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

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_153.mp3
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Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_152.mp3
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It's cyclists vs. motorists on this week's episode, and how we think both worlds can live in harmony with one another. We also give our first impressions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and answer audience questions about good cars for college and how to properly break in a new car.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_151.mp3
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00:26 Left lane hogs

03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars

07:36 Buick Regal TourX

09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons

13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles

17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance

21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES


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Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_150.mp3
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To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Ford sedan have been greatly exaggerated! We discuss this surprising news, and how a lot of the media coverage has gotten the story wrong. We give our impressions of a borrowed Mazda6 we drove at our track. We wrap up this episode with viewer questions about swapping out your seasonal tires, low-speed AEB, and if there is any true replacement for the Mazda5 micro van.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_149.mp3
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