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The Car and Driver Podcast

Car and Driver magazine brings its irreverent and no-holds-barred take on cars and happenings in the automotive world. Hear straight talk from Car and Driver’s top editors replete with their unique brand of humor and expert insight, which has made Car and Driver the leader in automotive news.

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#10 -REVIEWS: 2017 FIAT 124 SPIDER ABARTH VS. 2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA CLUB

A touch of international intrigue and some striking similarities when it comes to the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. But the Car and Driver editors still found plenty to tell these two apart, so listen in to find out which roadster came out on top in this latest comparison test.

11mins

21 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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#6 - Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Chevrolet Camaro vs. Ford Mustang

In this comparison test between turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines, we examine two icons of the American automotive industry whose influence on vehicle design, car culture and our society as a whole is unprecedented. Join us as we review two classic American muscle cars, the powerful Chevrolet Camaro and the iconic Ford Mustang.

22mins

15 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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#2: New York Auto Show - Is the Boxster the Perfect Sports Car?

Today we will talk about the emotions that go into car buying, hear what’s up with concept vehicles… and let’s not forget electric cars.

11mins

26 Mar 2016

Rank #3

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#11.1 – Reviews: Jaguar F-Pace S vs. Porsche Macan GTS - Part 1

In Part 1 of this two-vehicle comparison test, Car and Driver editors focus on the F-Pace – part of a larger package of stories in the magazine’s November issue called “SUVs You Won’t Hate.”  You will hear how Jaguar and Porsche pierce the darkness of crossover conformity with the F-Pace and the Macan GTS, proving that an elevated center of gravity and a mainstream mission need not preclude a serious sense of fun.  Tune in next week for Part 2 – the Porsche Macan GTS.

9mins

14 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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#1.1 – Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Hot Hatch: Subaru WRX STI

Our editors hit the roads of the renowned Monte Carlo Rally to test one of the most iconic and influential cars in genkata, also known as drift racing – the Subaru WRX STI.

8mins

11 May 2016

Rank #5

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#8.3 – CAR AND DRIVER REVIEWS: SUPER CAR COMPARISON TEST – PORSCHE 911 TURBO S

The winner is: the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S! From acceleration to fuel economy, the new Porsche 911 reigns supreme in the super car comparison test. Find out why the Car and Driver editors gave this super car a 200 out of 230. 

17mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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#4 - Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Ford F150 V-8 vs. F150 EcoBoost V-6

We continue our comparison test examining the difference between naturally aspirated engines and turbocharged engines. Join us as we review two Ford F150’s, one with the classic all-American V-8 engine that has made it a best-selling staple of the American auto-industry for decades with the eco-friendly engine of the future that still packs a punch, the EcoBoost V-6.

14mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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#3 - Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test - Naturally Aspirated Engines vs. Turbocharged Engines

Join us as we review the engines of the Mazda 3 and the VW Golf, two of Car and Driver magazine's favorite cars.  Which is stronger, faster, and better?  The naturally aspirated engine or the turbocharged engines? Listen and find out! 

17mins

25 May 2016

Rank #8

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#3: New York Auto Show – Camaro ZL1 …Need We Say More?

When is the best time to buy a new car? We have the answers for you. Plus, learn how social media has changed car shows, and eavesdrop on our chat with Al Oppenheiser, the Chief Engineer for Chevrolet Camaro.

12mins

27 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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#9.5 – Reviews: Small Luxury Crossover Comparison Test – BMW X1

The Car and Driver editors are raving about the 2016 BMW X1 – in fact, it’s the runaway winner in the small luxury crossover comparison test, leading the pack by a 27-point margin and cleaning up in every category. Hear the editors’ latest analysis.

11mins

14 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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#1.2 – Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Hot Hatch: Volkswagen Golf-R

Join us as we head to the mountains of France to test a car that is versatile enough to be a “comfortable-living car” for the casual driver, yet wild enough for the most experienced of drifters – the Volkswagen Golf-R.

6mins

11 May 2016

Rank #11

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#1.3 – Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Hot Hatch: Ford Focus RS

There’s a new kid in town. Our editors go overseas to test out one of the hottest, most hyped new cars to hit the market – and one that is bound to revolutionize the way rally cars are designed – the Ford Focus RS.

10mins

11 May 2016

Rank #12

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#7.5 – CAR AND DRIVER REVIEWS: COMPARISON TEST – MAZDA 3

The editors of Car and Driver reveal the winner of the compact sedan category: Mazda 3! Find out why Mazda 3 beat out all of it's competitors in the comparison tests. 

14mins

20 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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#8.1 – CAR AND DRIVER REVIEWS: SUPER CAR COMPARISON TEST – AUDI R8

The Car and Driver editors review three cars from the August Super Car Comparison issue. First up, the brand new Audi R8. 

16mins

27 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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#5 - Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – McLaren 570S vs. Porsche 911 GT3RS

Join us as we continue the comparison test between turbocharged engines and naturally aspirated engines. Today we look at two heavy weight titans and icons of the automotive industry. The classic British midsized supercar masterpiece known as the McLaren 570S and the definitive modern top of the line speedster and pinnacle of German engineering, the Porsche 911 GT 3RS.

14mins

8 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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#10: New York Auto Show – Did You Know Your Vehicle Has a Face?

In today’s line-up, we explore Acura’s design challenges, have a fun conversation with Tim Barnes of Mazda, and give a sneak peek into the May issue of Car and Driver magazine.

12mins

3 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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#6: New York Auto Show – You Asked, We Listened …Let’s Talk HELLCAT

In today’s episode, hear all about the unveiling of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Then, we talk Dodge with Tim Kuniskis of FCA, and give you the scoop on the last days of Oldsmobile.

12mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #17

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#9.1 - CAR AND DRIVER REVIEWS: SMALL LUXURY CROSSOVER COMPARISON TEST - AUDI Q3 QUATTRO

The Car and Driver editors review five vehicles for the small luxury crossover comparison test. The first of five vehicles reviewed is the 2016 Audi Q3 Quattro. Find out why the editors ranked the Q3 Quattro in 5th place and where they believe it needs room for improvement.  

11mins

16 Aug 2016

Rank #18

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#2.2 – Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Mid-Size Sedans: Mazda 6

Join us as we compare the most hotly contested segment in autodom, the mid-size sedan. The Mazda 6 is high on the Editors list, so let’s see how it compares!

7mins

18 May 2016

Rank #19

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#2.3 – Car and Driver Reviews: Comparison Test – Mid-Size Sedans: Honda Accord

One of the perennial 10 best winners – the Honda Accord! Let’s see how it compares to the other vehicles in the most hotly contested segment in autodom; the mid-size sedan.

12mins

18 May 2016

Rank #20