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Talking Cars (MP3)

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

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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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On the right path

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

Interesting & Smart

By Persesus - Nov 15 2015
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Take everything with grind of salt but they have a fun and get an unapologetic take on cars.

iTunes Ratings

90 Ratings
Average Ratings
54
15
6
5
10

On the right path

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

Interesting & Smart

By Persesus - Nov 15 2015
Read more
Take everything with grind of salt but they have a fun and get an unapologetic take on cars.
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Talking Cars (MP3)

Updated 14 days ago

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

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

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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

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

SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

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

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

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Quick Drive

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

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

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

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

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Aug 09 2019
30 mins
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Rank #2: Pilot

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Mar 19 2013
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Rank #3: #214 2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Impressions; Which Modern Car Will Become A Future Classic?

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

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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

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

SHOW NOTES

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

07:47 - 2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Impressions

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

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

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

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New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is a Stylish Alternative to Midsized Sedans

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

2013 Volkswagen CC review

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

Chrysler 300C review

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

2012 Chrysler 300 first drive

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

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

2013 Tesla Model S first drive

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

Why Consumer Reports Bought a Tesla Model S P85D

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

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

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Aug 03 2019
23 mins
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Rank #4: #92: Compact Trucks, Audi A4

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

Apr 19 2016
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Rank #5: #88: 2016 Top Picks

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

Feb 23 2016
23 mins
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Rank #6: #38: Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Jul 15 2014
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Rank #7: #32: Worst Car Ever

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May 15 2014
16 mins
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Rank #8: #27: Models to Avoid

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Mar 25 2014
26 mins
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Rank #9: #148 Car Loan Advice, Rising Fuel Prices, & Genesis G70

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

Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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

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

SHOW NOTES

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:26 Welcome Keith Barry

1:23 Nerd moment

1:43 Fuel prices

06:16 Car loan break down

10:49 2019 Genesis G70

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Genesis G70 Quick

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

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

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

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

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

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

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

2015 Jeep Renegade Quick Drive

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

2014 Jeep Cherokee first drive

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

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

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

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

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

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Apr 26 2018
26 mins
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Rank #10: #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
18 mins
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Rank #11: #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
21 mins
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Rank #12: #131: The Cars Our Engineers Loved and Hated in 2017

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It's our end of the year wrap up, and we discuss our most (and least) favorite cars that we tested this year at our track. We also talk about what we're most looking forward to from the auto industry in 2018.

Dec 28 2017
17 mins
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Rank #13: #161 2019 Subaru Ascent; Our Worst Automotive Mistakes

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

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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

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

SHOW NOTES

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00:47 Our Favorite Automotive Mistakes

10:03 2019 Subaru Ascent

15:06 Question #1: Our Dream Daily Driver

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

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

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

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

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI

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

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

2015 Honda Fit review

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

Audi A3/S3 at the Detroit Auto Show

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

2015 Audi A3 Review

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

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Jul 26 2018
27 mins
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Rank #14: #170: 2019 Subaru Forester; Waze, Google Maps & CarPlay; Alexa in Your Car

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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.

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Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!

From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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

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

Sep 28 2018
25 mins
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Rank #15: #146 Ram 1500, Jeep Cherokee; Used Car Buying Advice

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Two new vehicles at the track this week, we discuss the shrinking sedan market and whether or not SUVs are taking over the auto industry, also we answer viewer questions about purchasing used cars.

Apr 13 2018
18 mins
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Rank #16: #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
18 mins
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Rank #17: #95: Tesla Model X, GMC Acadia

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Driving the Tesla Model X SUV feels just like a taller Model S. But many gee-whiz features reduce utility or are over-complicated, like the falcon-wing doors. GM adjusts fuel economy measurements for some SUVs and we discuss the redesigned GMC Acadia.

May 31 2016
21 mins
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Rank #18: #96: Mazda CX-9

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We answer your questions about the new Mazda CX-9, the Tesla Model X, a good pickup truck choice, and a luxury SUV with serious towing capacity.

Jun 14 2016
22 mins
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Rank #19: #116: Used Car Marketplace

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

May 24 2017
25 mins
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Rank #20: #102: 2017 New Car Reliability

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

Oct 24 2016
19 mins
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