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    #366 The Most American Car of All Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 27:45

    The 4th of July Independence Day holiday is here in the US, and to celebrate we wanted to find out from our audience: what does it mean for a car to be "American?” With a global car market and vehicle parts being made all over the world, it can be difficult to define. We also polled our audience to select what they think is the most American car ever manufactured. We share the responses, and our expert opinions on this star-spangled episode!       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:14 - What defines an American Car? 16:32 - What Is the Most American Car?       ----------------------------------   How the Tesla Model S Changed the World https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-the-tesla-model-s-changed-the-world-a7291465820/   Best New-Car Deals for July 4th https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-new-car-deals-for-july-4th-a1191663902/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #365 2023 Genesis G80 EV

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 20:41

    This week, we give our first impressions of the all-electric Genesis G80 (officially called the Electrified G80). We discuss the styling, electric range, driving dynamics, and luxurious interior of the EV sedan, and how it compares to the gas powered version. Also, with so many electric vehicles on the market, we debate which used EV we would recommend to a first time buyer.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:57 - First Impressions : 2023 Genesis G80 EV 14:30 - Question: Which used electric vehicle is best suited for a first time EV buyer?       ----------------------------------   2022 Genesis G80 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/g80/2022/overview   Electric Cars Are Becoming Less Expensive https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-are-becoming-less-expensive-a6548270716/   Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/most-satisfying-new-hybrid-cars-a5029804171/   How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient New Car https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-choose-a-fuel-efficient-new-car-a6176139178/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #364 2023 Nissan Z

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 24:59

    Nissan draws from its 50-plus-year history in resurrecting the Z, a sports car that the automaker calls "all-new" (but is it though??) We debate the provenance of this iteration of the Z, as well as share our first impressions of its performance, interior, and what you might lose by opting for the automatic transmission. We also debate which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW M550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:58 - First Impressions : 2023 Nissan Z 20:55 - Question: Which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW 550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53?       ----------------------------------   Preview: All-New 2023 Nissan Z Combines Classic Cues, Modern Performance https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/nissan-z-preview-a2145463162/   2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80   Nissan Z Road Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAndC05ZXzY   2023 Nissan Z https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/z/2023/overview   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #363 2023 Subaru Solterra

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 23:33

    Subaru jumps into the electric vehicle market with the brand's first widely offered EV, the 2023 Solterra. Sharing its platform with the almost identical Toyota bZ4X, we share our first impressions of this all-electric SUV, including its unique interior design cues, driving characteristics, and power delivery. We also discuss the current state of the semiconductor chip shortage on the car market: why you might see cars selling with a chip shortage discount, whether some manufacturers are dropping options like satellite radio in order to ration the available chips, and if cars from this era will be desirable in the future.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:52 - First Impressions : 2023 Subaru Solterra 13:39 - Question: Is the semiconductor chip shortage still affecting the car market?       ----------------------------------   2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/ 2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8   2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota's All-Electric bZ4X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo   Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/   When to Buy a Used Car in This Tough Market https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/when-to-buy-a-used-car-a6584238157/   Global Chip Shortage Makes It Tough to Buy Certain Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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  

    #362 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 18:19

    The Ford Maverick hybrid promises superior fuel economy and pickup utility at a price that's thousands of dollars less than the more common standard-sized truck. But will the availability of the hybrid powertrain as front-wheel drive only be a deal-breaker for buyers? Can this small pickup handle truck duties, and how does it compare to the standard engine version? Also, we explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:52 - First Impressions : 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid 13:39 - Question: Please explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Is a Throwback to the Era of Small, Simple Pickup Trucks https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/   2022 Ford Maverick https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2022/overview/   How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-car-is-right-for-you/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/     ----------------------------------- 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

    #361 2022 Rivian R1T

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 24:23

    This week, we drive the all-new fully-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck. We share our first impressions, discuss some of our favorite features and debate whether the R1T bridges the gap between being environmentally conscious and having truck-like utility.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Rivian R1T 14:57 - Question: Which full size pickup truck is reliable and worth keeping for a long time?       ----------------------------------   2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/   2022 Rivian R1T https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2022/overview   2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeasX0ZyTk   2022 RAM 1500 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ram/1500/2022/overview   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #360 2023 Genesis GV60 EV

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 23:04

    This week, we give our first impressions of the all-new GV60, the first fully-electric vehicle from Genesis. We discuss styling, driving dynamics, and interior storage-- and compare the GV60 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which are built on the same platform. We also answer an audience question about the legality of driving with fog lights in everyday situations.        ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Intro 00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Genesis GV60 14:30 - Question: Is there any danger or law against driving with fog lights on during clear weather?       ----------------------------------   Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/   2023 Genesis GV60 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/gv60/2023/overview/?pagestop   First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/   First Drive: 2022 Kia EV6 Debuts With Plenty of Power and Engaging Handling https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       -----------------------------------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

    #359 2023 Mazda CX-50

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 21:49

    Mazda is channeling the Subaru Outback with its rugged-looking CX-50, and a focus towards outdoor enthusiasts. We share our first impressions of this small SUV, and what sets it apart from the CX-5. Also, how does Consumer Reports get to drive cars that aren't yet for sale? We explain our unique relationship with car manufacturers, and how we are able to maintain our unbiased testing standards while still getting a sneak peek at cars before you see them on the dealership lot.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Intro 00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Mazda CX-50 11:18 - Question: How is CR able to “rent” all these brand-new vehicles from manufacturers?       ----------------------------------   Preview: Mazda Reveals the All-New 2023 CX-50 https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-mazda-cx-50-review-a2206621676/   2023 Mazda CX-50 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-50/2023/overview   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       -----------------------------------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

    #358 2023 Kia Sportage

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 18:52

    What is considered an "affordable" car in today's marketplace? Is the 2023 Kia Sportage a bargain at its base price of $25,990? We discuss how much you'll get for your money, the car's driving characteristics, controls, standard safety features, and whether the hybrid version might best the gas engine version. We recently found this to be the case with Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. Also, is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles? Our experts share their advice on the potential reliability issues of buying a new Acura Integra to replace an aging Volvo V60.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Intro 00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Kia Sportage 11:41 - Question: is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles?       ----------------------------------   Preview: 2023 Kia Sportage Grows in Size and Edges Upscale https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/   2023 Kia Sportage https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sportage/2023/overview   All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000 https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       -----------------------------------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

    #357 Chevrolet Corvette Goes Electric

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 22:02

    This week we talk about Chevrolet's announcement of an electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette. We cover Corvette history, the evolution of car enthusiast culture and the future of powerful supercars that are entering the EV space. We also answer an audience question that asks how automated and electrified vehicles will affect the traditional driving experience as we know it. SHOW NOTES: 0:25 - Ford Lightning Announcement 0:43 - Electrified Chevrolet Corvette Announcement 7:30 - Question #1: With the advent of full autonomous vehicles, will there still be space for car enthusiasts who enjoy vehicles with traditional ICEs? LINKS: Chevrolet Corvette to Go Hybrid and Eventually Electric: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/ Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/ Ford F-150 Lightning: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/f-150-lightning/ Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

    #356 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 15:58

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Kia Sorento hybrid, and discuss its driving characteristics, infotainment controls, powertrain performance, and whether the hybrid version is better than the gas-powered model. Also we talk about tire safety, and whether tread depth is a good indicator of when you need a replacement set.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:13 - First Impressions: 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid  07:30 - Question: Is tread depth a good indicator of when you need to replace tires on your car?         ----------------------------------     2022 Kia Sorento https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sorento/2022/overview/   Tires: Michelin Defender LTX M/S [T] https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/michelin-defender-ltx-m-s-388349/overview/   Tires: Continental TerrainContact H/T https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-h-t-400429/overview/   Tires: Continental TerrainContact A/T https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-terrain-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-at-400427/overview/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/         ----------------------------------- 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

    #355 2022 New York Auto Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 23:07

    EVs, rugged trucks, and "futuristic nostalgia" were the big trends at the New York International Auto Show. We share our impressions on a number of vehicles, including the Subaru Solterra, Nissan Z, Ford Bronco Raptor, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Vietnamese startup Vinfast. We also discuss the focus on outdoor recreation, vehicles with throwback styling stuffed with cutting-edge tech, and something called the Toyota Tacozilla.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Intro 00:13 - New York Auto Show Impressions 01:19 - New Trends 04:23 - Exciting Vehicles 06:58 - Chevrolet Silverado EV 08:52 - Volkswagen ID. Buzz 11:54 - Subaru Solterra & Toyota bZ4X 14:17 - Nissan Ariya 16:05 - Vinfast 17:01 - EV Concepts 18:45 - Nostalgia 19:14 - Earth Theme       ----------------------------------   2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80   2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Ariya EV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0DdU_KYA4   2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota's All-Electric bZ4X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo   2022 New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Silverado EV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbL5ee6-YdQ   2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       -----------------------------------   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

    #354 Buying vs. Leasing an EV; Electric Car Battery Replacement

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 22:24

    Do electric cars have a break-in period? Is it smarter to buy or lease an EV? And is it better to be stranded overnight in a gas vehicle, or an electric car? We answer these and other EV-related questions on this episode, including how hot summer temperatures affect an EV's driving range, what happens in an EV right before the battery dies, and what resources are available for those that want to learn more about electric vehicles before they take the plunge.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:55 - Electric Cars 101 02:15 - Buying vs. Leasing an EV 05:53 - Break-in Period for Electric Cars 08:14 - EV Battery Replacement 10:58 - Battery Performance in Traffic 13:48 - EV Battery Performance in Extreme Temperatures  16:45 - What Happens When The Battery Runs Out Completely          ----------------------------------   Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/   How Much Do Cold Temperatures Affect an Electric Vehicle's Driving Range? https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-much-do-cold-temperatures-affect-an-evs-driving-range-a5751769461/   What Happens to the Old Batteries in Electric Cars? https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/what-happens-to-the-old-batteries-in-electric-cars-a1091429417/   How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/   How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle-a6908889697/   Consumer Reports Survey Shows Strong Interest in Electric Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/cr-survey-shows-strong-interest-in-evs-a1481807376/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #353 Buying a New Car in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 29:10

    The market for new cars in 2022 is unlike anything that has come before; with lingering chip shortages, supply chain issues, and skyrocketing demand, dealers are selling vehicles for thousands (or more!) over sticker price, and many buyers don't know what to do. Since Consumer Reports purchases every car we test, we have felt the pain as well. In this episode, we recall our recent experiences buying cars for our test program, invite members of our audience to share their car buying stories, and give tips on what you can do to save yourself money if you're in the market for a new car right now.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:21 - Our Car Buying Experiences 07:49 - Our Colleague's Car Purchasing Stories 15:42 - Audience Stories of Car Shopping Experiences     ----------------------------------   Best New Car Deals https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-car-deals-a1060496430/   Get the Car You Need Now https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/get-the-car-you-need-now/   Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/     ----------------------------------- 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

    #352 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 18:18

    The redesign of the new BMW 2 Series coupe goes more than skin (or steel) deep, as we discuss our first impressions of its ride, handling, powertrain, and what separates the coupe version of the 2 Series from the sedan option. We also consider whether the driver monitoring in Ford's BlueCruise and GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance systems can lead to tunnel vision behind the wheel, and potentially cause drivers to zone out on the highway.     -----------------------------------  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 -----------------------------------   00:00 - Intro 00:49 - First Impressions: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe 10:54 - Question: Can driver monitoring in Ford's BlueCruise and GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance systems lead to tunnel vision and zoning out on the highway.     ----------------------------------   Preview: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Is Bigger, More Powerful https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-bmw-2-series-coupe-review-a8434610934/   Ford BlueCruise First Impressions | Talking Cars #342 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdhjM6QtXU   Self-Driving System Ranking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA   Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM's Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       -----------------------------------   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

    #351 2022 BMW iX

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 22:13

    BMW has launched their first all-electric SUV, the 2022 iX. We share our first impressions on this new EV's technological advancements, styling, controls, and what makes it stand out from competitors like Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Hyundai Ioniq 5. We also discuss whether or not an EV is actually greener than a gas powered vehicle when taking into account how the electricity is generated.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:48 - 2022 BMW iX First Impressions 18:42 - Question: Are EVs really greener than gas powered vehicles?       ----------------------------------   Preview: All-Electric 2022 BMW iX Offers Fresh Design and 300-Mile Range https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-bmw-ix-review-a9545113527/   2022 BMW iX https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/ix/2022/overview/   Best ‘Green Choice' SUVs That Are CR Recommended  https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/best-green-choice-suvs-that-are-cr-recommended-a4957536468/   How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner-a1128097361/   Alternative Fuels Data Center https://afdc.energy.gov/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #350 2022 Toyota Tundra

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 21:10

    The 2022 Tundra marks the first thorough redesign of Toyota's full-sized pickup in 15 years. We rented the 1794 Edition, and share our first impressions of its handling around our test track. We also discuss the slick powertrain, upgraded cabin, multilink rear suspension with coil springs, and how it stacks up against competitors like the RAM 1500, Ford F-150, and Chevrolet Silverado. Also, with the variety of all-wheel drive systems on the market, we discuss what to consider when choosing a vehicle with AWD, and why Subaru's Symmetrical system is unique.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:50 - 2022 Toyota Tundra 12:36 - Question: Are all AWD systems created equal?       ----------------------------------   Preview: 2022 Toyota Tundra Boasts Hybrid Powertrain, Key Safety Features https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/   2014 Toyota Tundra first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmMJytTx-Fs   Do you really need all-wheel drive? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    5 Best Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 7:28

    Gas prices are surging in the United States, and could reach all-time highs in the near future. We share the best ways to improve fuel economy in your vehicle, backed by data from tests performed at our Auto Test Track.

    #349 Kia EV6; Avoiding Dealer Markups

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 21:32

    The EV6 is Kia's first pure all-electric vehicle, based on Kia's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that also serves as the foundation for the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We share our first impressions on how the EV6 drives, and the interesting design choices made in its interior, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and others. Limited supply and historic demand have led some car dealers to demand thousands of dollars over MSRP for new vehicles. We share our advice on what you can do to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when it comes to purchasing an EV.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:16 - 2022 Kia EV6 First Impressions 15:24 - Question: How to avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership, especially when purchasing an EV?       ----------------------------------   Preview: 2023 Kia EV6 Launches the Brand's Electric Revolution https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/   2022 Kia EV6 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev6/   How to Negotiate a New-Car Price Effectively https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/how-to-negotiate-a-new-car-price-effectively-a8596856299/   Guide to Car Pricing Terms https://www.consumerreports.org/car-pricing-negotiation/guide-to-car-pricing-terms/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #348 2022 Toyota Mirai

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 15:44

    Is there any chance of hydrogen-powered vehicles becoming mainstream in the US? Toyota still thinks there's a market for fuel cell vehicles, and with our first impression of the 2022 Mirai, we discuss how the convergence  of hydrogen infrastructure and availability will make or break the Mirai, as well as the fuel cell Hyundai Nexo. We also discuss what role LIDAR mapping plays in Ford's BlueCruise driving assistance feature in the Mustang Mach-E.        ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:17 - 2022 Toyota Mirai First Impressions 10:57 - Question: What role does LIDAR mapping play in Ford's BlueCruise?       ----------------------------------   Preview: 2021 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/   2022 Toyota Mirai https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/mirai/2022/overview/   Futuristic 2019 Hyundai Nexo Showcases the Company's Technological Prowess https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/futuristic-2019-hyundai-nexo-showcases-companys-technological-prowess/   Ford BlueCruise Rivals GM's Super Cruise for Balancing Automation and Driver Monitoring https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/ford-bluecruise-active-driving-assistance-system-review-a5728630415/   Driver Monitoring Systems Can Help You Be Safer on the Road https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/   BONUS: Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcDo_iWCh-g   Tesla's and Ford's Driver Monitoring Systems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goVKAtqKGqM   How We Tested Tesla's and Ford's Driver Monitoring Systems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmTuamHeedA   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #347 2022 Subaru WRX

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 22:05

    We give our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru WRX, and how this rally-inspired sedan's powertrain, styling, and handling compare to previous models. Also, we discuss the differences in driving a front-wheel versus rear-wheel drive vehicle, and why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach.   SHOW NOTES: 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - 2022 Subaru WRX First Impressions 17:02 - Question: Why so many EVs opt for the less-common rear-wheel drive approach?   LINKS: 2022 Subaru WRX: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/wrx/2022/overview   Preview: Reborn 2022 Subaru WRX Moves the Needle: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-wrx-review-a1159563584/   Guide to Car Safety: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

    2022 Top Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 27:05

    It's that time of year again! We share CR's Top Picks for 2022. Find out which 10 vehicles we think are the best according to our tests and member survey data. This year, we categorized our Top Picks by price, ranging from under $25K to $45K and beyond. We also discuss our Brand Report Card and reveal the best brands of 2022. SHOW NOTES: 2:30 - Top Electric Vehicle 4:49 - Top Picks Under $25K 6:30 - Top Picks $25K-$35K 10:20 - Top Picks $35K-$45K 18:15 - Top Picks $45K+ 22:47 - Best Brands of 2022 LINKS: Top Picks 2022: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2022/ Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles/ Are You Ready For a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid or Fully electric Vehicle: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/are-you-ready-for-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-vehicle/

    #346 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 18:18

    The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer has joined our test fleet, and we share our first impressions. This large, three-row SUV has a lot to offer by way of its size, towing ability and creature comforts. We discuss its viability as a do-it-all family vehicle and debate whether the Jeep brand has enough cache to sway buyers from other popular SUVs. We also answer an audience question about the cost of EV registration fees and why they are higher than fees for gas-powered vehicles. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - 2022 Jeep Wagoneer First Impressions 11:48 - Question: Why are registration fees for EVs more expensive than for gas-powered vehicles? LINKS: Jeep Wagoneer: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/jeep/wagoneer First Drive: 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is the Automakers 6-Figure Flagship: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-jeep-grand-wagoneer-review-a9641610773/ More States Hitting electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees, a Consumer Reports Analysis Shows: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-states-hitting-electric-vehicle-owners-with-high-fees/

    #345 2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 21:14

    On this episode, we give our first impressions of the 2022 Ford Maverick. We discuss everything this small pickup has to offer; from styling, functionality, and driving impressions, to the variety of available powertrains. Find out how the Maverick stacks up among competing pickups and why Ford placed QR codes on the truck itself. Plus, we answer an audience question on buying an electric vehicle. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - 2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions 16:49 - Question: Is it worth trading in two used vehicles for two newer EVs? LINKS: Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/ 6 Things We Love About the New Ford Maverick story by Alex: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/things-we-love-about-the-2022-ford-maverick-pickup-truck-a9538949538/

    #343 Hyundai Santa Cruz Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 19:51

    On this episode, we share our test results of the Hyundai Santa Cruz. We discuss where the Santa Cruz fits among competing small pickup trucks, how well it performs ‘truck' duties and why its construction benefits its livability. We also answer a question on vehicle reliability, and how CR calculates this score from year to year. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Hyundai Santa Cruz 11:08 - Question: How does CR weigh and consider reliability ratings on vehicles from year to year? LINKS: Hyundai Santa Cruz: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-cruz/2022/overview/ What's New in Small Pickup Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/whats-new-in-small-pickup-trucks/ Who Makes the Most Reliable New Cars?: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/

    BONUS: Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 6:38

    Consumer Reports has tested vehicles from Tesla, GM, Subaru, Ford, and others that include autonomous driving features, with many now including driver monitoring systems to ensure those behind the wheel are paying attention to the road. CR will now award additional points to those systems that perform well in our tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has also announced plans to evaluate these systems. SHOW NOTES: Driver Monitoring Systems by Ford and GM Are Only Ones to Earn Points in CR's Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

    #342 Ford BlueCruise First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 23:18

    This week we discuss BlueCruise technology, Ford's new hands-free active driver assist feature available on the Mustang Mach-E. We share our experiences with the system— both on our test track and public roads— we'll talk about how it differs from other systems like GM's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot. We also debate how useful these systems are and how driver monitoring plays a crucial role in ensuring safety behind the wheel. Plus, we answer a question about child seats for a growing family. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Ford BlueCruise First Impressions 17:54 - Question: What's the best car to buy to accommodate a growing family? LINKS: How Much Automation Does Your Car Really Have? https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/how-much-automation-does-your-car-really-have-level-2-a3543419955/ Which Lane Keeping Assist System Is Right for You? https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/which-lane-keeping-assist-system-is-right-for-you-a4813532588/ Cadillac's Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cadillac-super-cruise-outperforms-other-active-driving-assistance-systems-a1113486809/ General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra-Cruise,' an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System: https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/ How to Fit Car Seats Three Across: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-fit-child-car-seats-three-across/

    #341 Volkswagen ID.4 Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 15:39

    On this episode, we share our test results of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4. Find out how this all-new EV stacks up against competing models from Tesla and why we think the ID.4's redesigned controls have more flash than function. We also answer an audience question on regenerative braking and how it works on the ID.4. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Volkswagen ID.4 Test results 12:46 - Question: How does regenerative braking work on the VW ID.4? LINKS: Volkswagen ID4: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/id4/2021/overview/ First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/ Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here's What's Coming: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market-a9006292675/

    #340 2021 Year in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 30:08

    We wrap 2021 with a roundup of our favorite, and not so favorite cars that we drove at our test track. We also discuss how the car buying market has changed over the last 12 months, share some buying advice for the future and look ahead to some vehicles we hope to buy and test in the new year.   SHOW NOTES: 1:13 - Our least favorite cars of 2021 9:08 - Our favorite cars of 2021 18:43 - The Automotive world in 2021 24:55 - Vehicle production in 2022 and beyond LINKS: First Drive: Polestar 2 Confuses and Frustrates: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-polestar-2-review-a8033018732/ First Drive: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Proves Powerful, High-Tech, and Truly Luxurious: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-cadillac-escalade-review/ First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/ We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/ Fun to Drive Cars We're Thankful for This Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/fun-to-drive-cars-we-are-thankful-for-this-year-a2619186767/ General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra Cruise,' an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System: https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/ Global Chip Shortage Makes It Tough to Buy Certain Cars: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/ Some Automakers Say the Chip Shortage Is Causing the Delay of Certain Features: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-industry/chip-shortage-causing-automakers-to-delay-certain-features-a1131554218/

    #339 2021 Ford Bronco First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 19:45

    It's finally here; the 2021 Ford Bronco joins our test fleet and we share our first impressions. We discuss everything from Bronco history, livability, off-road chops, and why it took so long for CR to buy one. Plus, we debate if the Bronco will out-Wrangler the Jeep Wrangler and win over the hearts of off-road enthusiasts. We also answer an audience question on CR's criteria for recommended vehicles. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - 2021 Ford Bronco First Impression 14:33 - Question: What criteria are considered when CR recommends a vehicle? LINKS: Ford Bronco Overview: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/bronco/2021/overview/ We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/

    #338 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 16:26

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. We discuss everything from driving, styling, control usability, vehicle structure and the Ioniq name itself. Find out what skateboards have to do with EVs and how this all-electric hatchback measures up to Hyundai's three-row SUVs. Plus, we answer a question on recycling old EV batteries. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Hyundai Ioniq 5 Discussion 11:20 - Question: Is there a plan for disposing vehicle batteries? LINKS: Hyundai Ioniq 5: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq-5/ Preview: Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV Accelerates New Sub-Brand Into the High-Tech Future: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/ 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Quick Drive: https://studio.youtube.com/video/DeYnvaqVHV0/edit 2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://studio.youtube.com/video/PBAB7sZj0Fo/edit

    #337 2022 Volkswagen GTI First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 17:17

    On this episode, we drive the 2022 Volkswagen GTI. We discuss how this classic hatchback has evolved since the 1980s, where it fits in Volkswagen's SUV focused lineup and the one thing that holds the GTI back from being a great all-around vehicle. We also answer a question about the safety of paddle shifters.  SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Volkswagen GTI discussion 12:20 - Question: Does CR consider paddle shifters a safety hazard? LINKS: Perview: 2022 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R Gain Power, Tech, and Sophistication: https://www.consumerreports.org/sporty-cars/2022-volkswagen-gti-gains-power-tech-sophistication-review/ Volkswagen GTI: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/gti/ Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #38: Volkswagen GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1uGj5Cv6oY VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko

    #336 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 22:13

    This week we discuss our test results of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. We explain what EUV means and talk about how this all-new EV compares to the original Bolt. Plus, find out why we, and other Bolt owners, have to park the vehicle outside, far away from any buildings. We also answer a question for a skier who's looking to buy a new car. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Chevrolet Bolt EUV Discussion 17:18 - Question: What's the best type of vehicle to buy for an avid skier? How does ground clearance play a role in snow traction? LINKS: Chevrolet Bolt EUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/bolt-euv/ GM Announces Fix for Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Address Fire Risk: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-recalled-again-due-to-fire-concerns-a3566085147/ 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra-Cruise,' an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System: https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/ Tire Ratings: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=tires

    #335 2021 Honda Ridgeline; What's the Perfect Pickup?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 21:44

    On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. We discuss whether or not the Ridgeline has improved and if its trucky-enough compared to its competitors. We also choose and outfit the perfect pickup and learn about Mike Monticello's "rules of trucking.” Plus, we answer an audience question about commuting in an electric-vehicle in Alaska. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - 2021 Honda Ridgeline First Impressions 16:21 - Question #1: What's the best type of EV to drive in Alaska? LINKS: Honda Ridgeline: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/honda/ridgeline/ 2017 Honda Ridgeline Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJeNbqaQAM What's New in Small Pickup Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/whats-new-in-small-pickup-trucks/ Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/ First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review-a1110360813/ 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhZafWI1d4E

    #334 2022 Infiniti QX60 First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 21:42

    This week we take a first look at the 2022 Infiniti QX60. We discuss how the three-row luxury SUV has evolved over the years and how some elements of the redesign made the controls less user-friendly. We also share some buying advice for a viewer who wants to drive a convertible, all-year round in Canada. SHOW NOTES: 0:00-18:23 - 2022 Infiniti QX60 First Impressions 18:25-21:35  - Question #1: What's the best advice on driving a rear-drive convertible in the winter months? LINKS: Preview: 2022 Infiniti QX60 Transforms the Luxury SUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-infiniti-qx60-review-a1137839766/ First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Is a Modern Take on the Original Truck: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-nissan-pathfinder-review-a6941815821/ 2019 BMW Z4 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1FVQ49MazE 2016 Audi TT Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORjmK_4svA0 Best Winter/Snow Tires From Consumer Reports' Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/winter-snow-tire/best-winter-snow-tires-a1191260310/

    #333 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 19:25

    This week we share the test results of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. We talk about how the drastic redesign of this American icon has propelled the Corvette into supercar territory, putting it on par with European competitors that cost double the price. We also answer an audience question about tire pressure. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - 2021 Chevrolet Corvette discussion 17:25 - Question #1: When replacing OEM tires, do you still follow the tire pressure on the placard located on the door jamb? LINKS: 2021 Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/ 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray First Impressions; Talking Cars #306: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJELAAnxnDo

    #332 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Test Results; Our Worst Car Buying Experiences

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 38:36

    This week we discuss the test results of the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. We also discuss the Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe and debate whether the hybrid versions of these SUVs make them better vehicles overall. The IIHS has updated crash test standards for small SUVs; find out why few vehicles performed well in the new test and what that means for consumers. Plus, we share our worst car buying experiences and answer questions on electric vehicle prices, and how CR evaluates new vehicles. SHOW NOTES: 0:37 - New IIHS Crash Standards 6:56 - 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. Tucson Hybrid & Santa Fe Hybrid 16:25 - Our Worst Car Buying Experiences 27:24 - Question #1: Has CR ever changed positions on a vehicle after initial impressions? 31:40 - Question #2: Should I be concerned about parts shortages and the reliability of vehicles be manufactured now? 35:27 - Question #3: Why do EV prices seem to fluctuate at random? LINKS: 2 Small SUVs Earn Poor Score in Tough New IIHS Side Crash Test: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/iihs-small-suv-side-crash-test-a1228339113/ 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/elantra/2021/overview/ 2022 Hyundai Tucson: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/tucson/2022/overview/ 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-fe/2021/overview/ 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2018 Nissan Leaf Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAB7sZj0Fo 2020 Ford Escape: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/escape/2020/overview/

    #331 2022 Lexus NX First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 as a Rental Car

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 37:20

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Lexus NX, discuss its available powertrains including a plug-in hybrid, completely redesigned infotainment, and our experience using its unique gear selector. Hertz "shocked" the rental car market by ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3s for its fleet, and we talk about the possible pros and cons of renting an electric vehicle for a first-time EV driver, and how it might impact the industry. Also, Halloween night can have a high risk of pedestrian fatalities, so we provide helpful tips to be safe on this holiday. Other topics include: whether a wildfire can be caused by a vehicle; if a car needs to be warmed up before driving; and why most pickup trucks and SUVs don't automatically adjust headlight aim when carrying full loads.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:38 - Hertz adds Tesla Model 3 to the rental fleet 07:06 - Halloween Safety Tips 11:26 - Our trick or treats in the automotive industry 14:45 - First Impressions 23:28 - Question #1: Can a car cause a wildfire? 26:49 - Question #2: Is it recommended to warm up the car's engine before driving? 30:13 - Question #3: Is removing rust on a vehicle worth it? 33:22 - Question #4: Why most pickup trucks and SUVs don't have auto leveling headlights?     ----------------------------------   Preview: All-New 2022 Lexus NX Gains New Engines, Efficiency, Space, and Tech https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-lexus-nx-review-a1195449775/   Smart Road Trips for Halloween Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/smart-road-tips-for-halloween-safety-a6980048187/   How to Protect Your Car on Halloween https://www.consumerreports.org/tires-auto-parts/how-to-protect-your-car-on-halloween-a4821620837/   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/     ----------------------------------- 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

    #330 Car Buying Tips; Do EVs Depreciate Quicker?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 29:55

    This week is an all questions episode. We discuss if electric vehicles will depreciate quicker than gas powered cars; why newer transmissions have so many gears; what makes a good retirement vehicle; the difference between all-season and all-weather tires; and our choice for the best do-it-all vehicle under $35K.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:51 - Question #1: How is brand loyalty reflected in CR's owner satisfaction rating? 03:47 - Question #2: How will some low range EVs fare on the resale market in a few years? 07:19 - Question #3: Which used SUV is best suited for a young family? 11:14 - Question #4: What us the difference between all-season and all-weather tires? 14:40 - Question #5: Why some European cars are not sold in the USA? 18:03 - Question #6: Is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti a good retirement vehicle? 23:11 - Question #7: What is the advantage of newer transmissions having so many gears? 25:45 - Question #8: What is the ultimate do-it-all vehicle for under $35K?     ----------------------------------   Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here's What's Coming https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market-a9006292675/   Lucid Dethrones Tesla as Electric Vehicle Range King https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/lucid-dethrones-tesla-as-electric-vehicle-range-king-a6640734780/   4K Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02_2JeLZEHY   First Drive: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets New Styling and Updated Technology https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-hyundai-santa-fe-review-a9539318353/   CR Tire Ratings https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #329 2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions; GM's New Ultra Cruise

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 28:58

    This week, we share our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru BRZ. We discuss the BRZ's performance and handling capabilities, and how it's fun-to-drive character rivals sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. We also talk about General Motors' new driver assistance system, Ultra Cruise, which will debut on some 2023 Cadillacs. And, we answer audience questions about CR's fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles; whether panoramic sunroofs are safe in a rollover crash; and what buying strategies to use when new car inventory is low.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:30 - Preview: GM Ultra Cruise 09:30 - 2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions 17:1 7 - Question #1: What buying strategies should you use when new car inventory is low? 21:56 - Question #2: Why is CR's fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles different from the EPA's Score? 25:03 - Question #3: Are panoramic sunroofs safe in a rollover crash?       ----------------------------------   General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra Cruise,' an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/   Self-Driving System Rankings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA   Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ Still Emphasizes Balance Over Brawn https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/   Exploding Sunroofs Cases Head to Court https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroof-cases-head-to-court/   Which Automakers Use Laminated Glass to Reduce the Risk of Exploding Sunroofs https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/laminated-glass-reduce-risk-exploding-sunroofs/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #328 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Test Results; What Classic Vehicles Should Become EVs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 38:48

    This week, we share our test results of the 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 hybrid pickup trucks, comparing the performance of the two different powertrains and some of their more interesting features. We also talk about the all-electric 2023 Genesis GV60, including its eye-catching styling, motor options, and predicted electric range. A dealer told someone in our Talking Cars audience, "You can't rustproof an EV." Is that true? We do some mythbusting, and share tips on how to avoid falling into sales traps at the dealer. Other topics include: Whether some lane keeping assist systems can be overly aggressive; what safety features electronic shifters offer; and we pick which classic vehicles we'd like to see brought back as an EV.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - Preview: 2023 Genesis GV60 07:52 - Which Classic Car Should Be Brought Back as an EV 12:16 - Test Results: 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 Hybrid 24:14 - Question #1: Is the longer reach distance to the car's touch screen a safety precaution? 28:28 - Question #2: What features do electronic shifters have to make them safer? 32:29 - Question #3: Is “you can't rustproof and EV' statement true? 35:20 - Question #4: Why are some Lane Keeping Assist systems overly aggressive?       ----------------------------------   Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/   First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Now Offers Hybrid Power and Tons of Tech https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review-a9428956949/   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/         ----------------------------------- 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

    #327 Auto Journalist Elizabeth Blackstock; Women in the Auto Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 38:14

    In this week's episode, we feature special guest Elizabeth Blackstock, breaking news editor at Jalopnik and managing editor of A Girl's Guide to Cars. We discuss a number of topics, including the challenges women face in the auto industry; which stories interest us most in the industry; and why it might be tough for a car today to be considered a classic in the future.     ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:50 - Elizabeth Blackstock Introduction 02:41 - Auto Journalism Career 03:53 - A Girl's Guide To Cars: Difference between how men and women look for cars. 14:15 - How women are represented in the auto industry. 21:07 - Best and worst stories in your career.   29:10 - What technology are you most excited about today? 30:19 - What do you anticipate we will be talking about in 10 years from now? 33:15 - Will modern cars be considered as classics in the future?       ----------------------------------   Jalopnik https://jalopnik.com/   A Girl's Guide To Cars https://agirlsguidetocars.com/   Meet Frankie Fazzary, The 7-Year-Old Boy That Changed Racing In America https://jalopnik.com/meet-frankie-fazzary-the-7-year-old-boy-that-changed-r-1847312449   The Rich Energy Book https://www.richenergybook.com/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #326 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Test Results; 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 35:19

    This week we share our test results of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, discuss the performance of its hybrid powertrain versus the regular gas engine, and how it compares to class leaders like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We also talk about the all-new for 2022 Toyota Tundra, including its highly anticipated hybrid power plant, aggressive styling, and what improvements we anticipate to arrive with the new redesign. Other topics include: which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids; whether using the LATCH system or a seat belt is better when installing a child seat; how long can oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring; and our team shares the funny, weird, and wild stories of getting their drivers' licenses.      ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - Child Seat Safety 03:04 - 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview 08:29 - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results 13:56 - Driver's License Test Memories   22:39 - Question #1: Which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids? 26:13 - Question #2: Is it safer to use LATCH system or a seat belt when installing  child seat? 29:17 - Question #3: How does CR choose which cars to put through the Rock Hill test? 31:51 - Question #4: How long can motor oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring?     ----------------------------------   How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/   Choosing the Best Car Seat https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-seats/buying-guide/index.htm   Preview: 2022 Toyota Tundra Boasts Hybrid Powertrain, Key Safety Features https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/   2014 Toyota Tundra first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmMJytTx-Fs   First Drive: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets New Styling and Updated Technology https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-hyundai-santa-fe-review-a9539318353/   2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- 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

    #325 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke First impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 30:11

    Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2021 Tesla Model S for our test program, which now features a steering yoke rather than a traditional circular steering wheel. We share our first impressions on what it is like to use this steering input on the highway, in the driveway, and in crowded parking lots. We also discuss the other big changes to this vehicle, including its lack of directional and wiper stalks (now a touch-sensitive button on the yoke), horn placement (also a touch button), and touchscreen/predictive gear shifting mechanism.       ----------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions 06:17 - Driving Tesla Model S 12:11 - Steering Wheel Controls 15:01 - Gear Selector   18:00 - Safety Pitfalls of Unintuitive Controls     ----------------------------------   Why We Think Tesla's New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWtJu0q3sBQ   Tesla's New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit and Potential Safety Pitfalls https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/tesla-steering-yoke-little-benefit-potential-safety-pitfalls-a1034204120/   4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q   Tesla Model S 2013 quick take https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=458TLFRkAlk   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- 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