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We just bought a 2020 Cadillac XT6 for testing at the track, and we give our first impressions on the midsized SUV, including how it stacks up against other 3-row competitors (including its big brother, the Escalade.) Volkswagen has ended production on some of the last station wagons in the US market, the Golf Alltrack and SportWagen; we analyze why many wagons are being discontinued, and what they are being replaced with. We also answer audience questions about the ideal driving conditions for a dual-clutch transmission, the use of advanced safety features in inclement weather, and why you might see a lot of soot on the tailpipe of a direct injection turbo.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:37 - Volkswagen discontinuing the Golf Alltrack and SportWagen

06:52 - 2020 Cadillac XT6 first impressions

11:59 - Question #1: Is a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox or Dual-Clutch Transmission) ideal for heavy traffic driving?

16:10 - Question #2: How do advanced safety systems react in inclement weather?

19:53 - Question #3: Why is there a lot of soot on the tailpipe of a direct injection turbo car?

23:19 - Question #4: What is a good replacement for a 10 year old Prius?

 

 

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2107 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac XT6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL0Z8wAgBkY

 

2020 Cadillac XT6 Is a Pleasant, Forgettable SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-cadillac-xt6-first-drive-review/

 

2015 Cadillac Escalade Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4_Rhf9NMfw

 

2017 GMC Acadia Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTDsPlpsla8

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

This week we share our test results on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and how it stacks up compared to the standard RAV4. We also look at CR's exclusive survey on our member’s tire purchasing experiences, and discuss some of the most effective tire buying techniques. We end the episode with audience questions, including whether or not a car with dark paint gets hotter than a lighter one when left in the sun, the pros and cons of the various transmission systems available on the market, and if SUVs pose a greater risk of rollovers versus sedans.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - CR Tire Purchasing Survey

06:18 - 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Results

10:14 - Question #1: Does a car with dark paint get hotter than a lighter one when left in the sun?

13:01 - Question #2: What are the pros and cons of the various transmission systems available on the market?

18:56 - Question #3: Do SUVs pose a greater risk of rollovers versus sedans?

 

 

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Driving Forces Behind Tire Purchases Revealed in CR’s Exclusive Survey

https://www.consumerreports.org/tire-buying-maintenance/survey-reveals-driving-forces-behind-tire-purchases/

 

Autos Tips: Tire Tread

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

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

 

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTXLmKoYP4

 

2018 Ford Expedition Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGzUBebtnO4

 

 

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Direct download: 1907CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_212_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 10:26am EST

This week our team shares their first impressions on the 2019 Audi E-Tron, the German automaker's first electric vehicle, and discusses how it compares to other luxury EVs. We also talk about the passing of Lee Iacocca, a legendary automotive executive, and share some of the highlights (and lowlights) from his time in the automotive industry. We end the episode with audience questions, touching on topics like the availability of car parts when a vehicle is discontinued, whether or not headlights should be more regulated, and a good compact SUV for senior citizens.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 - Lee Iacocca Highlights

09:37 - 2019 Audi A8 First Impressions

18:29 - Question #1: What happens to availability of car parts when a vehicle is discontinued

20:32 - Question #2: Why aren’t headlights more heavily regulated?

26:39 - Question #3: What is a good car for senior citizens?

 

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2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

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

 

Lee Iacocca Created Legendary Cars. Here's What Consumer Reports Said About Them.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-consumer-reports-test-results-of-lee-iacocca-cars/

 

2012 Chrysler 300 first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH5pFbNpxWI

 

Headlight cleaning tips

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

 

2015 Lexus NX Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtJ-m-rI3K8

 

2019 Lexus US Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eKMW9wvKA

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1907CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_211_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 10:03am EST

This week, we give our first impressions of the 2020 Palisade, Hyundai's all-new upscale three-row SUV. Summer is road trip season, and we choose the best car in the CR Auto Test fleet for one of our panelists to take on a trip to Montreal. We also answer audience questions about the 2019 Kia Niro's loss in recommendation from CR, and whether or not a teenager should learn to drive on a manual transmission car rather than an automatic.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - Road Trip Car Pick

08:04 - 2020 Hyundai Palisade First Impressions

13:43 - Question #1: Why did the 2019 Kia Niro lose its recommendation from CR?

16:53 - Question #2: Should a teenager learn to drive on a manual transmission car rather than an automatic?

22:03 - Question #3: Which three-row SUV would you recommend?

 

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2020 Hyundai Palisade is Packed With Features and Refinement

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-palisade-first-drive-review/


2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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


2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ


2019 Cadillac XT4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmf3NYaOkDU


2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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


2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8


Best New Cars for Teens

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/


Best Used Cars for Teens

https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-for-teens/


2013 Honda Accord first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjVV9YbLBIg


2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_57znwZsA


2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Corolla 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdM7sVsfi4


4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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


Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

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Direct download: 1907CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_210_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

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