Talking Cars (MP3)

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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How Consumer Reports Tests Cars


Cars With Advanced Safety Systems


2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive


4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive


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


4K Review: 2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive


2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron


2016 Chevrolet Camaro Quick Drive


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


4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive


2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive


2019 Lexus ES Quick Drive


4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive


2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive


2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive


2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive


2015 Ford Mustang Review




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