Talking Cars (MP3) (general)

This week we share our first impressions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and how it stacks up against the standard version. We also discuss why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles, whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization, and learn all about Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:34 - 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions

10:52 - Question #1: Whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization?

14:03 - Question #2: Why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles?

18:42 - Question #3: What is going on with Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace?

21:08 - Question #4: Which car would be large enough to fit a string bass plus two passenger, and that is not too tall, delivers good gas mileage, and has good handling?

 

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQ7Kq-pflc

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8

 

2015 Honda Fit review

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

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_260.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week we share our test results of the 2020 Buick Encore GX and compare how this 3-cylinder SUV stacks up to its competitors in the Luxury segment. We talk about the virtual unveiling of the 2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza, both of which will only be available with a hybrid powertrain. Also, we discuss the rebates some car insurers are offering due to the reduced number of drivers on the road during the coronavirus pandemic, and wrap up the episode with audience questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:46 - Car Insurance Rebates During Coronavirus Crisis

07:12 - 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Unveiled

13:24 - 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Unveiled

17:19 - 2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results

23:52 - Question #1: Why did the 2017 Buick Regal’s reliability drop and what are the issues?

26:39 - Question #2: Are automakers phasing out built in navigation systems?

32:17 - Question #3: Why two virtually identical vehicles, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, have different frontal crash test scores?

 

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Car Insurers Are Giving Customers Breaks Due to Coronavirus. We Got the Details for You

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-insurance/car-insurance-rebates-payment-deferrals-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Is Versatile and Curvaceous

https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2021-toyota-sienna-review/

 

Preview: 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Packs Safety and Convenience Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Buick Encore GX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqCbD4SRB9Q

 

2013 Buick Encore first drive

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

 

Toyota Venza review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAV6MdAv8LQ

 

2014 Buick Regal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

NHTSA Crash Calculator

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2019-0088-0021

 

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Direct download: 2005CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

On this week's episode we discuss the results of CR's new survey which asked drivers nationwide what improvements they would desire on their vehicles. We share our full road test results of the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos. We also answer audience questions about whether or not there is a difference in build quality of a specific vehicle model built in different countries, and if drivers are being more reckless because there are fewer drivers on the road.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:40 - CR’s Fuel Economy Study Results

05:11 - 2021 Kia Seltos Road Test Results

11:58 - Question #1: Is it possible to upgrade the UConnect infotainment system on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee to get Apple CarPlay?

16:07 - Question #2: Is there a difference in build quality depending on which plant or country a car was manufactured in? 

18:25 - Question #3: What is a good car for a new grad under 12K?

23:48 - Question #4: Does it seem that people are driving much faster with fewer cars on the road during the coronavirus lockdown?

 

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Drivers Have a Strong Interest in Fuel Economy, Despite Low Gas Prices

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/drivers-still-have-a-strong-interest-in-fuel-economy-despite-low-gas-prices/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Kia Seltos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzEQGzQ1WwM

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync

 

4K Review: 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bXt8xd8H5Y

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

 

Volkswagen Golf Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB1n2IgAtT0

 

2014 Mazda3 first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

 

2013 Mazda CX-5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtIXKw4tvSo

 

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5G5tAKz_94

 

2009-2014 Honda Fit review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

 

 

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Direct download: 2005CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_254.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We discuss the digital debut of the 2120 Genesis G80. Find out how we think the sedan will stack up against its more established luxury competitors. We also cover the best way to clean your child seat during the COVID-19 pandemic and answer questions.

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SHOW NOTES:

1:05 - Emily makes an announcement

2:40 - Cleaning car seats during  the COVID-19 outbreak

11:47 - 2021 Genesis G80 Digital Debut

19:50 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iColoud.com

20:04 - Video Question #1: Did the dealer bamboozle me into buying ethanol fuel treatment?

22:30 - Question #2: I was recently driving on Interstate 66 near Washington, D.C., on a night with great visibility, and was using my high beams. Suddenly an 8-point deer jumps in front of my car! The airbags go off, the hood wraps around the windshield, and my 2004 Infiniti is totaled. Would modern pre-collision braking or pedestrian detection have prevented this accident? Are these systems designed to respond to large animals in the same way they would respond to a person?

25:33 - Question #3: How frequently does IIHS test for existing model year automobiles? Some cars haven't been updated in years, and I wonder if manufacturers improve crash safety for existing models.

Direct download: 2004CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

This week we cover tips on how to keep your car clean during the Coronavirus outbreak. Find out which cleaners work best to kill the virus while preserving the interior of your car. Plus, we discuss our test results of the 2020 Toyota Highlander and answer audience questions about CR Top Picks and the reliability of American made cars.

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SHOW NOTES:

1:05 - Disinfecting the interior of your car

6:45 - 2020 Toyota Highlander test results

13:37 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iCloud.com

13:47 - Question #1: Pierre | Québec, QC; I agree with 90% of your Top Picks cars this year. (The only car I would not buy is the Supra.) But why did you not choose at least one Porsche, Genesis or Mazda in your Top Picks? I personally believe the Genesis G80 and Mazda 3 are really good buys.

18:18 - Question #2: Steve | West Chester, PA; I'd love to buy a car from an American brand, like Ford or Chevrolet. However, my own experience, and your reliability rankings tell me that these cars will typically be much less reliable. Reliability and longevity are the top criteria for me. How can American nameplates have such poor reliability year after year? Why aren't they learning how to do this? They are keeping away those of us who don't want to spend money on repairs or spend our time at the dealership.

20:39 - Question #3: Ray | Henderson, NV; Many of the newest cars, including my Audi A6, have a sport or dynamic drive mode. This seems to increase the RPMs in the vehicle, and I was wondering if it’s safe to keep the car in this mode at all times. Does it affect engine or transmission reliability? Thanks for the service you provide, and shout out to the crew, especially the 2 Mikes!

LINKS:

How to Kill Coronavirus in Your Car Without Damaging Interior Surfaces: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-car-care/how-to-kill-coronavirus-in-your-car-without-damaging-interior-surfaces/

2020 Toyota Highlander: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2020/overview/

10 Top Picks: Bets Cars of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2020/

2020 Autos Spotlight: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm

Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

This week we cover a wide range of topics, including comparing Consumer Reports’ ratings across car categories; installing a front-facing child seat in the rear seat of a sports car; why higher-level trim cars come with larger wheels and low profile tires; how CR tests the subject aspects of a tire’s performance, and which would be a better 3-row SUV for a growing family: the Acura MDX, or Mazda CX-9.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - Question #1: Are CR’s car ratings comparable across categories?

1:32 - Question #2: Can a from-facing child car seat be installed in the middle seat of a Camaro or a Mustang?

05:25 -  Question #3: Why do higher trim cars come with large wheels and low profile tires?

08:04 - Question #4: Why does CR give higher ratings for cars with advanced safety features?

13:12 - Question #5: Please help a growing family choose a 3-row crossover, Mazda CX-9 or Acura MDX

16:32 - Question #6: How does CR grade the more subjective aspects of a tire?

20:00 - Question #7: Is it better to buy or lease an electric vehicle?

23:16 - Question #8: Please recommend an EV or plug-in hybrid with advanced safety features?

30:39 - Question #9: Is a 2014 Lexus ES300h a reliable replacement for a 2014 Toyota Camry and provide a bump in luxury?

 

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Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-consumer-reports-tests-cars/

 

Cars With Advanced Safety Systems

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cars-with-advanced-safety-systems/

 

2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL8s6BosIc

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

 

Proper Top-Tether Installation Helps Keep Kids Safer in Child Car Seats

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/proper-top-tether-installation-helps-keep-kids-safer-in-child-car-seats/

 

4K Review: 2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFD-X6g9erM

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo

 

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9-XNq6f88M

 

What You Need to Know About Installing a Child Car Seat in the Rear Center Seat

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/car-seats-and-rear-center-seat-installations/

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

 

2019 Lexus ES Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-HUfjUwEI

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

 

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo

 

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4

 

2015 Ford Mustang Review

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

 

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Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

We’ve completed testing the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. Find out how this version of the small SUV tops the traditionally powered Escape in our tests. We also break down how we rate the best and worst vehicles and brands for CR’s 2020 Autos Spotlight, clear up some confusion about EV ownership and answer your questions.

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SHOW NOTES:

0:57 - CR Autos Spotlight

6:37 - Common questions about EV ownership

11:37 - 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid test results

14:34 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com

14:40 - Question #1: Are CR’s testing methods biased when it comes to non-conventional gear selectors?

19:06 - Question #2: How will trademarks affect CR’s push to standardize the naming conventions of standard advanced safety equipment?

20:38 - Question #3: How much should passenger side impact test results affect a decision to buy a vehicle?

22:44 - We’re hiring an Automotive Engineer at our Test Track! Apply here: https://jobs-consumers.icims.com/jobs/3265/automotive-engineer/job

LINKS:

2020 CR Autos Spotlight: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm

Hybrid/EV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/index.htm

Electric Car FAQs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/10/electric-car-faqs/index.htm

2020 Ford Escape: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/2020/overview

Ford Escape Vehicle Page: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/

We’re hiring an Automotive Engineer at our Test Track! Apply here: https://jobs-consumers.icims.com/jobs/3265/automotive-engineer/job

Direct download: 2002CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_243.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We rented the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander SUV this week, and give you our first impressions after taking it for a spin at the Consumer Reports test track. We also discuss whether underbody rustproofing and studded tires (or lack thereof) are must-have equipment for driving in the snow and ice this winter. Other topics include how manufacturers determine their original equipment tires, the importance of proper child seat fitment, and what is one car we would love, if not for a critical misstep.

SHOW NOTES

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:29 - importance of proper child seat installation

3:25 - 2020 Toyota Highlander First Impressions

9:05 - relationship between tires and car in CR’s braking tests

11:58 - is underbelly rustproofing worth purchasing for winter driving

14:42 - can studdable tires be used without installing studs?

16:25 - cars that would be great except for one major issue

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2020 Toyota Highlander Review: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-toyota-highlander-review/

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

Consumer Reports Tire Selector: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm

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Direct download: 1912CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Consumer Reports recently rented a 2020 Mazda CX-30, the carmaker's latest small SUV, and purchased the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue small SUV, and we give our first impressions on what it's like to be behind the wheel of these new cars in this growing segment. We also discuss used car buying sites like Carvana and Vroom, and what you can do to protect yourself when purchasing a car online. In addition, we answer audience questions about the scarcity of the Volkswagen eGolf in the US, how to properly store a car during cold winter months, and the right approach to tire buying when your current set consists of different brands.

SHOW NOTES

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0:30 - 2020 Mazda CX-5 First Impressions

7:42 - 2020 Hyundai Venue First Impressions

17:34 - Is it smart to buy a used car online using services like Carvana?

18:21 - Why is it so difficult to find a late model Volkwagen e-Golf in the US?

21:45 - Dunlops and Kinda tires on my car, should I get a matching set?

24:56 - what’s the best way to store a car during the winter months?

LINKS

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First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Venue: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-venue-review/

2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE

What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Electric Vehicle: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/great-time-to-buy-a-used-electric-vehicle/

How to Save Money When Buying Replacement Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/tire-buying-maintenance/how-to-save-money-when-buying-replacement-tires/

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=winter%20tires

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Direct download: 1912CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We’ve completed testing of the 2020 Toyota Supra. Find out how it performed and if its BMW-based platform lives up to the hype. We also talk about CR’s joint effort with AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council to develop common terms for advanced driver safety systems. Plus, we answer audience questions about crash tests, the performance of different size winter tires, and if leaving a sunroof cracked open will help keep a car cool.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:22 - CR partners with J.D. Power, AAA and the National Safety Council to create common names for advanced vehicle safety systems

7:55 - 2020 Toyota Supra Test Results

17:22 - Audience Questions

17:34 - Question #1: Are different crash tests weighted differently and how should they influence a buying decision?

21:22 - Question #2: Are hybrid engines designed differently than traditional internal combustion engines? Does the on/off cycle of a hybrid engine affect its longevity?

24:35 - Question #3: If you leave the sunroof of your car cracked open, will hotter air escape and lower the interior temperature?

27:27 - Question #4: Will different sized winter tires (17”/18”) perform differently on a vehicle?

LINKS

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2020 Toyota Supra Makes Thrilling Return: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-toyota-supra-first-drive-review/

2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE

Advanced Car Safety Features Need Less Confusing Names, Consumer Reports Says: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/advanced-car-safety-features-need-less-confusing-names/

The Sobering Reality of Hot Car Deaths: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/sobering-reality-of-hot-car-deaths/

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo&list=PLVTmjoBWXeFNE0M8qwM0yScDhtGd_VqcO&index=2&t=0s

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=winter%20tires

Direct download: 1912CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08am EDT

We've completed our testing on the 2020 Subaru Outback, and share the results of this popular crossover. Every year, hundreds of thousands of CR's members take part in our annual reliability survey, answering questions about how well the vehicles they drive every day are holding up, or if they are experiencing issues. We discuss our survey methods, and give advice on making a wise car buying decision. Also, we answer audience questions about why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America, why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines, and we recommend a manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:10 - Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey Results

06:21 - 2020 Subaru Outback Test Results

12:34  - Question #1: why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines?

16:28 - Question #2: why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America?

18:50 - Question #3: What is a good manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts?

 

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Guide to Car Reliability

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-reliability-guide/

 

2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

 

2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda Civic Is Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKF6jsVIug

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

 

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Direct download: 1911CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week is dedicated to your questions! We discuss if worn brake pads affect adaptive cruise control and AEB systems, how to improve your headlights, why some turn signals are red while others are yellow, plus tips on winter wheel packages.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:52 - Video Question #1: Will worn out brake pads affect adaptive cruise control or automatic emergency braking systems?

3:10 - Question #2: Are expensive replacement headlight bulbs worth the extra money?

4:52 - Question #3: Is factory rust proofing legit?

7:18 - Question #4:  Would winter tires with an aftermarket wheel fit a 2019 Subaru Forester?/What’s the difference between CUV and SUV tires?

9:39 - Question #5: Are there any concerns with buying an early generation EV (Nissan Leaf)?

11:29 - Question #6: Where can I find break-in information in the owner’s manual for a 2019 Toyota Camry SE?

13:36 -  Question #7: Is topping off my gas tank damaging my car?

16:25 - Question #8: What’s a reliable, low-mileage vehicle for under $7,000 for a teen driver?

20:28 - Question #9: What’s the deal with different colored turn signals?

22:24 - Question #10: What’s the best set of winter tires for a 2018 Toyota Camry XLE?

23:52 - Question #11: Should I change the oil on my car at 3,000 miles vs. 6,000 miles if I drive in ‘severe conditions’?

24:32 - Question #12: Are SUVs better than sedans in handling mildly flooded roads?

26:30 - Question #13: Which used Toyota Prius offers standard safety equipment?

28:16 - Question #14: What’s a fun replacement for for an aging Mustang GT?

LINKS

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2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2019 Mazda3 First Impressions; Talking Cars #197: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW5g6h2EGuY

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

Headlight Testing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTm6ObWKOdY

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

Prep Your Car for Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo

Nissan Leaf Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70dfFK0HPI

2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc

2008-2013 Nissan Rogue Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZq5OAOiJkY

2014 Hyundai Tucson Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcGGEPcNUqs

2009-2014 Honda Fit Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

CR’s Tire Selector: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=tires

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi8akdSzK8

2019 Hyundai Veloster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELTR3GJmh20

2015 Volkswagen GTI First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the Audi A6 including its all-new drivetrain and the waning relevance of sedans in the luxury market. Plus, our experts talk about the impact of Ford announcing plans for an all-electric F-150 pickup and a newly released NTSB report on a Tesla crash in California. We also answer your questions about bumper-to-bumper warranties and maintenance tips to keep your car running over 200K miles.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:25 - Ford electric vehicle lineup

0:50 - Ford F-150 EV prototype hauls 6625 tons

2:25 - Ford invests in Rivian

6:35 - NTSB report on Tesla crash

9:18 - 2019 Audi A6

11:25 - 2019 Audi Q3

15:20 - Audience Questions

15:29 - Video Question #1: Maintenance tips to get your car over the 200K mark

18:07- Question #2: Wet/dry braking test temperature and winter tire performance

21:44 - Question #3: Should I buy an extended warranty?

LINKS

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Self-Driving System Rankings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEmjjPCCeQ

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Audi A6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mi32u6gP6w

2016 Audi A6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em2A17WHAoY

2019 Audi A8 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFEoDauMylY

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

Tesla Model S That Crashed Into Fire Truck Had Autopilot Engaged: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-s-that-crashed-into-fire-truck-had-autopilot-engaged/

2019 Audi A6 Offers Impressive Composure and Performance: https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-sedans/2019-audi-a6-first-drive-review/

2019 Audi Q3 Is Bigger and Better Equipped in Redesign: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-audi-q3-suv-preview/

Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

This week we discuss the 2020 Subaru Legacy, and share our first impressions on the all-wheel drive sedan. We also discuss the controversy surrounding changing emissions and fuel economy standards. And we answer audience questions about the risk of buying a car without a maintenance history, a replacement for a beloved Ford Flex, if driving habits should change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car, and if driving a manual during a long commute is a good idea.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:29 - Changing Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Controversy

07:40 - 2020 Subaru Legacy

12:29 - Question #1: Should driving habits change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car?

14:02 - Question #2: What are the risks of buying a car without a maintenance history?

16:19 - Question #3: What is a worthy replacement for a 2013 Ford Flex?

18:48 - Question #4: Should factory incentives sway ones car buying decision?

21:01 - Question #5: Is driving a manual during a long commute a good idea?

 

 

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4 Automakers Compromise With California on Fuel Emissions

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/automakers-compromise-with-california-on-fuel-emissions/

 

Some Subaru Owners Could Get New Cars After Recall

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/some-subaru-legacy-outback-owners-could-get-new-cars-after-recall/

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Ride and Handling Shine

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-first-drive-review/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMrg2ayLbo

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

 

Tesla Model 3 360° Track Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuFRoLqa1JY

 

2011 BMW X3 first look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqiQJaQ5CY

 

Ford Flex review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9VX8PkuKWU

 

2018 Ford Expedition Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGzUBebtnO4

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

 

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBSGyK2g2Ds

 

4K Review: 2018 Jaguar XE Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8j17Hacjk

 

2014 Ford Transit Connect Review

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

 

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wfye-boGWc

 

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

 

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Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

This week we dip into the mailbag to answer audience questions, including ways to improve the car buying experience at the dealer, whether all-season or winter tires are better for wet (but not snowy) driving conditions, and if pressing your accelerator will override automatic emergency braking (AEB) in a crash situation, and many more!

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:54 - Question #1: Why car battery prices are increasing?

03:30 - Question #2: Are Subaru ads accurate, claiming high reliability?

05:34 - Question #3: Replacing a high mileage V6 Camry with a Hybrid SUV.

09:02 - Question #4: Is an all-weather tire better than a winter tire for wet braking?

11:55 - Question #5: Why aren't manufacturers putting more effort into improving the car buying experience?

15:29 - Question #6: Does the gas pedal override the automatic emergency braking?

17:35 - Question #7: How much range will an electric car's battery lose sitting in a parking lot for an extended period of time with colder temperatures?

20:18 - Question #8: Will SUVs rule the roost forever, or could there be a shift back to sedans and wagons?

25:23 - Question #9: Which car is better for high altitude driving?

27:34 - Question #10: Please recommend a fun, responsive, safe, and reliable four seat sedan with good fuel economy.

 

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2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Results; CR's Tire Purchasing Survey Results

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO5gkJ9__5A

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

 

4K Review: 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skG8lLJUPu8

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

 

2019 Jaguar I-PACE Test Results: 2019 Kia Soul First Impressions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18vG2BpAVOw

 

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Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

We talk electric this week, sharing the test results of the Jaguar's all-new I-Pace EV and compare it with the Tesla Model X and other electric vehicles. We then discuss our first impressions of the 2019 Kia Soul and the Soul EV. Plus, we wrap up the episode with audience questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:35 - 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Test Results

09:00 - 2019 Kia Soul and Soul EV First Impressions

14:20 - Question #1: Can software updates make noticeable difference in a car?

18:13 - Question #2: Is it better to buy a cheaper new car rather than an older model?

20:52 - Question #3: What’s the European car model that you would love to be sold in the US market?

 

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2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8

 

2014 Kia Soul First Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

This week our expert panelists answer as many questions as time allows. We discuss the best time of year to buy a car, whether or not to ever turn off an automatic emergency braking system, and does an $8,000 cut in price make the new Chevrolet Blazer a viable choice. Plus, many more.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:50 - Question #1: When is the best time to buy a car?

03:21 - Question #2: Why is there a lack of charting centers for electric car owners?

05:52 - Question #3: What car has the ultimate seat comfort, fun to drive, and fuel efficient?

08:32 - Question #4: Is turning off automatic emergency braking system ever a good idea?

11:09 - Question #5: Would it be smarter to keep cars for a long time, or trade them in sooner?

13:43 - Question #6: Is the (2007-2012) Toyota oil consumption issue significant enough to refrain from purchasing?

16:05 -  Question #7: Why do OEM tires seem to wear out faster than aftermarket tires?

17:28 - Question #8: Should I buy an Accord, Camry, or Altima?

20:25 - Question #9: Are turbo engines less reliable than naturally aspirated engines?

22:36 - Question #10: How does CR test fuel economy in variable temperatures?

23:11 - Question #11: Does an $8,000 price cut make the new Chevrolet Blazer a viable choice?

 

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4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

 

2019 Nissan Altima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhow54shu-o

 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_57znwZsA

 

2017 Honda Civic Is Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKF6jsVIug

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

It's a head-to-head this week! We just finished testing the 2019 BMW 330i and Volvo S60 and we compare the results of these two luxury sport sedans. We wrap up the episode with some interesting questions about how we test seating position, if we recommend the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, are all-weather tires worth your while, and why are Volkswagen TDis still on the road?

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - 2019 BMW 330i vs. 2019 Volvo S60

08:59 - Question 1: How does CR test seating position?

11:04 - Question 2: Did Toyota shrink the 2019 RAV4?

12:16 - Question 3: What does CR’s reliability data say about the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid?

15:42 - Question 4: Are all-weather tires good enough to replace the winter tires and still be used in the summer?

19:05 - Question 5: Why are Volkswagen diesels are still on the road?

 

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2019 Volvo S60 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwlnI4f_crc

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

 

Getting your tires ready for winter: Advice from Consumer Reports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hixD6srMlP0

 

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

We rented Jeep's all-new 2020 Gladiator and share our first impressions, discussing its place in the market, and if it has what it takes to succeed as a truck. Also, our experts weigh in on the Mercedes-Benz announcement discontinuing the Smart car brand of small vehicles in the US. Finally, we answer audience questions, including the high price for windshield replacement in cars with modern safety features, and why electric vehicle chargers aren't universal (or even cross-compatible.)

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:25 - Mercedes’ Smart Car Announcement

05:55 - 2020 Jeep Gladiator

12:19 - Question 1: Increasing Windshield Prices Because of Modern Tech

15:55 - Question 2: Applying Aviation Licensing Rules to Cars With Autopilot

20:21 - Question 3: Why Electric Vehicle Chargers Aren’t Cross-compatible?

23:58 - Question 4: Is the 2020 Hyundai Venue a Good Car For Seniors Citizens?

 

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2016 Smart Car ForTwo Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dkkK946Jss

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMnHRUBHOg

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8

 

2014 Kia Soul first drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

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Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

New to our test fleet this week is the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid we purchased for testing at our track. With the same hybrid system as the Prius, and built on the same platform as the well-performing Corolla Hatchback, is Toyota's new offering the best of both worlds? We also discuss IIHS' latest study on speeding's role in fatal auto accidents, and answer audience questions, including the difference between summer and all-season tires, and whether modern HID and LED headlights cause too much glare for oncoming drivers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - High Speed Limits Increase Fatal Crashes

 

06:11 - 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid First Impressions

 

11:11 - Question 1: Does Modern Technology Take Motorcycles Into Account?

 

14:56 - Question 2: Are Turbo Engine Less Reliable Than Non-turbo?

 

17:20 - Question 3: What Is The Difference Between All-season and Summer Tires?

 

19:37 - Question 4: Do HID/LED Headlights Cause Too Much Glare?

 

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Higher Speed Limits Led to 36,760 More Deaths, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/higher-speed-limits-led-to-36760-more-deaths-study-shows/

 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_57znwZsA

 

2014 Toyota Corolla first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY

 

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Direct download: 1904CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_198.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Tesla has been in the news a lot recently, with announcements about price drops and increases, new Autopilot functionality, stores closing (or not,) and the availability of the long-promised $35,000 Model 3. What should a consumer make of all this? Our experts give advice on what to do if you're questioning whether a Tesla makes sense for you. We recently purchased the new 2019 BMW 3 Series, and we give our first impressions of what it's like behind the wheel. We end this episode with audience questions about Jaguar XJ and Dodge Charger reliability, how we weight a car's performance based on its intended use, and the machinations behind issuing a car safety recall.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - Tesla Changes

 

05:42 - Tesla  Reliability Ratings Question

 

10:26 - 2019 BMW 3-Series First Impressions

 

18:42 - Question #1: How is a Recall Triggered?

 

22:22 - Question #2: Why CR's Reliability Data Changes?

 

26:23 - Question #3: How CR Ways the Overall Score?

 

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2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

 

2017 BWM 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

 

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

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Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_194.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

This week, we discuss the Road Test results of our 2019 Cadillac XT4, and the nuances of competing in the entry-level luxury SUV segment. Volvo announced that it will be limiting the maximum speed on its vehicles, and we talk about the decision’s impact on safety. As always, we wrap the episode with audience questions, this week about proper steering wheel position, used car maintenance practices, and the evolution (or lack thereof) of car door hinges.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - Volvo’s Speed Restrictions

 

06:59 - 2019 Cadillac XT4 Road Test Results

 

12:06 - Question #1: What is the Proper Steering Wheel Position?

 

15:14 - Question #2: How to Care For an Older Used Car?

 

19:27 - Question #3: Why Car Door Hinge Design Hasn’t Evolved?

 

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New Study Shows Automatic Braking Significantly Reduces Crashes and Injuries

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/automatic-braking-reduces-car-crashes-injuries-iihs-study/

 

Study: Crash safety technologies take decades to spread

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/01/study-crash-safety-technologies-take-decades-to-spread/index.htm

 

Pedestrian Deaths in the U.S. Soared From 2009-2016, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-deaths-in-us-soared-from-2009-2016-iihs-study-shows/

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Cadillac XT4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeqN7zuP344

 

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

 

2916 BMW X1Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eKMW9wvKA

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

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Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_193.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

We're on location in Detroit for the 2019 North American International Auto Show! We discuss  vehicles announced at the show, including the all-new Toyota Supra, Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Passat, and more. We also geek out over the enthusiast cars announced, including the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 and Subaru STI S209.

 

SHOW NOTES

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:40 - importance of Detroit Auto Show in automotive industry

3:00 - Kia Telluride

4:59 - Toyota Supra

6:29 - Lexus RC

8:30 - Volkswagen Passat

10:21 - Ford Explorer

12:19 - Cadillac XT6

14:44 - Ram 2500 HD

17:15 - Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

20:37 - Subaru STI S209

22:58 - North American International Auto Show moving to June

 

Kia Telluride: https://youtu.be/yDr5uu7QheQ

 

Toyota Supra: https://youtu.be/MdtL8brC3Bw

 

Volkswagen Passat: https://youtu.be/Z1him5f54QQ

 

Ford Explorer: https://youtu.be/RNWQ_JQjc7k

 

Cadillac XT6: https://youtu.be/YL0Z8wAgBkY

 

Ram 2500: https://youtu.be/q8XOsnHrC90

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Direct download: 1901NAIAS_Talking_Cars_Episode_186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Porsche has finally redesigned its Cayenne SUV, and we discuss our overall impressions, and how it performed in our tests. Wet weather can have a significant impact on how tires perform, and the problem only gets worse as a tire ages. CR recently conducted a test on how tires with low tread depth handled in our wet braking and hydroplaning courses, and why a tire from Michelin impressed us. We also answer audience questions about the 2019 Toyota RAV4, how long it takes us to fully test a vehicle, and whether changing a new car’s tires and shocks is a good idea.

SHOW NOTES

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:45 - worn tire testing in wet conditions & Michelin claim check

 

7:21 - winter tire care tips

 

10:01 - Porsche Cayenne Road Test results

 

16:24 - audience question #1: replacing brakes and shocks

 

20:06 - audience question #2: duration of CR’s auto testing protocol

 

23:33 - audience question #3: replacement for 2010 Toyota RAV4?

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

We close out 2018 by taking a look back at the cars we tested this year, and which ones we thought were the most, and least, satisfying to drive. We eulogize those vehicles we love that won't be coming back next year, and give our thoughts on what we're looking forward to most in 2019.

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

This week, we dedicate the entire episode to answering your questions! We tackle everything from car buying advice for new parents, whether or not 'no haggle' policies help consumers when negotiating prices, the evolution of the Honda Ridgeline and the pros and cons of buying a new or used Tesla. 

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SHOW NOTES

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1:08 Video Question #1 - How and why do CR Reliability Ratings change?

3:49 Video Question #2 - Do new cars come with faulty batteries?

7:02 Video Question #3 - How do you get a prorated tread wear warranty?

10:18 Question #4 - New family car recommendations?

13:15 Question #5 - How do heavily tinted windows affect visibility at night?

14:40 Question #6 - Are 'no haggle' policies helpful to consumers?

16:46 Question #7 - What's a better buy, a new Tesla Model 3 or a used Model S?

18:00 Question #8 - Is the Subaru WRX a good choice for a fun car in Chicago?

20:00 Question #9 - Am I supposed to like the new Honda Ridgeline body style?

21:45 Question #10 - How important are break-in periods on new cars?

23:07 Question #11 - What's the deal with 3-spoke steering wheels?

24:19 Question #12 - Does CR like when cars have a heads up display?

26:11 Question #13 - Looking for a manual hatchback or wagon for $12K

27:34 Question #14 - Why has the Toyota Tacoma become unreliable?

VIDEO LINKS

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2015 Ford Mustang Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKpFSLHLmdM

2016 Honda Civic Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hAWTiNz8M

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98

2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

2015 Honda Fit Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJwKgKunkAQ

2013 Ford Fusion First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlfE7BNeA4s

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

Toyota Prius Gets Record-Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU

2015 Subaru WRX Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hksUMXuW3VM

2014 Mini Cooper Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMrZHnLKoGI

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

 

Direct download: 1811CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

The all-new Toyota RAV4 is at the track; we share our impressions and discuss how it's stayed on top of the small SUV market. We also talk about CR's push to standardize the terms used to describe safety gear, and how we're including blind-spot warning into our overall score of vehicles. Don't worry, we squeezed in some audience questions too!

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SHOW NOTES

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0:36 - CR's push to standardize safety gear terms

4:40 - Including blind-spot warning in CR car ratings

7:30 - 2019 Toyota RAV4

13:35 - Send us your questions!

14:23 - Question #1: Leasing as a long term test drive?

16:33 - Question #2: Genesis G70 availability

19:00 - Question #3: Is the Mazda CX-9 a reliable choice this year?

19:44 - Question #4: What PHEV should I buy?

 

VIDEO LINKS

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2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4 

2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0 

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA  

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4 

2013 Ford C-MAX First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mw4bC6WZo 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA 

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYnvaqVHV0 

Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

This week we dig through the backlog of questions from our audience (submitted to TalkingCars@iCloud.com.) We give advice on making smart car buying decisions, whether it's a good idea to change your transmission oil, what kind of car to use when learning to drive a manual, and more!

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SHOW NOTES

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00:48 - Question 1: Whether to change transmission oil?

 

02:31 - Question 2: Subaru Impreza hatchback reliability data?

 

04:09 - Question 3: How much life to expect from a Honda CR-V?

 

05:47 - Question 4:  Is buying a 2008 Pontiac G8 GT a good idea?

 

07:25 - Question 5: Choosing all-weather tires

 

09:55 - Question 6: Less than average predicted reliability on 2019 Mazda CX-9?

 

11:52 - Question 7: Which one to buy: Volvo S60, Audi S4, BMW 340i?

 

14:27 - Question 8: Best car for learning to drive stick shift?

 

16:47 - Question 9: Why we use the desk mics?

 

17:23 - Question 10: Which Plug-in Hybrid is best?

 

19:34 - Question 11: why it seems European cars get better mileage than American?

 

20:10 - Question 12: How is Toyota's new 8-speed transmission?

 

22:22 - Question 13: Good vehicle for the Wyoming weather?

 

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4k Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY

 

2017 Honda CR-v Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

 

2012 Honda CR-V review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZ-KdWzcyM

 

Pontiac G8 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d96mQzxKiFA

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

 

2015 Volvo S60 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc

 

2017 Audio A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

 

4K Review: 2017 Honda Clarity Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bUhEmXgNo

 

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Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

This week we discuss our findings regarding the recent reports of Honda CR-V drivers experiencing gasoline leaking into and diluting the engine oil, and what you should do if you are having the same problem. Next, we give our first impressions of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, and how it stacks up in the already declining compact sedan segment. We also answer audience questions about automatic transmission driving habits, and safety concerns of over-the-air vehicle software updates.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:22 - Honda CR-V Oil/Fuel Discussion

0:38 - Viewer Question: Honda CR-V still OK to buy?

6:33 - @ the Track: 2019 Nissan Altima

10:05 - Send us your questions! TalkingCars@icloud.com

10:29 - Video Question #1: Should you shift an automatic transmission to Neutral when stopped?

12:41 - Video Question #2: Are over-the-air updates safe?

16:08 - Viewer Question #3: Why should I want an SUV?

Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

We've finished testing the 2019 Subaru Ascent, and let you know how it stacks up against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9. We also discuss the unveiling of the all-electric Audi E-Tron SUV, as well as startup automaker Lucid securing $1 billion in funding. And as always, we answer your questions, this week about CR buying and testing unpopular cars, our most coveted advanced safety gear, and what car you should buy once you pay off your student loans!

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SHOW NOTES

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1:11 - Lucid Motors receives $1 Billion in funding

1:50 - Audi announces the E-Tron

6:10 - Subaru Ascent test results

11:17 - We have a question for you!

12:29 - Video Question #1: Level 1 vs. Level 2 EV charging

16:31 - Video Question #2: Sporty sedan shopping for $40K CAN

19:40 - Question #3: Test Car Triage

23:28 - Question #4: Which safety options to purchase for a new driver

VIDEO LINKS

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

Electric Car Range Face-Off: Chevy Bolt vs. Tesla Model S 75D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx7Tg7QNvFg

2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc

2016 Infiniti Q50 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpcRtwZjkJE

Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episdoe_169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

With Hurricane Florence affecting much of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region of the US, we discuss how to prepare your vehicle for a natural disaster. We also give our first impressions of the 2019 Lexus UX, and how it stacks up against stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV segment. We also answer questions from our audience about the proper way to break-in your vehicle, whether you can use regular gas in your 'premium recommended' car, and advise a young driver about their first automotive purchase.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:05 How to Prepare Your Car in a Hurricane

 

06:20 2019 Lexus UX

 

11:36 Question 1: Break-in Period for a New Car

 

14:15 Question 2: Required vs. Recommended Fuel Grade

 

16:30 Question 3: First Automotive Purchase Advice for Teens

 

20:37 Question 4: All-new Model vs. Redesign Year, When to Buy

 

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2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eKMW9wvKA

 

Storm & Emergency Preparedness

https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/storm-and-emergency-guide/

 

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYJnWkQ4aC0

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8

 

Disaster Prep: A Simple Way To Make Sure You Recover Your Stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw2tJ5u4Pc

 

5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready

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

 

Lost Power? What You Should Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L-jnqKFPZc

 

Home generator advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBoaoApId5c

 

4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYG_5qJZXqw

 

2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ

 

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Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

We've purchased the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado for our test program. Hear our first impressions of the popular pickup and where we think it stands in the ongoing truck war. Mercedes-Benz introduces its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC; and we answer viewer questions about hybrids and the best used car for a new teen driver.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQC

6:18 - Viewer Question: What is eTorque?

7:47 -  2019 Chevrolet Silverado

13:42 - Viewer Video Question #1: Are all-weather tires good enough for Winter driving in New England?

17:10 - Viewer Question #2: Used car for a teen, with a budget ok $10K

20:37- Viewer Question #3: What's better in stop-and-go driving, hybrids or EVs?

VIDEO LINKS

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5E1EjYfXFs

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o255jI5MTf0

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

Toyota Prius V Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE-pE3bXhAk

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

 

2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY

 

2013 Subaru Legacy Sneak Peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

 

Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

We've received a ton of questions from our audience on our new text and email handle (TalkingCars@iCloud.com), so this week is wall-to-wall Q&A! We help decide between the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, the Jeep Compass and Mazda CX-5, and if we think the Tesla Model 3 would be a good choice for a family of four. We also answer questions about tires, the Toyota 86 TRD, and give tips on how an Uber driver can maximize the longevity of their car.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:05 -  Video Question #1: Tips for buying a very specific model

3:38 -  Video Question #2: Will the base Tesla Model 3 a good family car?

5:12 - Video Question #3: How long will a 2014 Dodge Caravan hold up?

6:53 - Video Question #4: Why did the 2018 Mazda6 take a fuel economy hit?

10:07 - Question #5: How to compare CR tire rankings

11:40 - Question #6: Why do navigation systems lock out users when the car is in motion?

13:10 - Question #7: Will CR test the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD?

13:58 -Question #8: How do you drive a turbocharged engine efficiently?

15:19 - Question #9: What are the most fuel efficient settings for using A/C?

16:52 - Question #10: Can you get a discount on your car insurance if you have advanced safety gear on your car?

17:33 - Question #11: Why are newer cars mounting gas pedals to the floor?

19:20 - Question #12: Cross shopping tire sizes

21:04 - Question #13: 2018 Jeep Compass or 2018 Mazda CX-5?

21:18 - Question #14: Shopping for a first car for a teenager; under $20K

23:03 - Question #15: What's the deal with taking car of cars in the snow?

24:25 - Question #16: Is front-wheel drive better than all-wheel drive in the snow?

26:09 - Question #17: Special maintenance for a car that has reached the 100,000 km mark?

27:32 - Question #18: Toyota 4Runner vs. VW Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent?

29:50 - Question #19: Tacoma TRD Sport or Honda Ridgeline?

31:04 - Question #20: Buying a new minivan; Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?

32:43 - Question #21: What can I do to make my minivan cool?

VIDEO LINKS

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk

2016 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y5eV9FKS0c

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

Redesigned Mazda Miata MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk 

Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo 

Minivans - Top Choices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcgOG-oIiIw 

Chrysler Town & Country Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieozqsYT10 

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM 

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU 

2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFD-X6g9erM 

2016 Acura MDX Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEClMArNA8o 

How To Cool Your Car Like A Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo 

2017 Jeep Compass Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkPacZUmJ2I 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4 

2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY 

2016 Scion iA Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3iEg9MlrVU 

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho 

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8 

Toyota Sequoia Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wQ_dxsXlqc 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM 

Do You Really Need All-Wheel Drive?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow 

Essential Winter Driving Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

Prep Your Car for Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

Direct download: 1808CRO_Tallking_Cars_Episode_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

We've finished testing our 2018 Mazda6. We discuss our final impressions on the midsized sedan and where we think it stacks up against its competitors. We answer a number of audience questions this week, including one about our best advice when negotiating the price of a car with a dealership. We also talk about the Subaru Ascent recall, and remind Volkswagen diesel owners that time is running out to file a claim for settlement compensation.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:18 - Volkswagen Diesel Deadline

5:32 - Subaru Ascent Recall

8:14 - Mazda6 Test Results

12:49 - Audience Questions

13:02 - Question #1: Buying a fun weekend car

18:07 - Question #2: Ford C-Max hybrid replacement

23:04 - Question #3: How to handle price negotiations when buying a new car

26:51 - Question #4: Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti or Kia Stinger GT?

 

VIDEO LINKS

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Selling Back Your VW Diesel? 5 Cars to Consider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuBFu0u01Fk

How Volkswagen Diesels Platform in 'Cheat Mode': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUPnAA_Y3XI

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk 

2016 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y5eV9FKS0c

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyiuHMyB3c

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY 

2013 Ford C-Max First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mw4bC6WZo

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_2JeLZEHY

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

Direct download: 1808CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

On this week's episode, Keith tells us about his recent trip to Havana, Cuba, and what it was like to experience classic cars from a modern mindset. Next, we give our first impression on the new Ram 1500 pickup, and whether we think it can compete in this extremely popular segment. We also take time to answer audience questions about the Chrysler 200, why Kia and Hyundai products are cheaper in Canada, and if fog lights are an important safety feature in new cars. 

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SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Gabe's minor weekend injury

1:39 - Keith's trip to Havana and Cuban Car Culture

5:34 - Gabe's rare vacation cars

7:15 - Jon's honeymoon Citroen

8:38 - 2019 Ram 1500

13:32 - Audience Questions

14:03 - Question #1: What's our beef with the Chrysler 200?

18:21 - Question #2: Do fog lights increase visibility/safety?

21:53 - Question #3: Canadian minivan prices and recommendations

24:16 - Question #4: Vehicle recommendation for a growing family   

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Ram 1500 Remains Big and Brawny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LLG4GsdY0

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP9c44rWiqA

2015 Chrysler 200 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PppcLoxShxc

Night-vision Technology in Cars Protects Pedestrians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooXRzqfT44U

2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho

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Direct download: 1808CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Mitsubishi will begin to offer drivers perks if they opt to share their driving data. We discuss if the tradeoff is worth it. The 2019 Nissan Kicks joins our test fleet and we share our impressions. Plus, audience questions on transmissions and safety equipment. 

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - Mitsubishi Driver Incentives

4:07 - The dangers of kids in hot cars

7:50 - Rear Seat Reminders

8:45 - 2019 Nissan Kicks

13:57 - Audience Question

14:03 - Question #1, Hyundai dual-clutch transmission replacement

16:19 - Question #2, Mandating safety features on all cars

19:45 - Question #3, Why is blind-spot warning an premium option on some cars?

 

VIDEO LINKS

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2017 LA Auto Show: 2019 Nissan Kicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMMf0LCj7sU

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

2018 Ford EcoSport Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWKT__mDwJk

2011 Nissan Juke First Look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qURRHzI7NPc

2015 Chevrolet Trax Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et4MC_m-DR8

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

Kids Left In Hot Cars: How It Could Happen to You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIqyE0vj60M

Direct download: 1807CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

The great road trip is a seminal part of American life, whether it's with your family or people you just met. Hear three people tell their stories, along with expert advice from Consumer Reports that'll make your road trip even better.

Direct download: 1806CR_Podcast_S01_E03_Road_Trips.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

The President threatens to increase tariffs on foreign made cars; we talk about how it may affect consumers. The Chevrolet Blazer has returned, but it may not be the rugged off-roader you remember. Plus, we talk about the Infiniti QX50 SUV, and answer your questions on drive modes, hot cars and the Kia Niro.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:32 – President Trump tweet about increasing tariffs on foreign automakers

4:12 – Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America

5:41 – 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

9:27 - @ the track, Infiniti QX50

11:51 – Infiniti QX50 powertrain, variable compression ratio

15:50 - Audience Questions

16:12 - Question #1: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited, drive modes

18:52 - Question #2: What gets hotter, dark or light colored cars?

21:58 - Question #3: Why shouldn’t everyone buy a Kia Niro?

LINKS

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2018 Infiniti QX50 Review: Upscale but Underwhelming: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2018-infiniti-qx50-review-upscale-but-underwhelming/

Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-fourth-of-july-deals-on-cars-made-in-america/

Stylish 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Brings Comforts and Technology: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-chevrolet-blazer-preview/

2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogONHegJwXk

2014 BMW X5 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DbM0qvHhts

2018 Hyundai Sonata Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwv3EonvPc

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

Toyota Prius Gets Record Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Chrysler recently released a new commercial that inadvertently shows why having a simple shifter in a car is so important. We talk about the Pacifica's confusing dial shifter, and why this is a problem throughout the auto industry. We recently bought a new 2019 Acura RDX, and discuss why one big flaw might make an otherwise pleasant car tough to live with. And we answer audience questions about IIHS crash tests, and if we would ever consider recommending the Tesla Model 3 for teen drivers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 Chrysler Pacifica Commercial ft. Kathryn Hahn

05:12 2019 Acura RDX

10:41 Question 1:  What is "Fun to drive"

13:59  Question 2: IIHS passenger small-overlap crash test

16:45  Question 3: Tesla Model 3 making the Teen Drivers list

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Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety and More Power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4

 

2016 Acura RDX Quick Drive

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

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH_XMu6QVLc

 

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

Tesla sent an over-the-air software update to all Model 3's this past weekend, which included a fix for the long stopping distances we experienced during our initial testing. We discuss our new test results, and what role over-the-air updates will play in the future of automobiles. We also discuss our first impressions of our newly purchased 2019 Kia Sorento, and answer audience questions about the Subaru Forester and the longevity of engines in hybrid vehicles.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

It's cyclists vs. motorists on this week's episode, and how we think both worlds can live in harmony with one another. We also give our first impressions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and answer audience questions about good cars for college and how to properly break in a new car.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

This week, a U.S. Senator visits our test track. We debate whether or not entry-level luxury SUVs are just hatchbacks in disguise. Plus, we answer viewer questions about road trips and Volkswagen's pickup truck concept.

Direct download: 1804CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

This week, we answer viewer questions about our Tesla Model 3 coverage. Some eagle-eyed members of our audience spotted our 2018 Nissan Leaf in our garage last week, so we give you our first impressions on Nissan's all-electric car. Finally, we discuss GMC's announcement of a new Sierra, and whether its swiss army knife of a tailgate will appeal to pickup buyers.

Direct download: 1803CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Our Tesla Model 3 is finally here at the track, and we go in-depth on our initial impressions, including build quality, how it drives, and what we think of that big center screen.

Direct download: 1802CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Each year, Consumer Reports chooses the best performing vehicles of the year in a number of categories. We discuss which cars we selected as the best of the year, automaker brand rankings, and how vehicles have evolved over the last decade.

Direct download: 1802CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

The Takata airbag recall continues and Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 40,000 vehicles. We discuss how to track manufacturer recalls to make sure your car is safe. The Lexus RX350L joins our fleet, and we seek out the best American cars for teens.

Direct download: 1802CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

This week we answer your video submitted questions first! We also talk about two car commercials from the Super Bowl and discuss our newest test vehicle, the 2018 Ford EcoSport.

Direct download: 1802CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

We recap our trip to the SAE Government/Industry meeting and talk about why the names of safety features can be confusing to consumers. The Honda Clarity joins our test fleet and as always, we answer viewer questions.

Direct download: 1801CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

It's true; we bought a new Jeep Wrangler for our test fleet. We share our first impressions and explore why people love the original SUV. We also have a new Hyundai Elantra GT at the track. Can it compete with hot-hatches like the Volkswagen GTI? Plus, we answer viewer questions and celebrate a special anniversary.

Direct download: 1801CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Consumer Reports investigates the issue of “Exploding Sunroofs” in which sunroofs on cars of all makes and models explode with little or no warning, putting the driver at great risk.

In this narrative audio documentary, a first from CR, hear from drivers whose sunroofs exploded as they drove along familiar roads in pristine conditions. Learn how they dealt with the shock and how their dealers and manufacturers dealt with them.

For the purpose of the podcast CR went into its testing lab and blew up a sunroof to provide listeners with the most realistic sense of what it sounds like when a sunroof explodes some 6 inches from your head.

Consumer Reports also provides insight about what is being done to address this issue and valuable information in the unlikely circumstance that this happens to you.

Direct download: 1801CRO_Talking_Cars_Bonus_Exploding_Sunroofs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Trucks take center stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with redesigns from RAM, Chevy and Ford. We talk about new models from Honda, Acura and Toyota and share which cars we're most looking forward to in the coming year.

Direct download: 1801DAS_Talking_Cars_Episode_134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We peek into the future of cars with news from CES in Las Vegas. The Buick Regal Sportback joins our test fleet and we give our first impressions. And, we answer viewer questions on tire ratings, starting your car in the cold and brake lights.

Direct download: 1801CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Bundle up for this week's episode as we share expert advice on how to get the most out of your car in frigid temps. Two new giant SUVs make their debut at our test track and we answer viewer questions about all-weather tires and cruise control.

Direct download: 1801CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

It's our end of the year wrap up, and we discuss our most (and least) favorite cars that we tested this year at our track. We also talk about what we're most looking forward to from the auto industry in 2018.

Direct download: 1712CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week we cover Toyota's announcement on EV’s and a new Mercedes bound for the States. Owner Satisfaction results are in, and we talk about the brands and models that left drivers wanting more. Plus, viewer questions about our test fleet and more on electronic parking brakes.

Direct download: 1712CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

This week two all-new cars stop by Consumer Reports' test track, the Kia Stinger and Hyundai Kona. We also talk about what it takes for your car to be a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and why some brand new vehicles may no longer hold the ranking. Plus, we answer viewer questions on older vehicles and what happens when you pull an electronic parking brake at 40 mph.

Direct download: 1712CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

This week we look at in-car convenience with the new GM Marketplace, give our take on Lamborghini’s super SUV and find out why no one wants to drive our 2018 Kia Rio. We also talk about our GMC Terrain and the tough competition it faces among small SUVs and the new Buick Enclave that's been added to our test fleet. Plus, we answer a viewer question about engine trouble with the Mazda CX-9 and invite you to be a part of the show!

Direct download: 1712CRO_Talking_Cars_128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Our experts are on the West Coast for the 2017 LA Auto Show, and give their first impressions on the 3-row Subaru Ascent and Lexus RX 350L, subcompact Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks, as well as the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Infiniti QX50.

Direct download: 1711CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

The world seems to be speeding toward a future of autonomous vehicles. But will the reality match the visions of the automakers and innovators? In this Talking Cars special, we assembled an expert panel at our annual meeting at the CR Auto Test Center to discuss the prospect of autonomous driving.

Direct download: 1710CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Which cars are the most reliable? And which brands have the best track record for quality? We go deep into our 2018 reliability survey to discuss who's up, who's down, and a few surprises from the over 640,000 vehicles included in our data.

 

SHOW NOTES

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:50 - How we gather our reliability data

2:50 - current reliability trends

7:14 - 2018 reliability survey highlights

15:35 - Tesla Model 3 reliability announcement

Video submission link: CR.org/TalkingCars

Direct download: 1710CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

We got our hands on the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and give our first impressions on its driving dynamics, updated infotainment system, and styling. Did you know October is a great time to find a deal on cars and trucks? We tell you why, and show you some of the big bargains out there. Finally, buying a car from a dealer can be a high pressure experience, so we share some of our tips for buying a car without all the hassle.

Direct download: 1709CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

Too many people still use car seats incorrectly. That's why we're talking car seats with our two experts on the subject on this edition of the podcast. You'll learn some key facts that could help you, or let you help someone you know with children.

Direct download: 1709CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This week we answer questions from our audience about used cars and SUVs, and give first impressions of our newly purchased 2017 Honda Civic Si.

Direct download: 1706CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We debut a whole new look and sound for Talking Cars this week! We discuss the best cars on the market today that no one is talking about (or buying.) Fresh out of testing, we give our overall impressions of the Toyota Prius Prime, and answer a viewer question about the environmental impact of electrical vehicles.

Direct download: 1705CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

On this episode of Talking Cars, our experts discuss the 10 vehicles that make up our influential Top Picks list. We explain what makes a vehicle eligible for Top Pick status, and go in-depth on why they are the best in their categories.

Direct download: 1702CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

The Lincoln Continental and Alfa Romeo Giulia both aim to redefine their respective brands. We also answer questions about fully loaded small cars, and the difference between cars that we buy and rent.

Direct download: 1612CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

The Subaru Impreza is redesigned for 2017. We discuss the car's all-new platform and new levels of refinement. We also answer questions on the Chevy Bolt, vehicle reliability, and Mazda Miata alternatives.

Direct download: 1611CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Turns out the first relatively affordable long-range electric car isn't from Tesla; the Chevy Bolt beats the Tesla Model 3 to market. We found the Bolt to be enjoyable and practical, but wonder if buyers will be turned off by its dowdy styling.

Direct download: 1610CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Which car brands build the most - and least - reliable new cars? Which models are the most trouble-prone? What usually goes wrong with new cars? We discuss the results of Consumer Reports’ 2017 reliability survey. Exclusive reliability scores for over 300 models are available at consumerreports.org/reliability

Direct download: 1610CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Self-driving cars have been in the news a lot recently, hot off the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and the Detroit Auto Show. We discuss the latest developments in technology and policy, and how they can benefit drivers. Next we look at two new German small SUVs: the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC300. They compete in different segments, and highlight the importance of starting with a good foundation and proper tuning. We then answer viewer questions about large sports sedans and cars for teens, as well as discussing Acura's Precision Concept car from Detroit and the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Direct download: 1601ATC_Talking_Cars_Episode_86.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week on the “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” we hit the track with two spectacular Mercedes-Benz AMG models; the $140,000 AMG GT and the $80,000 C63 AMG. There's no question they're wildly different in looks, price, and practicality, but they share the same heart and intention. All of this high-powered excitement has lead us to wonder about the future of BMW. Is Mercedes-Benz considered the new "Ultimate Driving Machine”?

Direct download: 1512ATC_Talking_Cars_Episode_83.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Jake and Tom hit the highway in our Tesla Model S P85D to discuss its Autopilot system, which can steer the car and keep it within its lane on its own. There are some advantages to the system, especially on long highway trips and in stop-and-go traffic, but this beta-level system is still working out some bugs. We also talk about the temptations posed by the technology, both for increasing distracted driving and for using it on roads where it is far from optimized. Finally, we contrast Tesla owners' willingness to purchase and try out this system, compared to the difficulty typical car buyers have in understanding the value of advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and autobraking.

Direct download: 1511ATC_Talking_Cars_Episode_81.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's official: the Tesla Model S P85D "broke" Consumer Reports' ratings scale. We explain why the P85D earned this distinction, and how we ultimately scored it a 100. As we discuss though, that doesn't mean the P85D is the perfect car. For starters, there's the matter of its $127,820 price tag. 

Direct download: 1508ATC_Talking_Cars_S01E76.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Scion makes a near-clean sweep of their product lineup, adding the new iA and iM. We take a look back at the genesis of Toyota's youth-oriented brand, and discuss how things didn't quite work out as expected. Although the funky xB box-on-wheels is gone, both the iA and iM prove surprisingly satsifying to drive, especially at their sub-$20,000 price tags. We also answer viewer questions about Episode #74 on tiny SUVs, including the perceived omission of the Kia Soul, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and Nissan Juke.

Direct download: 1508ATC_Talking_Cars_S01E751.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Our end-of-the-year episode highlights testers’ personal highs and lows of the year. These cars don’t necessarily bracket our formal ratings, but they stand out in our collective memory. We really like cars that balance sport and practicality, with positive votes for the Porsche Macan, BMW M235i, and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. Minority votes also went to the Range Rover, Subaru Outback, and Chevrolet SS. Cars that made our least-liked list generally promised more than they delivered. Despite its storied marque, several of us dissed the Maserati Ghibli for falling short of luxury sport car expectations. Other cars earning brickbats include the Chrysler 200, Mercedes-Benz GLA and CLA, and the Infiniti Q50. Reaching beyond 2014, some of us dug up some older-introduced cars that still bug them today.

Direct download: 1412ATC_Talking_Cars_Episode_57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Two bite-sized German luxury SUVs face off in this episode of Talking Cars. While the Audi Q3 sticks to many of the brand qualities you'd expect, the Mercedes falls short in refinement. We talk about the market situations that created these cars, and how crowded the SUV market gets around this pricepoint. Next, the super-popular Honda CR-V gets an update for 2015, including a CVT and an infuriating radio. Moving on to a Canadian-themed bunch of questions, we help a viewer pick a comfy sedan. Finally, we wrap up by comparing the Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda3.

Direct download: 1412ATC_Talking_Cars_Episode_55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Once again, Tesla makes the news, this time by adding all-wheel-drive and a high-performance version of the Model S, as well as some capabilities that verge on self-driving. More important for more people, Toyota updates the 2015 Camry, but the bulk of the changes are skin-deep. A recent AAA study suggests they're distracting, and perhaps dangerous - but we suggest there's more to the question. One possible solution might be Apple's CarPlay, and we try it out at the track. Viewer questions about our wardrobes (really) and affordable used pickups come next. Finally, we ask for help with naming our online videos.

Direct download: Talking_Cars_S01E51.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Redesigning the top-selling vehicle in America is already fraught with peril. But taking a big leap in materials and engines is another thing altogether. We discuss the new 2015 Ford F150 pickup and the impact of its aluminium body and downsized engines. Ford's EcoBoost 2.7-liter turbo V6 might be half the size of rival truck engines, but with 325 hp and 375 lbft of torque in a 5,060 pound truck, it sure doesn't feel like it. We also answer viewer questions about upscale sedans, including the Volvo S60 and Buick Regal.

Direct download: Talking_Cars_S01E49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode features a special car - the new 2015 Ford Mustang - and a special guest, Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars. Wayne and CR's Jake Fisher talk about Mustangs through the years, how the car's evolved, and how classic cars compare to today's technology-laden wonders.

Direct download: Talking_Cars_S01E47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Sure, the electric Tesla Model S is the top-scoring car in Consumer Reports ratings, and their owners love them. But over 15,000 miles of driving, the Model S we bought has had more than a few problems. We talk about those issues, public reaction, and what it all means. Next we discuss another electric car, the BMW i3. It's unlike any BMW you've ever seen. Bringing things back to more "normal" cars, we introduce our 2015 Subaru Outback test car. Subaru's been listening, because they fixed a lot of the shortcomings in previous Outbacks. Finally, we answer whether a first-time new car buyer should get an Outback and plan ahead for kids.

Direct download: 1408ATC_Talking_Cars_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Flogging a new F80 BMW M3 around the Consumer Reports test track proves to be a good time, but the jury's out about how much fun it is on the street. A Lexus owner complains about CR's complaints about their controls, leading to an inadvertent iPad mistake that shows the dangers of complex controls when driving, or recording a podcast. A viewer asks about buying a small crossover and if buying one from an upscale brand is worth it to him. Finally, a young viewer has the chance to get a free Range Rover for his first car.

Direct download: Talking_Cars_S01E41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

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