Talking Cars (MP3)

With the cold season just around the corner, we share vital tips on preparing your vehicle for driving in wintry conditions, including checking and maintaining the proper tire pressure, the state of your car's battery charge, and topping off appropriate fluids. Also, we inspire a young mechanical engineering student with personal stories of how we advanced in our own automotive careers and give advice regarding future opportunities. And we welcome a special guest to the show this week, Consumer Reports' President and CEO Marta Tellado, as she shares the insights and inspiration contained in her new book, "Buyer Aware," available in stores on September 20th.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Preparing Your Car For The Winter Season

10:02 - Question: What career opportunities are available for a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry?

16:44 - Special Guest: Consumer Reports’  President and CEO Marta Tellado

 

 

 

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Winter Driving Tips

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

 

6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

Safe Winter Driving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svc0BCK8ToM

 

If You have to Drive in the Winter, Follow These 9 Safety Steps

https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-driving/if-you-have-to-drive-in-winter-follow-these-safety-steps-a7843645782/

 

What to Pack in a Car Emergency Kit for Your Holiday Road Trips

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-emergency-kits-for-winter-holiday-road-trips/

 

Buyer Aware

https://buyeraware.consumerreports.org/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Is Buick Enclave the hidden gem of the large 3-row SUV world? With a resume that includes simple controls, a comfortable ride, and a responsive non-turbo powertrain, there's a case to be made that it deserves serious consideration. We discuss the recent updates to its steering wheel controls, gear selector, and infotainment system for the 2022 model year, and how it performs against competitors like the Infiniti QX60, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Acura MDX, and Hyundai Palisade. Also, what happens when you try to turn off a vehicle while driving? Does it make a difference if it's a traditional key, or a push button start? After being asked the question from a member of our audience, our experts head out onto our test track to find out!

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Buick Enclave

15:51 - Question: What happens when you try to turn off a vehicle while driving?

 

 

 

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2022 Buick Enclave

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/enclave/2022/overview/

 

2018 Buick Enclave Review: Room for Improvement

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2018-buick-enclave-review-room-for-improvement/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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The 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a sporty, driver-focused luxury sedan, relying on its aggressive, low-slung exterior and improved powertrain to stand out against rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Genesis G70. We share our first impressions of our C300 test car, discussing its handling, redesigned interior, problematic controls, and why you might want to skip the AMG sport suspension option. We also share insight into CR's testing protocols, and why we might sometimes disagree with car evaluations from other mainstream publications.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300

18:38 - Question: Why are there discrepancies in review results between CR and other mainstream publications?

 

 

 

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New 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is a Standout, With a Few Drawbacks

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2022-mercedes-benz-c-class-review-a1057221647/

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/c-class/2022/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Bike racks are a lot like cars, with new styles and brands available to consumers each year. And while we love cars at CR, we're also avid cycling enthusiasts, and recently performed evaluations on hitch-mounted bike racks, as well as pickup-truck tailgate pads, from brands like Kuat, Yakima, Thule, Bell, Allen, and Race Face. We discuss which ones performed best, how they compare to roof and trunk mounted racks, and what to look for if you need to transport an electric bike (e-bike).

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - Our biking background.

03:47 - Bike rack evaluations  

20:37 - Question: If continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) provide so many benefits to a vehicle, why are they so reviled by many?

 

 

 

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Best Bike Racks

https://www.consumerreports.org/bike-racks-carriers/best-bike-racks-a8073136271/

 

How to Choose and Use the Right Bike Rack

https://www.consumerreports.org/bike-racks-carriers/how-to-choose-and-use-the-right-bike-rack-a1180679643/

 

How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy

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

 

How Rooftop Carriers Affect Fuel Economy for Cars and SUVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-rooftop-carriers-affect-fuel-economy/

 

Best Electric Bikes From Consumer Reports’ Test

https://www.consumerreports.org/electric-bikes/best-electric-bikes-e-bike-review-a2596703950/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Is the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia just a Tundra with a cap on the back? We share our first impressions of Toyota's largest SUV, how it compares to competitors like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade (or even the 4Runner!), and if it can carry the torch for the dearly departed Land Cruiser. We also discuss whether using a different octane gas, for example 87 vs. 88 octane, can harm your car's engine.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00: 2023 Toyota Sequoia first impressions

15:59: Can using a higher octane gas than is recommended in your owner’s manual harm your engine?

LINKS:

Toyota Sequoia - https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-toyota-sequoia-review-a6124360768/

Toyota Land Cruiser - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/land-cruiser/2021/overview/

Toyota Tundra - https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/

Chevrolet Tahoe - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/tahoe/2022/overview/

Toyota 4Runner - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/4runner/2022/overview/

Cadillac Escalade - https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cadillac/escalade/2022/overview/

Gas octane - https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/why-you-might-not-actually-need-premium-gas-a6382185831/

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda HR-V. We discuss how the HR-V improved over the first generation model and why it feels more robust in comparison to competing small SUVs. Plus, we answer an audience question that compares an all-wheel drive Mazda 3 to the new Acura Integra.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-10:39: 2023 Honda HR-V

10:39-18:08: Question: Which would you choose; the Mazda 3 AWD or the new Acura Integra? 

LINKS:

Redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size and Sophistication: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-honda-hr-v-review-a5649305775/

2022 Mazda 3: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2022/overview/

2023 Acura Integra Tries to Recapture ‘80s and ‘90s Magic With Help of Civic Si: https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

Direct download: 2208CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_373.mp3
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On this episode, we discuss the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid. Find out how the Sportage Hybrid compares to the gasoline Sportage we tested and why hybrid versions of small SUVs often improve a model overall. We also answer a question about all-wheel drive and determine whether it can be considered a safety feature or convenience feature.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 11:48: 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

11:50 - 20:34: Question: Is all-wheel drive a safety feature, a nice-to-have-perk, or over-hyped?

LINKS:

2023 Kia Sportage Is Long on Style and Room, Short on Verve: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/

Direct download: 2208CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_372.mp3
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This week, we share our impressions of the all-electric Mazda MX-30, the automaker’s first EV to hit the market. Find out why we think the MX-30 is behind the times and why only 560 vehicles are planned to be sold in the US. We also answer an audience question about the legality of LED replacement headlights.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-12:22 - 2022 Mazda MX-30

12:22-19:27 - Video Question: Are LED replacement bulbs legal? 

LINKS:

Frustrating Mazda MX-30 Can’t Match Other Modern EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mazda-mx-30-review-a1201295576/

Smart Adaptive Headlights Will Soon Brighten U.S. Roads: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/smart-adaptive-headlights-will-soon-brighten-us-roads-a8128257819/

 

Direct download: 2208CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_371.mp3
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The all-electric 2022 Mercedes EQS becomes the automaker's new flagship alongside the S-Class lines. We share our first impressions of this ultra-luxury sedan, whether or not it can compete with the Tesla Model S, some of the next-generation safety features, and wild luxury comfort options.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

19:06 - Question: Are dealers bound to the agreed price when the car was ordered, or they can change the price upon delivery of the vehicle?

 

 

 

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Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/

 

Mercedes-Benz Is the Latest Automaker to Go All Electric

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/mercedes-benz-is-the-latest-automaker-to-go-all-electric-a2034098392/

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqs/2022/overview

 

First Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Wows With Advanced Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2021-mercedes-benz-s-class-review/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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The Slingshot, a three-wheeled street vehicle made by ATV, snowmobile, and side-by-side manufacturer Polaris, blurs the lines between a motorcycle and car. With its single rear drive wheel and an open-air cabin lacking both a roof and doors, the Slingshot positions itself to be an action-packed alternative to weekend cruisers like the Mazda Miata, traditional motorcycles, or any number of classic cars (think Plymouth Barracuda, Road Runner, and Chevrolet Nova). But does the fun factor make up for the price, inconvenience, and lack of safety features?

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Polaris Slingshot

18:26 - Question: Are engineering emissions test programs that offer monetary incentives by car manufacturers legitimate?

 

 

 

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Radical Polaris Slingshot is part car, part motorcycle, all excitement

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/radical-polaris-slingshot-three-wheeler-is-part-car-part-motorcycle/index.htm

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2207CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_369.mp3
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Toyota kicks off its all-electric vehicle lineup with the bZ4X, joining the rapidly growing EV market with a popular SUV size slotting between the RAV4 and the larger Venza. We share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X and discuss its modest electric range, the recent recall involving wheels detaching while in motion, Toyota already running out of EV tax credits, and why CR will not be buying one for its test program.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota bZ4X

17:25 - Question: Why automatic folding side view mirrors are rare in the US?

 

 

 

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2023 Toyota bZ4X

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/bz4x/2023/overview

 

Roomy 2023 Toyota bZ4X Impresses on the Road

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-bz4x-review-a7787483444/

 

Toyota Becomes 3rd Automaker to Reach Electric vehicle Tax Credit Limit

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/toyota-reaches-electric-vehicle-tax-credit-limit-a9709089660/

 

2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Acura has resurrected the Integra nameplate, as the classic five-door hatchback returns with an upscale vibe. We share our first impressions on the 2023 Acura Integra, discuss how it performed around our test track, if the interior lives up to the Acura's quality standards, and what sets it apart from the very similar Honda Civic Si. We also debate whether the Integra should be treated as a first year model, or whether it is okay to purchase because many of its components are carried over from the previously released Civic Si.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions : 2023 Acura Integra

18:40 - Question: Is it wise to purchase the first model year of the 2023 Acura Integra?

 

 

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All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

 

2023 Acura Integra

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/acura/integra/2023/overview

 

First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review-a1347563873/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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The 4th of July Independence Day holiday is here in the US, and to celebrate we wanted to find out from our audience: what does it mean for a car to be "American?” With a global car market and vehicle parts being made all over the world, it can be difficult to define. We also polled our audience to select what they think is the most American car ever manufactured. We share the responses, and our expert opinions on this star-spangled episode!

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - What defines an American Car?

16:32 - What Is the Most American Car?

 

 

 

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How the Tesla Model S Changed the World

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-the-tesla-model-s-changed-the-world-a7291465820/

 

Best New-Car Deals for July 4th

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-new-car-deals-for-july-4th-a1191663902/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week, we give our first impressions of the all-electric Genesis G80 (officially called the Electrified G80). We discuss the styling, electric range, driving dynamics, and luxurious interior of the EV sedan, and how it compares to the gas powered version. Also, with so many electric vehicles on the market, we debate which used EV we would recommend to a first time buyer.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:57 - First Impressions : 2023 Genesis G80 EV

14:30 - Question: Which used electric vehicle is best suited for a first time EV buyer?

 

 

 

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2022 Genesis G80

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/g80/2022/overview

 

Electric Cars Are Becoming Less Expensive

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-are-becoming-less-expensive-a6548270716/

 

Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/most-satisfying-new-hybrid-cars-a5029804171/

 

How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-choose-a-fuel-efficient-new-car-a6176139178/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Nissan draws from its 50-plus-year history in resurrecting the Z, a sports car that the automaker calls "all-new" (but is it though??) We debate the provenance of this iteration of the Z, as well as share our first impressions of its performance, interior, and what you might lose by opting for the automatic transmission. We also debate which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW M550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:58 - First Impressions : 2023 Nissan Z

20:55 - Question: Which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW 550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53?

 

 

 

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

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

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80

 

Nissan Z Road Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAndC05ZXzY

 

2023 Nissan Z

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/z/2023/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Subaru jumps into the electric vehicle market with the brand's first widely offered EV, the 2023 Solterra. Sharing its platform with the almost identical Toyota bZ4X, we share our first impressions of this all-electric SUV, including its unique interior design cues, driving characteristics, and power delivery. We also discuss the current state of the semiconductor chip shortage on the car market: why you might see cars selling with a chip shortage discount, whether some manufacturers are dropping options like satellite radio in order to ration the available chips, and if cars from this era will be desirable in the future.

 

 

 

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00:52 - First Impressions : 2023 Subaru Solterra

13:39 - Question: Is the semiconductor chip shortage still affecting the car market?

 

 

 

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2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/

2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo

 

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/

 

When to Buy a Used Car in This Tough Market

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/when-to-buy-a-used-car-a6584238157/

 

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/

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

The Ford Maverick hybrid promises superior fuel economy and pickup utility at a price that's thousands of dollars less than the more common standard-sized truck. But will the availability of the hybrid powertrain as front-wheel drive only be a deal-breaker for buyers? Can this small pickup handle truck duties, and how does it compare to the standard engine version? Also, we explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles.

 

 

 

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00:52 - First Impressions : 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

13:39 - Question: Please explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles?

 

 

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First Drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Is a Throwback to the Era of Small, Simple Pickup Trucks

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

 

2022 Ford Maverick

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2022/overview/

 

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-car-is-right-for-you/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week, we drive the all-new fully-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck. We share our first impressions, discuss some of our favorite features and debate whether the R1T bridges the gap between being environmentally conscious and having truck-like utility.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Rivian R1T

14:57 - Question: Which full size pickup truck is reliable and worth keeping for a long time?

 

 

 

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2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/

 

2022 Rivian R1T

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2022/overview

 

2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeasX0ZyTk

 

2022 RAM 1500

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ram/1500/2022/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week, we give our first impressions of the all-new GV60, the first fully-electric vehicle from Genesis. We discuss styling, driving dynamics, and interior storage-- and compare the GV60 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which are built on the same platform. We also answer an audience question about the legality of driving with fog lights in everyday situations. 

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Genesis GV60

14:30 - Question: Is there any danger or law against driving with fog lights on during clear weather?

 

 

 

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Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production

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

 

2023 Genesis GV60

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/gv60/2023/overview/?pagestop

 

First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/

 

First Drive: 2022 Kia EV6 Debuts With Plenty of Power and Engaging Handling

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Mazda is channeling the Subaru Outback with its rugged-looking CX-50, and a focus towards outdoor enthusiasts. We share our first impressions of this small SUV, and what sets it apart from the CX-5. Also, how does Consumer Reports get to drive cars that aren't yet for sale? We explain our unique relationship with car manufacturers, and how we are able to maintain our unbiased testing standards while still getting a sneak peek at cars before you see them on the dealership lot.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Mazda CX-50

11:18 - Question: How is CR able to “rent” all these brand-new vehicles from manufacturers?

 

 

 

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Preview: Mazda Reveals the All-New 2023 CX-50

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-mazda-cx-50-review-a2206621676/

 

2023 Mazda CX-50

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-50/2023/overview

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

What is considered an "affordable" car in today's marketplace? Is the 2023 Kia Sportage a bargain at its base price of $25,990? We discuss how much you'll get for your money, the car’s driving characteristics, controls, standard safety features, and whether the hybrid version might best the gas engine version. We recently found this to be the case with Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. Also, is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles? Our experts share their advice on the potential reliability issues of buying a new Acura Integra to replace an aging Volvo V60.

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Kia Sportage

11:41 - Question: is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Kia Sportage Grows in Size and Edges Upscale

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/

 

2023 Kia Sportage

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sportage/2023/overview

 

All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we talk about Chevrolet's announcement of an electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette. We cover Corvette history, the evolution of car enthusiast culture and the future of powerful supercars that are entering the EV space. We also answer an audience question that asks how automated and electrified vehicles will affect the traditional driving experience as we know it.

SHOW NOTES:

0:25 - Ford Lightning Announcement

0:43 - Electrified Chevrolet Corvette Announcement

7:30 - Question #1: With the advent of full autonomous vehicles, will there still be space for car enthusiasts who enjoy vehicles with traditional ICEs?

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Chevrolet Corvette to Go Hybrid and Eventually Electric: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/

Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/

Ford F-150 Lightning: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/f-150-lightning/

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Kia Sorento hybrid, and discuss its driving characteristics, infotainment controls, powertrain performance, and whether the hybrid version is better than the gas-powered model. Also we talk about tire safety, and whether tread depth is a good indicator of when you need a replacement set.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid 

07:30 - Question: Is tread depth a good indicator of when you need to replace tires on your car?

 

 

 

 

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2022 Kia Sorento

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sorento/2022/overview/

 

Tires: Michelin Defender LTX M/S [T]

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/michelin-defender-ltx-m-s-388349/overview/

 

Tires: Continental TerrainContact H/T

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-h-t-400429/overview/

 

Tires: Continental TerrainContact A/T

https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-terrain-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-at-400427/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

EVs, rugged trucks, and "futuristic nostalgia" were the big trends at the New York International Auto Show. We share our impressions on a number of vehicles, including the Subaru Solterra, Nissan Z, Ford Bronco Raptor, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Vietnamese startup Vinfast. We also discuss the focus on outdoor recreation, vehicles with throwback styling stuffed with cutting-edge tech, and something called the Toyota Tacozilla.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:13 - New York Auto Show Impressions

01:19 - New Trends

04:23 - Exciting Vehicles

06:58 - Chevrolet Silverado EV

08:52 - Volkswagen ID. Buzz

11:54 - Subaru Solterra & Toyota bZ4X

14:17 - Nissan Ariya

16:05 - Vinfast

17:01 - EV Concepts

18:45 - Nostalgia

19:14 - Earth Theme

 

 

 

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2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Ariya EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0DdU_KYA4

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Silverado EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbL5ee6-YdQ

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Do electric cars have a break-in period? Is it smarter to buy or lease an EV? And is it better to be stranded overnight in a gas vehicle, or an electric car? We answer these and other EV-related questions on this episode, including how hot summer temperatures affect an EV's driving range, what happens in an EV right before the battery dies, and what resources are available for those that want to learn more about electric vehicles before they take the plunge.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:55 - Electric Cars 101

02:15 - Buying vs. Leasing an EV

05:53 - Break-in Period for Electric Cars

08:14 - EV Battery Replacement

10:58 - Battery Performance in Traffic

13:48 - EV Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures 

16:45 - What Happens When The Battery Runs Out Completely 

 

 

 

 

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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-a7130554728/

 

How Much Do Cold Temperatures Affect an Electric Vehicle’s Driving Range?

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-much-do-cold-temperatures-affect-an-evs-driving-range-a5751769461/

 

What Happens to the Old Batteries in Electric Cars?

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/what-happens-to-the-old-batteries-in-electric-cars-a1091429417/

 

How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/

 

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-a6908889697/

 

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Strong Interest in Electric Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/cr-survey-shows-strong-interest-in-evs-a1481807376/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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The market for new cars in 2022 is unlike anything that has come before; with lingering chip shortages, supply chain issues, and skyrocketing demand, dealers are selling vehicles for thousands (or more!) over sticker price, and many buyers don't know what to do. Since Consumer Reports purchases every car we test, we have felt the pain as well. In this episode, we recall our recent experiences buying cars for our test program, invite members of our audience to share their car buying stories, and give tips on what you can do to save yourself money if you're in the market for a new car right now.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:21 - Our Car Buying Experiences

07:49 - Our Colleague’s Car Purchasing Stories

15:42 - Audience Stories of Car Shopping Experiences

 

 

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Best New Car Deals

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-car-deals-a1060496430/

 

Get the Car You Need Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/get-the-car-you-need-now/

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2204CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_353.mp3
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The redesign of the new BMW 2 Series coupe goes more than skin (or steel) deep, as we discuss our first impressions of its ride, handling, powertrain, and what separates the coupe version of the 2 Series from the sedan option. We also consider whether the driver monitoring in Ford's BlueCruise and GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance systems can lead to tunnel vision behind the wheel, and potentially cause drivers to zone out on the highway.

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

00:49 - First Impressions: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

10:54 - Question: Can driver monitoring in Ford’s BlueCruise and GM’s Super Cruise active driving assistance systems lead to tunnel vision and zoning out on the highway.

 

 

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Preview: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Is Bigger, More Powerful

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-bmw-2-series-coupe-review-a8434610934/

 

Ford BlueCruise First Impressions | Talking Cars #342

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdhjM6QtXU

 

Self-Driving System Ranking

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

 

Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM’s Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring

https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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BMW has launched their first all-electric SUV, the 2022 iX. We share our first impressions on this new EV's technological advancements, styling, controls, and what makes it stand out from competitors like Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5. We also discuss whether or not an EV is actually greener than a gas powered vehicle when taking into account how the electricity is generated.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:48 - 2022 BMW iX First Impressions

18:42 - Question: Are EVs really greener than gas powered vehicles?

 

 

 

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Preview: All-Electric 2022 BMW iX Offers Fresh Design and 300-Mile Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-bmw-ix-review-a9545113527/

 

2022 BMW iX

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/ix/2022/overview/

 

Best ‘Green Choice’ SUVs That Are CR Recommended 

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/best-green-choice-suvs-that-are-cr-recommended-a4957536468/

 

How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner-a1128097361/

 

Alternative Fuels Data Center

https://afdc.energy.gov/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_351.mp3
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The 2022 Tundra marks the first thorough redesign of Toyota’s full-sized pickup in 15 years. We rented the 1794 Edition, and share our first impressions of its handling around our test track. We also discuss the slick powertrain, upgraded cabin, multilink rear suspension with coil springs, and how it stacks up against competitors like the RAM 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado. Also, with the variety of all-wheel drive systems on the market, we discuss what to consider when choosing a vehicle with AWD, and why Subaru's Symmetrical system is unique.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:50 - 2022 Toyota Tundra

12:36 - Question: Are all AWD systems created equal?

 

 

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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

 

Do you really need all-wheel drive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_350.mp3
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Gas prices are surging in the United States, and could reach all-time highs in the near future. We share the best ways to improve fuel economy in your vehicle, backed by data from tests performed at our Auto Test Track.

Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_BONUS_Save_Gas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

The EV6 is Kia's first pure all-electric vehicle, based on Kia's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that also serves as the foundation for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We share our first impressions on how the EV6 drives, and the interesting design choices made in its interior, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and others. Limited supply and historic demand have led some car dealers to demand thousands of dollars over MSRP for new vehicles. We share our advice on what you can do to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when it comes to purchasing an EV.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - 2022 Kia EV6 First Impressions

15:24 - Question: How to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when purchasing an EV?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Kia EV6 Launches the Brand’s Electric Revolution

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/

 

2022 Kia EV6

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev6/

 

How to Negotiate a New-Car Price Effectively

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/how-to-negotiate-a-new-car-price-effectively-a8596856299/

 

Guide to Car Pricing Terms

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/guide-to-car-pricing-terms/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Is there any chance of hydrogen-powered vehicles becoming mainstream in the US? Toyota still thinks there's a market for fuel cell vehicles, and with our first impression of the 2022 Mirai, we discuss how the convergence  of hydrogen infrastructure and availability will make or break the Mirai, as well as the fuel cell Hyundai Nexo. We also discuss what role LIDAR mapping plays in Ford's BlueCruise driving assistance feature in the Mustang Mach-E. 

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - 2022 Toyota Mirai First Impressions

10:57 - Question: What role does LIDAR mapping play in Ford’s BlueCruise?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2021 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/

 

2022 Toyota Mirai

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/mirai/2022/overview/

 

Futuristic 2019 Hyundai Nexo Showcases the Company’s Technological Prowess

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/futuristic-2019-hyundai-nexo-showcases-companys-technological-prowess/

 

Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM’s Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring

https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/

 

Driver Monitoring Systems Can Help You Be Safer on the Road

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

 

BONUS: Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcDo_iWCh-g

 

Tesla’s and Ford’s Driver Monitoring Systems

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

 

How We Tested Tesla’s and Ford’s Driver Monitoring Systems

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Direct download: 2202CRO_Talking_Cars_Epoisode_348.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We give our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru WRX, and how this rally-inspired sedan's powertrain, styling, and handling compare to previous models. Also, we discuss the differences in driving a front-wheel versus rear-wheel drive vehicle, and why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach.

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - 2022 Subaru WRX First Impressions

17:02 - Question: Why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach?

 

LINKS:

2022 Subaru WRX:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/wrx/2022/overview

 

Preview: Reborn 2022 Subaru WRX Moves the Needle:

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-wrx-review-a1159563584/

 

Guide to Car Safety:

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

Direct download: 2202CRO_TAlking_Cars_Episode_347.mp3
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The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer has joined our test fleet, and we share our first impressions. This large, three-row SUV has a lot to offer by way of its size, towing ability and creature comforts. We discuss its viability as a do-it-all family vehicle and debate whether the Jeep brand has enough cache to sway buyers from other popular SUVs. We also answer an audience question about the cost of EV registration fees and why they are higher than fees for gas-powered vehicles.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Jeep Wagoneer First Impressions

11:48 - Question: Why are registration fees for EVs more expensive than for gas-powered vehicles?

LINKS:

Jeep Wagoneer: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/jeep/wagoneer

First Drive: 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is the Automakers 6-Figure Flagship: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-jeep-grand-wagoneer-review-a9641610773/

More States Hitting electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees, a Consumer Reports Analysis Shows: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-states-hitting-electric-vehicle-owners-with-high-fees/

Direct download: 2202CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_346.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this episode, we give our first impressions of the 2022 Ford Maverick. We discuss everything this small pickup has to offer; from styling, functionality, and driving impressions, to the variety of available powertrains. Find out how the Maverick stacks up among competing pickups and why Ford placed QR codes on the truck itself. Plus, we answer an audience question on buying an electric vehicle.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions

16:49 - Question: Is it worth trading in two used vehicles for two newer EVs?

LINKS:

Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/

6 Things We Love About the New Ford Maverick story by Alex: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/things-we-love-about-the-2022-ford-maverick-pickup-truck-a9538949538/

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This week, we share our first impressions of the 2022 Audi A3. We discuss how the A3 stacks up against competing compact sport sedans and debate whether or not a vehicle can be considered both entry-level and luxury. We also answer a question on the best tire pressure for snowy driving conditions.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Audi A3 First Impressions

12:00 - Question: What’s the best tire pressure for driving in snowy conditions?

LINKS:

Audi A3: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/a3/

Audi Redesigns Entry-Level A3 and S3 Compact Sedans: https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-audi-a3-review-a9629186229/

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=winter%20tires

Direct download: 2201CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_344.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this episode, we share our test results of the Hyundai Santa Cruz. We discuss where the Santa Cruz fits among competing small pickup trucks, how well it performs ‘truck’ duties and why its construction benefits its livability. We also answer a question on vehicle reliability, and how CR calculates this score from year to year.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Hyundai Santa Cruz

11:08 - Question: How does CR weigh and consider reliability ratings on vehicles from year to year?

LINKS:

Hyundai Santa Cruz: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-cruz/2022/overview/

What’s New in Small Pickup Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/whats-new-in-small-pickup-trucks/

Who Makes the Most Reliable New Cars?: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/

Direct download: 2201CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_343.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Consumer Reports has tested vehicles from Tesla, GM, Subaru, Ford, and others that include autonomous driving features, with many now including driver monitoring systems to ensure those behind the wheel are paying attention to the road. CR will now award additional points to those systems that perform well in our tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has also announced plans to evaluate these systems.

SHOW NOTES:

Driver Monitoring Systems by Ford and GM Are Only Ones to Earn Points in CR’s Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Consumer Reports has tested vehicles from Tesla, GM, Subaru, Ford, and others that include autonomous driving features, with many now including driver monitoring systems to ensure those behind the wheel are paying attention to the road. CR will now award additional points to those systems that perform well in our tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has also announced plans to evaluate these systems.

SHOW NOTES:

Driver Monitoring Systems by Ford and GM Are Only Ones to Earn Points in CR’s Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

Direct download: 2201CRO_Talking_Cars_BONUS_Driver_Monitoring.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

This week we discuss BlueCruise technology, Ford’s new hands-free active driver assist feature available on the Mustang Mach-E. We share our experiences with the system— both on our test track and public roads— we’ll talk about how it differs from other systems like GM’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot. We also debate how useful these systems are and how driver monitoring plays a crucial role in ensuring safety behind the wheel. Plus, we answer a question about child seats for a growing family.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Ford BlueCruise First Impressions

17:54 - Question: What’s the best car to buy to accommodate a growing family?

LINKS:

How Much Automation Does Your Car Really Have? https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/how-much-automation-does-your-car-really-have-level-2-a3543419955/

Which Lane Keeping Assist System Is Right for You? https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/which-lane-keeping-assist-system-is-right-for-you-a4813532588/

Cadillac’s Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cadillac-super-cruise-outperforms-other-active-driving-assistance-systems-a1113486809/

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/

How to Fit Car Seats Three Across: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-fit-child-car-seats-three-across/

Direct download: 2201CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_342.mp3
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On this episode, we share our test results of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4. Find out how this all-new EV stacks up against competing models from Tesla and why we think the ID.4’s redesigned controls have more flash than function. We also answer an audience question on regenerative braking and how it works on the ID.4.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Volkswagen ID.4 Test results

12:46 - Question: How does regenerative braking work on the VW ID.4?

LINKS:

Volkswagen ID4: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/id4/2021/overview/

First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/

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-a9006292675/

Direct download: 2201CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_341.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

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