, both are off-road capable, but the Toyota is bombproof yet rough around the edges when it comes to street and off-road driving, while the Cherokee *appears* more capable off-road and drives better on the street—but it’s still a FCA product with suspect long-term reliability.
Thanks,
Grant

 

2012 jeep grand cherokee overlan summit
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit – hiding in a Barn in Farmington, NM

A: Greetings!

While I am a Jeep Grand Cherokee fan, I would only consider the Toyota 4Runner. Sure, it’s a bit primitive, but it has reliability built right in. The Jeep is better on the street, with four-wheel independent suspension, but the vehicle is, by comparison, fragile.

As a dad, and as someone who has seen how well built recent Toyota 4Runners are – I would go with Toyota.

I hope that helps!

 

N


 

The last question comes from a fan who wants to replace his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro with a new one equipped with a V6.

 

Hi Nathan and team!

Quick question. If it were your choice and you wanted something fun to replace your old (2000) Chevy Camaro with a new one, even though it means going from an old V8 to the new V6, would you do it?

I want fun and I only buy Chevy.

Thank you!

Cam from Alalbam

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary

 

A: Hi Cam!

Nothing is going to replace the V8 rumble you’re used to; however, the new Chevrolet Camaro V6 is so damn good, I think you’ll fall in love the moment you drive it. I highly recommend the manual transmission too. It’s a fun car with great power and it’s faster than most people think.

Hope that helps!

 

N

Check out our fun truck drag race video – new vs old!

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Nathan Adlen
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.