Talking Cars (HQ)

We recently purchased the 2020 Audi Q7, so this week we discuss what's new in the freshening of this 3-row midsize SUV, give our take on the new dual screen infotainment system, and how it compares to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Also, with hurricane season in full swing, we talk about precautions drivers should consider when driving in heavy rain, what to do if you encounter flooded roads, and share some telltale signs a car might have been previously flooded when shopping for a used car. We also consider which sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle, if shifting into neutral at traffic lights can save on gas (or potentially harm your vehicle,) and options for a fuel efficient subcompact SUV or a compact pickup truck to serve as a daily driver.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:34 - Driving in heavy rain and how to avoid buying a flood damaged used car

06:51 - 2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions

14:09 - Question #1: Which Sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle?

18:50 - Question #2: Could shifting into neutral at traffic lights save fuel?

23:24 - Question #3: What is the best subcompact SUV or compact pickup truck for a daily commuter?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

How to Prepare for a Weather Emergency

https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/preparing-for-a-weather-emergency/

 

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

https://youtu.be/zYJnWkQ4aC0

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8

 

First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-audi-q7-review/

 

2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8AkZXtyxcI

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98

 

2015 Volvo V60 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggj4-63VrXM

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ09demkO_E

 

2015 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon at the Detroit Auto Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK1BZTEt3fc

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

 

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