Talking Cars (HQ) (general)

We recently rented two very expensive cars to try out at our test track: the 2019 BMW M850i, and the 2020 Bentley Bentayga. While these high-end cars are too rare for CR to purchase and formally enter into our test program, we share our impressions of these cars, and whether these six figure vehicles deliver an experience worthy of their sky high price tags. We also discuss the possible merger of Fiat Chrysler with French automaker Peugeot, and how past automaker mergers and alliances have affected consumers. In this week's audience questions segment, we explain the science behind snow tire performance in wet conditions, choose a mid-life crisis car for an outdoor enthusiast, and tell you why you definitely should not test your car's automatic emergency braking (AEB) system at home.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:11 - Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot Merger

6:36 - @ the Track: 2020 Bentley Bentayga and 2019 BMW M850i

7:09 - Why did CR rent these high-end vehicles?

8:52 - Bentley Bentayga discussion

15:00 - BMW M850i discussion

17:40 - Audience Questions

17:58 - Video Question #1: How do you account for longer wet-stopping distances on winter tires?

22:11 - Video Question #2: How do I know if FCW/AEB systems actually work?

25:40 - What’s a good mid-life crisis replacement for a Volvo XC60?

LINKS

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2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs

2020 Toyota Supra; Talking Cars #203: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPmtC7hAlg

2020 Hyundai Palisade Test Results; Talking Cars #224: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXu7UmaMwc0

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

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Impressions; Talking Cars #201: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHHL3B5Qpc

Direct download: 1911CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_228_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

New at the track this week is the 2020 Nissan Versa we recently purchased for our test program. We share our first impressions, and discuss the struggles of the subcompact sedan segment.  We also talk about NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new initiative to overhaul its vehicle crash test program, and how this will benefit consumers. In our Q&A segment, we answer audience questions about the long-term reliability of Ford's Ecoboost engines, if there are too many safety features on modern cars, and what is a good solution to replacing expensive LED headlights.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - NHTSA Crash Test Program Overhaul

05:03 - 2020 Nissan Versa First Impressions

11:43 - Question #1: How reliable are Ford’s EcoBoost engines?

14:24 - Question #2: Is the abundance of safety features making cars more expensive?

19:00 - Question #3: Why are the inexpensive halogen headlights being replaced with expensive LEDs?

20:50- Question #4: What is a quieter, more luxurious replacement for a 2008 Camry Hybrid?

 

 

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Federal Car Crash Testing Needs Major Overhaul, Safety Advocates Say

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/federal-car-crash-testing-needs-major-overhaul-safety-advocates-say/

 

Nissan Versa Gets Much-Needed Redesign for 2020

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-nissan-versa-preview/

 

Nissan Versa review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8jbNVggRI

 

2014 Nissan Versa Note quick take

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

 

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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Direct download: 1910CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_226_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Tesla's latest vehicle software update includes a feature called Smart Summon. We talk about the use and effectiveness of this autonomous feature and share our experiences of how it performed on our Model 3. Plus, we completed testing on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, find out how it stacks up against its sister SUV, the Kia Telluride. And, we answer audience questions about head-gasket replacement, run-flat winter tires and Autobahn-worthy convertibles.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - Tesla’s Smart Summon Feature

08:17 - 2020 Hyundai Palisade

14:43 - Question #1: Should I replace the head casket on my older Subaru?

18:15 - Question #2: Are regular winter tires better than run-flat winter tires?

20:40 - Question #3: Autobahn-worthy convertible?


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Tesla’s Smart Summon Performance Doesn’t Match Marketing Hype

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/teslas-smart-summon-performance-doesnt-match-marketing-hype/

 

2020 Hyundai Palisade Is Packed With Features and Refinement

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Ready to Meet Family Needs

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-kia-telluride-first-drive/

 

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

Tesla Model 3 360 Track Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuFRoLqa1JY

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

 

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Direct download: 1910CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_224_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week is dedicated to your questions! We discuss if worn brake pads affect adaptive cruise control and AEB systems, how to improve your headlights, why some turn signals are red while others are yellow, plus tips on winter wheel packages.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:52 - Video Question #1: Will worn out brake pads affect adaptive cruise control or automatic emergency braking systems?

3:10 - Question #2: Are expensive replacement headlight bulbs worth the extra money?

4:52 - Question #3: Is factory rust proofing legit?

7:18 - Question #4:  Would winter tires with an aftermarket wheel fit a 2019 Subaru Forester?/What’s the difference between CUV and SUV tires?

9:39 - Question #5: Are there any concerns with buying an early generation EV (Nissan Leaf)?

11:29 - Question #6: Where can I find break-in information in the owner’s manual for a 2019 Toyota Camry SE?

13:36 -  Question #7: Is topping off my gas tank damaging my car?

16:25 - Question #8: What’s a reliable, low-mileage vehicle for under $7,000 for a teen driver?

20:28 - Question #9: What’s the deal with different colored turn signals?

22:24 - Question #10: What’s the best set of winter tires for a 2018 Toyota Camry XLE?

23:52 - Question #11: Should I change the oil on my car at 3,000 miles vs. 6,000 miles if I drive in ‘severe conditions’?

24:32 - Question #12: Are SUVs better than sedans in handling mildly flooded roads?

26:30 - Question #13: Which used Toyota Prius offers standard safety equipment?

28:16 - Question #14: What’s a fun replacement for for an aging Mustang GT?

LINKS

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2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2019 Mazda3 First Impressions; Talking Cars #197: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW5g6h2EGuY

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

Headlight Testing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTm6ObWKOdY

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

Prep Your Car for Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo

Nissan Leaf Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70dfFK0HPI

2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc

2008-2013 Nissan Rogue Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZq5OAOiJkY

2014 Hyundai Tucson Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcGGEPcNUqs

2009-2014 Honda Fit Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

CR’s Tire Selector: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=tires

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi8akdSzK8

2019 Hyundai Veloster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELTR3GJmh20

2015 Volkswagen GTI First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w

Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_220_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the Audi A6 including its all-new drivetrain and the waning relevance of sedans in the luxury market. Plus, our experts talk about the impact of Ford announcing plans for an all-electric F-150 pickup and a newly released NTSB report on a Tesla crash in California. We also answer your questions about bumper-to-bumper warranties and maintenance tips to keep your car running over 200K miles.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:25 - Ford electric vehicle lineup

0:50 - Ford F-150 EV prototype hauls 6625 tons

2:25 - Ford invests in Rivian

6:35 - NTSB report on Tesla crash

9:18 - 2019 Audi A6

11:25 - 2019 Audi Q3

15:20 - Audience Questions

15:29 - Video Question #1: Maintenance tips to get your car over the 200K mark

18:07- Question #2: Wet/dry braking test temperature and winter tire performance

21:44 - Question #3: Should I buy an extended warranty?

LINKS

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Self-Driving System Rankings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA

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

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Audi A6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mi32u6gP6w

2016 Audi A6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em2A17WHAoY

2019 Audi A8 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFEoDauMylY

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp5hc4GGSI8

Tesla Model S That Crashed Into Fire Truck Had Autopilot Engaged: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-s-that-crashed-into-fire-truck-had-autopilot-engaged/

2019 Audi A6 Offers Impressive Composure and Performance: https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-sedans/2019-audi-a6-first-drive-review/

2019 Audi Q3 Is Bigger and Better Equipped in Redesign: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-audi-q3-suv-preview/

Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_219_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

This week our experts share their first impressions of the 2020 Subaru Outback, discussing the latest iteration of Subaru's EyeSight advanced safety system, the available turbo four-cylinder engine, and the large touch screen. We also answer audience questions, including what to do when a dealer marks up the price of a popular, hard to find vehicle like the Kia Telluride; is there a significant reliability difference in the first year of a new or redesigned car; and can premium fuel boost your engine's horsepower.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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0:25 - 2020 Subaru Outback

12:48 - Audience Questions

13:13 - Video Question #1: Why do dealers markup certain models (like the Kia Telluride)?

16:32 - Question #2: Reliability concerns with the 2020 Kia Soul

18:27 - Question #3: Horsepower ratings with premium fuel

20:40 - Question #4: Are problems under warranty predictive of problems outside of warranty?

22:43 - Question #5: What’s the best handling compact car on the market?

LINKS

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omeYWjqBJRQ

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDr5uu7QheQ

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

Toyota Prius C review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV_IL4mMmLo

2017 BMW 3 Series Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

2014 BMW 2 Series Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d2y06Kh5LQ

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2015 Volkswagen GTI Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_217_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

On this episode, we talk about the 2020 Ford Explorer we've purchased for our test program, and discuss how this midsized three-row SUV stacks up against the some of the better competitors. Also, our experts discuss how emerging technology is playing a role in preventing a child from being left in a hot car, and give tips on what any driver can do to help prevent a tragedy. We wrap up with questions from our audience, including the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing, how Consumer Reports determines a car's reliability score, and what exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV (crossover utility vehicle). 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - Rear Seat Reminder Systems

05:48 - 2020 Ford Explorer first impressions

13:31 - Question #1: How does CR determines a car's reliability score?

16:57 - Question #2: Replacing a 2014 Volkswagen TDI wagon with something that has comfortable seats, all-wheel drive, and great road manners.

19:55 - Question #3: What is the difference between CR's and IIHS' headlight testing?

23:23 - Question #4: What exactly are the differences between an SUV and a CUV?

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2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Ford Explorer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNWQ_JQjc7k

 

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

2014 BMW 3 Series Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuzAaZO_7cA

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Volvo S60 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc

 

2019 Volvo S60 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwlnI4f_crc

 

2014 Lexus IS preview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0iVZ9F38S8

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_216_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

This week we dip into the mailbag to answer audience questions, including ways to improve the car buying experience at the dealer, whether all-season or winter tires are better for wet (but not snowy) driving conditions, and if pressing your accelerator will override automatic emergency braking (AEB) in a crash situation, and many more!

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:54 - Question #1: Why car battery prices are increasing?

03:30 - Question #2: Are Subaru ads accurate, claiming high reliability?

05:34 - Question #3: Replacing a high mileage V6 Camry with a Hybrid SUV.

09:02 - Question #4: Is an all-weather tire better than a winter tire for wet braking?

11:55 - Question #5: Why aren't manufacturers putting more effort into improving the car buying experience?

15:29 - Question #6: Does the gas pedal override the automatic emergency braking?

17:35 - Question #7: How much range will an electric car's battery lose sitting in a parking lot for an extended period of time with colder temperatures?

20:18 - Question #8: Will SUVs rule the roost forever, or could there be a shift back to sedans and wagons?

25:23 - Question #9: Which car is better for high altitude driving?

27:34 - Question #10: Please recommend a fun, responsive, safe, and reliable four seat sedan with good fuel economy.

 

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2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Results; CR's Tire Purchasing Survey Results

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO5gkJ9__5A

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI

 

4K Review: 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skG8lLJUPu8

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Jaguar I-PACE Test Results: 2019 Kia Soul First Impressions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18vG2BpAVOw

 

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Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_215_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

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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Direct download: 1907CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_213_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

We talk electric this week, sharing the test results of the Jaguar's all-new I-Pace EV and compare it with the Tesla Model X and other electric vehicles. We then discuss our first impressions of the 2019 Kia Soul and the Soul EV. Plus, we wrap up the episode with audience questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:35 - 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Test Results

09:00 - 2019 Kia Soul and Soul EV First Impressions

14:20 - Question #1: Can software updates make noticeable difference in a car?

18:13 - Question #2: Is it better to buy a cheaper new car rather than an older model?

20:52 - Question #3: What’s the European car model that you would love to be sold in the US market?

 

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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

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_209_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am EST

This week our expert panelists answer as many questions as time allows. We discuss the best time of year to buy a car, whether or not to ever turn off an automatic emergency braking system, and does an $8,000 cut in price make the new Chevrolet Blazer a viable choice. Plus, many more.

 

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00:50 - Question #1: When is the best time to buy a car?

03:21 - Question #2: Why is there a lack of charting centers for electric car owners?

05:52 - Question #3: What car has the ultimate seat comfort, fun to drive, and fuel efficient?

08:32 - Question #4: Is turning off automatic emergency braking system ever a good idea?

11:09 - Question #5: Would it be smarter to keep cars for a long time, or trade them in sooner?

13:43 - Question #6: Is the (2007-2012) Toyota oil consumption issue significant enough to refrain from purchasing?

16:05 -  Question #7: Why do OEM tires seem to wear out faster than aftermarket tires?

17:28 - Question #8: Should I buy an Accord, Camry, or Altima?

20:25 - Question #9: Are turbo engines less reliable than naturally aspirated engines?

22:36 - Question #10: How does CR test fuel economy in variable temperatures?

23:11 - Question #11: Does an $8,000 price cut make the new Chevrolet Blazer a viable choice?

 

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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 Nissan Altima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhow54shu-o

 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda Civic Is Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKF6jsVIug

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_208_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

It's a head-to-head this week! We just finished testing the 2019 BMW 330i and Volvo S60 and we compare the results of these two luxury sport sedans. We wrap up the episode with some interesting questions about how we test seating position, if we recommend the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, are all-weather tires worth your while, and why the Volkswagen TDis still on the road?

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - 2019 BMW 330i vs. 2019 Volvo S60

08:59 - Question 1: How does CR test seating position?

11:04 - Question 2: Did Toyota shrink the 2019 RAV4?

12:16 - Question 3: What does CR’s reliability data say about the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid?

15:42 - Question 4: Are all-weather tires good enough to replace the winter tires and still be used in the summer?

19:05 - Question 5: Why are Volkswagen diesels are still on the road?

 

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2019 Volvo S60 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwlnI4f_crc

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

Getting your tires ready for winter: Advice from Consumer Reports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hixD6srMlP0

 

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_207_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm 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

We celebrate our milestone 200th episode of the podcast with a live audience in New York City, discussing the evolution of Talking Cars over the years, how our team of experts got started at Consumer Reports, and what we see in the future for the automobile industry. We wrap this special episode with questions from our audience members.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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1:07 - The History of Talking Cars Podcast

3:43 - How Our Experts Got Their Start at CR

11:41 - The Past, What We Miss The Most

16:06 - The Present, Our Favorite Cars Today and What Makes Them Better

26:33 - The Future, What What We See in the Future for the Auto Industry

31:45 - Question 1: Does CR Perform Automatic Emergency Braking Comparisons?

34:03 - Question 2: Will Modern Technology in Cars Create a Larger Depreciation Curve?

37:52 - Question 3: What is the Future of Speech Technology in Cars?

40:49 - Question 4: Does CR Penalize Car Manufacturers for Bad Practices?

43:13 - Question 5: Why Some Manufacturers Produce Hybrid Models for EU but Not for US?

45:20 - Question 6: What is CR’s Take on Modern Convoluted Controls?

48:43 - Question 7: Who Makes the Best Cooled Seats?

50:58 - Question 8: Where Do We See The Role of Government in Driver Education?

 

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Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #1

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

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Direct download: 1904CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_200_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

We just purchased the all-new 2019 Mazda3 for our testing program, and we share our first impressions on the sedan - can it retain the fun driving dynamics of the last generation? We also discuss the recently unveiled 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback and Ford Escape's chances of becoming bigger players in their respective segments. We also answer questions from our audience, including whether premium fuel will make a Ford F-150 run more efficiently, how to choose the right size tires, and how you know if the fuel you’re buying is considered top tier.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:14 - 2020 Ford Escape

 

06:25 - 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

 

10:07 - 2019 Mazda3 First Impressions

 

17:05 - Question #1: How Do I Know That I’m Buying Top Tier Fuel?

 

20:59 - Question #2: Right Tires For My Car and Should I Use Hydrogen For My Tires?

 

24:30 - Question #3: Will Higher Octane Gas Improve Fuel Economy?

 

27:36 - Question #4: Suggestions For A Rear-Wheel Drive Sporty Four-Door Sedan That Can Fit Child Seats?

 

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Redesigned 2020 Ford Escape Adds Tech, Loses Weight

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-ford-escape-preview/

 

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Gets Bigger and Adds Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-toyota-yaris-hatchback-preview/

 

Study Shows Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/study-shows-top-tier-gasoline-worth-extra-price/

 

2016 Scion iA Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3iEg9MlrVU

 

Mazda2 First Look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glqayR8t240

 

2014 Mazda3 First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

 

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Direct download: 1904CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_197_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Lots of electric car news to get charged up about this week, as Tesla unveiled its Model 3-based crossover Model Y, and Henrik Fisker's new automotive venture announced a $40,000 all-electric SUV. We recently bought an electric vehicle of our own for our test program, the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV, and give our first impressions on how it compares to the top rated gas version. We also answer audience questions this week about Jeep reliability vs. owner satisfaction, replacement high-performance tires for an Infiniti G37 sedan, and what to consider when your car's nearest dealership is hours away.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:37 - News: Tesla Model Y

 

02:44 - News: Fisker Inc. $40,000 SUV

 

06:50 - 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric First Impressions

 

13:00 - Question #1: Jeep Cherokee Reliability vs. Owner Satisfaction?

 

17:55 - Question #2: What is the Correct Driving Position?

 

22:00 - Question #3: What are the Proper Tires for Infiniti G37x?

 

26:08 - Question #4: What to Consider When Your Car's Nearest Dealership is Hours Away?


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As Tesla Unveils Model Y Crossover, Should Consumers Buy Into Drama-Filled Company?

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/as-tesla-unveils-model-y-crossover-should-consumers-buy-into-drama-filled-company/

 

Fisker Electric SUV Aims to Undercut the Tesla Model Y

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/fisker-electric-suv-aims-to-undercut-the-tesla-model-y/

 

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

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

 

Fisker Karma review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn6abWOAj9M

 

2012 Fisker Karma: First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osI2e0sSDA0

 

$100,000 Fisker Karma breaks down at Consumer Reports test track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivhp-i6i3vE

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Set to Challenge EV Leaders

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2019-hyundai-kona-ev-preview/

 

New Long-Range, Affordable Electric Cars Coming Soon

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/new-long-range-affordable-electric-cars-coming-soon/

 

2019 Jeep Cherokee Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG5cR-Twhns

 

2014 Jeep Cherokee first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4nldxmFZq8

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Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_episode_195_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Tesla has been in the news a lot recently, with announcements about price drops and increases, new Autopilot functionality, stores closing (or not,) and the availability of the long-promised $35,000 Model 3. What should a consumer make of all this? Our experts give advice on what to do if you're questioning whether a Tesla makes sense for you. We recently purchased the new 2019 BMW 3 Series, and we give our first impressions of what it's like behind the wheel. We end this episode with audience questions about Jaguar XJ and Dodge Charger reliability, how we weight a car's performance based on its intended use, and the machinations behind issuing a car safety recall.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - Tesla Changes

 

05:42 - Tesla  Reliability Ratings Question

 

10:26 - 2019 BMW 3-Series First Impressions

 

18:42 - Question #1: How is a Recall Triggered?

 

22:22 - Question #2: Why CR's Reliability Data Changes?

 

26:23 - Question #3: How CR Ways the Overall Score?

 

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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

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

 

2017 BWM 330i Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

 

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_194_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EST

This week, we discuss the Road Test results of our 2019 Cadillac XT4, and the nuances of competing in the entry-level luxury SUV segment. Volvo announced that it will be limiting the maximum speed on its vehicles, and we talk about the decision’s impact on safety. As always, we wrap the episode with audience questions, this week about proper steering wheel position, used car maintenance practices, and the evolution (or lack thereof) of car door hinges.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - Volvo’s Speed Restrictions

 

06:59 - 2019 Cadillac XT4 Road Test Results

 

12:06 - Question #1: What is the Proper Steering Wheel Position?

 

15:14 - Question #2: How to Care For an Older Used Car?

 

19:27 - Question #3: Why Car Door Hinge Design Hasn’t Evolved?

 

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New Study Shows Automatic Braking Significantly Reduces Crashes and Injuries

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/automatic-braking-reduces-car-crashes-injuries-iihs-study/

 

Study: Crash safety technologies take decades to spread

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/01/study-crash-safety-technologies-take-decades-to-spread/index.htm

 

Pedestrian Deaths in the U.S. Soared From 2009-2016, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-deaths-in-us-soared-from-2009-2016-iihs-study-shows/

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Cadillac XT4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeqN7zuP344

 

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

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

 

2916 BMW X1Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

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Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_193_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm 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

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

We close out 2018 by taking a look back at the cars we tested this year, and which ones we thought were the most, and least, satisfying to drive. We eulogize those vehicles we love that won't be coming back next year, and give our thoughts on what we're looking forward to most in 2019.

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_183_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

The IIHS releases its list of the Safest Cars to Drive. We discuss the new tests that affect the cars on the list and how CR’s tests compliment crash ratings. Plus, we share test results of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and answer questions on headlights, hybrids, and the most comfortable budget sports car.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:43 - IIHS Top Safety Picks

6:18 - 2019 Hyundai Tucson Test Results

10:28 - Send us your questions!

10:45 - Video Question #1: Upgrading headlights

13:33 - Video Question #2: Which car is the most comfortable for tall drivers? Subaru BRZ, Mazda MX-5, Hyundai Veloster.

18:17 - Question #3: Is there any financial gain by leasing a 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid?

LINKS

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2jcWdRN168

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U

2019 Hyundai Veloster Test Results; Talking Cars #180: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE7WQ43AODo

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

Direct download: 1812CRO_Talking_Cars_Epiosde_182_HQ2.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week, we dedicate the entire episode to answering your questions! We tackle everything from car buying advice for new parents, whether or not 'no haggle' policies help consumers when negotiating prices, the evolution of the Honda Ridgeline and the pros and cons of buying a new or used Tesla. 

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SHOW NOTES

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1:08 Video Question #1 - How and why do CR Reliability Ratings change?

3:49 Video Question #2 - Do new cars come with faulty batteries?

7:02 Video Question #3 - How do you get a prorated tread wear warranty?

10:18 Question #4 - New family car recommendations?

13:15 Question #5 - How do heavily tinted windows affect visibility at night?

14:40 Question #6 - Are 'no haggle' policies helpful to consumers?

16:46 Question #7 - What's a better buy, a new Tesla Model 3 or a used Model S?

18:00 Question #8 - Is the Subaru WRX a good choice for a fun car in Chicago?

20:00 Question #9 - Am I supposed to like the new Honda Ridgeline body style?

21:45 Question #10 - How important are break-in periods on new cars?

23:07 Question #11 - What's the deal with 3-spoke steering wheels?

24:19 Question #12 - Does CR like when cars have a heads up display?

26:11 Question #13 - Looking for a manual hatchback or wagon for $12K

27:34 Question #14 - Why has the Toyota Tacoma become unreliable?

VIDEO LINKS

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2015 Ford Mustang Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKpFSLHLmdM

2016 Honda Civic Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1hAWTiNz8M

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

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

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98

2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4

2015 Honda Fit Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJwKgKunkAQ

2013 Ford Fusion First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlfE7BNeA4s

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

Toyota Prius Gets Record-Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU

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

2014 Mini Cooper Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMrZHnLKoGI

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

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

Direct download: 1811CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_177_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

The all-new Toyota RAV4 is at the track; we share our impressions and discuss how it's stayed on top of the small SUV market. We also talk about CR's push to standardize the terms used to describe safety gear, and how we're including blind-spot warning into our overall score of vehicles. Don't worry, we squeezed in some audience questions too!

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SHOW NOTES

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0:36 - CR's push to standardize safety gear terms

4:40 - Including blind-spot warning in CR car ratings

7:30 - 2019 Toyota RAV4

13:35 - Send us your questions!

14:23 - Question #1: Leasing as a long term test drive?

16:33 - Question #2: Genesis G70 availability

19:00 - Question #3: Is the Mazda CX-9 a reliable choice this year?

19:44 - Question #4: What PHEV should I buy?


VIDEO LINKS

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2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4 

2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE 

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

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA  

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4 

2013 Ford C-MAX First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mw4bC6WZo 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA 

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYnvaqVHV0 

Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_175_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

This week's episode is all about reliability! Each year, Consumer Reports surveys its members about their vehicles to find out how their cars are performing in day to day, real world use. From major engine issues to frustrating infotainment problems, data is collected to find out how vehicles perform over the years. Once we crunch the numbers, we are able to determine which cars and brands are running smoothly, or giving owners constant issues. We go over some of the worst performing cars in our survey, and answer viewer questions about reliability issues they are currently experiencing.

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SHOW NOTES
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:30 - How we compile our reliability data

4:50 - least reliable new cars

9:35 - Tesla Model S reliability

16:50 - Question #1: Reliable vehicle for towing & family

20:10 - Question #2: Replacement for Toyota Camry Hybrid

Honda Clarity Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/e0bUhEmXgNo

Cadillac ATS Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/_WzeCnXgUn4

Tesla Model X Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/7GhvTUDuEds

Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/ViCmxjDDLIM

Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/t9cT_mIff-Q

Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/S0VlwLRJFAo

Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_174_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

This week we discuss our findings regarding the recent reports of Honda CR-V drivers experiencing gasoline leaking into and diluting the engine oil, and what you should do if you are having the same problem. Next, we give our first impressions of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, and how it stacks up in the already declining compact sedan segment. We also answer audience questions about automatic transmission driving habits, and safety concerns of over-the-air vehicle software updates.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:22 - Honda CR-V Oil/Fuel Discussion

0:38 - Viewer Question: Honda CR-V still OK to buy?

6:33 - @ the Track: 2019 Nissan Altima

10:05 - Send us your questions! TalkingCars@icloud.com

10:29 - Video Question #1: Should you shift an automatic transmission to Neutral when stopped?

12:41 - Video Question #2: Are over-the-air updates safe?

16:08 - Viewer Question #3: Why should I want an SUV?

Direct download: 1810CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_172_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

We've finished testing the 2019 Subaru Ascent, and let you know how it stacks up against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9. We also discuss the unveiling of the all-electric Audi E-Tron SUV, as well as startup automaker Lucid securing $1 billion in funding. And as always, we answer your questions, this week about CR buying and testing unpopular cars, our most coveted advanced safety gear, and what car you should buy once you pay off your student loans!

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SHOW NOTES

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1:11 - Lucid Motors receives $1 Billion in funding

1:50 - Audi announces the E-Tron

6:10 - Subaru Ascent test results

11:17 - We have a question for you!

12:29 - Video Question #1: Level 1 vs. Level 2 EV charging

16:31 - Video Question #2: Sporty sedan shopping for $40K CAN

19:40 - Question #3: Test Car Triage

23:28 - Question #4: Which safety options to purchase for a new driver

VIDEO LINKS

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

Electric Car Range Face-Off: Chevy Bolt vs. Tesla Model S 75D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx7Tg7QNvFg

2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc

2016 Infiniti Q50 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpcRtwZjkJE

Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episdoe_169_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

With Hurricane Florence affecting much of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region of the US, we discuss how to prepare your vehicle for a natural disaster. We also give our first impressions of the 2019 Lexus UX, and how it stacks up against stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV segment. We also answer questions from our audience about the proper way to break-in your vehicle, whether you can use regular gas in your 'premium recommended' car, and advise a young driver about their first automotive purchase.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:05 How to Prepare Your Car in a Hurricane

 

06:20 2019 Lexus UX

 

11:36 Question 1: Break-in Period for a New Car

 

14:15 Question 2: Required vs. Recommended Fuel Grade

 

16:30 Question 3: First Automotive Purchase Advice for Teens

 

20:37 Question 4: All-new Model vs. Redesign Year, When to Buy

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2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive

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

 

Storm & Emergency Preparedness

https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/storm-and-emergency-guide/

 

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYJnWkQ4aC0

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8

 

Disaster Prep: A Simple Way To Make Sure You Recover Your Stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw2tJ5u4Pc

 

5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready

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

 

Lost Power? What You Should Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L-jnqKFPZc

 

Home generator advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBoaoApId5c

 

4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYG_5qJZXqw

 

2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ

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Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_168_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

We've purchased the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado for our test program. Hear our first impressions of the popular pickup and where we think it stands in the ongoing truck war. Mercedes-Benz introduces its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC; and we answer viewer questions about hybrids and the best used car for a new teen driver.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - Mercedes-Benz introduces the EQC

6:18 - Viewer Question: What is eTorque?

7:47 -  2019 Chevrolet Silverado

13:42 - Viewer Video Question #1: Are all-weather tires good enough for Winter driving in New England?

17:10 - Viewer Question #2: Used car for a teen, with a budget ok $10K

20:37- Viewer Question #3: What's better in stop-and-go driving, hybrids or EVs?

VIDEO LINKS

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5E1EjYfXFs

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o255jI5MTf0

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

Toyota Prius V Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE-pE3bXhAk

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

 

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

 

2013 Subaru Legacy Sneak Peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

 

Direct download: 1809CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_167_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

We've received a ton of questions from our audience on our new text and email handle (TalkingCars@iCloud.com), so this week is wall-to-wall Q&A! We help decide between the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, the Jeep Compass and Mazda CX-5, and if we think the Tesla Model 3 would be a good choice for a family of four. We also answer questions about tires, the Toyota 86 TRD, and give tips on how an Uber driver can maximize the longevity of their car.

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SHOW NOTES

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1:05 -  Video Question #1: Tips for buying a very specific model

3:38 -  Video Question #2: Will the base Tesla Model 3 a good family car?

5:12 - Video Question #3: How long will a 2014 Dodge Caravan hold up?

6:53 - Video Question #4: Why did the 2018 Mazda6 take a fuel economy hit?

10:07 - Question #5: How to compare CR tire rankings

11:40 - Question #6: Why do navigation systems lock out users when the car is in motion?

13:10 - Question #7: Will CR test the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD?

13:58 -Question #8: How do you drive a turbocharged engine efficiently?

15:19 - Question #9: What are the most fuel efficient settings for using A/C?

16:52 - Question #10: Can you get a discount on your car insurance if you have advanced safety gear on your car?

17:33 - Question #11: Why are newer cars mounting gas pedals to the floor?

19:20 - Question #12: Cross shopping tire sizes

21:04 - Question #13: 2018 Jeep Compass or 2018 Mazda CX-5?

21:18 - Question #14: Shopping for a first car for a teenager; under $20K

23:03 - Question #15: What's the deal with taking car of cars in the snow?

24:25 - Question #16: Is front-wheel drive better than all-wheel drive in the snow?

26:09 - Question #17: Special maintenance for a car that has reached the 100,000 km mark?

27:32 - Question #18: Toyota 4Runner vs. VW Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent?

29:50 - Question #19: Tacoma TRD Sport or Honda Ridgeline?

31:04 - Question #20: Buying a new minivan; Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey?

32:43 - Question #21: What can I do to make my minivan cool?

VIDEO LINKS

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk

2016 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y5eV9FKS0c

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY

Redesigned Mazda Miata MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk 

Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo 

Minivans - Top Choices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcgOG-oIiIw 

Chrysler Town & Country Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieozqsYT10 

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM 

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU 

2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFD-X6g9erM 

2016 Acura MDX Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEClMArNA8o 

How To Cool Your Car Like A Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo 

2017 Jeep Compass Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkPacZUmJ2I 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4 

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

2016 Scion iA Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3iEg9MlrVU 

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho 

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8 

Toyota Sequoia Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wQ_dxsXlqc 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s 

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

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

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

Prep Your Car for Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

Direct download: 1808CRO_Tallking_Cars_Episode_165_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EST

We've finished testing our 2018 Mazda6. We discuss our final impressions on the midsized sedan and where we think it stacks up against its competitors. We answer a number of audience questions this week, including one about our best advice when negotiating the price of a car with a dealership. We also talk about the Subaru Ascent recall, and remind Volkswagen diesel owners that time is running out to file a claim for settlement compensation.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:18 - Volkswagen Diesel Deadline

5:32 - Subaru Ascent Recall

8:14 - Mazda6 Test Results

12:49 - Audience Questions

13:02 - Question #1: Buying a fun weekend car

18:07 - Question #2: Ford C-Max hybrid replacement

23:04 - Question #3: How to handle price negotiations when buying a new car

26:51 - Question #4: Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti or Kia Stinger GT?

 

VIDEO LINKS

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Selling Back Your VW Diesel? 5 Cars to Consider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuBFu0u01Fk

How Volkswagen Diesels Platform in 'Cheat Mode': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUPnAA_Y3XI

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk 

2016 Mazda6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y5eV9FKS0c

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyiuHMyB3c

2014 Mazda3 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY 

2013 Ford C-Max First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Mw4bC6WZo

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_2JeLZEHY

2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

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

Direct download: 1808CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_164_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

This week, we discuss data from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) regarding advanced safety technology, and whether semi-autonomous equipped cars are providing a safety benefit to drivers. We just bought a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback to join our testing program, and we give our initial impressions, and whether Toyota can convince buyers that a Corolla can be sporty! We also answer audience questions about a replacement for a Nissan Altima, modern convertible reliability, and how we can buy cars anonymously after all these years.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - IIHS Safety Study on Autonomous Vehicles

04:23 - 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

11:31 - Question 1: How we keep our anonymity when buying cars

15:06 - Question 2: SUV buying recommendation

19:00 - Question 3: Upgrading from a  Nissan Altima

22:32 - Question 4: Convertible top reliability

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4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

New Tesla Autopilot: Better But Needs Impovements

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-MF1g2SSaY

 

2014 Toyota Corolla first drive

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

 

2016 Lincoln MKX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nJsdaxJZo

 

2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o

 

2016 Nissan Altima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4q0gyl0XY

 

2016 Nissan Maxima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO_4cCBL8I8

 

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

 

2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive

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

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Direct download: 1808CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_163_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

On this week's episode, Keith tells us about his recent trip to Havana, Cuba, and what it was like to experience classic cars from a modern mindset. Next, we give our first impression on the new Ram 1500 pickup, and whether we think it can compete in this extremely popular segment. We also take time to answer audience questions about the Chrysler 200, why Kia and Hyundai products are cheaper in Canada, and if fog lights are an important safety feature in new cars. 

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SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Gabe's minor weekend injury

1:39 - Keith's trip to Havana and Cuban Car Culture

5:34 - Gabe's rare vacation cars

7:15 - Jon's honeymoon Citroen

8:38 - 2019 Ram 1500

13:32 - Audience Questions

14:03 - Question #1: What's our beef with the Chrysler 200?

18:21 - Question #2: Do fog lights increase visibility/safety?

21:53 - Question #3: Canadian minivan prices and recommendations

24:16 - Question #4: Vehicle recommendation for a growing family   

LINKS

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Ram 1500 Remains Big and Brawny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LLG4GsdY0

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP9c44rWiqA

2015 Chrysler 200 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PppcLoxShxc

Night-vision Technology in Cars Protects Pedestrians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooXRzqfT44U

2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU

2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE

2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic5Obebxcv8

2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJBb143fho

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Direct download: 1808CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_162_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Our 2019 Subaru Ascent is at the track and we talk about the company's re-entry into the three-row SUV segment. Plus, we share stories about our most regrettable car decisions from the past. And as always, we answer your questions on car buying and our dream daily drivers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:47 Our Favorite Automotive Mistakes

10:03 2019 Subaru Ascent

15:06 Question #1: Our Dream Daily Driver

20:16 Question #2: What to replace a VW GTI with that is better?

23:23 Question #3: What to replace a VW GTI with that's more practical, reliable, and less costly?

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8

 

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Honda Fit review

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

 

Audi A3/S3 at the Detroit Auto Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA_Jp7TtTjo

 

2015 Audi A3 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fy_kUWXpi0

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Direct download: 1807CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_161_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Mitsubishi will begin to offer drivers perks if they opt to share their driving data. We discuss if the tradeoff is worth it. The 2019 Nissan Kicks joins our test fleet and we share our impressions. Plus, audience questions on transmissions and safety equipment. 

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - Mitsubishi Driver Incentives

4:07 - The dangers of kids in hot cars

7:50 - Rear Seat Reminders

8:45 - 2019 Nissan Kicks

13:57 - Audience Question

14:03 - Question #1, Hyundai dual-clutch transmission replacement

16:19 - Question #2, Mandating safety features on all cars

19:45 - Question #3, Why is blind-spot warning an premium option on some cars?

VIDEO LINKS

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2017 LA Auto Show: 2019 Nissan Kicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMMf0LCj7sU

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E

2018 Ford EcoSport Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWKT__mDwJk

2011 Nissan Juke First Look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qURRHzI7NPc

2015 Chevrolet Trax Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et4MC_m-DR8

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

Kids Left In Hot Cars: How It Could Happen to You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIqyE0vj60M

Direct download: 1807CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_159_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

The President threatens to increase tariffs on foreign made cars; we talk about how it may affect consumers. The Chevrolet Blazer has returned, but it may not be the rugged off-roader you remember. Plus, we talk about the Infiniti QX50 SUV, and answer your questions on drive modes, hot cars and the Kia Niro.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:32 – President Trump tweet about increasing tariffs on foreign automakers

4:12 – Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America

5:41 – 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

9:27 - @ the track, Infiniti QX50

11:51 – Infiniti QX50 powertrain, variable compression ratio

15:50 - Audience Questions

16:12 - Question #1: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited, drive modes

18:52 - Question #2: What gets hotter, dark or light colored cars?

21:58 - Question #3: Why shouldn’t everyone buy a Kia Niro?

LINKS

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2018 Infiniti QX50 Review: Upscale but Underwhelming: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2018-infiniti-qx50-review-upscale-but-underwhelming/

Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-fourth-of-july-deals-on-cars-made-in-america/

Stylish 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Brings Comforts and Technology: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-chevrolet-blazer-preview/

2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogONHegJwXk

2014 BMW X5 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DbM0qvHhts

2018 Hyundai Sonata Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwv3EonvPc

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA

Toyota Prius Gets Record Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_157_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Chrysler recently released a new commercial that inadvertently shows why having a simple shifter in a car is so important. We talk about the Pacifica's confusing dial shifter, and why this is a problem throughout the auto industry. We recently bought a new 2019 Acura RDX, and discuss why one big flaw might make an otherwise pleasant car tough to live with. And we answer audience questions about IIHS crash tests, and if we would ever consider recommending the Tesla Model 3 for teen drivers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 Chrysler Pacifica Commercial ft. Kathryn Hahn

05:12 2019 Acura RDX

10:41 Question 1:  What is "Fun to drive"

13:59  Question 2: IIHS passenger small-overlap crash test

16:45  Question 3: Tesla Model 3 making the Teen Drivers list

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Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety and More Power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4

 

2016 Acura RDX Quick Drive

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

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH_XMu6QVLc

 

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_155_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EST

Tesla sent an over-the-air software update to all Model 3's this past weekend, which included a fix for the long stopping distances we experienced during our initial testing. We discuss our new test results, and what role over-the-air updates will play in the future of automobiles. We also discuss our first impressions of our newly purchased 2019 Kia Sorento, and answer audience questions about the Subaru Forester and the longevity of engines in hybrid vehicles.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_153_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

It's cyclists vs. motorists on this week's episode, and how we think both worlds can live in harmony with one another. We also give our first impressions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and answer audience questions about good cars for college and how to properly break in a new car.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_151_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Ford announces an all new safety suite for 2020. We compare the newly released test results on our Buick Regal and Kia Stinger also answer viewer questions, and a special question about the Mikes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

This week, we answer viewer questions about our Tesla Model 3 coverage. Some eagle-eyed members of our audience spotted our 2018 Nissan Leaf in our garage last week, so we give you our first impressions on Nissan's all-electric car. Finally, we discuss GMC's announcement of a new Sierra, and whether its swiss army knife of a tailgate will appeal to pickup buyers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Our Tesla Model 3 is finally here at the track, and we go in-depth on our initial impressions, including build quality, how it drives, and what we think of that big center screen.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Each year, Consumer Reports chooses the best performing vehicles of the year in a number of categories. We discuss which cars we selected as the best of the year, automaker brand rankings, and how vehicles have evolved over the last decade.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

The Takata airbag recall continues and Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 40,000 vehicles. We discuss how to track manufacturer recalls to make sure your car is safe. The Lexus RX350L joins our fleet, and we seek out the best American cars for teens.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

This week we answer your video submitted questions first! We also talk about two car commercials from the Super Bowl and discuss our newest test vehicle, the 2018 Ford EcoSport.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

We recap our trip to the SAE Government/Industry meeting and talk about why the names of safety features can be confusing to consumers. The Honda Clarity joins our test fleet and as always, we answer viewer questions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

It's true; we bought a new Jeep Wrangler for our test fleet. We share our first impressions and explore why people love the original SUV. We also have a new Hyundai Elantra GT at the track. Can it compete with hot-hatches like the Volkswagen GTI? Plus, we answer viewer questions and celebrate a special anniversary.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Trucks take center stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with redesigns from RAM, Chevy and Ford. We talk about new models from Honda, Acura and Toyota and share which cars we're most looking forward to in the coming year.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am EST

We peek into the future of cars with news from CES in Las Vegas. The Buick Regal Sportback joins our test fleet and we give our first impressions. And, we answer viewer questions on tire ratings, starting your car in the cold and brake lights.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Bundle up for this week's episode as we share expert advice on how to get the most out of your car in frigid temps. Two new giant SUVs make their debut at our test track and we answer viewer questions about all-weather tires and cruise control.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm EST

It's our end of the year wrap up, and we discuss our most (and least) favorite cars that we tested this year at our track. We also talk about what we're most looking forward to from the auto industry in 2018.

 

SHOW NOTES

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1:01 - Mike Quincy's favorite car of 2017

3:07 - Gabe's favorite car of 2017

4:35 - Jake's favorite car of 2017

6:12 - Jen's favorite car of 2017

 

7:57 - Jake's least favorite car of 2017

9:55 - Gabe's least favorite car of 2017

12:00 - Mike Quincy's least favorite car of 2017

13:53 - Jen's least favorite car of 2017

 

15:50 - What we're looking forward to in 2018

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we cover Toyota's announcement on EV’s and a new Mercedes bound for the States. Owner Satisfaction results are in, and we talk about the brands and models that left drivers wanting more. Plus, viewer questions about our test fleet and more on electronic parking brakes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

This week two all-new cars stop by Consumer Reports' test track, the Kia Stinger and Hyundai Kona. We also talk about what it takes for your car to be a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and why some brand new vehicles may no longer hold the ranking. Plus, we answer viewer questions on older vehicles and what happens when you pull an electronic parking brake at 40 mph.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

Our experts are on the West Coast for the 2017 LA Auto Show, and give their first impressions on the 3-row Subaru Ascent and Lexus RX 350L, subcompact Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks, as well as the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Infiniti QX50.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

The world seems to be speeding toward a future of autonomous vehicles. But will the reality match the visions of the automakers and innovators? In this Talking Cars special, we assembled an expert panel at our annual meeting at the CR Auto Test Center to discuss the prospect of autonomous driving.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Which cars are the most reliable? And which brands have the best track record for quality? We go deep into our 2018 reliability survey to discuss who's up, who's down, and a few surprises from the over 640,000 vehicles included in our data.

 

SHOW NOTES

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:50 - How we gather our reliability data

2:50 - current reliability trends

7:14 - 2018 reliability survey highlights

15:35 - Tesla Model 3 reliability announcement

Video submission link: CR.org/TalkingCars

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

We got our hands on the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, and give our first impressions on its driving dynamics, updated infotainment system, and styling. Did you know October is a great time to find a deal on cars and trucks? We tell you why, and show you some of the big bargains out there. Finally, buying a car from a dealer can be a high pressure experience, so we share some of our tips for buying a car without all the hassle.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Too many people still use car seats incorrectly. That's why we're talking car seats with our two experts on the subject on this edition of the podcast. You'll learn some key facts that could help you, or let you help someone you know with children.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

The gang is back from their summer vacations all over the globe! They discuss how the cars they saw are different from models at home. They also talk about test results on the Toyota C-HR, and a question from the audience gets us out on our track to do some myth busting.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Teen driving takes center stage on this episode. We talk about the cars that we learned to drive in, the best new and used cars for teens and a hands-on program that educates young drivers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Volkswagen takes aim at the SUV market in the U.S. with two new three-row vehicles. We also answer viewer questions about Jeeps, bikes and the Toyota Camry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week's episode is entirely dedicated to viewer and listener questions. We discuss heavy duty trucks, active safety equipment, used cars and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

This week we dive into the comments section and answer viewer questions on winter tire traction, auto start/stop systems, our favorite muscle cars, and the family hauler potential of commercial vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. We also give our first impressions of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we answer questions from our audience about used cars and SUVs, and give first impressions of our newly purchased 2017 Honda Civic Si.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This episode is dedicated to used cars. We talk about which used cars we'd buy in three different price ranges and answer viewer questions about trucks and all-wheel drive vehicles.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We debut a whole new look and sound for Talking Cars this week! We discuss the best cars on the market today that no one is talking about (or buying.) Fresh out of testing, we give our overall impressions of the Toyota Prius Prime, and answer a viewer question about the environmental impact of electrical vehicles.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

We give our first impressions of our new Mazda CX-5 and Jeep Compass, talk about Honda's move toward alternative fuel vehicles and answer viewer questions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We're at the New York Auto Show, covering new offerings from Subaru and Buick, as well as an intriguing concept from Toyota, and we discuss Dodge's powerful muscle car.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The Kia Niro and BMW 5 Series have been added to our test fleet. We talk about the Niro's potential impact on the hybrid market, discuss the BMW 5 Series' new, smaller engine and answer viewer questions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Toyota's all-new subcompact SUV the C-HR visits our test track and we share our first impressions. We also discuss our new Alfa Romeo Giulia and field viewer questions about new car buying and advanced safety systems.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

On this episode of Talking Cars, our experts discuss the 10 vehicles that make up our influential Top Picks list. We explain what makes a vehicle eligible for Top Pick status, and go in-depth on why they are the best in their categories.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

The redesigned Honda CR-V and all-new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack are two different takes on the sport utility vehicle. We also answer questions about affordable cars with advanced safety equipment and if an older BMW is a risky maintenance and reliability bet.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We take the show on the road to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute to discuss autonomous vehicle technology: where we are, where we're headed, and the challenges along the way. We also take questions from our live audience!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We're on the floor of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show! We discuss our first impressions of the all-new Toyota Camry and Honda Odyssey, which announcements surprised and disappointed us, and the emerging diesel trend.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

In our end of the year wrap up, we discuss the cars that were our personal favorites, along with the ones we liked the least.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

The Lincoln Continental and Alfa Romeo Giulia both aim to redefine their respective brands. We also answer questions about fully loaded small cars, and the difference between cars that we buy and rent.

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The Subaru Impreza is redesigned for 2017. We discuss the car's all-new platform and new levels of refinement. We also answer questions on the Chevy Bolt, vehicle reliability, and Mazda Miata alternatives.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Turns out the first relatively affordable long-range electric car isn't from Tesla; the Chevy Bolt beats the Tesla Model 3 to market. We found the Bolt to be enjoyable and practical, but wonder if buyers will be turned off by its dowdy styling.

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Which car brands build the most - and least - reliable new cars? Which models are the most trouble-prone? What usually goes wrong with new cars? We discuss the results of Consumer Reports’ 2017 reliability survey. Exclusive reliability scores for over 300 models are available at consumerreports.org/reliability

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

The Buick Cascada fills a hole in the affordable convertible marketplace, providing a well-finished open-air cruiser that isn’t special to drive. We then discuss whether SUVs will go out of style, help viewers choose among luxury and practical SUVs, and explain why the Toyota Yaris scores low.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EST

Our 100th episode is recorded live at the track with an audience of loyal fans. We answer questions about our backgrounds, essential safety equipment, the future of fuel economy, hated test cars, best and worst parts of our jobs, the death of the manual transmission, and our fascination with "soft-touch" plastics.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Cars with semi-autonomous features are becoming more common, but when does a car actually drive itself? We discuss the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90, both of which have these features. We also answer a viewer question about two Ford SUVs.

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Two new luxury SUVs share the spotlight: the Buick Envision and the Jaguar F-Pace. We also answer your questions about comparing the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt and whether Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is an improvement.

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The new Cadillac CT6 sedan and XT5 SUV highlight the brand's split personality. We also answer your questions about three-row SUVs, why we mention the Audi Q7 more than the Volvo XC90, and if we'll test a Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We answer your questions about the new Mazda CX-9, the Tesla Model X, a good pickup truck choice, and a luxury SUV with serious towing capacity.

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Driving the Tesla Model X SUV feels just like a taller Model S. But many gee-whiz features reduce utility or are over-complicated, like the falcon-wing doors. GM adjusts fuel economy measurements for some SUVs and we discuss the redesigned GMC Acadia.

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Two new cars join the Consumer Reports test fleet, the Kia Sportage and the Jaguar XF. Both highlight the design trends of their respective manufacturers; the Kia improves on the earlier-released Hyundai Tucson, and Jaguar is rebuilding their mainstream fleet.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Mitsubishi admits to incorrect fuel economy numbers, and Snapchat is criticized for having a feature that may tempt teenage drivers to speed. Chrysler recalls confusing shifters, and we discuss the Mini Clubman.

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Prompted by a viewer question, we review the compact pickup truck market and discuss our test of the updated Toyota Tacoma. We also discuss the redesigned Audi A4 and Chevrolet's new Spark and Cruze. Finally, we answer one of the most oft-asked viewer questions: what cars do we own?

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Tesla finally unveils their high-volume Model 3, but we find that plenty of unanswered questions remain. Chrysler reinvents (and renames) their Pacifica minivan, which breaks a streak of lackluster new products from the company. Finally, we answer a bunch of viewer questions about sports sedans from our New York auto show episode, discussing the Lexus IS, Jaguar XE, Audi A4, and Cadillac ATS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Talking Cars comes to you from the floor at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Important introductions were few and far between. Subaru brings out a new Impreza, Hyundai takes on the Prius with the Ionic, and Kia redesigns the Cadenza. Jake is impressed by the potential of a concept Genesis sports sedan, while Lincoln puts gullwing doors on a Navigator. Acura adds standard advanced safety gear to their MDX, which we applaud. Finally, Tom wants the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, but Jake wants a real liftback.

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What exactly makes a car fun? Raphael Orlove, a writer from enthusiast car website Jalopnik.com, joins us to discuss the conventional wisdom surrounding that question. His theory: you can have fun in any car, simply by viewing it as a tool for learning and as a gateway to new experiences. We debate whether the Toyota Avalon really can be considered "fun," and we talk about our automotive regrets.

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It's that time again - time to unveil our annual Top Picks, the best automotive choices in 10 different categories. Consumer Reports introduces our new Overall Score, incorporating not only road test results from our track, but also reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety scoring. We discuss the changes needed to do this, and what effect it will have on scores in the future. (Hint: They'll change a lot more often.) We then run through the Top Picks, discussing why each car earned its place on our list. One car not on the list this year is the Toyota Prius, a perennial Top Pick. We discuss why the just-redesigned Prius didn't qualify to make the list yet, and reveal our first impressions of Toyota's hybrid cornerstone.

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Even though the new default family car might be a small SUV, mid-sized sedans offer a lot for the money. We look at two redesigned entries in this mature and highly-competitive segment: the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima. Proof that not all mid-sized sedans are great, we also discuss the updated Nissan Altima. Moving on, we got a lot of viewer feedback about the pros and cons of self-driving cars. Finally, as a bit of dessert to balance a rather responsible podcast, we answer a viewer question about sports cars from the last 15 years.

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Self-driving cars have been in the news a lot recently, hot off the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and the Detroit Auto Show. We discuss the latest developments in technology and policy, and how they can benefit drivers. Next we look at two new German small SUVs: the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC300. They compete in different segments, and highlight the importance of starting with a good foundation and proper tuning. We then answer viewer questions about large sports sedans and cars for teens, as well as discussing Acura's Precision Concept car from Detroit and the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

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Talking Cars comes to you from the floor of the 2016 International Auto Show in Detroit. Chrysler unveils the new Pacifica minivan, important to see if the company can develop clean-sheet designs after the Fiat merger. The new GMC Acadia is downsized to match mid-sized SUV competition, while the Buick Envision comes to us from China. Luxury sedans from Volvo, Genesis, Lincoln, Mercedes, and Audi fill the show floor. The stunning Buick Avista steals the show, while the Kia Telluride suggests an appealing large SUV.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

In what's become an annual tradition, we take a look back at the cars that stood out over the last year, both the good and the bad. But no review of 2015 would be complete without discussing the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Our testing reveals that VW themselves may have created an efficient alternative to diesels, with their new 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Moving on, we look at the cars that most impressed us. It was a good year for SUVs, with mentions going to the Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, and Volvo XC90. We're even more in agreement about the test cars we disliked the most over the last year, including the Fiat 500X, Acura ILX, and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

This week on the “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” we hit the track with two spectacular Mercedes-Benz AMG models; the $140,000 AMG GT and the $80,000 C63 AMG. There's no question they're wildly different in looks, price, and practicality, but they share the same heart and intention. All of this high-powered excitement has lead us to wonder about the future of BMW. Is Mercedes-Benz considered the new "Ultimate Driving Machine”?

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A new Honda Civic is always big news. After the misstep of the previous generation, Honda takes a big leap with this new-from-the-ground-up 10th generation. After lots of viewer inquiries, we've got Consumer Reports' first impressions. While the new Civic is a transformation, the redesigned Lexus RX sticks true to its highly successful formula, even if that's not evident at first glance. We discuss the cars that are liked least by their owners, fresh from our 2015 owner satisfaction survey. A lot hinges on meeting buyer expectations, and Nissan appears to be falling behind. Finally, we help a viewer find a safe and easy-to-drive car for his elderly mom.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Jake and Tom hit the highway in our Tesla Model S P85D to discuss its Autopilot system, which can steer the car and keep it within its lane on its own. There are some advantages to the system, especially on long highway trips and in stop-and-go traffic, but this beta-level system is still working out some bugs. We also talk about the temptations posed by the technology, both for increasing distracted driving and for using it on roads where it is far from optimized. Finally, we contrast Tesla owners' willingness to purchase and try out this system, compared to the difficulty typical car buyers have in understanding the value of advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and autobraking.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST