Talking Cars (MP3)

This week, we share our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru BRZ. We discuss the BRZ's performance and handling capabilities, and how it's fun-to-drive character rivals sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. We also talk about General Motors' new driver assistance system, Ultra Cruise, which will debut on some 2023 Cadillacs. And, we answer audience questions about CR's fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles; whether panoramic sunroofs are safe in a rollover crash; and what buying strategies to use when new car inventory is low.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - Preview: GM Ultra Cruise

09:30 - 2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions

17:1 7 - Question #1: What buying strategies should you use when new car inventory is low?

21:56 - Question #2: Why is CR’s fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles different from the EPA’s Score?

25:03 - Question #3: Are panoramic sunroofs safe in a rollover crash?

 

 

 

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General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra Cruise,’ an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System

https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/

 

Self-Driving System Rankings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

 

Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ Still Emphasizes Balance Over Brawn

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

 

New & Used Car Buying Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

Exploding Sunroofs Cases Head to Court

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroof-cases-head-to-court/

 

Which Automakers Use Laminated Glass to Reduce the Risk of Exploding Sunroofs

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/laminated-glass-reduce-risk-exploding-sunroofs/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2110CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_329.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

This week, we share our test results of the 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 hybrid pickup trucks, comparing the performance of the two different powertrains and some of their more interesting features. We also talk about the all-electric 2023 Genesis GV60, including its eye-catching styling, motor options, and predicted electric range. A dealer told someone in our Talking Cars audience, "You can't rustproof an EV." Is that true? We do some mythbusting, and share tips on how to avoid falling into sales traps at the dealer. Other topics include: Whether some lane keeping assist systems can be overly aggressive; what safety features electronic shifters offer; and we pick which classic vehicles we'd like to see brought back as an EV.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Preview: 2023 Genesis GV60

07:52 - Which Classic Car Should Be Brought Back as an EV

12:16 - Test Results: 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 Hybrid

24:14 - Question #1: Is the longer reach distance to the car’s touch screen a safety precaution?

28:28 - Question #2: What features do electronic shifters have to make them safer?

32:29 - Question #3: Is “you can’t rustproof and EV’ statement true?

35:20 - Question #4: Why are some Lane Keeping Assist systems overly aggressive?

 

 

 

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Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production

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

 

First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Now Offers Hybrid Power and Tons of Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review-a9428956949/

 

New & Used Car Buying Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2110CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_328.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

In this week's episode, we feature special guest Elizabeth Blackstock, breaking news editor at Jalopnik and managing editor of A Girl's Guide to Cars. We discuss a number of topics, including the challenges women face in the auto industry; which stories interest us most in the industry; and why it might be tough for a car today to be considered a classic in the future.

 

 

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Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2

 

Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:50 - Elizabeth Blackstock Introduction

02:41 - Auto Journalism Career

03:53 - A Girl’s Guide To Cars: Difference between how men and women look for cars.

14:15 - How women are represented in the auto industry.

21:07 - Best and worst stories in your career.  

29:10 - What technology are you most excited about today?

30:19 - What do you anticipate we will be talking about in 10 years from now?

33:15 - Will modern cars be considered as classics in the future?

 

 

 

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Jalopnik

https://jalopnik.com/

 

A Girl’s Guide To Cars

https://agirlsguidetocars.com/

 

Meet Frankie Fazzary, The 7-Year-Old Boy That Changed Racing In America

https://jalopnik.com/meet-frankie-fazzary-the-7-year-old-boy-that-changed-r-1847312449

 

The Rich Energy Book

https://www.richenergybook.com/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2109CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_327.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

This week we share our test results of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, discuss the performance of its hybrid powertrain versus the regular gas engine, and how it compares to class leaders like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We also talk about the all-new for 2022 Toyota Tundra, including its highly anticipated hybrid power plant, aggressive styling, and what improvements we anticipate to arrive with the new redesign. Other topics include: which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids; whether using the LATCH system or a seat belt is better when installing a child seat; how long can oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring; and our team shares the funny, weird, and wild stories of getting their drivers’ licenses. 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Child Seat Safety

03:04 - 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview

08:29 - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results

13:56 - Driver’s License Test Memories  

22:39 - Question #1: Which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids?

26:13 - Question #2: Is it safer to use LATCH system or a seat belt when installing  child seat?

29:17 - Question #3: How does CR choose which cars to put through the Rock Hill test?

31:51 - Question #4: How long can motor oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring?

 

 

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How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

 

Choosing the Best Car Seat

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-seats/buying-guide/index.htm

 

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

 

First Drive: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets New Styling and Updated Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-hyundai-santa-fe-review-a9539318353/

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2109CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_326.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2021 Tesla Model S for our test program, which now features a steering yoke rather than a traditional circular steering wheel. We share our first impressions on what it is like to use this steering input on the highway, in the driveway, and in crowded parking lots. We also discuss the other big changes to this vehicle, including its lack of directional and wiper stalks (now a touch-sensitive button on the yoke), horn placement (also a touch button), and touchscreen/predictive gear shifting mechanism.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions

06:17 - Driving Tesla Model S

12:11 - Steering Wheel Controls

15:01 - Gear Selector  

18:00 - Safety Pitfalls of Unintuitive Controls

 

 

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Why We Think Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWtJu0q3sBQ

 

Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit and Potential Safety Pitfalls

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/tesla-steering-yoke-little-benefit-potential-safety-pitfalls-a1034204120/

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

 

Tesla Model S 2013 quick take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=458TLFRkAlk

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2109CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_325.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; how it drove on our track, its long roster of advanced safety features, and who this small SUV might appeal to. With major flooding affecting many parts of the country, we discuss all the ways water can damage a car, and give tips on how to spot and avoid a waterlogged vehicle when buying a used car. Other topics this week include: what is the difference between a vehicle refresh and redesign; if bright LED daytime running lights can cause drivers to not turn on their car's headlights; why EVs seem to have less space for tall drivers; and how Consumer Reports decides which vehicles to buy for our test program, and what happens to our cars after testing is completed.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car

08:17 - 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Impressions

17:46 - Question #1: What is the difference between a vehicle refresh and a redesign?  

26:00 - Question #2: Are bright LED daytime running lights causing drivers to not turn on their car’s headlights?

29:24 - Question #3: Why does it seem that new EVs have less space for taller drivers?

32:59 - Question #4: How does Consumer Reports decide which vehicles to buy for their test program?

 

 

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Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars

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

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8

 

Car Title Resources: 

     National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

      https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/

 

     VinCheck

      https://www.nicb.org/vincheck

 

     CarFax

      https://www.carfax.com/press/resources/flooded-cars

 

 

First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla CROss Is a Sensible SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-toyota-corolla-cross-suv-review-a9535254586/

 

Best Cars for Tall People

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-cars-and-suvs-for-tall-people-a7931047074/

 

Headlight Testing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2109CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_324.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we dive into audience questions and cover what you can do when an electric-vehicle's battery runs out on the road; why rearranging second row seats is a safety risk; how always driving in four-wheel drive can damage your vehicle; and tips on what to do when deer cross the road.

SHOW NOTES:

1:04 - Question #1: What can you do if an EV runs out of power while driving?

5:35 - Question #2: How many miles does the average windshield last?

8:57 - Question #3: Can you reconfigure the second row seats in the 2022 Kia Carnival and is it safe?

14:58 - Question #4: In inclement weather, can you drive in 4WD all the time?

16:07 - Question #5: What are some tips to avoid deer in the road?

17:52 - Question #6 - Should you use fuel stabilizer to prolong fuel life in the ICE engine of a plug-in hybrid?

22:26 - Question #7: Is it time to raise the speed limits on highways?

LINKS:

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

First Drive: 2022 Kia Carnival Delivers on Comfort and Practicality: https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2022-kia-carnival-review-a1152822932/

How It Works: 2WD vs. AWD vs. 4WD: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/2wd-vs-awd-vs-4wd-a5663578720/

How to Avoid a Deer Strike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIuuuZqhOTM

UN Global Road Safety Week: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home

Direct download: 2109CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_323.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We share our first impressions of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, discussing its performance on our track, and how it stacks up to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Honda Pilot. We preview the newly announced 2023 Nissan Z, including its highly anticipated 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine. Chevrolet has expanded its battery recall on the Bolt EV and EUV models, and what owners should do to stay safe until a fix is available. We also share audience feedback on their "Forever" car choices; whether the rapid speed of improvements will leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology; if that "new car smell" is toxic (and how to get rid of it if it's not for you); the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car; and which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Audience choice for the “Forever” car

06:03 - GM’s battery recall for Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV

07:37 - 2023 Nissan Z Preview

13:45 - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Impressions

26:33 - Question #1: Will rapid speed of improvements leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology?  

29:40 - Question #2: Can the “new car smell” be toxic, and how to get rid of it?

32:13 - Question #3: What is the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car?

37:04 - Question #4: Which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast?

 

 

 

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GM Recalls All Chevrolet Bolts Due to Fire Concerns

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-recalled-again-due-to-fire-concerns-a3566085147/

 

First Drive: New 3-Row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Is Sized for a Growing Family

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-jeep-grand-cherokee-l-review-a5942817584/

 

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

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

 

When to Replace Your Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2108CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_322.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota GR86, discussing how it performed on our track, and how it compares to the previous generation Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, and Subaru BRZ. If you had to pick one car to drive for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Our experts share their choices! Other topics include: can you replace just two tires, or should you buy four new ones each time; why turn signals can be either amber or red in North America, and which color is proven to be safer; and why some vehicles are not crash tested by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:33 - 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions

12:26 - The “Forever” Car

20:57 - Question #1: Do you absolutely need to replace all four tires when getting new ones?  

24:22 - Question #2: Should auto manufacturers be required to only use amber colored turn signals on cars?

30:07 - Question #3: Why some vehicles are not crash tested by the IIHS?

31:19 - Question #4: What suitable replacement for a Scion xB under 30K?

 

 

 

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First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills

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

 

Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ at Consumer Reports test track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U

 

2013 Subaru BRZ first look

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

 

Scion FR-S first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG2RuRk1R3s

 

When to Replace Your Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0

 

2019 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K01h_FPkmkQ

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync

 

4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY

 

2015 Jeep Renegade preview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9jNoHsZHc

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2108CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_321.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and discuss which consumers each might appeal to. We talk about how Consumer Reports testing methods are evolving as electric vehicles become more prominent; if spare tires expire, and when you might want to consider a replacement; if "skateboard-style" EVs weight distribution improves its traction performance; and if the Toyota Prius' shifter design shortcomings are overlooked in CR's ratings.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - New York Auto Show Cancelled

02:28 - Audience Picks for “Guilty Pleasure Vehicles”

08:27 - 2022 Nissan Frontier First Impressions

18:04 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions

27:45 - Question #1: When should you replace a spare tire?

28:58 - Question #2: How will CR’s testing methods change when electric vehicles become more prominent?

30:28 - Question #3: Does the even battery weight distribution on a “skateboard-style” EV improve its traction performance?

31:26 - Question #4: Does the Prius’ efficiency and reliability wash out its unique shifter design shortcomings?

34:16 - Question #5: How to choose a car with optimal seat comfort?

 

 

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First Drive: The 2022 Nissan Frontier Is More Than Just a New Look

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-nissan-frontier-review/

 

First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/

 

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/

 

When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/car-gear-selector-satisfaction-survey/

 

When to Replace Your Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ

 

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2108CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share test results for the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and debate its appeal amidst newer, all-electric Hyundais that go by the same name. We also reveal which cars from CR's test program we consider guilty pleasures and we answer audience questions about tire warranties, unique paint colors and what happens to frunk cargo in a crash.

SHOW NOTES:

0:30 - Emily tests new rear seat reminders

2:16 - 2021 Hyundai Ioniq test results

10:00 - Our guilty pleasure cars

19:24 - Question #1: How can I get a tire warranty if the shop I bought them from didn’t supply one?

22:53 - Question #2: Why aren’t there more green colored vehicles?

24:33 - Question #3: Would hard objects in a frunk affect crash safety?

26:36 - Question #4: Why does the U.S. have multiple systems to charge electric vehicles?

LINKS:

2021 Hyundai Ioniq: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq/

Preview: Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV Accelerates New Sub-Brand Into the High-Tech Future: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review/

Toyota Avalon 2019-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5772126295001/toyota-avalon-2019-2021-quick-drive/

Honda Passport 2019-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5995562998001/honda-passport-2019-2021-quick-drive/

Volkswagen Tiguan 2018-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5530220791001/volkswagen-tiguan-2018-2021-quick-drive/

Kia Optima 2016-2020 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/4628343819001/kia-optima-2016-2020-quick-drive/

2021 Hyundai Elantra: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/elantra/2021/overview/

Direct download: 2108CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_319.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this episode we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Genesis GV70, and how it compares to its larger sibling the GV80, as well as others in the small luxury SUV segment. We also share a story about how a question from a Talking Cars viewer led to a change in the IIHS' ratings for the Mazda CX-5. Other topics include: how you can save money when getting brakes replaced at a dealership; if driving a car in Sport mode will wear out an engine faster; whether vehicle undercoating is worth the investment; and our experts suggest reliable, fun used 4x4 SUVs under 10k that are great for tackling rutted dirt roads.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:31 - IIHS Ratings Adjustment on Mazda CX-5 Active Safety Systems

02:45 - Future SUV Classic Follow-up

08:05 - 2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions

20:47 - Question #1: Should vehicle brakes be only serviced at the dealer?

26:30 - Question #2: Will driving in sport mode wear out the car’s engine prematurely? 

27:23 - Question #3: Are vehicle undercoatings worth the investment or a waste of money?

31:05 - Question #4: What reliable, fun used 4x4 SUV under 10K is best suited for tackling rutted dirt roads?

 

 

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First Drive: All-New 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV Delivers Comfort, Agility, and Luxury

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-genesis-gv70-review/

 

Talking Cars 303: Driving the 2021 Genesis GV80

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/talking-cars-303-2021-genesis-gv80-driving-comfort/

 

IIHS - 2021 Mazda CX-5

https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/mazda/cx-5-4-door-suv/2021

 

Guide to Rear-Seat Reminder Systems

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/guide-to-rear-seat-reminder-systems/

 

Heatstroke Deaths of Children on Vehicles

https://www.noheatstroke.org/

 

How to Protect Your Car From Rodents

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-protect-your-car-from-rodents/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2107CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_318.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

This week we talk about Jeep's plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, and share our driving impressions, as well as what it is like to go off-road on pure electric power. We also discuss the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall of the 2017 - 2019 Chevrolet Bolt due to the potential of a battery fire, and what you need to know if you own one. Other topics include: whether a Nissan Leaf is a good first car for a teen driver; why you need to be sure your tires aren't inside out when you have them mounted by a professional; if engine braking can damage a vehicle's transmission; and we choose our favorite SUVs that could become classics in the future.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

03:37 - 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe First Impressions

16:18 - Future SUV Classics

22:43 - Question #1: Are soap and water okay to wash your car?

26:08 - Question #2: Why is it important to make sure your tires aren’t inside out 29:19 - Question #3: Does engine braking take a toll on your vehicle’s transmission?

32:45 - Question #4: Is a Nissan Leaf a good used car for a new teen driver?

 

 

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Chevrolet Bolt EVs Should Be Parked Outdoors Due to Fire Risk, Government Agency Warns

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-evs-should-be-parked-outdoors-fire-risk-a9383743446/

 

Bolt EV Recall

https://my.chevrolet.com/how-to-support/safety/boltevrecall

 

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/

 

Top Car-Washing Strategies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHeAomlE5F4

 

How to Wash Your Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-wash-your-car/

 

Nissan Leaf review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70dfFK0HPI

 

Toyota Prius Road Test

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

 

How well does the Toyota Prius hold up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DRQEusvNis

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2107CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_317.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

This week we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, and discuss how this all-terrain SUV's off-road credentials compare to the standard Outback. We also talk about NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new requirements for automakers to report all automated driving related crashes, and how this could benefit drivers. We share news from the Stellantis auto conglomerate (which owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo in the US,) and its plans for the electrification of its fleet, and some interesting slogans to market its new EVs. Other topics include: which vehicles would be best suited for areas with high potential for hurricanes; how to properly maintain a car's A/C unit in the peak of summer; and if you should hold off on purchasing a used vehicle with outstanding recalls. 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - NHTSA Requires Automakers to Report Automation-Related Crashes 

03:45 - Stellantis Reveals Plans for Vehicle Electrification 

07:46 - Best Vehicles to Survive a Severe Storm

19:12 - Question #1: What is the proper way to maintain your car’s A/C unit?

22:11 - Question #2: Is it possible to put the Toyota Supra’s transmission into neutral without starting it?

25:41 - Question #3: Which advanced safety gear is better, camera or radar based?
32:05 - Question #4: Is it safe to purchase a vehicle with outstanding recalls?

 

 

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2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

 

Automakers Now Required to Report Automation-Related Crashes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/automakers-now-required-to-report-automation-related-crashes-a3894720173/

 

Prepare Now for Hurricanes and Severe Storms

https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/prepare-now-for-hurricanes-and-storms/

 

Why Flooded Roads Are More Dangerous Than They May Appear

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/why-flooded-roads-are-more-dangerous-than-they-may-appear/

 

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/

 

What’s Next in Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/whats-next-in-car-safety/

 

Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/car-recall-guide-questions-answered/

 

Car Recall Tracker

https://www.consumerreports.org/mycr/benefits/car-recall-tracker?searchToken=Car%20recall

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2107CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_316.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV joins our test fleet and we share our first impressions. Find out how the all-electric EUV compares to the original Bolt and if the inclusion of GM's Super Cruise system makes or breaks this all-new vehicle. We also debate what makes a vehicle 'American' and answer audience questions about EV battery life, tire degradation and predicted reliability.

SHOW NOTES:

0:24 - Favorite ‘American’ car

6:22 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

15:55 - Super Cruise

18:35 - Question #1: Do high temperatures hurt turbo powered engines?

20:58 - Question #2: Can hot temperatures reduce the range of battery-powered cars?

23:22 - Question #3: What scientifically happens to tires when they age?

25:50 - Question #4: Does CR consider the Toyota Venza a new production vehicle since it has been built in Japan for four years? What does that mean for its predicted reliability?

LINKS:

Talking Cars 306: Our first Impression of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/talking-cars-306-our-first-impressions-of-the-2021-chevrolet-a1148941883/

Best American Cars, SUVs, and Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-american-cars-suvs-trucks/

2017 Acura NSX Hybrid Is the Friendly Supercar: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2017-acura-nsx-first-drive-review-video/

First Drive: Big, Burly 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2020-chevrolet-silverado-gmc-sierra-2500-hd-review/

Preview: Chevrolet Introduces a Freshened Electric Bolt and Bolt EUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-and-bolt-review/

Direct download: 2107CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_315.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos small SUV; its variety of powertrains, driving characteristics, and quality of cabin materials. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) updated its recommendations regarding the Tesla Model 3's camera-based AEB system, and we provide an update on CR's scoring of the vehicle. Other topics include: the best new or used cars for under $25k; how to diagnose your car battery's health; and what (if anything) consumers can do about rising destination fees.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:27 - Tesla Model 3 Advanced Safety Update

02:21 - Best Used and New Cars For Under 25K

10:35 - 2022 Volkswagen Taos First Impressions

17:25 - Question #1: How can you tell your car’s battery needs to be replaced?

20:30 - Question #2: Does CR intend to test how EVs perform on long trips?

24:40 - Question #3: Why are car destination and delivery charges going through the roof?
27:32 - Question #4: Do vinyl wraps and ceramic coating work, or are they just another gimmick?

 

 

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Preview: 2022 Volkswagen Taos SUV Squeezes Signature Brand Features Into a Small Package

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-volkswagen-taos-review/

 

Tesla Model 3 Regains CR Top Pick Status and IIHS Safety Award

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-3-regains-cr-top-pick-status-iihs-safety-award-a1085318072/

 

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/

 

Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/the-truth-about-destination-fees/

 

CR’s Guide to Vacation and Travel 

https://www.consumerreports.org/travel/guide-to-vacation-travel/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2106CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_314.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

This week we review GM's automated driving enhanced Super Cruise system, tested on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade we purchased for our test program, and discuss how it compares to the previous version, as well as competitors like Tesla's Autopilot. With the arrival of summer and temperatures rising across the US, we share tips on how to keep your family safe and cool your car quickly. We also share how to keep kids occupied during long road trips; whether older, rare cars like the Chevrolet SSR could lack replacement parts as it gets older; what to do to prevent dirt, bugs, and other debris from disabling your car's camera-based safety systems; and how the massive chip shortage might affect the build quality of 2022 model year vehicles.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:28 - Kids in Hot Cars

06:19 - Road Trips with Kids

13:31 - GM’s Enhanced Super Cruise

20:11 - Question #1: Could older, rare cars lack replacement parts as they get older?

22:02 - Question #2: How to prevent dirt, bugs, and other debris from disabling vehicle safety systems?

24:23 - Question #3: Could the massive chip shortage affect the build quality of 2022 model year vehicles?

 

 

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Self-Driving System Ranking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

 

Auto Industry and Lawmakers Call for Driver Monitoring Systems to Improve Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/call-for-driver-monitoring-to-improve-car-safety/

 

First Drive: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Proves Powerful, High-Tech, and Truly Luxurious 

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-cadillac-escalade-review/

 

Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOf_F6hibk

 

Hot Car Fatalities Are a Year-Round Threat to Children and Pets

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/hot-car-fatalities-year-round-threat-to-children-pets-heat-stroke/

Research Shows That Anyone Could Forget Kids in Hot Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/anyone-could-forget-kids-in-hot-car-forgotten-baby-syndrome/

 

CR’s Guide to Vacation and Travel 

https://www.consumerreports.org/travel/guide-to-vacation-travel/

 

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/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2106CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_313.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

On this week's episode, we talk about the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic, and share our first impressions on its driving characteristics, styling, and comfort. Ford has announced an all-new small pickup, the Maverick, and we discuss how it might fit into a market dominated by oversized vehicles. We also give a glimpse into our headlight testing at the track, and how halogen lights compare to LEDs. Other topics include why a truck's hood height can pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers of smaller cars; proper oil change intervals for short commutes; whether a new car that sat on a dealer's lot for months may have a risk of 'lot rot;' if turning off the A/C in a car saves gas; and our experts predict which modern cars will become classics in the future.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - CR’s Headlight Testing

03:27 - Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks

07:27 - 2022 Ford Maverick Preview

12:32 - 2022 Honda Civic First Impressions

18:12 - Modern Classics

26:50 - Question #1: What are the proper oil change intervals for short commute vehicles?

29:27 - Question #2: Could a new car that sat on a dealer’s lot for months experience ‘lot rot?’

33:13 - Question #3: Why are battery powered cars called electric vehicles?

36:13 - Question #4: Does turning off the A\C in a car save fuel?

 

 

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First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans

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

 

Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid

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

 

Headlight Testing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8

 

The Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/the-hidden-dangers-of-big-trucks/

 

Best New Cars for Teens

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/

 

5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/things-to-know-about-oil-changes-for-your-car/

 

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo

 

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/

 

How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-get-the-best-fuel-economy-now/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2106CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_312.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, and discuss whether its driving dynamics and redesigned interior give it an edge in the competitive midsized three-row SUV segment. Fuel prices are going up nationwide, so we share some tips on how to maximize your car's fuel economy. Other topics include whether switching between premium and regular fuel may damage a car's engine, should Tesla disabling advanced safety features in some of its vehicles keep drivers from purchasing a Model 3 or Model Y, how to properly charge an electric vehicle to optimize its battery life, and we feature responses we received from our audience about their favorite cars they wish they still owned.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - Audience Response: Favorite Cars Ever Owned

06:20 - Tips to Improve Fuel Economy

12:32 - 2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Impressions

22:38 - Question #1: Could switching between premium and regular fuel damage a car’s engine?

26:01 - Question #2: Should Tesla disabling advance safety features in some of its vehicles keep drivers from purchasing a Model 3 or Model Y?

29:30 - Question #3: What is the proper way to charge and electric vehicle to optimize its battery life?

31:36 - Question #4: What is the best way to protect a car’s wheel from curb damage?

 

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Is a Modern Take on the Original Truck

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-nissan-pathfinder-review/

 

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/

 

How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-get-the-best-fuel-economy-now/

 

Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcPEk3ldzc

 

Tesla Model 3 Loses CR Top Pick Status and IIHS Safety Award After Dropping Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-3-loses-cr-top-pick-status-and-iihs-safety-award-a2421791602/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2106CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_311.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

This week we discuss a variety of topics, including why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specification on a vehicle; does modifying ride height and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety; should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty; if there's any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than others in inclement weather, and more!

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:54 - Question #1: Why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specifications on a vehicle?

05:02 - Question #2: Does modifying ride hight and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety?

08:57 - Question #3: Is it possible to over tighten a child seat when installing it in a car?

12:47 - Question #4: Can overfilling motor oil in a vehicle damage the engine?

16:25 - Question #5: Should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty?

21:28 - Question #6: Is there any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than other inclement weather?

24:19 - Question #7: Is it normal for a plug-in hybrid to be mostly driven in EV mode, and how service maintenance should be carried out in such situation?

 

 

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5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/things-to-know-about-oil-changes-for-your-car/

 

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

 

Here Are Automakers’ Plans for Adding More Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups

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

 

New Cars on the Horizon

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/new-cars-on-the-horizon/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2106CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_310.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

This week we discuss our test results of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, share a surprising issue our testing uncovered, and why Nissan might finally be ready to compete with rivals like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Mazda CX-5. Ford recently announced its fully electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and we talk about its capabilities, characteristics, and why it could signal a profound change in the truck market and culture. We also answer questions about how to deal with a car's fluctuating reliability score, the best way to care for foggy, yellowing headlight lenses, if a used Lexus LS is a smart choice for teen drivers, and share our favorite cars we've ever owned.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:30 - 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Preview

09:28 - 2021 Nissan Rogue Test Results

18:58 - Favorite Cars We Have Ever Owned

24:09 - Question #1: How to deal with a car’s fluctuating reliability score? 

25:57 - Question #2: What is the best way to care for foggy, yellowing headlight lenses?

28:41 - Question #3: Is a used Lexus LS a wise choice for a teen driver?

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue Edges Upscale

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-nissan-rogue-review/

 

Ford F-150 Lightning EV Has a 300-Mile Range and Could Power Your Home

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

 

Shorter days mean it’s time to repair hazy headlights

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/10/shorter-days-mean-it-s-time-to-repair-hazy-headlights/index.htm

 

Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2105CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_309.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

On this episode we share our first impressions of the 2022 Acura MDX, and how this long standing name plate competes with other three-row SUVs in its segment. Consumer Reports, in collaboration with IIHS, recently released a list of safe and reliable new and used cars for teen drivers, and we discuss the criteria to make the list, as well as share our personal picks for which vehicles we would recommend. Other topics include: Electric vehicles for post-covid commuting; why the auto industry lacks standardization for manual modes on shifters; why some car manufacturers are more proactive in implementing new technology and making updates to their vehicles than others; and how to safely transport a pet in a vehicle.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Intro

00:31 - Welcome Alex Knizek: CR’s Auto Engineer

02:23 - Testing at The Track

04:23 - Best Used and New Cars for Teens

09:27 - 2022 Acura MDX First Impressions

16:44 - Question #1: Which electric vehicle is best suited for post-covid work commuting?

20:32 - Question #2: Why does the auto industry lack standardization for manual modes on shifters?

23:05 - Question #3: Why some car manufacturers are more proactive in implementing new technology and making updates to their vehicles than others?

27:16 - Question #4: What is the safest way to transport your pet in a vehicle?

 

 

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First Drive: 2022 Acura MDX Luxury SUV Adds Refinement and Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/acura-mdx-suv-review/

 

Best New Cars for Teens

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/

 

Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/

 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

 

2018 LA Auto Show: Audi E-Tron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo

 

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/keep-pets-safe-in-the-car/

 

Center for Pet Safety

https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2105CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_308.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

This week we talk about our test results of the 2021 Kia Sorento: how it handled on our track, as a family car, and how it compares to others in its class, such as the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride. We also talk to CR investigative reporter Ryan Felton about his findings regarding an RV and camper tire made by Goodyear that has been linked to numerous crashes and deaths, and offers advice on how to identify an old tire, and when they must be replaced. We also cover whether a dealer can terminate the manufacturer's warranty on a vehicle if it is not serviced by the dealership, if recalls are signs of a car to avoid, or indicate a responsible automaker, and how safe are 3rd row seats in modern cars.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - Gas Shortage

01:23 - Goodyear G159 RV Tire Investigation

07:41 - How to Inspect Older Tires

10:12 - 2021 Kia Sorento Test Results

16:20 - Question #1: What sports car would Talking Cars

20:39 - Question #2: Can a dealer terminate the manufacturer’s warranty  on a vehicle if it is not serviced at the dealership?

25:31 - Question #3: Are recalls a sign of a car to avoid, or indicate a responsible automaker?

28:18 - Question #4: How safe are 3rd row seats in modern cars, are they crash tested at all?

 

 

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10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/

 

Goodyear RV Tire Linked to Multiple Deaths Is Still on Motorhomes, Listings Indicate

https://www.consumerreports.org/product-safety/goodyear-rv-tire-linked-to-multiple-deaths-is-still-on-motorhomes/

 

How to Keep Your Tires Looking Good

https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/how-to-keep-your-tires-looking-good/

 

Tire Tips for Safe RV Travel

https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/tire-tips-for-safe-rv-travel-a1058289855/

 

Beginner’s Guide to Motorhomes

https://www.consumerreports.org/other-motor-vehicles/beginners-guide-to-motorhomes-rvs/

 

Beginners Guide to RV Trailers

https://www.consumerreports.org/search/?query=RV%20Tires

 

First Drive: Not All Changes on the Redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento Are Improvements

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-kia-sorento-review/

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

 

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyiuHMyB3c

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2105CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_307.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

We recently welcomed the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray into our test fleet, and we share our first impressions on its driving dynamics, styling, and interior drawbacks. Also, with Corvette always giving buyers more performance per dollar than other automakers, we compare how this first ever mid-engine Corvette compares to other, more exotic sports cars, like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. We also discuss whether Rivian's new Adventure charging network will accommodate other manufacturer's EVs, or be proprietary like Tesla Superchargers. Other topics include: which SUV is best suited for an adventurous family; is it wise to replace original larger wheels on a vehicle with a smaller size; and if a Smart car is capable of towing.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

23:24 - Question #1: Will Rivian’s Adventure charging network other EVs or be proprietary like Tesla?

26:22 - Question #2: Which SUV is best suited for an adventurous family?

30:24 - Question #3: Is a Smart car capable of towing anything at all?

33:02 - Question #4: Would it be wise to replace original equipment larger wheels for a smaller size?

 

 

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Midengine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Impresses at the Consumer Reports Track

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-review/

 

2014 Chevrolet Corvette first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l84rkxwqx4

 

Low-profile Tires vs. Potholes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBdRy0utyaM

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2105CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_306.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

This week, we address some of the comments posted online about our experiment to see if a Tesla would drive with no one in the driver's seat. We also share our test results of the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, discuss the scarcity of the Kia Telluride, if owners are able to replace LED daytime running lights on their own, a smart maintenance schedule for a car driven 4 miles a day in an urban environment, and why new cars aren't as inexpensive as the Ford Model T was in the 1920s.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - We Answer Questions About Our Recent Tesla Coverage

15:11 - 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Results

22:55 - Question #1: How can I buy a Kia Telluride when they are no where to be found?

28:41 - Question #2: Why new cars aren’t as inexpensive as the Ford Model T was in the 1920s?

33:09 - Question #3: When the LEDs burn out on a DRL, does the whole headlight assembly need to be replaced?

35:58 - Question #4: Which vehicle maintenance schedule is more important to follow: miles driven, or months elapsed?

38:17 - Question #5: Do hybrid vehicles have a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and how does it work?

 

 

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We Drove a Tesla with No One in the Driver’s Seat. That’s Not a Good Thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovc2axLmzIw

 

CR Engineers Show a Tesla Will Drive With No One in the Driver’s Seat

https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/cr-engineers-show-tesla-will-drive-with-no-one-in-drivers-seat/

 

Fatal ‘Driverless’ Tesla Crash Raises Questions About Company’s Autopilot System

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/fatal-driverless-tesla-crash-raises-questions-about-companys-autopilot-system/

 

2021 Toyota Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2021/overview/

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

First Drive: Not All Changes on the Redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento Are Improvements

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-kia-sorento-review/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_305.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

We share our first impressions of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, discussing how much this 4th-generation compact SUV has evolved, and if it is a worthy competitor to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Also, Hyundai has unveiled its all-new compact pickup-truck this week, the 2022 Santa Cruz, and we discuss where this tiny truck fits within the pickup segment, and which demographic Hyundai is targeting. This week's topics also include whether retreading tires is a greener choice than purchasing new ones; which key features to consider when purchasing a vehicle for a hot climate; and how often cars get damaged at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - Sorry, Not Sorry: Lack of useful innovation in pickup-trucks.

07:07 - 2022 Hyundai Tucson First Impressions

11:52 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Preview

20:18 - Question #1: Is retreading tires a greener choice than purchasing new ones?

22:36 - Question #2: Is the new two tone paint job trend a case of corporate espionage between car manufactures?

23:26 - Question #3: Which key features are a must for vehicles in hot climates?

26:45 - Question #4: Has anyone ever crashed or damaged a car CR bought for the auto test program?

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson Edges Upscale and Offers a Hybrid That Shines

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-hyundai-tucson-review/

 

2019 Hyundai Tucson Quick Drive

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

 

Preview: Small 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Is Ready for Mild Adventures

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_304.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

We recently completed testing on the 2021 Genesis GV80, and this week we share how this all-new SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand performed. What keeps you comfortable when you're behind the wheel? This week we discuss our comfort must-haves when driving, as well as our personal pet peeves that drive us crazy! Other topics on this episode include crash testing on female body types, potential safety hazards when driving an electric vehicle through a flooded road, and whether buying a used upscale car or leasing a new, more affordable car makes more financial sense for a recent college grad.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - What Makes a Car Really Comfortable

05:45 - 2021 Genesis GV80

16:07 - Question #1: How to find the safest car for a woman?

20:13 - Question #2: Would an EV run the risk of a short or fire when driving through a flooded road?

2208 - Question #3: What makes more financial sense, buying used or leasing an affordable car?

 

 

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First Drive: 2021 Genesis GV80 Puts Luxury SUVs Brands on Notice

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/genesis-gv80-review/

 

Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/

 

What Makes a Car Really Comfortable

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/

 

How to Judge Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

New Data Expands on Why Women Have a Greater Risk of Injury in Car Crashes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/new-data-expands-on-why-women-have-a-greater-risk-of-injury-in-car-crashes/

 

The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/

 

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_303_SP.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

We recently completed testing on the 2021 Genesis GV80, and this week we share how this all-new SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand performed. What keeps you comfortable when you're behind the wheel? This week we discuss our comfort must-haves when driving, as well as our personal pet peeves that drive us crazy! Other topics on this episode include crash testing on female body types, potential safety hazards when driving an electric vehicle through a flooded road, and whether buying a used upscale car or leasing a new, more affordable car makes more financial sense for a recent college grad.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - What Makes a Car Really Comfortable

05:45 - 2021 Genesis GV80

16:07 - Question #1: How to find the safest car for a woman?

20:13 - Question #2: Would an EV run the risk of a short or fire when driving through a flooded road?

2208 - Question #3: What makes more financial sense, buying used or leasing an affordable car?

 

 

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First Drive: 2021 Genesis GV80 Puts Luxury SUVs Brands on Notice

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/genesis-gv80-review/

 

Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/

 

What Makes a Car Really Comfortable

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/

 

How to Judge Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

New Data Expands on Why Women Have a Greater Risk of Injury in Car Crashes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/new-data-expands-on-why-women-have-a-greater-risk-of-injury-in-car-crashes/

 

The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/

 

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_303.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

This week we drove the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, and we share our first impressions on the interior styling, and how it handled on our track. Rivian, the fledgling electric truck and SUV nameplate, just announced a plan to install EV chargers at places known for outdoor recreation: state parks and campsites. We talk about how this plan differentiates it from other automakers, and whether it's enough to stand out in a market dominated by Tesla. We also discuss the potential resale value of gas-powered cars in a future that could be dominated by hybrids, why cars from different brands that share a parent company might have a big difference in quality, and the best way to judge a car for long-term comfort during a test drive.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:36 - Rivian Adventure Network

06:41 - 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander First Impressions

13:58 - Question #1: Will the traditional gas-powered car market crash with the abundance of hybrid vehicles coming soon?

17:12 - Question #2: Why is Hyundai better rated by CR than Kia even though they are owned by the same company?

20:38 - Question #3: What is the best way to asses seat comfort on a test drive?

 

 

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All-Electric Rivian Pickup and SUV Take Charge

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/all-electric-rivian-r1t-pickup-truck-and-r1s-suv-debut/

 

The Coming Wave of Electric SUVs and Pickup Trucks

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/the-coming-wave-of-electric-suvs-and-pickup-trucks/

 

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/

 

Preview: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander May Be More Than Just a Budget SUV

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

 

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Quick Drive

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

 

Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/

 

What Makes a Car Really Comfortable

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/

 

How to Judge  Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_302.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

This week we rented the 2022 Kia Carnival, and share our first impressions on its unique styling, utility, driving dynamics, and how it compares to the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Chrysler Pacifica. We also examine why people are spending more on new vehicles, and what is driving the average car prices so high. We also discuss whether it is wise to sell an older vehicle and purchase a brand new one; if panoramic sunroofs are less safe in a rollover crash; when to consider purchasing an extended warranty on a new car; and which safety features are a must when exploring a conversion van build #VanLife.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - High New Car Prices

05:23 - 2022 Kia Carnival First Impressions

13:24 - Question #1: Is it wise to sell an older vehicle while the used car market is hot and purchase a new one?

18:19 - Question #2: Do panoramic sunroofs make a car less safe in a rollover crash?

21:02 - Question #3: When should you consider purchasing an extended warranty on a new vehicle?

23:25 - Question #4: Which safety features are a must when exploring a conversion van build?

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People Are Spending More on New Cars, But Prices Aren’t Necessarily Rising

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/people-spending-more-on-new-cars-but-prices-not-necessarily-rising/

 

Preview: 2022 Kia Carnival Is a Minivan Masquerading as a High-Tech SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2022-kia-carnival-review/

 

Should You Get an Extended Warranty for Your Car?

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair/get-an-extended-warranty-for-your-car/

 

The Most Discounted New Cars Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/new-cars-with-biggest-savings-off-msrp-right-now/

 

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/

 

Exploding Sunroofs: Danger Overhead

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroofs-danger-overhead/

 

Here’s the Tech That Could Be on Your Next Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/the-tech-that-could-be-on-your-next-car/

 

Beginner’s Guide to Motorhomes

https://www.consumerreports.org/other-motor-vehicles/beginners-guide-to-motorhomes-rvs/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2104CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_301.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, sharing how it performed on our track, interior comfort and quality, and where it fits into Hyundai's crowded SUV family. We also share how recent testing at the Consumer Reports test track discovered issues with the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Toyota Sienna, and how each automaker responded to our findings to fix these vehicles. And our humble podcast has been on the road for over 8 years, beginning in March 2013, so to celebrate our 300th episode, we feature predictions from the Talking Cars audience about what we'll be discussing 8 years from now, covering the future of electric vehicles, infrastructure, self-driving and autonomous cars, and more!

:59 - issues CR discovered while testing Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Sienna

7:20 - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe First Impressions

13:43 - Episode 300 reflections; what our audience thinks we will be discussing for our next 300 episodes!

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Direct download: 2103CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_300.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Buick Envision, and discuss where it’s built and how that affects its driving dynamics in comparison to other luxury compact SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. We also examine vehicle destination fees, discuss why these ballooning delivery charges may add to the cost of your new car, and point out which manufacturers are the biggest offenders of driving up the cost. Other topics include: the discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car's TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system); differences between CR's brand report card and J.D. Power's brand rankings, and how to interpret all that data; and we explain how CR compensates for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing. 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

01:23 - Rise of Destination Fees

09:04 - 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions

17:47 - Question #1: What is the the difference between CR’s Brand Report Card and J.D. Power’s Brand Ranking?

20:45 - Question #2: Why is there a discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car’s TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

23:27 - Question #3: How does CR compensate for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing?

26:01 - Question #4: Which small SUV would be a suitable replacement for a Mazda6 in order to improve driving in wintery weather conditions?

 

 

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Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/the-truth-about-destination-fees/

 

2021 Buick Envision

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

 

2016 Buick Envision Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ffB9ZA4GU

 

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?

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

 

10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2021/

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

Car Maintenance and Repair Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/

 

Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Track

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2103CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_299.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

This week we discuss whether you should always trust a dealer's advice on maintenance intervals; if seat protector mats are safe to use with child seats; if purchasing a used CR recommended vehicle with high mileage is a wise choice; tips for negotiating a car lease, and if asking to have an independent mechanic check a certified pre-owned car is an automotive faux pas.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Intro

01:29 - Question #1: Should you always trust dealer’s advice on car maintenance schedule?

06:12 - Question #2: Is it safe to use seat protector mats with child seats?

09:10 - Question #3: Is purchasing a used CR recommenced vehicle with high mileage a wise choice?

11:45 - Question #4: What are some of the caveats to look out for when negotiating on a car lease?

17:48 - Question #5: Why don’t car makers build cars with replaceable stereo head units?

23:56 - Question #6: Is having an independent mechanic inspect a certified pre-owned car an automotive faux pas?

 

 

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Car Maintenance and Repair Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/

 

Rear-Seat Safety for All Ages

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-seat-safety-for-all-ages/

 

10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-best-cars-to-get-to-200000-miles-and-beyond/

 

What it will cost to get your car to 200,000 miles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/what-it-will-cost-to-get-your-car-to-200-000-miles/index.htm

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2103CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_298.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

This week, we give our first impressions on Volkswagen's all-electric ID.4 small SUV. We discuss the ID.4's unique styling, how it compares to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 and Y, and how VW's Electrify America charging network will need to make improvements to compete with other EV charging infrastructures. We also discuss the predicted reliability of the recently announced Kia Carnival minivan, that replaces the Sedona in Kia's lineup. We also discuss the recall of Tesla's touchscreens, and whether these components have a short lifespan; how Consumer Reports calculates electric vehicle range; and advice on how to manage a lease when you REALLY want to be driving a different car.

SHOW NOTES

1:20 - Volkswagen ID.4 first impressions

13:55 - Electrify America charging network

15:43 - Question #1: Ozzie from Los Angeles | How do online car reservations work?

19:09 - Question #2: Thomas | What’s CR’s predicted reliability for the new Kia Carnival minivan?

21:45 - Question #3: Chris | Will electric component wear become a problem on vehicles in the future?

23:58 - Question #4: Kevin from Cincinnati | How does CR test EV range?

25:20 - Question#5: Lamar from Chicago | Is it a good idea to trade in a 2011 Toyota Camry for a new lease on a  2021 Toyota Venza?

LINKS:

Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-volkswagen-id4-review/

First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/

Tesla Recalls Over 134,000 Vehicles for Faulty Screens: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/tesla-recalls-model-s-model-x-for-faulty-screens/

Direct download: 2102CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_297.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. We talk about all the new features that the F-150 has to offer, including the built-in generator, hybrid powertrain performance, and the sizable touch screen. Consumer Reports recently released a new auto designation called Green Choice, which spotlights the more environmentally friendly vehicles on the market. We explain the purpose of the Green Choice designation, and which criteria vehicles need to meet to earn the distinction. Other topics include why headlight or taillight warnings are virtually nonexistent, if renting a car only when needed makes more financial sense than owning, and why you should pay attention to your license plate when using a hitch-mounted bike rack.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:24 - CR’s Green Choice Designation

06:04 - 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions

18:18 - Question #1: Why automakers don’t put a headlight or taillight failure warning light in cars?

20:19 - Question #2: Is renting a car when you need one makes more financial sense than owning one?

23:05 - Question #3: Would seat covers on heated seats have any negative impact?

25:20 - Question #4: Can you get pulled over by the police for obstructing your car’s license plate with a hitch-mounted bike rack?

 

 

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How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner/

 

7 Reasons the New Ford F-150 Is the Most Advanced Version Ever

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/new-ford-150-is-the-most-advanced-version-of-this-pickup-truck-ever/

 

Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/

 

How to Avoid Sneaky Car-Rental Fees

https://www.consumerreports.org/fees-billing/how-to-avoid-sneaky-car-rental-fees/

 

How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/ride-hailing/stay-safe-from-coronavirus-in-an-uber-lyft-rental-car/

 

How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2102CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_296.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

The Bronco name is back, and this week we share our first impressions on the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, catering to those looking for a rugged, off-road capable vehicle. We discuss how the small SUV, sibling of the larger Bronco, handles rocks and mud, as well as its engine performance and interior comfort. Chevrolet announced an updated version of its all-electric Bolt and an all-new Bolt EUV. We discuss the key changes for the Bolt EV, and how the inclusion of GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance system might appeal to those interested in Tesla's Autopilot system. We also talk about the right time to cut your losses on a vehicle that needs constant repairs, if Consumer Reports is considering testing 3-wheeled BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle) like Arcimoto and Aptera, why all-weather tires are not as popular as all-seasons, and we wonder which of our neighbors lost their emu.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:19 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Preview

06:47 - 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions

15:48 - Question #1: When is the right time to cut your losses on a vehicle that needs constant repairs?

18:22 - Question #2: Why all-weather tire are not as popular as all-seasons?

21:13 - Question #3: Would Consumer Reports consider testing 3-wheeled BEVs?

23:09 - Question #4: What is the strangest wild life we have come across at our test track?

 

 

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Preview: Chevrolet Introduces a Freshened Electric Bolt and New Bolt SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-and-bolt-review/

 

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Looks Rugged and Ready for Action

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-sport-review/

 

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2102CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_295.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

CR recently bought the very first car released by Polestar, the performance brand from parent company Volvo. The Polestar 2 is an all-electric hatchback built to compete with other luxury EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron, and we share our first impressions on what we found taking it on the open road, as well as our test track. Nissan recently announced a redesigned Frontier pickup truck and Pathfinder SUV, and we ask the big question: what took so long?! Other topics this week include why a dealership might offer you above market value for your used car or leased vehicle, if it's wise to purchase a vehicle that was recently discontinued, a fun-to-drive car that can accommodate two child seats, and if an imported Kei car would make a sensible car for driving around town.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Intro

00:50 - 2022 Nissan Frontier Preview

06:02 -  2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions

14:05 - Question #1: Would it be wise to purchase the recently discontinued Lexus GS 350?

15:45 - Question #2: Why are dealerships offering above market value for used and leased vehicles?

20:12 - Question #3: Which fun-to-drive vehicle can comfortably fit two child seats?

24:06 - Question #4: Is it a good idea to import a 25 year old Kei car from Japan for around town driving?

 

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Preview: For 2022, the Nissan Frontier Finally Gets a New Look

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-nissan-frontier-review/

 

New 2021 Polestar 2 to Compete With Tesla’s Model 3

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/volvo-polestar-2-preview/

 

Hot New Electric Cars Are Coming Soon

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

 

Rear-Seat Safety for All Ages

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-seat-safety-for-all-ages/

 

First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue Edges Upscale

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-nissan-rogue-review/

 

Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Lexus GS 350

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4MOAPdpZM8

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2102CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_294.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

This week we discuss the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, sharing our first impressions on the driving dynamics, the screen-dominated interior, and if we think it is worthy of the Mustang badge. Tesla recently unveiled big changes to its Model S sedan and Model X SUV, introducing a yoke-style steering wheel, and foregoing turn signal and gear selector stalks in favor of touch capacitive buttons and screen controls. We speculate what these changes will mean for drivers, and touch on other EV-related topics, including maintaining electric vehicle battery health, if electric cars wear out tires faster than a traditional vehicle, and what all this new technology means for auto reliability.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:31 - Redesigned Tesla Model S

07:50 - 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions

21:15 - Question #1: Could EV technology improve overall reliability of cars in the future?

23:39 - Question #2: Do Teslas and other EVs wear out tires more than regular cars?

25:54 - Question #3: What is the proper way of maintaining an electric vehicle’s battery health?

 

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First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ30yGjf7sU

 

First Look: Update Tesla Model S Gains Range, Power, and Radical Interior Changes

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/updated-tesla-model-s-gains-range-power-and-radical-interior-changes/

 

Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOf_F6hibk

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

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Direct download: 2102CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_293.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota Sienna, and discuss the livability of this all-new minivan, the driving characteristics of the standard hybrid powertrain, and how it stacks up against competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. We also discuss tips for keeping LED headlights clear of ice and snow in winter weather, the best way to track down parts for classic cars, decipher all the acronyms and initials on the trim lines from various manufacturers, and how driving positions play a role in crash safety.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:33 - 2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions

11:41 - Question #1: How to track down pmts for a classic vehicle?

14:48 - Question #2: How to keep LED headlights clear of snow and ice in the winter?

17:31 - Question #3: What do all the trim line initials and acronyms mean from different manufactures?

21:39 - Question #4: How do driving positions play a role in crash safety?

 

 

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First Drive: 2021 Toyota Sienna Proves a Compelling, Efficient SUV Alternative

https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2021-toyota-sienna-review/

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive

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

 

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2021CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_292.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We recently purchased a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra for the Consumer Reports auto testing program, and we share our first impressions on the performance, infotainment, and styling of this small sedan. We also discuss why many modern cars seem to lack a traditional bumper, and why the cost of minor dings and fender benders can be surprisingly expensive. We also discuss the role a tire's sidewall can play in ride comfort, recent government reports regarding booster seat weight limits and how they impact CR's testing, and if a car from Alaska could have any issues at its new home in Florida.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - 2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions

14:00 - Question #1: Why many modern cars seem to lack a traditional bumper?

16:55 - Question #2: How recent government reports regarding booster seat weight limits impact CR’s testing?

22:53 - Question #3: What role does a tire’s sidewall play in the car’s ride comfort?

25:01 - Question #4: What issues could a car from Alaska have at its new home in Florida?

 

 

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Redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra Goes High-Tech and Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2021-hyundai-elantra-review/

 

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

 

When Is the Right Time for a Booster Seat?

https://www.consumerreports.org/booster-seats/when-is-the-right-time-for-a-booster-seat

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

We've completed testing of our 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and discuss how this plug-in hybrid performed, and why it might outshine the Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid. Apple made automotive news recently concerning the potential development of an Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai; we discuss these reports, and consider the many ways the auto industry and big tech companies are converging to impact the car market. Other topics include the Toyota Yaris GR, if a hitch-mounted bike rack could prematurely age your car's springs, and whether adaptive cruise control has an impact on fuel efficiency.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - News of potential Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai.

09:19 - 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results

19:41 - Question #1: Why is the Toyota Yaris GR AWD not available in the US?

25:17 - Question #2: Does adaptive cruise control have an effect on fuel efficiency?

26:37 - Question #3: Could having a hitch mounted bike rack over an extended period of time have negative impact on the car’s springs?

 

 

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First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Gets Bigger and Adds Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-toyota-yaris-hatchback-preview/

 

Cadillac’s Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cadillac-super-cruise-outperforms-other-active-driving-assistance-systems/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2101CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_290.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Are there rules of etiquette you should follow when test driving or purchasing a car? Can installing a dash cam in your vehicle save you money on car insurance? This week, we answer these questions, and discuss other topics, including the rising prices on pickup trucks; why a car recall might show up on services like CARFAX but not on NHTSA.gov; why an auto manufacturer would design a car with tail lights in its bumper. We also suggest a replacement car for a teenager currently driving a Tesla Model Y.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:53 - Question #1: What is the proper dealership etiquette when shopping for a car?

04:45 - Question #2: How do dash cams benefit drivers interns of safety and insurance premium savings?

08:56 - Question #3: Why a car recall might show up on services like CARFAX but not on NHTSA.gov?

12:38 - Question #4: Are the high price tags on trucks due to COVID closures and stock shortages?

17:45 - Question #5: Why auto makers design cars with tail lights built into the bumper where small impacts can damage them?

21:28 - Question #6: What is a good car for a teen driver under $30K?

 

 

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How to Buy Your First New or Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-your-first-new-or-used-car/

 

Dash Cams Can Be Silent Witnesses During Police Traffic Stops and Other Incidents

https://www.consumerreports.org/law-enforcement/dash-cams-can-be-silent-witnesses-during-police-traffic-stops-and-other-incidents/

 

Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/car-recall-guide-questions-answered/

 

Best New Cars for Teens

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

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