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We share our first impressions on our very own Kia Niro Electric and discuss the growing EV market. Also, Honda has finally announced that it will begin fixing the 2017 and 2018 Honda CR-Vs with the troubled 1.5-liter turbo engines. We end with audience questions, including whether there should be regulations for headlight/brake light sensors, what to know about your advanced safety system sensors in poor driving conditions, and weighing the options when purchasing a car with no spare tire.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:33 - Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

05:00 - Best Inexpensive Small SUVs

07:16 - 2019 Kia Niro Electric First Impressions

12:41 - Question 1: Should Regulations Exist for headlight/brake light sensors?

15:27 - Question 2: How Does CR Rate Trucks Different From Sedans?

17:50 - Question 3: Are There Cars With Advanced Safety Systems That Work in Poor Visibility?

20:31 - Question 4: Would You Purchase a Vehicle With No Spare Tire?

 

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Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/honda-extends-warranty-on-troubled-turbo-engines/

 

What Are the Best Inexpensive Small SUVs?

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/best-inexpensive-small-suvs/

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

 

2014 Nissan Rogue first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3yOoLREE3Y

 

2015 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUyV-NyUt7s

 

Flat tire fixes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82dB4XfUc-o

 

Autos Tips: Changing a Flat Tire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8efq2LMOz0

 

Keeping Your Car Sensors Clean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjYwu1JnKW0

 

The Race to Protect Car Sensors From Their Biggest Foes: Dirt and Weather

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/protect-car-sensors-from-dirt-and-weather/

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Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_205_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

We tried out an updated setting on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot that allows the car to automatically make lane changes without any additional input from the driver. We also discuss the state of other partially automated driving systems on the market and share our concerns on what this trend means for the future. Plus, we answer questions about octane ratings, in-car controls, and vehicle data loggers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - Tesla’s New Automatic Lane Change Feature With Navigate on Autopilot

16:01 - Question 1: Will I Damage My Car If I Use Higher Fuel Octane Than Required?

18:11 - Question 2: Do Modern Cars Have Data Loggers?

20:34 - Question 3: Should In-Car Controls Have Standardized Requirements?

22:56 - Question4: Toyota Prius AWD vs. Subaru Impreza Hatchback?

 

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Tesla’s Updated Navigate on Autopilot Requires Significant Driver Intervention

https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/tesla-navigate-on-autopilot-automatic-lane-change-requires-significant-driver-intervention/

 

Cadillac Tops Tesla in Consumer Reports’ First Ranking of Automated Driving Systems

https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/cadillac-tops-tesla-in-automated-systems-ranking/

 

Self-Driving Systems Rankings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8

 

4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY

 

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Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_204_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

We give our first impressions of the much anticipated return of the Toyota Supra, and discuss how to compares with the Supras of the past. Testing is complete on the 2019 BMW Z4, and we talk about how it performed in the tests here at our track. We also answer audience questions about the Hyundai sunroof class action lawsuit, heavy duty pickup trucks, and why new cars are ditching the traditional emergency brake for an electronic e-brake.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:50 - 1994 Toyota Supra

1:46 - 2020 Toyota Supra

5:09 - 2019 BMW Z4 Test Results

10:50 - Viewer Questions

11:03 - Video Question #1: How do you service an electronic emergency brake?

14:14 - Video Question #2: Jen’s Journey to CR and women in automotive tech.

18:39 - When will CR test new heavy duty pickups?

23:34 - Is the exploding sunroof class action settlement legit?

LINKS

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2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw

2016 RAM 2500 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxGH_Dy1i9E

Heavy Duty Trucks 2011-2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dm3g_vwAKE

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhZafWI1d4E

2017 Ford F-250 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afeAFfxeCrw

Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ at Consumer Reports Test Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U

Exploding Sunroofs: Danger Overhead: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroofs-danger-overhead/

Panoramic Sunroof Class Action Settlement Claim Site: https://www.panoramicsunroofsettlement.com/

Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_203_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

This week it’s another all questions episode! We talk about everything from the best all-wheel drive cars for winter commutes, why 4x4 trucks tow less weight than you may think, new car buying advice and we try to locate a ‘unicorn’ vehicle for $35K.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:00 - Question #1: When’s the best time of day to check your car’s oil level?

2:35 - Question #2: Why aren’t all-weather tires more popular?

6:07 - Question #3: Unicorn vehicle for under $35,000?

8:06 - Question #4: What speed does low speed AEB become high speed AEB?

10:31 - Question #5: What does an N/A reliability verdict mean in CR ratings?

12:59 - Question #6: At what point is it better to buy a new truck over a used truck?

15:02 - Question #7: Would you recommend buying a used Lexus ES300h with 100K miles?

16:20 - Question #8: What’s the best AWD system for climbing hills in the snow?

19:32 - Question #9: What causes a puff of white exhaust smoke during hard acceleration?

20:50 - Question #10: Why do rear wheel drive vehicles handle better than AWD vehicles?

24:26 - Question #11: Why do 4x4 pickups usually have a lower tow rating than rear wheel drive trucks?

26:12 - Question #12: Should I change my oil every year even if I only drive 1500 miles?

27:38 - Question #13: How does wheel size affect ride an handging?

30:08 - Question #14: Do high RPMs damage a transmission during engine braking?

31:47 - Question #15: Is there a solution for shorter drivers that have trouble with uncomfortable headrests?

LINKS

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Don’t Bother Following These Car Maintenance Myths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iHppmhzJdc

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

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

Standard Safety Gear Makes Early Debut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPMhEqlMBI

Lowest-Rated Cars of 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-CjftuQkE4

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEmjjPCCeQ

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM

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

2015 Subaru WRX Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hksUMXuW3VM

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

2016 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlnxhx4MpCU

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSAuvdH_oGQ

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

2014 Porsche 911 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0

2015 Porsche Macan Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7xjRYBc8co

Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_202_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 11:42am EST

We rented Jeep's all-new 2020 Gladiator and share our first impressions, discussing its place in the market, and if it has what it takes to succeed as a truck. Also, our experts weigh in on the Mercedes-Benz announcement discontinuing the Smart car brand of small vehicles in the US. Finally, we answer audience questions, including the high price for windshield replacement in cars with modern safety features, and why electric vehicle chargers aren't universal (or even cross-compatible.)

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:25 - Mercedes’ Smart Car Announcement

05:55 - 2020 Jeep Gladiator

12:19 - Question 1: Increasing Windshield Prices Because of Modern Tech

15:55 - Question 2: Applying Aviation Licensing Rules to Cars With Autopilot

20:21 - Question 3: Why Electric Vehicle Chargers Aren’t Cross-compatible?

23:58 - Question 4: Is the 2020 Hyundai Venue a Good Car For Seniors Citizens?

 

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2016 Smart Car ForTwo Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dkkK946Jss

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMnHRUBHOg

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8

 

2014 Kia Soul first drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw

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Direct download: 1905CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_201_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

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