Talking Cars (MP3)

This week we have the test results of the 2020 RAM 1500 Diesel pickup truck, and discuss its impressive ride, whether it is "diesel enough,"  and how it stacks up against competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado diesel in the half-ton truck segment. Honda recently unveiled a prototype of its popular Civic, and we talk about its new chassis, exterior styling, and cabin. Subaru also made news, revealing the new BRZ, and we discuss if it can retain its sporty DNA from the previous generation and its sister model Toyota 86? We also share some of the key changes to the new Acura MDX redesign. Can having your key fob in your car drain your car's battery? We answer that, and cover other topics including if cars can have a country of origin anymore, and which off-road vehicle would be a viable replacement for a vintage Land Rover Defender.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:27 - Preview: 2022 Honda Civic

04:32 - Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ

06:44 - Preview: 2022 Acura MDX

08:54 - 2020 RAM 1500 Diesel Test Results

16:10 - Question #1: Could a key fob drain the car’s battery?

18:22 - Question #2: Where are most vehicles manufactured, and do cars have a country of origin anymore?

23:20 - Question #3: Which off-road vehicle would be a viable replacement for a vintage Land Rover Defender?

 

 

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Preview: Redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Hides Big Updates Under Conservatively Styled Exterior

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review/

 

Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ Still Emphasizes Balance Over Brawn

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review/

 

Preview: 2022 Acura MDX Luxury SUV Has More Room and Adds a Performance Powertrain

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/acura-mdx-suv-review/

 

2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeasX0ZyTk

 

2019 RAM 1500 Drops Weight, Adds Luxury Touches, and Keeps Its Smooth Ride

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2019-ram-1500-first-drive-review/

 

Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtakpDFGtU

 

How to Replace Your Car’s Key Fob

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-replace-your-car-key-fob/

 

What Makes a car ‘American’?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/05/what-makes-a-car-american-made-in-the-usa/index.htm

 

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/

 

Toyota 4Runner Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3jNdDIGeA

 

4K Review: 2017 Jeep Compass Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkPacZUmJ2I

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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