Talking Cars (HQ)

Chrysler recently released a new commercial that inadvertently shows why having a simple shifter in a car is so important. We talk about the Pacifica's confusing dial shifter, and why this is a problem throughout the auto industry. We recently bought a new 2019 Acura RDX, and discuss why one big flaw might make an otherwise pleasant car tough to live with. And we answer audience questions about IIHS crash tests, and if we would ever consider recommending the Tesla Model 3 for teen drivers.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SHOW NOTES

-----------------------------------

00:32 Chrysler Pacifica Commercial ft. Kathryn Hahn

05:12 2019 Acura RDX

10:41 Question 1:  What is "Fun to drive"

13:59  Question 2: IIHS passenger small-overlap crash test

16:45  Question 3: Tesla Model 3 making the Teen Drivers list

 -----------------------------------

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety and More Power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4

 

2016 Acura RDX Quick Drive

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

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive

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

 

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

-----------------------------------

Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez 

Follow Us on Social:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo

Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_155_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Chevrolet announces a new turbo four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Silverado 1500. We discuss the new powertrain and if the engine will be 'truck-enough' for a full-size pickup. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta joins our test fleet and we give our first impression. Plus, audience questions on hot hatches and our annual member surveys.

----------------------------------------

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SHOW NOTES

-----------------------------------

00:27 New Four-Cylinder Engine in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500

05:00 FCA Announces Auto Subscriptions

10:00 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

14:22 Question #1: Satisfaction vs. Reliability

18:00 Question #2: Hot Hatches

22:13 Question #3: OE Tire Warranty

-----------------------------------

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPS6od0Ic5s

 

Autos Tips: Checking Tire Tread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu2gEB18bwk

 

2018's Top 5 Cars Owners Wouldn't Buy Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6OSi1O51E

 

Happy on the Highway: The 5 Most Satisfying New Cars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMU3bid3BUA

 

Consumer Reports 2018 Least Reliable Cars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywh653ENljA

 

Consumer Reports Most Reliable Car Brands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915hkwMdHiY

-----------------------------------

Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez 

 

Follow Us on Social:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo

Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

 

Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_154_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

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.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_153_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_152_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

It's cyclists vs. motorists on this week's episode, and how we think both worlds can live in harmony with one another. We also give our first impressions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and answer audience questions about good cars for college and how to properly break in a new car.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_151_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SHOW NOTES

-----------------------------------

00:26 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

-----------------------------------

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

-----------------------------------

Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez 

 

Follow Us on Social:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo

Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_150_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Ford sedan have been greatly exaggerated! We discuss this surprising news, and how a lot of the media coverage has gotten the story wrong. We give our impressions of a borrowed Mazda6 we drove at our track. We wrap up this episode with viewer questions about swapping out your seasonal tires, low-speed AEB, and if there is any true replacement for the Mazda5 micro van.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_149_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

SHOW NOTES

-----------------------------------

 

:26 Welcome Keith Barry

 

1:23 Nerd moment

 

1:43 Fuel prices

 

06:16 Car loan break down

 

10:49 2019 Genesis G70

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

-----------------------------------

 

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

 

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

2019 Genesis G70 Quick

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

 

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

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

 

2015 Jeep Renegade Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Jeep Cherokee first drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

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

 

 

-----------------------------------

 

Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez 

 

Follow Us on Social:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo

Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

Direct download: 1804CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_148_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Turns out the Tesla Model 3 needs humans after all. We discuss Tesla's production issues and what it means for the company's approach to automation. We received a number of video submissions this week, which leads to a discussion on the past, present, and future of the Ford Focus, as well as paddle shifters in minivans.
Direct download: 1804CRO_Talking_Cars_147_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

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.

Direct download: 1804CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_146_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT