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This week, we discuss the test results of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS450, and we share how this luxurious 3-row SUV performed at our track. We also answer questions about the likelihood of LED headlights getting covered by snow and ice (and what to do about it,) why the captain's chairs on higher trim level 3-row CUVs and SUVs might not be preferable to a standard bench seat, and if the new Honda Accord's 4-cylinder turbo engine is reliable.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:58 - 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Test Results

09:03 - Question 1: Are new LED headlights less capable to melt snow and ice off the lens than the old halogens?

13:22 - Question 2: Captain’s chairs vs.bench seats

18:23-  Question 3: Is the Honda Accord 4-cylinder turbo engine reliable?

 

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/gls/

 

First Drive: Polished 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Expands Tech and Luxury

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-mercedes-benz-gls-review/

 

How to Keep Your Car’s Safety Sensors Clean When Snow and Ice Attack

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/how-to-keep-your-car-sensors-clean-in-winter/

 

Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

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

 

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This week, we reveal the test results of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel, which leads us to ask what does the future of the pickup truck look like? We also talk about the legality, drivability, and safety concerns surrounding lifted pickup trucks, if tires can expire with age rather than wear, and why Consumer Reports' fuel test results differ from the EPA's numbers.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:15 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Test Results

06:21 - Future of Pickup Trucks

09:49 - Question #1: Should Modified Pickup Trucks be Legal?

11:43 - Question #2: How Does Extra Weight of the Fuel Impact a Car’s Road Test Score?

13:23 - Question #3: Do Tire Ever Expire?

16:18 - Question #4: Why Consumer Reports’ Fuel Test Results Differ From the EPA’s

 

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRUg91k93Xw/

 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado; Mercedes-Benz Goes Electric | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #167

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

 

The hidden dangers of old tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc1fNbbYNgM

 

Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #19: All About Tires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXG1ikVgL-M

 

Toyota Prius Road Test

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

 

How well does the Toyota Prius hold up

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

 

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Direct download: 2001CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_239_NO_TESLA_HQ.mp4
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The 2020 Hyundai Sonata joins our test fleet and we discuss the redesigned car's bold new styling, the role sedans play in a market dominated by SUVs and how Hyundai packed the latest safety and convenience technology into an affordable vehicle. Plus, we answer your questions about run-flat tire tread wear, CR's stance on hard buttons versus touchscreens and how seats that lack lumbar adjustment can be a dealbreaker. 

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SHOW NOTES:

0:30 - 2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions

10:42 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com

10:52 - Question #1: Does CR rate run-flat tires and are they usually noisier than regular tires?

13:37 - Question #2: Why does CR lament about the lack hard buttons on modern infotainment systems?

17:52 - Question #3: Is integrated adjustable lumbar better than using a separate lumbar cushion to enhance seat comfort?

20:38 - Question #4: Do you have to recalibrate a vehicles advanced safety systems if you change the wheel/tire size for winter driving?

LINKS:

2020 Hyundai Sonata Is a Big Step Forward: https://www.consumerreports.org/hyundai-sonata/2020-hyundai-sonata-review/

Autos Tips: Checking Tire Tread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu2gEB18bwk

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=tires

Direct download: 2001CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_238_HQ.mp4
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This week, we rented the 2020 Nissan Sentra, and give our first impressions on how this compact sedan drives, handles, and has evolved since it was introduced way back in 2013. We also discuss some of the concept cars that were unveiled at CES (including a car from Sony??) We also talk about whether re-tread tires are a good choice when shopping for a new set of wheels for your vehicle, as well as the viability of street parking (and only occasionally charging) a Tesla Model 3 in Boston, what we do with our cars after we've completed testing, and how Consumer Reports' avoidance maneuver evaluation compares to Europe's famous "moose test."

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - 2020 Consumer Electronics Show-

06:40 - 2020 Nissan Sentra First Impressions

12:55  - Question #1: Are re-treaded tires a viable options?

16:04 - Question #2: How does the “Moose Test” compare to CR’s Avoidance Maneuver Test?

20:49 - Question #3: Is buying a Tesla Model 3 a good idea for a city life style?

25:56 - Question #4: What CR does with their test cars after they complete the test cycle?

 

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Insider’s Guide to CES

https://www.consumerreports.org/consumer-electronics-show/ces-guide/

 

2020 Nissan Sentra Overview

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/sentra/2020/overview

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

 

2016 Nissan Sentra Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q68KKwGabLY

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2001CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_237_HQ.mp4
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