Talking Cars (HQ)

This week we share our test results of the 2020 Audi Q3. We also talk about Ford's new Co-Pilot360 and the active drive assist feature, and discuss how it compares to Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise. Also, we answer audience questions about the best way to purchase a vehicle at the end of a lease, if covering a car in rhinestones is a good idea, and choosing a first car for a 17-year-old 'car addict' under 20K.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:31 - Ford Co-Pilot360 - Active Drive Assist

05:17 - 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results

14:18 - Question #1: Is using a leaf blower to clean out the interior of your car a good idea?

17:48 - Question #2: What is the best was to purchase a vehicle a the end of its lease?

21:31 - Question #3: Choosing a first car for a 17-year-old ‘car addict’ under 20k.

24:14 - Question #4: Is it legal to cover your car with rhinestones?

 

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Self-Driving System Ranking

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

 

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

 

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wfye-boGWc

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_261_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week we share our first impressions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and how it stacks up against the standard version. We also discuss why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles, whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization, and learn all about Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:34 - 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions

10:52 - Question #1: Whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization?

14:03 - Question #2: Why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles?

18:42 - Question #3: What is going on with Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace?

21:08 - Question #4: Which car would be large enough to fit a string bass plus two passenger, and that is not too tall, delivers good gas mileage, and has good handling?

 

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQ7Kq-pflc

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

 

2015 Honda Fit review

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

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_260_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week at the track we have the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, we share our first impressions and discuss whether or not hybridizing the CR-V improved the model. Also we dip into the mailbag and answer audience questions about why Subarus are so popular with car reviewers and enthusiasts, whether filling up your car with lower octane fuel than recommended by the manufacturer could damage your vehicle or void the warranty, and how to make a long road trip as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:25 - 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid First Impressions

12:44 - Question #1: Why are Subarus so popular among car reviewers and enthusiasts?

19:29 - Question #2: Will putting lower octane fuel than recommended by the manufacturer damage a vehicle or void the warranty?

21:56 - Question #3: Is the new Toyota Venza considered a first year model even though it has been previously sold in Japan as the Harrier?

23:30 - Question #4: What is the best solution for a cross-country road trip in terms of seat comfort?

 

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2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza | Talking Cars #256

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgN-PuE4YAc

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_259_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week we share our test results of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. We discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the electric vehicle market, and whether or not it is the right time to buy an EV or a hybrid. Also we answer audience questions including whether window tint potentially reduces the heating effect of sunlight, could the summer's high heat kill off the COVID-19 virus in your vehicle, and if a Ford Fusion is a smart choice in terms of long term reliability and ride comfort.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:07 - How Will The Electric Vehicle Market Fare During The Pandemic.

11:33 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results

21:17 - Question #1: Is it possible that the summer’s high heat could kill the COVID-19 virus in vehicles?

25:46 - Question #2: Is window tint effective in reducing heat inside your car?

32:31 - Question #3: What is a good midsize SUV with 4WD or AWD, 10-15 years old, large cargo capacity, and 3,500 pound towing capability?

37:48 - Question #4: Is the Ford Fusion a smart choice in terms of long term reliability and ride comfort?

 

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Now May Be the Right Time to Buy an Electric or Hybrid Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/now-may-be-the-right-time-to-buy-an-electric-or-hybrid-car/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SfX2lGIMZs

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

2013 Ford Fusion first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlfE7BNeA4s

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosO1qbA7uw

 

Lexus GX Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1f8UPO29_I

 

Toyota 4Runner Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3jNdDIGeA

 

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

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

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_258_Libsyn.mp4
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