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November 8, 2019
We rent and drive the 2019 BMW M850i, and the 2020 Bentley Bentayga. Find out whether these six figure vehicles offer an experience worthy of their price tags. Plus we cover the possible merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, and answer your questions.
November 1, 2019
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.
October 25, 2019
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. We also answer audience questions .
October 18, 2019
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.
October 11, 2019
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.
October 4, 2019
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.
September 27, 2019
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.
September 20, 2019
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.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 6, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
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.
August 23, 2019
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 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.
August 15, 2019
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.
August 9, 2019
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!
August 3, 2019
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.
July 26, 2019
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.
July 19, 2019
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.
July 12, 2019
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.
July 8, 2019
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.
June 28, 2019
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.
June 21, 2019
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.
June 13, 2019
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 are Volkswagen TDis still on the road?
June 7, 2019
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.
May 31, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
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.
May 17, 2019
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.
May 9, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
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.)
April 26, 2019
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.
April 19, 2019
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!
April 12, 2019
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.
April 4, 2019
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.
March 29, 2019
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!
March 22, 2019
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.
March 16, 2019
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.
March 8, 2019
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.
March 6, 2019
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?
February 21, 2019
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.
February 14, 2019
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.
February 8, 2019
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!
January 31, 2019
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.
January 25, 2019
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.
January 17, 2019
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.
January 11, 2019
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.
January 4, 2019
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.
December 27, 2018
We close out 2018 back taking a look back at the cars we tested this year, and which ones we thought were the most, and least, satisfying to drive. We eulogize those vehicles we love that won't be coming back next year, and give our thoughts on what we're looking forward to most in 2019.
December 21, 2018
The IIHS releases its list of the Safest Cars to Drive. We discuss the new tests that affect the cars on the list and how CR’s tests compliment crash ratings. Plus, we share test results of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson and answer questions on headlights, hybrids, and the most comfortable budget sports car.
December 13, 2018
Winter brings shorter days and more people driving in the dark. On this episode, we discuss headlight effectiveness and how to keep them clean. The 2019 Audi A8 L joins our test fleet and we give our first impressions. Plus, we answer your questions about the best EV charging network, replacing the discontinued Chevy Volt and cars suited for commuting in Maine winters.
December 7, 2018
The new Hyundai Veloster has a record-setting performance in one of our tests. We discuss how the hatchback has improved and where it slots among competitors. GM is dropping six sedans from its lineup; we talk about how it will affect consumers. Plus, we answer your questions on used car buying and if it’s safe to drive your car until the tank is almost empty.
November 30, 2018
We're on the West Coast for the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and discussing the big SUVs that debuted at the show, as well as the EVs and sedans that were announced. Some of the highlights from the show this year include the all-wheel drive Toyota Prius, the redesigned Toyota Corolla, the three-row Hyundai Palisade, and the rugged Honda Passport.   -------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:01 2019 Toyota Prius   03:08 2019 Toyota Corolla   04:37 2019 Mazda 3   07:06 2020 Kia Soul   08:50 Hyundai Palisade   10:42 Lincoln Aviator   12:20 Honda Passport   13:46 Jeep Gladiator   15:44 BMW 3 Series   16:57 Porsche 911   19:00 Audi e-Tron GT   20:46 Our Favorites from the Show   ----------------------------------- 2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8   2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8   2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo   2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Corolla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdM7sVsfi4   2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Honda Passport https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU9DfC2zpNQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
November 21, 2018
With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about all the things we are thankful for in the auto industry this year. We've also finished testing the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, and discuss how it compares to the rest of its competitive SUV class, as well as the previous generation Santa Fe.   ---------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:08 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results   05:48 Auto Trends We’re Thankful For   16:36 What Are Our Co-workers Thankful For   ----------------------------------- 2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw   2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE   Best Black Friday Car Deals for 2018 https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-black-friday-car-deals/   Automotive Turkeys of 20189 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-automotive-turkeys-disappointing-cars-and-tires/   ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
November 16, 2018
This week, we dedicate the entire episode to answering your questions! We tackle everything from car buying advice for new parents, whether or not 'no haggle' policies help consumers when negotiating prices, the evolution of the Honda Ridgeline and the pros and cons of buying a new or used Tesla.
November 8, 2018
We just took delivery of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 at the track. We share our first impressions on the luxury subcompact, how it stacks up to others in the class, and wonder who this segment is really trying to appeal to! We also discuss recent engine recalls by Subaru and Toyota, give a not-so-teary eulogy for GM's Book car subscription service, and answer audience questions, including one about dealership business model and high pressure situations with car salespeople.   ---------------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6     SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:56 - Subaru and Toyota Recalls 03:25 - GM Suspends: Book by Cadillac   08:11 - 2019 Cadillac XT4   13:02 - Question 1: Choosing Between Scion xB and Mazda3   15:17 - Question 2: Using FCW and AEB in Wintery Conditions   17:49 - Question 3: High Pressure Situations with Salespeople   21:48 - Question 4: Is Blind-Spot Warning Necessary?   ----------------------------------- 2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Cadillac XT4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeqN7zuP344   Subaru and Toyota to Recall 165,000 Vehicles for Engine Issues https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/subaru-and-toyota-recall-engine-issues-stalling/ Buy, Lease, or Subscribe? Automakers Offer New Approaches to Car Ownership https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-lease-or-subscribe-automakers-offer-new-approaches-to-car-ownership/ 8 Best Cars for Teen Drivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6pLbbt428   6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car This Winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDpdorEOeUc 2014 Mazda3 first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY   ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
November 1, 2018
The all-new Toyota RAV4 is at the track; we share our impressions and discuss how it's stayed on top of the small SUV market. We also talk about CR's push to standardize the terms used to describe safety gear, and how we're including blind-spot warning into our overall score of vehicles. Don't worry, we squeezed in some audience questions too!
October 24, 2018
This week's episode is all about reliability! Each year, Consumer Reports surveys its members about their vehicles to find out how their cars are performing in day to day, real world use. From major engine issues to frustrating infotainment problems, data is collected to find out how vehicles perform over the years. Once we crunch the numbers, we are able to determine which cars and brands are running smoothly, or giving owners constant issues.
October 19, 2018
This week we dig through the backlog of questions from our audience (submitted to TalkingCars@iCloud.com.) We give advice on making smart car buying decisions, whether it's a good idea to change your transmission oil, what kind of car to use when learning to drive a manual, and more! ----------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:48 - Question 1: Whether to change transmission oil?   02:31 - Question 2: Subaru Impreza hatchback reliability data?   04:09 - Question 3: How much life to expect from a Honda CR-V?   05:47 - Question 4:  Is buying a 2008 Pontiac G8 GT a good idea?   07:25 - Question 5: Choosing all-weather tires   09:55 - Question 6: Less than average predicted reliability on 2019 Mazda CX-9?   11:52 - Question 7: Which one to buy: Volvo S60, Audi S4, BMW 340i?   14:27 - Question 8: Best car for learning to drive stick shift?   16:47 - Question 9: Why we use the desk mics?   17:23 - Question 10: Which Plug-in Hybrid is best?   19:34 - Question 11: why it seems European cars get better mileage than American?   20:10 - Question 12: How is Toyota's new 8-speed transmission?   22:22 - Question 13: Good vehicle for the Wyoming weather? ----------------------------------- 4k Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY   2017 Honda CR-v Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4   2012 Honda CR-V review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZ-KdWzcyM   Pontiac G8 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d96mQzxKiFA   New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA   4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY   2015 Volvo S60 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc   2017 Audio A4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI   2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8   4K Review: 2017 Honda Clarity Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bUhEmXgNo ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
October 12, 2018
This week we discuss our findings regarding the recent reports of Honda CR-V drivers experiencing gasoline leaking into and diluting the engine oil, and what you should do if you are having the same problem. Next, we give our first impressions of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, and how it stacks up in the already declining compact sedan segment. We also answer audience questions about automatic transmission driving habits, and safety concerns of over-the-air vehicle software updates.
October 5, 2018
We explain why General Motor's Super Cruise, Tesla's Autopilot, Nissan's ProPILOT Assist, and Volvo's Pilot Assist are not self-driving systems, but how each can be used safely, and which ones Consumer Reports finds perform best. We also answer questions about transmissions system additives, and whether the Subaru Forester is the best choice for people with an active lifestyle. ------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:37 Automated Driving System Rankings 14:11 Question 1: Benefits of Self-Driving Systems 16:20 Question 2:  How to save a transmission 17:58 Question 3:  Weekend Trips Car 20:07 Question 4:  Replacing 2015 Toyota Camry  ----------------------------------- 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/   2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw   2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k   Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ   2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4   2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4   2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8   2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w   2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
September 28, 2018
This week, we give our first impressions of the new Subaru Outback - does it maintain the legacy of the high utility (but low excitement) SUV? We also discuss the recent announcements of mobile map apps Waze and Google Maps debuting on Apple CarPlay, as well as Amazon's new Alexa Auto device. Lastly, we answer audience questions about our test results on the Acura RDX, why all dashboards are black these days, and which we would choose as a work truck: the Chevrolet Colorado or the Toyota Tacoma.
September 20, 2018
We've finished testing the 2019 Subaru Ascent, and let you know how it stacks up against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9. We also discuss the unveiling of the all-electric Audi E-Tron SUV, as well as startup automaker Lucid securing $1 billion in funding. And as always, we answer your questions, this week about CR buying and testing unpopular cars, our most coveted advanced safety gear, and what car you should buy once you pay off your student loans!
September 12, 2018
With Hurricane Florence affecting much of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region of the US, we discuss how to prepare your vehicle for a natural disaster. We also give our first impressions of the 2019 Lexus UX, and how it stacks up against stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV segment. We also answer questions from our audience about the proper way to break-in your vehicle, whether you can use regular gas in your 'premium recommended' car, and advise a young driver about their first automotive purchase. ------------------------------------------ Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6     SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:05 How to Prepare Your Car in a Hurricane   06:20 2019 Lexus UX   11:36 Question 1: Break-in Period for a New Car   14:15 Question 2: Required vs. Recommended Fuel Grade   16:30 Question 3: First Automotive Purchase Advice for Teens   20:37 Question 4: All-new Model vs. Redesign Year, When to Buy ----------------------------------- 2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eKMW9wvKA   Storm & Emergency Preparedness https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/storm-and-emergency-guide/   How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYJnWkQ4aC0   Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8   Disaster Prep: A Simple Way To Make Sure You Recover Your Stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw2tJ5u4Pc   5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYYXFDZtiNU   Lost Power? What You Should Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L-jnqKFPZc   Home generator advice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBoaoApId5c   4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYG_5qJZXqw   2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k   2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omeYWjqBJRQ   Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
September 6, 2018
We've purchased the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado for our test program. Hear our first impressions of the popular pickup and where we think it stands in the ongoing truck war. Mercedes-Benz introduces its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC; and we answer viewer questions about hybrids and the best used car for a new teen driver.
August 30, 2018
This week we give our first impressions of our new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai's all-new 2-row SUV. There has been a lot of breaking news concerning NAFTA deals between the United States and Mexico. Our experts break down what it could mean for your next car purchase, and why there is no need to run out to the dealership just yet. Finally, we answer audience questions on automatic emergency braking, how to protect your car wheels and tires in a low-profile car, and guide a teenage car enthusiast on what vehicles his parents should lease next.   ---------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:29 - NAFTA Debate   04:38 - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe   09:33 - Question #1: Automatic Emergency Braking   12:18 - Question #2: How to Protect Your Wheels and Tires   16:30 - Question #3: What to Buy Next ----------------------------------- Hyundai Santa Fe Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-fe/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw   Volkswagen Alltrack Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/golf-alltrack/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k   Volkswagen Tiguan Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/tiguan/ Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTm6ObWKOdY Infinity QX50 Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/infiniti/qx50/   Acura RDX Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/acura/rdx/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
August 24, 2018
We've received a ton of questions from our audience on our new text and email handle (TalkingCars@iCloud.com), so this week is wall-to-wall Q&A! We help decide between the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, the Jeep Compass and Mazda CX-5, and if we think the Tesla Model 3 would be a good choice for a family of four. We also answer questions about tires, the Toyota 86 TRD, and give tips on how an Uber driver can maximize the longevity of their car.
August 17, 2018
We've finished testing our 2018 Mazda6. We discuss our final impressions on the midsized sedan and where we think it stacks up against its competitors. We answer a number of audience questions this week, including one about our best advice when negotiating the price of a car with a dealership. We also talk about the Subaru Ascent recall, and remind Volkswagen diesel owners that time is running out to file a claim for settlement compensation.
August 10, 2018
This week, we discuss data from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) regarding advanced safety technology, and whether semi-autonomous equipped cars are providing a safety benefit to drivers. We just bought a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback to join our testing program, and we give our initial impressions, and whether Toyota can convince buyers that a Corolla can be sporty! We also answer audience questions about a replacement for a Nissan Altima, modern convertible reliability, and how we can buy cars anonymously after all these years. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:28 - IIHS Safety Study on Autonomous Vehicles 04:23 - 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 11:31 - Question 1: How we keep our anonymity when buying cars 15:06 - Question 2: SUV buying recommendation 19:00 - Question 3: Upgrading from a  Nissan Altima 22:32 - Question 4: Convertible top reliability ----------------------------------- 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q   2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo   New Tesla Autopilot: Better But Needs Impovements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-MF1g2SSaY   2014 Toyota Corolla first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY   2016 Lincoln MKX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nJsdaxJZo   2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o   2016 Nissan Altima Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4q0gyl0XY   2016 Nissan Maxima Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO_4cCBL8I8   4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w   4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE   2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h-xcmM5KWs ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
August 2, 2018
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.
July 26, 2018
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.   ---------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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? ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
July 19, 2018
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.   Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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   ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
July 12, 2018
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.
July 5, 2018
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. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
June 28, 2018
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. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2 Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
June 21, 2018
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. Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES -----------------------------------   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 ----------------------------------- 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  ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
June 15, 2018
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.   Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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  ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez  Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
June 7, 2018
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. ---------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ  
May 31, 2018
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.
May 23, 2018
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.
May 17, 2018
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.
May 10, 2018
Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/   Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6   SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
May 3, 2018
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.
April 26, 2018
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!
April 19, 2018
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.
April 13, 2018
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.
April 5, 2018
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.
March 30, 2018
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.
March 22, 2018
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.
March 15, 2018
Volkswagen says 'auf wiedersehen' to the Beetle and announces new electric models. We also discuss our 2018 Hyundai Accent and answer viewer questions.
March 9, 2018
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.
March 1, 2018
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.
February 22, 2018
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.
February 15, 2018
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.
February 9, 2018
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.
February 1, 2018
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.
January 25, 2018
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.
January 17, 2018
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.
January 11, 2018
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.
January 4, 2018
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.
December 28, 2017
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.
December 21, 2017
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.
December 14, 2017
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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