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We close out 2018 by taking a look back at the cars we tested this year, and which ones we thought were the most, and least, satisfying to drive. We eulogize those vehicles we love that won't be coming back next year, and give our thoughts on what we're looking forward to most in 2019.

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The IIHS releases its list of the Safest Cars to Drive. We discuss the new tests that affect the cars on the list and how CR’s tests compliment crash ratings. Plus, we share test results of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and answer questions on headlights, hybrids, and the most comfortable budget sports car.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:43 - IIHS Top Safety Picks

6:18 - 2019 Hyundai Tucson Test Results

10:28 - Send us your questions!

10:45 - Video Question #1: Upgrading headlights

13:33 - Video Question #2: Which car is the most comfortable for tall drivers? Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5, Hyundai Veloster.

18:17 - Question #3: Is there any financial gain by leasing a 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid?

LINKS

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2jcWdRN168

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U

2019 Hyundai Veloster Test Results; Talking Cars #180: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE7WQ43AODo

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talking_Cars_Epiosde_182_HQ2.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Winter brings shorter days and more people driving in the dark. On this episode, we discuss headlight effectiveness and how to keep them clean. The 2019 Audi A8 L joins our test fleet and we give our first impressions. Plus, we answer your questions about the best EV charging network, replacing the discontinued Chevy Volt and cars suited for commuting in Maine winters.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - Cleaning Cloudy Headlights 

04:33 - 2019 Audi A8 L First Impressions

10:34 - If I Had $100K to spend on a car

14:09 - Question #1: Suitable Replacement for Chevrolet Volt?

18:14 - Question #2: What Is The Best Car Charging Network?

22:49 - Question #3: Is There Anything Better Than The Subaru Outback?

 

LINKS

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Old Headlights Can Be Dangerously Dim, Study Finds: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/old-headlights-can-be-dangerously-dim/

Headlight Restoration Kits: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/headlight-restoration-kits/buying-guide/index.htm

2017 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi A8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX7OpaYHmQI

4K Review: 2018 Lexus LS Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOALhUeztwQ

Audi A8 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6WQBF-WLHw

2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL8s6BosIc

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4

2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k

Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omeYWjqBJRQ

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_181_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

The new Hyundai Veloster has a record-setting performance in one of our tests. We discuss how the hatchback has improved and where it slots among competitors. GM is dropping six sedans from its lineup; we talk about how it will affect consumers. Plus, we answer your questions on used car buying and if it’s safe to drive your car until the tank is almost empty.

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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

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:

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Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

 

SHOW NOTES

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0:39 - General Motors drops 6 sedans

5:50 - 2019 Hyundai Veloster Test Results

12:02 - Send us your questions, TalkingCars@icloud.com

12:17 - Question #1: Replacing a hybrid battery on a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

15:40 - Question #2: Oil change frequency vs. tire rotation frequency

19:12 - Question #3: Can you damage your car by driving with extremely low fuel?

22:10 - Question #4: Shopping to replace a 2001 Chevrolet Prizm for a college student

LINKS

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GM Becomes Latest Car Company to Drop Some Sedans: https://www.consumerreports.org/general-motors/gm-to-drop-some-sedans/

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I88Kd-GKvc8

Hyundai Veloster First Look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN7fzifIIvY

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvkgXCFO4wM

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

2014 Chevrolet Impala Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzsS1Z4zKiU

2017 Buick LaCrosse Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAYrZGJ0t3k

Cadillac XTS First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3MgKGVVv38

2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU

Self-Driving System Rankings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8

2014 Toyota Corolla First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talkin_Cars_Episode_180_HQ.mp4
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