Talking Cars (MP3)

On this episode, we talk about the 2020 Ford Explorer we've purchased for our test program, and discuss how this midsized three-row SUV stacks up against the some of the better competitors. Also, our experts discuss how emerging technology is playing a role in preventing a child from being left in a hot car, and give tips on what any driver can do to help prevent a tragedy. We wrap up with questions from our audience, including the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing, how Consumer Reports determines a car's reliability score, and what exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV (crossover utility vehicle). 




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00:26 - Rear Seat Reminder Systems

05:48 - 2020 Ford Explorer first impressions

13:31 - Question #1: How does CR determines a car's reliability score?

16:57 - Question #2: Replacing a 2014 Volkswagen TDI wagon with something that has comfortable seats, all-wheel drive, and great road manners.

19:55 - Question #3: What is the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing?

23:23 - Question #4: What exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV?



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