Talking Cars (MP3)

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What's the difference between all-season and all-weather tires? How are they different from winter tires? And do I need to bother if my car has all-wheel drive? On this episode, we explain the differences between each of these types of tires, which conditions they work best in, and offer Consumer Reports buying advice on how to make sure you're prepared for driving in icy, snowy weather. We also discuss the rising average price of a new car, and what role advanced safety features play in making vehicles more expensive.

SHOW NOTES:

:44 - what's the difference between each type of tire?

7:33 - how we test winter tires

12:25 - the best time to buy winter tires

15:04 - audience question: driving fatalities are up, why aren't advanced safety features helping?

LINKS:

Best Winter Tires from CR's Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

Best All-Season Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/best-all-season-tires-a9794563815/

Make Sure Your Tires Have Enough Tread for a Snowy Winter: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/make-sure-your-tires-have-enough-tread-for-winter-a6082176624/

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This week we cover everything you need to know about buying a used car. Our experts discuss the finer points of financing, vehicle selection, inspection and overall reliability based on Consumer Reports’ latest data. We also answer an audience question about a rebuilt vehicle title and if it’s a safe bet when buying a second-hand vehicle. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro 

0:39 - Welcome Steve Elek!

2:02 - State of the used car market

6:13 - Financing options

7:47 - How to buy a used car now

18:11 - Research vehicle reliability

21:37 - Question: What’s a rebuilt vehicle title and is it a safe bet when buying a used car?

LINKS:

How To Buy a Used Car: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-a-used-car-a5221672417/

Best Used SUVs, Sedans, and Small Cars According to Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-by-price-a1306944688/

Used Car Marketplace: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-prices-used-car-inventory/

Guide to Car Reliability & Owner Satisfaction: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_386.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2023 Lexus RX. We discuss how it drives, new safety features like active driver monitoring, and the updated powertrain. We also debate the perceived color of the RX we rented from Lexus and answer an audience question that begs, “What’s the deal with voice controls?”

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Introduction

0:15 - 2023 Lexus RX 500h

4:14 - Debating the RX’s color 

6:30 - Driving dynamics

10:36 - Vehicle controls 

14:30 - Active Driving Assist Systems

23:54  - Question: “What’s the deal with voice controls?”

LINKS:

2023 Lexus RX Gets New Safety Features and Four-Cylinder Engines: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-lexus-rx-review-a9838921352/

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

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_385.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

We recently published the results of a nationally representative survey of over 8,000 people, asking their opinions about EVs, and what concerns they have about purchasing one. Consumer Reports Senior Policy Analyst Chris Harto joins us to break down the findings, explain why the survey gives us a more representative data of the country as a whole, and reveal more surprising findings.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:12 - Survey Introduction

01:33 - EV Survey Results

03:32 - Interest in EVs

04:20 - Financial Concerns

07:01 - EV Reliability

08:13 - Benefits of EV Infrastructure

09:05 - Charging Process 

10:03 - EV Landscape in 5-10 Years

11:09 - EV Buyer Demographic 

11:54 - Variety of Electrified Vehicles

 

 

 

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More Americans Would Buy an Electric Vehicle, and Some Consumers Would Use Low-Carbon Fuels, Survey Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/interest-in-electric-vehicles-and-low-carbon-fuels-survey-a8457332578/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Smarter: Things People Wished They’d Known Before Buying an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/smarter-things-people-wished-theyd-known-before-buying-an-ev-a5564226363/

 

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/

 

Can Electric Vehicle Owners Rely on DC Fast Charging

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/can-electric-vehicle-owners-rely-on-dc-fast-charging-a7004735945/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro. We discuss the Niro’s hybrid and electric powertrains, its promising fuel economy estimates and how the 2023 redesign seems more like a refresh. We also answer an audience question about vehicle service— and whether it's better to visit a dealer or an independent repair shop. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-15:30 - 2023 Kia Niro 1

5:31 - Question: Is it a good idea to bring a vehicle to an independent repair shop for routine maintenance?

LINKS:

Kia Niro: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/niro/

Kia Niro 2017-2022 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5353578766001/kia-niro-2017-2022-quick-drive/

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

Used Hybrid Sedans and Hatchbacks With the Best Fuel Economy: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/used-hybrid-sedans-and-hatchbacks-with-best-fuel-economy-a2840918797/ 

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_384.mp3
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We just purchased a 2023 Subaru BRZ for the Consumer Reports test fleet, and stacked it up in a head-to-head comparison with our tested Toyota GR86. While both of these cars (created in a partnership between Toyota and Subaru) are identical in many ways, there are a few critical differences in how they perform. Which came out on top? Our experts share which one they'd choose, as well as discuss the important differences between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - Head-to_Head Comparison: 2023 Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86

18:14 - Question: Between all-weather, all-season, and snow tires which are best suited for Northeast winter driving?

 

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun

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

 

First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-toyota-gr86-review-a7782593291/

 

2023 Subaru BRZ

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/brz/2023/overview/

 

2022 Toyota 86

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/86/2022/overview/

 

Best Winter/Snow Tires From Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

 

Consumer Reports Tire Selector

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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The all-new Q4 e-tron is Audi's third EV model, and we share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, tech-heavy interior, whether the 240 miles range will be enough for most drivers, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Genesis GV60, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. We also share some important tips to avoid buying a car that has been in a flood.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron Quattro

16:07 - Question: Is it dangerous to own an electric car in a flood prone area? 

 

 

 

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Audi Electrifies Its Compact SUV Lineup with the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-audi-q4-e-tron-and-q4-e-tron-sportback-preview-a6031104485/

 

Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

What to Do If Your Car Is Damaged in a Storm

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/what-to-do-if-your-car-is-damaged-in-a-storm-a2750790060/

 

Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/beware-a-flood-of-flooded-cars-a1195019046/

 

Why Flooded-Out Cars Are Likely Total Losses

https://www.consumerreports.org/money/car-insurance/why-flooded-out-cars-are-likely-total-losses-a9926753411/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

This week we explain how the Inflation Reduction Act has changed the federal EV tax credit for new EV and plug-in hybrids; how miles per gallon is converted for electric vehicles into MPGe; should anyone really care about how many gears a transmission has; and is it necessary to ever service your car’s transmission?

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Question 1: Which CR recommended midsize SUV qualifies for the Federal EV tax credit?

06:57 - Question 2: When is it necessary to service a car’s transmission?

10:35 - Question 3: How is the MPGe calculated on EVs and PHEVs?

16:23 - Question 4: Is there any difference regarding the number of gears in a vehicle’s transmission?

20:05 - Question 5: Should the first model year of an all-new or redesign EV be avoided?

25:08 - Question 6: Is the extra cost of a hybrid worth it?

 

 

 

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Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Tax Credits Under the Inflation Reduction Act

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

 

EPA Fuel Economy 

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=Cars&vtype=Electric&srchtyp=evSelect&rowLimit=50&sortBy=Comb&year1=2021&year2=2023&range=&drive

 

With Gas Prices So High, Some Hybrids Pay for Themselves Immediately

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/as-gas-prices-rise-hybrids-make-even-more-sense-a1092610835/

 

Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/cars-most-likely-to-need-new-transmission-what-to-buy-instead/

 

Car Reliability Is Hurt By Some New Technologies

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-is-hurt-by-some-new-technologies-a2638409507/

 

To Get the Most Reliable New Car, It Pays to Wait

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/to-get-the-most-reliable-new-car-it-pays-to-wait-a1174785565/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/why-hybrid-vehicles-are-a-smart-choice-right-now-a2736240282/

 

2022 Toyota Highlander

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

We've already tested the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but this week we share our first impressions of the all-new Trailhawk 4xe version. This rugged, off-road-capable two-row SUV makes use of a turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain, which gives it the ability to drive solely on electric power—a unique experience in the woods. We also attempt to find a three-row electric vehicle for a growing family under 50K. 

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe

21:06 - Question: What three-row electric vehicle under 50K is best suited for a growing family?

 

 

 

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Preview: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gains Sophistication

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-jeep-grand-cherokee-review-a1534393094/

 

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/jeep/grand-cherokee/2023/overview/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

 

Why Hybrid Vehicles Are a Smart Choice Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/why-hybrid-vehicles-are-a-smart-choice-right-now-a2736240282/

 

2022 Toyota Highlander

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Ford has transformed the nation's best-selling pickup truck into a quick and capable EV. We share our first impressions of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, and discuss its prodigious power, swift acceleration, strong towing capability, and impressive electric range. We also talk about whether the new Lighting is a truck for the new, greener era. Plus, we help an audience member with some tire-buying advice and explain the importance of changing out your car's summer tires when the weather starts getting frigid.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

15:06 - Question: At what temperature should you change your car’s summer tires for all-season?

 

 

 

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Smokin’ Fast 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Ushers in a New Era of EV Pickup Trucks

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

 

Which EVs Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-qualify-for-new-ev-tax-credit-a9310530660/

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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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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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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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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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/

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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/

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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/

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 EST

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 EST

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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00:00 - Introduction

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 EST

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 EST

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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00:15 - 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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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00:14 - 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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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SHOW NOTES

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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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SHOW NOTES

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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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Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_352.mp3
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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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SHOW NOTES

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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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SHOW NOTES

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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
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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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SHOW NOTES

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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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Direct download: 2203CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_349.mp3
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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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SHOW NOTES

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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
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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
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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/

Direct download: 2202CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_345.mp3
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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
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We wrap 2021 with a roundup of our favorite, and not so favorite cars that we drove at our test track. We also discuss how the car buying market has changed over the last 12 months, share some buying advice for the future and look ahead to some vehicles we hope to buy and test in the new year.

 

SHOW NOTES:

1:13 - Our least favorite cars of 2021

9:08 - Our favorite cars of 2021

18:43 - The Automotive world in 2021

24:55 - Vehicle production in 2022 and beyond

LINKS:

First Drive: Polestar 2 Confuses and Frustrates: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-polestar-2-review-a8033018732/

First Drive: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Proves Powerful, High-Tech, and Truly Luxurious: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-cadillac-escalade-review/

First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/

We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/

Fun to Drive Cars We’re Thankful for This Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/fun-to-drive-cars-we-are-thankful-for-this-year-a2619186767/

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/

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/

Some Automakers Say the Chip Shortage Is Causing the Delay of Certain Features: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-industry/chip-shortage-causing-automakers-to-delay-certain-features-a1131554218/

Direct download: 2112CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_340.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It’s finally here; the 2021 Ford Bronco joins our test fleet and we share our first impressions. We discuss everything from Bronco history, livability, off-road chops, and why it took so long for CR to buy one. Plus, we debate if the Bronco will out-Wrangler the Jeep Wrangler and win over the hearts of off-road enthusiasts. We also answer an audience question on CR’s criteria for recommended vehicles.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2021 Ford Bronco First Impression

14:33 - Question: What criteria are considered when CR recommends a vehicle?

LINKS:

Ford Bronco Overview: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/bronco/2021/overview/

We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/

Direct download: 2112CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_339.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. We discuss everything from driving, styling, control usability, vehicle structure and the Ioniq name itself. Find out what skateboards have to do with EVs and how this all-electric hatchback measures up to Hyundai's three-row SUVs. Plus, we answer a question on recycling old EV batteries.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Hyundai Ioniq 5 Discussion

11:20 - Question: Is there a plan for disposing vehicle batteries?

LINKS:

Hyundai Ioniq 5: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq-5/

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-a4449361814/

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Quick Drive: https://studio.youtube.com/video/DeYnvaqVHV0/edit

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://studio.youtube.com/video/PBAB7sZj0Fo/edit

Direct download: 2112CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_338.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

On this episode, we drive the 2022 Volkswagen GTI. We discuss how this classic hatchback has evolved since the 1980s, where it fits in Volkswagen’s SUV focused lineup and the one thing that holds the GTI back from being a great all-around vehicle. We also answer a question about the safety of paddle shifters. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Volkswagen GTI discussion

12:20 - Question: Does CR consider paddle shifters a safety hazard?

LINKS:

Perview: 2022 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R Gain Power, Tech, and Sophistication: https://www.consumerreports.org/sporty-cars/2022-volkswagen-gti-gains-power-tech-sophistication-review/

Volkswagen GTI: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/gti/

Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #38: Volkswagen GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1uGj5Cv6oY

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

Direct download: 2112CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_337.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we discuss our test results of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. We explain what EUV means and talk about how this all-new EV compares to the original Bolt. Plus, find out why we, and other Bolt owners, have to park the vehicle outside, far away from any buildings. We also answer a question for a skier who’s looking to buy a new car.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Chevrolet Bolt EUV Discussion

17:18 - Question: What’s the best type of vehicle to buy for an avid skier? How does ground clearance play a role in snow traction?

LINKS:

Chevrolet Bolt EUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/bolt-euv/

GM Announces Fix for Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Address Fire Risk: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-recalled-again-due-to-fire-concerns-a3566085147/

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

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/

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

Direct download: 2111CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_336.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. We discuss whether or not the Ridgeline has improved and if its trucky-enough compared to its competitors. We also choose and outfit the perfect pickup and learn about Mike Monticello's "rules of trucking.” Plus, we answer an audience question about commuting in an electric-vehicle in Alaska.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2021 Honda Ridgeline First Impressions

16:21 - Question #1: What’s the best type of EV to drive in Alaska?

LINKS:

Honda Ridgeline: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/ridgeline/

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM

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

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

First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review-a1110360813/

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhZafWI1d4E

Direct download: 2111CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_335.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we take a first look at the 2022 Infiniti QX60. We discuss how the three-row luxury SUV has evolved over the years and how some elements of the redesign made the controls less user-friendly. We also share some buying advice for a viewer who wants to drive a convertible, all-year round in Canada.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00-18:23 - 2022 Infiniti QX60 First Impressions

18:25-21:35  - Question #1: What’s the best advice on driving a rear-drive convertible in the winter months?

LINKS:

Preview: 2022 Infiniti QX60 Transforms the Luxury SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-infiniti-qx60-review-a1137839766/

First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Is a Modern Take on the Original Truck: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-nissan-pathfinder-review-a6941815821/

2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE

2016 Audi TT Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORjmK_4svA0

Best Winter/Snow Tires From Consumer Reports’ Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

Direct download: 2111CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_334.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we share the test results of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. We talk about how the drastic redesign of this American icon has propelled the Corvette into supercar territory, putting it on par with European competitors that cost double the price. We also answer an audience question about tire pressure.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2021 Chevrolet Corvette discussion

17:25 - Question #1: When replacing OEM tires, do you still follow the tire pressure on the placard located on the door jamb?

LINKS:

2021 Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray First Impressions; Talking Cars #306: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJELAAnxnDo

Direct download: 2111CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_333.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we discuss the test results of the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. We also discuss the Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe and debate whether the hybrid versions of these SUVs make them better vehicles overall. The IIHS has updated crash test standards for small SUVs; find out why few vehicles performed well in the new test and what that means for consumers. Plus, we share our worst car buying experiences and answer questions on electric vehicle prices, and how CR evaluates new vehicles.

SHOW NOTES:

0:37 - New IIHS Crash Standards

6:56 - 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. Tucson Hybrid & Santa Fe Hybrid

16:25 - Our Worst Car Buying Experiences

27:24 - Question #1: Has CR ever changed positions on a vehicle after initial impressions?

31:40 - Question #2: Should I be concerned about parts shortages and the reliability of vehicles be manufactured now?

35:27 - Question #3: Why do EV prices seem to fluctuate at random?

LINKS:

2 Small SUVs Earn Poor Score in Tough New IIHS Side Crash Test: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/iihs-small-suv-side-crash-test-a1228339113/

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

2022 Hyundai Tucson: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/tucson/2022/overview/

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-fe/2021/overview/

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo

2020 Ford Escape: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/2020/overview/

Direct download: 2111CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_322.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Lexus NX, discuss its available powertrains including a plug-in hybrid, completely redesigned infotainment, and our experience using its unique gear selector. Hertz "shocked" the rental car market by ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3s for its fleet, and we talk about the possible pros and cons of renting an electric vehicle for a first-time EV driver, and how it might impact the industry. Also, Halloween night can have a high risk of pedestrian fatalities, so we provide helpful tips to be safe on this holiday. Other topics include: whether a wildfire can be caused by a vehicle; if a car needs to be warmed up before driving; and why most pickup trucks and SUVs don't automatically adjust headlight aim when carrying full loads.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:38 - Hertz adds Tesla Model 3 to the rental fleet

07:06 - Halloween Safety Tips

11:26 - Our trick or treats in the automotive industry

14:45 - First Impressions

23:28 - Question #1: Can a car cause a wildfire?

26:49 - Question #2: Is it recommended to warm up the car’s engine before driving?

30:13 - Question #3: Is removing rust on a vehicle worth it?

33:22 - Question #4: Why most pickup trucks and SUVs don’t have auto leveling headlights?

 

 

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Preview: All-New 2022 Lexus NX Gains New Engines, Efficiency, Space, and Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-lexus-nx-review-a1195449775/

 

Smart Road Trips for Halloween Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/smart-road-tips-for-halloween-safety-a6980048187/

 

How to Protect Your Car on Halloween

https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-auto-parts/how-to-protect-your-car-on-halloween-a4821620837/

 

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_331.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

This week is an all questions episode. We discuss if electric vehicles will depreciate quicker than gas powered cars; why newer transmissions have so many gears; what makes a good retirement vehicle; the difference between all-season and all-weather tires; and our choice for the best do-it-all vehicle under $35K.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:51 - Question #1: How is brand loyalty reflected in CR’s owner satisfaction rating?

03:47 - Question #2: How will some low range EVs fare on the resale market in a few years?

07:19 - Question #3: Which used SUV is best suited for a young family?

11:14 - Question #4: What us the difference between all-season and all-weather tires?

14:40 - Question #5: Why some European cars are not sold in the USA?

18:03 - Question #6: Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti a good retirement vehicle?

23:11 - Question #7: What is the advantage of newer transmissions having so many gears?

25:45 - Question #8: What is the ultimate do-it-all vehicle for under $35K?

 

 

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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/

 

Lucid Dethrones Tesla as Electric Vehicle Range King

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/lucid-dethrones-tesla-as-electric-vehicle-range-king-a6640734780/

 

4K Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_2JeLZEHY

 

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

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

 

CR Tire Ratings

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm

 

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_330.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

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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SHOW NOTES

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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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Category: -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

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 EST

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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Category: -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

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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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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