Talking Cars (MP3)

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On this episode, we recap 2022 and share our personal picks for the best and worst cars we tested this year. We also discuss the biggest trends in the auto industry, including the evolution of electric vehicles, infotainment customization and smartphone apps that enhance the ownership experience. We share what we're most looking forward to in the year ahead.


0:00 - Intro

1:18 - Favorite car tested in 2022

4:54 - Least favorite care tested in 2022

9:49 - Biggest surprise or disappointment

13:40 - Best looking test car of 2022

17:36 - Vehicle most likely to succeed

20:27 - Best/worst interior

22:16 - Best/worst infotainment

24:37 - Favorite trend of the year

27:28 - Cars we wish would come back

29:40 - Car the we wish would go away

33:23 - Most sought after test car among CR staff

34:05 - Which test car spent the most time at the dealer?  

35:59 - Looking ahead to 2023


Top Picks in Autos for 2022:

10 Most Reliable Cars:

Gift guide for Car Lovers:

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The Lucid Air is an ultra-luxury, all-electric sedan, built by the fledgling EV automaker to compete with other high-end EVs like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. We discuss its driving dynamics, interior quality, what technical improvements it adds to electric vehicles as a whole, and whether it might be worth its six-figure price tag. We also discuss the role low-rolling-resistance tires play in extending the range of an EV, and if it's a good idea to use regular tires on an electric car.


:15 - Lucid Air first impressions

14:40 - how much do low-rolling-resistance tires contribute to an EV's overall range?


Streamlined Lucid Air is an Electric Rocketship:

Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge:

Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Can Save You Money at the Pump:

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The 2023 BMW X1 redesign brings more features, room, and power, but does it have enough to compete with the Audi Q3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and other competitors in the entry-level luxury SUV segment? We discuss its driving characteristics, updated technology, cabin, and how much utility an SUV this size can really provide. Our experts also share tips on how to avoid MSRP dealer markups when car shopping, and give our picks for a reliable and fuel efficient family vehicle.





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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 BMW X1

19:33 - Question: What is the best way to avoid MSRP dealer markups when shopping for a car?





Redesigned 2023 BMW X1 Grows in Size and Technology


2023 BMW X1


How to Negotiate a New-Car Price Effectively


How to Avoid Car-Buying Fees


Guide to Car Safety





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This week we discuss the all-new 2023 Nissan Ariya, the second electric vehicle to join the automaker's EV roster behind the Leaf. We discuss the extensive Ariya model lineup, how it stacks up against other electric car competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, and Subaru Solterra. We also debate how future-proof the new Nissan may be, and answer an audience question about backup camera design.


0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Nissan EV History

4:41 - 2023 Nissan Ariya powertrains, range and charging

7:07 - Driving experience

13:31 - Interior

16:21 - Controls

20:39 - Nissan Ariya trim levels

25:22 - Question - Brian from Boston: Can backup camera design improve so that the camera lenses stay clean?


Preview: All-Electric 2023 Nissan Ariya Priced at $46,000:

2023 Nissan Ariya:

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions:

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda CR-V. We cover the details of the CR-V’s redesign, it’s role in Honda’s vehicle lineup and how its understated nature fits into a consumers life. We also answer a question about catalytic converter theft, and what you can do to protect your own vehicle.


0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Welcome Michael Crossen

1:07 - 2023 Honda CR-V

2:23 - First Impressions

4:42 - CR-V Evolution

5:55 - Vehicle controls

6:44 - Fit and finish

9:02 - Cabin and seating

12:15 - CR-V vs. HR-V

14:19 - Question: Can owners or automakers do more to deter catalytic converter theft?


First Drive: Redesigned 2023 Honda CR-V Sticks With Winning Formula:

Redesigned 2023 Honda HR-V Grows in Size and Sophistication:

SUV Buying Guide:

How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft:

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