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Chevrolet has revived the Blazer nameplate, and we discuss if it can compete in the saturated 2-row SUV market. Love is in the air this week, and we share stories about the cars that broke our hearts. We also share some highlights from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, including details on the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan. We wrap the episode with audience questions about the importance of washing your car's undercarriage, myths about automatic emergency braking, and how we test cargo space.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - 2019 Chicago Auto Show - 2020 Subaru Legacy

 

04:08- Cars That Broke Our Hearts

 

09:39 - 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

 

17:51 - Question 1: Do We Recommend Undercarriage Washes?

 

20:19 - Question 2: How Does Automatic Emergency Braking Work?

 

24:05 - Question 3: How Do We Test Cargo Space?

 

25:49 - Question 4: Used Car For a New Family With a Dog?

 

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Redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy Brings Back Turbo, Adds Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-preview/

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

 

The Best Used Cars Under $20K

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

 

Best Used Cars for Under $20,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-for-under-20000-dollars/

 

2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h-xcmM5KWs

 

Mazda5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MBqBM161gI

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Direct download: 1902CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_190_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

This week, it’s another all questions episode! We talk about everything from tires, crash tests, the all-wheel drive myth and the most baby-worthy car for a dad-to-be. And don't forget that you can send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com!

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SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Video Question #1: Are trucks being used for their intended design?

2:20 - Video Question #2: Where can you get a vehicle maintenance schedule if your car doesn’t come with an owner’s manual?

4:20 - Question #3: Among two-row SUVs, is the Hyundai Santa Fe a good choice?

6:33 - Question #4: Which Subaru is best for a teenage driver’s first car?

7:58 - Question #5: Does the tire pressure on the door placard apply when you replace your vehicle’s tires?

9:00 - Question #6: Do manufacturers special tune cars that are lent to the press?

10:04 - Question #7: Does CR perpetuate the all-wheel drive myth?

12:24 - Question #8: Tires aside, what other factors affect how a vehicle performs on winter roads?

14:07 - Question #9: Will the Mazda3 or Genesis G70 baby?

16:17 - Question #10: Are trucks and SUVs in a separate category when it comes to government safety and emissions standards?

17:43 - Question #11: How will the IIHS crash test vehicles in the future?

19:00 - Question #12: How do you turn on a vehicle accessory mode when you have a push button start?

19:31 -  Question #13: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Mazda3?

20:38 - Question #14: What’s the best all-weather tire for a 2018 VW Golf?

LINKS

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2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULSTAtPt_g

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY

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

Do You Really Need All-Wheel Drive?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

AWD Showdown: Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-TQdIqFvZo

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA

Essential Winter Driving Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

Direct download: 1902CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_189_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

This week we discuss Ford's new rewards program, and whether or not such programs really benefit car owners. At the track, we've rented the new Honda Passport, and give our thoughts on how it stacks up among the multitudes of SUVs. As always, we wrap with audience questions, including one about how manufacturer’s all-wheel drive systems differ.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:38 - Ford Rewards Program

 

05:08 - 2019 Honda Passport

 

11:40 - Question 1: Does Fuel Octane Drop Over Time?

 

14:20 - Question 2: Which AWD System is the Best?

 

18:08 - Question 3: Difference Between Adaptive Cruise Control Systems?

 

22:15 - Question 4: Looking for a Truck With Good Reliability?


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2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive

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

 

AWD Showdown: Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4

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

 

Do you really need all-wheel drive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

2005-2014 Toyota Tacoma Quick Take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DCIRO_8Kbc

 

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8cQlAxir3U

 

Pickup trucks - to choices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c1YPMtS_34

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_188_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

This week we discuss the recent trend of automakers resurrecting discontinued car models, and the nostalgia (or lack thereof) that such a move might ignite in a car buyer. We've completed testing on the 2019 BMW X5 SUV, and talk about how it performed in our tests. Finally, we wrap with viewer questions, including one about the first car for a teenage driver under $5,000, and how cold temperatures affect electric vehicle batteries. 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:41 - Car Manufacturers Resurrecting Discontinued Car Models

 

04:16 - What Cars Would We Like to See Brought Back From the Dead

 

07:30 - 2019 BMW X5 Test Results

 

13:27 - Question 1: Electric Vehicle's Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures?

 

17:01 - Question 2: When to Change Oil in a Car?

 

18:43 - Question 3: First Car Under $5K?

 

22:30 - Question 4: Toyota Highlander vs. Volvo XC90

 

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4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Volvo XC90 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQWKK3nUlw

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

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

 

8 Best Cars for Teen Drivers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6pLbbt428

 

2009-2014 Honda Fit Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

 

Hyundai Tucson Review

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

 

Mazda3 Road Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWo0PJbbpic

 

2014 Toyota Corolla First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY

 

2011-2012 Honda Accord Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSobCS6qeZM

 

2012 Toyota Camry Review

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

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_187_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

We're on location in Detroit for the 2019 North American International Auto Show! We discuss  vehicles announced at the show, including the all-new Toyota Supra, Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Passat, and more. We also geek out over the enthusiast cars announced, including the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 and Subaru STI S209.

SHOW NOTES

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:40 - importance of Detroit Auto Show in automotive industry

3:00 - Kia Telluride

4:59 - Toyota Supra

6:29 - Lexus RC

8:30 - Volkswagen Passat

10:21 - Ford Explorer

12:19 - Cadillac XT6

14:44 - Ram 2500 HD

17:15 - Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

20:37 - Subaru STI S209

22:58 - North American International Auto Show moving to June

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Direct download: 1901NAIAS_Talking_Cars_Episode_186_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EST

We just purchased Jaguar's answer to Tesla's all-electric fleet - the 2019 I-PACE. We discuss our first impressions on how it drives, differences in interior quality to Tesla's offerings, and where we think the electric car market is heading with more established automakers entering the segment. We also discuss the automotive technology on display at CES in Las Vegas and wrap by answering viewer questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - Automotive Technology at CES

 

05:48 - 2019 Jaguar i-Pace

 

13:02 - Question 1: Electric Vehicle Battery Wear, and Future of the Car Market

 

16:45 - Question 2: Do Tire Sealants Work?

 

20:34 - Question 3: Safe Family Vehicle for Wintery Roads?


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2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc


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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_185_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Porsche has finally redesigned its Cayenne SUV, and we discuss our overall impressions, and how it performed in our tests. Wet weather can have a significant impact on how tires perform, and the problem only gets worse as a tire ages. CR recently conducted a test on how tires with low tread depth handled in our wet braking and hydroplaning courses, and why a tire from Michelin impressed us. We also answer audience questions about the 2019 Toyota RAV4, how long it takes us to fully test a vehicle, and whether changing a new car’s tires and shocks is a good idea.

SHOW NOTES

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:45 - worn tire testing in wet conditions & Michelin claim check

 

7:21 - winter tire care tips

 

10:01 - Porsche Cayenne Road Test results

 

16:24 - audience question #1: replacing brakes and shocks

 

20:06 - audience question #2: duration of CR’s auto testing protocol

 

23:33 - audience question #3: replacement for 2010 Toyota RAV4?

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_184_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

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