Talking Cars (MP3)

On this episode, we drive the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. Our experts discuss the Mustang’s legacy, V8 powertrain, and race-inspired technology. We explore the future of muscle cars and wonder if the 7th generation Pony Car is the last of its kind. We also answer audience questions about cylinder deactivation and the best vehicle for a long commute.



0:00 - Intro


0:16 - 2024 Mustang model lineup


3:44 - Dark Horse powertrain


5:00 - 10-Speed automatic transmission


8:26 - Handling & ride dynamics


9:25 - Ford Drift Brake


12:06 - Driver screen & infotainment


15:40 - Seats


16:47 - Gauge clusters


17:40 - Is this the last Mustang?


19:24 - Audience Question




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Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_430.mp3
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We purchased over a dozen of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) for our auto test program at consumer reports, to study deeper and reveal many nuances of the most misunderstood vehicle. This week we share our initial impressions of some of our first interactions with plug-in hybrids and what we have discovered so far. Jake Fisher drafts a complex spreadsheet to help one of our audience members decide between a hybrid and a PHEV. We also answer if there is any correlation between the hybrid battery and the 12-volt battery in hybrid vehicles.


CR's PHEV cost calculator:


More info on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles here:

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests:





00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Why (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) PHEVs?

04:28 - What are plug-in hybrids?

07:28 - Who are PHEVs for?

12:10 - Plug-ins are a version of gas powered vehicles

13:39 - Our experience with 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (PHEV)

16:52 - Driving the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV

20:08 - 2023 Mazda CX90 PHEV

21:04 - PHEVs are not for everyone

26:08 - Question #1: Which plug-in hybrid should I buy?

31:22 - Question #2: Will a 12-volt trickle charger also keep the hybrid battery topped off?




Is a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Right for You?


Electric Cars 101: Answers to All Your EV Questions


Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits


Car Safety Guide




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Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_429.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT