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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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#3: Small cars, SUVs, Minivans and more

17mins

30 Apr 2013

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#5: Tesla Model S

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9 May 2013

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Top Car Brands of 2019; How We Choose Our Top Picks

This week we release our list of the top cars for 2019, and we discuss what it takes to be a Consumer Reports Top Pick vehicle. Reliability is very important when shopping for a vehicle, and we discuss how we determine which cars will keep running for the long haul, as well as give an update on the the reliability score for the Tesla Model 3. Finally, we discuss which brands make the best (or worst) vehicles. SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- :38 - how we determine our Top Picks 7:13 - Updates to our reliability data 9:31 - Tesla Model 3 reliability 12:43 - highlights of our new reliability data 15:40 - who makes the best cars by brand? ----------------------------------- 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! Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

19mins

21 Feb 2019

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#38: Volkswagen Golf GTI

17mins

15 Jul 2014

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#197 2019 Mazda3 First Impressions; 2020 Ford Escape & Toyota Yaris Hatchback Announcements

We just purchased the all-new 2019 Mazda3 for our testing program, and we share our first impressions on the sedan - can it retain the fun driving dynamics of the last generation? We also discuss the recently unveiled 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback and Ford Escape's chances of becoming bigger players in their respective segments. We also answer questions from our audience, including whether premium fuel will make a Ford F-150 run more efficiently, how to choose the right size tires, and how you know if the fuel you’re buying is considered top tier. ---------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 01:14 - 2020 Ford Escape 06:25 - 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback 10:07 - 2019 Mazda3 First Impressions 17:05 - Question #1: How Do I Know That I’m Buying Top Tier Fuel? 20:59 - Question #2: Right Tires For My Car and Should I Use Hydrogen For My Tires? 24:30 - Question #3: Will Higher Octane Gas Improve Fuel Economy? 27:36 - Question #4: Suggestions For A Rear-Wheel Drive Sporty Four-Door Sedan That Can Fit Child Seats? ----------------------------------- Redesigned 2020 Ford Escape Adds Tech, Loses Weight https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-ford-escape-preview/ 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Gets Bigger and Adds Features https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-toyota-yaris-hatchback-preview/ Study Shows Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/study-shows-top-tier-gasoline-worth-extra-price/ 2016 Scion iA Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3iEg9MlrVU Mazda2 First Look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glqayR8t240 2014 Mazda3 First Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY ----------------------------------- 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

31mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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#189 The 'Myth' of AWD; Best 2 Row SUV; Mazda3: Will It Baby?

This week, it’s another all questions episode! We talk about everything from tires, crash tests, the all-wheel drive myth and the most baby-worthy car for a dad-to-be. And don't forget that you can send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com! ————————————————— 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 ----------------------------------- 0:42 - Video Question #1: Are trucks being used for their intended design? 2:20 - Video Question #2: Where can you get a vehicle maintenance schedule if your car doesn’t come with an owner’s manual? 4:20 - Question #3: Among two-row SUVs, is the Hyundai Santa Fe a good choice? 6:33 - Question #4: Which Subaru is best for a teenage driver’s first car? 7:58 - Question #5: Does the tire pressure on the door placard apply when you replace your vehicle’s tires? 9:00 - Question #6: Do manufacturers special tune cars that are lent to the press? 10:04 - Question #7: Does CR perpetuate the all-wheel drive myth? 12:24 - Question #8: Tires aside, what other factors affect how a vehicle performs on winter roads? 14:07 - Question #9: Will the Mazda3 or Genesis G70 baby? 16:17 - Question #10: Are trucks and SUVs in a separate category when it comes to government safety and emissions standards? 17:43 - Question #11: How will the IIHS crash test vehicles in the future? 19:00 - Question #12: How do you turn on a vehicle accessory mode when you have a push button start? 19:31 -  Question #13: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Mazda3? 20:38 - Question #14: What’s the best all-weather tire for a 2018 VW Golf? LINKS ----------------------------------- 2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0 2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I 2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULSTAtPt_g 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY 2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY 2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8 Do You Really Need All-Wheel Drive?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow AWD Showdown: Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-TQdIqFvZo New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA Essential Winter Driving Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

23mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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#6: The Lightning Round

6mins

4 Jun 2013

Rank #7

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#201 2020 Jeep Gladiator First Impressions; RIP Mercedes' Smart Car Brand

We rented Jeep's all-new 2020 Gladiator and share our first impressions, discussing its place in the market, and if it has what it takes to succeed as a truck. Also, our experts weigh in on the Mercedes-Benz announcement discontinuing the Smart car brand of small vehicles in the US. Finally, we answer audience questions, including the high price for windshield replacement in cars with modern safety features, and why electric vehicle chargers aren't universal (or even cross-compatible.) ------------------------------------------ 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 ----------------------------------- 00:25 - Mercedes’ Smart Car Announcement 05:55 - 2020 Jeep Gladiator 12:19 - Question 1: Increasing Windshield Prices Because of Modern Tech 15:55 - Question 2: Applying Aviation Licensing Rules to Cars With Autopilot 20:21 - Question 3: Why Electric Vehicle Chargers Aren’t Cross-compatible? 23:58 - Question 4: Is the 2020 Hyundai Venue a Good Car For Seniors Citizens? ----------------------------------- 2016 Smart Car ForTwo Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dkkK946Jss 2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y 2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMnHRUBHOg 2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8 2014 Kia Soul first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWLSznNopCw 2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw ----------------------------------- 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

28mins

3 May 2019

Rank #8

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#200 Live from Brooklyn, New York!

We celebrate our milestone 200th episode of the podcast with a live audience in New York City, discussing the evolution of Talking Cars over the years, how our team of experts got started at Consumer Reports, and what we see in the future for the automobile industry. We wrap this special episode with questions from our audience members. ------------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 1:07 - The History of Talking Cars Podcast 3:43 - How Our Experts Got Their Start at CR 11:41 - The Past, What We Miss The Most 16:06 - The Present, Our Favorite Cars Today and What Makes Them Better 26:33 - The Future, What What We See in the Future for the Auto Industry 31:45 - Question 1: Does CR Perform Automatic Emergency Braking Comparisons? 34:03 - Question 2: Will Modern Technology in Cars Create a Larger Depreciation Curve? 37:52 - Question 3: What is the Future of Speech Technology in Cars? 40:49 - Question 4: Does CR Penalize Car Manufacturers for Bad Practices? 43:13 - Question 5: Why Some Manufacturers Produce Hybrid Models for EU but Not for US? 45:20 - Question 6: What is CR’s Take on Modern Convoluted Controls? 48:43 - Question 7: Who Makes the Best Cooled Seats? 50:58 - Question 8: Where Do We See The Role of Government in Driver Education? ----------------------------------- Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKkcRYrAjkk ----------------------------------- 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

57mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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#116: Used Car Marketplace

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.

25mins

24 May 2017

Rank #10

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#46: Subaru WRX and Ram 1500 diesel

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. 

18mins

9 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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#18: Sports Cars - Fiesta ST, F-Type, Cayman, Corvette, and 911

28mins

26 Nov 2013

Rank #12

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#110: 2017 Top Picks

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.

23mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #13

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2019 Ford Ranger First Impressions; What Happens to Our Cars After Testing

We just took delivery of our very own 2019 Ford Ranger, and give our first impressions of what it’s like to drive this resurrected small pickup truck. We answer audience questions about the AWD system in the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, if an electric is the right choice for a snowy, mountainous climate, and what to do about a car’s safety sensors that get obstructed by snow, salt, and ice. Finally, ever wonder what happens to CR’s cars once the final test is complete? We go behind the scenes and tell you how testing continues, even after a vehicle leaves the test track for the final time. SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- :26 - what we do with our cars when testing is complete 6:15 - 2019 Ford Ranger 9:31 - Tesla Model 3 reliability 14:00 - Question #1: How does an all-wheel drive system work in a hybrid? 18:42 - Question #2: should I buy an electric vehicle in a cold, snowy climate? 22:37 - reliability of advanced safety sensors in wintry conditions ----------------------------------- 2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/VQ09demkO_E 2019 Ram 1500 Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/coeasX0ZyTk 2019 Nissan Altima Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/mhow54shu-o 2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/vHnpNycnJ1s 2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/eJJeNbqaQAM 2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/dymKOcVk7Iw 2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/S0VlwLRJFAo 2014 BMW i3 Review: https://youtu.be/NVTw2jdJ8Ns 6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car This Winter: https://youtu.be/MDpdorEOeUc 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! Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez 

26mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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#190 2019 Chevrolet Blazer; Cars That Broke Our Hearts

Chevrolet has revived the Blazer nameplate, and we discuss if it can compete in the saturated 2-row SUV market. Love is in the air this week, and we share stories about the cars that broke our hearts. We also share some highlights from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, including details on the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan. We wrap the episode with audience questions about the importance of washing your car's undercarriage, myths about automatic emergency braking, and how we test cargo space. ------------------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:26 - 2019 Chicago Auto Show - 2020 Subaru Legacy 04:08- Cars That Broke Our Hearts 09:39 - 2019 Chevrolet Blazer 17:51 - Question 1: Do We Recommend Undercarriage Washes? 20:19 - Question 2: How Does Automatic Emergency Braking Work? 24:05 - Question 3: How Do We Test Cargo Space? 25:49 - Question 4: Used Car For a New Family With a Dog? ----------------------------------- Redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy Brings Back Turbo, Adds Tech https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-preview/ 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o The Best Used Cars Under $20K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqLQanBKvLA Best Used Cars for Under $20,000 https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-for-under-20000-dollars/ 2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h-xcmM5KWs Mazda5 review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MBqBM161gI ----------------------------------- 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

28mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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

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 ----------------------------------- :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  ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 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

26mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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#139: Our 2018 Top Picks

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.

18mins

22 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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#170: 2019 Subaru Forester; Waze, Google Maps & CarPlay; Alexa in Your Car

This week, we give our first impressions of the new Subaru Outback - does it maintain the legacy of the high utility (but low excitement) SUV? We also discuss the recent announcements of mobile map apps Waze and Google Maps debuting on Apple CarPlay, as well as Amazon's new Alexa Auto device. Lastly, we answer audience questions about our test results on the Acura RDX, why all dashboards are black these days, and which we would choose as a work truck: the Chevrolet Colorado or the Toyota Tacoma. ----------------------------------- 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

25mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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#62: 2015 Top Picks

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.

18mins

24 Feb 2015

Rank #19

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#27: Models to Avoid

26mins

25 Mar 2014

Rank #20