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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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By VJ-Bandi - Oct 05 2018
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Couldn’t listen continually for 2 mins.

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

114 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
21
9
10
13

Buffering

By VJ-Bandi - Oct 05 2018
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Couldn’t listen continually for 2 mins.

Interesting and informative :)

By MissCSN - Jul 31 2016
Read more
I've learned a lot from this, and it's also funny and entertaining.
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Talking Cars (HQ)

Updated 13 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!

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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: #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 #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: #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
15 mins
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Rank #5: #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   

LINKS

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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
27 mins
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Rank #6: #69: Ford F-150: EcoBoost vs EcoBoost

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Two Ford F-150s were purchased for our test fleet, one with the familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and the other with Ford's new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Acceleration results from our test track proved surprising. Less surprising were the fuel economy numbers from the lightweight aluminium-bodied truck; we put those into perspective. In other news, our Tesla Model S P85D suffers an early malfunction, highlighting Tesla's customer service. We then reach deep into the mailbag, answering a variety of inquiries. Vehicle collaborations that were reliable, comparing the VW GTI to the Golf R, Acura ILX hate mail, sporty small SUVs, and the forgotten Mazda CX-9 are all discussed.

May 19 2015
21 mins
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Rank #7: #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
21 mins
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Rank #8: #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
23 mins
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Rank #9: #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
22 mins
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Rank #10: #84: 2015: Year in Review

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In what's become an annual tradition, we take a look back at the cars that stood out over the last year, both the good and the bad. But no review of 2015 would be complete without discussing the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Our testing reveals that VW themselves may have created an efficient alternative to diesels, with their new 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Moving on, we look at the cars that most impressed us. It was a good year for SUVs, with mentions going to the Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, and Volvo XC90. We're even more in agreement about the test cars we disliked the most over the last year, including the Fiat 500X, Acura ILX, and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Dec 29 2015
27 mins
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Rank #11: #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 #12: #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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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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00:47 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 #13: #60: Cadillac Escalade vs. Lincoln Navigator

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They're both big, plush, and expensive: the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator join the Consumer Reports test fleet. Each scores points in this skirmish in different ways, but we can't help thinking that this segment's heyday has come and gone. We also look at the new Nissan Murano, which aims for a upscale look and feel at a price point dominated by family haulers. After complaining about the Murano's steering feel, we debate how much that matters to its buyers. Finally, we answer two viewer questions from the Detroit Auto Show: Could Buick build the Avenir concept car without stepping on Cadillac's toes? And, could brands other than Volvo overcome the reputational baggage that comes with selling Chinese-built cars in America?

Jan 27 2015
20 mins
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Rank #14: #51: Toyota Camry & Tesla News

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Once again, Tesla makes the news, this time by adding all-wheel-drive and a high-performance version of the Model S, as well as some capabilities that verge on self-driving. More important for more people, Toyota updates the 2015 Camry, but the bulk of the changes are skin-deep. A recent AAA study suggests they're distracting, and perhaps dangerous - but we suggest there's more to the question. One possible solution might be Apple's CarPlay, and we try it out at the track. Viewer questions about our wardrobes (really) and affordable used pickups come next. Finally, we ask for help with naming our online videos.

Oct 14 2014
18 mins
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Rank #15: #55 Audi Q3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Two bite-sized German luxury SUVs face off in this episode of Talking Cars. While the Audi Q3 sticks to many of the brand qualities you'd expect, the Mercedes falls short in refinement. We talk about the market situations that created these cars, and how crowded the SUV market gets around this pricepoint. Next, the super-popular Honda CR-V gets an update for 2015, including a CVT and an infuriating radio. Moving on to a Canadian-themed bunch of questions, we help a viewer pick a comfy sedan. Finally, we wrap up by comparing the Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda3.

Dec 05 2014
18 mins
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Rank #16: #109: Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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

Feb 22 2017
21 mins
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Rank #17: #153 We Re-Test Our Tesla Model 3's Braking Performance After Over-the-Air Update 

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Tesla sent an over-the-air software update to all Model 3's this past weekend, which included a fix for the long stopping distances we experienced during our initial testing. We discuss our new test results, and what role over-the-air updates will play in the future of automobiles. We also discuss our first impressions of our newly purchased 2019 Kia Sorento, and answer audience questions about the Subaru Forester and the longevity of engines in hybrid vehicles.

May 31 2018
23 mins
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Rank #18: #117: Used Car Questions & Honda Civic Si

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This week we answer questions from our audience about used cars and SUVs, and give first impressions of our newly purchased 2017 Honda Civic Si.

Jun 06 2017
26 mins
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Rank #19: #106: Our 2016 Favorites

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In our end of the year wrap up, we discuss the cars that were our personal favorites, along with the ones we liked the least.

Dec 20 2016
22 mins
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Rank #20: #104: Subaru Impreza

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The Subaru Impreza is redesigned for 2017. We discuss the car's all-new platform and new levels of refinement. We also answer questions on the Chevy Bolt, vehicle reliability, and Mazda Miata alternatives.

Nov 22 2016
23 mins
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