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Rank #20 in Automotive category

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Leisure
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Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

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Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

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Jennifer is the best!

By jcl413 - Dec 02 2019
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This podcast is always great. Especially when Jennifer is part of it!

On the right path

By Mac's Rule - Jul 12 2019
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Outstanding!!! Keep doing what you’re doing - keeping us informed and protected!

iTunes Ratings

117 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
20
9
6
13

Jennifer is the best!

By jcl413 - Dec 02 2019
Read more
This podcast is always great. Especially when Jennifer is part of it!

On the right path

By Mac's Rule - Jul 12 2019
Read more
Outstanding!!! Keep doing what you’re doing - keeping us informed and protected!

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Talking Cars (MP3)

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Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

#38: Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Jul 15 2014

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#46: Subaru WRX and Ram 1500 diesel

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Long an enthusiast favorite, the latest Subaru WRX certainly puts down the numbers in testing at the Consumer Reports track. Whether the car is a livable daily driver, or much fun out on the open road, proves to be another issue entirely. Next we discuss the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata; everyone now knows what it looks like and that it's lighter, but not much else. Reader questions about modifying engine computers to game CR tests and our non-housebroken Ford Transit Connect are answered. Lastly, we have a new top-rated pickup truck: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. It proves satisfying for far more than just its impressive fuel economy. 

Sep 09 2014

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#116: Used Car Marketplace

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This episode is dedicated to used cars. We talk about which used cars we'd buy in three different price ranges and answer viewer questions about trucks and all-wheel drive vehicles.

May 24 2017

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#92: Compact Trucks, Audi A4

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Prompted by a viewer question, we review the compact pickup truck market and discuss our test of the updated Toyota Tacoma. We also discuss the redesigned Audi A4 and Chevrolet's new Spark and Cruze. Finally, we answer one of the most oft-asked viewer questions: what cars do we own?

Apr 19 2016

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#102: 2017 New Car Reliability

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Which car brands build the most - and least - reliable new cars? Which models are the most trouble-prone? What usually goes wrong with new cars? We discuss the results of Consumer Reports’ 2017 reliability survey. Exclusive reliability scores for over 300 models are available at consumerreports.org/reliability

Oct 24 2016

19mins

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#79: All-Wheel-Drive: What Is It Good For?

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Many of the car buying questions we receive come from viewers requesting all-wheel-drive. But having four driven wheels isn't enough to ensure wintertime safety. Testing at the Consumer Reports test track found that AWD can help you get moving, but does nothing to help you corner or stop in the snow. For that, you need winter tires. We also evaluate three popular small SUVs - the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V - at our track to see how they fare in the snow, results that are also backed up by exclusive Consumer Reports survey data. Reader questions inquire about AWD sedans, Subaru manual shifters, and comparing the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda3.

Sep 29 2015

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#117: Used Car Questions & Honda Civic Si

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This week we answer questions from our audience about used cars and SUVs, and give first impressions of our newly purchased 2017 Honda Civic Si.

Jun 06 2017

26mins

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#3: Small cars, SUVs, Minivans and more

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Apr 30 2013

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#88: 2016 Top Picks

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It's that time again - time to unveil our annual Top Picks, the best automotive choices in 10 different categories. Consumer Reports introduces our new Overall Score, incorporating not only road test results from our track, but also reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety scoring. We discuss the changes needed to do this, and what effect it will have on scores in the future. (Hint: They'll change a lot more often.) We then run through the Top Picks, discussing why each car earned its place on our list. One car not on the list this year is the Toyota Prius, a perennial Top Pick. We discuss why the just-redesigned Prius didn't qualify to make the list yet, and reveal our first impressions of Toyota's hybrid cornerstone.

Feb 23 2016

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#148 Car Loan Advice, Rising Fuel Prices, & Genesis G70

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This week we welcome CR editor Keith Barry to the podcast, and discuss why fuel prices seem to always go up around summer time. We also break down some of the dangers to look out for when looking for a car loan, and tips to make the best choice for your budget. We talk about our experiences with the 2019 Genesis G70, and wrap with viewer questions about the new Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford F-150 transmission, and (hopefully) our last question about snow tires for the season!

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/

Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6

SHOW NOTES

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:26 Welcome Keith Barry

1:23 Nerd moment

1:43 Fuel prices

06:16 Car loan break down

10:49 2019 Genesis G70

14:57 Video Question 1:  Hyundai Santa Fe; Mazda CX-9; Ford Edge?

19:25 Video Question 2: Ford F-150 & 10 speed transmission smoothness

22:58 Video Question 3: All-weather tires vs studded tires 

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How to Save Money at the Gas Pump: https://www.consumerreports.org/saving-money/how-to-save-money-at-the-gas-pump/

Where to Shop for a Car Loan: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/where-to-shop-for-a-car-loan/

2019 Genesis G70 Quick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5E1EjYfXFs

2015 Jeep Renegade Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xqTwaY5AA0

2014 Jeep Cherokee first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4nldxmFZq8

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

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

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Apr 26 2018

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#110: 2017 Top Picks

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On this episode of Talking Cars, our experts discuss the 10 vehicles that make up our influential Top Picks list. We explain what makes a vehicle eligible for Top Pick status, and go in-depth on why they are the best in their categories.

Feb 28 2017

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#226 2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions; What Are The Right Safety Features?

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New at the track this week is the 2020 Nissan Versa we recently purchased for our test program. We share our first impressions, and discuss the struggles of the subcompact sedan segment.  We also talk about NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new initiative to overhaul its vehicle crash test program, and how this will benefit consumers. In our Q&A segment, we answer audience questions about the long-term reliability of Ford's Ecoboost engines, if there are too many safety features on modern cars, and what is a good solution to replacing expensive LED headlights.

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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/

Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6

SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - NHTSA Crash Test Program Overhaul

05:03 - 2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions

11:43 - Question #1: How reliable are Ford’s EcoBoost engines?

14:24 - Question #2: Is the abundance of safety features making cars more expensive?

19:00 - Question #3: Why are the inexpensive halogen headlights being replaced with expensive LEDs?

20:50- Question #4: What is a quieter, more luxurious replacement for a 2008 Camry Hybrid?

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Federal Car Crash Testing Needs Major Overhaul, Safety Advocates Say

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/federal-car-crash-testing-needs-major-overhaul-safety-advocates-say/

Nissan Versa Gets Much-Needed Redesign for 2020

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-nissan-versa-preview/

Nissan Versa review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8jbNVggRI

2014 Nissan Versa Note quick take

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

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

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Oct 25 2019

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#54: Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang

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Modern-day muscle cars dominate this episode of Talking Cars, as we discuss the new 2015 Ford Mustang and updated Dodge Challenger. The gang debates who will buy which car, but everyone agrees that the Mustang has dramatically upped its game. Next, we detail the problems suffered by the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ as determined by our reliability survey data. Another viewer takes offense to Tom's frequent mentions of interior quality. A viewer question asks us to discuss the Acura TLX, but without comparing it to a Honda Accord. We try, and mostly succeed. Finally, we suggest alternatives to a BMW X3. 

Nov 18 2014

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#27: Models to Avoid

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Mar 25 2014

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#106: Our 2016 Favorites

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In our end of the year wrap up, we discuss the cars that were our personal favorites, along with the ones we liked the least.

Dec 20 2016

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#161 2019 Subaru Ascent; Our Worst Automotive Mistakes

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Our 2019 Subaru Ascent is at the track and we talk about the company's re-entry into the three-row SUV segment. Plus, we share stories about our most regrettable car decisions from the past. And as always, we answer your questions on car buying and our dream daily drivers.

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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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SHOW NOTES

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00:47 Our Favorite Automotive Mistakes

10:03 2019 Subaru Ascent

15:06 Question #1: Our Dream Daily Driver

20:16 Question #2: What to replace a VW GTI with that is better?

23:23 Question #3: What to replace a VW GTI with that's more practical, reliable, and less costly?

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

2015 Honda Fit review

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

Audi A3/S3 at the Detroit Auto Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA_Jp7TtTjo

2015 Audi A3 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fy_kUWXpi0

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Jul 26 2018

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#139: Our 2018 Top Picks

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Each year, Consumer Reports chooses the best performing vehicles of the year in a number of categories. We discuss which cars we selected as the best of the year, automaker brand rankings, and how vehicles have evolved over the last decade.

Feb 22 2018

18mins

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#114: Mazda CX-5

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We give our first impressions of our new Mazda CX-5 and Jeep Compass, talk about Honda's move toward alternative fuel vehicles and answer viewer questions.

Apr 25 2017

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#120: The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Tiguan and Questions

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Volkswagen takes aim at the SUV market in the U.S. with two new three-row vehicles. We also answer viewer questions about Jeeps, bikes and the Toyota Camry.

Jul 25 2017

18mins

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#29: Toyota Highlander and SUV crash tests

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Apr 08 2014

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#230: 2020 Toyota Supra Test Results; Confusing Names for Safety Features

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We’ve completed testing of the 2020 Toyota Supra. Find out how it performed and if its BMW-based platform lives up to the hype. We also talk about CR’s joint effort with AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council to develop common terms for advanced driver safety systems. Plus, we answer audience questions about crash tests, the performance of different size winter tires, and if leaving a sunroof cracked open will help keep a car cool.

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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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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6

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SHOW NOTES

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0:22 - CR partners with J.D. Power, AAA and the National Safety Council to create common names for advanced vehicle safety systems

7:55 - 2020 Toyota Supra Test Results

17:22 - Audience Questions

17:34 - Question #1: Are different crash tests weighted differently and how should they influence a buying decision?

21:22 - Question #2: Are hybrid engines designed differently than traditional internal combustion engines? Does the on/off cycle of a hybrid engine affect its longevity?

24:35 - Question #3: If you leave the sunroof of your car cracked open, will hotter air escape and lower the interior temperature?

27:27 - Question #4: Will different sized winter tires (17”/18”) perform differently on a vehicle?

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2020 Toyota Supra Makes Thrilling Return: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-toyota-supra-first-drive-review/

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

Advanced Car Safety Features Need Less Confusing Names, Consumer Reports Says: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/advanced-car-safety-features-need-less-confusing-names/

The Sobering Reality of Hot Car Deaths: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/sobering-reality-of-hot-car-deaths/

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo&list=PLVTmjoBWXeFNE0M8qwM0yScDhtGd_VqcO&index=2&t=0s

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

Dec 09 2019

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#231 Live from Los Angeles; How CA Guides the Auto Industry

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When it comes to cars, what happens in California doesn't stay in California. In fact, the most populated state in the US has a history of affecting changes in car culture and trends around the rest of the country (if not the world!) We speak to CA residents in person during this live recording of Talking Cars from the LA Auto Show, and discuss how issues like emissions regulations, fuel economy legislation, and alternative fuel adoption began here, and have had an impact around the rest of the world.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:35 - Who is David Friedman?

01:34 - California Car Culture

05:17 - Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

15:46-  California Car Regulations and CARB (California Air Resources Board)

17:31 - Silicon Valley Influencing The Auto Industry

23:02 - Smart Regulation

29:12 - Question #1: What should you consider when purchasing your first EV?

33:22 - Question #2: Why Automakers are Not Fully Embracing EVs?

38:08 - Question #3: Why EV Infrastructure is Not Driven by Car Manufacturers?

43:46 - Question #4: Should Other Manufacturers Follow Tesla’s Example of Super Charger Network Infrastructure?

48:24 - Question #5: Why Auto Manufacturers Starting to Charge Fees For Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

52:48 - Question #6: What Happens to a Vehicles’ CR Rating When its Reliability Drops Over Time

55:17 - Question #7: How Can States Recoup Lost Fuel Taxes?

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2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ30yGjf7sU

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

4K Review: 2017 Honda Clarity Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bUhEmXgNo

2016 Toyota Mirai Quick Drive

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

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

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Nov 28 2019

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#230: 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

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We're on location at the LA Auto Show where we discuss three of the big trends we saw on the show floor — the continuation of all-electric debuts, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the Audi e-tron Sportback; The explosion of all-new small and compact SUVs, like the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Chevrolet Trailblazer; and the changing perception of what's considered a performance car, with examples such as the Audi RS6 Avant, Toyota Avalon TRD, and the Tesla Model 3. We also give our impressions of the updated fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai, Land Rover Defender, Nissan Sentra, and choose our personal favorites of the show.

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Subscribe to Talking Cars on

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6

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SHOW NOTES

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0:33 - Electric Vehicle debuts

0:43 - Ford Mustang Mach-E

3:19 - Mercedes-Benz EQC

4:28 - Audi E-Tron Sportback

7:03 - Toyota RAV4 Prime

7:38 - Toyota Mirai

10:00 - What makes a modern performance car

11:30 - Audi RS6 Avant

11:43 - Toyota Avalon TRD

12:28 - Lando Rover Defender

14:46 - Nissan Sentra

16:06 - Small SUV takeover

17:30 - We share our favorites!

Nov 22 2019

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#229 2020 Subaru Outback; Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey Results

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We've completed our testing on the 2020 Subaru Outback, and share the results of this popular crossover. Every year, hundreds of thousands of CR's members take part in our annual reliability survey, answering questions about how well the vehicles they drive every day are holding up, or if they are experiencing issues. We discuss our survey methods, and give advice on making a wise car buying decision. Also, we answer audience questions about why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America, why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines, and we recommend a manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts.

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SHOW NOTES

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01:10 - Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey Results

06:21 - 2020 Subaru Outback Test Results

12:34  - Question #1: why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines?

16:28 - Question #2: why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America?

18:50 - Question #3: What is a good manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts?

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Guide to Car Reliability

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-reliability-guide/

2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

2017 Honda Civic Is Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKF6jsVIug

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

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Nov 14 2019

21mins

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#228: BMW M850i & Bentley Bentayga Review; FCA/Peugeot Merger

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We recently rented two very expensive cars to try out at our test track: the 2019 BMW M850i, and the 2020 Bentley Bentayga. While these high-end cars are too rare for CR to purchase and formally enter into our test program, we share our impressions of these cars, and whether these six figure vehicles deliver an experience worthy of their sky high price tags. We also discuss the possible merger of Fiat Chrysler with French automaker Peugeot, and how past automaker mergers and alliances have affected consumers. In this week's audience questions segment, we explain the science behind snow tire performance in wet conditions, choose a mid-life crisis car for an outdoor enthusiast, and tell you why you definitely should not test your car's automatic emergency braking (AEB) system at home.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:11 - Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot Merger

6:36 - @ the Track: 2020 Bentley Bentayga and 2019 BMW M850i

7:09 - Why did CR rent these high-end vehicles?

8:52 - Bentley Bentayga discussion

15:00 - BMW M850i discussion

17:40 - Audience Questions

17:58 - Video Question #1: How do you account for longer wet-stopping distances on winter tires?

22:11 - Video Question #2: How do I know if FCW/AEB systems actually work?

25:40 - What’s a good mid-life crisis replacement for a Volvo XC60?

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2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2020 Toyota Supra; Talking Cars #203: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPmtC7hAlg

2020 Hyundai Palisade Test Results; Talking Cars #224: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXu7UmaMwc0

Standard Safety Gear Makes Early Debut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPMhEqlMBI

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Impressions; Talking Cars #201: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHHL3B5Qpc

Nov 08 2019

28mins

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#227 2020 Lincoln Corsair First Impressions; How Crash Test Dummies Can Cause Injuries

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We give our first impressions of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV, which we recently bought for our testing program, including how it compares to the platforming-sharing 2020 Ford Escape. We also discuss our recent investigation into how male-focused crash test dummies put female drivers at risk. And we answer your questions about compact SUVs under $10,000, Apple CarPlay subscriptions, and the science behind anti-whiplash seats.

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SHOW NOTES

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02:24 - The Crash Test Dummy Bias

12:40 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair First Impressions

18:51  - Question #1: How do ant-whiplash front seats affect rear seat occupants?

22:01 - Question #2: Is Apple CarPlay becoming a subscription based service?

23:17 - Question #3: A comfortable and fuel efficient sedan for senior drivers?

27:18 - Question #4: A reliable compact SUV under 10K?

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The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SfX2lGIMZs

All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-lincoln-corsair-preview/

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

2012 Honda CR-V review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZ-KdWzcyM

2015 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUyV-NyUt7s

2014 Subaru Forester first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0mHmaL_8I4

2013 Mazda CX-5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtIXKw4tvSo

2016 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlnxhx4MpCU

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSCgSnRsxp0

Lexus CT 200h first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxWh5bvuyTs

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

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Nov 01 2019

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#226 2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions; What Are The Right Safety Features?

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New at the track this week is the 2020 Nissan Versa we recently purchased for our test program. We share our first impressions, and discuss the struggles of the subcompact sedan segment.  We also talk about NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new initiative to overhaul its vehicle crash test program, and how this will benefit consumers. In our Q&A segment, we answer audience questions about the long-term reliability of Ford's Ecoboost engines, if there are too many safety features on modern cars, and what is a good solution to replacing expensive LED headlights.

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00:27 - NHTSA Crash Test Program Overhaul

05:03 - 2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions

11:43 - Question #1: How reliable are Ford’s EcoBoost engines?

14:24 - Question #2: Is the abundance of safety features making cars more expensive?

19:00 - Question #3: Why are the inexpensive halogen headlights being replaced with expensive LEDs?

20:50- Question #4: What is a quieter, more luxurious replacement for a 2008 Camry Hybrid?

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Federal Car Crash Testing Needs Major Overhaul, Safety Advocates Say

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/federal-car-crash-testing-needs-major-overhaul-safety-advocates-say/

Nissan Versa Gets Much-Needed Redesign for 2020

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-nissan-versa-preview/

Nissan Versa review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8jbNVggRI

2014 Nissan Versa Note quick take

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

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

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Oct 25 2019

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#225: 2019 Mercedes A-Class Test Results; Why Windshield Replacements Are More Expensive

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We've completed testing of the 2019 Mercedes A-Class, and discuss how it performed at our track - does the small sedan live up to the luxury nameplate? We also discuss Ford's issues with its Explorer and Aviator models, and why problems with a brand new car aren't as uncommon as you might think. And why are windshield replacements becoming more expensive? We answer that, as well as questions about our tire testing, and the lack of Japanese cars on European roads in our audience Q&A segment.

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0:40 - The all-new Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator experience production problems

6:44 - CR’s test results of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

12:20 - Preview Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

13:03 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com!

13:23 - Video Question #1: Will tires of the same make, model and brand perform differently on front-wheel, rear-wheel and AWD cars?

17:04 - Video Question #2: Will it take longer to replace a windshield on a new Subaru Forester?

22:11 - Question #3: Why aren’t there as many ‘reliable’ vehicles on the road in Europe versus the United States?

LINKS

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2020 Ford Explorer First Impressions; Talking Cars #216: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFGPyX9F0

2017 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

2020 Lincoln Aviator First Impressions | Talking Cars #221: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3R3Uwsr77s

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6l5FVyFGD8

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

2020 Kia Telluride | Talking Cars #196: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_tVIA945WE

Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Test Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTNMhBiflLc

Oct 18 2019

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#224 Tesla Smart Summon; 2020 Hyundai Palisade Test Results

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Tesla's latest vehicle software update includes a feature called Smart Summon. We talk about the use and effectiveness of this autonomous feature and share our experiences of how it performed on our Model 3. Plus, we completed testing on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, find out how it stacks up against its sister SUV, the Kia Telluride. And, we answer audience questions about head-gasket replacement, run-flat winter tires and Autobahn-worthy convertibles.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - Tesla’s Smart Summon Feature

08:17 - 2020 Hyundai Palisade

14:43 - Question #1: Should I replace the head casket on my older Subaru?

18:15 - Question #2: Are regular winter tires better than run-flat winter tires?

20:40 - Question #3: Autobahn-worthy convertible?

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Tesla’s Smart Summon Performance Doesn’t Match Marketing Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/teslas-smart-summon-performance-doesnt-match-marketing-hype/

2020 Hyundai Palisade Is Packed With Features and Refinement

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-palisade-first-drive-review/

2020 Kia Telluride Ready to Meet Family Needs

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-kia-telluride-first-drive/

2018  LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

Tesla Model 3 360 Track Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuFRoLqa1JY

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

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Oct 11 2019

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#223 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor First Impressions; Should I Trust My Mechanic Over the Car's Manual?

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This week we share our first impressions on the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor that we rented, discuss its impressive off-road capabilities and who is this unique machine targeted towards. We also examine AAA's new study on vehicle pedestrian detection systems, and talk about the importance of these safety features and how they can save lives.  We also answer audience questions about when is the right time to change your car's brake fluid, what is the proper way to match a new replacement tire to other worn tires on a vehicle, and how we really feel about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

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00:26 - AAA Study about Pedestrian Detection in Vehicles

05:36 - 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

12:03 - Question #1: Should you trust your mechanic over the owner’s manual?

14:00 - Question #2: What is the proper way to match a new replacement tire to other worn tires on a vehicle?

18:32 - Question #3: How does CR really feel about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer?

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Pedestrian Detection Works, but Technology Still Has Ways to Go, AAA Study Finds

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

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Oct 04 2019

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#222 2020 Ford Escape First Impressions; California Emissions Update

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We drive the all-new 2020 Ford Escape at the Consumer Reports test track, and share our first impressions of the redesigned small SUV. Plus, we discuss the latest developments in in California’s emissions regulations, and what it all means for consumers. We also answer audience questions about car subscription programs, solutions for fixing a rough ride in your car or truck, and use our testing expertise to determine the most fuel efficient speed for highway driving.

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0:30 - California Emissions Update

6:54 - 2020 Ford Escape First Impressions

15:00 - Viewer Questions

15:15 - Video Question #1: What’s the deal with car subscription services; are they a better option than a traditional lease agreement?

20:15 - Video Question #2: If you owned a driving school, what cars would be in your fleet for students to drive?

24:09 - Video Question #3: What’s a more fuel efficient commute for a Genesis G70?

27:07 - Video Question #4: What’s the best way to identify a shimmy in a 2013 Honda Pilot?

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2017 Ford Escape Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXE5yx4SQ9s

2020 Ford Explorer First Impressions; Talking Cars #216: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFGPyX9F0

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEmjjPCCeQ

2017 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho

2016 Honda Civic Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hAWTiNz8M

2016 Ford Focus Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q8vDHouqcU

2015 Toyota Camry Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjFn2qI3HM

Don’t Want to Own a Car? Try ‘Subscribing’: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/dont-want-to-own-try-a-car-subscription-service/

Sep 27 2019

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#221 2020 Lincoln Aviator First Impressions; Are Roadside Speedometers Accurate?

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The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is the newest addition to our test fleet. We share our first impressions of the 3-row SUV and how it stacks up to its competitors. Plus, what car that would fulfill your every need? Our experts choose one car currently on the market and explain how it will fit their current lifestyle. We also answer questions about how CR manages vehicle driving modes during testing, if car and roadside speedometers are accurate, and recommend a manual transmission car for a tall driver.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - One Car That Does It All

06:32 - 2020 Lincoln Aviator

15:15 - Question #1: How does CR manage vehicle driving modes during testing?

16:41 - Question #2: Are car and roadside speedometers accurate?

18:32 - Question #3: What is a recommend manual transmission car for a tall driver?

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2020 Lincoln Aviator Ready for Liftoff

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/lincoln-aviator-preview/

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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

2020 Ford Explorer Drives Nicely but Has Many Flaws

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-ford-explorer-first-drive-review/

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Ford Explorer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNWQ_JQjc7k

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

How Fast is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbX2V1ILsqw

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

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Sep 20 2019

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#220 Are Used EVs a Safe Bet; Aftermarket Rustproofing; Best First Cars For Teens

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This week is dedicated to your questions! We discuss if worn brake pads affect adaptive cruise control and AEB systems, how to improve your headlights, why some turn signals are red while others are yellow, plus tips on winter wheel packages.

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0:52 - Video Question #1: Will worn out brake pads affect adaptive cruise control or automatic emergency braking systems?

3:10 - Question #2: Are expensive replacement headlight bulbs worth the extra money?

4:52 - Question #3: Is factory rust proofing legit?

7:18 - Question #4:  Would winter tires with an aftermarket wheel fit a 2019 Subaru Forester?/What’s the difference between CUV and SUV tires?

9:39 - Question #5: Are there any concerns with buying an early generation EV (Nissan Leaf)?

11:29 - Question #6: Where can I find break-in information in the owner’s manual for a 2019 Toyota Camry SE?

13:36 -  Question #7: Is topping off my gas tank damaging my car?

16:25 - Question #8: What’s a reliable, low-mileage vehicle for under $7,000 for a teen driver?

20:28 - Question #9: What’s the deal with different colored turn signals?

22:24 - Question #10: What’s the best set of winter tires for a 2018 Toyota Camry XLE?

23:52 - Question #11: Should I change the oil on my car at 3,000 miles vs. 6,000 miles if I drive in ‘severe conditions’?

24:32 - Question #12: Are SUVs better than sedans in handling mildly flooded roads?

26:30 - Question #13: Which used Toyota Prius offers standard safety equipment?

28:16 - Question #14: What’s a fun replacement for for an aging Mustang GT?

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2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2019 Mazda3 First Impressions; Talking Cars #197: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW5g6h2EGuY

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

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

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTm6ObWKOdY

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

Prep Your Car for Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

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

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

2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc

2008-2013 Nissan Rogue Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZq5OAOiJkY

2014 Hyundai Tucson Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcGGEPcNUqs

2009-2014 Honda Fit Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

CR’s Tire Selector: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=tires

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi8akdSzK8

2019 Hyundai Veloster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELTR3GJmh20

2015 Volkswagen GTI First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

Sep 13 2019

31mins

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#219 2019 Audi A6 First Look; All-Electric Ford F-150

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This week we share our first impressions of the Audi A6 including its all-new drivetrain and the waning relevance of sedans in the luxury market. Plus, our experts talk about the impact of Ford announcing plans for an all-electric F-150 pickup and a newly released NTSB report on a Tesla crash in California. We also answer your questions about bumper-to-bumper warranties and maintenance tips to keep your car running over 200K miles.

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0:25 - Ford electric vehicle lineup

0:50 - Ford F-150 EV prototype hauls 6625 tons

2:25 - Ford invests in Rivian

6:35 - NTSB report on Tesla crash

9:18 - 2019 Audi A6

11:25 - 2019 Audi Q3

15:20 - Audience Questions

15:29 - Video Question #1: Maintenance tips to get your car over the 200K mark

18:07- Question #2: Wet/dry braking test temperature and winter tire performance

21:44 - Question #3: Should I buy an extended warranty?

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Self-Driving System Rankings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEmjjPCCeQ

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Audi A6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mi32u6gP6w

2016 Audi A6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em2A17WHAoY

2019 Audi A8 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFEoDauMylY

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

Tesla Model S That Crashed Into Fire Truck Had Autopilot Engaged: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-s-that-crashed-into-fire-truck-had-autopilot-engaged/

2019 Audi A6 Offers Impressive Composure and Performance: https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-sedans/2019-audi-a6-first-drive-review/

2019 Audi Q3 Is Bigger and Better Equipped in Redesign: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-audi-q3-suv-preview/

Sep 06 2019

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#218 2020 Subaru Legacy First Impressions; Should You Buy a Vehicle with No Maintenance History?

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This week we discuss the 2020 Subaru Legacy, and share our first impressions on the all-wheel drive sedan. We also discuss the controversy surrounding changing emissions and fuel economy standards. And we answer audience questions about the risk of buying a car without a maintenance history, a replacement for a beloved Ford Flex, if driving habits should change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car, and if driving a manual during a long commute is a good idea.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:29 - Changing Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Controversy

07:40 - 2020 Subaru Legacy

12:29 - Question #1: Should driving habits change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car?

14:02 - Question #2: What are the risks of buying a car without a maintenance history?

16:19 - Question #3: What is a worthy replacement for a 2013 Ford Flex?

18:48 - Question #4: Should factory incentives sway ones car buying decision?

21:01 - Question #5: Is driving a manual during a long commute a good idea?

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4 Automakers Compromise With California on Fuel Emissions

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/automakers-compromise-with-california-on-fuel-emissions/

Some Subaru Owners Could Get New Cars After Recall

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/some-subaru-legacy-outback-owners-could-get-new-cars-after-recall/

2020 Subaru Legacy Ride and Handling Shine

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-first-drive-review/

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMrg2ayLbo

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

Tesla Model 3 360° Track Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuFRoLqa1JY

2011 BMW X3 first look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqiQJaQ5CY

Ford Flex review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9VX8PkuKWU

2018 Ford Expedition Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGzUBebtnO4

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBSGyK2g2Ds

4K Review: 2018 Jaguar XE Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8j17Hacjk

2014 Ford Transit Connect Review

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

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wfye-boGWc

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

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Aug 29 2019

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#217 2020 Subaru Outback First Impressions; Dealer Markups on Popular Cars

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This week our experts share their first impressions of the 2020 Subaru Outback, discussing the latest iteration of Subaru's EyeSight advanced safety system, the available turbo four-cylinder engine, and the large touch screen. We also answer audience questions, including what to do when a dealer marks up the price of a popular, hard to find vehicle like the Kia Telluride; is there a significant reliability difference in the first year of a new or redesigned car; and can premium fuel boost your engine's horsepower.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:25 - 2020 Subaru Outback

12:48 - Audience Questions

13:13 - Video Question #1: Why do dealers markup certain models (like the Kia Telluride)?

16:32 - Question #2: Reliability concerns with the 2020 Kia Soul

18:27 - Question #3: Horsepower ratings with premium fuel

20:40 - Question #4: Are problems under warranty predictive of problems outside of warranty?

22:43 - Question #5: What’s the best handling compact car on the market?

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omeYWjqBJRQ

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

Toyota Prius C review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV_IL4mMmLo

2017 BMW 3 Series Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

2014 BMW 2 Series Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d2y06Kh5LQ

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2015 Volkswagen GTI Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

Aug 23 2019

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#216 2020 Ford Explorer First Impressions; How Are CUVs and SUVs Different?

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On this episode, we talk about the 2020 Ford Explorer we've purchased for our test program, and discuss how this midsized three-row SUV stacks up against the some of the better competitors. Also, our experts discuss how emerging technology is playing a role in preventing a child from being left in a hot car, and give tips on what any driver can do to help prevent a tragedy. We wrap up with questions from our audience, including the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing, how Consumer Reports determines a car's reliability score, and what exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV (crossover utility vehicle). 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - Rear Seat Reminder Systems

05:48 - 2020 Ford Explorer first impressions

13:31 - Question #1: How does CR determines a car's reliability score?

16:57 - Question #2: Replacing a 2014 Volkswagen TDI wagon with something that has comfortable seats, all-wheel drive, and great road manners.

19:55 - Question #3: What is the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing?

23:23 - Question #4: What exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV?

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2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Ford Explorer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNWQ_JQjc7k

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

2014 BMW 3 Series Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuzAaZO_7cA

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

2015 Volvo S60 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc

2019 Volvo S60 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwlnI4f_crc

2014 Lexus IS preview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0iVZ9F38S8

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

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Aug 15 2019

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#215 Rising Car Battery Prices; Stressful Car Buying Situations; Replacement for Ultra High Mileage Toyota Camry

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This week we dip into the mailbag to answer audience questions, including ways to improve the car buying experience at the dealer, whether all-season or winter tires are better for wet (but not snowy) driving conditions, and if pressing your accelerator will override automatic emergency braking (AEB) in a crash situation, and many more!

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SHOW NOTES

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00:54 - Question #1: Why car battery prices are increasing?

03:30 - Question #2: Are Subaru ads accurate, claiming high reliability?

05:34 - Question #3: Replacing a high mileage V6 Camry with a Hybrid SUV.

09:02 - Question #4: Is an all-weather tire better than a winter tire for wet braking?

11:55 - Question #5: Why aren't manufacturers putting more effort into improving the car buying experience?

15:29 - Question #6: Does the gas pedal override the automatic emergency braking?

17:35 - Question #7: How much range will an electric car's battery lose sitting in a parking lot for an extended period of time with colder temperatures?

20:18 - Question #8: Will SUVs rule the roost forever, or could there be a shift back to sedans and wagons?

25:23 - Question #9: Which car is better for high altitude driving?

27:34 - Question #10: Please recommend a fun, responsive, safe, and reliable four seat sedan with good fuel economy.

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2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Results; CR's Tire Purchasing Survey Results

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO5gkJ9__5A

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

4K Review: 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skG8lLJUPu8

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

2019 Jaguar I-PACE Test Results: 2019 Kia Soul First Impressions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18vG2BpAVOw

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Aug 09 2019

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#214 2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Impressions; Which Modern Car Will Become A Future Classic?

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This week we give our first impressions on the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, and discuss the evolution of this hatchback sedan. Then, our experts each select a car on the market today that they think will become a classic show car in the future. Also, we dip into the mailbag to answer audience questions, including why you should not try to test automatic emergency braking at home, if low-profile tires serve any function on a pickup truck, and if the BMW-powered Toyota Supra will maintain Toyota’s reputation for excellent reliability.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 - Which Modern Car Could Become The Future Classic

07:47 - 2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Impressions

16:03 - Question #1: Is there any way to test the automatic emergency braking system on your car? 

17:59 - Question #2: Are large wheel sizes on trucks purely for style, or is there some functionality to them?

21:54 - Question #3: Will the new BMW-powered Toyota Supra have Toyota's reliability?

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New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is a Stylish Alternative to Midsized Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2019-volkswagen-arteon-first-drive-review/

2013 Volkswagen CC review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhdTi1j51FE

Chrysler 300C review

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

2012 Chrysler 300 first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH5pFbNpxWI

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

2013 Tesla Model S first drive

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

Why Consumer Reports Bought a Tesla Model S P85D

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw

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Aug 03 2019

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#213 2020 Cadillac XT6 First Impressions; Why Are Wagons Going Away?

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We just bought a 2020 Cadillac XT6 for testing at the track, and we give our first impressions on the midsized SUV, including how it stacks up against other 3-row competitors (including its big brother, the Escalade.) Volkswagen has ended production on some of the last station wagons in the US market, the Golf Alltrack and SportWagen; we analyze why many wagons are being discontinued, and what they are being replaced with. We also answer audience questions about the ideal driving conditions for a dual-clutch transmission, the use of advanced safety features in inclement weather, and why you might see a lot of soot on the tailpipe of a direct injection turbo.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:37 - Volkswagen discontinuing the Golf Alltrack and SportWagen

06:52 - 2020 Cadillac XT6 first impressions

11:59 - Question #1: Is a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox or Dual-Clutch Transmission) ideal for heavy traffic driving?

16:10 - Question #2: How do advanced safety systems react in inclement weather?

19:53 - Question #3: Why is there a lot of soot on the tailpipe of a direct injection turbo car?

23:19 - Question #4: What is a good replacement for a 10 year old Prius?

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2107 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac XT6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL0Z8wAgBkY

2020 Cadillac XT6 Is a Pleasant, Forgettable SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-cadillac-xt6-first-drive-review/

2015 Cadillac Escalade Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4_Rhf9NMfw

2017 GMC Acadia Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTDsPlpsla8

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

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Jul 26 2019

26mins

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