Fri, 9 October 2020
With winter on its way, many people are asking: what are the benefits of winter tires vs. a set of all-seasons? The popularity of online, no-haggle car services like Carvana, CarMax, and CarSense has grown in recent months, but can you really get a good deal without visiting a car dealership and negotiating on price? We discuss using these services to buy a new or used car, as well as the high cost of replacement key fobs; the benefits of using premium fuel over regular in cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Mazda CX-9; the emergence of sometimes confusing electronic shifters from carmakers like BMW, Volvo, and Genesis; how CR awards points for standard advanced safety features, and if a Mazda6 is a good replacement for a dad who is losing his Acura TL to his teenage drivers.
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00:00 - Introduction
00:47 - Question #1: What are the benefits of winter tires vs. all-seasons?
05:45 - Question #2: Why key fobs are so expensive to replace?
10:08 - Question #3: Is it possible to get a good deal with no-haggle service like CarSense and CarMax?
13:57 - Question #4: What are the benefits of using premium fuel over regular?
16:26 - Question #5: Why car manufacturers are moving towards push-button shifters?
20:57 - Question #6: How does CR award points for safety features to various car models?
23:41 - Question #7: Is Mazda6 a good replacement for an Acura TL?
Coronavirus Resource Hub
New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires
Consumer Reports 2016 Tire Top Picks
Getting your tires ready for winter
Winter Driving Tips
Essential Winter Driving Tips
Prep Your Car for Winter
How to Replace Your Car’s Key Fob
Does Car Buying Make Your Head Spin?
Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas
When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters
Best Car Safety Features
Two Advanced Safety Features Every Cr Should Have
2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive
2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive
2017 Honda Civic Si
2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3
2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive
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