Talking Cars (MP3)

Kia takes the three-row SUV EV Mainstream with its all-new EV9. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Kia EV9, how it handled around our test track, the third-row seats, controls, and if this newest kia is the best midsized SUV EV or not. And, our experts give advice on what to look for when buying tires to maximize vehicle MPG. We also explain IIHS' updated moderate overlap crash test, and why some vehicles get a poor rating.

 

More info on the 2024 Kia EV9 here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Kia EV9 ll

01:05 - What is the EV9?

02:17 - How it Drives

03:43 - The Third-Row Seats

05:09 - Power & Range

06:55 - Controls

10:21 - Fit and Finish

12:11 - Question #1: Do hybrid vehicles need specific tires to maintain its fuel efficiency?

14:59 - Question #2: Why some vehicles are getting a poor rating on the IIHS updated moderate overlap crash test

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Kia EV9 Takes the Three-Row EV Mainstream

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Kia EV9

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev9/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2402CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_438.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

Lexus has expanded its SUV line with the all-new TX, a three-row model that shares its dimensions and many mechanical bits with the new Toyota Grand Highlander. On this episode we share our initial impressions of the 2024 Lexus TX and discuss its driving characteristics, luxurious interior, controls, and three different powertrains offered by Lexus, including a V6 plug-in hybrid. We give advice on what to do when a car lease comes to an end: buy the car out; trade it in for a new model; or walk away. Also, we answer if PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) are cheaper or more expensive to operate and maintain than the all-electric and internal combustion engine vehicles.

 

More info on the 2024 Lexus TX here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Lexus TX

02:06 - 3 Powertrain Options

04:32 - Plug-in Hybrid Version

06:03 - 4-Cylinder Engine Performance

08:47 - Ride and Handling

11:14 - Dynamic Steering

12:23 - 3rd-Row Seats

13:34 - 2nd-Row Seats

14:07 - Cargo and Space

15:51 - Controls, Fit and Finish

18:36 - Safety Systems

20:13 - Lexus TX vs. Toyota Grand Highlander

22:49 - Electronic Door Release

24:19 - Question #1: What to do at the end of a vehicle lease: buy the car out; trade it in; or walk away?

28:16 - Question #2: Are PHEVs more expensive to operate and maintain than all-electric and internal combustion vehicles?

 

 

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First Drive: All-New 2024 Lexus TX Delivers Modern Luxury for the Whole Family

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Lexus TX

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/tx/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Shines Brightest With Hybrid Max Engine

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Best Luxury SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/search/?query=three-row%20SUVs?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2402CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_437.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

The 2024 Blazer EV is the first Chevrolet vehicle on General Motors’ new Ultium electric platform, which is shared by the Honda Prologue EV and Cadillac Lyriq. We offer our first impressions of the new Blazer, including its driving dynamics, build quality, and why GM ordered dealers to stop selling it. We also discuss the future of internal combustion engines and whether or not EVs will dominate the car market in the next decade. Also, we debate whether the 2025 Toyota Camry hybrid is worth the wait, or is the recently updated 2024 Honda Accord hybrid.

 

More info on the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

01:26 - Issues we encountered

02:58 - Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

06:16 - Charging

06:40 - Interior Quality

07:08 - Driving Dynamics

10:14 - The Brakes

11:49 - Design oddities

12:35 - Controls

13:26 - Stop Sale Order

14:39 - More issues

16:43 - Things we liked

17:20 - Visibility

18:00 - Seat Comfort

19:44 - Question #1: What will be the prevalent fuel source for vehicles in the next decade?

25:26 - Question #2: Is the 2025 Toyota Camry worth the wait?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Is a Bumpy Ride

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/blazer-ev/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrid & EV Ratings

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2024 Honda Prologue Electric Vehicle Is Sensible and Roomy

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-honda-prologue-review-a8015429336/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Shows GM’s Commitment to Electric Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/cadillac-lyriq-review-a5185208455/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2401CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_436.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

We're at CES in Las Vegas, where much of the hype has been around introducing artificial intelligence into your car's infotainment system. But is AI in your vehicle actually going to be useful, or is it just hype? The EV market is maturing, and we got to see where automakers are going to take the unique abilities that electric vehicles are afforded with fewer moving parts and more space-efficient layouts, including a rebrand of the minivan form factor. We also discuss why hydrogen might be a viable alternative to battery-electric vehicles in the future, and try to figure out why anyone would want a large LED screen built into their bumper.

 

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - Why is CR at CES 2024?

01:30 - Who was not at CES 2024?

03:46 - AI in your next car

11:10 - Automakers Reimagining EVs

14:30 - Large LED Screens inside and outside of vehicles

17:11 - Hydrogen Vehicles

21:03 - New EV concepts

 

 

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First Drive: Toyota Mirai, the Hydrogen-Powered Luxury Cruiser

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrid & EV Ratings

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2401CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_435.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

We wrap 2023 with CR experts sharing their most and least favorite cars they drove in our testing fleet. Where do cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda CR-V hybrid, Rivian R1S, and Honda Accord hybrid fall on our lists? We also share some fun statistics from our testing program from 2023, and answer questions about regenerative braking in the Toyota Prius Prime and other hybrids, as well as how AWD systems work in EVs.

00:36 - CR testing statistics from 2023

3:03 - the best cars we tested in 2023

8:06 - the worst cars we tested in 2023

18:36 - do hybrids benefit from regeneration braking like electric vehicles?

23:51 - do all-wheel drive systems in EVs work the same way as in standard vehicles?

Popular Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cars-popular-cars-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a5131342215/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

10 Most Reliable Cars: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Tires of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-car-tires-of-the-year-a1101679070/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Car Batteries of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-batteries/best-car-batteries-of-the-year-a2280775847/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Which Brand Makes the Most Reliable Vehicles? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

Direct download: 2312CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_434.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

While hybrids and EVs get a lot of attention in the automotive world, they are not the only options for those wanting to lower their carbon emissions; plug-in hybrids, flex fuels, and even hydrogen vehicles have made their way to the US market in recent years. But are these alternatives realistic for many drivers? Dr. Quinta Warren, CR’s Associate Director of Sustainability Policy, shares the latest on the current federal regulations and latest technologies designed to lower the carbon footprint of vehicles in the United States.

Things People Wished They’d Known Before Buying an EV:https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/smarter-things-people-wished-theyd-known-before-buying-an-ev-a5564226363/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Can Using Gas With 15 Percent Ethanol Damage Your Car?:https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/can-using-gas-with-15-percent-ethanol-damage-your-car-a7855829511/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Can Electric Vehicle Owners Rely on DC Fast Charging?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/can-electric-vehicle-owners-rely-on-dc-fast-charging-a7004735945/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Low_Carbon_Fuels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40am EST

More info on the 2023 CR Reliability Survey here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Every year, Consumer Reports surveys thousands of its members, asking about issues and trouble spots with their cars. Using this exclusive data. CR provides reliability ratings for every major mainstream model, from brands that are highly rated to those that give owners constant issues. In this episode, we discuss some notable new insights on EVs, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and traditional gas vehicles, and the difference in their reliability performance. Also, we explain how CR's "average" reliability rating has changed over the years--Is an "average" car from 2022 more or less reliable than one from 2012. And as a comparison, what is a more sensible purchase? A Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla hatchback?

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - What is CR’s Car Reliability Survey

01:04 - What’s New in the 2023 Survey

02:00 - Reliability Trends

02:40 - EV Reliability

06:04 - Tesla

07:58 - Hybrid Vehicle Reliability

11:25 - Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Reliability

13:41 - New Charts and Presentation

17:13 - Sustainability

18:29 - Has CR’s “average” reliability rating change over the years?

23:24 - What is a more sensible purchase, a Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

 

 

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Guide to Car Reliability & Owner Satisfaction

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Least Reliable Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-least-reliable-cars-a2967595976/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Most Reliable Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Reliability Histories

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/car-reliability-histories-a1200719842/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2311CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_433.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

One of Toyota's popular plug-in hybrids (PHEV) the Prius Prime gets a major redesign for 2023. This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota  Prius Prime, its new sleek styling, improved fuel economy, driving characteristics, and extended electric-only range. We help a member of our audience find a replacement for her Scion tC with something more fuel efficient, like the Honda CR-Z, Insight, and Fit. Also, we discuss the differences of all-wheel-drive systems on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles and EVs, and how to improve traction in wintry weather driving. 

 

More info on the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius Prime

02:28 - Prime vs Regular Prius

05:31 - Traffic Jam Assist

07:19 - Safety Features

10:40 - How it Drives

13:26 - Controls

15:41 - Is it worth the extra cost?

21:06 - Question #1: What is a fuel efficient alternative for a Scion tC?

27:25 - What are some differences between gas powered vehicles and EV’s all-wheel drive systems?

 

 

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Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Prime Gets Longer Electric-Only Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Prius Prime

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius-prime/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Best Hybrid Cars for Under $35,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/best-hybrid-cars-from-consumer-reports-tests-a5841270718/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Everything You Need to Know About Leasing an EV or PHEV With a Tax Credit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/what-to-know-about-leasing-an-ev-or-phev-with-tax-credit-a3007689035/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Trades Practicality for Style

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-prius-review-a1192095682/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2311CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_432.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Buick expands its lineup with the all-new Envista, a small, stylish model that transforms elements together from a car and an SUV. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Buick Envista, its driving characteristics, exterior styling, and some of the compromises we have found in our initial time with this test car. Also, we explain how legroom is measured in CR's test for three-row SUVs, and discuss whether or not you should upgrade an older vehicle to gain the latest safety features.

More info on the 2024 Buick Envista here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Buick Envista

01:31 - What is Envista?

04:33 - Price and Size

06:14 - Driving Characteristics

07:05 - Features

08:23 - The Buick Brand

09:01 - Styling

10:19 - Low Cost Vehicles

12:30 - Question #1: How does Consumer Reports measure legroom in back rows for three-row SUVs?

18:09 - Question #2: Is it wise to upgrade an older vehicle for the sake of modern safety features?

 

 

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First Drive: Stylish 2024 Buick Envista Is a Bargain Runabout

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Buick Envista

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/envista/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How to Buy a New Car in Today’s Challenging Market

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-a-car-in-todays-challenging-market-a7648220054/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Popular Compact Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/popular-compact-cars-to-avoid-what-to-buy-instead-a1188453224/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2311CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_431.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

On this episode, we drive the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. Our experts discuss the Mustang’s legacy, V8 powertrain, and race-inspired technology. We explore the future of muscle cars and wonder if the 7th generation Pony Car is the last of its kind. We also answer audience questions about cylinder deactivation and the best vehicle for a long commute.

SHOW NOTES:

 

0:00 - Intro

 

0:16 - 2024 Mustang model lineup

 

3:44 - Dark Horse powertrain

 

5:00 - 10-Speed automatic transmission

 

8:26 - Handling & ride dynamics

 

9:25 - Ford Drift Brake

 

12:06 - Driver screen & infotainment

 

15:40 - Seats

 

16:47 - Gauge clusters

 

17:40 - Is this the last Mustang?

 

19:24 - Audience Question

 

LINKS:

 

2024 Ford Mustang: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/mustang/2024/overview/

 

2024 Ford Mustang Early Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFinVVIOl3c

 

Find the Best Sports Cars & Convertibles: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/

Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_430.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

We purchased over a dozen of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) for our auto test program at consumer reports, to study deeper and reveal many nuances of the most misunderstood vehicle. This week we share our initial impressions of some of our first interactions with plug-in hybrids and what we have discovered so far. Jake Fisher drafts a complex spreadsheet to help one of our audience members decide between a hybrid and a PHEV. We also answer if there is any correlation between the hybrid battery and the 12-volt battery in hybrid vehicles.

 

CR's PHEV cost calculator: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AHW1tUQIXa5NMWAKLHxKh1Xoro6tkOHpyV6cDbAu6U8/edit?usp=sharing

 

More info on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Why (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) PHEVs?

04:28 - What are plug-in hybrids?

07:28 - Who are PHEVs for?

12:10 - Plug-ins are a version of gas powered vehicles

13:39 - Our experience with 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (PHEV)

16:52 - Driving the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV

20:08 - 2023 Mazda CX90 PHEV

21:04 - PHEVs are not for everyone

26:08 - Question #1: Which plug-in hybrid should I buy?

31:22 - Question #2: Will a 12-volt trickle charger also keep the hybrid battery topped off?

 

 

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Is a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Right for You?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Cars 101: Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

For all the warnings on today's modern vehicles, why don't cars have an alert that a headlight or taillight is out? In the new 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander with a Max powertrain, is there risk of the hybrid battery depleting when carrying a large payload? And if it seems like your EV tires wear much faster than you'd expect, you're not alone. We give expert insight into these questions, as well as the availability of active head restraints, a replacement vehicle for an Audi A3 convertible, and if the days of the local gas station are numbered.

How CR Tests Headlights: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-safety/6060466527001/headlight-testing/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Early Review: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

When to Replace Your Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-care/6258106759001/when-to-replace-your-tires/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Audi A3 Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/a3/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

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:47 - are gas stations in danger of disappearing?

6:20 - why do EV tires seem to wear out so fast?

12:34 - why is there no head light/tail light out warning?

17:50 - are active head restraints still available on new cars?

21:07 - what's a good replacement for a 2015 Audi A3 convertible?

28:00 - what happens if you drain the hybrid battery on a Toyota Grand Highlander Max while towing a heavy load uphill?

Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

CR is known for its extensive testing of child seats. But did you know we also perform a crash test on each seat we review? We visit our secret crash lab to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we go beyond the government standards to test each child seat, why our tests better reflect the circumstances of a real world car crash than what is currently required, and share the top 5 tips for making sure your car seat is installed safely and correctly.

Consumer Reports all-new baby experience: https://www.consumerreports.org/babies/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

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Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_427.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EST

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

We drove the new 2024 Kona 2.0 and 1.6T at our test track, and share our first impressions on the driving dynamics of the standard and turbo versions, redesigned infotainment system, and how it stacks up against its predecessor. How does it stack up against leaders in the subcompact SUV segment like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V? Will the EV version fill the affordable electric car void? Later, we talk about why some driving positions feel "off", and the importance of a symmetrical driving position for a vehicle's driving comfort.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Hyundai Kona

01:06 - The Subcompact Segment

03:19 - The Version to Buy

07:17 - Hyundai’s New Design

07:54 - The Competition

10:02 - Electric Version

12:16 - Question: How does CR assess the driving position and vehicle comfort?

 

 

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2024 Hyundai Kona Breaks Cover as an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Hyundai Kona

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/kona/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Vehicles With the Best Combination of Fuel Economy and Acceleration

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/vehicle-fuel-economy-vs-performance-a2066683994/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_426.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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2024 Grand Highlander is all-new for Toyota, as the name suggests it's bigger than the Highlander and slots beneath the larger Sequoia. The Grand Highlander shares powertrains with its namesake while borrowing a performance-oriented turbocharged hybrid from the Lexus RX and Toyota Crown. We share our first impressions of the Grand Highlander, its driving dynamics, the HybridMAX engine, controls, and if the bigger size will help Toyota to stave off competition from the redesigned Honda Pilot and the new Mazda CX-90, as well as against current formidable competition from the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. Also, we discuss whether removing doors on a Jeep Wrangler or the Ford Bronco is safe.

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

01:16 - Engine Options

03:28 - Highlander vs. The Grand Highlander

06:44 - The Size

09:36 - Interior Styling

11:46 - Controls

13:06 - Driving Characteristics

16:25 - Toyota’s 3-row SUV lineup

19:42 - Question: Is it safe to drive a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco without any doors?

 

 

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Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Grand Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/grand-highlander/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Many Popular SUVs Lag Behind in Rear Seat Safety, New Crash Tests Show

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/many-popular-suvs-lag-behind-in-rear-seat-safety-a6607362245/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

SUV and Truck Buyers May Pay Thousands More for Life-Saving Feature, CR Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/consumers-may-pay-thousands-more-for-life-saving-feature-cr-a8886263392/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

More info on the 2023 Dodge Hornet here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-dodge-hornet-review-a4944342068/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

With the new 2023 Hornet, Dodge has released its first small SUV since the unimpressive Caliber almost a decade ago. The new Hornet shares most of its body, powertrain, and interior with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, which are both manufactured by Stellantis in Italy. We discuss how the Hornet drives, including its power, design, and how it compares to the Alfa. We also consider how the Hornet stacks up against rivals like Ford Bronco Sport, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Kia Sportage, and Toyota RAV4 Prime. Also, we debate whether or not used car buyers should be concerned when purchasing a discontinued vehicle and if car parts will be available years down the road.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Dodge Hornet

02:32 - Hornet vs. Tonale

06:07 - Powertrain

06:43 - Power Delivery

08:23 - The Controls

10:44 - Driving Position

12:49 - Fit and Finish

14:31 - Competitors

17:47 - Exterior Styling

18:53 - Question: When purchasing a discontinued used car should buyers be concerned for the lack of available parts years down the road?

 

 

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2023 Dodge Hornet SUV Promises Power and Efficiency

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-dodge-hornet-review-a4944342068/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Dodge Hornet

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/dodge/hornet/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is a Disappointing Effort

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-alfa-romeo-tonale-review-a1132347197/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is Age or Mileage More Important When Buying a Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/is-age-or-mileage-more-important-when-buying-a-used-vehicle-a2126797074/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2308CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_424_2.mp3
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More info on the 2024 Subaru Impreza here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/small-cars/2024-subaru-impreza-review-a8590029622/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

The redesigned sixth-generation 2024 Impreza remains true to the established Subaru formula. Subaru has simplified the trim range to Base, Sport and RS, and no longer offers a sedan version of the Impreza. We discuss the minimal changes to the exterior styling, driving characteristics, controls, and the powertrain. Also, we provide some tips that car owners can do to help their vehicles last longer and potentially reach the 200K mile range.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - First Impressions: 2024 Subaru Impreza

02:21 - Updates

04:19 - Controls

05:17 - Driving Position

05:59 - The Touch Screen

07:48 - Fit and Finish

09:43 - Ride Comfort

12:18 - Powertrain

14:52 - No Sedan Version

15:57 - Question: What maintenance should car owners perform to help their vehicles last longer?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Subaru Impreza RS Boasts Fresh Styling, More Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/small-cars/2024-subaru-impreza-review-a8590029622/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Subaru Impreza

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/impreza/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Benefits from Subtle Updates

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-subaru-crosstrek-review-a4045387800/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How to Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles and More

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/make-your-car-last-200-000-miles-a8010293375/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2308CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_423.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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Alfa Romeo advances its electrification with the 2024 Tonale, the small SUV slots beneath the Stelvio and is aimed to compete against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. We discuss its plug-in hybrid powertrain, spirited driving performance, and whether or not it delivers Alfa's Italian styling glamour. We also talk about why many plug-in hybrid vehicles start their gasoline engine during strong acceleration even with full battery in EV mode.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale

01:38 - The Powertrain

03:33 - EV Mode

06:52 - Driving Experience

11:27 - Interior

14:34 - Infotainment

18:10 - Visibility

18:49 - Is it worth buying?

20:48 - Question: Why many plug-in hybrid vehicles start their gasoline engine during strong acceleration even with full battery in EV mode?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is a Disappointing Effort

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-alfa-romeo-tonale-review-a1132347197/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/alfa-romeo/tonale/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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This week we discuss several topics requested by our audience, including: How does an EV's extra battery weight affect braking? Is it necessary to turn a vehicle's front wheels toward the curb when parking on a steep hill, even if it has an automatic transmission? What are the best practices for storing hybrid cars for long periods of time? We also explain how CR's used-car reliability data is gathered for each vehicle's model year.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - Question #1: How does an EV’s extra battery weight affect its braking distances over ICE competitors?

05:14 - Question #2: Which vehicle segment you would revamp, given the opportunity?

10:28 - Question #3: What is the proper way to store a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle for long periods of time?

15:05 - Question #4: How does CR collect used-car reliability data for each model year?

16:37 - Question #5: Should a Jeep Wrangler be considered a convertible?

19:33 - Question #6: Is it necessary to turn a vehicle’s front wheels toward the curb when parking on a steep hill, even if it has an automatic transmission?

22:05 - Question #7: Is using an extremely thin engine oil, like the 0W-8 used in the new Toyota Crown, for improved gas mileage or just planned obsolescence? 

 

 

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Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Brake Lights Can Fail to Provide Fair Warning on Some Electric Vehicles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/brake-lights-can-fail-to-provide-fair-warning-on-some-evs-a9533519285/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Maserati’s first entry into the vibrant luxury small SUV segment is the all-new 2023 Grecale, which is meant to compete with many desirable models including the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The 2023 Maserati Grecale GT we bought for CR's auto test program promises high-performance flair by combining potent powerplants and an air of exclusivity. We discuss whether or not the Grecale's sporty handling, modern cabin, and Italian glamour will help to distinguish it from its rivals.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Maserati Grecale GT

02:33 - What is Maserati?

05:10 - Maserati’s Reliability

08:48 - Which segment does the Grecale fit in?

11:29 - Controls

12:09 - Know what you’re getting into

12:45 - Functionality

13:42 - Driving Dynamics

14:57 - Competitors

18:43 - Question: When selling a used car is it better to sell privately or use a service like CarMax or Carvana?

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Maserati Grecale Promises Elegance and Performance

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-maserati-grecale-review-a7956084032/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Maserati Grecale

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/maserati/grecale/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Brake lights are a major safety feature on vehicles that provide a fair warning to drivers traveling behind them. On this bonus episode we discuss recent findings in Consumer Reports' tests that discover potential safety issues with brake lights on EVs from Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, and Mercedes-Benz.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:22 - Topic: Braking without brake lights

01:02 - Disclaimer

01:55 - What is one-pedal driving

03:57 - Hyundai; Kia; Genesis: issue with one-pedal driving

05:21 - CR’s test findings

07:46 - Federal law for vehicle brake lights

09:09 - CR’s recommendation for one-pedal operation in Hyundai; Kia; Genesis EVs

11:36 - Mercedes-Benz: one-pedal driving issue

14:21 - CR’s recommendation for one-pedal driving in Mercedes-Benz EVs

15:12 - Conclusion

 

 

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Brake Lights Can Fail to Provide Fair Warning on Some Electric Vehicles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/brake-lights-can-fail-to-provide-fair-warning-on-some-evs-a9533519285/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrids/EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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The newly redesigned Chevrolet Trax is almost a foot larger than the outgoing model and offers a tempting low price tag. We purchased the 2024 Chevrolet Trax 1LT for our test program, and discuss if the small price will compel buyers to look past the dull driving experience and uninspired cabin and overcome competitors including the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Nissan Kicks.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:28 - 2024 Chevrolet Trax first impressions

02:17 - Driving dynamics

07:35 - Ride

09:48 - Seat comfort

11:36 - Cabin design

13:17 - Controls

16:18 - Rear seat comfort

17:02 - Cargo space

17:22 - Lack of AWD

19:08 - Fuel economy

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Chevrolet Tram Brings Brilliant Packaging and a Tempting Low Price

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-chevrolet-trax-review-a4562224665/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Cars, SUVs, and Trucks With the Best Fuel Economy

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/best-worst-fuel-economy-a3183445363/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/trax/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Makes a Comeback

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-chevrolet-trailblazer-review-a6072541768/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Many Americans Are Overpaying for Their Car Loans

https://www.consumerreports.org/money/car-financing/many-americans-overpay-for-car-loans-a8076436935/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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The 2023 Mercedes EQE 350 SUV is the EV complement to the GLE, competing with the Tesla Model X, BMW iX, and Cadillac Lyriq, and the SUV version of the EQE sedan also in Consumer Reports's test program. We discuss how this model, built in Tuscaloosa, Ala., compares to the ultra-luxury EQS SUV, the incredible amount of safety features available on this model, and why even the pared-down infotainment screen (compared to the MBUX Hyperscreen) might still be a deal-breaker. Confused on what mpge means, and how it compares to miles per gallon in a gas-powered car? A viewer sends us a quiz in search of answers.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV first impressions

02:09 - Driving

O4:43 - Controls

09:12 - The Price

10:32 - Technology

13:07 - Safety Features

20:19 - Which EQE we like most?

23:23 - Question: What is mpge?

 

 

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Preview: Tech-Filled 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Charges Ahead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-mercedes-benz-eqe-review-a6441210907/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqe-suv/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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More info on the 2024 Mazda CX-90 Turbo Preferred Plus here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-mazda-cx-90-review-a1943302819/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Mazda is aiming upscale with the 2024 CX-90, creating an all-new three-row SUV that separates itself from mainstream models like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer, with aspirations toward luxury brands such as Acura, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The CX-90 Turbo Preferred Plus we purchased anonymously for our test program is built on a brand-new platform, and boasts Mazda’s first-ever inline six-cylinder engine mated to the brand's own eight-speed automatic transmission. But will all the new changes be enough to impress buyers within the highly competitive market? We also explain CR's testing process, from the moment we purchase a vehicle to when we publish our conclusions in our Road Test report.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - 2024 Mazda CX-90 first impressions

01:19 - What is new about the CX-90

03:02 - The Mazda Buyer

04:39 - How It Drives

07:19 - The Ride

08:10 - Can Mazda pull off a 60K SUV?

10:19 - Interior Fit and Finish

12:05 - Controls

14:37 - Rear Seats

15:52 - Question 1: From the time CR purchases a vehicle for the test program how long does it take for the full review to be posted on the website?

20:50 - Question 2: Why does it seem impossible to lease an EV at MSRP and get the EV credit back as lease cash?

 

 

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All-New 2024 Mazda CX-90 Aims Up-and Makes A Direst Hit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-mazda-cx-90-review-a1943302819/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Mazda CX-90

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-90/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Most Reliable and Fuel-Efficient New Midsize SUVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/new-midsized-suvs-most-reliable-fuel-efficient-a2811867777/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

New Cars on the Horizon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/new-cars-on-the-horizon-a1920770135/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Leasing an EV Can Save You Money

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-leasing-an-ev-can-save-you-money-a6013438463/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car-a9135602164/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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More info on the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Advanced here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is the latest EV from Hyundai's luxury brand. Built on the same platform as the gas-powered version, the all-electric model has an EPA estimated 236 mile range, and shares many of the same luxurious touches of the Electric G80. But with a starting price over $60,000 can the electric GV70 take on competitors like the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQB, and even its own GV60 EV sibling? We also discuss whether a viewer's persistent flat spots on a set of Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires might be a sign of manufacturer defect.

LINKS

CR’s Hybrid & EV Hub: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Genesis Impresses Again with the 2023 GV60 Compact Electric SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Genesis GV70 SUV Delivers Comfort, Agility, and Luxe: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-genesis-gv70-review-a4477336215/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Early Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fam-QSB9Yrc

Tesla Model Y Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-y/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Audi Q4 e-tron Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/q4-e-tron/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

BMW i4 Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/i4/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Mercedes-Benz EQB is a Conventional SUV, Electrified: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-mercedes-benz-eqb-review-a7555831002/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

:16 - 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 first impressions

6:19 - who is Genesis targeting with the Electrified GV70?

6:57 - Electrified GV70 vs. GV60; regenerative braking levels

10:37 - driving standard GV70 vs. EV version

13:26 - problems with the range

16:38 - purchasing notes

21:21 - would CR experts buy this car?

23:07 - are my Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires defective?

 

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More info on the 2023 Honda Accord 1.5T EX here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

We purchased a 2023 Honda Accord 1.5T EX for CR's auto test program, and share our first impressions of the changes to the latest generation of this popular mid-size sedan, how it compares to the Honda Accord Hybrid Sport model we're also testing, as well as competitors like the Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, and Nissan Altima, and question why Honda has restricted many desirable options to just hybrid powertrain models. We also weigh in on a viewer's conspiracy theory that big trucks and SUVs are only popular because of distracted drivers and poor road conditions in the US.

LINKS

Which Hybrid Should You Buy - Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/which-hybrid-should-you-buy-honda-accord-or-toyota-camry-a1011992834/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Midsized and Large Sedans You Can Buy Today: https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/10-best-sedans-you-can-buy-today-a4739679846/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subaru Legacy First Impressions: https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-first-drive-review-a1078654041/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

:18 - 2023 Honda Accord first impressions

1:27 - What is missing in this version of the Honda Accord?

4:30 - is this car a good choice for families?

7:19 - Driving impressions

10:33 - infotainment and controls

13:05 - comfort and fit & finish

16:56 - standard model vs. hybrid

21:05 - are bad drivers and crumbling roads making SUVs more popular?

 

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One of the primary questions drivers have about EVs is how long do their batteries last, and how much would a replacement cost in the future. We share our expert information on if electric car batteries are expensive to replace, as well as: where more expensive tires wear slower than cheaper alternatives; why a car in Europe might have a better warranty or more features than its US counterpart; warranty coverage for 48V mild hybrid batteries; whether standard, gas-powered vehicles lose range in cold weather like all-electric cars; and how to change the radio station preset on the 2023 Honda CR-V.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:45 - Question #1: Are EV batteries expensive to replace?

05:11 - Question #2: Why does it seem that European countries have better car warranties and features than the US?

09:14 - Question #3: How can you tell whether a tire will retain good performance over the its life?

12:40 - Question #4: What are the warranty coverages like for 48V mild hybrid batteries?

17:06 - Question #5: Is the drop in range on an EV in cold weather about the same as gas-powered vehicles?

22:10 - Question #6: Is it possible to delete a radio station preset from the favorites list on a 2023 Honda CR-V?

 

 

 

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What Happens to the Old Batteries in Electric Cars?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/what-happens-to-the-old-batteries-in-electric-cars-a1091429417/

 

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

 

How Temperatures Affects Electric Vehicle Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-temperature-affects-electric-vehicle-range-a4873569949/

 

Best Tire Values Based on Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-tire-values-most-performance-for-the-money-a8831427537/

 

Best Tire Brands of 2023

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-tire-brands-a2990346660/

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

 

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More of CR's coverage on Hybrids and EVs:  https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE electric sedan joins the growing EV market. Equipped with a 90-kWh battery, the EQE promises 305 miles of range with the rear-wheel drive, and 260 miles with the all-wheel drive. Our experts share their first impressions and discuss the EQE’s livability and usability. Plus, we answer on how to understand EV range ratings, like MPGe. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:14 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE

3:44 - Infotainment screen, controls

8:00 - Navigation features

9:24 - Pricing and options

11:53 - Driving position

12:42 - Styling, fit and finish

13:58 - Driving impressions

18:12 EV alternatives

21:42 - Question: What’s MPGe and how do you convert it to kWh/100miles?

LINKS:

Mercedes-Benz EQE: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqe/2023/overview/

Hybrids & EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz's Commitment to EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

Direct download: 2305CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_413.mp3
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More of CR's coverage on the Nissan Z here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/2023-nissan-z-review-a2145463162/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

The 2023 Nissan Z enters the sports car marketplace as one of the few remaining models available today as a manual, competing for attention with the Toyota Supra, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota GR86. We bought a Performance model with a manual transmission for our test program, and share our first impressions of this resurrected nameplate, comparing its styling, gearbox, and driving dynamics with its contemporaries, as well as legacy Z models. And is higher octane gas combined with fuel stabilizer better for a car that will not be driven for a few months? Our experts answer this, as well as whether newer cars need an engine block heater in cold climates.

Toyota GR86 First Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-toyota-gr86-review-a7782593291/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Top Tier Gas Worth the Extra Price: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/top-tier-gasoline-worth-the-extra-price-a7682471234/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

:00 - Nissan Z introduction

1:50 - New features

4:20 - Styling

5:25 - Driving impressions

8:15 - Turbo sound/whine

9:39 - Manual transmission

12:39 - Handling impressions

15:20 - Interior impressions

22:39 - Should you use an engine block heater on a newer car?

25:31 - Should you use higher octane gas combined with fuel stabilizer for a car not driven often?

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Find out more about the Honda Accord at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

On this episode, we discuss the 2023 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid that we purchased for our test program. Our experts talk about Honda’s new approach to vehicle trim levels and how the Accord Hybrid has evolved since its introduction. We also cover safety improvements, usability and how the Accord can stay competitive in a market flooded with SUVs. Plus, we answer questions about window tinting and crash ratings for the Jeep Gladiator.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:19 - Vehicle specs

1:32 - Available safety features

4:00 - Accord trim lines 

7:57 - Interior space

12:42 - Powertrain

15:00 - Seat comfort

18:57 - Driving impressions

21:33 - Question #1: What’s better; ceramic window tint or non-ceramic window tint?

25:37 - Question #2: Why isn’t the Jeep Gladiator subject to all of the crash test categories? 

LINKS:

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord-hybrid/2023/overview/

2023 Honda Accord: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord/2023/overview/

The New 2023 Honda Accord Is Easy to Like and Easy to Live With: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/why-hybrid-vehicles-are-a-smart-choice-right-now-a2736240282/

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Find out more about the Rivian R1S at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/rivian-r1s-review-a1186513155/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

CR recently took delivery of the 2022 Rivian R1S we purchased for testing at our track. We share our first impressions of this all-electric 3-row SUV, and how it compares to the other major three-row EVs on the market, the Tesla Model X, and well as its pickup truck sibling, the Rivian R1T. We also help a viewer search for a truck that is more fuel efficient than a Toyota Highlander, but also can tow 5,000 lbs - does such a vehicle actually exist??

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - Highlights: 2022 Rivian R1S

02:15 - Who Are The Competitors

04:44 - Unique Features

08:14 - The Power

12:47 - Regenerative Braking

17:42 - Driving Dynamics

19:49 - The Ride

20:30 - The Controls

24:17 - Question - Does a reliable and fuel efficient midsize SUV that can tow 5k pounds exist?

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First Drive: Rivian R1S Proves to Be a Roomy, Quick All-Electric Three-Row SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/rivian-r1s-review-a1186513155/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2022 Rivian R1S

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1s/2022/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Rivian R1T

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Tesla Model X

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-x/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

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The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid looks to build on the legacy of fuel economy, utility, and value of its predecessors. We bought a CR-V Hybrid Sport AWD for our test program, and we share our first impressions of its redesigned interior, transmission, and fuel efficiency, and how it stacks up against the Toyota RAV4, and the traditional gas-powered version. And what would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty? Our experts share their personal picks for keeping driving exciting while staying family friendly.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - Highlights: 2023 Honda CR-V

01:14 - Fuel Economy

02:40 - Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid Comparison

06:04 - Inside the Cabin & Controls

09:50 - Wrap Up: Hybrid or Regular

11:32 - Question: What would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty?

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2023 Honda CR-V Sticks With Winning Formula

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-honda-cr-v-review-a1196843568/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/cr-v-hybrid/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/cr-v/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Early Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDU8P6YlQq0

 

2023 Toyota RAV4

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/rav4/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Quietest Compact SUVs From Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/quietest-compact-suvs-from-consumer-reports-tests-a6460127872/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Kia Telluride

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/telluride/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R Build on Hot-Hatch Fundamentals

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-volkswagen-gti-golf-r-review-a6013272130/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda Civic

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/civic/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 300-HP 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Proves Both Fast and Furious

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/2023-toyota-gr-corolla-review-a7360611291/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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The Subaru Crosstrek gets a facelift for its 2024 model year. Although this subcompact SUV might look familiar at first glance, it gets an improved chassis, redesigned interior, revamped engine, and transmission refinements. We share our first impressions on these updates, and how this new version stacks up to others in this class, like the Mazda CX-30 and Kia Niro Hybrid. And what would be a safe, fun to drive manual transmission car for a new teen driver? Our experts help a viewer with tips for shopping for his first car that has both sporty driving dynamics and important safety features.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek

02:07 - New Updates

04:01 - The Ride

05:20 - Styling

07:16 - Seat Comfort and Driving Position

09:56 - Controls

12:34 - AWD and Off-Road Capability

14:35 - Question: What would be a safe, fun to drive manual transmission vehicle for a new teen driver?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Benefits from Subtle Updates

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-subaru-crosstrek-review-a4045387800/

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/crosstrek/2024/overview/

 

2023 Mazda CX-30

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-30/2023/overview/

 

2022 Kia Niro

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/niro/2022/overview/

 

2023 Mazda 3

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2023/overview/

 

2017 Honda Accord

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord/2017/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Hyundai is positioning itself as one of the leaders in electric vehicle manufacturing, adding another EV to its lineup with the Ioniq 6. Sharing a platform with the Genesis GV60, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 5, we share our first impressions of this all-electric sedan, including its unique styling, EV performance, driving dynamics, range, and how it stacks up to competitors like Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. We also discuss whether a flat tire sealant kit is an acceptable and safe alternative to run-flat tires or a dedicated spare.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6

03:06 - Competitors

05:16 - Styling

06:47 - Ride and Handling

12:25 - Brake Regeneration

14:43 - Interior

15:56 - Controls

16:41 - Personal Choice

20:19 - Question: Most new cars include a flat tire repair kit rather than a spare, is it wise to drive without  a spare tire?

 

 

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First Drive: All-New 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Is Quick, Quiet, and Comfortable

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-hyundai-ioniq-6-review-a1122495086/

 

2023 Hyundai Ioniq

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq-6/2023/overview/

 

The Kia EV9 Promises to Be a Family-Friendly, 3-Row Electric SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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We discuss our favorite vehicles and trends from the floor of the 2023 NY Auto Show, including previews of the Toyota Grand Highlander, Kia EV9, Ford Mustang, Ram 1500 REV, and Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer EVs. We also share our thoughts on the future direction of the automotive landscape, with the lack of concept cars at this year's show, and the polarization between big trucks and performance vehicles in contrast with the continuing electrification of the industry.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Polar Opposites: Big Trucks/Performance Cars vs. EVs

01:40 - RAM 1500 REV

02:50 - Dodge Challenger Demon SRT 170

04:29 - Chevrolet Camero

05:25 - Ford Mustang

07:01 - Chevrolet Blazer EV

07:24 - Kia EV9

12:38 - Hyundai Kona EV

13:26 - Chevrolet Equinox EV

15:02 - Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray

16:16 - Chevrolet TRAX

17:03 - Toyota Grand Highlander

10:51 - Lack of Concept Cars

18:45 - Personal Picks of The Show

22:40 - Japanese Domestic Market Cars

23:13 - Top Secret V12 Supra Gold

 

 

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Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/

 

2024 Hyundai Kona Breaks Cover as an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/

 

Preview: 2025 RAM 1500 REV Packs 500-Mile Range, 14,000-lb. Tow Capacity

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2025-ram-1500-rev-review-a2009025869/

 

The Kia EV9 Promises to Be a Family-Friendly, 3-Row Electric SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/

 

High Powered, High-Tech 2024 GMC Sierra EV Breaks Cover

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-gmc-sierra-ev-review-a5905542270/

 

Stunning 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Combines Hybrid and AWD

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/

 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Unveiled With Up to 320-Mile Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax Grows in Size, Not Price

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-chevrolet-trax-review-a4562224665/

 

2024 Ford Mustang Boosts Power and Technology, and a Dark Horse Emerges

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/2024-ford-mustang-review-a1352269489/

 

New 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Starts at $30,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-equinox-ev-review-a7430613629/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Land Rover has redesigned the Range Rover Sport for 2023. The new Sport SUV offers a number of powertrains, as well as a plug-in hybrid version. We share our first impressions of the inline-six, 355-horsepower on the SE P360 trim we purchased for our test program, and how it stacks up against competitors like the Porsche Cayenne, Genesis GV80, and even the top shelf Range Rover.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions : 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

23:13 - Question: Why does CR’s reliability ratings change from year to year on vehicle models?

 

 

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Redesigned 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Finds Its Niche

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-land-rover-range-rover-sport-review-a9874404418/

 

2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/land-rover/range-rover-sport/2023/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Built on the same platform as its sedan sibling, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV could be considered the default flagship vehicle for Mercedes, offering S-Class levels of luxury with the utility of a 3-row family hauler, wrapped in a fully electric package. But while trying to serve so many different buyers, does it end up not doing any job particularly well? We purchased a EQS450 4Matic EV for our test program, and share our first impression of its range, infotainment system, the usability of the third row, and how it compares to other EV SUVs like the Tesla Model X and BMW iX. We also discuss what happens to a car's telematics and infotainment systems when 3G and 4G service is shut down by wireless carriers.

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:37 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 SUV

2:38 - First Impressions

5:46 - Range/charge times

6:57 - Tech specs

8:20 - Infotainment screen

10:00 - Steering wheel controls

11:18 - Third-row seat

14:43 -  EV characteristics

18:49 - Interior screens

20:00 - Who is this vehicle for?

22:15 - Fit and finish

23:24 - Question: What will happen to vehicles with 4G connected services when 5G takes over?

LINKS:

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqs-suv/

How Well Do Tesla Superchargers Work for Non-Tesla EVs?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ev-chargers/how-well-do-tesla-superchargers-work-for-non-tesla-evs-a4713673565/

CR’s Hybrid & EV Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/

How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-c-a6216376327/

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Tesla now allows non-Tesla EVs to use its Supercharger network in a handful of locations in New York and California using its new Magic Dock CCS adapter. We visit one of these locations with CR's Kia EV6 and Mercedes EQE test vehicles to evaluate the charging process. We also talk with Tesla owners who give their thoughts about sharing space with non-Tesla electric vehicles, what it's like to see cars like the Rivian R1T and BMW iX in charging stalls, and follow one Volkswagen ID.4 owner as he experiences some hiccups using the new system.

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This week, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e. The RZ is the first battery-electric vehicle from Lexus, sharing a platform with the Toyota bz4X. We discuss everything from styling, range, livability and if the RZ has enough EV traits that buyers are looking for. Plus, we answer an audience question about EV battery replacement costs.

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:18 - 2023 Lexus RZ 450e

0:57 - Lexus/Toyota EVs

1:30 - Range/charging time

4:10 - Competing EVs in the same price range

4:30 - Safety technology

7:30 - Lexus buyer experience

8:15 - Driving impressions

10:15 - Climate features

11:00 - Lexus/Subaru/Toyota family of EVs

12:08 - Pedestrian safety features

14:11 - Visibility

15:27 - Driver display

16:10 - Lexus RZ pricing

17:13 - Steering yoke

18:33 - Question: How much should it cost to replace an EV battery?

LINKS:

All-New 2023 Lexus RZ 450e Is a Disappointing First EV Effort: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-lexus-rz-450e-review-a5803485687/

First Drive: 2023 Toyota bz4X EV Impresses on the Road: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-bz4x-review-a7787483444/

2023 Subaru Solterra EV Charges to Production with Up to 228 Miles of Range: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/subaru-solterra-electric-suv-preview-a9988300130/

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-c-a6216376327/

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On this episode we welcome the 2023 Honda Pilot to our test fleet. We offer our first impressions of the redesigned, three-row SUV, and share our personal experiences with the Pilot during our first few days of ownership. We also answer an audience question about the evolution, or disappearance, of vehicle bumpers and learn about a retired CR test that features the aptly named, ‘bumper basher.’ 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:28 - 2023 Honda Pilot

1:52 - Ideal family vehicle?

5:19 - Driving impressions

10:25 - Interior space

11:31- Driving position

14:35 - Controls

16:01 - Audience Question: What happened to all the bumpers?

20:58 - CR bumper basher

LINKS:

Honda Pilot: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/pilot/

2023 Honda Pilot Makes Big Strides With Redesign: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-honda-pilot-review-a5711400779/

Stress-Free SUVs That You’ll Love Driving and Owning: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/suv-smart-buys-without-deal-breaking-flaws-a1747391349/

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This week, we discuss the 2023 Lexus LX600. The three-row SUV boasts off-road prowess while offering consumers a first-class vehicle experience. We talk about the history of the LX and its corporate cousin, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and debate if the six-figure SUV is worth its weight both as a family hauler and a trail-ready ‘truck’. We also answer a question about EV-charging networks and welcome back an old friend to the show. 

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:17 - New Talking Cars publish day

1:07 - Welcome back Joe Veselak!

3:28 - 2023 Lexus LX600

5:43 - Who is the LX600 for?

7:00 - Driving impressions

12:00 - Interior, 2nd/3rd row access

15:15 - Fit and finish

17:00 - Would you buy the LX600?

19:00 -  Question: How will the transition from gas to electric vehicles happen in terms of charge station and gas station availability?

LINKS:

Lexus LX: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/lx/

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/

How To Choose the Best Home Charger for Your Electric Vehicle: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle-a6908889697/

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

Tesla to Open Some of Its Chargers to Non-Tesla EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/tesla-to-open-some-of-its-chargers-to-non-tesla-evs-a7285754322/

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Mitsubishi's three-row compact SUV gets a plug-in hybrid version for 2023. We share our first impressions of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (is it pronounced P-HEV, or FEV?), discuss its new powertrain, driving characteristics, and how its electric range compares to other popular plug-in hybrids like the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. We also help someone from our audience choose a comfortable, dependable, and fuel efficient hybrid vehicle that's great for long road trips.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions : 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

18:21 - Question: What is a great hybrid vehicle for long trips that is comfortable, dependable, and fuel efficient?

 

 

 

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mitsubishi/outlander/2023/overview/

 

First Drive: The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Is Ready to Be Relevant

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-mitsubishi-outlander-review-a1828625346/

 

Hybrids & EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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What are the best cars you can buy right now? The Consumer Reports Top Picks list is a collection of cars, SUVs, and trucks with standout performance across the board. Each represents a key vehicle segment and shines for its combination of road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, garnering a high-enough Overall Score to earn a coveted CR recommendation. We discuss the cars that made it to the top of the list, trends we're noticing in the automotive industry, and other interesting insights from our Autos Spotlight coverage.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - Top Picks Introduction

02:57 - Hybrid Trends

05:09 - Price Comparisons Between Hybrids and Gas Engine Vehicles

08:41 - Toyota and Lexus Trends

11:04 - New Car Models

12:03 - The Venerable

13:19 - Electric Vehicles

15:34 - Question: Why does the CR overall reliability score change over time?

 

 

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Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/

 

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles-a6159221985/

 

Best and Worst New Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-and-worst-new-cars-a9664336148/

 

Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2023

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2023-a8846595830/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Reviving a nameplate that hasn't been used in the US since 1972, the Toyota Crown is the Japanese automaker's attempt to bridge the gap between sedans and SUVs. But the question remains: is that something drivers are looking for? We share our first impressions of the Crown's unique styling, hybrid powertrain, and whether it's a suitable replacement for the dearly departed Toyota Avalon. We also discuss a viewer's issues with trying to fix their car's software issues and glitches with a dealership mechanic.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Crown

18:19 - Question: It seems that mechanics have a hard time diagnosing issues with electronics, will that increase with electric vehicles?

 

 

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2023 Toyota Crown Reinvents the Modern Sedan

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-crown-review-a1002681250/

 

2023 Toyota Crown 

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/crown/2023/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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The Inflation Reduction Act has introduced a number of tax incentives for those who want to drive or lease an electric vehicle, but making sense of which vehicles qualify has proven difficult. In this bonus episode, our experts explain all the current rules for new, used, and leased EVs or hybrids, and how to take full advantage of the program.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:07 - What’s new with the EV Federal Tax Credit.

01:47 - 200,000 Vehicle Cap.

02:27 - Income Caps.

03:03 - County of origin restrictions.

04:03 - Foreign Entity of Concern Rule.

04:57 - EV purchase walkthrough.

06:44 - How auto manufacturers are making their cars qualify for the Tax Credit.

08:00 - Why is the EV Tax Credit so complicated?

09:46 - Taking advantage of the Tax Credit when leasing.

10:39 - EV Tax Credit for commercial vehicles.

13:07 - Used EV Tax Credit.

14:50 - The bottom line.

 

 

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Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

More SUVs, Teslas Now Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

Electric Vehicle Savings Finder

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ev-incentive-finder/

 

New Cars You Can Count On: Highlights From Consumer Reports’ Latest Car Reliability Survey

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/new-cars-you-can-count-on-latest-car-reliability-survey-a9891586663/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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The Toyota Prius has always been known for its polarizing styling and undeniable fuel economy. But the new 2023 Prius changes that equation, and now features much sleeker styling, but without a great leap forward in fuel efficiency. In this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota Prius' redesigned cabin, our early fuel economy experiences, and whether legacy fans of the Prius' quirky vibe will be turned off by this new version.

SHOW NOTES -----------------------------------

00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius

25:26 - Question: Are vehicle trip computers accurate, and what is the most precise way to calculate MPG?

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Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Trades Practicality for Style https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-prius-review-a1192095682/

2023 Toyota Prius https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius/2023/overview/

Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

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The Lexus RX has served as a benchmark for refined, stress-free, midsized luxury SUVs for more than two decades. We recently purchased our own to put through our tests at the Consumer Reports Auto Test track, and share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, controls, how it stacks up against competitors like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, and whether it maintains its solid reputation. We also discuss whether you should bring your vehicle to the dealer for software updates.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Lexus RX Hybrid

23:19 - Question: Should you bother your dealer to check and perform software updates on your vehicle?

 

 

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2023 Lexus RX Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/rx-hybrid/2023/overview/

 

Redesigned 2023 Lexus RX Ticks Up on Luxury and Sport

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-lexus-rx-review-a9838921352/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro Electric. Find out how the Niro compares to its corporate EV siblings, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, and how subtle changes affect the driver’s experience. We also answer a question about all-wheel-drive EVs in winter driving conditions.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - 2023 Kia Niro Electric

3:34 - Driving impressions

6:54 - Regenerative braking

8:47 - Visibility and the Aeroblade

10:43 - Interior controls

13:18 - Accommodations/floor height

15:22 - Which Kia EV/hybrid would we choose?

18:20 - Question: Which EV system has better traction in winter driving conditions?

LINKS:

Preview: 2023 Kia Niro Trio Make Evolutionary Advancements: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-kia-niro-review-a1734527338/

Kia Niro Electric: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/niro-electric/

Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market-a9006292675/#7

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This week, we discuss the new Toyota Highlander. Our experts share their first impressions of the three-row SUV and talk about how the Highlander sticks to what it does best, despite its 2023 refresh. We also answer audience questions about top tier gasoline and why the Genesis GV70 SUV comes with a launch control feature.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:21 - 2023 Toyota Highlander

2:12 - Highlander trims

4:34 - Our first impressions

8:28 - Powertrain

10:19 - Interior/seats

12:18 - Infotainment system

13:27 - Cargo capacity

15:03 - Would you buy a Highlander?

16:48 - Question #1: What’s top tier gas and is it important?

20:50 - Question #2: What’s launch control and is it necessary?

LINKS:

2023 Toyota Highlander: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2023/overview/

Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price; Study Shows: https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/top-tier-gasoline-worth-the-extra-price-a7682471234/

Top Tier Detergent Gasoline Brands: https://toptiergas.com/licensed-brands/

Why You Might Not actually Need Premium Gas: https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/why-you-might-not-actually-need-premium-gas-a6382185831/

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that if a car is electric, it has to have a minimalist design, with weird door handles and every function controlled through a touchscreen. But the BMW i4 both looks and feels very much like a traditional sports car. But is that a good thing? We discuss the BMW i4 M50 we purchased for our test program, how it performs on our track, its questionable range, whether it carries on the "ultimate driving machine" lineage of its parent company, and how it compares to EV competitors from Tesla, Genesis, and Hyundai.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2023 BMW i4

15:12 - Question: Why is there an additional plastic cover on all DC fast charging ports?

 

 

 

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2023 BMW i4

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/i4/2023/overview/

 

Move Over Tesla, the Electric 2022 BMW i4 Is Impressive

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybridsevs/2022-bmw-i4-review-a6698677397/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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On this episode, we recap 2022 and share our personal picks for the best and worst cars we tested this year. We also discuss the biggest trends in the auto industry, including the evolution of electric vehicles, infotainment customization and smartphone apps that enhance the ownership experience. We share what we're most looking forward to in the year ahead.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

1:18 - Favorite car tested in 2022

4:54 - Least favorite care tested in 2022

9:49 - Biggest surprise or disappointment

13:40 - Best looking test car of 2022

17:36 - Vehicle most likely to succeed

20:27 - Best/worst interior

22:16 - Best/worst infotainment

24:37 - Favorite trend of the year

27:28 - Cars we wish would come back

29:40 - Car the we wish would go away

33:23 - Most sought after test car among CR staff

34:05 - Which test car spent the most time at the dealer?  

35:59 - Looking ahead to 2023

LINKS:

Top Picks in Autos for 2022: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/top-picks-in-autos-2022-a2329638847/

10 Most Reliable Cars: consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/

Gift guide for Car Lovers: https://www.consumerreports.org/gift-giving/gift-guide-for-car-lovers-a9537905852/

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The Lucid Air is an ultra-luxury, all-electric sedan, built by the fledgling EV automaker to compete with other high-end EVs like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. We discuss its driving dynamics, interior quality, what technical improvements it adds to electric vehicles as a whole, and whether it might be worth its six-figure price tag. We also discuss the role low-rolling-resistance tires play in extending the range of an EV, and if it's a good idea to use regular tires on an electric car.

SHOW NOTES:

:15 - Lucid Air first impressions

14:40 - how much do low-rolling-resistance tires contribute to an EV's overall range?

LINKS:

Streamlined Lucid Air is an Electric Rocketship: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/lucid-air-review-a3737716714/

Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/

Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Can Save You Money at the Pump: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/low-rolling-resistance-tires-can-save-you-money-at-pump-a1547901110/

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The 2023 BMW X1 redesign brings more features, room, and power, but does it have enough to compete with the Audi Q3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and other competitors in the entry-level luxury SUV segment? We discuss its driving characteristics, updated technology, cabin, and how much utility an SUV this size can really provide. Our experts also share tips on how to avoid MSRP dealer markups when car shopping, and give our picks for a reliable and fuel efficient family vehicle.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 BMW X1

19:33 - Question: What is the best way to avoid MSRP dealer markups when shopping for a car?

 

 

 

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Redesigned 2023 BMW X1 Grows in Size and Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-bmw-x1-review-a7535685549/

 

2023 BMW X1

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/x1/2023/overview/

 

How to Negotiate a New-Car Price Effectively

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/how-to-negotiate-a-new-car-price-effectively-a8596856299/

 

How to Avoid Car-Buying Fees

https://www.consumerreports.org/fees-billing/how-to-avoid-car-buying-fees-a7209896255/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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This week we discuss the all-new 2023 Nissan Ariya, the second electric vehicle to join the automaker's EV roster behind the Leaf. We discuss the extensive Ariya model lineup, how it stacks up against other electric car competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, and Subaru Solterra. We also debate how future-proof the new Nissan may be, and answer an audience question about backup camera design.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Nissan EV History

4:41 - 2023 Nissan Ariya powertrains, range and charging

7:07 - Driving experience

13:31 - Interior

16:21 - Controls

20:39 - Nissan Ariya trim levels

25:22 - Question - Brian from Boston: Can backup camera design improve so that the camera lenses stay clean?

LINKS:

Preview: All-Electric 2023 Nissan Ariya Priced at $46,000: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-nissan-ariya-review-a7460569915/

2023 Nissan Ariya: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/ariya/

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-a7130554728/

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda CR-V. We cover the details of the CR-V’s redesign, it’s role in Honda’s vehicle lineup and how its understated nature fits into a consumers life. We also answer a question about catalytic converter theft, and what you can do to protect your own vehicle.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Welcome Michael Crossen

1:07 - 2023 Honda CR-V

2:23 - First Impressions

4:42 - CR-V Evolution

5:55 - Vehicle controls

6:44 - Fit and finish

9:02 - Cabin and seating

12:15 - CR-V vs. HR-V

14:19 - Question: Can owners or automakers do more to deter catalytic converter theft?

LINKS:

First Drive: Redesigned 2023 Honda CR-V Sticks With Winning Formula: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-honda-cr-v-review-a1196843568/

Redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size and Sophistication: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-honda-hr-v-review-a5649305775/

SUV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/buying-guide/

How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft: https://www.consumerreports.org/theft/how-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft-a6785016673/

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

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What's the difference between all-season and all-weather tires? How are they different from winter tires? And do I need to bother if my car has all-wheel drive? On this episode, we explain the differences between each of these types of tires, which conditions they work best in, and offer Consumer Reports buying advice on how to make sure you're prepared for driving in icy, snowy weather. We also discuss the rising average price of a new car, and what role advanced safety features play in making vehicles more expensive.

SHOW NOTES:

:44 - what's the difference between each type of tire?

7:33 - how we test winter tires

12:25 - the best time to buy winter tires

15:04 - audience question: driving fatalities are up, why aren't advanced safety features helping?

LINKS:

Best Winter Tires from CR's Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

Best All-Season Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/best-all-season-tires-a9794563815/

Make Sure Your Tires Have Enough Tread for a Snowy Winter: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/make-sure-your-tires-have-enough-tread-for-winter-a6082176624/

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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This week we cover everything you need to know about buying a used car. Our experts discuss the finer points of financing, vehicle selection, inspection and overall reliability based on Consumer Reports’ latest data. We also answer an audience question about a rebuilt vehicle title and if it’s a safe bet when buying a second-hand vehicle. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro 

0:39 - Welcome Steve Elek!

2:02 - State of the used car market

6:13 - Financing options

7:47 - How to buy a used car now

18:11 - Research vehicle reliability

21:37 - Question: What’s a rebuilt vehicle title and is it a safe bet when buying a used car?

LINKS:

How To Buy a Used Car: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-a-used-car-a5221672417/

Best Used SUVs, Sedans, and Small Cars According to Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-by-price-a1306944688/

Used Car Marketplace: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-prices-used-car-inventory/

Guide to Car Reliability & Owner Satisfaction: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2023 Lexus RX. We discuss how it drives, new safety features like active driver monitoring, and the updated powertrain. We also debate the perceived color of the RX we rented from Lexus and answer an audience question that begs, “What’s the deal with voice controls?”

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Introduction

0:15 - 2023 Lexus RX 500h

4:14 - Debating the RX’s color 

6:30 - Driving dynamics

10:36 - Vehicle controls 

14:30 - Active Driving Assist Systems

23:54  - Question: “What’s the deal with voice controls?”

LINKS:

2023 Lexus RX Gets New Safety Features and Four-Cylinder Engines: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-lexus-rx-review-a9838921352/

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_385.mp3
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We recently published the results of a nationally representative survey of over 8,000 people, asking their opinions about EVs, and what concerns they have about purchasing one. Consumer Reports Senior Policy Analyst Chris Harto joins us to break down the findings, explain why the survey gives us a more representative data of the country as a whole, and reveal more surprising findings.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:12 - Survey Introduction

01:33 - EV Survey Results

03:32 - Interest in EVs

04:20 - Financial Concerns

07:01 - EV Reliability

08:13 - Benefits of EV Infrastructure

09:05 - Charging Process 

10:03 - EV Landscape in 5-10 Years

11:09 - EV Buyer Demographic 

11:54 - Variety of Electrified Vehicles

 

 

 

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More Americans Would Buy an Electric Vehicle, and Some Consumers Would Use Low-Carbon Fuels, Survey Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/interest-in-electric-vehicles-and-low-carbon-fuels-survey-a8457332578/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Smarter: Things People Wished They’d Known Before Buying an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/smarter-things-people-wished-theyd-known-before-buying-an-ev-a5564226363/

 

Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market-a9006292675/

 

Can Electric Vehicle Owners Rely on DC Fast Charging

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/can-electric-vehicle-owners-rely-on-dc-fast-charging-a7004735945/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro. We discuss the Niro’s hybrid and electric powertrains, its promising fuel economy estimates and how the 2023 redesign seems more like a refresh. We also answer an audience question about vehicle service— and whether it's better to visit a dealer or an independent repair shop. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-15:30 - 2023 Kia Niro 1

5:31 - Question: Is it a good idea to bring a vehicle to an independent repair shop for routine maintenance?

LINKS:

Kia Niro: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/niro/

Kia Niro 2017-2022 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5353578766001/kia-niro-2017-2022-quick-drive/

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

Used Hybrid Sedans and Hatchbacks With the Best Fuel Economy: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/used-hybrid-sedans-and-hatchbacks-with-best-fuel-economy-a2840918797/ 

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_384.mp3
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We just purchased a 2023 Subaru BRZ for the Consumer Reports test fleet, and stacked it up in a head-to-head comparison with our tested Toyota GR86. While both of these cars (created in a partnership between Toyota and Subaru) are identical in many ways, there are a few critical differences in how they perform. Which came out on top? Our experts share which one they'd choose, as well as discuss the important differences between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - Head-to_Head Comparison: 2023 Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86

18:14 - Question: Between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires which are best suited for Northeast winter driving?

 

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/

 

First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-toyota-gr86-review-a7782593291/

 

2023 Subaru BRZ

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/brz/2023/overview/

 

2022 Toyota 86

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/86/2022/overview/

 

Best Winter/Snow Tires From Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

 

Consumer Reports Tire Selector

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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The all-new Q4 e-tron is Audi's third EV model, and we share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, tech-heavy interior, whether the 240 miles range will be enough for most drivers, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Genesis GV60, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. We also share some important tips to avoid buying a car that has been in a flood.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron Quattro

16:07 - Question: Is it dangerous to own an electric car in a flood prone area? 

 

 

 

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Audi Electrifies Its Compact SUV Lineup with the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-audi-q4-e-tron-and-q4-e-tron-sportback-preview-a6031104485/

 

Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

What to Do If Your Car Is Damaged in a Storm

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/what-to-do-if-your-car-is-damaged-in-a-storm-a2750790060/

 

Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/beware-a-flood-of-flooded-cars-a1195019046/

 

Why Flooded-Out Cars Are Likely Total Losses

https://www.consumerreports.org/money/car-insurance/why-flooded-out-cars-are-likely-total-losses-a9926753411/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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This week we explain how the Inflation Reduction Act has changed the federal EV tax credit for new EV and plug-in hybrids; how miles per gallon is converted for electric vehicles into MPGe; should anyone really care about how many gears a transmission has; and is it necessary to ever service your car’s transmission?

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Question 1: Which CR recommended midsize SUV qualifies for the Federal EV tax credit?

06:57 - Question 2: When is it necessary to service a car’s transmission?

10:35 - Question 3: How is the MPGe calculated on EVs and PHEVs?

16:23 - Question 4: Is there any difference regarding the number of gears in a vehicle’s transmission?

20:05 - Question 5: Should the first model year of an all-new or redesign EV be avoided?

25:08 - Question 6: Is the extra cost of a hybrid worth it?

 

 

 

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Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

EPA Fuel Economy 

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=Cars&vtype=Electric&srchtyp=evSelect&rowLimit=50&sortBy=Comb&year1=2021&year2=2023&range=&drive

 

With Gas Prices So High, Some Hybrids Pay for Themselves Immediately

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/as-gas-prices-rise-hybrids-make-even-more-sense-a1092610835/

 

Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/cars-most-likely-to-need-new-transmission-what-to-buy-instead/

 

Car Reliability Is Hurt By Some New Technologies

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-is-hurt-by-some-new-technologies-a2638409507/

 

To Get the Most Reliable New Car, It Pays to Wait

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/to-get-the-most-reliable-new-car-it-pays-to-wait-a1174785565/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/why-hybrid-vehicles-are-a-smart-choice-right-now-a2736240282/

 

2022 Toyota Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2022/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

We've already tested the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but this week we share our first impressions of the all-new Trailhawk 4xe version. This rugged, off-road-capable two-row SUV makes use of a turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain, which gives it the ability to drive solely on electric power—a unique experience in the woods. We also attempt to find a three-row electric vehicle for a growing family under 50K. 

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe

21:06 - Question: What three-row electric vehicle under 50K is best suited for a growing family?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gains Sophistication

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-jeep-grand-cherokee-review-a1534393094/

 

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/jeep/grand-cherokee/2023/overview/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/why-hybrid-vehicles-are-a-smart-choice-right-now-a2736240282/

 

2022 Toyota Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2022/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Ford has transformed the nation's best-selling pickup truck into a quick and capable EV. We share our first impressions of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, and discuss its prodigious power, swift acceleration, strong towing capability, and impressive electric range. We also talk about whether the new Lighting is a truck for the new, greener era. Plus, we help an audience member with some tire-buying advice and explain the importance of changing out your car's summer tires when the weather starts getting frigid.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

15:06 - Question: At what temperature should you change your car’s summer tires for all-season?

 

 

 

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Smokin’ Fast 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Ushers in a New Era of EV Pickup Trucks

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-ford-f-150-lightning-review-a4084273266/

 

Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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With the cold season just around the corner, we share vital tips on preparing your vehicle for driving in wintry conditions, including checking and maintaining the proper tire pressure, the state of your car's battery charge, and topping off appropriate fluids. Also, we inspire a young mechanical engineering student with personal stories of how we advanced in our own automotive careers and give advice regarding future opportunities. And we welcome a special guest to the show this week, Consumer Reports' President and CEO Marta Tellado, as she shares the insights and inspiration contained in her new book, "Buyer Aware," available in stores on September 20th.

 

 

 

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00:15 - Preparing Your Car For The Winter Season

10:02 - Question: What career opportunities are available for a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry?

16:44 - Special Guest: Consumer Reports’  President and CEO Marta Tellado

 

 

 

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Winter Driving Tips

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

 

6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

Safe Winter Driving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svc0BCK8ToM

 

If You have to Drive in the Winter, Follow These 9 Safety Steps

https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-driving/if-you-have-to-drive-in-winter-follow-these-safety-steps-a7843645782/

 

What to Pack in a Car Emergency Kit for Your Holiday Road Trips

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-emergency-kits-for-winter-holiday-road-trips/

 

Buyer Aware

https://buyeraware.consumerreports.org/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Is Buick Enclave the hidden gem of the large 3-row SUV world? With a resume that includes simple controls, a comfortable ride, and a responsive non-turbo powertrain, there's a case to be made that it deserves serious consideration. We discuss the recent updates to its steering wheel controls, gear selector, and infotainment system for the 2022 model year, and how it performs against competitors like the Infiniti QX60, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Acura MDX, and Hyundai Palisade. Also, what happens when you try to turn off a vehicle while driving? Does it make a difference if it's a traditional key, or a push button start? After being asked the question from a member of our audience, our experts head out onto our test track to find out!

 

 

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00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Buick Enclave

15:51 - Question: What happens when you try to turn off a vehicle while driving?

 

 

 

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2022 Buick Enclave

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/enclave/2022/overview/

 

2018 Buick Enclave Review: Room for Improvement

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2018-buick-enclave-review-room-for-improvement/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a sporty, driver-focused luxury sedan, relying on its aggressive, low-slung exterior and improved powertrain to stand out against rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Genesis G70. We share our first impressions of our C300 test car, discussing its handling, redesigned interior, problematic controls, and why you might want to skip the AMG sport suspension option. We also share insight into CR's testing protocols, and why we might sometimes disagree with car evaluations from other mainstream publications.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300

18:38 - Question: Why are there discrepancies in review results between CR and other mainstream publications?

 

 

 

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New 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is a Standout, With a Few Drawbacks

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2022-mercedes-benz-c-class-review-a1057221647/

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/c-class/2022/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Bike racks are a lot like cars, with new styles and brands available to consumers each year. And while we love cars at CR, we're also avid cycling enthusiasts, and recently performed evaluations on hitch-mounted bike racks, as well as pickup-truck tailgate pads, from brands like Kuat, Yakima, Thule, Bell, Allen, and Race Face. We discuss which ones performed best, how they compare to roof and trunk mounted racks, and what to look for if you need to transport an electric bike (e-bike).

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - Our biking background.

03:47 - Bike rack evaluations  

20:37 - Question: If continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) provide so many benefits to a vehicle, why are they so reviled by many?

 

 

 

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Best Bike Racks

https://www.consumerreports.org/bike-racks-carriers/best-bike-racks-a8073136271/

 

How to Choose and Use the Right Bike Rack

https://www.consumerreports.org/bike-racks-carriers/how-to-choose-and-use-the-right-bike-rack-a1180679643/

 

How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-bike-racks-affect-car-fuel-economy/

 

How Rooftop Carriers Affect Fuel Economy for Cars and SUVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-rooftop-carriers-affect-fuel-economy/

 

Best Electric Bikes From Consumer Reports’ Test

https://www.consumerreports.org/electric-bikes/best-electric-bikes-e-bike-review-a2596703950/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Is the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia just a Tundra with a cap on the back? We share our first impressions of Toyota's largest SUV, how it compares to competitors like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade (or even the 4Runner!), and if it can carry the torch for the dearly departed Land Cruiser. We also discuss whether using a different octane gas, for example 87 vs. 88 octane, can harm your car's engine.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00: 2023 Toyota Sequoia first impressions

15:59: Can using a higher octane gas than is recommended in your owner’s manual harm your engine?

LINKS:

Toyota Sequoia - https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-toyota-sequoia-review-a6124360768/

Toyota Land Cruiser - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/land-cruiser/2021/overview/

Toyota Tundra - https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/

Chevrolet Tahoe - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/tahoe/2022/overview/

Toyota 4Runner - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/4runner/2022/overview/

Cadillac Escalade - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cadillac/escalade/2022/overview/

Gas octane - https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/why-you-might-not-actually-need-premium-gas-a6382185831/

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda HR-V. We discuss how the HR-V improved over the first generation model and why it feels more robust in comparison to competing small SUVs. Plus, we answer an audience question that compares an all-wheel drive Mazda 3 to the new Acura Integra.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-10:39: 2023 Honda HR-V

10:39-18:08: Question: Which would you choose; the Mazda 3 AWD or the new Acura Integra? 

LINKS:

Redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size and Sophistication: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-honda-hr-v-review-a5649305775/

2022 Mazda 3: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2022/overview/

2023 Acura Integra Tries to Recapture ‘80s and ‘90s Magic With Help of Civic Si: https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

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On this episode, we discuss the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. Find out how the Sportage Hybrid compares to the gasoline Sportage we tested and why hybrid versions of small SUVs often improve a model overall. We also answer a question about all-wheel drive and determine whether it can be considered a safety feature or convenience feature.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 11:48: 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

11:50 - 20:34: Question: Is all-wheel drive a safety feature, a nice-to-have-perk, or over-hyped?

LINKS:

2023 Kia Sportage Is Long on Style and Room, Short on Verve: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/

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This week, we share our impressions of the all-electric Mazda MX-30, the automaker’s first EV to hit the market. Find out why we think the MX-30 is behind the times and why only 560 vehicles are planned to be sold in the US. We also answer an audience question about the legality of LED replacement headlights.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-12:22 - 2022 Mazda MX-30

12:22-19:27 - Video Question: Are LED replacement bulbs legal? 

LINKS:

Frustrating Mazda MX-30 Can’t Match Other Modern EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mazda-mx-30-review-a1201295576/

Smart Adaptive Headlights Will Soon Brighten U.S. Roads: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/smart-adaptive-headlights-will-soon-brighten-us-roads-a8128257819/

 

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The all-electric 2022 Mercedes EQS becomes the automaker's new flagship alongside the S-Class lines. We share our first impressions of this ultra-luxury sedan, whether or not it can compete with the Tesla Model S, some of the next-generation safety features, and wild luxury comfort options.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

19:06 - Question: Are dealers bound to the agreed price when the car was ordered, or they can change the price upon delivery of the vehicle?

 

 

 

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Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/

 

Mercedes-Benz Is the Latest Automaker to Go All Electric

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/mercedes-benz-is-the-latest-automaker-to-go-all-electric-a2034098392/

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqs/2022/overview

 

First Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Wows With Advanced Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2021-mercedes-benz-s-class-review/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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The Slingshot, a three-wheeled street vehicle made by ATV, snowmobile, and side-by-side manufacturer Polaris, blurs the lines between a motorcycle and car. With its single rear drive wheel and an open-air cabin lacking both a roof and doors, the Slingshot positions itself to be an action-packed alternative to weekend cruisers like the Mazda Miata, traditional motorcycles, or any number of classic cars (think Plymouth Barracuda, Road Runner, and Chevrolet Nova). But does the fun factor make up for the price, inconvenience, and lack of safety features?

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Polaris Slingshot

18:26 - Question: Are engineering emissions test programs that offer monetary incentives by car manufacturers legitimate?

 

 

 

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Radical Polaris Slingshot is part car, part motorcycle, all excitement

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/radical-polaris-slingshot-three-wheeler-is-part-car-part-motorcycle/index.htm

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Toyota kicks off its all-electric vehicle lineup with the bZ4X, joining the rapidly growing EV market with a popular SUV size slotting between the RAV4 and the larger Venza. We share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X and discuss its modest electric range, the recent recall involving wheels detaching while in motion, Toyota already running out of EV tax credits, and why CR will not be buying one for its test program.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota bZ4X

17:25 - Question: Why automatic folding side view mirrors are rare in the US?

 

 

 

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2023 Toyota bZ4X

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/bz4x/2023/overview

 

Roomy 2023 Toyota bZ4X Impresses on the Road

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-bz4x-review-a7787483444/

 

Toyota Becomes 3rd Automaker to Reach Electric vehicle Tax Credit Limit

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/toyota-reaches-electric-vehicle-tax-credit-limit-a9709089660/

 

2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Acura has resurrected the Integra nameplate, as the classic five-door hatchback returns with an upscale vibe. We share our first impressions on the 2023 Acura Integra, discuss how it performed around our test track, if the interior lives up to the Acura's quality standards, and what sets it apart from the very similar Honda Civic Si. We also debate whether the Integra should be treated as a first year model, or whether it is okay to purchase because many of its components are carried over from the previously released Civic Si.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions : 2023 Acura Integra

18:40 - Question: Is it wise to purchase the first model year of the 2023 Acura Integra?

 

 

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All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

 

2023 Acura Integra

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/acura/integra/2023/overview

 

First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review-a1347563873/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The 4th of July Independence Day holiday is here in the US, and to celebrate we wanted to find out from our audience: what does it mean for a car to be "American?” With a global car market and vehicle parts being made all over the world, it can be difficult to define. We also polled our audience to select what they think is the most American car ever manufactured. We share the responses, and our expert opinions on this star-spangled episode!

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - What defines an American Car?

16:32 - What Is the Most American Car?

 

 

 

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How the Tesla Model S Changed the World

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-the-tesla-model-s-changed-the-world-a7291465820/

 

Best New-Car Deals for July 4th

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-new-car-deals-for-july-4th-a1191663902/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week, we give our first impressions of the all-electric Genesis G80 (officially called the Electrified G80). We discuss the styling, electric range, driving dynamics, and luxurious interior of the EV sedan, and how it compares to the gas powered version. Also, with so many electric vehicles on the market, we debate which used EV we would recommend to a first time buyer.

 

 

 

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00:57 - First Impressions : 2023 Genesis G80 EV

14:30 - Question: Which used electric vehicle is best suited for a first time EV buyer?

 

 

 

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2022 Genesis G80

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/g80/2022/overview

 

Electric Cars Are Becoming Less Expensive

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-are-becoming-less-expensive-a6548270716/

 

Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/most-satisfying-new-hybrid-cars-a5029804171/

 

How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-choose-a-fuel-efficient-new-car-a6176139178/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Nissan draws from its 50-plus-year history in resurrecting the Z, a sports car that the automaker calls "all-new" (but is it though??) We debate the provenance of this iteration of the Z, as well as share our first impressions of its performance, interior, and what you might lose by opting for the automatic transmission. We also debate which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW M550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53.

 

 

 

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00:58 - First Impressions : 2023 Nissan Z

20:55 - Question: Which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW 550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53?

 

 

 

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Preview: All-New 2023 Nissan Z Combines Classic Cues, Modern Performance

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/nissan-z-preview-a2145463162/

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80

 

Nissan Z Road Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAndC05ZXzY

 

2023 Nissan Z

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/z/2023/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Subaru jumps into the electric vehicle market with the brand's first widely offered EV, the 2023 Solterra. Sharing its platform with the almost identical Toyota bZ4X, we share our first impressions of this all-electric SUV, including its unique interior design cues, driving characteristics, and power delivery. We also discuss the current state of the semiconductor chip shortage on the car market: why you might see cars selling with a chip shortage discount, whether some manufacturers are dropping options like satellite radio in order to ration the available chips, and if cars from this era will be desirable in the future.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:52 - First Impressions : 2023 Subaru Solterra

13:39 - Question: Is the semiconductor chip shortage still affecting the car market?

 

 

 

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2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/

2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo

 

Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/

 

When to Buy a Used Car in This Tough Market

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/when-to-buy-a-used-car-a6584238157/

 

Global Chip Shortage Makes It Tough to Buy Certain Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The Ford Maverick hybrid promises superior fuel economy and pickup utility at a price that's thousands of dollars less than the more common standard-sized truck. But will the availability of the hybrid powertrain as front-wheel drive only be a deal-breaker for buyers? Can this small pickup handle truck duties, and how does it compare to the standard engine version? Also, we explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:52 - First Impressions : 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

13:39 - Question: Please explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles?

 

 

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First Drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Is a Throwback to the Era of Small, Simple Pickup Trucks

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/

 

2022 Ford Maverick

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2022/overview/

 

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-car-is-right-for-you/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week, we drive the all-new fully-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck. We share our first impressions, discuss some of our favorite features and debate whether the R1T bridges the gap between being environmentally conscious and having truck-like utility.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Rivian R1T

14:57 - Question: Which full size pickup truck is reliable and worth keeping for a long time?

 

 

 

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2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/

 

2022 Rivian R1T

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2022/overview

 

2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive

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

 

2022 RAM 1500

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ram/1500/2022/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week, we give our first impressions of the all-new GV60, the first fully-electric vehicle from Genesis. We discuss styling, driving dynamics, and interior storage-- and compare the GV60 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which are built on the same platform. We also answer an audience question about the legality of driving with fog lights in everyday situations. 

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Genesis GV60

14:30 - Question: Is there any danger or law against driving with fog lights on during clear weather?

 

 

 

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Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/

 

2023 Genesis GV60

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/gv60/2023/overview/?pagestop

 

First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/

 

First Drive: 2022 Kia EV6 Debuts With Plenty of Power and Engaging Handling

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Mazda is channeling the Subaru Outback with its rugged-looking CX-50, and a focus towards outdoor enthusiasts. We share our first impressions of this small SUV, and what sets it apart from the CX-5. Also, how does Consumer Reports get to drive cars that aren't yet for sale? We explain our unique relationship with car manufacturers, and how we are able to maintain our unbiased testing standards while still getting a sneak peek at cars before you see them on the dealership lot.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Mazda CX-50

11:18 - Question: How is CR able to “rent” all these brand-new vehicles from manufacturers?

 

 

 

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Preview: Mazda Reveals the All-New 2023 CX-50

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-mazda-cx-50-review-a2206621676/

 

2023 Mazda CX-50

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-50/2023/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

What is considered an "affordable" car in today's marketplace? Is the 2023 Kia Sportage a bargain at its base price of $25,990? We discuss how much you'll get for your money, the car’s driving characteristics, controls, standard safety features, and whether the hybrid version might best the gas engine version. We recently found this to be the case with Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. Also, is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles? Our experts share their advice on the potential reliability issues of buying a new Acura Integra to replace an aging Volvo V60.

 

 

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00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Kia Sportage

11:41 - Question: is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Kia Sportage Grows in Size and Edges Upscale

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/

 

2023 Kia Sportage

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sportage/2023/overview

 

All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we talk about Chevrolet's announcement of an electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette. We cover Corvette history, the evolution of car enthusiast culture and the future of powerful supercars that are entering the EV space. We also answer an audience question that asks how automated and electrified vehicles will affect the traditional driving experience as we know it.

SHOW NOTES:

0:25 - Ford Lightning Announcement

0:43 - Electrified Chevrolet Corvette Announcement

7:30 - Question #1: With the advent of full autonomous vehicles, will there still be space for car enthusiasts who enjoy vehicles with traditional ICEs?

LINKS:

Chevrolet Corvette to Go Hybrid and Eventually Electric: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/

Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/

Ford F-150 Lightning: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/f-150-lightning/

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

Direct download: 2204CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_357.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Kia Sorento hybrid, and discuss its driving characteristics, infotainment controls, powertrain performance, and whether the hybrid version is better than the gas-powered model. Also we talk about tire safety, and whether tread depth is a good indicator of when you need a replacement set.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid 

07:30 - Question: Is tread depth a good indicator of when you need to replace tires on your car?

 

 

 

 

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2022 Kia Sorento

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sorento/2022/overview/

 

Tires: Michelin Defender LTX M/S [T]

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/michelin-defender-ltx-m-s-388349/overview/

 

Tires: Continental TerrainContact H/T

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-h-t-400429/overview/

 

Tires: Continental TerrainContact A/T

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-terrain-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-at-400427/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

EVs, rugged trucks, and "futuristic nostalgia" were the big trends at the New York International Auto Show. We share our impressions on a number of vehicles, including the Subaru Solterra, Nissan Z, Ford Bronco Raptor, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Vietnamese startup Vinfast. We also discuss the focus on outdoor recreation, vehicles with throwback styling stuffed with cutting-edge tech, and something called the Toyota Tacozilla.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:13 - New York Auto Show Impressions

01:19 - New Trends

04:23 - Exciting Vehicles

06:58 - Chevrolet Silverado EV

08:52 - Volkswagen ID. Buzz

11:54 - Subaru Solterra & Toyota bZ4X

14:17 - Nissan Ariya

16:05 - Vinfast

17:01 - EV Concepts

18:45 - Nostalgia

19:14 - Earth Theme

 

 

 

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2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Ariya EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0DdU_KYA4

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Silverado EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbL5ee6-YdQ

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Do electric cars have a break-in period? Is it smarter to buy or lease an EV? And is it better to be stranded overnight in a gas vehicle, or an electric car? We answer these and other EV-related questions on this episode, including how hot summer temperatures affect an EV's driving range, what happens in an EV right before the battery dies, and what resources are available for those that want to learn more about electric vehicles before they take the plunge.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:55 - Electric Cars 101

02:15 - Buying vs. Leasing an EV

05:53 - Break-in Period for Electric Cars

08:14 - EV Battery Replacement

10:58 - Battery Performance in Traffic

13:48 - EV Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures 

16:45 - What Happens When The Battery Runs Out Completely 

 

 

 

 

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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-a7130554728/

 

How Much Do Cold Temperatures Affect an Electric Vehicle’s Driving Range?

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-much-do-cold-temperatures-affect-an-evs-driving-range-a5751769461/

 

What Happens to the Old Batteries in Electric Cars?

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/what-happens-to-the-old-batteries-in-electric-cars-a1091429417/

 

How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/

 

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle-a6908889697/

 

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Strong Interest in Electric Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/cr-survey-shows-strong-interest-in-evs-a1481807376/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The market for new cars in 2022 is unlike anything that has come before; with lingering chip shortages, supply chain issues, and skyrocketing demand, dealers are selling vehicles for thousands (or more!) over sticker price, and many buyers don't know what to do. Since Consumer Reports purchases every car we test, we have felt the pain as well. In this episode, we recall our recent experiences buying cars for our test program, invite members of our audience to share their car buying stories, and give tips on what you can do to save yourself money if you're in the market for a new car right now.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:21 - Our Car Buying Experiences

07:49 - Our Colleague’s Car Purchasing Stories

15:42 - Audience Stories of Car Shopping Experiences

 

 

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Best New Car Deals

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-car-deals-a1060496430/

 

Get the Car You Need Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/get-the-car-you-need-now/

 

Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The redesign of the new BMW 2 Series coupe goes more than skin (or steel) deep, as we discuss our first impressions of its ride, handling, powertrain, and what separates the coupe version of the 2 Series from the sedan option. We also consider whether the driver monitoring in Ford's BlueCruise and GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance systems can lead to tunnel vision behind the wheel, and potentially cause drivers to zone out on the highway.

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:49 - First Impressions: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

10:54 - Question: Can driver monitoring in Ford’s BlueCruise and GM’s Super Cruise active driving assistance systems lead to tunnel vision and zoning out on the highway.

 

 

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Preview: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Is Bigger, More Powerful

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-bmw-2-series-coupe-review-a8434610934/

 

Ford BlueCruise First Impressions | Talking Cars #342

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdhjM6QtXU

 

Self-Driving System Ranking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

 

Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM’s Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring

https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

BMW has launched their first all-electric SUV, the 2022 iX. We share our first impressions on this new EV's technological advancements, styling, controls, and what makes it stand out from competitors like Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5. We also discuss whether or not an EV is actually greener than a gas powered vehicle when taking into account how the electricity is generated.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:48 - 2022 BMW iX First Impressions

18:42 - Question: Are EVs really greener than gas powered vehicles?

 

 

 

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Preview: All-Electric 2022 BMW iX Offers Fresh Design and 300-Mile Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-bmw-ix-review-a9545113527/

 

2022 BMW iX

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/ix/2022/overview/

 

Best ‘Green Choice’ SUVs That Are CR Recommended 

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/best-green-choice-suvs-that-are-cr-recommended-a4957536468/

 

How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner-a1128097361/

 

Alternative Fuels Data Center

https://afdc.energy.gov/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The 2022 Tundra marks the first thorough redesign of Toyota’s full-sized pickup in 15 years. We rented the 1794 Edition, and share our first impressions of its handling around our test track. We also discuss the slick powertrain, upgraded cabin, multilink rear suspension with coil springs, and how it stacks up against competitors like the RAM 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado. Also, with the variety of all-wheel drive systems on the market, we discuss what to consider when choosing a vehicle with AWD, and why Subaru's Symmetrical system is unique.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:50 - 2022 Toyota Tundra

12:36 - Question: Are all AWD systems created equal?

 

 

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Preview: 2022 Toyota Tundra Boasts Hybrid Powertrain, Key Safety Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/

 

2014 Toyota Tundra first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmMJytTx-Fs

 

Do you really need all-wheel drive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Gas prices are surging in the United States, and could reach all-time highs in the near future. We share the best ways to improve fuel economy in your vehicle, backed by data from tests performed at our Auto Test Track.

Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_BONUS_Save_Gas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

The EV6 is Kia's first pure all-electric vehicle, based on Kia's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that also serves as the foundation for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We share our first impressions on how the EV6 drives, and the interesting design choices made in its interior, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and others. Limited supply and historic demand have led some car dealers to demand thousands of dollars over MSRP for new vehicles. We share our advice on what you can do to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when it comes to purchasing an EV.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - 2022 Kia EV6 First Impressions

15:24 - Question: How to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when purchasing an EV?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Kia EV6 Launches the Brand’s Electric Revolution

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/

 

2022 Kia EV6

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev6/

 

How to Negotiate a New-Car Price Effectively

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/how-to-negotiate-a-new-car-price-effectively-a8596856299/

 

Guide to Car Pricing Terms

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/guide-to-car-pricing-terms/

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Is there any chance of hydrogen-powered vehicles becoming mainstream in the US? Toyota still thinks there's a market for fuel cell vehicles, and with our first impression of the 2022 Mirai, we discuss how the convergence  of hydrogen infrastructure and availability will make or break the Mirai, as well as the fuel cell Hyundai Nexo. We also discuss what role LIDAR mapping plays in Ford's BlueCruise driving assistance feature in the Mustang Mach-E. 

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - 2022 Toyota Mirai First Impressions

10:57 - Question: What role does LIDAR mapping play in Ford’s BlueCruise?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2021 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/

 

2022 Toyota Mirai

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/mirai/2022/overview/

 

Futuristic 2019 Hyundai Nexo Showcases the Company’s Technological Prowess

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/futuristic-2019-hyundai-nexo-showcases-companys-technological-prowess/

 

Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM’s Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring

https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/

 

Driver Monitoring Systems Can Help You Be Safer on the Road

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

 

BONUS: Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcDo_iWCh-g

 

Tesla’s and Ford’s Driver Monitoring Systems

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

 

How We Tested Tesla’s and Ford’s Driver Monitoring Systems

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

We give our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru WRX, and how this rally-inspired sedan's powertrain, styling, and handling compare to previous models. Also, we discuss the differences in driving a front-wheel versus rear-wheel drive vehicle, and why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach.

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - 2022 Subaru WRX First Impressions

17:02 - Question: Why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach?

 

LINKS:

2022 Subaru WRX:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/wrx/2022/overview

 

Preview: Reborn 2022 Subaru WRX Moves the Needle:

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-wrx-review-a1159563584/

 

Guide to Car Safety:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

Direct download: 2202CRO_TAlking_Cars_Episode_347.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer has joined our test fleet, and we share our first impressions. This large, three-row SUV has a lot to offer by way of its size, towing ability and creature comforts. We discuss its viability as a do-it-all family vehicle and debate whether the Jeep brand has enough cache to sway buyers from other popular SUVs. We also answer an audience question about the cost of EV registration fees and why they are higher than fees for gas-powered vehicles.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Jeep Wagoneer First Impressions

11:48 - Question: Why are registration fees for EVs more expensive than for gas-powered vehicles?

LINKS:

Jeep Wagoneer: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/jeep/wagoneer

First Drive: 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is the Automakers 6-Figure Flagship: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-jeep-grand-wagoneer-review-a9641610773/

More States Hitting electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees, a Consumer Reports Analysis Shows: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-states-hitting-electric-vehicle-owners-with-high-fees/

Direct download: 2202CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_346.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

On this episode, we give our first impressions of the 2022 Ford Maverick. We discuss everything this small pickup has to offer; from styling, functionality, and driving impressions, to the variety of available powertrains. Find out how the Maverick stacks up among competing pickups and why Ford placed QR codes on the truck itself. Plus, we answer an audience question on buying an electric vehicle.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions

16:49 - Question: Is it worth trading in two used vehicles for two newer EVs?

LINKS:

Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/

6 Things We Love About the New Ford Maverick story by Alex: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/things-we-love-about-the-2022-ford-maverick-pickup-truck-a9538949538/

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST