Talking Cars (MP3)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive:

2016 Mazda6 Quick Drive:

2014 Mazda3 First Drive:

Redesigned Mazda Miata MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: 

Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: 

Minivans - Top Choices: 

Chrysler Town & Country Review: 

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: 

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: 

2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive: 

2016 Acura MDX Quick Drive: 

How To Cool Your Car Like A Pro: 

2017 Jeep Compass Quick Drive: 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: 

2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive: 

2016 Scion iA Quick Drive: 

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: 

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: 

Toyota Sequoia Review: 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: 

Do You Really Need All-Wheel Drive?: 

Essential Winter Driving Tips:

Prep Your Car for Winter:


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