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We recently purchased an all-new 2021 Toyota Venza for our test program, and we share our first impressions on the driving dynamics, hybrid powertrain, and standard advanced safety features of this midsized SUV. For some car brands, maintenance expenses can skyrocket once warranty and free-maintenance periods are over; we discuss why this can affect some brands more than others, particularly German automaker BMW. We also answer questions about matrix LED headlights and why they aren't yet available in the US, whether a convertible should be stored with its top up or down, and we share what we are thankful for, both personally and in the automotive world, in the crazy year that is 2020.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:31 - 2021 Toyota Venza First Drive

10:34 - Question #1: Why do BMWs skyrocket in ownership cost over a long period of time?

13:48 - Question #2: Why Matrix LED headlights are not allowed in the US?

17:01 - Question #3: What is the best practice for storing a convertible in a garage?

18:16 - Question #4: Which 3-row SUV is best suited for hauling 3 grandchildren?

21:58 - Things we are most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Car Care During Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53CdG_7nDcU

 

First Drive: 2021 Toyota Venza Strikes an SUV Sweet Spot

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

 

Toyota Venza review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAV6MdAv8LQ

 

The Cost of Car Ownership Over Time

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/the-cost-of-car-ownership/

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2011CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_283_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Every year, Consumer Reports releases the results of its auto reliability survey, collecting data from hundreds of thousands of our members. We share the process of collecting this data, as well as some highlights from this year's results. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a recent addition to our test program, and we share our first impressions on this resurrected and rugged luxury off-roader SUV. We also answer questions about NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) shields on cars, possible solutions to end a burdensome car lease, and at what point a child can safely ride in a vehicle without a booster seat. 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:37 - Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey Results

09:25 - 2020 Land Rover Defender First Impressions

19:13 - Question #1: Do NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) shield help with preventing rust and corrosion on a vehicle?

21:27 - Question #2: Which vehicle would be a competent replacement for a 2003 Toyota Highlander?

25:25 - Question #3: Is there a possible solution to ending a burdensome car lease?

27:09 - Question #4: At what point a child can safely ride in a vehicle without a booster seat?

 

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CR Auto Reliability

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-reliability-guide/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Car Care During Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53CdG_7nDcU

 

Booster Sets: Why Your Big Kid May Still Need a Booster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5h6kzWEyTU

 

2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: __2011CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_282_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

We discuss a number of topics this week, including an issue with Toyota RAV4 hybrids not able to fully fill their gas tanks, why some recall fixes can leave you without your car for months, if the positioning of occupant dummies in crash tests is not applicable to real-world conditions, why automaker Mitsubishi isn't as popular in the US market as it once was, the methodology behind CR's driving impressions and our Overall Score, why your next new car might be a tight fit in your garage, whether a Kia Stinger or Volkswagen Arteon is a better choice for a Canadian driver, and why luxury sports cars aren't required to be crash tested.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:28 - Question #1: Why some Toyota RAV4 hybrids have an issue with not being able to fully fill their gas tanks?

06:34 - Question #2: Why some car recalls take a long time to get fixed?

11:33 - Question #3: Why is the positioning of occupant dummies in crash test are not applicable to real-world conditions?

16:13 - Question #4: Why Mitsubishi vehicles aren’t as popular in the US as they are in other parts of the world?

18:31 - Question #5: What methodology is behind CR’s driving impressions and overall score?

20:24 - Question #6: Why does it seem like the cars are getting bigger, but garages are not?

23:01 - Question #7: Which Sportback is a better choice for a Canadian driver, a Kia Stinger or the Volkswagen Arteon?

26:17 - Question #8: Why some luxury sports cars are not required to be crash tested?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

New Toyota Highlander SUVs Recalled for Stall Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/new-toyota-highlander-suvs-recalled-for-stall-risk/

 

Some Cars Will Never Be Crash-Tested, Leaving Consumers in the Dark

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/some-cars-will-never-be-crash-tested-crash-test-ratings/

 

The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/

 

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/

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

 

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Direct download: 2011CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_281_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:37am EST

The 2021 Chevy Suburban is one of the latest additions to our testing fleet, and we give our first impressions on what it’s like to drive this big SUV, both on the open road, as well as in urban environments. The subscription model is common with many services these days, yet is still fairly uncommon in the automotive world. However, recent announcements by Tesla and GM may change this, and could introduce the concept of charging a monthly fee for access to important safety features. We talk about how these programs will work, and why they might not be in the best interest of consumers. We also discuss the long-term reliability of turbos and direct-injection vehicles, the best way to store your winter or summer tires, and if a dealership might allow you to learn to drive a manual transmission with one of their vehicles (spoiler alert: probably not.)

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:29 - Monthly Subscription Fees for Vehicle Safety Features

05:53 - 2021 Chevrolet Suburban First Impressions

13:36 - Question #1: Are turbocharged engines less reliable than non-turbos?

16:35 - Question #2: Which Toyota vehicle would have the best resale value?

19:41 - Question #3: What is the best practice for storing a set of tires?

22:24 - Question #4: Would a car dealer allow an inexperienced operator test drive a manual transmission vehicle?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Why You Might Need to Subscribe to Get Certain Features on Your Next Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-industry/why-you-might-need-to-subscribe-to-get-certain-features-on-your-next-car/

 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Grow in Size and Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-chevrolet-tahoe-suburban-preview/

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

Getting your tires ready for winter: Advice from Consumer Reports

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

 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2011CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_280_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

We recently got a chance to drive the 2021 Genesis G80 at our test track, and we share our impressions on how the sedan from Hyundai's luxury brand performed, as well as how it compares to other vehicles in its class, like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Volvo S90. Filling your tires with nitrogen is an option offered by many dealerships and mechanics these days, usually for an added expense. We talk about whether this is something to consider, as well as if it's safe to put regular air into a tire filled with nitrogen. Winter weather is on its way (if it hasn't already arrived where you are!), so we discuss the best way to prep your car for hitting the road when there's ice and snow. We also give advice about replacing a Hyundai Elantra with an Audi A4 (or other alternatives like the Mazda3, Honda Civic Sport, or Toyota Camry?!) And with an increasing number of cars on the road having the ability to update their software, how is Consumer Reports adjusting its testing program to stay on top of the latest versions and features? Do the scores change when a car with GM's Super Cruise or vehicles from Tesla receive a new update? We discuss how we are adapting our testing to account for these new technologies, and more.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:33 - Vehicle Winter Prep and Winter Driving Tips

06:53 - 2021 Genesis G80 First Impressions

13:30 - Question #1: Is an Audi A4 a good replacement for a Hyundai Elantra ?

19:41 - Question #2: What are the advantages of filling up tires with nitrogen instead of air?

23:42 - Question #3: How is CR adapting its test to account for new technologies? 

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car This Winter

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

 

Getting your tires ready for winter: Advice from Consumer Reports

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

 

First Drive: 2021 Genesis G80 Ramps Up Styling and Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2021-genesis-g80-review/

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2010CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_279_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Lexus IS, discuss what has changed from the previous model and if the redesign is adequate to make this compact sports sedan stand out against rivals like the BMW 3 series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C class. GMC revealed its all-new fully electric 2022 Hummer EV, we discuss some of its glamorous features and if it's enticing enough to steal the spotlight from the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T. Also we breakdown CR's new study on EV wall chargers and provide tips on how to improve the charging experience. 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:34 - 2022 GMC Hummer EV Preview

03:05 - CR’s Wall-mounted Car Charger Study

08:56 - 2021 Lexus IS First Impressions

15:43 - Question #1: Is now a good time to sell an unneeded vehicle?

19:02 - Question #2: Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid as reliable as the regular Avalon?

23:05 - Question #3: Is leasing a Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Venue, or Kia Seltos a good idea? 

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: 2022 GMC Hummer EV Turns an Off-Road Legend Into a Green Machine

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-gmc-hummer-ev-review/

 

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle/

 

EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

 

First Drive: 2021 Lexus IS Makes Evolutionary Improvements

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-lexus-is-review/

 

2016 Lexus IS300 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Kia Seltos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzEQGzQ1WwM

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

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Direct download: 2010CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_278_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Genesis GV80, we go through the specs  and talk about whether this luxury SUV has what it takes to challenge some of the highly established competitors like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, and Cadillac XT6. Also Volkswagen recently announced the all-new Taos for 2022, our experts discuss where it fits within the Volkswagen SUV lineup and if the automotive industry needs another small SUV. We also answer audience questions about whether or not it's possible to purchase a vehicle directly from the manufacturer and bypass the dealer, how to prepare a car for a long trip after its been sitting in a garage for half a year, as well as how maintenance costs compare between plug-in hybrid, pure electric, and gas-only vehicles.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:41 - 2022 Volkswagen Taos Preview

05:55 - 2021 Genesis GV80 First Impressions

14:53 - Question #1: Is it possible to purchase a car directly from the manufacturer?

19:43 - Question #2: Does CR data suggest that after sorting out big issues on an unreliable vehicle that the car will last for some time after?

21:00 - Question #3: How to prepare a car for a long trip after it has been sitting in a garage for half a year?

22:26 - Question #4: How does maintenance cost compare between plug-in hybrid, pure electric, and gas-only vehicles.   

 

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: 2022 Volkswagen Taos SUV Squeezes Signature Bond Features Into a Small Package

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-volkswagen-taos-review/

 

Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-volkswagen-id4-review/

 

New 2021 Genesis GV80 Is a Stylish 3-Row Luxury SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-genesis-gv80-is-stylish-three-row-luxury-suv/

 

First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-audi-q7-review/

 

2019 BMW X5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3jBWOUPsfA

 

2016 Volvo XC90 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQWKK3nUlw

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac XT6

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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

 

2018 Lexus RX350L Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTrmC8jw57o

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

 

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Direct download: 2010CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_277_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 6:00am EST

With winter on its way, many people are asking: what are the benefits of winter tires vs. a set of all-seasons? The popularity of online, no-haggle car services like Carvana, CarMax, and CarSense has grown in recent months, but can you really get a good deal without visiting a car dealership and negotiating on price? We discuss using these services to buy a new or used car, as well as the high cost of replacement key fobs; the benefits of using premium fuel over regular in cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Mazda CX-9; the emergence of sometimes confusing electronic shifters from carmakers like BMW, Volvo, and Genesis; how CR awards points for standard advanced safety features, and if a Mazda6 is a good replacement for a dad who is losing his Acura TL to his teenage drivers.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:47 - Question #1: What are the benefits of winter tires vs. all-seasons?

05:45 - Question #2: Why key fobs are so expensive to replace?

10:08 - Question #3: Is it possible to get a good deal with no-haggle service like CarSense and CarMax?

13:57 - Question #4: What are the benefits of using premium fuel over regular?

16:26 - Question #5: Why car manufacturers are moving towards push-button shifters?

20:57 - Question #6: How does CR award points for safety features to various car models? 

23:41 - Question #7: Is Mazda6 a good replacement for an Acura TL?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

Consumer Reports 2016 Tire Top Picks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ofmriTaWL8

 

Getting your tires ready for winter

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

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

How to Replace Your Car’s Key Fob

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-replace-your-car-key-fob/

 

Does Car Buying Make Your Head Spin?

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/does-car-buying-make-your-head-spin/

 

Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcPEk3ldzc

 

When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/car-gear-selector-satisfaction-survey/

 

Best Car Safety Features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46trYHfg5-k

 

Two Advanced Safety Features Every Cr Should Have

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H5s6WvOUeo

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda Civic Si

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2010CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_276_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Acura TLX sports sedan, and discuss whether it's size and performance gives it an edge over competitors like the BMW 3 and 5 Series (or even a Toyota Camry?!) We also provide options for exchanging out the all-season tires that come on a new car for something better suited to cold climates, like all-weather or winter tires. Our experts give advice on why a Ford Mustang GT might not be the best car for a new driver, and share some RWD alternatives; why bright DLRs (daytime running lights) might keep someone from turning on their headlights at night; and give a primer on everything you wanted to know about motor oil (but were afraid to ask!)

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:31 - Motor Oil 101 

07:53 - 2021 Acura TLX First Impressions

15:09 - Question #1: Are drivers forgetting to turn on their headlights more and more these days?

17:36 - Question #2: What are the options for replacing OEM all-season tires for winter or all-weather tires?

21:01 - Question #3: Which AWD vehicles behave more like a rear-wheel drive?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/

 

First Drive: 2021 Acura TLX Reborn With Performance in Mind

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-acura-tlx-review/

 

2015 Acura TLX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmWBctJ08w0

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 BMW 5 Series Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiwxPdHQU0M

 

First Drive: 2021 Kia K5 Is Packed With Plenty of Tech and Turbo Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-kia-k5-review/

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

Prep Your Car for Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3rczMZsN0g

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2009CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_275_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

We recently purchased a 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for our test program, and our experts discuss how it compares to the regular Sonata, as well as competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord hybrids. Ford has announced an EV F-150 pickup, and we talk about whether truck buyers are ready to embrace electric trucks like the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck, and if they can meet towing needs. Volkswagen and Electrify America announced an agreement providing unlimited charging for owners of the all-new 2021 ID.4 electric SUV. We touch on a new line of electric vehicles from Hyundai called i-oniq: the i-oniq 5 crossover, i-oniq 6 sedan, and the i-oniq 7 SUV. We also answer questions about prepping a Miata (or any car) for track days, and why it might be difficult to pre-order a new Kia K5 GT to your exact specifications.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:32 - 2021 Ford F-150 Electric 

05:51 - Electrify America and Volkswagen Free Charging Agreement for ID.4

07:52 - Hyundai’s New I-oniq Line of Electric Vehicles

08:45 - 2020 Hyundai Santa Hybrid First Impressions

15:49 - Question #1: How to prepare a Mazda Mita (or any other car) for track day?

20:45 - Question #2: What could the strange noise and tire rubbing sensation when turning be in a AWD vehicle?

22:46 - Question #3: Why it might be difficult to pre-order a new Kia K5 GT to your exact specs?

25:04 - Question #4: What is a suitable replacement for a 2004 Toyota Prius with 260 miles?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/

 

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-volkswagen-id4-review/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-CL_zbxHhs

 

First Drive: 2021 Kia K5 Is Packed With Plenty of Tech and Turbo Power

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-kia-k5-review/

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2009CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_274_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, how it measures up to competitors like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, and whether it is suited for towing and hauling a lot of cargo and people. CR has completed its review of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Capability package in our Model 3 and Model Y; we share what we found, and how CR is adapting testing at the Auto Test track to evaluate autonomous driving features now and in the future. We also answer questions about the proper way to break-in a new vehicle, what is covered under Volkswagen's PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) warranty, and why a car's air conditioner can develop a musty smell, and how to make the AC fresh once again!

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - Tesla Full Self-Driving Capability Package Review

08:47 - 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe First Impressions

16:37 - Question #1: How to properly break-in a new vehicle?

20:02 - Question #2: What is covered under Volkswagen’s PZEV warranty?

22:41 - Question #3: What is the best way to get rid of a musty smell from a car’s AC?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ Falls Short of Its Name

https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/tesla-full-self-driving-capability-review-falls-short-of-its-name/

 

Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOf_F6hibk

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo

 

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

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Direct download: 2009CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_273_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

We wrapped up testing on our 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and share the results. Jeep has resurrected an iconic name plate with its newly unveiled Wagoneer, we talk about the nostalgia associated with this large SUV and go through the specs.  Also Mercedes-Benz has redesigned its flagship S-Class sedan for 2021, and we discuss some of the new technology that the luxury sedan will feature.  And we tackle a few audience questions about electric vehicles including one about how EVs' high performance affects tire wear.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:39 - Jeep unveils the 2021 Wagoneer

06:25 - 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

9:35 - 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Test Results

13:57 - Question #1: Is the Mini Cooper SE a viable electric vehicle?

17:04 - Question #2: Is it a good idea to import the Hyundai Ioniq Electric to Iowa from a different state?

20:14 - Question #3: Do high performance vehicles have a shorter tire life than regular gas powered cars?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niy-WZzl3zQ

 

4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive

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

 

Jeep Unveils New Plug-In Hybrid SUVs and Grand Wagoneer Concept

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/jeep-plug-in-hybrid-suvs-grand-wagoneer-concept/

 

Preview: High-Tech 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Ultra-Luxury Sedan

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2021-mercedes-benz-s-class-review/

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Tesla Model S

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJXPBKr4gvA

 

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

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Direct download: 2009CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_272_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

We touch on a number of topics this week, including if a used Subaru Ascent is a good replacement for an Audi A4, why your infotainment system might not play nice with your Apple iPhone or Android phone, the right way to tie down an object to your roof, and how Consumer Reports headlight testing differs from that of IIHS. We also discuss routine maintenance that is unique to EVs, why an automatic emergency braking system might give a driver false positives, how car designs might be affected with a move to "skateboard" or modular architectures, using a child seat with an inflatable seat belt, and why you might not be able to tow a hybrid vehicle behind your RV.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:45 - Question #1: Is a Subaru Ascent a good replacement for an Audi A4?

06:02 - Question #2: Which automatic emergency braking system works best: camera-based or radar?

9:34 - Question #3: Why are there connectivity issues between phones and car infotainment systems?

11:46 - Question #4: What is the proper way to secure cargo to a car’s roof?

14:22 - Question #5: What is the difference between CR’s and IIHS’ headlight test?

17:23 - Question #6: What are the required maintenance items from the latest EVs?

20:08 - Question #7: Why does the forward-collision warning activate when there is nothing on the road?

22:50 - Question #8: What common parts are shared between “modular architectures” or “shared platform” on vehicles?

25:14 - Question #9: Is it potentially dangerous to install a forward facing child seat using an inflatable seat belt?

27:14 - Question #10: What small car is best suited for flat towing with a RV?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

Self-Driving System Ranking

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

 

The Myth of the “Self-Driving” Car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpHdq7S65Io

 

How to Transport a Christmas Tree Safely

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/how-to-transport-a-christmas-tree-safely/

 

Headlight Testing

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

 

Headlight Cleaning Tips

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

 

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

Consumer Reports’ Car Reliability FAQ

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/consumer-reports-car-reliability-faq/

 

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

 

Autos Tips: Child-Seat Installation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I4UvS9Ob1Y

 

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Car?

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/is-now-the-right-time-to-buy-a-car/

 

How to Buy Your First New or Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-your-first-new-or-used-car/

 

Tips for Buying a New Car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XR-_rhLzeY

 

Tips for Buying a Used Car

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2009CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_271_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We recently purchased the 2020 Audi Q7, so this week we discuss what's new in the freshening of this 3-row midsize SUV, give our take on the new dual screen infotainment system, and how it compares to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Also, with hurricane season in full swing, we talk about precautions drivers should consider when driving in heavy rain, what to do if you encounter flooded roads, and share some telltale signs a car might have been previously flooded when shopping for a used car. We also consider which sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle, if shifting into neutral at traffic lights can save on gas (or potentially harm your vehicle,) and options for a fuel efficient subcompact SUV or a compact pickup truck to serve as a daily driver.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:34 - Driving in heavy rain and how to avoid buying a flood damaged used car

06:51 - 2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions

14:09 - Question #1: Which Sportback would be the best fit for a family vehicle?

18:50 - Question #2: Could shifting into neutral at traffic lights save fuel?

23:24 - Question #3: What is the best subcompact SUV or compact pickup truck for a daily commuter?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

How to Prepare for a Weather Emergency

https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/preparing-for-a-weather-emergency/

 

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

https://youtu.be/zYJnWkQ4aC0

 

Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy

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

 

First Drive: Freshened, Swanky Audi Q7 Is Brimming With Technology

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-audi-q7-review/

 

2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ

 

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7SsXtZs98

 

2015 Volvo V60 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggj4-63VrXM

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ09demkO_E

 

2015 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon at the Detroit Auto Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK1BZTEt3fc

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

 

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Direct download: 2008CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_270_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we give our first impressions of the 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe, discuss its driving characteristics, and how it compares to its competitors, like the Genesis G70. CR has released a new study which finds that on many vehicles important advanced safety features like AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) and FCW (Forward Collision Warning) are only available in expensive optional packages, and paired with less crucial amenities (such as sunroofs and heated seats.) We talk about the importance of these life saving systems, and why they should be standard on every car. We also answer questions about the safety of Tesla’s chargers and other home EV chargers in wet, rainy conditions; why tires could become noisy after they are rotated; and suggest a fun, manual transmission car for a teen driver under $15k.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:33 - CR’s Vehicle Safety Features Study

05:58 - 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe First Impressions

11:39 - Question #1: How safe are EV home chargers in wet weather?

14:10 - Question #2: Why tires might become noisy after a rotation?

16:49 - Question #3: What is a cool and fun, but also safe and reliable, manual transmission car for teen?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

New Consumer Reports Study Finds Automakers Charging Premium for Safety

https://advocacy.consumerreports.org/press_release/cr-study-finds-automakers-charging-premium-for-safety/

 

First Drive: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Makes Luxury More Affordable

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2020-bmw-2-series-gran-coupe-228xi-review/

 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Mazda3 first Drive

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

 

2014 Toyota Corolla first drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2008CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_269_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

We recently completed testing on the 2020 Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan, and we discuss how it compares to the Audi A4, Genesis G70, and its sister sedan, the Cadillac CT5. Staying with the Cadillac, the GM’s luxury brand recently made headlines with the unveiling of its all-electric Lyriq concept SUV; we talk about the rocky history of electric cars at General Motors, the interesting platform the Lyriq will be based on, and how this car will compete with Tesla's offerings. We also answer questions about fun alternatives to the Hyundai Palisade, how electric truck maker Rivian is stepping up the battery game, tips for snowbirds to maintain their Mazda Miata and Mazda3,  and whether it is a good idea to use a padded seat belt cover.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:41 - 2023 Cadillac Lyriq First Look

06:15 - 2020 Cadillac CT5 Test Results

13:48 - Question #1: Is Rivian moving towards the 800 volt battery technology and is it worth the wait?

17:23 - Question #2: Are padded set belt covers safe?

19:55 - Question #3: Is it bad for cars to be garaged for long periods of time and how should they be maintained?

24:51 - Questions #4: What are some fun alternatives to the Hyundai Palisade?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: Cadillac Lyriq Shows GM’s Commitment to Electric Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/cadillac-lyriq-review/

 

First Drive: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Both Thrills and Disappoints

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2020-cadillac-ct4-review/

 

First Drive: 2020 Cadillac CT5 Blends Comfort and Sport

https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2020-cadillac-ct5-review/

 

All-Electric Rivian Pickup and SUV Take Charge

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/all-electric-rivian-r1t-pickup-truck-and-r1s-suv-debut/

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z23ztuujxfA

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac CT5

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

 

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Direct download: 2008CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_268_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

On this episode we share our test results of the all-electric 2020 Nissan Leaf Plus. While it was one of the first mainstream EVs on the market, we discuss if it has kept up with its competitors in this growing market. Our experts give tips on the best way to research, negotiate, and secure the best financing when buying a car. And, we answer questions about how CR decides which models to buy for our testing program, the potential hazards of folding rear seats, and finding the right vehicle for towing a small camper.

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00:00 - Introduction

01:48 - How to negotiate the best car loan

08:56 - 2020 Nissan Leaf Plus Test Results

15:49 - Audicence Questions

16:07 - Question #1: How does CR determine which vehicle to purchase from a model lineup?

20:22 - Question #2: Are there potential hazards for kids getting trapped under third-row folding seats?

24:20 - Question #3: What is the best CUV/SUV under $30K to tow a small camping trailer?

LINKS:

What Minority Car Buyers Can Do to Avoid Discrimination: https://www.consumerreports.org/federal-laws-regulations/what-minority-car-buyers-can-do-to-avoid-discrimination/

2020 Nissan Leaf Overview: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/leaf/2020/overview/

Beginner’s Guide to RV Trailers: https://www.consumerreports.org/other-motor-vehicles/beginners-guide-to-rv-trailers/

Direct download: 2008CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_267_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and talk about how it compares to the last outgoing model, and why this small SUV might have created a new size category for Chevy. Consumer Reports has teamed up with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (or IIHS for short) to recommend safe, reliable used cars and SUVs that are well-suited for teenage drivers, and cost $20k or less; our panel explains why this is an important market for buyers today, and which cars they would choose off the list. Also, we help a viewer decide between a new Toyota Venza hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime to replace his high-mileage Toyota Highlander, explain why all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles require all four tires to be changed at the same time, and pick a car we think would be perfect for a long trip to Mars.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

01:34 - Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

11:33 - 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Impressions

18:18- Question #1: Which is a best replacement for an old Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Venza or the RAV4 Prime?

22:55 - Question #2: When replacing tires on an AWD car, why all 4 tires need to be replaced at the same time?

26:17 - Question #3: Which car would we pick to take to Mars?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000

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

 

How to Buy Your First New or Used Car

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-your-first-new-or-used-car/

 

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Teen Drivers

https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/what-parents-can-do-to-protect-teen-drivers/

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

 

2013 Honda Accord first drive

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

 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta quick take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcG2BT_-0T8

 

First Drive: 2021 Toyota Venza Strikes and SUV sweet Spot

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

 

2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza

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

 

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2007CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_266_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

We spent time behind the wheel of the all-new 2021 Kia K5 sedan, and give our first impressions on the new styling, driving characteristics, comfort, and controls. Consumer Reports recently purchased the all-electric 2020 Porsche Taycan, and we talk about how this luxury EV stacks up against its main competitor, the Tesla Model S. We also talk about advancements in electric car battery technology, how to store a set of winter tires that only gets used a few times a year, and define what it means for a car to be "fun to drive."

 

 

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00:00 - Intro

1:49 - 2021 Kia K5 First Impressions

12:29 -  2020 Porsche Taycan First Impressions

21:23 - Question #1: What does it mean when CR says a car is “fun to drive?”

24:12 - Question #2: What is the best way to store winter tires that get used a few times a year?

25:49 - Question #3: Is the battery technology on the cusp of a large leap in battery capacity?

 

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Preview: All-New 2021 Kia K5 Brings Style to Midsized Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2021-kia-k5-review/

 

2016 Kia Optima Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjpVbCmH6zk

 

First Drive: 2020 Porsche Taycan Is a High-Priced Alternative to the Tesla Model S

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2020-porsche-taycan-electric-vehicle-review/

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

 

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-consumer-reports-tests-cars/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

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Category: -- posted at: 7:04pm EST

This week we share our test results of the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and discuss if the compact luxury SUV retains the swagger the brand is known for. Also, Ford has unveiled its brand new Bronco for 2021! We run through all the specs, pricing, the numerous trim levels (with names like Black Diamond, Badlands, and Sasquatch!) and talk about the nostalgia that the Bronco name plate brings. We wrap up with audience questions about retrofitting your vehicle with wireless Apple CarPlay, whether buying a plug-in hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 Prime is a good buy if you don't have access to a charging station, replacements for a college graduate's Hyundai Elantra (SUV or pickup truck?), and how to start a career in the automotive journalism industry.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:00 - Introduction

01:38 - 2021 Ford Bronco Debut

08:56 - 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Test Results

14:24 - Question #1: Deciding between a sedan, SUV, and truck for a new grad.

18:29 - Question #2: Is it possible to upgrade a regular Apple CarPlay to a wireless?

22:22 - Question #3: How practical is the Toyota RAV4 Prime, when charging is not available?

24:55 - Question #4: What is the best way to start-off a career in automotive journalism?

 

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Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/

 

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Looks Rugged and Ready for Action

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-sport-review/

 

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Looks Good but Lacks Substance

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-land-rover-range-rover-evoque-first-drive-review/

 

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITaZXrw4GRI

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Updates Bring Major Changes

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/android-auto-and-apple-carplay-updates-major-changes/

 

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive

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

 

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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Direct download: 2007CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_264_HQ2.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

The Tesla Model Y makes its debut at our test track. We share our first impressions on driving, styling and the suite of technology that's packed into this all-electric SUV. We discuss some safety concerns with Tesla's optional, Full Self-Driving Capability package, and how rolling changes to the beta software can alter how the Model Y behaves on the road.

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0:30 - Tesla Model Y specs

1:57 - Jake’s first impressions

2:58 - Model Y styling

5:07 - Interior and controls discussion

12:54 - Safety features, Tesla’s blind-spot warning system

17:12 - Traffic light stop sign detection system and beta software

23:35 - Question: We have a Model Y on order. What other cars should we consider?

LINKS:

5 Things You Need to Know About the New Tesla Model Y: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/tesla-model-y-things-to-know/

Direct download: 2007CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_263_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 11:48am EST

This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in version of the hybrid, and talk about the ups and downs of the electrification of the RAV. We discuss the newly unveiled 2021 Ford F-150 and all the changes, including a hybrid powertrain. Also, we answer audience questions about which factor is most important (mileage or age) when purchasing a used car, the mechanics of heating and cooling in electric cars, and could obstructing the A-pillar (with a dash cam power cord) potentially affect the side curtain airbag.

 

 

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00:00 - Introduction

00:39 - 2021 Ford F-150 Unveiling

10:38 - 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Impressions

15:55 - Question #1: Which factor is more important, mileage or car’s age, when buying a used car?

20:37 - Question #2: How does the heating/cooling system work on electric cars?

22:41 - Question #3: Could wires obstructing the side curtain airbags become a hazard in case of an accident?

24:46 - Question #4: Is the Audi 3.0-liter twin supercharged V6 engine known for timing chain issues?

 

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Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse

https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/

 

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

Dash Cams Can Be Silent Witnesses During Police Traffic Stops and Other Incidents

https://www.consumerreports.org/law-enforcement/dash-cams-can-be-silent-witnesses-during-police-traffic-stops-and-other-incidents/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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

05:17 - 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results

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

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

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

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

 

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Self-Driving System Ranking

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

 

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:34 - 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

 

2015 Honda Fit review

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

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

 

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2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

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

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

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

 

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

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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

11:33 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

2013 Ford Fusion first drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

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

 

Lexus GX Review

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

 

Toyota 4Runner Review

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

 

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

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

 

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Direct download: 2006CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_258_Libsyn.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:10pm EST

This week we discuss our test results of the 2020 Nissan Versa subcompact sedan. We also share feedback from our audience about preferences for in-car navigation: do more drivers like built-in nav systems, or mobile phone apps for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, like Waze and Google Maps? And we discuss whether a vehicle's ride height can affect passenger safety, reliability differences between the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander, and do older airbags have an expiration date.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:33 - Audience Feedback on In-car Navigation System Preference

09:32 - 2020 Nissan Versa Test Results

16:13 - Question #1: What is a good, comfortable, 4-seat convertible?

22:12 - Question #2: Do older car airbags expire and do they need any special inspection or maintenance?

23:47 - Question #3: Between the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride which SUV has better reliability?

25:48 - Question #4: Does the vehicle's ride height affect passenger safety?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2020 Nissan Versa

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

 

2014 Nissan Versa Note quick take

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

Audi A5 Convertible: Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIubiEiv2w

 

2018 Jeep Wrangler Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzS0ubSgPM

 

2015 Ford Mustang Review

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

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Direct download: 2005RT_Talking_Cars_Episode_257_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we share our test results of the 2020 Buick Encore GX and compare how this 3-cylinder SUV stacks up to its competitors in the Luxury segment. We talk about the virtual unveiling of the 2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza, both of which will only be available with a hybrid powertrain. Also, we discuss the rebates some car insurers are offering due to the reduced number of drivers on the road during the coronavirus pandemic, and wrap up the episode with audience questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:46 - Car Insurance Rebates During Coronavirus Crisis

07:12 - 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Unveiled

13:24 - 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Unveiled

17:19 - 2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results

23:52 - Question #1: Why did the 2017 Buick Regal’s reliability drop and what are the issues?

26:39 - Question #2: Are automakers phasing out built in navigation systems?

32:17 - Question #3: Why two virtually identical vehicles, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, have different frontal crash test scores?

 

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Car Insurers Are Giving Customers Breaks Due to Coronavirus. We Got the Details for You

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-insurance/car-insurance-rebates-payment-deferrals-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

Preview: 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Is Versatile and Curvaceous

https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2021-toyota-sienna-review/

 

Preview: 2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Packs Safety and Convenience Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Buick Encore GX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqCbD4SRB9Q

 

2013 Buick Encore first drive

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

 

Toyota Venza review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAV6MdAv8LQ

 

2014 Buick Regal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

NHTSA Crash Calculator

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2019-0088-0021

 

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Direct download: 2005CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_256_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

This week we talk about the test results of the 2020 Nissan Sentra and the progression of this compact sedan throughout its existence.  We share what precautions CR is taking in order to continue its auto test program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, we answer questions about swapping your car's stock infotainment system for an aftermarket in order to gain Apple CarPlay, and whether there are any advantages to summer tires.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - How CR is continuing to test cars during the coronavirus pandemic

06:46 - 2020 Nissan Sentra Test Results

11:57 - Question #1: Why did the Jeep Grand Cherokee go from unrecommended to CR recommended?

14:34 - Question #2: What is a good, fun to drive, manual stick shift car under 5K? 

17:57 - Question #3: Is it possible to upgrade the original infotainment system with an after market unit in order to gain Apple CarPlay?

23:20 - Question #4: Which car would be a good replacement for the Forester’s all-wheel drive and the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius?

26:27 - Question #5: What are the advantages to summer tires on an economy vehicle?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

 

2016 Nissan Sentra

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

 

2019 Jeep Cherokee Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee first drive

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

 

Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRYTex1fo20

 

2014 Mazda3 first drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Audi Q5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuYN4SQx4s

 

4K Review: 2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2005CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_255_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

On this week's episode we discuss the results of CR's new survey which asked drivers nationwide what improvements they would desire on their vehicles. We share our full road test results of the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos. We also answer audience questions about whether or not there is a difference in build quality of a specific vehicle model built in different countries, and if drivers are being more reckless because there are fewer drivers on the road.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:40 - CR’s Fuel Economy Study Results

05:11 - 2021 Kia Seltos Road Test Results

11:58 - Question #1: Is it possible to upgrade the UConnect infotainment system on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee to get Apple CarPlay?

16:07 - Question #2: Is there a difference in build quality depending on which plant or country a car was manufactured in? 

18:25 - Question #3: What is a good car for a new grad under 12K?

23:48 - Question #4: Does it seem that people are driving much faster with fewer cars on the road during the coronavirus lockdown?

 

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Drivers Have a Strong Interest in Fuel Economy, Despite Low Gas Prices

https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/drivers-still-have-a-strong-interest-in-fuel-economy-despite-low-gas-prices/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Kia Seltos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzEQGzQ1WwM

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync

 

4K Review: 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bXt8xd8H5Y

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

Volkswagen Golf Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB1n2IgAtT0

 

2014 Mazda3 first drive

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

 

2013 Mazda CX-5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtIXKw4tvSo

 

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5G5tAKz_94

 

2009-2014 Honda Fit review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

 

 

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Direct download: 2005CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_254_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

This week we share our test results of the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30, and talk about where this compact SUV fits in the Mazda lineup. Jen Stockburger shares her personal experience purchasing a new vehicle and how the process is different due to social distancing. Also, we discuss vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication and what the future might look like for vehicle communication. We wrap up with audience questions including whether adding fuel stabilizer might affect your car's emissions, and whether or not all the new advanced safety systems might drive down insurance premiums due to less accidents.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:30 - Jen Stockburger Car Buying Experience

05:28 - V2X (Vehicle-to-evedrything) Communication Update

11:45 - 2020 Mazda CX-30 Test Results

19:56 - Question #1: What is a good, sporty, and under 10k replacement for a Subaru Legacy?

25:29 - Question #2: Can adding fuel stabilizer to your vehicles gas tank affect its emissions?

26:34 - Question #3: How well did the Hyundai Sonata’s headlights perform in CR’s tests?

29:06 - Question #4: Could advanced safety gear on new vehicles reduce car crashes by such amount that it might drive down the cost of  insurance premiums?

 

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Auto Industry Pledges V2X Expansion, but Only If FCC Protects Airwaves

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/auto-industry-pledges-v2x-expansion-but-only-if-fcc-protects-airwaves/

 

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication can prevent crashes

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/vehicle-to-vehicle-communication-can-prevent-crashes/index.htm

 

Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/coronavirus-pushing-car-dealerships-into-online-sales-and-home-delivery/

 

How to Buy a Car From Home and Spend Less Time at the Dealership

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-a-car-without-leaving-home-or-going-to-a-dealership/

 

Some Automakers Are Offering Car Lease Extensions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/some-automakers-are-offering-car-lease-extensions-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX-30 SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-mazda-cx-30-review/

 

Mazda CX-3 Brings Premium Feel to Subcompact SUVs

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

Infiniti G37 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOpuKjX96wk

 

2009-2010 Audi A4 Review

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

 

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Direct download: 2004RT_Talking_Cars_Episode_253_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

We finished testing on the 2020 Hyundai Venue and discuss our test results, and which car category this compact people mover slots into. We talk about how the car purchasing experience has changed during these strange times, and share some of the options that we've encountered buying a car while social distancing. We also answer audience questions about the accuracy of the EPA estimated fuel economy numbers, why some electric vehicles have an additional 12 volt car battery, and whether or not tires are government regulated.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - Car Buying Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic

16:16 - 2020 Hyundai Venue Test Results

23:03 - Question #1: Why are my fuel economy numbers different from the EPA’s estimated numbers?

27:19 - Question #2: Why some electric vehicles have an additional 12-volt car battery?

30:43 - Question #3: Are all tires regulated by the government?

35:20 - Question #4: Why is the inventory on the Kia Telluride low and the price higher than the MSRP?

 

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First Drive: Small, Affordable 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-venue-review/

 

Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/coronavirus-pushing-car-dealerships-into-online-sales-and-home-delivery/

 

How to Buy a Car From Home and Spend Less Time at the Dealership

https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-a-car-without-leaving-home-or-going-to-a-dealership/

 

Some Automakers Are Offering Car Lease Extensions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/some-automakers-are-offering-car-lease-extensions-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

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Direct download: 2004CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_252_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

The gang's all here! This week, our CR auto experts answer your questions from the comfort of their homes. We reach out to the entire Talking Cars team to see what they have been doing to keep busy during the quarantine, and answer your questions about maintaining your car during the coronavirus crisis, why Toyota isn't building electric vehicles, whether a white or yellow fog light is more effective, a fun replacement for a Toyota Celica GT-S, and more.

SHOW NOTES

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1:51 - how to properly exercise your car during the coronavirus crisis

5:34 - does the color of fog lights affect performance?

7:49 - best small hybrid for an adult buying their first car

9:50 - what’s a fuel-efficient vehicle with good lumbar support?

11:35 - is poor ride a symptom of a defective tire?

14:30 - what’s the next advanced safety innovation coming to cars?

16:00 - why isn’t Toyota building electric cars?

18:54 - can a child seat be safely installed in a two-seater?

21:57 - how does the world dispose of old cars?

25:50 - best car to replace a Toyota Celica GT-S

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Car Care and Maintenance During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-care-and-maintenance-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19/

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

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Direct download: 2004CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_251_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we discuss our test results of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, and how it stacks up against its competitors in the midsized segment. We share tips on how to keep your car’s fuel fresh while it is (likely) being driven fewer miles during the coronavirus pandemic. We also discuss if a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the horizon, how effective a load leg is on a child seat, and whether the tachometer is still necessary in modern vehicles.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:41 - Keep Gasoline in your Tank From Going Stale-

07:31 - 2020 Volkswagen Passat Test Results

15:35 - Question #1: Is a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Gladiator on the horizon?

22:01 - Question #2: Are tachometers still necessary in modern vehicles?

26:51 - Question #3: Will hybrid vehicles drop in price due to low cost of gasoline?

29:41 - Question #4: Why aren’t load legs more common on rear-facing infant seat in the US?

 

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How to Keep the Gas Fresh and Protect Your Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-keep-gas-fresh-and-protect-car-during-coronavirus/

 

Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Volkswagen Passat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1him5f54QQ

 

2014 Volkswagen Passat Review

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

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

 

2018 Jeep Wrangler Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgzS0ubSgPM

 

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

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

 

Load Legs Show Promise for Safer Child Seats

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDRW8IGQhEA

 

Load Legs Give Child Car Seats Improved Safety in a Crash

https://www.consumerreports.org/infant-car-seats/load-leg-gives-car-seats-an-additional-margin-of-safety-in-a-crash/

 

Best Infant Car Seats of 2020

https://www.consumerreports.org/infant-car-seats/best-infant-car-seats-of-the-year/

 

• 249: Coronavirus Car Seat Care and Cleaning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEKkUp_5Z7I

 

• 248: Pumping Gas in the Age of Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mm9un45-js

 

• 247: Your Favorite Automotive Podcast Goes Remote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muUJxFGr-Vk

 

• 246: Answering Audience Questions on EVs, Tires, Car Seats, and More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW128R6wtjk

 

• 245: How the Coronavirus is Affecting Auto Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRa8d7tLY5g

 

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Direct download: 2004CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_250_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

We discuss the digital debut of the 2120 Genesis G80. Find out how we think the sedan will stack up against its more established luxury competitors. We also cover the best way to clean your child seat during the COVID-19 pandemic and answer questions.

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1:05 - Emily makes an announcement

2:40 - Cleaning car seats during  the COVID-19 outbreak

11:47 - 2021 Genesis G80 Digital Debut

19:50 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iColoud.com

20:04 - Video Question #1: Did the dealer bamboozle me into buying ethanol fuel treatment?

22:30 - Question #2: I was recently driving on Interstate 66 near Washington, D.C., on a night with great visibility, and was using my high beams. Suddenly an 8-point deer jumps in front of my car! The airbags go off, the hood wraps around the windshield, and my 2004 Infiniti is totaled. Would modern pre-collision braking or pedestrian detection have prevented this accident? Are these systems designed to respond to large animals in the same way they would respond to a person?

25:33 - Question #3: How frequently does IIHS test for existing model year automobiles? Some cars haven't been updated in years, and I wonder if manufacturers improve crash safety for existing models.

Direct download: 2004CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_249_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

This week, we discuss how to protect yourself against the coronavirus when pumping gas. Plus, we share test results on our 2020 Hyundai Sonata, looking at how it stacks up against the heavyweights in the category such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Subaru Legacy. We finish the episode with audience questions about whether car buying incentives get better during an economic shakeup (like the coronavirus pandemic), and whether CR engineers use decibel meters when evaluating cabin noise.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - How to Stay Safe at the Pump

08:02 - 2020 Hyundai Sonata Test Results

17:49 - Question #1: How to disinfect your car?

18:48 - Question #2: Do car buying incentives get better during an economic shakeup?

24:27 - Question #3: Would it be better to use a decibel meter for cabin noise evaluation?

 

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Coronavirus Resource Hub

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

 

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Pumping Gas

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-CL_zbxHhs

 

2018 Hyundai Sonata Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwv3EonvPc

 

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg

 

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Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_248_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

This week we cover tips on how to keep your car clean during the Coronavirus outbreak. Find out which cleaners work best to kill the virus while preserving the interior of your car. Plus, we discuss our test results of the 2020 Toyota Highlander and answer audience questions about CR Top Picks and the reliability of American made cars.

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1:05 - Disinfecting the interior of your car

6:45 - 2020 Toyota Highlander test results

13:37 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@iCloud.com

13:47 - Question #1: Pierre | Québec, QC; I agree with 90% of your Top Picks cars this year. (The only car I would not buy is the Supra.) But why did you not choose at least one Porsche, Genesis or Mazda in your Top Picks? I personally believe the Genesis G80 and Mazda 3 are really good buys.

18:18 - Question #2: Steve | West Chester, PA; I'd love to buy a car from an American brand, like Ford or Chevrolet. However, my own experience, and your reliability rankings tell me that these cars will typically be much less reliable. Reliability and longevity are the top criteria for me. How can American nameplates have such poor reliability year after year? Why aren't they learning how to do this? They are keeping away those of us who don't want to spend money on repairs or spend our time at the dealership.

20:39 - Question #3: Ray | Henderson, NV; Many of the newest cars, including my Audi A6, have a sport or dynamic drive mode. This seems to increase the RPMs in the vehicle, and I was wondering if it’s safe to keep the car in this mode at all times. Does it affect engine or transmission reliability? Thanks for the service you provide, and shout out to the crew, especially the 2 Mikes!

LINKS:

How to Kill Coronavirus in Your Car Without Damaging Interior Surfaces: https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-car-care/how-to-kill-coronavirus-in-your-car-without-damaging-interior-surfaces/

2020 Toyota Highlander: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2020/overview/

10 Top Picks: Bets Cars of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2020/

2020 Autos Spotlight: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm

Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_247_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

This week we cover a wide range of topics, including comparing Consumer Reports’ ratings across car categories; installing a front-facing child seat in the rear seat of a sports car; why higher-level trim cars come with larger wheels and low profile tires; how CR tests the subject aspects of a tire’s performance, and which would be a better 3-row SUV for a growing family: the Acura MDX, or Mazda CX-9.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:39 - Question #1: Are CR’s car ratings comparable across categories?

1:32 - Question #2: Can a from-facing child car seat be installed in the middle seat of a Camaro or a Mustang?

05:25 -  Question #3: Why do higher trim cars come with large wheels and low profile tires?

08:04 - Question #4: Why does CR give higher ratings for cars with advanced safety features?

13:12 - Question #5: Please help a growing family choose a 3-row crossover, Mazda CX-9 or Acura MDX

16:32 - Question #6: How does CR grade the more subjective aspects of a tire?

20:00 - Question #7: Is it better to buy or lease an electric vehicle?

23:16 - Question #8: Please recommend an EV or plug-in hybrid with advanced safety features?

30:39 - Question #9: Is a 2014 Lexus ES300h a reliable replacement for a 2014 Toyota Camry and provide a bump in luxury?

 

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Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/

 

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-consumer-reports-tests-cars/

 

Cars With Advanced Safety Systems

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cars-with-advanced-safety-systems/

 

2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL8s6BosIc

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

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

 

Proper Top-Tether Installation Helps Keep Kids Safer in Child Car Seats

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/proper-top-tether-installation-helps-keep-kids-safer-in-child-car-seats/

 

4K Review: 2017 Acura MDX Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFD-X6g9erM

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

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

 

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9-XNq6f88M

 

What You Need to Know About Installing a Child Car Seat in the Rear Center Seat

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/car-seats-and-rear-center-seat-installations/

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Lexus ES Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-HUfjUwEI

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo

 

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4

 

2015 Ford Mustang Review

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

 

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Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_246_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

Consumer Reports has rented a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, and we give our first impressions on this 2-row midsize SUV, compare it to the regular Atlas, as well as other 5-seat SUVs. With the cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, we discuss the future of auto shows worldwide, and whether they make practical sense for manufacturers anymore. We also answer audience questions about how CR car experts are able to retain information to compare different vehicle generations, if a manufacturer's warranty will transfer with the sale of a used car, and why the world of LED, HID, and halogen headlights seems more confusing than ever.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:58 - Coronavirus Affecting Auto Shows

06:12 - 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport First Impressions

13:00 - Question #1: How are CR car experts able to retain information to compare different vehicle generations?

16:58 - Question #2: Does the manufacturer's warranty transfer with the sale of a used car?

20:58 - Question #3: What is a safe driving position?

23:41 - Question #4: why the world of LED, HID, and halogen headlights seems more confusing than ever?

 

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Highlights From the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-industry/geneva-motor-show-highlights/

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niy-WZzl3zQ

 

4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKYkg3Jw8HQ

 

2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive

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

 

ADB Headlights Could Make Roads Safer, But Only If They’re Approved for U.S. Cars

https://www.consumerreports.org/headlights/adaptive-driving-beam-adb-smart-headlights-could-make-roads-safer/

 

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Direct download: 2003CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_245_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

This week is an all-questions episode, where we answer as many audience questions as possible. Topics include recommending a vehicle to a first-time car buyer moving to the U.S. from Switzerland; what is the future of tire-pressure monitoring systems; can the higher price tag of a Corolla Hybrid be made back pretty quickly with fuel savings vs. the regular Corolla; why fender-benders are getting pricier to repair; and we end by giving advice about which vehicles are best-suited to elderly drivers. 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:07 - Question #1: What are some tips for buying a car for the first time?

06:22 - Question #2: What is the future of TPMS?

10:42 - Question #3: Is Mazda Miata a viable option for a daily commuter car?

13:10 - Question #4: can the higher price tag of a Corolla Hybrid be made back pretty quickly with fuel savings vs. the regular Corolla?

15:55 - Question #5: Is it smart to wait a year on purchasing a newly redesign model?

18:05 - Question #6: Why do newer cars have a higher repair price?

19:50 - Question #7: Which 3-row hybrid or electric luxury SUV is best suited for a family?

23:44 - Question #8: Which tires are best suited for climates with fluctuating temperatures?

25:42 - Question #9: What are the top rated vehicles for senior drivers?

 

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The Hidden Cost of Car Safety Features

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair/the-hidden-cost-of-car-safety-features/

 

The 25 New Cars for Senior Drivers

https://www.consumerreports.org/elderly-driving/top-25-new-cars-for-senior-drivers/

 

2015 Lexus NX Review

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

 

2018 Lexus RX350L Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTrmC8jw57o

 

4K Review: 2018 Audi Q5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuYN4SQx4s

 

4K Review: 2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TywnfIheZ-k

 

2019 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K01h_FPkmkQ

 

2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Volvo XC90 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQWKK3nUlw

 

Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

2013 Subaru BRZ first look

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 2002CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_244_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

We’ve completed testing the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. Find out how this version of the small SUV tops the traditionally powered Escape in our tests. We also break down how we rate the best and worst vehicles and brands for CR’s 2020 Autos Spotlight, clear up some confusion about EV ownership and answer your questions.

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SHOW NOTES:

0:57 - CR Autos Spotlight

6:37 - Common questions about EV ownership

11:37 - 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid test results

14:34 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com

14:40 - Question #1: Are CR’s testing methods biased when it comes to non-conventional gear selectors?

19:06 - Question #2: How will trademarks affect CR’s push to standardize the naming conventions of standard advanced safety equipment?

20:38 - Question #3: How much should passenger side impact test results affect a decision to buy a vehicle?

22:44 - We’re hiring an Automotive Engineer at our Test Track! Apply here: https://jobs-consumers.icims.com/jobs/3265/automotive-engineer/job

LINKS:

2020 CR Autos Spotlight: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm

Hybrid/EV Buying Guide: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/index.htm

Electric Car FAQs: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/10/electric-car-faqs/index.htm

2020 Ford Escape: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/2020/overview

Ford Escape Vehicle Page: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/

We’re hiring an Automotive Engineer at our Test Track! Apply here: https://jobs-consumers.icims.com/jobs/3265/automotive-engineer/job

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

We just purchased the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 for our test program, and discuss its driving characteristics, controls, and where this compact SUV fits into the Mercedes lineup. We also dip into our mail bag and answer questions about replacing run-flats with regular tires, recommend a compact luxury sport sedan for city driving in Canada, and suggest a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that is capable of fitting 3 child seats in the second row.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:00 - 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB First Impressions

11:39 - Question #1: What to know when switching from run-flats to regular tires?

15:31 - Question #2: What is a good luxury compact sport sedan for city driving?

19:00 - Question #3: Which CUV is capable of fitting 3 child seats across in the second row?

 

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First Drive: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Delivers Practical Luxury

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

 

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o255jI5MTf0

 

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLk350 quick take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eZWQzM6mQE

 

2014 BMW 2 Series Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d2y06Kh5LQ

 

2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Audi A3 Review

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

 

2017  Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive

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

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Quick Drive

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

 

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

We bought the all-new Cadillac CT5 for our test program and share our first impressions. Find out if we think this sports sedan has what it takes to challenge European competitors. Plus, we recap Super Bowl car ads that caught our attention and answer audience questions about traveling with pets and how vehicles earn a CR Recommendation.

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0:52 - Super Bowl Car commercials

1:13 - Genesis GV80 commercial

4:26 - Hyundai Sonata Smart Park Commercial

7:28 - GMC Hummer Commercial

10:38 - Cadillac CT5 First Impressions

18:50 - Question #1: Why does CR recommend all-new/redesigned model vehicles?

21:40 - Question #2: Will updating an Audi Q5 TDI (VW settlement) introduce problems to an otherwise ‘perfect’ car?

23:39 - Question #3: What are the pros/cons of buying a used EV (specifically, BMW i3)?

25:46 - Question #4: What’s the best practice for safely traveling with pets?

LINKS:

Track Science: Tesla P85D vs. Challenger Hellcat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbEAttZTtA

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac CT5: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/news/6027187340001/2019-new-york-auto-show--2020-cadillac-ct5/

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles/

https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/

Direct download: 2002CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_241_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:58 - 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Test Results

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

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

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

 

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2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive

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

 

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Category: -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

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

 

 

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00:15 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Test Results

06:21 - Future of Pickup Trucks

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

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

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

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

 

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Quick Drive

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

 

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

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

 

The hidden dangers of old tires

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

 

Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #19: All About Tires

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

 

Toyota Prius Road Test

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

 

How well does the Toyota Prius hold up

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

 

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Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

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

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SHOW NOTES:

0:30 - 2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

LINKS:

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

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

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

Direct download: 2001CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_238_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 11:50am EST

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

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - 2020 Consumer Electronics Show-

06:40 - 2020 Nissan Sentra First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

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Insider’s Guide to CES

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

 

2020 Nissan Sentra Overview

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

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Nissan Sentra

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

 

2016 Nissan Sentra Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

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Category: -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

As we wrap up the final days of the decade, we look back on our favorite moments of the last ten years: our favorite vehicles of the 2010s, the most important innovations in the automotive space, and how Consumer Reports has adapted to this rapidly changing industry. We also discuss our predictions and wishes for what's to come in 2020 and beyond!

SHOW NOTES

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0:43 - how testing has changed at CR in the last ten years

3:15 - the cars CR was testing in 2010

9:13 - favorite automotive innovation of the 2010s

13:39 - most important innovation of the 2010s

23:23 - our predictions for the next decade

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

We have completed testing on Mercedes' 4-door coupe (or is it a sedan?), the 2020 CLA, and discuss whether its lower price makes it worthy of being a "gateway Benz." We celebrate this festive season and the end of 2019 with our own naughty and nice lists, and share our personal highlights and lowlights from the past year. We also talk about the nuances of finding the right adaptive cruise control system, how CR awards points for advanced safety gear across model lines, and the benefits of all-season tires over their summer and winter counterparts.

SHOW NOTES

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0:28 - our 2019 naughty & nice lists

10:06 - Mercedes-Benz CLA test results

15:49 - all-seasons tires, or a winter/summer tire combo?

18:08 - how CR factors in all available advanced safety gear for a model into its ratings

20:02 - the differences between various adaptive cruise control systems

23:50 - drivetrains differences in CR’s testing methodology

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

We rented the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander SUV this week, and give you our first impressions after taking it for a spin at the Consumer Reports test track. We also discuss whether underbody rustproofing and studded tires (or lack thereof) are must-have equipment for driving in the snow and ice this winter. Other topics include how manufacturers determine their original equipment tires, the importance of proper child seat fitment, and what is one car we would love, if not for a critical misstep.

SHOW NOTES

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:29 - importance of proper child seat installation

3:25 - 2020 Toyota Highlander First Impressions

9:05 - relationship between tires and car in CR’s braking tests

11:58 - is underbelly rustproofing worth purchasing for winter driving

14:42 - can studdable tires be used without installing studs?

16:25 - cars that would be great except for one major issue

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2020 Toyota Highlander Review: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-toyota-highlander-review/

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

Consumer Reports Tire Selector: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

Consumer Reports recently rented a 2020 Mazda CX-30, the carmaker's latest small SUV, and purchased the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue small SUV, and we give our first impressions on what it's like to be behind the wheel of these new cars in this growing segment. We also discuss used car buying sites like Carvana and Vroom, and what you can do to protect yourself when purchasing a car online. In addition, we answer audience questions about the scarcity of the Volkswagen eGolf in the US, how to properly store a car during cold winter months, and the right approach to tire buying when your current set consists of different brands.

SHOW NOTES

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0:30 - 2020 Mazda CX-5 First Impressions

7:42 - 2020 Hyundai Venue First Impressions

17:34 - Is it smart to buy a used car online using services like Carvana?

18:21 - Why is it so difficult to find a late model Volkwagen e-Golf in the US?

21:45 - Dunlops and Kinda tires on my car, should I get a matching set?

24:56 - what’s the best way to store a car during the winter months?

LINKS

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First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Venue: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-hyundai-venue-review/

2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE

What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Electric Vehicle: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/great-time-to-buy-a-used-electric-vehicle/

How to Save Money When Buying Replacement Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/tire-buying-maintenance/how-to-save-money-when-buying-replacement-tires/

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=winter%20tires

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

We’ve completed testing of the 2020 Toyota Supra. Find out how it performed and if its BMW-based platform lives up to the hype. We also talk about CR’s joint effort with AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council to develop common terms for advanced driver safety systems. Plus, we answer audience questions about crash tests, the performance of different size winter tires, and if leaving a sunroof cracked open will help keep a car cool.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:22 - CR partners with J.D. Power, AAA and the National Safety Council to create common names for advanced vehicle safety systems

7:55 - 2020 Toyota Supra Test Results

17:22 - Audience Questions

17:34 - Question #1: Are different crash tests weighted differently and how should they influence a buying decision?

21:22 - Question #2: Are hybrid engines designed differently than traditional internal combustion engines? Does the on/off cycle of a hybrid engine affect its longevity?

24:35 - Question #3: If you leave the sunroof of your car cracked open, will hotter air escape and lower the interior temperature?

27:27 - Question #4: Will different sized winter tires (17”/18”) perform differently on a vehicle?

LINKS

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2020 Toyota Supra Makes Thrilling Return: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-toyota-supra-first-drive-review/

2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE

Advanced Car Safety Features Need Less Confusing Names, Consumer Reports Says: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/advanced-car-safety-features-need-less-confusing-names/

The Sobering Reality of Hot Car Deaths: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/sobering-reality-of-hot-car-deaths/

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo&list=PLVTmjoBWXeFNE0M8qwM0yScDhtGd_VqcO&index=2&t=0s

Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=winter%20tires

Direct download: 1912CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_232_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06am EST

When it comes to cars, what happens in California doesn't stay in California. In fact, the most populated state in the US has a history of affecting changes in car culture and trends around the rest of the country (if not the world!) We speak to CA residents in person during this live recording of Talking Cars from the LA Auto Show, and discuss how issues like emissions regulations, fuel economy legislation, and alternative fuel adoption began here, and have had an impact around the rest of the world.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:35 - Who is David Friedman?

01:34 - California Car Culture

05:17 - Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

15:46-  California Car Regulations and CARB (California Air Resources Board)

17:31 - Silicon Valley Influencing The Auto Industry

23:02 - Smart Regulation

29:12 - Question #1: What should you consider when purchasing your first EV?

33:22 - Question #2: Why Automakers are Not Fully Embracing EVs?

38:08 - Question #3: Why EV Infrastructure is Not Driven by Car Manufacturers?

43:46 - Question #4: Should Other Manufacturers Follow Tesla’s Example of Super Charger Network Infrastructure?

48:24 - Question #5: Why Auto Manufacturers Starting to Charge Fees For Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

52:48 - Question #6: What Happens to a Vehicles’ CR Rating When its Reliability Drops Over Time

55:17 - Question #7: How Can States Recoup Lost Fuel Taxes?

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2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ30yGjf7sU

 

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

 

4K Review: 2017 Honda Clarity Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bUhEmXgNo

 

2016 Toyota Mirai Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1911CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_231_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

We're on location at the LA Auto Show where we discuss three of the big trends we saw on the show floor — the continuation of all-electric debuts, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the Audi e-tron Sportback; The explosion of all-new small and compact SUVs, like the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, and Chevrolet Trailblazer; and the changing perception of what's considered a performance car, with examples such as the Audi RS6 Avant, Toyota Avalon TRD, and the Tesla Model 3. We also give our impressions of the updated fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai, Land Rover Defender, Nissan Sentra, and choose our personal favorites of the show.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:33 - Electric Vehicle debuts

0:43 - Ford Mustang Mach-E

3:19 - Mercedes-Benz EQC

4:28 - Audi E-Tron Sportback

7:03 - Toyota RAV4 Prime

7:38 - Toyota Mirai

10:00 - What makes a modern performance car

11:30 - Audi RS6 Avant

11:43 - Toyota Avalon TRD

12:28 - Lando Rover Defender

14:46 - Nissan Sentra

16:06 - Small SUV takeover

17:30 - We share our favorites!

Direct download: 1911CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_230_HQ.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

We've completed our testing on the 2020 Subaru Outback, and share the results of this popular crossover. Every year, hundreds of thousands of CR's members take part in our annual reliability survey, answering questions about how well the vehicles they drive every day are holding up, or if they are experiencing issues. We discuss our survey methods, and give advice on making a wise car buying decision. Also, we answer audience questions about why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America, why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines, and we recommend a manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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01:10 - Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey Results

06:21 - 2020 Subaru Outback Test Results

12:34  - Question #1: why some manufacturers seem to have chronic issues with reliability despite using modern production lines?

16:28 - Question #2: why the Toyota Hilux is not available in North America?

18:50 - Question #3: What is a good manual commuter car with a balance of driving fun and creature comforts?

 

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Guide to Car Reliability

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-car-reliability-guide/

 

2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

 

2017 Audi Q7 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnpNycnJ1s

 

2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda Civic Is Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

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

 

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Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

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

We give our first impressions of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV, which we recently bought for our testing program, including how it compares to the platforming-sharing 2020 Ford Escape. We also discuss our recent investigation into how male-focused crash test dummies put female drivers at risk. And we answer your questions about compact SUVs under $10,000, Apple CarPlay subscriptions, and the science behind anti-whiplash seats.

 

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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02:24 - The Crash Test Dummy Bias

12:40 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair First Impressions

18:51  - Question #1: How do ant-whiplash front seats affect rear seat occupants?

22:01 - Question #2: Is Apple CarPlay becoming a subscription based service?

23:17 - Question #3: A comfortable and fuel efficient sedan for senior drivers?

27:18 - Question #4: A reliable compact SUV under 10K?

 

 

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The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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

 

All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair Gains Interior Glamour and Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-lincoln-corsair-preview/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2012 Honda CR-V review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZ-KdWzcyM

 

2015 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Subaru Forester first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0mHmaL_8I4

 

2013 Mazda CX-5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtIXKw4tvSo

 

2016 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlnxhx4MpCU

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSCgSnRsxp0

 

Lexus CT 200h first drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxWh5bvuyTs

 

2015 Audi Q3 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

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

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 3:00pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

We've completed testing of the 2019 Mercedes A-Class, and discuss how it performed at our track; does the small sedan live up to the luxury nameplate? We also discuss Ford's issues with its Explorer and Aviator models, and why problems with a brand new car aren't as uncommon as you might think. And why are windshield replacements becoming more expensive? We answer that, as well as questions about our tire testing, and the lack of Japanese cars on European roads in our audience Q&A segment.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - The all-new Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator experience production problems

6:44 - CR’s test results of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

12:20 - Preview Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

13:03 - Send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com!

13:23 - Video Question #1: Will tires of the same make, model and brand perform differently on front-wheel, rear-wheel and AWD cars?

17:04 - Video Question #2: Will it take longer to replace a windshield on a new Subaru Forester?

22:11 - Question #3: Why aren’t there as many ‘reliable’ vehicles on the road in Europe versus the United States?

LINKS

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2020 Ford Explorer First Impressions; Talking Cars #216: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFGPyX9F0

2017 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

2020 Lincoln Aviator First Impressions | Talking Cars #221: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3R3Uwsr77s

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 First Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6l5FVyFGD8

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

2020 Kia Telluride | Talking Cars #196: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_tVIA945WE

Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Test Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTNMhBiflLc

Direct download: 1910CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_225_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:21pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

This week we share our first impressions on the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor that we rented, discuss its impressive off-road capabilities and who is this unique machine targeted towards. We also examine AAA's new study on vehicle pedestrian detection systems, and talk about the importance of these safety features and how they can save lives.  We also answer audience questions about when is the right time to change your car's brake fluid, what is the proper way to match a new replacement tire to other worn tires on a vehicle, and how we really feel about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - AAA Study about Pedestrian Detection in Vehicles

05:36 - 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

12:03 - Question #1: Should you trust your mechanic over the owner’s manual?

14:00 - Question #2: What is the proper way to match a new replacement tire to other worn tires on a vehicle?

18:32 - Question #3: How does CR really feel about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer?

 

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Pedestrian Detection Works, but Technology Still Has Ways to Go, AAA Study Finds

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/

 

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1910CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_223_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

We drive the all-new 2020 Ford Escape at the Consumer Reports test track, and share our first impressions of the redesigned small SUV. Plus, we discuss the latest developments in in California’s emissions regulations, and what it all means for consumers. We also answer audience questions about car subscription programs, solutions for fixing a rough ride in your car or truck, and use our testing expertise to determine the most fuel efficient speed for highway driving.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:30 - California Emissions Update

6:54 - 2020 Ford Escape First Impressions

15:00 - Viewer Questions

15:15 - Video Question #1: What’s the deal with car subscription services; are they a better option than a traditional lease agreement?

20:15 - Video Question #2: If you owned a driving school, what cars would be in your fleet for students to drive?

24:09 - Video Question #3: What’s a more fuel efficient commute for a Genesis G70?

27:07 - Video Question #4: What’s the best way to identify a shimmy in a 2013 Honda Pilot?

LINKS

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2017 Ford Escape Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXE5yx4SQ9s

2020 Ford Explorer First Impressions; Talking Cars #216: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYFGPyX9F0

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

2017 Genesis G70 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDrN5_R3Bu0

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

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

2016 Ford Focus Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q8vDHouqcU

2015 Toyota Camry Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjFn2qI3HM

Don’t Want to Own a Car? Try ‘Subscribing’: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/dont-want-to-own-try-a-car-subscription-service/

Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episdoe_222_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 11:15am EST

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is the newest addition to our test fleet. We share our first impressions of the 3-row SUV and how it stacks up to its competitors. Plus, what car that would fulfill your every need? Our experts choose one car currently on the market and explain how it will fit their current lifestyle. We also answer questions about how CR manages vehicle driving modes during testing, if car and roadside speedometers are accurate, and recommend a manual transmission car for a tall driver.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - One Car That Does It All

06:32 - 2020 Lincoln Aviator

15:15 - Question #1: How does CR manage vehicle driving modes during testing?

16:41 - Question #2: Are car and roadside speedometers accurate?

18:32 - Question #3: What is a recommend manual transmission car for a tall driver?

 

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2020 Lincoln Aviator Ready for Liftoff

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/lincoln-aviator-preview/

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

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

 

2020 Ford Explorer Drives Nicely but Has Many Flaws

https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2020-ford-explorer-first-drive-review/

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Ford Explorer

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

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

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

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

 

How Fast is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbX2V1ILsqw

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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

 

 

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Direct download: 1909CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_221_HQ.mp4
Category: -- 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 we discuss the 2020 Subaru Legacy, and share our first impressions on the all-wheel drive sedan. We also discuss the controversy surrounding changing emissions and fuel economy standards. And we answer audience questions about the risk of buying a car without a maintenance history, a replacement for a beloved Ford Flex, if driving habits should change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car, and if driving a manual during a long commute is a good idea.

 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:29 - Changing Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards Controversy

07:40 - 2020 Subaru Legacy

12:29 - Question #1: Should driving habits change when switching from all-wheel drive gas vehicle to a rear wheel drive electric car?

14:02 - Question #2: What are the risks of buying a car without a maintenance history?

16:19 - Question #3: What is a worthy replacement for a 2013 Ford Flex?

18:48 - Question #4: Should factory incentives sway ones car buying decision?

21:01 - Question #5: Is driving a manual during a long commute a good idea?

 

 

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4 Automakers Compromise With California on Fuel Emissions

https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/automakers-compromise-with-california-on-fuel-emissions/

 

Some Subaru Owners Could Get New Cars After Recall

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/some-subaru-legacy-outback-owners-could-get-new-cars-after-recall/

 

2020 Subaru Legacy Ride and Handling Shine

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-first-drive-review/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMrg2ayLbo

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

 

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

 

2011 BMW X3 first look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqiQJaQ5CY

 

Ford Flex review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9VX8PkuKWU

 

2018 Ford Expedition Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

 

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBSGyK2g2Ds

 

4K Review: 2018 Jaguar XE Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8j17Hacjk

 

2014 Ford Transit Connect Review

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

 

2019 Ford Edge Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

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

 

 

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Direct download: 1908CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_218_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:08pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

This week we give our first impressions on the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, and discuss the evolution of this hatchback sedan. Then, our experts each select a car on the market today that they think will become a classic show car in the future. Also, we dip into the mailbag to answer audience questions, including why you should not try to test automatic emergency braking at home, if low-profile tires serve any function on a pickup truck, and if the BMW-powered Toyota Supra will maintain Toyota’s reputation for excellent reliability.

 

 

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00:32 - Which Modern Car Could Become The Future Classic

07:47 - 2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Impressions

16:03 - Question #1: Is there any way to test the automatic emergency braking system on your car? 

17:59 - Question #2: Are large wheel sizes on trucks purely for style, or is there some functionality to them?

21:54 - Question #3: Will the new BMW-powered Toyota Supra have Toyota's reliability?


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New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is a Stylish Alternative to Midsized Sedans

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2019-volkswagen-arteon-first-drive-review/

 

2013 Volkswagen CC review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhdTi1j51FE

 

Chrysler 300C review

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

 

2012 Chrysler 300 first drive

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive

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

 

2013 Tesla Model S first drive

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

 

Why Consumer Reports Bought a Tesla Model S P85D

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw

 


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Direct download: 1907CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_214_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 8:00am 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

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:28 - CR Tire Purchasing Survey

06:18 - 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Test Results

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Autos Tips: Tire Tread

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

 

Winter Driving Tips

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon

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

 

2018 Ford Expedition Quick Drive

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

 

 

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

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 - Lee Iacocca Highlights

09:37 - 2019 Audi A8 First Impressions

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

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

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

 

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2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

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

 

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

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

 

2012 Chrysler 300 first drive

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

 

Headlight cleaning tips

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

 

2015 Lexus NX Review

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

 

2019 Lexus US Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

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

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 - Road Trip Car Pick

08:04 - 2020 Hyundai Palisade First Impressions

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

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

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

 

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2020 Hyundai Palisade is Packed With Features and Refinement

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


2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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


2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Kia Telluride

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


2019 Cadillac XT4 Quick Drive

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


2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive

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


2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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


Best New Cars for Teens

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


Best Used Cars for Teens

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


2013 Honda Accord first drive

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


2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

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


2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Corolla 

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


4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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


Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

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

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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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 just bought a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid, and share our first impressions of how it drives. We also answer quite a few audience questions this week, ranging from why we don't have Japanese Kei cars in the US market, how to find out if the car you are purchasing has unresolved manufacturer recalls, and can you put a child in the front seat. 

 

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00:37 - 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) First Impressions

06:48 - Question 1: Can a Car Manufacturer Recall Expire?

10:09 - Question 2: Why Kei Cars Do Not Exist In The US Market?

13:23 - Question 3: When To Sell a Car With Too Many Repairs?

16:30 - Question 4: How Safe Are The Front Seat Passengers From Stuff In The Trunk?

18:29 - Question 5: How Do Head Restraints Effect Rear Seat Occupants?

21:08 - Question 6: Fully Loaded Mazda CX-5 vs. Lower Trim BMW X3

25:44 - Question 7: Can Small Children Ride In The Front Seat?

 

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4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

Safety Issues & Recalls

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive

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

 

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Direct download: 1906CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_206_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 11:59am EST

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:33 - Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

05:00 - Best Inexpensive Small SUVs

07:16 - 2019 Kia Niro Electric First Impressions

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

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

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

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

 

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Honda Extends Warranty on Troubled Turbo Engines

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

 

What Are the Best Inexpensive Small SUVs?

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

 

2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive

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

 

2014 Nissan Rogue first drive

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

 

2015 Honda CR-V Quick Drive

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

 

Flat tire fixes

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

 

Autos Tips: Changing a Flat Tire

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

 

Keeping Your Car Sensors Clean

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Tesla’s Updated Navigate on Autopilot Requires Significant Driver Intervention

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

 

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

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

 

Self-Driving Systems Rankings

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive

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

 

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

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

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0:50 - 1994 Toyota Supra

1:46 - 2020 Toyota Supra

5:09 - 2019 BMW Z4 Test Results

10:50 - Viewer Questions

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

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

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

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:25 - Mercedes’ Smart Car Announcement

05:55 - 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

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

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

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

 

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2016 Smart Car ForTwo Quick Drive

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul

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

 

2014 Kia Soul first drive

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

 

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive

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

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

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

This week we're on the floor of the 2019 New York International Auto Show, giving our take on the big reveals and announcements from the automakers, including the Toyota Highlander, Subaru Outback, Ford Escape, Hyundai Venue and Sonata, Lincoln Corsair, Mercedes GLS, Cadillac CT5, and more!

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:38 - 2020 Toyota Highlander

 

03:19 - 2020 Subaru Outback

 

05:57 - 2020 Hyundai Sonata

 

08:09 - 2020 Lincoln Corsair

 

10:00 - 2020 Ford Escape

 

11:56 - 2020 Hyundai Venue

 

13:58 - 2020 Audi Q3

 

15:19 - 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

 

16:23 - 2020 Toyota Yaris

 

16:52 - 2020 Nissan Versa

 

17:02 - 2020 Cadillac CT5

 

18:54 - Volkswagen Tarok Pickup

 

20:19 - Nissan GTR

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2019 New York Auto Show

https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/new-york-auto-show/

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Legacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMrg2ayLbo

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Lincoln Corsair

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-CL_zbxHhs

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Subaru Outback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCEooaLT3Z0

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Highlander

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Ford Escape

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

 

2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Cadillac CT5

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


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Direct download: 1904NYAS_Talking_Cars_Episode_199_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:07am EST

New to our test fleet this week is the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid we purchased for testing at our track. With the same hybrid system as the Prius, and built on the same platform as the well-performing Corolla Hatchback, is Toyota's new offering the best of both worlds? We also discuss IIHS' latest study on speeding's role in fatal auto accidents, and answer audience questions, including the difference between summer and all-season tires, and whether modern HID and LED headlights cause too much glare for oncoming drivers.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:56 - High Speed Limits Increase Fatal Crashes

 

06:11 - 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid First Impressions

 

11:11 - Question 1: Does Modern Technology Take Motorcycles Into Account?

 

14:56 - Question 2: Are Turbo Engine Less Reliable Than Non-turbo?

 

17:20 - Question 3: What Is The Difference Between All-season and Summer Tires?

 

19:37 - Question 4: Do HID/LED Headlights Cause Too Much Glare?

 

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Higher Speed Limits Led to 36,760 More Deaths, Study Shows

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/higher-speed-limits-led-to-36760-more-deaths-study-shows/


2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Quick Drive

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


2014 Toyota Corolla first drive

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


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Direct download: 1904CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_198_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:51pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

The Kia Telluride makes its debut at our test track and we give our first impressions of the three-row SUV. We also talk about mandatory safety gear coming to European cars in 2022 and the possible implications of speed limiters in cars. Plus, we answer your questions!

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SHOW NOTES

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1:00 - European looks to mandate advanced safety features on all cars by 2022

8:19 - 2020 Kia Telluride

13:34 - Viewer Questions

13:50 - Video Question #1: Does CR consider a where a vehicle lives when they calulate reliability data>

17:00 - Question #2: How do you read and interpret tires codes?

20:12 - Question #3: Why are black interiors so popular these days?

24:26 - Question #4: How does the $7500 Federal tax credit work?

LINKS

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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

Two Advanced Safety Features Every Car Should Have: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H5s6WvOUeo

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: 

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

2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: 

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

Choosing the Best Tire: 

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires/buying-guide/index.htm

Hot Car Fatalities Are Year-Round Threat to Children and Pets:

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/hot-car-fatalities-year-round-threat-to-children-pets-heat-stroke/ 

Direct download: 1903CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_196_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:00pm 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 just took delivery of our very own 2019 Ford Ranger, and give our first impressions of what it’s like to drive this resurrected small pickup truck. We answer audience questions about the AWD system in the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, if an electric is the right choice for a snowy, mountainous climate, and what to do about a car’s safety sensors that get obstructed by snow, salt, and ice. Finally, ever wonder what happens to CR’s cars once the final test is complete? We go behind the scenes and tell you how testing continues, even after a vehicle leaves the test track for the final time.

SHOW NOTES
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:26 - what we do with our cars when testing is complete

6:15 - 2019 Ford Ranger

9:31 - Tesla Model 3 reliability

14:00 - Question #1: How does an all-wheel drive system work in a hybrid?

18:42 - Question #2: should I buy an electric vehicle in a cold, snowy climate?

22:37 - reliability of advanced safety sensors in wintry conditions

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2019 Ford Ranger Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/VQ09demkO_E

2019 Ram 1500 Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/coeasX0ZyTk

2019 Nissan Altima Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/mhow54shu-o

2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/vHnpNycnJ1s

2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/eJJeNbqaQAM

2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/dymKOcVk7Iw

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: https://youtu.be/S0VlwLRJFAo

2014 BMW i3 Review: https://youtu.be/NVTw2jdJ8Ns

6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car This Winter: https://youtu.be/MDpdorEOeUc

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Direct download: 1902CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_192_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

This week we release our list of the top cars for 2019, and we discuss what it takes to be a Consumer Reports Top Pick vehicle. Reliability is very important when shopping for a vehicle, and we discuss how we determine which cars will keep running for the long haul, as well as give an update on the the reliability score for the Tesla Model 3. Finally, we discuss which brands make the best (or worst) vehicles.

SHOW NOTES

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:38 - how we determine our Top Picks

7:13 - Updates to our reliability data

9:31 - Tesla Model 3 reliability

12:43 - highlights of our new reliability data

15:40 - who makes the best cars by brand?

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_191_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Chevrolet has revived the Blazer nameplate, and we discuss if it can compete in the saturated 2-row SUV market. Love is in the air this week, and we share stories about the cars that broke our hearts. We also share some highlights from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, including details on the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan. We wrap the episode with audience questions about the importance of washing your car's undercarriage, myths about automatic emergency braking, and how we test cargo space.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - 2019 Chicago Auto Show - 2020 Subaru Legacy

 

04:08- Cars That Broke Our Hearts

 

09:39 - 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

 

17:51 - Question 1: Do We Recommend Undercarriage Washes?

 

20:19 - Question 2: How Does Automatic Emergency Braking Work?

 

24:05 - Question 3: How Do We Test Cargo Space?

 

25:49 - Question 4: Used Car For a New Family With a Dog?

 

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Redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy Brings Back Turbo, Adds Tech

https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2020-subaru-legacy-preview/

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive

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

 

The Best Used Cars Under $20K

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

 

Best Used Cars for Under $20,000

https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/best-used-cars-for-under-20000-dollars/

 

2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive

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

 

Mazda5 review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MBqBM161gI

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Direct download: 1902CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_190_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

This week, it’s another all questions episode! We talk about everything from tires, crash tests, the all-wheel drive myth and the most baby-worthy car for a dad-to-be. And don't forget that you can send us your questions at TalkingCars@icloud.com!

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SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Video Question #1: Are trucks being used for their intended design?

2:20 - Video Question #2: Where can you get a vehicle maintenance schedule if your car doesn’t come with an owner’s manual?

4:20 - Question #3: Among two-row SUVs, is the Hyundai Santa Fe a good choice?

6:33 - Question #4: Which Subaru is best for a teenage driver’s first car?

7:58 - Question #5: Does the tire pressure on the door placard apply when you replace your vehicle’s tires?

9:00 - Question #6: Do manufacturers special tune cars that are lent to the press?

10:04 - Question #7: Does CR perpetuate the all-wheel drive myth?

12:24 - Question #8: Tires aside, what other factors affect how a vehicle performs on winter roads?

14:07 - Question #9: Will the Mazda3 or Genesis G70 baby?

16:17 - Question #10: Are trucks and SUVs in a separate category when it comes to government safety and emissions standards?

17:43 - Question #11: How will the IIHS crash test vehicles in the future?

19:00 - Question #12: How do you turn on a vehicle accessory mode when you have a push button start?

19:31 -  Question #13: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Mazda3?

20:38 - Question #14: What’s the best all-weather tire for a 2018 VW Golf?

LINKS

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

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I

2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULSTAtPt_g

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1XFgYyH00o

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY

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

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

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8

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

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

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

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

Direct download: 1902CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_189_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

This week we discuss Ford's new rewards program, and whether or not such programs really benefit car owners. At the track, we've rented the new Honda Passport, and give our thoughts on how it stacks up among the multitudes of SUVs. As always, we wrap with audience questions, including one about how manufacturer’s all-wheel drive systems differ.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:38 - Ford Rewards Program

 

05:08 - 2019 Honda Passport

 

11:40 - Question 1: Does Fuel Octane Drop Over Time?

 

14:20 - Question 2: Which AWD System is the Best?

 

18:08 - Question 3: Difference Between Adaptive Cruise Control Systems?

 

22:15 - Question 4: Looking for a Truck With Good Reliability?


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2019 Honda Passport Quick Drive

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

 

AWD Showdown: Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-TQdIqFvZo

 

Do you really need all-wheel drive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

Essential Winter Driving Tips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWVRbr15ek

 

2005-2014 Toyota Tacoma Quick Take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DCIRO_8Kbc

 

2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

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

 

Pickup trucks - to choices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c1YPMtS_34

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Direct download: 1901CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_188_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

This week we discuss the recent trend of automakers resurrecting discontinued car models, and the nostalgia (or lack thereof) that such a move might ignite in a car buyer. We've completed testing on the 2019 BMW X5 SUV, and talk about how it performed in our tests. Finally, we wrap with viewer questions, including one about the first car for a teenage driver under $5,000, and how cold temperatures affect electric vehicle batteries. 

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:41 - Car Manufacturers Resurrecting Discontinued Car Models

 

04:16 - What Cars Would We Like to See Brought Back From the Dead

 

07:30 - 2019 BMW X5 Test Results

 

13:27 - Question 1: Electric Vehicle's Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures?

 

17:01 - Question 2: When to Change Oil in a Car?

 

18:43 - Question 3: First Car Under $5K?

 

22:30 - Question 4: Toyota Highlander vs. Volvo XC90

 

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4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Volvo XC90 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQWKK3nUlw

 

2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw

 

8 Best Cars for Teen Drivers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6pLbbt428

 

2009-2014 Honda Fit Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7W-Ba5Vm3U

 

Hyundai Tucson Review

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

 

Mazda3 Road Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWo0PJbbpic

 

2014 Toyota Corolla First Drive

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

 

2011-2012 Honda Accord Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSobCS6qeZM

 

2012 Toyota Camry Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTaFXI-oQxU

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Category: -- posted at: 1:58pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EST

We just purchased Jaguar's answer to Tesla's all-electric fleet - the 2019 I-PACE. We discuss our first impressions on how it drives, differences in interior quality to Tesla's offerings, and where we think the electric car market is heading with more established automakers entering the segment. We also discuss the automotive technology on display at CES in Las Vegas and wrap by answering viewer questions.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 - Automotive Technology at CES

 

05:48 - 2019 Jaguar i-Pace

 

13:02 - Question 1: Electric Vehicle Battery Wear, and Future of the Car Market

 

16:45 - Question 2: Do Tire Sealants Work?

 

20:34 - Question 3: Safe Family Vehicle for Wintery Roads?


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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

 

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron

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

 

2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MJ-sMDdsc


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Category: -- posted at: 2:00pm 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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EST