Talking Cars (MP3) (general)

In this supersized episode, we share our very unusual experience purchasing, receiving, and driving our 2023 Fisker Ocean Ultra; there are so many twists and turns to this story, we can’t summarize them here, you’ll just have to listen to the entire wild experience! We also answer audience questions about how to store an EV for long periods of time, and the best car for road trips: the Ford Maverick, Subaru Forester, or Toyota Camry.

 

More info on the 2023 Fisker Ocean here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/fisker-ocean-electric-suv-review-a2735159415/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Our Fisker Ocean

01:53 - Buying & Delivery Experience

06:19 - Issue with the Ocean

09:16 - Payment

09:53 - Driving Experience

10:46 - Software Versions

12:19 - Customer Service

14:41 - Experiencing The Car

21:12 - Missing Safety Features

23:02 - Features we liked

23:43 - Range & Charging

27:49 - Regenerative Braking

31:25 - Controls

33:34 - ABS Issue

34:59 - Cabin

37:09 - SDV - Software Defined Vehicle

39:18 - State of Fisker

43:26 - Price Drop

45:06 - The Paint

47:50 - Inventory

51:37 - Consumer Take Aways

54:22 - Question #1: What is the best way to store an electric vehicle  for a long period of time?

57:34 - Question #2: What is the best car for road trips: the Ford Maverick, Subaru Forester, or Toyota Camry?

 

 

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First Drive: 2023 Fisker Ocean Electric SUV Proves to Be Unfinished Business

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/fisker-ocean-electric-suv-review-a2735159415/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Fisker Ocean

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fisker/ocean/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

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

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

 

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

 

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

 

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Direct download: 2404CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

Are less expensive cars cool again? The prevalence of cars real people can afford is one of the trends we noticed at the 2024 New York Auto Show. We looked closely at the new Nissan Kicks, Subaru Forester, Honda Prologue, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, and many more. Our experts also share their favorite car/trend/feature from the show floor. 

 

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:31 - Universal Appeal

02:07 - 2025 Toyota Camry

03:30 - 2025 Kia K4

04:09 - 2025 Subaru Forester

05:10 - Manufacturer’s Presence

06:24 - EVs

09:22 - Volkswagen ID.Buzz

10:59 - Race Cars

12:32 - Pet Ownership, Mobility & Accessibility Appeal

15:47 - Color Trend

16:53 - 2025 Nissan Kicks

17:43 - 2024 Ford Bronco Heritage

 

 

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Preview: Redesigned 2025 Nissan Kicks Grows Slightly, Gains AWD

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2025-nissan-kicks-review-a9588794667/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: Redesigned 2025 Toyota Camry Goes Hybrid-Only, With AWD Available on All Trims

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/2025-toyota-camry-hybrid-review-a1114602128/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2025 Subaru Forester Boasts Brawny Styling, More Tech, and a Quiet Cabin

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2025-subaru-forester-review-a4022375572/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2024 Honda Prologue Electric Vehicle Is Sensible and Roomy

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-honda-prologue-review-a8015429336/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2025 Volkswagen ID.Buzz Electric Minivan Offers AWD and Nostalgia

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/volkswagen-id-buzz-minivan-review-a4884016168/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2403NYAS_Talking_Cars_Episode_441.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Hyundai brings significant improvements to the Kona EV over the previous-generation model. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric, the power plant, driving dynamics, controls, and what it has to offer for buyers looking to purchase a sensible electric vehicle. Also, we discuss why it is important for EV owners to pay close attention to the 12-volt battery in their electric cars. Our experts had fun making up their own frankencar, choosing the motor, transmission, chassis, interior, and body from any car they wished and making their own creation.

 

More info on the 2024 Hyundai Kona here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

01:57 - Cabin and Controls

03:07 - Compared to Gas Powered Vehicle

04:00 - Driving and Power

04:55 - Some Compromises

05:38 - Powertrain

06:19 - Regenerative Braking

08:42 - Cabin Noise

10:26 - Charging Systems

14:18 - Question #1: Do EVs have 12-volt batteries like regular cars, and do they need to be serviced?

18:18 - Question #2: If you could design a car where you source the powertrain, infotainment, interior, chassis, etc from any automaker, what would you make?

 

 

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First Drive: Redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona Has Grown Larger and Gained New Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/kona-electric/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Automakers Move to a Common Plug Standard to Allow Their EVs to Use Tesla Superchargers

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/tesla-superchargers-open-to-other-evs-what-to-know-a9262067544/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives

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

 

Hybrids/EV Buying Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2403CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_440.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

More info on the 10 Top Picks of 2024 here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2024-a4675085257/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list is out. In this episode we clarify what the Top Picks is and how vehicles get awarded this highly regarded designation. Our experts discuss the 10 cars that made it to the top of the list, trends we're noticing in the automotive industry, and explain what a Brand Report Card is. We also debate which would be the ultimate food delivery vehicle, the Toyota Prius or the Corolla Hybrid. 

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - What is the Top Picks List

01:29 - Auto Market Shift

03:52 - Car Categories in Top Picks

05:13 - Question #1: When looking at CR’s reliability rating, why are hybrids are among the most reliable vehicles, but plug-in hybrids are among the least?

11:10 - 10 Top Picks of 2024

11:34 - EVs

12:48 - Plug-in Hybrids

16:07 - Hybrids

18:48 - Gas Powered Vehicles

22:54 - Brand Report Card

25:46 - Question #2: Which car is the ultimate food delivery vehicle: the Toyota Corolla Hybrid or the Prius AWD?

 

 

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Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2024

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2024-a4675085257/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles-a6159221985/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrids/EV Buying Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Mazda3

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Subaru Crosstrek

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/crosstrek/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Subaru Forester

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/forester/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Toyota Camry Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/camry-hybrid/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Toyota Prius/Prius Prime

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ford Maverick/Maverick Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/rav4-prime/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander-hybrid/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

BMW X5/X5 PHEV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/x5/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Tesla Model Y

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-y/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2402CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_439.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Kia takes the three-row SUV EV Mainstream with its all-new EV9. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Kia EV9, how it handled around our test track, the third-row seats, controls, and if this newest kia is the best midsized SUV EV or not. And, our experts give advice on what to look for when buying tires to maximize vehicle MPG. We also explain IIHS' updated moderate overlap crash test, and why some vehicles get a poor rating.

 

More info on the 2024 Kia EV9 here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Kia EV9 ll

01:05 - What is the EV9?

02:17 - How it Drives

03:43 - The Third-Row Seats

05:09 - Power & Range

06:55 - Controls

10:21 - Fit and Finish

12:11 - Question #1: Do hybrid vehicles need specific tires to maintain its fuel efficiency?

14:59 - Question #2: Why some vehicles are getting a poor rating on the IIHS updated moderate overlap crash test

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Kia EV9 Takes the Three-Row EV Mainstream

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Kia EV9

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev9/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2402CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_438.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

Lexus has expanded its SUV line with the all-new TX, a three-row model that shares its dimensions and many mechanical bits with the new Toyota Grand Highlander. On this episode we share our initial impressions of the 2024 Lexus TX and discuss its driving characteristics, luxurious interior, controls, and three different powertrains offered by Lexus, including a V6 plug-in hybrid. We give advice on what to do when a car lease comes to an end: buy the car out; trade it in for a new model; or walk away. Also, we answer if PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) are cheaper or more expensive to operate and maintain than the all-electric and internal combustion engine vehicles.

 

More info on the 2024 Lexus TX here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Lexus TX

02:06 - 3 Powertrain Options

04:32 - Plug-in Hybrid Version

06:03 - 4-Cylinder Engine Performance

08:47 - Ride and Handling

11:14 - Dynamic Steering

12:23 - 3rd-Row Seats

13:34 - 2nd-Row Seats

14:07 - Cargo and Space

15:51 - Controls, Fit and Finish

18:36 - Safety Systems

20:13 - Lexus TX vs. Toyota Grand Highlander

22:49 - Electronic Door Release

24:19 - Question #1: What to do at the end of a vehicle lease: buy the car out; trade it in; or walk away?

28:16 - Question #2: Are PHEVs more expensive to operate and maintain than all-electric and internal combustion vehicles?

 

 

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First Drive: All-New 2024 Lexus TX Delivers Modern Luxury for the Whole Family

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Lexus TX

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/tx/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Shines Brightest With Hybrid Max Engine

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Best Luxury SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

https://www.consumerreports.org/search/?query=three-row%20SUVs?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

 

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

 

We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/

 

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Direct download: 2402CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_437.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

The 2024 Blazer EV is the first Chevrolet vehicle on General Motors’ new Ultium electric platform, which is shared by the Honda Prologue EV and Cadillac Lyriq. We offer our first impressions of the new Blazer, including its driving dynamics, build quality, and why GM ordered dealers to stop selling it. We also discuss the future of internal combustion engines and whether or not EVs will dominate the car market in the next decade. Also, we debate whether the 2025 Toyota Camry hybrid is worth the wait, or is the recently updated 2024 Honda Accord hybrid.

 

More info on the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

01:26 - Issues we encountered

02:58 - Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

06:16 - Charging

06:40 - Interior Quality

07:08 - Driving Dynamics

10:14 - The Brakes

11:49 - Design oddities

12:35 - Controls

13:26 - Stop Sale Order

14:39 - More issues

16:43 - Things we liked

17:20 - Visibility

18:00 - Seat Comfort

19:44 - Question #1: What will be the prevalent fuel source for vehicles in the next decade?

25:26 - Question #2: Is the 2025 Toyota Camry worth the wait?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Is a Bumpy Ride

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/blazer-ev/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrid & EV Ratings

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2024 Honda Prologue Electric Vehicle Is Sensible and Roomy

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-honda-prologue-review-a8015429336/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Preview: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Shows GM’s Commitment to Electric Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/cadillac-lyriq-review-a5185208455/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

 

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

 

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Direct download: 2401CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_436.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

We're at CES in Las Vegas, where much of the hype has been around introducing artificial intelligence into your car's infotainment system. But is AI in your vehicle actually going to be useful, or is it just hype? The EV market is maturing, and we got to see where automakers are going to take the unique abilities that electric vehicles are afforded with fewer moving parts and more space-efficient layouts, including a rebrand of the minivan form factor. We also discuss why hydrogen might be a viable alternative to battery-electric vehicles in the future, and try to figure out why anyone would want a large LED screen built into their bumper.

 

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - Why is CR at CES 2024?

01:30 - Who was not at CES 2024?

03:46 - AI in your next car

11:10 - Automakers Reimagining EVs

14:30 - Large LED Screens inside and outside of vehicles

17:11 - Hydrogen Vehicles

21:03 - New EV concepts

 

 

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First Drive: Toyota Mirai, the Hydrogen-Powered Luxury Cruiser

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrid & EV Ratings

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

 

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Direct download: 2401CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_435.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

We wrap 2023 with CR experts sharing their most and least favorite cars they drove in our testing fleet. Where do cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda CR-V hybrid, Rivian R1S, and Honda Accord hybrid fall on our lists? We also share some fun statistics from our testing program from 2023, and answer questions about regenerative braking in the Toyota Prius Prime and other hybrids, as well as how AWD systems work in EVs.

00:36 - CR testing statistics from 2023

3:03 - the best cars we tested in 2023

8:06 - the worst cars we tested in 2023

18:36 - do hybrids benefit from regeneration braking like electric vehicles?

23:51 - do all-wheel drive systems in EVs work the same way as in standard vehicles?

Popular Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cars-popular-cars-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a5131342215/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

10 Most Reliable Cars: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Tires of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-car-tires-of-the-year-a1101679070/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Car Batteries of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-batteries/best-car-batteries-of-the-year-a2280775847/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Which Brand Makes the Most Reliable Vehicles? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

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Direct download: 2312CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_434.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

While hybrids and EVs get a lot of attention in the automotive world, they are not the only options for those wanting to lower their carbon emissions; plug-in hybrids, flex fuels, and even hydrogen vehicles have made their way to the US market in recent years. But are these alternatives realistic for many drivers? Dr. Quinta Warren, CR’s Associate Director of Sustainability Policy, shares the latest on the current federal regulations and latest technologies designed to lower the carbon footprint of vehicles in the United States.

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/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Can Using Gas With 15 Percent Ethanol Damage Your Car?:https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/can-using-gas-with-15-percent-ethanol-damage-your-car-a7855829511/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

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/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

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Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Low_Carbon_Fuels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

More info on the 2023 CR Reliability Survey here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Every year, Consumer Reports surveys thousands of its members, asking about issues and trouble spots with their cars. Using this exclusive data. CR provides reliability ratings for every major mainstream model, from brands that are highly rated to those that give owners constant issues. In this episode, we discuss some notable new insights on EVs, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and traditional gas vehicles, and the difference in their reliability performance. Also, we explain how CR's "average" reliability rating has changed over the years--Is an "average" car from 2022 more or less reliable than one from 2012. And as a comparison, what is a more sensible purchase? A Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla hatchback?

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - What is CR’s Car Reliability Survey

01:04 - What’s New in the 2023 Survey

02:00 - Reliability Trends

02:40 - EV Reliability

06:04 - Tesla

07:58 - Hybrid Vehicle Reliability

11:25 - Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Reliability

13:41 - New Charts and Presentation

17:13 - Sustainability

18:29 - Has CR’s “average” reliability rating change over the years?

23:24 - What is a more sensible purchase, a Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

 

 

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Guide to Car Reliability & Owner Satisfaction

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Least Reliable Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-least-reliable-cars-a2967595976/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

10 Most Reliable Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Reliability Histories

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/car-reliability-histories-a1200719842/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2311CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_433.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

One of Toyota's popular plug-in hybrids (PHEV) the Prius Prime gets a major redesign for 2023. This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota  Prius Prime, its new sleek styling, improved fuel economy, driving characteristics, and extended electric-only range. We help a member of our audience find a replacement for her Scion tC with something more fuel efficient, like the Honda CR-Z, Insight, and Fit. Also, we discuss the differences of all-wheel-drive systems on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles and EVs, and how to improve traction in wintry weather driving. 

 

More info on the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius Prime

02:28 - Prime vs Regular Prius

05:31 - Traffic Jam Assist

07:19 - Safety Features

10:40 - How it Drives

13:26 - Controls

15:41 - Is it worth the extra cost?

21:06 - Question #1: What is a fuel efficient alternative for a Scion tC?

27:25 - What are some differences between gas powered vehicles and EV’s all-wheel drive systems?

 

 

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Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Prime Gets Longer Electric-Only Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Prius Prime

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius-prime/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Best Hybrid Cars for Under $35,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/best-hybrid-cars-from-consumer-reports-tests-a5841270718/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Everything You Need to Know About Leasing an EV or PHEV With a Tax Credit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/what-to-know-about-leasing-an-ev-or-phev-with-tax-credit-a3007689035/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Trades Practicality for Style

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-prius-review-a1192095682/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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

Buick expands its lineup with the all-new Envista, a small, stylish model that transforms elements together from a car and an SUV. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Buick Envista, its driving characteristics, exterior styling, and some of the compromises we have found in our initial time with this test car. Also, we explain how legroom is measured in CR's test for three-row SUVs, and discuss whether or not you should upgrade an older vehicle to gain the latest safety features.

More info on the 2024 Buick Envista here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Buick Envista

01:31 - What is Envista?

04:33 - Price and Size

06:14 - Driving Characteristics

07:05 - Features

08:23 - The Buick Brand

09:01 - Styling

10:19 - Low Cost Vehicles

12:30 - Question #1: How does Consumer Reports measure legroom in back rows for three-row SUVs?

18:09 - Question #2: Is it wise to upgrade an older vehicle for the sake of modern safety features?

 

 

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First Drive: Stylish 2024 Buick Envista Is a Bargain Runabout

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Buick Envista

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/envista/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How to Buy a New Car in Today’s Challenging Market

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-a-car-in-todays-challenging-market-a7648220054/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Popular Compact Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/popular-compact-cars-to-avoid-what-to-buy-instead-a1188453224/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

 

0:00 - Intro

 

0:16 - 2024 Mustang model lineup

 

3:44 - Dark Horse powertrain

 

5:00 - 10-Speed automatic transmission

 

8:26 - Handling & ride dynamics

 

9:25 - Ford Drift Brake

 

12:06 - Driver screen & infotainment

 

15:40 - Seats

 

16:47 - Gauge clusters

 

17:40 - Is this the last Mustang?

 

19:24 - Audience Question

 

LINKS:

 

2024 Ford Mustang: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/mustang/2024/overview/

 

2024 Ford Mustang Early Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFinVVIOl3c

 

Find the Best Sports Cars & Convertibles: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/

Direct download: 2310CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_430.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

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

 

CR's PHEV cost calculator: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AHW1tUQIXa5NMWAKLHxKh1Xoro6tkOHpyV6cDbAu6U8/edit?usp=sharing

 

More info on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

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

04:28 - What are plug-in hybrids?

07:28 - Who are PHEVs for?

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

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

16:52 - Driving the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV

20:08 - 2023 Mazda CX90 PHEV

21:04 - PHEVs are not for everyone

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

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

 

 

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Is a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Right for You?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Electric Cars 101: Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

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

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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

For all the warnings on today's modern vehicles, why don't cars have an alert that a headlight or taillight is out? In the new 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander with a Max powertrain, is there risk of the hybrid battery depleting when carrying a large payload? And if it seems like your EV tires wear much faster than you'd expect, you're not alone. We give expert insight into these questions, as well as the availability of active head restraints, a replacement vehicle for an Audi A3 convertible, and if the days of the local gas station are numbered.

How CR Tests Headlights: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-safety/6060466527001/headlight-testing/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Early Review: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

When to Replace Your Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-care/6258106759001/when-to-replace-your-tires/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Audi A3 Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/a3/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

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:47 - are gas stations in danger of disappearing?

6:20 - why do EV tires seem to wear out so fast?

12:34 - why is there no head light/tail light out warning?

17:50 - are active head restraints still available on new cars?

21:07 - what's a good replacement for a 2015 Audi A3 convertible?

28:00 - what happens if you drain the hybrid battery on a Toyota Grand Highlander Max while towing a heavy load uphill?

Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

CR is known for its extensive testing of child seats. But did you know we also perform a crash test on each seat we review? We visit our secret crash lab to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we go beyond the government standards to test each child seat, why our tests better reflect the circumstances of a real world car crash than what is currently required, and share the top 5 tips for making sure your car seat is installed safely and correctly.

Consumer Reports all-new baby experience: https://www.consumerreports.org/babies/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts

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Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_427.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

We drove the new 2024 Kona 2.0 and 1.6T at our test track, and share our first impressions on the driving dynamics of the standard and turbo versions, redesigned infotainment system, and how it stacks up against its predecessor. How does it stack up against leaders in the subcompact SUV segment like the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V? Will the EV version fill the affordable electric car void? Later, we talk about why some driving positions feel "off", and the importance of a symmetrical driving position for a vehicle's driving comfort.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Hyundai Kona

01:06 - The Subcompact Segment

03:19 - The Version to Buy

07:17 - Hyundai’s New Design

07:54 - The Competition

10:02 - Electric Version

12:16 - Question: How does CR assess the driving position and vehicle comfort?

 

 

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2024 Hyundai Kona Breaks Cover as an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Hyundai Kona

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/kona/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

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

 

Vehicles With the Best Combination of Fuel Economy and Acceleration

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/vehicle-fuel-economy-vs-performance-a2066683994/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2309CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_426.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Grand Highlander is all-new for Toyota, as the name suggests it's bigger than the Highlander and slots beneath the larger Sequoia. The Grand Highlander shares powertrains with its namesake while borrowing a performance-oriented turbocharged hybrid from the Lexus RX and Toyota Crown. We share our first impressions of the Grand Highlander, its driving dynamics, the HybridMAX engine, controls, and if the bigger size will help Toyota to stave off competition from the redesigned Honda Pilot and the new Mazda CX-90, as well as against current formidable competition from the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. Also, we discuss whether removing doors on a Jeep Wrangler or the Ford Bronco is safe.

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

01:16 - Engine Options

03:28 - Highlander vs. The Grand Highlander

06:44 - The Size

09:36 - Interior Styling

11:46 - Controls

13:06 - Driving Characteristics

16:25 - Toyota’s 3-row SUV lineup

19:42 - Question: Is it safe to drive a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco without any doors?

 

 

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Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Grand Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/grand-highlander/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Many Popular SUVs Lag Behind in Rear Seat Safety, New Crash Tests Show

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/many-popular-suvs-lag-behind-in-rear-seat-safety-a6607362245/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

SUV and Truck Buyers May Pay Thousands More for Life-Saving Feature, CR Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/consumers-may-pay-thousands-more-for-life-saving-feature-cr-a8886263392/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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More info on the 2023 Dodge Hornet here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-dodge-hornet-review-a4944342068/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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With the new 2023 Hornet, Dodge has released its first small SUV since the unimpressive Caliber almost a decade ago. The new Hornet shares most of its body, powertrain, and interior with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, which are both manufactured by Stellantis in Italy. We discuss how the Hornet drives, including its power, design, and how it compares to the Alfa. We also consider how the Hornet stacks up against rivals like Ford Bronco Sport, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Kia Sportage, and Toyota RAV4 Prime. Also, we debate whether or not used car buyers should be concerned when purchasing a discontinued vehicle and if car parts will be available years down the road.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Dodge Hornet

02:32 - Hornet vs. Tonale

06:07 - Powertrain

06:43 - Power Delivery

08:23 - The Controls

10:44 - Driving Position

12:49 - Fit and Finish

14:31 - Competitors

17:47 - Exterior Styling

18:53 - Question: When purchasing a discontinued used car should buyers be concerned for the lack of available parts years down the road?

 

 

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2023 Dodge Hornet SUV Promises Power and Efficiency

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-dodge-hornet-review-a4944342068/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Dodge Hornet

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/dodge/hornet/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is a Disappointing Effort

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-alfa-romeo-tonale-review-a1132347197/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is Age or Mileage More Important When Buying a Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/is-age-or-mileage-more-important-when-buying-a-used-vehicle-a2126797074/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2308CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_424_2.mp3
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More info on the 2024 Subaru Impreza here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/small-cars/2024-subaru-impreza-review-a8590029622/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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The redesigned sixth-generation 2024 Impreza remains true to the established Subaru formula. Subaru has simplified the trim range to Base, Sport and RS, and no longer offers a sedan version of the Impreza. We discuss the minimal changes to the exterior styling, driving characteristics, controls, and the powertrain. Also, we provide some tips that car owners can do to help their vehicles last longer and potentially reach the 200K mile range.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - First Impressions: 2024 Subaru Impreza

02:21 - Updates

04:19 - Controls

05:17 - Driving Position

05:59 - The Touch Screen

07:48 - Fit and Finish

09:43 - Ride Comfort

12:18 - Powertrain

14:52 - No Sedan Version

15:57 - Question: What maintenance should car owners perform to help their vehicles last longer?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Subaru Impreza RS Boasts Fresh Styling, More Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/small-cars/2024-subaru-impreza-review-a8590029622/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Subaru Impreza

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/impreza/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Benefits from Subtle Updates

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-subaru-crosstrek-review-a4045387800/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How to Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles and More

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/make-your-car-last-200-000-miles-a8010293375/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2308CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_423.mp3
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Alfa Romeo advances its electrification with the 2024 Tonale, the small SUV slots beneath the Stelvio and is aimed to compete against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. We discuss its plug-in hybrid powertrain, spirited driving performance, and whether or not it delivers Alfa's Italian styling glamour. We also talk about why many plug-in hybrid vehicles start their gasoline engine during strong acceleration even with full battery in EV mode.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale

01:38 - The Powertrain

03:33 - EV Mode

06:52 - Driving Experience

11:27 - Interior

14:34 - Infotainment

18:10 - Visibility

18:49 - Is it worth buying?

20:48 - Question: Why many plug-in hybrid vehicles start their gasoline engine during strong acceleration even with full battery in EV mode?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale is a Disappointing Effort

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-alfa-romeo-tonale-review-a1132347197/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/alfa-romeo/tonale/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2307CRO_Talking_Cars_422.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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This week we discuss several topics requested by our audience, including: How does an EV's extra battery weight affect braking? Is it necessary to turn a vehicle's front wheels toward the curb when parking on a steep hill, even if it has an automatic transmission? What are the best practices for storing hybrid cars for long periods of time? We also explain how CR's used-car reliability data is gathered for each vehicle's model year.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - Question #1: How does an EV’s extra battery weight affect its braking distances over ICE competitors?

05:14 - Question #2: Which vehicle segment you would revamp, given the opportunity?

10:28 - Question #3: What is the proper way to store a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle for long periods of time?

15:05 - Question #4: How does CR collect used-car reliability data for each model year?

16:37 - Question #5: Should a Jeep Wrangler be considered a convertible?

19:33 - Question #6: Is it necessary to turn a vehicle’s front wheels toward the curb when parking on a steep hill, even if it has an automatic transmission?

22:05 - Question #7: Is using an extremely thin engine oil, like the 0W-8 used in the new Toyota Crown, for improved gas mileage or just planned obsolescence? 

 

 

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Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Brake Lights Can Fail to Provide Fair Warning on Some Electric Vehicles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/brake-lights-can-fail-to-provide-fair-warning-on-some-evs-a9533519285/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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

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Maserati’s first entry into the vibrant luxury small SUV segment is the all-new 2023 Grecale, which is meant to compete with many desirable models including the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The 2023 Maserati Grecale GT we bought for CR's auto test program promises high-performance flair by combining potent powerplants and an air of exclusivity. We discuss whether or not the Grecale's sporty handling, modern cabin, and Italian glamour will help to distinguish it from its rivals.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Maserati Grecale GT

02:33 - What is Maserati?

05:10 - Maserati’s Reliability

08:48 - Which segment does the Grecale fit in?

11:29 - Controls

12:09 - Know what you’re getting into

12:45 - Functionality

13:42 - Driving Dynamics

14:57 - Competitors

18:43 - Question: When selling a used car is it better to sell privately or use a service like CarMax or Carvana?

 

 

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Preview: 2023 Maserati Grecale Promises Elegance and Performance

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-maserati-grecale-review-a7956084032/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Maserati Grecale

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/maserati/grecale/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

Car Safety Guide

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2306CRO_Talking_Cars_420.mp3
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Brake lights are a major safety feature on vehicles that provide a fair warning to drivers traveling behind them. On this bonus episode we discuss recent findings in Consumer Reports' tests that discover potential safety issues with brake lights on EVs from Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, and Mercedes-Benz.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:22 - Topic: Braking without brake lights

01:02 - Disclaimer

01:55 - What is one-pedal driving

03:57 - Hyundai; Kia; Genesis: issue with one-pedal driving

05:21 - CR’s test findings

07:46 - Federal law for vehicle brake lights

09:09 - CR’s recommendation for one-pedal operation in Hyundai; Kia; Genesis EVs

11:36 - Mercedes-Benz: one-pedal driving issue

14:21 - CR’s recommendation for one-pedal driving in Mercedes-Benz EVs

15:12 - Conclusion

 

 

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Brake Lights Can Fail to Provide Fair Warning on Some Electric Vehicles

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/brake-lights-can-fail-to-provide-fair-warning-on-some-evs-a9533519285/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hybrids/EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Is an Electric Car Right for Your Next Road Trip

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-an-electric-vehicle-right-for-your-next-road-trip-a3742578426/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2306CRO_Talking_Cars_One_Peddle_Driving_Bonus.mp3
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The newly redesigned Chevrolet Trax is almost a foot larger than the outgoing model and offers a tempting low price tag. We purchased the 2024 Chevrolet Trax 1LT for our test program, and discuss if the small price will compel buyers to look past the dull driving experience and uninspired cabin and overcome competitors including the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Nissan Kicks.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:28 - 2024 Chevrolet Trax first impressions

02:17 - Driving dynamics

07:35 - Ride

09:48 - Seat comfort

11:36 - Cabin design

13:17 - Controls

16:18 - Rear seat comfort

17:02 - Cargo space

17:22 - Lack of AWD

19:08 - Fuel economy

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Chevrolet Tram Brings Brilliant Packaging and a Tempting Low Price

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-chevrolet-trax-review-a4562224665/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Cars, SUVs, and Trucks With the Best Fuel Economy

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/best-worst-fuel-economy-a3183445363/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/trax/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Makes a Comeback

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-chevrolet-trailblazer-review-a6072541768/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Many Americans Are Overpaying for Their Car Loans

https://www.consumerreports.org/money/car-financing/many-americans-overpay-for-car-loans-a8076436935/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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Direct download: 2306CRO_Talking_Cars_419.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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The 2023 Mercedes EQE 350 SUV is the EV complement to the GLE, competing with the Tesla Model X, BMW iX, and Cadillac Lyriq, and the SUV version of the EQE sedan also in Consumer Reports's test program. We discuss how this model, built in Tuscaloosa, Ala., compares to the ultra-luxury EQS SUV, the incredible amount of safety features available on this model, and why even the pared-down infotainment screen (compared to the MBUX Hyperscreen) might still be a deal-breaker. Confused on what mpge means, and how it compares to miles per gallon in a gas-powered car? A viewer sends us a quiz in search of answers.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV first impressions

02:09 - Driving

O4:43 - Controls

09:12 - The Price

10:32 - Technology

13:07 - Safety Features

20:19 - Which EQE we like most?

23:23 - Question: What is mpge?

 

 

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Preview: Tech-Filled 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Charges Ahead

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-mercedes-benz-eqe-review-a6441210907/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqe-suv/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

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

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2306CRO_Talking_Cars_418.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

More info on the 2024 Mazda CX-90 Turbo Preferred Plus here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-mazda-cx-90-review-a1943302819/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

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Mazda is aiming upscale with the 2024 CX-90, creating an all-new three-row SUV that separates itself from mainstream models like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer, with aspirations toward luxury brands such as Acura, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The CX-90 Turbo Preferred Plus we purchased anonymously for our test program is built on a brand-new platform, and boasts Mazda’s first-ever inline six-cylinder engine mated to the brand's own eight-speed automatic transmission. But will all the new changes be enough to impress buyers within the highly competitive market? We also explain CR's testing process, from the moment we purchase a vehicle to when we publish our conclusions in our Road Test report.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - 2024 Mazda CX-90 first impressions

01:19 - What is new about the CX-90

03:02 - The Mazda Buyer

04:39 - How It Drives

07:19 - The Ride

08:10 - Can Mazda pull off a 60K SUV?

10:19 - Interior Fit and Finish

12:05 - Controls

14:37 - Rear Seats

15:52 - Question 1: From the time CR purchases a vehicle for the test program how long does it take for the full review to be posted on the website?

20:50 - Question 2: Why does it seem impossible to lease an EV at MSRP and get the EV credit back as lease cash?

 

 

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All-New 2024 Mazda CX-90 Aims Up-and Makes A Direst Hit

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-mazda-cx-90-review-a1943302819/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2024 Mazda CX-90

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-90/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Most Reliable and Fuel-Efficient New Midsize SUVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/new-midsized-suvs-most-reliable-fuel-efficient-a2811867777/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

New Cars on the Horizon

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/new-cars-on-the-horizon-a1920770135/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Leasing an EV Can Save You Money

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-leasing-an-ev-can-save-you-money-a6013438463/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Leasing vs. Buying a New Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car-a9135602164/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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More info on the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Advanced here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is the latest EV from Hyundai's luxury brand. Built on the same platform as the gas-powered version, the all-electric model has an EPA estimated 236 mile range, and shares many of the same luxurious touches of the Electric G80. But with a starting price over $60,000 can the electric GV70 take on competitors like the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQB, and even its own GV60 EV sibling? We also discuss whether a viewer's persistent flat spots on a set of Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires might be a sign of manufacturer defect.

LINKS

CR’s Hybrid & EV Hub: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

EV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Genesis Impresses Again with the 2023 GV60 Compact Electric SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Genesis GV70 SUV Delivers Comfort, Agility, and Luxe: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-genesis-gv70-review-a4477336215/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Early Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fam-QSB9Yrc

Tesla Model Y Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-y/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Audi Q4 e-tron Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/q4-e-tron/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

BMW i4 Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/i4/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Mercedes-Benz EQB is a Conventional SUV, Electrified: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-mercedes-benz-eqb-review-a7555831002/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

:16 - 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 first impressions

6:19 - who is Genesis targeting with the Electrified GV70?

6:57 - Electrified GV70 vs. GV60; regenerative braking levels

10:37 - driving standard GV70 vs. EV version

13:26 - problems with the range

16:38 - purchasing notes

21:21 - would CR experts buy this car?

23:07 - are my Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires defective?

 

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More info on the 2023 Honda Accord 1.5T EX here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

We purchased a 2023 Honda Accord 1.5T EX for CR's auto test program, and share our first impressions of the changes to the latest generation of this popular mid-size sedan, how it compares to the Honda Accord Hybrid Sport model we're also testing, as well as competitors like the Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, and Nissan Altima, and question why Honda has restricted many desirable options to just hybrid powertrain models. We also weigh in on a viewer's conspiracy theory that big trucks and SUVs are only popular because of distracted drivers and poor road conditions in the US.

LINKS

Which Hybrid Should You Buy - Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/which-hybrid-should-you-buy-honda-accord-or-toyota-camry-a1011992834/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Best Midsized and Large Sedans You Can Buy Today: https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/10-best-sedans-you-can-buy-today-a4739679846/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

Subaru Legacy First Impressions: https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-first-drive-review-a1078654041/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

:18 - 2023 Honda Accord first impressions

1:27 - What is missing in this version of the Honda Accord?

4:30 - is this car a good choice for families?

7:19 - Driving impressions

10:33 - infotainment and controls

13:05 - comfort and fit & finish

16:56 - standard model vs. hybrid

21:05 - are bad drivers and crumbling roads making SUVs more popular?

 

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One of the primary questions drivers have about EVs is how long do their batteries last, and how much would a replacement cost in the future. We share our expert information on if electric car batteries are expensive to replace, as well as: where more expensive tires wear slower than cheaper alternatives; why a car in Europe might have a better warranty or more features than its US counterpart; warranty coverage for 48V mild hybrid batteries; whether standard, gas-powered vehicles lose range in cold weather like all-electric cars; and how to change the radio station preset on the 2023 Honda CR-V.

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:45 - Question #1: Are EV batteries expensive to replace?

05:11 - Question #2: Why does it seem that European countries have better car warranties and features than the US?

09:14 - Question #3: How can you tell whether a tire will retain good performance over the its life?

12:40 - Question #4: What are the warranty coverages like for 48V mild hybrid batteries?

17:06 - Question #5: Is the drop in range on an EV in cold weather about the same as gas-powered vehicles?

22:10 - Question #6: Is it possible to delete a radio station preset from the favorites list on a 2023 Honda CR-V?

 

 

 

LINKS

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What Happens to the Old Batteries in Electric Cars?

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

 

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

 

How Temperatures Affects Electric Vehicle Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-temperature-affects-electric-vehicle-range-a4873569949/

 

Best Tire Values Based on Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-tire-values-most-performance-for-the-money-a8831427537/

 

Best Tire Brands of 2023

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-tire-brands-a2990346660/

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

 

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More of CR's coverage on Hybrids and EVs:  https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE electric sedan joins the growing EV market. Equipped with a 90-kWh battery, the EQE promises 305 miles of range with the rear-wheel drive, and 260 miles with the all-wheel drive. Our experts share their first impressions and discuss the EQE’s livability and usability. Plus, we answer on how to understand EV range ratings, like MPGe. 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:14 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE

3:44 - Infotainment screen, controls

8:00 - Navigation features

9:24 - Pricing and options

11:53 - Driving position

12:42 - Styling, fit and finish

13:58 - Driving impressions

18:12 EV alternatives

21:42 - Question: What’s MPGe and how do you convert it to kWh/100miles?

LINKS:

Mercedes-Benz EQE: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqe/2023/overview/

Hybrids & EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz's Commitment to EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/

Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/

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Find out more about the Honda Accord at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

On this episode, we discuss the 2023 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid that we purchased for our test program. Our experts talk about Honda’s new approach to vehicle trim levels and how the Accord Hybrid has evolved since its introduction. We also cover safety improvements, usability and how the Accord can stay competitive in a market flooded with SUVs. Plus, we answer questions about window tinting and crash ratings for the Jeep Gladiator.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:19 - Vehicle specs

1:32 - Available safety features

4:00 - Accord trim lines 

7:57 - Interior space

12:42 - Powertrain

15:00 - Seat comfort

18:57 - Driving impressions

21:33 - Question #1: What’s better; ceramic window tint or non-ceramic window tint?

25:37 - Question #2: Why isn’t the Jeep Gladiator subject to all of the crash test categories? 

LINKS:

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord-hybrid/2023/overview/

2023 Honda Accord: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord/2023/overview/

The New 2023 Honda Accord Is Easy to Like and Easy to Live With: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sedans/2023-honda-accord-review-a4740920658/

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/

Direct download: 2305CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_411.mp3
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Find out more about the Rivian R1S at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/rivian-r1s-review-a1186513155/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

CR recently took delivery of the 2022 Rivian R1S we purchased for testing at our track. We share our first impressions of this all-electric 3-row SUV, and how it compares to the other major three-row EVs on the market, the Tesla Model X, and well as its pickup truck sibling, the Rivian R1T. We also help a viewer search for a truck that is more fuel efficient than a Toyota Highlander, but also can tow 5,000 lbs - does such a vehicle actually exist??

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - Highlights: 2022 Rivian R1S

02:15 - Who Are The Competitors

04:44 - Unique Features

08:14 - The Power

12:47 - Regenerative Braking

17:42 - Driving Dynamics

19:49 - The Ride

20:30 - The Controls

24:17 - Question - Does a reliable and fuel efficient midsize SUV that can tow 5k pounds exist?

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First Drive: Rivian R1S Proves to Be a Roomy, Quick All-Electric Three-Row SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/rivian-r1s-review-a1186513155/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2022 Rivian R1S

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1s/2022/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

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

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Rivian R1T

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

How Well Can an Electric Pickup Truck Tow?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-well-can-an-electric-pickup-truck-tow-a1149286680/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Tesla Model X

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-x/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Toyota Highlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

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The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid looks to build on the legacy of fuel economy, utility, and value of its predecessors. We bought a CR-V Hybrid Sport AWD for our test program, and we share our first impressions of its redesigned interior, transmission, and fuel efficiency, and how it stacks up against the Toyota RAV4, and the traditional gas-powered version. And what would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty? Our experts share their personal picks for keeping driving exciting while staying family friendly.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:17 - Highlights: 2023 Honda CR-V

01:14 - Fuel Economy

02:40 - Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid Comparison

06:04 - Inside the Cabin & Controls

09:50 - Wrap Up: Hybrid or Regular

11:32 - Question: What would be the best car for a new dad that wants to drive something sporty?

 

 

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

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2023-honda-cr-v-review-a1196843568/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/cr-v-hybrid/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/cr-v/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Early Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDU8P6YlQq0

 

2023 Toyota RAV4

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/rav4/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Quietest Compact SUVs From Consumer Reports’ Tests

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/quietest-compact-suvs-from-consumer-reports-tests-a6460127872/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Kia Telluride

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/telluride/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R Build on Hot-Hatch Fundamentals

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-volkswagen-gti-golf-r-review-a6013272130/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

2023 Honda Civic

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/civic/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

First Drive: 300-HP 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Proves Both Fast and Furious

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/2023-toyota-gr-corolla-review-a7360611291/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

Guide to Car Safety

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT

 

 

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The Subaru Crosstrek gets a facelift for its 2024 model year. Although this subcompact SUV might look familiar at first glance, it gets an improved chassis, redesigned interior, revamped engine, and transmission refinements. We share our first impressions on these updates, and how this new version stacks up to others in this class, like the Mazda CX-30 and Kia Niro Hybrid. And what would be a safe, fun to drive manual transmission car for a new teen driver? Our experts help a viewer with tips for shopping for his first car that has both sporty driving dynamics and important safety features.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek

02:07 - New Updates

04:01 - The Ride

05:20 - Styling

07:16 - Seat Comfort and Driving Position

09:56 - Controls

12:34 - AWD and Off-Road Capability

14:35 - Question: What would be a safe, fun to drive manual transmission vehicle for a new teen driver?

 

 

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First Drive: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Benefits from Subtle Updates

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-subaru-crosstrek-review-a4045387800/

 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/crosstrek/2024/overview/

 

2023 Mazda CX-30

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-30/2023/overview/

 

2022 Kia Niro

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

 

2023 Mazda 3

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2023/overview/

 

2017 Honda Accord

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/accord/2017/overview/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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Hyundai is positioning itself as one of the leaders in electric vehicle manufacturing, adding another EV to its lineup with the Ioniq 6. Sharing a platform with the Genesis GV60, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 5, we share our first impressions of this all-electric sedan, including its unique styling, EV performance, driving dynamics, range, and how it stacks up to competitors like Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. We also discuss whether a flat tire sealant kit is an acceptable and safe alternative to run-flat tires or a dedicated spare.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6

03:06 - Competitors

05:16 - Styling

06:47 - Ride and Handling

12:25 - Brake Regeneration

14:43 - Interior

15:56 - Controls

16:41 - Personal Choice

20:19 - Question: Most new cars include a flat tire repair kit rather than a spare, is it wise to drive without  a spare tire?

 

 

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First Drive: All-New 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Is Quick, Quiet, and Comfortable

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-hyundai-ioniq-6-review-a1122495086/

 

2023 Hyundai Ioniq

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq-6/2023/overview/

 

The Kia EV9 Promises to Be a Family-Friendly, 3-Row Electric SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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We discuss our favorite vehicles and trends from the floor of the 2023 NY Auto Show, including previews of the Toyota Grand Highlander, Kia EV9, Ford Mustang, Ram 1500 REV, and Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer EVs. We also share our thoughts on the future direction of the automotive landscape, with the lack of concept cars at this year's show, and the polarization between big trucks and performance vehicles in contrast with the continuing electrification of the industry.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Polar Opposites: Big Trucks/Performance Cars vs. EVs

01:40 - RAM 1500 REV

02:50 - Dodge Challenger Demon SRT 170

04:29 - Chevrolet Camero

05:25 - Ford Mustang

07:01 - Chevrolet Blazer EV

07:24 - Kia EV9

12:38 - Hyundai Kona EV

13:26 - Chevrolet Equinox EV

15:02 - Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray

16:16 - Chevrolet TRAX

17:03 - Toyota Grand Highlander

10:51 - Lack of Concept Cars

18:45 - Personal Picks of The Show

22:40 - Japanese Domestic Market Cars

23:13 - Top Secret V12 Supra Gold

 

 

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Longer 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Boasts Big Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/

 

2024 Hyundai Kona Breaks Cover as an EV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/

 

Preview: 2025 RAM 1500 REV Packs 500-Mile Range, 14,000-lb. Tow Capacity

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2025-ram-1500-rev-review-a2009025869/

 

The Kia EV9 Promises to Be a Family-Friendly, 3-Row Electric SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/

 

High Powered, High-Tech 2024 GMC Sierra EV Breaks Cover

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-gmc-sierra-ev-review-a5905542270/

 

Stunning 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Combines Hybrid and AWD

https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/

 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Unveiled With Up to 320-Mile Range

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax Grows in Size, Not Price

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-chevrolet-trax-review-a4562224665/

 

2024 Ford Mustang Boosts Power and Technology, and a Dark Horse Emerges

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/2024-ford-mustang-review-a1352269489/

 

New 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Starts at $30,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-equinox-ev-review-a7430613629/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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

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Built on the same platform as its sedan sibling, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV could be considered the default flagship vehicle for Mercedes, offering S-Class levels of luxury with the utility of a 3-row family hauler, wrapped in a fully electric package. But while trying to serve so many different buyers, does it end up not doing any job particularly well? We purchased a EQS450 4Matic EV for our test program, and share our first impression of its range, infotainment system, the usability of the third row, and how it compares to other EV SUVs like the Tesla Model X and BMW iX. We also discuss what happens to a car's telematics and infotainment systems when 3G and 4G service is shut down by wireless carriers.

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:37 - 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 SUV

2:38 - First Impressions

5:46 - Range/charge times

6:57 - Tech specs

8:20 - Infotainment screen

10:00 - Steering wheel controls

11:18 - Third-row seat

14:43 -  EV characteristics

18:49 - Interior screens

20:00 - Who is this vehicle for?

22:15 - Fit and finish

23:24 - Question: What will happen to vehicles with 4G connected services when 5G takes over?

LINKS:

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqs-suv/

How Well Do Tesla Superchargers Work for Non-Tesla EVs?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ev-chargers/how-well-do-tesla-superchargers-work-for-non-tesla-evs-a4713673565/

CR’s Hybrid & EV Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/

How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-c-a6216376327/

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This week, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e. The RZ is the first battery-electric vehicle from Lexus, sharing a platform with the Toyota bz4X. We discuss everything from styling, range, livability and if the RZ has enough EV traits that buyers are looking for. Plus, we answer an audience question about EV battery replacement costs.

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:18 - 2023 Lexus RZ 450e

0:57 - Lexus/Toyota EVs

1:30 - Range/charging time

4:10 - Competing EVs in the same price range

4:30 - Safety technology

7:30 - Lexus buyer experience

8:15 - Driving impressions

10:15 - Climate features

11:00 - Lexus/Subaru/Toyota family of EVs

12:08 - Pedestrian safety features

14:11 - Visibility

15:27 - Driver display

16:10 - Lexus RZ pricing

17:13 - Steering yoke

18:33 - Question: How much should it cost to replace an EV battery?

LINKS:

All-New 2023 Lexus RZ 450e Is a Disappointing First EV Effort: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-lexus-rz-450e-review-a5803485687/

First Drive: 2023 Toyota bz4X EV Impresses on the Road: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-bz4x-review-a7787483444/

2023 Subaru Solterra EV Charges to Production with Up to 228 Miles of Range: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/subaru-solterra-electric-suv-preview-a9988300130/

How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-c-a6216376327/

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This week, we discuss the 2023 Lexus LX600. The three-row SUV boasts off-road prowess while offering consumers a first-class vehicle experience. We talk about the history of the LX and its corporate cousin, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and debate if the six-figure SUV is worth its weight both as a family hauler and a trail-ready ‘truck’. We also answer a question about EV-charging networks and welcome back an old friend to the show. 

SHOW NOTES: 

0:00 - Intro

0:17 - New Talking Cars publish day

1:07 - Welcome back Joe Veselak!

3:28 - 2023 Lexus LX600

5:43 - Who is the LX600 for?

7:00 - Driving impressions

12:00 - Interior, 2nd/3rd row access

15:15 - Fit and finish

17:00 - Would you buy the LX600?

19:00 -  Question: How will the transition from gas to electric vehicles happen in terms of charge station and gas station availability?

LINKS:

Lexus LX: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/lx/

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/

How To Choose the Best Home Charger for Your Electric Vehicle: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle-a6908889697/

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

Tesla to Open Some of Its Chargers to Non-Tesla EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/tesla-to-open-some-of-its-chargers-to-non-tesla-evs-a7285754322/

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Mitsubishi's three-row compact SUV gets a plug-in hybrid version for 2023. We share our first impressions of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (is it pronounced P-HEV, or FEV?), discuss its new powertrain, driving characteristics, and how its electric range compares to other popular plug-in hybrids like the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. We also help someone from our audience choose a comfortable, dependable, and fuel efficient hybrid vehicle that's great for long road trips.

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions : 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

18:21 - Question: What is a great hybrid vehicle for long trips that is comfortable, dependable, and fuel efficient?

 

 

 

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mitsubishi/outlander/2023/overview/

 

First Drive: The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Is Ready to Be Relevant

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-mitsubishi-outlander-review-a1828625346/

 

Hybrids & EVs

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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What are the best cars you can buy right now? The Consumer Reports Top Picks list is a collection of cars, SUVs, and trucks with standout performance across the board. Each represents a key vehicle segment and shines for its combination of road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, garnering a high-enough Overall Score to earn a coveted CR recommendation. We discuss the cars that made it to the top of the list, trends we're noticing in the automotive industry, and other interesting insights from our Autos Spotlight coverage.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - Top Picks Introduction

02:57 - Hybrid Trends

05:09 - Price Comparisons Between Hybrids and Gas Engine Vehicles

08:41 - Toyota and Lexus Trends

11:04 - New Car Models

12:03 - The Venerable

13:19 - Electric Vehicles

15:34 - Question: Why does the CR overall reliability score change over time?

 

 

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Cars

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

 

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles-a6159221985/

 

Best and Worst New Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-and-worst-new-cars-a9664336148/

 

Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2023

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2023-a8846595830/

 

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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

 

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/will-an-electric-car-save-you-money-a9436870083/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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Reviving a nameplate that hasn't been used in the US since 1972, the Toyota Crown is the Japanese automaker's attempt to bridge the gap between sedans and SUVs. But the question remains: is that something drivers are looking for? We share our first impressions of the Crown's unique styling, hybrid powertrain, and whether it's a suitable replacement for the dearly departed Toyota Avalon. We also discuss a viewer's issues with trying to fix their car's software issues and glitches with a dealership mechanic.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Crown

18:19 - Question: It seems that mechanics have a hard time diagnosing issues with electronics, will that increase with electric vehicles?

 

 

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2023 Toyota Crown Reinvents the Modern Sedan

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-crown-review-a1002681250/

 

2023 Toyota Crown 

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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The Inflation Reduction Act has introduced a number of tax incentives for those who want to drive or lease an electric vehicle, but making sense of which vehicles qualify has proven difficult. In this bonus episode, our experts explain all the current rules for new, used, and leased EVs or hybrids, and how to take full advantage of the program.

 

 

SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:07 - What’s new with the EV Federal Tax Credit.

01:47 - 200,000 Vehicle Cap.

02:27 - Income Caps.

03:03 - County of origin restrictions.

04:03 - Foreign Entity of Concern Rule.

04:57 - EV purchase walkthrough.

06:44 - How auto manufacturers are making their cars qualify for the Tax Credit.

08:00 - Why is the EV Tax Credit so complicated?

09:46 - Taking advantage of the Tax Credit when leasing.

10:39 - EV Tax Credit for commercial vehicles.

13:07 - Used EV Tax Credit.

14:50 - The bottom line.

 

 

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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/

 

More SUVs, Teslas Now Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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

 

Electric Vehicle Savings Finder

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ev-incentive-finder/

 

New Cars You Can Count On: Highlights From Consumer Reports’ Latest Car Reliability Survey

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/new-cars-you-can-count-on-latest-car-reliability-survey-a9891586663/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

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The Toyota Prius has always been known for its polarizing styling and undeniable fuel economy. But the new 2023 Prius changes that equation, and now features much sleeker styling, but without a great leap forward in fuel efficiency. In this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota Prius' redesigned cabin, our early fuel economy experiences, and whether legacy fans of the Prius' quirky vibe will be turned off by this new version.

SHOW NOTES -----------------------------------

00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius

25:26 - Question: Are vehicle trip computers accurate, and what is the most precise way to calculate MPG?

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Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Trades Practicality for Style https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-prius-review-a1192095682/

2023 Toyota Prius https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius/2023/overview/

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

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The Lexus RX has served as a benchmark for refined, stress-free, midsized luxury SUVs for more than two decades. We recently purchased our own to put through our tests at the Consumer Reports Auto Test track, and share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, controls, how it stacks up against competitors like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, and whether it maintains its solid reputation. We also discuss whether you should bring your vehicle to the dealer for software updates.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Lexus RX Hybrid

23:19 - Question: Should you bother your dealer to check and perform software updates on your vehicle?

 

 

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2023 Lexus RX Hybrid

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/rx-hybrid/2023/overview/

 

Redesigned 2023 Lexus RX Ticks Up on Luxury and Sport

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-lexus-rx-review-a9838921352/

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro Electric. Find out how the Niro compares to its corporate EV siblings, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, and how subtle changes affect the driver’s experience. We also answer a question about all-wheel-drive EVs in winter driving conditions.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - 2023 Kia Niro Electric

3:34 - Driving impressions

6:54 - Regenerative braking

8:47 - Visibility and the Aeroblade

10:43 - Interior controls

13:18 - Accommodations/floor height

15:22 - Which Kia EV/hybrid would we choose?

18:20 - Question: Which EV system has better traction in winter driving conditions?

LINKS:

Preview: 2023 Kia Niro Trio Make Evolutionary Advancements: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-kia-niro-review-a1734527338/

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

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/#7

Direct download: 2301CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_395.mp3
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This week, we discuss the new Toyota Highlander. Our experts share their first impressions of the three-row SUV and talk about how the Highlander sticks to what it does best, despite its 2023 refresh. We also answer audience questions about top tier gasoline and why the Genesis GV70 SUV comes with a launch control feature.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:21 - 2023 Toyota Highlander

2:12 - Highlander trims

4:34 - Our first impressions

8:28 - Powertrain

10:19 - Interior/seats

12:18 - Infotainment system

13:27 - Cargo capacity

15:03 - Would you buy a Highlander?

16:48 - Question #1: What’s top tier gas and is it important?

20:50 - Question #2: What’s launch control and is it necessary?

LINKS:

2023 Toyota Highlander: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2023/overview/

Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price; Study Shows: https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/top-tier-gasoline-worth-the-extra-price-a7682471234/

Top Tier Detergent Gasoline Brands: https://toptiergas.com/licensed-brands/

Why You Might Not actually Need Premium Gas: https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/why-you-might-not-actually-need-premium-gas-a6382185831/

Direct download: 2301CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_394.mp3
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that if a car is electric, it has to have a minimalist design, with weird door handles and every function controlled through a touchscreen. But the BMW i4 both looks and feels very much like a traditional sports car. But is that a good thing? We discuss the BMW i4 M50 we purchased for our test program, how it performs on our track, its questionable range, whether it carries on the "ultimate driving machine" lineage of its parent company, and how it compares to EV competitors from Tesla, Genesis, and Hyundai.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:13 - First Impressions: 2023 BMW i4

15:12 - Question: Why is there an additional plastic cover on all DC fast charging ports?

 

 

 

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2023 BMW i4

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/i4/2023/overview/

 

Move Over Tesla, the Electric 2022 BMW i4 Is Impressive

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybridsevs/2022-bmw-i4-review-a6698677397/

 

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/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

1:18 - Favorite car tested in 2022

4:54 - Least favorite care tested in 2022

9:49 - Biggest surprise or disappointment

13:40 - Best looking test car of 2022

17:36 - Vehicle most likely to succeed

20:27 - Best/worst interior

22:16 - Best/worst infotainment

24:37 - Favorite trend of the year

27:28 - Cars we wish would come back

29:40 - Car the we wish would go away

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

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

35:59 - Looking ahead to 2023

LINKS:

Top Picks in Autos for 2022: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/top-picks-in-autos-2022-a2329638847/

10 Most Reliable Cars: consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/

Gift guide for Car Lovers: https://www.consumerreports.org/gift-giving/gift-guide-for-car-lovers-a9537905852/

Direct download: 2212CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_392.mp3
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This week we discuss the all-new 2023 Nissan Ariya, the second electric vehicle to join the automaker's EV roster behind the Leaf. We discuss the extensive Ariya model lineup, how it stacks up against other electric car competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, and Subaru Solterra. We also debate how future-proof the new Nissan may be, and answer an audience question about backup camera design.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Nissan EV History

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

7:07 - Driving experience

13:31 - Interior

16:21 - Controls

20:39 - Nissan Ariya trim levels

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

LINKS:

Preview: All-Electric 2023 Nissan Ariya Priced at $46,000: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-nissan-ariya-review-a7460569915/

2023 Nissan Ariya: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/ariya/

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/

Direct download: 2212CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_389.mp3
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On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda CR-V. We cover the details of the CR-V’s redesign, it’s role in Honda’s vehicle lineup and how its understated nature fits into a consumers life. We also answer a question about catalytic converter theft, and what you can do to protect your own vehicle.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Intro

0:15 - Welcome Michael Crossen

1:07 - 2023 Honda CR-V

2:23 - First Impressions

4:42 - CR-V Evolution

5:55 - Vehicle controls

6:44 - Fit and finish

9:02 - Cabin and seating

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

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

LINKS:

First Drive: Redesigned 2023 Honda CR-V Sticks With Winning Formula: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-honda-cr-v-review-a1196843568/

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

SUV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/buying-guide/

How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft: https://www.consumerreports.org/theft/how-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft-a6785016673/

Direct download: 2211CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_388.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 EDT

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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 EDT

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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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 EDT

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

Direct download: 2208CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_373.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

LINKS:

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

Direct download: 2208CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_372.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

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

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

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:57 - First Impressions : 2023 Genesis G80 EV

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

 

 

 

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2022 Genesis G80

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

 

Electric Cars Are Becoming Less Expensive

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

 

Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars

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

 

How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient New Car

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:58 - First Impressions : 2023 Nissan Z

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z

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

 

Nissan Z Road Test

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

 

2023 Nissan Z

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

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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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Intro

00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Genesis GV60

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

 

 

 

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Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production

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

 

2023 Genesis GV60

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

 

 

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

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?

LINKS:

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/

Direct download: 2204CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_357.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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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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Direct download: 2204CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_355.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Jeep Wagoneer First Impressions

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions

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

LINKS:

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

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

Direct download: 2202CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_345.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - 2022 Audi A3 First Impressions

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 - Hyundai Santa Cruz

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

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

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Preview: 2023 Genesis GV60

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production

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

 

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

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

 

New & Used Car Buying Guide

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions

06:17 - Driving Tesla Model S

12:11 - Steering Wheel Controls

15:01 - Gear Selector  

18:00 - Safety Pitfalls of Unintuitive Controls

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

 

Tesla Model S 2013 quick take

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car

08:17 - 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars

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

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

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

 

Car Title Resources: 

     National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

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

 

     VinCheck

      https://www.nicb.org/vincheck

 

     CarFax

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

 

 

First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla CROss Is a Sensible SUV

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

 

Best Cars for Tall People

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

 

Headlight Testing

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

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

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

07:37 - 2023 Nissan Z Preview

13:45 - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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GM Recalls All Chevrolet Bolts Due to Fire Concerns

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

When to Replace Your Tires

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

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

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

 

How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:33 - 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions

12:26 - The “Forever” Car

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills

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

 

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

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

 

2013 Subaru BRZ first look

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

 

Scion FR-S first drive

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

 

When to Replace Your Tires

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

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

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

 

How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

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

 

2019 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Jeep Renegade preview

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - New York Auto Show Cancelled

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

08:27 - 2022 Nissan Frontier First Impressions

18:04 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

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

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

 

When to Replace Your Tires

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

 

Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes

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

 

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:30 - Emily tests new rear seat reminders

2:16 - 2021 Hyundai Ioniq test results

10:00 - Our guilty pleasure cars

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

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

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

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

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

02:45 - Future SUV Classic Follow-up

08:05 - 2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Talking Cars 303: Driving the 2021 Genesis GV80

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

 

IIHS - 2021 Mazda CX-5

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

 

Guide to Rear-Seat Reminder Systems

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

 

Heatstroke Deaths of Children on Vehicles

https://www.noheatstroke.org/

 

How to Protect Your Car From Rodents

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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


How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall

03:37 - 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe First Impressions

16:18 - Future SUV Classics

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Bolt EV Recall

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

 

Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming.

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

 

Top Car-Washing Strategies

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

 

How to Wash Your Car

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

 

Nissan Leaf review

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

 

Toyota Prius Road Test

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

 

How well does the Toyota Prius hold up

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

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

03:45 - Stellantis Reveals Plans for Vehicle Electrification 

07:46 - Best Vehicles to Survive a Severe Storm

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

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

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

 

 

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2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

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

 

Automakers Now Required to Report Automation-Related Crashes

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

 

Prepare Now for Hurricanes and Severe Storms

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

 

Why Flooded Roads Are More Dangerous Than They May Appear

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

 

Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming.

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

 

What’s Next in Car Safety

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

 

Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered

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

 

Car Recall Tracker

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

 

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

SHOW NOTES:

0:24 - Favorite ‘American’ car

6:22 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

15:55 - Super Cruise

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

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

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

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:27 - Tesla Model 3 Advanced Safety Update

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

10:35 - 2022 Volkswagen Taos First Impressions

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle/

 

Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees

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

 

CR’s Guide to Vacation and Travel 

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:28 - Kids in Hot Cars

06:19 - Road Trips with Kids

13:31 - GM’s Enhanced Super Cruise

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

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

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

 

 

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Self-Driving System Ranking

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

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

 

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

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

Research Shows That Anyone Could Forget Kids in Hot Cars

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

 

CR’s Guide to Vacation and Travel 

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

 

Global Chip Shortage Makes It Tough to Buy Certain Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - CR’s Headlight Testing

03:27 - Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks

07:27 - 2022 Ford Maverick Preview

12:32 - 2022 Honda Civic First Impressions

18:12 - Modern Classics

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

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

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

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

 

 

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First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans

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

 

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

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

 

Headlight Testing

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

 

The Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks

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

 

Best New Cars for Teens

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

 

5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car

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

 

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro

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

 

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

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

 

How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - Audience Response: Favorite Cars Ever Owned

06:20 - Tips to Improve Fuel Economy

12:32 - 2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now

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

 

Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas

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

 

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

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

 

Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/

 

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle/

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car

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

 

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

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

 

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

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

 

New Cars on the Horizon

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

 

Guide to Car Safety

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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