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Rank #27 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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Good to help you sleep

By hiitsmeeeeeeeeeee - Jan 31 2020
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If you have insomnia, this podcast works quite well to put you to sleep.

Interesting and informative :)

By MissCSN - Jul 31 2016
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I've learned a lot from this, and it's also funny and entertaining.

iTunes Ratings

171 Ratings
Average Ratings
104
27
10
12
18

Good to help you sleep

By hiitsmeeeeeeeeeee - Jan 31 2020
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If you have insomnia, this podcast works quite well to put you to sleep.

Interesting and informative :)

By MissCSN - Jul 31 2016
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I've learned a lot from this, and it's also funny and entertaining.
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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.

Rank #1: #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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Rank #2: #38: Volkswagen Golf GTI

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We're car enthusiasts here at Consumer Reports, so we got rather excited by the arrival of our new 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI test car. While it's a very nice car indeed, some of us have mixed feelings about this more mature hot hatch. Moving on to YouTube questions, we finally answer a patient viewer's question about which three-row SUV to buy. Another viewer asks about buying a truck for his 18-year old son -- our answer probably won't win many popularity points. Finally, we answer a viewer's question about a good American sedan with all-wheel-drive.

Jul 15 2014

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Rank #3: #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

18mins

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Rank #4: #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

21mins

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Rank #5: #150: Left Lane Hogs, Buick Regal TourX...Station Wagon??

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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/

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 Left lane hogs

03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars

07:36 Buick Regal TourX

09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons

13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles

17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance

21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES

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More American Drivers Want Electric Cars, AAA Survey Says

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-american-drivers-want-electric-cars-aaa-survey-says/

Stop The Left-Lane Hogs

http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-ct-needs-left-lane-law-20180101-story.html

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive:

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

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2014 Buick Regal Review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY

2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk

2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU

2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8vDgiQnUI

2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4

Lexus ES first drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOpsFg2H_S8

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May 10 2018

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Rank #6: #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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Rank #7: #162 Havana Car Culture; Ram 1500; Car Prices in Canada

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On this week's episode, Keith tells us about his recent trip to Havana, Cuba, and what it was like to experience classic cars from a modern mindset. Next, we give our first impression on the new Ram 1500 pickup, and whether we think it can compete in this extremely popular segment. We also take time to answer audience questions about the Chrysler 200, why Kia and Hyundai products are cheaper in Canada, and if fog lights are an important safety feature in new cars. 

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

SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Gabe's minor weekend injury

1:39 - Keith's trip to Havana and Cuban Car Culture

5:34 - Gabe's rare vacation cars

7:15 - Jon's honeymoon Citroen

8:38 - 2019 Ram 1500

13:32 - Audience Questions

14:03 - Question #1: What's our beef with the Chrysler 200?

18:21 - Question #2: Do fog lights increase visibility/safety?

21:53 - Question #3: Canadian minivan prices and recommendations

24:16 - Question #4: Vehicle recommendation for a growing family   

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Ram 1500 Remains Big and Brawny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LLG4GsdY0

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP9c44rWiqA

2015 Chrysler 200 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PppcLoxShxc

Night-vision Technology in Cars Protects Pedestrians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooXRzqfT44U

2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

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

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Aug 02 2018

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Rank #8: #201 2020 Jeep Gladiator First Impressions; RIP Mercedes' Smart Car Brand

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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.)

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SHOW NOTES

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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?

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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

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May 03 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: #12: Are American Cars Really Better Now? Plus - new SUVs and hatchbacks.

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Have American cars turned the corner? Consumer Reports' car experts answer that question and give buying advice for readers who want to buy American. Plus discussion of the Acura MDX, Mitsubishi Outlander, Fiat 500L and Kia Soul.

Sep 04 2013

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Rank #10: #11: All About Hybrids. Plus, Mazda3

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Consumer Reports' car experts answer questions about hybrids, including the Ford C-Max hybrid fuel economy controversy. They also discuss hybrid alternatives like diesels and efficient gasoline-powered cars. Plus a discussion of the new Mazda3.

Aug 21 2013

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Rank #11: #189 The 'Myth' of AWD; Best 2 Row SUV; Mazda3: Will It Baby?

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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!

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SHOW NOTES

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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

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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

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #12: #35: Chevrolet Corvette vs Porsche 911

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Two iconic sports cars square off at the Consumer Reports test track - the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911. The engineers and technicians who did the testing talk about how each car performs at the track and they name their favorites. Since a new Corvette or 911 is out of reach for most of us, we also answer a reader question about affordable rear-wheel-drive sports cars.

Jun 24 2014

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Rank #13: #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

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Rank #14: #132: The Parka Podcast

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Bundle up for this week's episode as we share expert advice on how to get the most out of your car in frigid temps. Two new giant SUVs make their debut at our test track and we answer viewer questions about all-weather tires and cruise control.

Jan 04 2018

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Rank #15: #97: Cadillac CT6, XT5, and Chevrolet Volt

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The new Cadillac CT6 sedan and XT5 SUV highlight the brand's split personality. We also answer your questions about three-row SUVs, why we mention the Audi Q7 more than the Volvo XC90, and if we'll test a Toyota Land Cruiser.

Jun 28 2016

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Rank #16: #47: 2015 Ford Mustang with Wayne Carini

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This episode features a special car - the new 2015 Ford Mustang - and a special guest, Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars. Wayne and CR's Jake Fisher talk about Mustangs through the years, how the car's evolved, and how classic cars compare to today's technology-laden wonders.

Sep 17 2014

15mins

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Rank #17: #198 2019 Mazda3 First Impressions; 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid; Is HID/LED Headlight Glare Dangerous?

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New to our test fleet this week is the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid we purchased for testing at our track. With the same hybrid system as the Prius, and built on the same platform as the well-performing Corolla Hatchback, is Toyota's new offering the best of both worlds? We also discuss IIHS' latest study on speeding's role in fatal auto accidents, and answer audience questions, including the difference between summer and all-season tires, and whether modern HID and LED headlights cause too much glare for oncoming 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!

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

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - High Speed Limits Increase Fatal Crashes

06:11 - 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid First Impressions

11:11 - Question 1: Does Modern Technology Take Motorcycles Into Account?

14:56 - Question 2: Are Turbo Engine Less Reliable Than Non-turbo?

17:20 - Question 3: What Is The Difference Between All-season and Summer Tires?

19:37 - Question 4: Do HID/LED Headlights Cause Too Much Glare?

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Higher Speed Limits Led to 36,760 More Deaths, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/higher-speed-limits-led-to-36760-more-deaths-study-shows/

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_57znwZsA

2014 Toyota Corolla first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY

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Apr 12 2019

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Rank #18: #15: Are orphan brands good deals?

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Are orphan car brands like Pontiac and Saab good deals on the used car market? We answer that and discuss why the Volkswagen Passat doesn't feel all that "German" to drive. Then we look at the updated 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla. Other reader questions look at substitutes for the defunct Lincoln Town Car and Cadillac DTS, testing the diesel Audi A7 TDI, whether the Scion FRS and Subaru BR-Z are powerful enough for our tire test program, and how we purchase test cars.

Oct 16 2013

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Rank #19: #63: Ford Edge, Lexus NX

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The magic number for this episode is "two." We look at two new two-row SUVs, the Ford Edge and Lexus NX, both powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders. While the Lexus tries to be sporty (with some success), the 2015 Edge winds up being the better "Lexus," thanks to a redesign that transforms the car. Normally Toyota does hybrids well, but the hybrid NX300h isn't as fulfilling as the turbocharged NX200t. Viewer feedback ran deep from our annual Top Picks episode, asking about the lack of a sports car pick and our small car choice. Finally, we talk about the possibility of buying a Tesla Model S P85D.

Mar 10 2015

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Rank #20: #130: Owner Satisfaction Results and Affordable Luxury Cars

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This week we cover Toyota's announcement on EV’s and a new Mercedes bound for the States. Owner Satisfaction results are in, and we talk about the brands and models that left drivers wanting more. Plus, viewer questions about our test fleet and more on electronic parking brakes.

Dec 21 2017

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#266 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Impressions; Best Used Cars for Teens Under $20,000

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This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and talk about how it compares to the last outgoing model, and why this small SUV might have created a new size category for Chevy. Consumer Reports has teamed up with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (or IIHS for short) to recommend safe, reliable used cars and SUVs that are well-suited for teenage drivers, and cost $20k or less; our panel explains why this is an important market for buyers today, and which cars they would choose off the list. Also, we help a viewer decide between a new Toyota Venza hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime to replace his high-mileage Toyota Highlander, explain why all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles require all four tires to be changed at the same time, and pick a car we think would be perfect for a long trip to Mars.

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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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00:00 - Introduction

01:34 - Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

11:33 - 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Impressions

18:18- Question #1: Which is a best replacement for an old Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Venza or the RAV4 Prime?

22:55 - Question #2: When replacing tires on an AWD car, why all 4 tires need to be replaced at the same time?

26:17 - Question #3: Which car would we pick to take to Mars?

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/

How to Buy Your First New or Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-your-first-new-or-used-car/

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Teen Drivers

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/what-parents-can-do-to-protect-teen-drivers/

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek

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

2013 Honda Accord first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjVV9YbLBIg

2014 Volkswagen Jetta quick take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcG2BT_-0T8

First Drive: 2021 Toyota Venza Strikes and SUV sweet Spot

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgN-PuE4YAc

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

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Jul 31 2020

29mins

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#265 2021 Kia K5 and 2020 Porsche Taycan First Impressions

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We spent time behind the wheel of the all-new 2021 Kia K5 sedan, and give our first impressions on the new styling, driving characteristics, comfort, and controls. Consumer Reports recently purchased the all-electric 2020 Porsche Taycan, and we talk about how this luxury EV stacks up against its main competitor, the Tesla Model S. We also talk about advancements in electric car battery technology, how to store a set of winter tires that only gets used a few times a year, and define what it means for a car to be "fun to drive."

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Intro

1:49 - 2021 Kia K5 First Impressions

12:29 -  2020 Porsche Taycan First Impressions

21:23 - Question #1: What does it mean when CR says a car is “fun to drive?”

24:12 - Question #2: What is the best way to store winter tires that get used a few times a year?

25:49 - Question #3: Is the battery technology on the cusp of a large leap in battery capacity?

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Preview: All-New 2021 Kia K5 Brings Style to Midsized Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-kia-k5-review/

2016 Kia Optima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjpVbCmH6zk

First Drive: 2020 Porsche Taycan Is a High-Priced Alternative to the Tesla Model S

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2020-porsche-taycan-electric-vehicle-review/

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-consumer-reports-tests-cars/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

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Jul 24 2020

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#264 2020 Range Rover Evoque Test Results; 2021 Ford Bronco Debut

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This week we share our test results of the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and discuss if the compact luxury SUV retains the swagger the brand is known for. Also, Ford has unveiled its brand new Bronco for 2021! We run through all the specs, pricing, the numerous trim levels (with names like Black Diamond, Badlands, and Sasquatch!) and talk about the nostalgia that the Bronco name plate brings. We wrap up with audience questions about retrofitting your vehicle with wireless Apple CarPlay, whether buying a plug-in hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 Prime is a good buy if you don't have access to a charging station, replacements for a college graduate's Hyundai Elantra (SUV or pickup truck?), and how to start a career in the automotive journalism industry.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:38 - 2021 Ford Bronco Debut

08:56 - 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Test Results

14:24 - Question #1: Deciding between a sedan, SUV, and truck for a new grad.

18:29 - Question #2: Is it possible to upgrade a regular Apple CarPlay to a wireless?

22:22 - Question #3: How practical is the Toyota RAV4 Prime, when charging is not available?

24:55 - Question #4: What is the best way to start-off a career in automotive journalism?

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Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Looks Rugged and Ready for Action

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-sport-review/

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Looks Good but Lacks Substance

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-land-rover-range-rover-evoque-first-drive-review/

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITaZXrw4GRI

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Updates Bring Major Changes

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/android-auto-and-apple-carplay-updates-major-changes/

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Quick Drive

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

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

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

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive

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

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

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Jul 18 2020

29mins

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#263 2020 Tesla Model Y First Impressions

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The Tesla Model Y makes its debut at our test track. We share our first impressions on driving, styling and the suite of technology that's packed into this all-electric SUV. We discuss some safety concerns with Tesla's optional, Full Self-Driving Capability package, and how rolling changes to the beta software can alter how the Model Y behaves on the road.

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0:30 - Tesla Model Y specs

1:57 - Jake’s first impressions

2:58 - Model Y styling

5:07 - Interior and controls discussion

12:54 - Safety features, Tesla’s blind-spot warning system

17:12 - Traffic light stop sign detection system and beta software

23:35 - Question: We have a Model Y on order. What other cars should we consider?

LINKS:

5 Things You Need to Know About the New Tesla Model Y: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/tesla-model-y-things-to-know/

Jul 13 2020

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#262 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Impressions; Ford's Unveiling of the 2021 F-150

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in version of the hybrid, and talk about the ups and downs of the electrification of the RAV. We discuss the newly unveiled 2021 Ford F-150 and all the changes, including a hybrid powertrain. Also, we answer audience questions about which factor is most important (mileage or age) when purchasing a used car, the mechanics of heating and cooling in electric cars, and could obstructing the A-pillar (with a dash cam power cord) potentially affect the side curtain airbag.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:39 - 2021 Ford F-150 Unveiling

10:38 - 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Impressions

15:55 - Question #1: Which factor is more important, mileage or car’s age, when buying a used car?

20:37 - Question #2: How does the heating/cooling system work on electric cars?

22:41 - Question #3: Could wires obstructing the side curtain airbags become a hazard in case of an accident?

24:46 - Question #4: Is the Audi 3.0-liter twin supercharged V6 engine known for timing chain issues?

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Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse

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

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

Dash Cams Can Be Silent Witnesses During Police Traffic Stops and Other Incidents

https://www.consumerreports.org/law-enforcement/dash-cams-can-be-silent-witnesses-during-police-traffic-stops-and-other-incidents/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

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Jul 03 2020

27mins

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#261 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results; Ford's All-new (Handsfree) Active Drive Assist System

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This week we share our test results of the 2020 Audi Q3. We also talk about Ford's new Co-Pilot360 and the active drive assist feature, and discuss how it compares to Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise. Also, we answer audience questions about the best way to purchase a vehicle at the end of a lease, if covering a car in rhinestones is a good idea, and choosing a first car for a 17-year-old 'car addict' under 20K.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:31 - Ford Co-Pilot360 - Active Drive Assist

05:17 - 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results

14:18 - Question #1: Is using a leaf blower to clean out the interior of your car a good idea?

17:48 - Question #2: What is the best was to purchase a vehicle a the end of its lease?

21:31 - Question #3: Choosing a first car for a 17-year-old ‘car addict’ under 20k.

24:14 - Question #4: Is it legal to cover your car with rhinestones?

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Self-Driving System Ranking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

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

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

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

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

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Jun 26 2020

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#260 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions; Why Small Car Fuel Economy Isn't Improving

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This week we share our first impressions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and how it stacks up against the standard version. We also discuss why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles, whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization, and learn all about Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:34 - 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions

10:52 - Question #1: Whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization?

14:03 - Question #2: Why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles?

18:42 - Question #3: What is going on with Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace?

21:08 - Question #4: Which car would be large enough to fit a string bass plus two passenger, and that is not too tall, delivers good gas mileage, and has good handling?

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQ7Kq-pflc

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

2015 Honda Fit review

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

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Jun 19 2020

28mins

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#259 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid First Impressions; Can Lower Octane Fuel Damage Your Car?

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This week at the track we have the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, we share our first impressions and discuss whether or not hybridizing the CR-V improved the model. Also we dip into the mailbag and answer audience questions about why Subarus are so popular with car reviewers and enthusiasts, whether filling up your car with lower octane fuel than recommended by the manufacturer could damage your vehicle or void the warranty, and how to make a long road trip as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

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SHOW NOTES

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01:25 - 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid First Impressions

12:44 - Question #1: Why are Subarus so popular among car reviewers and enthusiasts?

19:29 - Question #2: Will putting lower octane fuel than recommended by the manufacturer damage a vehicle or void the warranty?

21:56 - Question #3: Is the new Toyota Venza considered a first year model even though it has been previously sold in Japan as the Harrier?

23:30 - Question #4: What is the best solution for a cross-country road trip in terms of seat comfort?

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2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza | Talking Cars #256

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgN-PuE4YAc

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

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Jun 13 2020

31mins

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#258 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results; Is It The Right Time to Buy an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle?

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This week we share our test results of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. We discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the electric vehicle market, and whether or not it is the right time to buy an EV or a hybrid. Also we answer audience questions including whether window tint potentially reduces the heating effect of sunlight, could the summer's high heat kill off the COVID-19 virus in your vehicle, and if a Ford Fusion is a smart choice in terms of long term reliability and ride comfort.

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SHOW NOTES

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01:07 - How Will The Electric Vehicle Market Fare During The Pandemic.

11:33 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results

21:17 - Question #1: Is it possible that the summer’s high heat could kill the COVID-19 virus in vehicles?

25:46 - Question #2: Is window tint effective in reducing heat inside your car?

32:31 - Question #3: What is a good midsize SUV with 4WD or AWD, 10-15 years old, large cargo capacity, and 3,500 pound towing capability?

37:48 - Question #4: Is the Ford Fusion a smart choice in terms of long term reliability and ride comfort?

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Now May Be the Right Time to Buy an Electric or Hybrid Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/now-may-be-the-right-time-to-buy-an-electric-or-hybrid-car/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

2013 Ford Fusion first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlfE7BNeA4s

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

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

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

Lexus GX Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1f8UPO29_I

Toyota 4Runner Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3jNdDIGeA

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8cQlAxir3U

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Jun 08 2020

43mins

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#257 2020 Nissan Versa Test Results; How Ride Height Affects Crash Safety

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This week we discuss our test results of the 2020 Nissan Versa subcompact sedan. We also share feedback from our audience about preferences for in-car navigation: do more drivers like built-in nav systems, or mobile phone apps for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, like Waze and Google Maps? And we discuss whether a vehicle's ride height can affect passenger safety, reliability differences between the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander, and do older airbags have an expiration date.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:33 - Audience Feedback on In-car Navigation System Preference

09:32 - 2020 Nissan Versa Test Results

16:13 - Question #1: What is a good, comfortable, 4-seat convertible?

22:12 - Question #2: Do older car airbags expire and do they need any special inspection or maintenance?

23:47 - Question #3: Between the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride which SUV has better reliability?

25:48 - Question #4: Does the vehicle's ride height affect passenger safety?

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2020 Nissan Versa

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/versa/2020/overview

2014 Nissan Versa Note quick take

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

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

Audi A5 Convertible: Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIubiEiv2w

2018 Jeep Wrangler Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzS0ubSgPM

2015 Ford Mustang Review

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQ7Kq-pflc

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

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May 30 2020

34mins

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#256 2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza

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This week we share our test results of the 2020 Buick Encore GX and compare how this 3-cylinder SUV stacks up to its competitors in the Luxury segment. We talk about the virtual unveiling of the 2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza, both of which will only be available with a hybrid powertrain. Also, we discuss the rebates some car insurers are offering due to the reduced number of drivers on the road during the coronavirus pandemic, and wrap up the episode with audience questions.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:46 - Car Insurance Rebates During Coronavirus Crisis

07:12 - 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Unveiled

13:24 - 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Unveiled

17:19 - 2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results

23:52 - Question #1: Why did the 2017 Buick Regal’s reliability drop and what are the issues?

26:39 - Question #2: Are automakers phasing out built in navigation systems?

32:17 - Question #3: Why two virtually identical vehicles, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, have different frontal crash test scores?

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Car Insurers Are Giving Customers Breaks Due to Coronavirus. We Got the Details for You

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-insurance/car-insurance-rebates-payment-deferrals-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

Preview: 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Is Versatile and Curvaceous

https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2021-toyota-sienna-review/

Preview: 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Packs Safety and Convenience Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Buick Encore GX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqCbD4SRB9Q

2013 Buick Encore first drive

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

Toyota Venza review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAV6MdAv8LQ

2014 Buick Regal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

NHTSA Crash Calculator

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2019-0088-0021

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May 22 2020

35mins

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#255 2020 Nissan Sentra Test Results; CR's Car Testing Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

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This week we talk about the test results of the 2020 Nissan Sentra and the progression of this compact sedan throughout its existence.  We share what precautions CR is taking in order to continue its auto test program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, we answer questions about swapping your car's stock infotainment system for an aftermarket in order to gain Apple CarPlay, and whether there are any advantages to summer tires.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - How CR is continuing to test cars during the coronavirus pandemic

06:46 - 2020 Nissan Sentra Test Results

11:57 - Question #1: Why did the Jeep Grand Cherokee go from unrecommended to CR recommended?

14:34 - Question #2: What is a good, fun to drive, manual stick shift car under 5K? 

17:57 - Question #3: Is it possible to upgrade the original infotainment system with an after market unit in order to gain Apple CarPlay?

23:20 - Question #4: Which car would be a good replacement for the Forester’s all-wheel drive and the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius?

26:27 - Question #5: What are the advantages to summer tires on an economy vehicle?

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

2016 Nissan Sentra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q68KKwGabLY

2019 Jeep Cherokee Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG5cR-Twhns

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH_XMu6QVLc

Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRYTex1fo20

2014 Mazda3 first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

4K Review: 2018 Audi Q5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuYN4SQx4s

4K Review: 2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

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May 19 2020

31mins

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#254 2021 Kia Seltos Test Results; CR’s Fuel Economy Study Results

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On this week's episode we discuss the results of CR's new survey which asked drivers nationwide what improvements they would desire on their vehicles. We share our full road test results of the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos. We also answer audience questions about whether or not there is a difference in build quality of a specific vehicle model built in different countries, and if drivers are being more reckless because there are fewer drivers on the road.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:40 - CR’s Fuel Economy Study Results

05:11 - 2021 Kia Seltos Road Test Results

11:58 - Question #1: Is it possible to upgrade the UConnect infotainment system on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee to get Apple CarPlay?

16:07 - Question #2: Is there a difference in build quality depending on which plant or country a car was manufactured in? 

18:25 - Question #3: What is a good car for a new grad under 12K?

23:48 - Question #4: Does it seem that people are driving much faster with fewer cars on the road during the coronavirus lockdown?

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Drivers Have a Strong Interest in Fuel Economy, Despite Low Gas Prices

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/drivers-still-have-a-strong-interest-in-fuel-economy-despite-low-gas-prices/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Kia Seltos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzEQGzQ1WwM

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bXt8xd8H5Y

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

Volkswagen Golf Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB1n2IgAtT0

2014 Mazda3 first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2013 Mazda CX-5 review

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

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5G5tAKz_94

2009-2014 Honda Fit review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

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May 08 2020

29mins

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#253 2020 Mazda CX-30 Test Results; The Future of Vehicle Communication

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This week we share our test results of the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30, and talk about where this compact SUV fits in the Mazda lineup. Jen Stockburger shares her personal experience purchasing a new vehicle and how the process is different due to social distancing. Also, we discuss vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication and what the future might look like for vehicle communication. We wrap up with audience questions including whether adding fuel stabilizer might affect your car's emissions, and whether or not all the new advanced safety systems might drive down insurance premiums due to less accidents.

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00:30 - Jen Stockburger Car Buying Experience

05:28 - V2X (Vehicle-to-evedrything) Communication Update

11:45 - 2020 Mazda CX-30 Test Results

19:56 - Question #1: What is a good, sporty, and under 10k replacement for a Subaru Legacy?

25:29 - Question #2: Can adding fuel stabilizer to your vehicles gas tank affect its emissions?

26:34 - Question #3: How well did the Hyundai Sonata’s headlights perform in CR’s tests?

29:06 - Question #4: Could advanced safety gear on new vehicles reduce car crashes by such amount that it might drive down the cost of  insurance premiums?

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Auto Industry Pledges V2X Expansion, but Only If FCC Protects Airwaves

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/auto-industry-pledges-v2x-expansion-but-only-if-fcc-protects-airwaves/

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication can prevent crashes

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/vehicle-to-vehicle-communication-can-prevent-crashes/index.htm

Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/coronavirus-pushing-car-dealerships-into-online-sales-and-home-delivery/

How to Buy a Car From Home and Spend Less Time at the Dealership

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-a-car-without-leaving-home-or-going-to-a-dealership/

Some Automakers Are Offering Car Lease Extensions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/some-automakers-are-offering-car-lease-extensions-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX-30 SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-mazda-cx-30-review/

Mazda CX-3 Brings Premium Feel to Subcompact SUVs

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

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

Infiniti G37 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOpuKjX96wk

2009-2010 Audi A4 Review

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

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May 01 2020

35mins

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#252 2020 Hyundai Venue Test Results; Buying a Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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We finished testing on the 2020 Hyundai Venue and discuss our test results, and which car category this compact people mover slots into. We talk about how the car purchasing experience has changed during these strange times, and share some of the options that we've encountered buying a car while social distancing. We also answer audience questions about the accuracy of the EPA estimated fuel economy numbers, why some electric vehicles have an additional 12 volt car battery, and whether or not tires are government regulated.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - Car Buying Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic

16:16 - 2020 Hyundai Venue Test Results

23:03 - Question #1: Why are my fuel economy numbers different from the EPA’s estimated numbers?

27:19 - Question #2: Why some electric vehicles have an additional 12-volt car battery?

30:43 - Question #3: Are all tires regulated by the government?

35:20 - Question #4: Why is the inventory on the Kia Telluride low and the price higher than the MSRP?

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First Drive: Small, Affordable 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-venue-review/

Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/coronavirus-pushing-car-dealerships-into-online-sales-and-home-delivery/

How to Buy a Car From Home and Spend Less Time at the Dealership

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-a-car-without-leaving-home-or-going-to-a-dealership/

Some Automakers Are Offering Car Lease Extensions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/some-automakers-are-offering-car-lease-extensions-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQ7Kq-pflc

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

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Apr 25 2020

39mins

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CR Experts Live From Their Living Rooms

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The gang's all here! This week, our CR auto experts answer your questions from the comfort of their homes. We reach out to the entire Talking Cars team to see what they have been doing to keep busy during the quarantine, and answer your questions about maintaining your car during the coronavirus crisis, why Toyota isn't building electric vehicles, whether a white or yellow fog light is more effective, a fun replacement for a Toyota Celica GT-S, and more.

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1:51 - how to properly exercise your car during the coronavirus crisis

5:34 - does the color of fog lights affect performance?

7:49 - best small hybrid for an adult buying their first car

9:50 - what’s a fuel-efficient vehicle with good lumbar support?

11:35 - is poor ride a symptom of a defective tire?

14:30 - what’s the next advanced safety innovation coming to cars?

16:00 - why isn’t Toyota building electric cars?

18:54 - can a child seat be safely installed in a two-seater?

21:57 - how does the world dispose of old cars?

25:50 - best car to replace a Toyota Celica GT-S

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Car Care and Maintenance During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-care-and-maintenance-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19/

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

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Apr 17 2020

27mins

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#250 Keep Gasoline In Your Tank From Going Stale; 2020 Volkswagen Passat Test Results

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This week we discuss our test results of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, and how it stacks up against its competitors in the midsized segment. We share tips on how to keep your car’s fuel fresh while it is (likely) being driven fewer miles during the coronavirus pandemic. We also discuss if a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the horizon, how effective a load leg is on a child seat, and whether the tachometer is still necessary in modern vehicles.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:41 - Keep Gasoline in your Tank From Going Stale-

07:31 - 2020 Volkswagen Passat Test Results

15:35 - Question #1: Is a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Gladiator on the horizon?

22:01 - Question #2: Are tachometers still necessary in modern vehicles?

26:51 - Question #3: Will hybrid vehicles drop in price due to low cost of gasoline?

29:41 - Question #4: Why aren’t load legs more common on rear-facing infant seat in the US?

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How to Keep the Gas Fresh and Protect Your Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-keep-gas-fresh-and-protect-car-during-coronavirus/

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Volkswagen Passat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1him5f54QQ

2014 Volkswagen Passat Review

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

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

2018 Jeep Wrangler Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzS0ubSgPM

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

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

Load Legs Show Promise for Safer Child Seats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDRW8IGQhEA

Load Legs Give Child Car Seats Improved Safety in a Crash

https://www.consumerreports.org/infant-car-seats/load-leg-gives-car-seats-an-additional-margin-of-safety-in-a-crash/

Best Infant Car Seats of 2020

https://www.consumerreports.org/infant-car-seats/best-infant-car-seats-of-the-year/

• 249: Coronavirus Car Seat Care and Cleaning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEKkUp_5Z7I

• 248: Pumping Gas in the Age of Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mm9un45-js

• 247: Your Favorite Automotive Podcast Goes Remote

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

• 246: Answering Audience Questions on EVs, Tires, Car Seats, and More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW128R6wtjk

• 245: How the Coronavirus is Affecting Auto Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRa8d7tLY5g

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Apr 11 2020

34mins

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#249 2021 Genesis G80 Debut; Coronavirus Car Seat Care

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We discuss the digital debut of the 2120 Genesis G80. Find out how we think the sedan will stack up against its more established luxury competitors. We also cover the best way to clean your child seat during the COVID-19 pandemic and answer questions.

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1:05 - Emily makes an announcement

2:40 - Cleaning car seats during  the COVID-19 outbreak

11:47 - 2021 Genesis G80 Digital Debut

19:50 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iColoud.com

20:04 - Video Question #1: Did the dealer bamboozle me into buying ethanol fuel treatment?

22:30 - Question #2: I was recently driving on Interstate 66 near Washington, D.C., on a night with great visibility, and was using my high beams. Suddenly an 8-point deer jumps in front of my car! The airbags go off, the hood wraps around the windshield, and my 2004 Infiniti is totaled. Would modern pre-collision braking or pedestrian detection have prevented this accident? Are these systems designed to respond to large animals in the same way they would respond to a person?

25:33 - Question #3: How frequently does IIHS test for existing model year automobiles? Some cars haven't been updated in years, and I wonder if manufacturers improve crash safety for existing models.

Apr 04 2020

27mins

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#248 2020 Hyundai Sonata Test Results; Staying Safe at The Pump

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This week, we discuss how to protect yourself against the coronavirus when pumping gas. Plus, we share test results on our 2020 Hyundai Sonata, looking at how it stacks up against the heavyweights in the category such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Subaru Legacy. We finish the episode with audience questions about whether car buying incentives get better during an economic shakeup (like the coronavirus pandemic), and whether CR engineers use decibel meters when evaluating cabin noise.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - How to Stay Safe at the Pump

08:02 - 2020 Hyundai Sonata Test Results

17:49 - Question #1: How to disinfect your car?

18:48 - Question #2: Do car buying incentives get better during an economic shakeup?

24:27 - Question #3: Would it be better to use a decibel meter for cabin noise evaluation?

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

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

2018 Hyundai Sonata Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwv3EonvPc

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

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

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Mar 27 2020

28mins

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#247 2020 Toyota Highlander Test Results; Cleaning Your Car of Coronavirus

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This week we cover tips on how to keep your car clean during the Coronavirus outbreak. Find out which cleaners work best to kill the virus while preserving the interior of your car. Plus, we discuss our test results of the 2020 Toyota Highlander and answer audience questions about CR Top Picks and the reliability of American made cars.

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SHOW NOTES:

1:05 - Disinfecting the interior of your car

6:45 - 2020 Toyota Highlander test results

13:37 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iCloud.com

13:47 - Question #1: Pierre | Québec, QC; I agree with 90% of your Top Picks cars this year. (The only car I would not buy is the Supra.) But why did you not choose at least one Porsche, Genesis or Mazda in your Top Picks? I personally believe the Genesis G80 and Mazda 3 are really good buys.

18:18 - Question #2: Steve | West Chester, PA; I'd love to buy a car from an American brand, like Ford or Chevrolet. However, my own experience, and your reliability rankings tell me that these cars will typically be much less reliable. Reliability and longevity are the top criteria for me. How can American nameplates have such poor reliability year after year? Why aren't they learning how to do this? They are keeping away those of us who don't want to spend money on repairs or spend our time at the dealership.

20:39 - Question #3: Ray | Henderson, NV; Many of the newest cars, including my Audi A6, have a sport or dynamic drive mode. This seems to increase the RPMs in the vehicle, and I was wondering if it’s safe to keep the car in this mode at all times. Does it affect engine or transmission reliability? Thanks for the service you provide, and shout out to the crew, especially the 2 Mikes!

LINKS:

How to Kill Coronavirus in Your Car Without Damaging Interior Surfaces: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-car-care/how-to-kill-coronavirus-in-your-car-without-damaging-interior-surfaces/

2020 Toyota Highlander: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2020/overview/

10 Top Picks: Bets Cars of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2020/

2020 Autos Spotlight: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm

Mar 20 2020

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Good to help you sleep

By hiitsmeeeeeeeeeee - Jan 31 2020
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If you have insomnia, this podcast works quite well to put you to sleep.

Interesting and informative :)

By MissCSN - Jul 31 2016
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I've learned a lot from this, and it's also funny and entertaining.