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Rank #85 in Automotive category

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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.

iTunes Ratings

127 Ratings
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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

127 Ratings
Average Ratings
75
21
10
7
14

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)

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: #38: Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Jul 15 2014

17mins

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Rank #2: #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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Rank #3: #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

21mins

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Rank #4: #109: Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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The redesigned Honda CR-V and all-new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack are two different takes on the sport utility vehicle. We also answer questions about affordable cars with advanced safety equipment and if an older BMW is a risky maintenance and reliability bet.

Feb 22 2017

21mins

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Rank #5: #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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Rank #6: #3: Small cars, SUVs, Minivans and more

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Apr 30 2013

17mins

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Rank #7: #67: 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5; Acura ILX

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We see it all the time in the YouTube comments: questions about the Mazda6 and CX-5. Both models were updated for 2016, so Talking Cars highlights the changes. Both cars stay true to form, with sharp handling and impressive fuel economy. We discuss if Mazda was successful in reducing interior noise, long a brand shortcoming. Also updated for 2016 is the Acura ILX. Despite changes, the car doesn't reach far beyond its Honda Civic roots, making us seriously question its $30,000 price tag.

Apr 21 2015

19mins

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Rank #8: #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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Rank #9: #62: 2015 Top Picks

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Coinciding with our annual April auto issue, it's time to reveal Consumer Reports' Top Picks for 2015. Selections have to be among the top-scoring cars in their category, and must have average or better reliability according to our survey data. Two big trends emerge this year: American brands are fighting back, taking three of the ten top spots. Subaru also continues to dominate, grabbing three of the other spots. We discuss each pick, why there isn't a choice for top pickup truck this year, and look at some cars that almost made the list.

Feb 24 2015

18mins

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Rank #10: #124: 2018 Honda Accord & Tips for Dealing with Dealers

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We got our hands on the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and give our first impressions on its driving dynamics, updated infotainment system, and styling. Did you know October is a great time to find a deal on cars and trucks? We tell you why, and show you some of the big bargains out there. Finally, buying a car from a dealer can be a high pressure experience, so we share some of our tips for buying a car without all the hassle.

Oct 05 2017

23mins

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Rank #11: #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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Rank #12: #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

22mins

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Rank #13: #118: Viewer Q&A and 2018 Toyota Camry

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This week we dive into the comments section and answer viewer questions on winter tire traction, auto start/stop systems, our favorite muscle cars, and the family hauler potential of commercial vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. We also give our first impressions of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry.

Jun 21 2017

18mins

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Rank #14: #175 2019 Toyota RAV4; Standard Safety Terms

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The all-new Toyota RAV4 is at the track; we share our impressions and discuss how it's stayed on top of the small SUV market. We also talk about CR's push to standardize the terms used to describe safety gear, and how we're including blind-spot warning into our overall score of vehicles. Don't worry, we squeezed in some audience questions too!

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Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts!

Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2

Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2

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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0:36 - CR's push to standardize safety gear terms

4:40 - Including blind-spot warning in CR car ratings

7:30 - 2019 Toyota RAV4

13:35 - Send us your questions!

14:23 - Question #1: Leasing as a long term test drive?

16:33 - Question #2: Genesis G70 availability

19:00 - Question #3: Is the Mazda CX-9 a reliable choice this year?

19:44 - Question #4: What PHEV should I buy?

VIDEO LINKS

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2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

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

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

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

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

2013 Ford C-MAX First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mw4bC6WZo

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYnvaqVHV0 

Nov 01 2018

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Rank #15: #27: Models to Avoid

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Mar 25 2014

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Rank #16: #57: 2014's Best and Worst

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Our end-of-the-year episode highlights testers’ personal highs and lows of the year. These cars don’t necessarily bracket our formal ratings, but they stand out in our collective memory. We really like cars that balance sport and practicality, with positive votes for the Porsche Macan, BMW M235i, and Volkswagen Golf/GTI. Minority votes also went to the Range Rover, Subaru Outback, and Chevrolet SS. Cars that made our least-liked list generally promised more than they delivered. Despite its storied marque, several of us dissed the Maserati Ghibli for falling short of luxury sport car expectations. Other cars earning brickbats include the Chrysler 200, Mercedes-Benz GLA and CLA, and the Infiniti Q50. Reaching beyond 2014, some of us dug up some older-introduced cars that still bug them today.

Dec 30 2014

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Rank #17: #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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Rank #18: #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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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/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQ

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

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Rank #19: #232: 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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Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts!

Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2

Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2

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

Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

Follow Us on Social:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo

Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

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?

LINKS

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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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Rank #20: #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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