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

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SHOW NOTES

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0:42 - Gabe's minor weekend injury

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

5:34 - Gabe's rare vacation cars

7:15 - Jon's honeymoon Citroen

8:38 - 2019 Ram 1500

13:32 - Audience Questions

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

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

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

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:47 Our Favorite Automotive Mistakes

10:03 2019 Subaru Ascent

15:06 Question #1: Our Dream Daily Driver

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

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

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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive

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

 

VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Honda Fit review

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

 

Audi A3/S3 at the Detroit Auto Show

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

 

2015 Audi A3 Review

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

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

Time is running out to grab the enticing $7,500 federal tax credit for vehicles from Tesla and General Motors. What should a buyer do to take advantage of the program while it lasts? We'll share our road test results on the 2018 Lexus LS 500, and wrap the episode by answering questions on all-wheel drive systems, auto stop/start technology, and electronic shifter designs.

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 Car News: Federal EV Tax Credit

 

04:34 At The Track: 2018 Lexus LS 500

 

10:35 Question 1:  Auto Stop/Start System Starter Reliability

 

13:24 Question 2: CR Scoring System

 

15:54 Question 3: Are AWD/4WD Systems Effective?

 

18:54 Question 4: Strange Shifter Designs

 

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4K Review: 2018 Lexus LS Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Genesis G90 Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNfH3yG9v0s

 

2018 Tesla Model3 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 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

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

 

2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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

 

Audi A8 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6WQBF-WLHw

 

2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive

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

 

Do you really need all-wheel drive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow

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Direct download: 1807CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_160_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

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

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SHOW NOTES

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0:40 - Mitsubishi Driver Incentives

4:07 - The dangers of kids in hot cars

7:50 - Rear Seat Reminders

8:45 - 2019 Nissan Kicks

13:57 - Audience Question

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

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

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

VIDEO LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re celebrating the Fourth of July this week with an all questions episode! We cover everything from car buying advice, infotainment systems, our seat comfort rating and three-row SUVs. Plus, we reach back into our archives to answer a question about a 27-year-old car.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:53 Question 1: Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Kicks

04:08 Question 2: Fun to drive car under 50K

07:31 Question 3: Our seat comfort ratings

13:01 Question 4: 3rd-row SUVs

15:42 Question 5: Volster N

17:52 Question 6: Infotainment system ratings

23:21 Question 7: 1991 Dodge Daytona

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

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

 

2017 LA Auto Show: 2018 Nissan Kicks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMMf0LCj7sU

 

2011 Nissan Juke First Look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qURRHzI7NPc

 

2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive

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

 

4K Review: 2018 Toyota C-HR Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrjNttCsy84

 

2015 Subaru WRX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hksUMXuW3VM

 

2014 BMW s Series Review

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

 

2017 Honda Civic Si Quick Drive

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

 

2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive

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

 

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive

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

 

Ford Mustang Road Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56tQtp0W1GA

 

2013 Subaru BRZ First Look

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

 

2015 Volvo S60 Review

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

 

4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive

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

 

2013 Ford Focus ST First Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvLM9Zd44AI

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive

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

 

2016 BMW X1 Quick Drive

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

 

2015 Lincoln Navigator Quick Drive

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

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_158_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

5:41 – 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

9:27 - @ the track, Infiniti QX50

11:51 – Infiniti QX50 powertrain, variable compression ratio

15:50 - Audience Questions

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

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

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer’s here and we’re ready to hit the road! We share our favorite road trip stories and talk about the cars we drove along the way. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster visits our test track and we answer your questions about new car technology and comparing used roadsters.

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SHOW NOTES

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0:27 – Summer Road Trips

 

1:05 – Mike’s college road trip

 

2:23 – Jake’s family and college road trips

 

4:44 – Jon’s college road trips

 

6:07 – CR Staff reserving cars for summer trips

 

8:42 – 2019 Hyundai Veloster

 

14:20 – Audience Questions

 

14:30 – Question #1: Engine reliability and cylinder deactivation

 

16:26 – Question #2: Electric cars vs. hydrogen fuel cell cars

 

19:55 – Question #3: Roadster buying advice

 

 

 

VIDEO LINKS

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2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Stays Quirky | Consumer Reports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I88Kd-GKvc8

Hyundai Veloster First Look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN7fzifIIvY

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASjxFTtsoMM

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

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

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_156_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

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

 

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SHOW NOTES

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00:32 Chrysler Pacifica Commercial ft. Kathryn Hahn

05:12 2019 Acura RDX

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

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

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

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Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan

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

 

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

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

 

2016 Acura RDX Quick Drive

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

 

Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going

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

 

2014 Porsche 911 Review

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

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive

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

 

2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive

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

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

Chevrolet announces a new turbo four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Silverado 1500. We discuss the new powertrain and if the engine will be 'truck-enough' for a full-size pickup. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta joins our test fleet and we give our first impression. Plus, audience questions on hot hatches and our annual member surveys.

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SHOW NOTES

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00:27 New Four-Cylinder Engine in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500

05:00 FCA Announces Auto Subscriptions

10:00 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

14:22 Question #1: Satisfaction vs. Reliability

18:00 Question #2: Hot Hatches

22:13 Question #3: OE Tire Warranty

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2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPS6od0Ic5s

 

Autos Tips: Checking Tire Tread

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

 

2018's Top 5 Cars Owners Wouldn't Buy Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6OSi1O51E

 

Happy on the Highway: The 5 Most Satisfying New Cars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMU3bid3BUA

 

Consumer Reports 2018 Least Reliable Cars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywh653ENljA

 

Consumer Reports Most Reliable Car Brands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915hkwMdHiY

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Direct download: 1806CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_154_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

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

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

Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.

Direct download: 1805CRO_Talking_Cars_Episode_152_HQ.mp4
Category: -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

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

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

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SHOW NOTES

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00:26 Left lane hogs

03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars

07:36 Buick Regal TourX

09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons

13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles

17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance

21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES

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More American Drivers Want Electric Cars, AAA Survey Says

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-american-drivers-want-electric-cars-aaa-survey-says/

 

Stop The Left-Lane Hogs

http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-ct-needs-left-lane-law-20180101-story.html

 

4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive:

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

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive:

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

 

2014 Buick Regal Review:

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

 

2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk

 

2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU

 

2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8vDgiQnUI

 

2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU

 

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive:

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

 

Lexus ES first drive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOpsFg2H_S8

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To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Ford sedan have been greatly exaggerated! We discuss this surprising news, and how a lot of the media coverage has gotten the story wrong. We give our impressions of a borrowed Mazda6 we drove at our track. We wrap up this episode with viewer questions about swapping out your seasonal tires, low-speed AEB, and if there is any true replacement for the Mazda5 micro van.

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This week we welcome CR editor Keith Barry to the podcast, and discuss why fuel prices seem to always go up around summer time. We also break down some of the dangers to look out for when looking for a car loan, and tips to make the best choice for your budget. We talk about our experiences with the 2019 Genesis G70, and wrap with viewer questions about the new Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford F-150 transmission, and (hopefully) our last question about snow tires for the season!

 

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SHOW NOTES

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:26 Welcome Keith Barry

 

1:23 Nerd moment

 

1:43 Fuel prices

 

06:16 Car loan break down

 

10:49 2019 Genesis G70

 

14:57 Video Question 1:  Hyundai Santa Fe; Mazda CX-9; Ford Edge?

 

19:25 Video Question 2: Ford F-150 & 10 speed transmission smoothness

 

22:58 Video Question 3: All-weather tires vs studded tires 

 

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How to Save Money at the Gas Pump: https://www.consumerreports.org/saving-money/how-to-save-money-at-the-gas-pump/

 

Where to Shop for a Car Loan: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-financing/where-to-shop-for-a-car-loan/

2019 Genesis G70 Quick

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

 

2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive

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

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Quick Drive

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

 

2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw

 

4K Review: 2018 Kia Stinger Quick Drive

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

 

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

 

2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE

 

2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5E1EjYfXFs

 

2015 Jeep Renegade Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xqTwaY5AA0

 

2014 Jeep Cherokee first drive

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

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU

 

4K Review: 2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive

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

 

New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires

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

 

2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

 

 

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Category: -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Turns out the Tesla Model 3 needs humans after all. We discuss Tesla's production issues and what it means for the company's approach to automation. We received a number of video submissions this week, which leads to a discussion on the past, present, and future of the Ford Focus, as well as paddle shifters in minivans.
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Two new vehicles at the track this week, we discuss the shrinking sedan market and whether or not SUVs are taking over the auto industry, also we answer viewer questions about purchasing used cars.

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Category: -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

This week, a U.S. Senator visits our test track. We debate whether or not entry-level luxury SUVs are just hatchbacks in disguise. Plus, we answer viewer questions about road trips and Volkswagen's pickup truck concept.

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Category: -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

We're on the floor of the 2018 New York Auto Show for a live taping of Talking Cars! We discuss the cars that we think made an impact, the emerging trends in the auto industry and we answer questions from our live audience.

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Category: -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

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

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

Volkswagen says 'auf wiedersehen' to the Beetle and announces new electric models. We also discuss our 2018 Hyundai Accent and answer viewer questions.

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Category: -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHOW NOTES

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

3:07 - Gabe's favorite car of 2017

4:35 - Jake's favorite car of 2017

6:12 - Jen's favorite car of 2017

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week we look at in-car convenience with the new GM Marketplace, give our take on Lamborghini’s super SUV and find out why no one wants to drive our 2018 Kia Rio. We also talk about our GMC Terrain and the tough competition it faces among small SUVs and the new Buick Enclave that's been added to our test fleet. Plus, we answer a viewer question about engine trouble with the Mazda CX-9 and invite you to be a part of the show!

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Category: -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

 

SHOW NOTES

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:50 - How we gather our reliability data

2:50 - current reliability trends

7:14 - 2018 reliability survey highlights

15:35 - Tesla Model 3 reliability announcement

Video submission link: CR.org/TalkingCars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey covers more than 740,000 vehicles. The 2015 survey results are out, and we discuss the trends, highlights, and lowlights in this year's results.

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Many of the car buying questions we receive come from viewers requesting all-wheel-drive. But having four driven wheels isn't enough to ensure wintertime safety. Testing at the Consumer Reports test track found that AWD can help you get moving, but does nothing to help you corner or stop in the snow. For that, you need winter tires. We also evaluate three popular small SUVs - the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V - at our track to see how they fare in the snow, results that are also backed up by exclusive Consumer Reports survey data. Reader questions inquire about AWD sedans, Subaru manual shifters, and comparing the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda3.

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Volkswagen admits to cheating on EPA emissions testing for its TDI diesels, subjecting it to possibly billions of dollars in fines. Talking Cars digs into the issue and what it might mean for owners. If you own one of these cars, we'd love to hear how this has affected you; please visit ConsumersUnion.org/vw-stories.

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Talking Cars gets lots of questions and comments; we love feedback from our loyal viewers and listeners! It's been a while since we've done a question-only episode, so we're making up for lost time. No surprise: we got lots of comments about the test results of the Tesla Model S P85D. Viewers comment on whether the Model S can be a practical only-car, the merits of home recharging, how we scored the P85D, and whether you need to be able to afford a Tesla in order to rate it. Moving on, we answer questions about sports sedans, cars for new drivers and going off to college, and replacing a well-worn Honda Odyssey minivan.

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It's official: the Tesla Model S P85D "broke" Consumer Reports' ratings scale. We explain why the P85D earned this distinction, and how we ultimately scored it a 100. As we discuss though, that doesn't mean the P85D is the perfect car. For starters, there's the matter of its $127,820 price tag. 

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Scion makes a near-clean sweep of their product lineup, adding the new iA and iM. We take a look back at the genesis of Toyota's youth-oriented brand, and discuss how things didn't quite work out as expected. Although the funky xB box-on-wheels is gone, both the iA and iM prove surprisingly satsifying to drive, especially at their sub-$20,000 price tags. We also answer viewer questions about Episode #74 on tiny SUVs, including the perceived omission of the Kia Soul, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and Nissan Juke.

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Subcompact SUVs have become a new market niche, as automakers create SUVs to match every conceivable buyer whim and budget. We discuss what you gain - and what you give up - when you buy a super-small SUV, illustrated by our test results for the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade. This trio isn't that impressive, but we hold out hope for the promising Mazda CX-3. Moving on, we highlight Consumer Reports' research into car insurance premiums; you may be surprised by what dictates your rates. Much more information is online at www.consumerreports.org/fixcarinsurance. Finally, we answer a viewer question, one that we hear a lot these days: how do you pick between a Subaru Outback and a Volkswagen Golf SportWagen? 

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Some cars burn a lot of oil between oil changes. An extensive look through Consumer Reports' survey data highlights which engines are most likely to suffer this problem. Many German brands appear on the list, as well as Subaru. We discuss the factors behind this trend, how various automakers are responding, and what consumers can do. We then dig through the digital mailbag, answering viewer comments about choosing a sports sedan.

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It doesn't get more "all-new" than the Volvo XC90, as the Swedish brand redesigns their flagship SUV from the ground up. In many ways, this car is a revolution for Volvo, featuring all four-cylinder powerplants, high-tech infotainment, and a stunning interior. Two station wagons get rather different receptions from our panel. The Volvo V60 Cross Country doesn't make a convincing case, while the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen proves appealing despite quibbles over its TDI diesel engine. We then answer a reader's question about which sports sedan to purchase, only to find that giving clear advice is tougher than it seems. 

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Jake and Tom talk about final test results for the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado, recorded while driving around the track in our F-150 2.7-liter. While the F-150's engineering is revolutionary, the driving experience winds up being surprisingly mundane and truck-like, ultimately costing the truck points in our tests. Likewise, the Colorado finally gives the compact truck market a modern competitor, but it too has a host of flaws. How much those flaws matter to individuals winds up being a point of discussion, revolving around yet another viewer asking about buying a Mazda6. Another viewer complains about us complaining about the Mazda MX-5 Miata's seats. Finally we answer which is more enjoyable to drive: the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ or the Miata?

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A new Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn't come along everyday, so the new 4th generation car is big news. While so many cars grow with each redesign, the Miata fights this inevitable bloat. Jake argues that the Miata's biggest competition is the wide variety of used Miatas available at any time; Tom hopes that people keep buying new ones so he can get one used someday. Moving on, the CX-3 small SUV brings the Miata's DNA to the subcompact SUV market, a segment that really lacked a truly desirable product. Finally, the Honda Pilot finally gets redesigned for 2016. While not immune from all of Honda's recent product gaffes (like annoying audio controls,) the Pilot proves appealing at first glance.

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Two Ford F-150s were purchased for our test fleet, one with the familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and the other with Ford's new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Acceleration results from our test track proved surprising. Less surprising were the fuel economy numbers from the lightweight aluminium-bodied truck; we put those into perspective. In other news, our Tesla Model S P85D suffers an early malfunction, highlighting Tesla's customer service. We then reach deep into the mailbag, answering a variety of inquiries. Vehicle collaborations that were reliable, comparing the VW GTI to the Golf R, Acura ILX hate mail, sporty small SUVs, and the forgotten Mazda CX-9 are all discussed.

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Jeep sales are setting new records, driven by models like the new Renegade. These models might help Fiat-Chrysler Group’s balance sheet, but do they risk alienating traditionalists? To find out, we invited George to bring in his off-road-ready 1999 Jeep Cherokee. Other than mercilessly mocking his project Jeep’s various shortcomings, we talk about how the Renegade fits with the brand, how it matches customer expectations, and if it’s a good value or not. Next we answer some reader complaints about reliability and recommendations, particularly comparing the Jeep Cherokee and Volkswagen Golf. Finally, we look at the VW Golf R, the top-trim model of the legendary GTI hot hatch. As expected, the gang is split on the car’s appeal and value.

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We see it all the time in the YouTube comments: questions about the Mazda6 and CX-5. Both models were updated for 2016, so Talking Cars highlights the changes. Both cars stay true to form, with sharp handling and impressive fuel economy. We discuss if Mazda was successful in reducing interior noise, long a brand shortcoming. Also updated for 2016 is the Acura ILX. Despite changes, the car doesn't reach far beyond its Honda Civic roots, making us seriously question its $30,000 price tag.

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Back in Episode #62, we asked our Talking Cars viewers if we should buy a Tesla Model S P85D, and heard a resounding "yes." Your support and interest was one reason for us to buy our most expensive test car yet. While the P85D delivers "insane" performance combined with impressive energy efficiency, that wasn't the only reason for our purchase. This latest Model S also offers Autopilot, with upcoming software updates that will make the Model S one of the first self-driving cars you can buy.

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Talking Cars hits the road, covering the 2015 New York Auto Show in an episode recorded right from the show floor. Honda surprises everyone with a 10th generation Civic. Old-school rivals Cadillac and Lincoln face-off, with the soon-to-production CT6 and the Continental concept. Lexus goes down a different road with the now-sportier RX: will it alienate previous buyers? The Chevrolet Malibu loses hundreds of pounds, yet gains four inches of needed rear seat room. While the Malibu looks way different from the previous car, it takes a much closer eye to spot the changes in the redesigned Kia Optima. The new Nissan Maxima draws on its oddly enduring brand equity. Subaru teases us with a BRZ STi while Scion outsources their iA and brings out a Corolla-based iM hatchback. Finally, the Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen Alltrack sets off a discussion about mainstream vs. enthusiast wagons.

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Other car companies promise self-driving cars, coming years in the future. Tesla just shrinked that timeframe to months, thanks to software updates to the Model S. With the technology leading legislation, this raises a bunch of questions. We discuss how the car is becoming a rolling supercomputer, how that affects vehicle design, and what this all means for driving enthusiasts. 

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The magic number for this episode is "two." We look at two new two-row SUVs, the Ford Edge and Lexus NX, both powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders. While the Lexus tries to be sporty (with some success), the 2015 Edge winds up being the better "Lexus," thanks to a redesign that transforms the car. Normally Toyota does hybrids well, but the hybrid NX300h isn't as fulfilling as the turbocharged NX200t. Viewer feedback ran deep from our annual Top Picks episode, asking about the lack of a sports car pick and our small car choice. Finally, we talk about the possibility of buying a Tesla Model S P85D.

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