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    #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 38:37

    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 37:18

    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 29:53

    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

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 28:56

    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 38:46

    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

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 38:12

    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 35:17

    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

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    #325 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke First impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 30:09

    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

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    #324 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 37:44

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; how it drove on our track, its long roster of advanced safety features, and who this small SUV might appeal to. With major flooding affecting many parts of the country, we discuss all the ways water can damage a car, and give tips on how to spot and avoid a waterlogged vehicle when buying a used car. Other topics this week include: what is the difference between a vehicle refresh and redesign; if bright LED daytime running lights can cause drivers to not turn on their car's headlights; why EVs seem to have less space for tall drivers; and how Consumer Reports decides which vehicles to buy for our test program, and what happens to our cars after testing is completed.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:35 - How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car 08:17 - 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Impressions 17:46 - Question #1: What is the difference between a vehicle refresh and a redesign?   26:00 - Question #2: Are bright LED daytime running lights causing drivers to not turn on their car's headlights? 29:24 - Question #3: Why does it seem that new EVs have less space for taller drivers? 32:59 - Question #4: How does Consumer Reports decide which vehicles to buy for their test program?     ----------------------------------   Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/beware-the-flood-of-flood-cars/   Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8   Car Title Resources:       National Motor Vehicle Title Information System       https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/        VinCheck       https://www.nicb.org/vincheck        CarFax       https://www.carfax.com/press/resources/flooded-cars     First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla CROss Is a Sensible SUV https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-toyota-corolla-cross-suv-review-a9535254586/   Best Cars for Tall People https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-cars-and-suvs-for-tall-people-a7931047074/   Headlight Testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8   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

    #323 EV Range Anxiety; Are Swivel Seats Safe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 29:39

    This week we dive into audience questions and cover what you can do when an electric-vehicle's battery runs out on the road; why rearranging second row seats is a safety risk; how always driving in four-wheel drive can damage your vehicle; and tips on what to do when deer cross the road. — SHOW NOTES: 1:04 - Question #1: What can you do if an EV runs out of power while driving? 5:35 - Question #2: How many miles does the average windshield last? 8:57 - Question #3: Can you reconfigure the second row seats in the 2022 Kia Carnival and is it safe? 14:58 - Question #4: In inclement weather, can you drive in 4WD all the time? 16:07 - Question #5: What are some tips to avoid deer in the road? 17:52 - Question #6 - Should you use fuel stabilizer to prolong fuel life in the ICE engine of a plug-in hybrid? 22:26 - Question #7: Is it time to raise the speed limits on highways? — LINKS: Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge: consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/ First Drive: 2022 Kia Carnival Delivers on Comfort and Practicality: https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2022-kia-carnival-review-a1152822932/ How It Works: 2WD vs. AWD vs. 4WD: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/2wd-vs-awd-vs-4wd-a5663578720/ How to Avoid a Deer Strike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIuuuZqhOTM UN Global Road Safety Week: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home

    #322 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Impressions; 2023 Nissan Z Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 41:16

    We share our first impressions of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, discussing its performance on our track, and how it stacks up to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Honda Pilot. We preview the newly announced 2023 Nissan Z, including its highly anticipated 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine. Chevrolet has expanded its battery recall on the Bolt EV and EUV models, and what owners should do to stay safe until a fix is available. We also share audience feedback on their "Forever" car choices; whether the rapid speed of improvements will leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology; if that "new car smell" is toxic (and how to get rid of it if it's not for you); the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car; and which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast.       ----------------------------------- 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 - Audience choice for the “Forever” car 06:03 - GM's battery recall for Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV 07:37 - 2023 Nissan Z Preview 13:45 - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Impressions 26:33 - Question #1: Will rapid speed of improvements leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology?   29:40 - Question #2: Can the “new car smell” be toxic, and how to get rid of it? 32:13 - Question #3: What is the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car? 37:04 - Question #4: Which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast?       ----------------------------------   GM Recalls All Chevrolet Bolts Due to Fire Concerns https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-recalled-again-due-to-fire-concerns-a3566085147/   First Drive: New 3-Row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Is Sized for a Growing Family https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-jeep-grand-cherokee-l-review-a5942817584/   Preview: All-New 2023 Nissan Z Combines Classic Cues, Modern Performance https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/nissan-z-preview-a2145463162/   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y   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

    #321 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions; What's Your "Forever" Car?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 36:39

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota GR86, discussing how it performed on our track, and how it compares to the previous generation Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, and Subaru BRZ. If you had to pick one car to drive for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Our experts share their choices! Other topics include: can you replace just two tires, or should you buy four new ones each time; why turn signals can be either amber or red in North America, and which color is proven to be safer; and why some vehicles are not crash tested by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).       ----------------------------------- 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 00:33 - 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions 12:26 - The “Forever” Car 20:57 - Question #1: Do you absolutely need to replace all four tires when getting new ones?   24:22 - Question #2: Should auto manufacturers be required to only use amber colored turn signals on cars? 30:07 - Question #3: Why some vehicles are not crash tested by the IIHS? 31:19 - Question #4: What suitable replacement for a Scion xB under 30K?       ----------------------------------   First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-toyota-gr86-review/   Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ at Consumer Reports test track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U   2013 Subaru BRZ first look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnSnRgRUopE   Scion FR-S first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG2RuRk1R3s   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y   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/   2014 Porsche 911 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0   2019 Kia Sorento Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K01h_FPkmkQ   2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw   2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y   2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync   4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY   2015 Jeep Renegade preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9jNoHsZHc       ----------------------------------- 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

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    #320 2022 Nissan Frontier & 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 37:41

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and discuss which consumers each might appeal to. We talk about how Consumer Reports testing methods are evolving as electric vehicles become more prominent; if spare tires expire, and when you might want to consider a replacement; if "skateboard-style" EVs weight distribution improves its traction performance; and if the Toyota Prius' shifter design shortcomings are overlooked in CR's ratings.       ----------------------------------- 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 - New York Auto Show Cancelled 02:28 - Audience Picks for “Guilty Pleasure Vehicles” 08:27 - 2022 Nissan Frontier First Impressions 18:04 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions 27:45 - Question #1: When should you replace a spare tire? 28:58 - Question #2: How will CR's testing methods change when electric vehicles become more prominent? 30:28 - Question #3: Does the even battery weight distribution on a “skateboard-style” EV improve its traction performance? 31:26 - Question #4: Does the Prius' efficiency and reliability wash out its unique shifter design shortcomings? 34:16 - Question #5: How to choose a car with optimal seat comfort?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: The 2022 Nissan Frontier Is More Than Just a New Look https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-nissan-frontier-review/   First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/   Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/   When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/car-gear-selector-satisfaction-survey/   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q   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

    #319 Our 'Guilty Pleasure' Cars; 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 29:51

    This week we share test results for the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and debate its appeal amidst newer, all-electric Hyundais that go by the same name. We also reveal which cars from CR's test program we consider guilty pleasures and we answer audience questions about tire warranties, unique paint colors and what happens to frunk cargo in a crash. — SHOW NOTES: 0:30 - Emily tests new rear seat reminders 2:16 - 2021 Hyundai Ioniq test results 10:00 - Our guilty pleasure cars 19:24 - Question #1: How can I get a tire warranty if the shop I bought them from didn't supply one? 22:53 - Question #2: Why aren't there more green colored vehicles? 24:33 - Question #3: Would hard objects in a frunk affect crash safety? 26:36 - Question #4: Why does the U.S. have multiple systems to charge electric vehicles? — LINKS: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/ioniq/ 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/ Toyota Avalon 2019-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5772126295001/toyota-avalon-2019-2021-quick-drive/ Honda Passport 2019-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5995562998001/honda-passport-2019-2021-quick-drive/ Volkswagen Tiguan 2018-2021 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/5530220791001/volkswagen-tiguan-2018-2021-quick-drive/ Kia Optima 2016-2020 Quick Drive: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/auto-test-track/4628343819001/kia-optima-2016-2020-quick-drive/ 2021 Hyundai Elantra: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/elantra/2021/overview/

    #318 2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions; OEM Brakes vs. Aftermarket

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 38:20

    On this episode we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Genesis GV70, and how it compares to its larger sibling the GV80, as well as others in the small luxury SUV segment. We also share a story about how a question from a Talking Cars viewer led to a change in the IIHS' ratings for the Mazda CX-5. Other topics include: how you can save money when getting brakes replaced at a dealership; if driving a car in Sport mode will wear out an engine faster; whether vehicle undercoating is worth the investment; and our experts suggest reliable, fun used 4x4 SUVs under 10k that are great for tackling rutted dirt roads.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:31 - IIHS Ratings Adjustment on Mazda CX-5 Active Safety Systems 02:45 - Future SUV Classic Follow-up 08:05 - 2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions 20:47 - Question #1: Should vehicle brakes be only serviced at the dealer? 26:30 - Question #2: Will driving in sport mode wear out the car's engine prematurely?  27:23 - Question #3: Are vehicle undercoatings worth the investment or a waste of money? 31:05 - Question #4: What reliable, fun used 4x4 SUV under 10K is best suited for tackling rutted dirt roads?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: All-New 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV Delivers Comfort, Agility, and Luxury https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-genesis-gv70-review/   Talking Cars 303: Driving the 2021 Genesis GV80 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/talking-cars-303-2021-genesis-gv80-driving-comfort/   IIHS - 2021 Mazda CX-5 https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/mazda/cx-5-4-door-suv/2021   Guide to Rear-Seat Reminder Systems https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/guide-to-rear-seat-reminder-systems/   Heatstroke Deaths of Children on Vehicles https://www.noheatstroke.org/   How to Protect Your Car From Rodents https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-protect-your-car-from-rodents/   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

    #317 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Driving Impressions; Chevrolet Bolt Battery Fire Danger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 38:28

    This week we talk about Jeep's plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, and share our driving impressions, as well as what it is like to go off-road on pure electric power. We also discuss the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall of the 2017 - 2019 Chevrolet Bolt due to the potential of a battery fire, and what you need to know if you own one. Other topics include: whether a Nissan Leaf is a good first car for a teen driver; why you need to be sure your tires aren't inside out when you have them mounted by a professional; if engine braking can damage a vehicle's transmission; and we choose our favorite SUVs that could become classics 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 00:29 - Chevrolet Bolt EV Recall 03:37 - 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe First Impressions 16:18 - Future SUV Classics 22:43 - Question #1: Are soap and water okay to wash your car? 26:08 - Question #2: Why is it important to make sure your tires aren't inside out 29:19 - Question #3: Does engine braking take a toll on your vehicle's transmission? 32:45 - Question #4: Is a Nissan Leaf a good used car for a new teen driver?     ----------------------------------   Chevrolet Bolt EVs Should Be Parked Outdoors Due to Fire Risk, Government Agency Warns https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-evs-should-be-parked-outdoors-fire-risk-a9383743446/   Bolt EV Recall https://my.chevrolet.com/how-to-support/safety/boltevrecall   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/   Top Car-Washing Strategies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHeAomlE5F4   How to Wash Your Car https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-wash-your-car/   Nissan Leaf review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70dfFK0HPI   Toyota Prius Road Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqWOcQryEUc   How well does the Toyota Prius hold up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DRQEusvNis   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #316 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness; Vehicles That May Help Survive a Storm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 36:27

    This week we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, and discuss how this all-terrain SUV's off-road credentials compare to the standard Outback. We also talk about NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new requirements for automakers to report all automated driving related crashes, and how this could benefit drivers. We share news from the Stellantis auto conglomerate (which owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo in the US,) and its plans for the electrification of its fleet, and some interesting slogans to market its new EVs. Other topics include: which vehicles would be best suited for areas with high potential for hurricanes; how to properly maintain a car's A/C unit in the peak of summer; and if you should hold off on purchasing a used vehicle with outstanding recalls.      ----------------------------------- 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 00:32 - NHTSA Requires Automakers to Report Automation-Related Crashes  03:45 - Stellantis Reveals Plans for Vehicle Electrification  07:46 - Best Vehicles to Survive a Severe Storm 19:12 - Question #1: What is the proper way to maintain your car's A/C unit? 22:11 - Question #2: Is it possible to put the Toyota Supra's transmission into neutral without starting it? 25:41 - Question #3: Which advanced safety gear is better, camera or radar based?32:05 - Question #4: Is it safe to purchase a vehicle with outstanding recalls?     ----------------------------------   2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0   Automakers Now Required to Report Automation-Related Crashes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/automakers-now-required-to-report-automation-related-crashes-a3894720173/   Prepare Now for Hurricanes and Severe Storms https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/prepare-now-for-hurricanes-and-storms/   Why Flooded Roads Are More Dangerous Than They May Appear https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/why-flooded-roads-are-more-dangerous-than-they-may-appear/   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/   What's Next in Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/whats-next-in-car-safety/   Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/car-recall-guide-questions-answered/   Car Recall Tracker https://www.consumerreports.org/mycr/benefits/car-recall-tracker?searchToken=Car%20recall   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/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #315 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV First Impressions; Our Favorite 'American' Cars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 28:42

    The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV joins our test fleet and we share our first impressions. Find out how the all-electric EUV compares to the original Bolt and if the inclusion of GM's Super Cruise system makes or breaks this all-new vehicle. We also debate what makes a vehicle 'American' and answer audience questions about EV battery life, tire degradation and predicted reliability. — SHOW NOTES: 0:24 - Favorite ‘American' car 6:22 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV 15:55 - Super Cruise 18:35 - Question #1: Do high temperatures hurt turbo powered engines? 20:58 - Question #2: Can hot temperatures reduce the range of battery-powered cars? 23:22 - Question #3: What scientifically happens to tires when they age? 25:50 - Question #4: Does CR consider the Toyota Venza a new production vehicle since it has been built in Japan for four years? What does that mean for its predicted reliability? — LINKS: Talking Cars 306: Our first Impression of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/talking-cars-306-our-first-impressions-of-the-2021-chevrolet-a1148941883/ Best American Cars, SUVs, and Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-american-cars-suvs-trucks/ 2017 Acura NSX Hybrid Is the Friendly Supercar: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2017-acura-nsx-first-drive-review-video/ First Drive: Big, Burly 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2020-chevrolet-silverado-gmc-sierra-2500-hd-review/ Preview: Chevrolet Introduces a Freshened Electric Bolt and Bolt EUV: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-and-bolt-review/

    #314 2022 Volkswagen Taos First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 Advanced Safety Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 30:34

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos small SUV; its variety of powertrains, driving characteristics, and quality of cabin materials. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) updated its recommendations regarding the Tesla Model 3's camera-based AEB system, and we provide an update on CR's scoring of the vehicle. Other topics include: the best new or used cars for under $25k; how to diagnose your car battery's health; and what (if anything) consumers can do about rising destination fees.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:27 - Tesla Model 3 Advanced Safety Update 02:21 - Best Used and New Cars For Under 25K 10:35 - 2022 Volkswagen Taos First Impressions 17:25 - Question #1: How can you tell your car's battery needs to be replaced? 20:30 - Question #2: Does CR intend to test how EVs perform on long trips? 24:40 - Question #3: Why are car destination and delivery charges going through the roof?27:32 - Question #4: Do vinyl wraps and ceramic coating work, or are they just another gimmick?     ----------------------------------   Preview: 2022 Volkswagen Taos SUV Squeezes Signature Brand Features Into a Small Package https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-volkswagen-taos-review/   Tesla Model 3 Regains CR Top Pick Status and IIHS Safety Award https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-3-regains-cr-top-pick-status-iihs-safety-award-a1085318072/   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/   Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/the-truth-about-destination-fees/   CR's Guide to Vacation and Travel  https://www.consumerreports.org/travel/guide-to-vacation-travel/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #313 GM Enhanced Super Cruise Review; Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 27:11

    This week we review GM's automated driving enhanced Super Cruise system, tested on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade we purchased for our test program, and discuss how it compares to the previous version, as well as competitors like Tesla's Autopilot. With the arrival of summer and temperatures rising across the US, we share tips on how to keep your family safe and cool your car quickly. We also share how to keep kids occupied during long road trips; whether older, rare cars like the Chevrolet SSR could lack replacement parts as it gets older; what to do to prevent dirt, bugs, and other debris from disabling your car's camera-based safety systems; and how the massive chip shortage might affect the build quality of 2022 model year 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 00:28 - Kids in Hot Cars 06:19 - Road Trips with Kids 13:31 - GM's Enhanced Super Cruise 20:11 - Question #1: Could older, rare cars lack replacement parts as they get older? 22:02 - Question #2: How to prevent dirt, bugs, and other debris from disabling vehicle safety systems? 24:23 - Question #3: Could the massive chip shortage affect the build quality of 2022 model year vehicles?     ----------------------------------   Self-Driving System Ranking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA   Auto Industry and Lawmakers Call for Driver Monitoring Systems to Improve Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/call-for-driver-monitoring-to-improve-car-safety/   First Drive: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Proves Powerful, High-Tech, and Truly Luxurious  https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-cadillac-escalade-review/   Tesla Full Self-Driving Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOf_F6hibk   Hot Car Fatalities Are a Year-Round Threat to Children and Pets https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/hot-car-fatalities-year-round-threat-to-children-pets-heat-stroke/ Research Shows That Anyone Could Forget Kids in Hot Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/anyone-could-forget-kids-in-hot-car-forgotten-baby-syndrome/   CR's Guide to Vacation and Travel  https://www.consumerreports.org/travel/guide-to-vacation-travel/   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/   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

    #312 2022 Honda Civic; Which Cars of Today Will Be Future Classics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 39:38

    On this week's episode, we talk about the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic, and share our first impressions on its driving characteristics, styling, and comfort. Ford has announced an all-new small pickup, the Maverick, and we discuss how it might fit into a market dominated by oversized vehicles. We also give a glimpse into our headlight testing at the track, and how halogen lights compare to LEDs. Other topics include why a truck's hood height can pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers of smaller cars; proper oil change intervals for short commutes; whether a new car that sat on a dealer's lot for months may have a risk of 'lot rot;' if turning off the A/C in a car saves gas; and our experts predict which modern cars will become classics 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 00:34 - CR's Headlight Testing 03:27 - Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks 07:27 - 2022 Ford Maverick Preview 12:32 - 2022 Honda Civic First Impressions 18:12 - Modern Classics 26:50 - Question #1: What are the proper oil change intervals for short commute vehicles? 29:27 - Question #2: Could a new car that sat on a dealer's lot for months experience ‘lot rot?' 33:13 - Question #3: Why are battery powered cars called electric vehicles? 36:13 - Question #4: Does turning off the AC in a car save fuel?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review/   Preview: 2022 Ford Maverick Priced Under $20,000 With Standard Hybrid https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/   Headlight Testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8   The Hidden Danger of BIG Trucks https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/the-hidden-dangers-of-big-trucks/   Best New Cars for Teens https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/   5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/things-to-know-about-oil-changes-for-your-car/   How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4XnoSRtSAo   10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/   How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-get-the-best-fuel-economy-now/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #311 2022 Nissan Pathfinder; Driving Tips to Improve Fuel Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 34:37

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, and discuss whether its driving dynamics and redesigned interior give it an edge in the competitive midsized three-row SUV segment. Fuel prices are going up nationwide, so we share some tips on how to maximize your car's fuel economy. Other topics include whether switching between premium and regular fuel may damage a car's engine, should Tesla disabling advanced safety features in some of its vehicles keep drivers from purchasing a Model 3 or Model Y, how to properly charge an electric vehicle to optimize its battery life, and we feature responses we received from our audience about their favorite cars they wish they still owned.       ----------------------------------- 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 00:35 - Audience Response: Favorite Cars Ever Owned 06:20 - Tips to Improve Fuel Economy 12:32 - 2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Impressions 22:38 - Question #1: Could switching between premium and regular fuel damage a car's engine? 26:01 - Question #2: Should Tesla disabling advance safety features in some of its vehicles keep drivers from purchasing a Model 3 or Model Y? 29:30 - Question #3: What is the proper way to charge and electric vehicle to optimize its battery life? 31:36 - Question #4: What is the best way to protect a car's wheel from curb damage?       ----------------------------------   First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Is a Modern Take on the Original Truck https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-nissan-pathfinder-review/   10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/   How to Get the Best Fuel Economy Now https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-get-the-best-fuel-economy-now/   Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcPEk3ldzc   Tesla Model 3 Loses CR Top Pick Status and IIHS Safety Award After Dropping Features https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/tesla-model-3-loses-cr-top-pick-status-and-iihs-safety-award-a2421791602/   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/   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/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #310 Should Chip Shortage Stop Me From Buying a Car? Will Lifting Suspension Affect Safety?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 27:40

    This week we discuss a variety of topics, including why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specification on a vehicle; does modifying ride height and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety; should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty; if there's any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than others in inclement weather, 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 ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:54 - Question #1: Why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specifications on a vehicle? 05:02 - Question #2: Does modifying ride hight and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety? 08:57 - Question #3: Is it possible to over tighten a child seat when installing it in a car? 12:47 - Question #4: Can overfilling motor oil in a vehicle damage the engine? 16:25 - Question #5: Should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty? 21:28 - Question #6: Is there any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than other inclement weather? 24:19 - Question #7: Is it normal for a plug-in hybrid to be mostly driven in EV mode, and how service maintenance should be carried out in such situation?     ----------------------------------   5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/things-to-know-about-oil-changes-for-your-car/   How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/   Here Are Automakers’ Plans for Adding More Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market/   New Cars on the Horizon https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/new-cars-on-the-horizon/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #309 2021 Nissan Rogue; Ford F-150 Lightning

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 34:35

    This week we discuss our test results of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, share a surprising issue our testing uncovered, and why Nissan might finally be ready to compete with rivals like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Mazda CX-5. Ford recently announced its fully electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and we talk about its capabilities, characteristics, and why it could signal a profound change in the truck market and culture. We also answer questions about how to deal with a car's fluctuating reliability score, the best way to care for foggy, yellowing headlight lenses, if a used Lexus LS is a smart choice for teen drivers, and share our favorite cars we've ever owned.     ----------------------------------- 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 01:30 - 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Preview 09:28 - 2021 Nissan Rogue Test Results 18:58 - Favorite Cars We Have Ever Owned 24:09 - Question #1: How to deal with a car’s fluctuating reliability score?  25:57 - Question #2: What is the best way to care for foggy, yellowing headlight lenses? 28:41 - Question #3: Is a used Lexus LS a wise choice for a teen driver?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue Edges Upscale https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-nissan-rogue-review/   Ford F-150 Lightning EV Has a 300-Mile Range and Could Power Your Home https://www.consumerreports.org/hybridsevs/2022-ford-f-150-lightning-review-a4084273266/   Shorter days mean it’s time to repair hazy headlights https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/10/shorter-days-mean-it-s-time-to-repair-hazy-headlights/index.htm   Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000 https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #308 2022 Acura MDX First Impressions; Best Used and New Cars For Teens

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 33:07

    On this episode we share our first impressions of the 2022 Acura MDX, and how this long standing name plate competes with other three-row SUVs in its segment. Consumer Reports, in collaboration with IIHS, recently released a list of safe and reliable new and used cars for teen drivers, and we discuss the criteria to make the list, as well as share our personal picks for which vehicles we would recommend. Other topics include: Electric vehicles for post-covid commuting; why the auto industry lacks standardization for manual modes on shifters; why some car manufacturers are more proactive in implementing new technology and making updates to their vehicles than others; and how to safely transport a pet in a vehicle.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:31 - Welcome Alex Knizek: CR’s Auto Engineer 02:23 - Testing at The Track 04:23 - Best Used and New Cars for Teens 09:27 - 2022 Acura MDX First Impressions 16:44 - Question #1: Which electric vehicle is best suited for post-covid work commuting? 20:32 - Question #2: Why does the auto industry lack standardization for manual modes on shifters? 23:05 - Question #3: Why some car manufacturers are more proactive in implementing new technology and making updates to their vehicles than others? 27:16 - Question #4: What is the safest way to transport your pet in a vehicle?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: 2022 Acura MDX Luxury SUV Adds Refinement and Tech https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/acura-mdx-suv-review/   Best New Cars for Teens https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/   Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000 https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/   2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8   4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4   2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dANxqmrKcnc   2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU   2018 LA Auto Show: Audi E-Tron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo   How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Car https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/keep-pets-safe-in-the-car/   Center for Pet Safety https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

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    #307 2021 Kia Sorento; Gas Shortage; RV & Camper Tire Dangers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 32:04

    This week we talk about our test results of the 2021 Kia Sorento: how it handled on our track, as a family car, and how it compares to others in its class, such as the Toyota Highlander and Kia Telluride. We also talk to CR investigative reporter Ryan Felton about his findings regarding an RV and camper tire made by Goodyear that has been linked to numerous crashes and deaths, and offers advice on how to identify an old tire, and when they must be replaced. We also cover whether a dealer can terminate the manufacturer's warranty on a vehicle if it is not serviced by the dealership, if recalls are signs of a car to avoid, or indicate a responsible automaker, and how safe are 3rd row seats in modern cars.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:32 - Gas Shortage 01:23 - Goodyear G159 RV Tire Investigation 07:41 - How to Inspect Older Tires 10:12 - 2021 Kia Sorento Test Results 16:20 - Question #1: What sports car would Talking Cars 20:39 - Question #2: Can a dealer terminate the manufacturer’s warranty  on a vehicle if it is not serviced at the dealership? 25:31 - Question #3: Are recalls a sign of a car to avoid, or indicate a responsible automaker? 28:18 - Question #4: How safe are 3rd row seats in modern cars, are they crash tested at all?     ----------------------------------  10 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Tank of Gas https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/10-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-tank-of-gas-a2642110189/   Goodyear RV Tire Linked to Multiple Deaths Is Still on Motorhomes, Listings Indicate https://www.consumerreports.org/product-safety/goodyear-rv-tire-linked-to-multiple-deaths-is-still-on-motorhomes/   How to Keep Your Tires Looking Good https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/how-to-keep-your-tires-looking-good/   Tire Tips for Safe RV Travel https://www.consumerreports.org/tires/tire-tips-for-safe-rv-travel-a1058289855/   Beginner’s Guide to Motorhomes https://www.consumerreports.org/other-motor-vehicles/beginners-guide-to-motorhomes-rvs/   Beginners Guide to RV Trailers https://www.consumerreports.org/search/?query=RV%20Tires   First Drive: Not All Changes on the Redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento Are Improvements https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-kia-sorento-review/   2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs   2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyiuHMyB3c   2019 Detroit Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Supra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdtL8brC3Bw   2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #306 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray First Impressions; Why is This Smart Car Trying to Tow Anything?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 37:01

    We recently welcomed the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray into our test fleet, and we share our first impressions on its driving dynamics, styling, and interior drawbacks. Also, with Corvette always giving buyers more performance per dollar than other automakers, we compare how this first ever mid-engine Corvette compares to other, more exotic sports cars, like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. We also discuss whether Rivian's new Adventure charging network will accommodate other manufacturer's EVs, or be proprietary like Tesla Superchargers. Other topics include: which SUV is best suited for an adventurous family; is it wise to replace original larger wheels on a vehicle with a smaller size; and if a Smart car is capable of towing.       ----------------------------------- 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 23:24 - Question #1: Will Rivian’s Adventure charging network other EVs or be proprietary like Tesla? 26:22 - Question #2: Which SUV is best suited for an adventurous family? 30:24 - Question #3: Is a Smart car capable of towing anything at all? 33:02 - Question #4: Would it be wise to replace original equipment larger wheels for a smaller size?     ----------------------------------  Midengine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Impresses at the Consumer Reports Track https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2020-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-review/   2014 Chevrolet Corvette first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l84rkxwqx4   Low-profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBdRy0utyaM   2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs   2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbbBDcCYYg   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #305 We Answer Questions About Our Recent Tesla Coverage; 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 43:46

    This week, we address some of the comments posted online about our experiment to see if a Tesla would drive with no one in the driver's seat. We also share our test results of the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, discuss the scarcity of the Kia Telluride, if owners are able to replace LED daytime running lights on their own, a smart maintenance schedule for a car driven 4 miles a day in an urban environment, and why new cars aren't as inexpensive as the Ford Model T was in the 1920s.   ----------------------------------- 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 00:34 - We Answer Questions About Our Recent Tesla Coverage 15:11 - 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Test Results 22:55 - Question #1: How can I buy a Kia Telluride when they are no where to be found? 28:41 - Question #2: Why new cars aren’t as inexpensive as the Ford Model T was in the 1920s? 33:09 - Question #3: When the LEDs burn out on a DRL, does the whole headlight assembly need to be replaced? 35:58 - Question #4: Which vehicle maintenance schedule is more important to follow: miles driven, or months elapsed? 38:17 - Question #5: Do hybrid vehicles have a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and how does it work?     ----------------------------------  We Drove a Tesla with No One in the Driver’s Seat. That’s Not a Good Thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovc2axLmzIw   CR Engineers Show a Tesla Will Drive With No One in the Driver’s Seat https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/cr-engineers-show-tesla-will-drive-with-no-one-in-drivers-seat/   Fatal ‘Driverless’ Tesla Crash Raises Questions About Company’s Autopilot System https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/fatal-driverless-tesla-crash-raises-questions-about-companys-autopilot-system/   2021 Toyota Highlander https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander/2021/overview/   2020 Kia Telluride Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBNhy1Putrs   2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Palisade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbbBDcCYYg   First Drive: Not All Changes on the Redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento Are Improvements https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-kia-sorento-review/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #304 2022 Hyundai Tucson; 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 29:52

    We share our first impressions of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, discussing how much this 4th-generation compact SUV has evolved, and if it is a worthy competitor to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Also, Hyundai has unveiled its all-new compact pickup-truck this week, the 2022 Santa Cruz, and we discuss where this tiny truck fits within the pickup segment, and which demographic Hyundai is targeting. This week's topics also include whether retreading tires is a greener choice than purchasing new ones; which key features to consider when purchasing a vehicle for a hot climate; and how often cars get damaged at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:34 - Sorry, Not Sorry: Lack of useful innovation in pickup-trucks. 07:07 - 2022 Hyundai Tucson First Impressions 11:52 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Preview 20:18 - Question #1: Is retreading tires a greener choice than purchasing new ones? 22:36 - Question #2: Is the new two tone paint job trend a case of corporate espionage between car manufactures? 23:26 - Question #3: Which key features are a must for vehicles in hot climates? 26:45 - Question #4: Has anyone ever crashed or damaged a car CR bought for the auto test program?     ----------------------------------  First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson Edges Upscale and Offers a Hybrid That Shines https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-hyundai-tucson-review/   2019 Hyundai Tucson Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxMhAkKFKKQ   Preview: Small 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Is Ready for Mild Adventures https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #303 2021 Genesis GV80 Test Results; EV Danger in Standing Water; Comfort Pet Peeves

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 28:16

    We recently completed testing on the 2021 Genesis GV80, and this week we share how this all-new SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand performed. What keeps you comfortable when you're behind the wheel? This week we discuss our comfort must-haves when driving, as well as our personal pet peeves that drive us crazy! Other topics on this episode include crash testing on female body types, potential safety hazards when driving an electric vehicle through a flooded road, and whether buying a used upscale car or leasing a new, more affordable car makes more financial sense for a recent college grad.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:32 - What Makes a Car Really Comfortable 05:45 - 2021 Genesis GV80 16:07 - Question #1: How to find the safest car for a woman? 20:13 - Question #2: Would an EV run the risk of a short or fire when driving through a flooded road? 2208 - Question #3: What makes more financial sense, buying used or leasing an affordable car?     ----------------------------------  First Drive: 2021 Genesis GV80 Puts Luxury SUVs Brands on Notice https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/genesis-gv80-review/   Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/   What Makes a Car Really Comfortable https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/   How to Judge Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   New Data Expands on Why Women Have a Greater Risk of Injury in Car Crashes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/new-data-expands-on-why-women-have-a-greater-risk-of-injury-in-car-crashes/   The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/   Leasing vs. Buying a New Car https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/   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

    #303 2021 Genesis GV80 Test Results; EV Danger in Standing Water; Comfort Pet Peeves

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 28:11

    We recently completed testing on the 2021 Genesis GV80, and this week we share how this all-new SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand performed. What keeps you comfortable when you're behind the wheel? This week we discuss our comfort must-haves when driving, as well as our personal pet peeves that drive us crazy! Other topics on this episode include crash testing on female body types, potential safety hazards when driving an electric vehicle through a flooded road, and whether buying a used upscale car or leasing a new, more affordable car makes more financial sense for a recent college grad.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:32 - What Makes a Car Really Comfortable 05:45 - 2021 Genesis GV80 16:07 - Question #1: How to find the safest car for a woman? 20:13 - Question #2: Would an EV run the risk of a short or fire when driving through a flooded road? 2208 - Question #3: What makes more financial sense, buying used or leasing an affordable car?     ----------------------------------  First Drive: 2021 Genesis GV80 Puts Luxury SUVs Brands on Notice https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/genesis-gv80-review/   Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/   What Makes a Car Really Comfortable https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/   How to Judge Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   New Data Expands on Why Women Have a Greater Risk of Injury in Car Crashes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/new-data-expands-on-why-women-have-a-greater-risk-of-injury-in-car-crashes/   The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/crash-test-bias-how-male-focused-testing-puts-female-drivers-at-risk/   Leasing vs. Buying a New Car https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/   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

    #302 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander; Rivian Adventure Network

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 27:34

    This week we drove the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, and we share our first impressions on the interior styling, and how it handled on our track. Rivian, the fledgling electric truck and SUV nameplate, just announced a plan to install EV chargers at places known for outdoor recreation: state parks and campsites. We talk about how this plan differentiates it from other automakers, and whether it's enough to stand out in a market dominated by Tesla. We also discuss the potential resale value of gas-powered cars in a future that could be dominated by hybrids, why cars from different brands that share a parent company might have a big difference in quality, and the best way to judge a car for long-term comfort during a test drive.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:36 - Rivian Adventure Network 06:41 - 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander First Impressions 13:58 - Question #1: Will the traditional gas-powered car market crash with the abundance of hybrid vehicles coming soon? 17:12 - Question #2: Why is Hyundai better rated by CR than Kia even though they are owned by the same company? 20:38 - Question #3: What is the best way to asses seat comfort on a test drive?     ----------------------------------  All-Electric Rivian Pickup and SUV Take Charge https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/all-electric-rivian-r1t-pickup-truck-and-r1s-suv-debut/   The Coming Wave of Electric SUVs and Pickup Trucks https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/the-coming-wave-of-electric-suvs-and-pickup-trucks/   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/   Preview: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander May Be More Than Just a Budget SUV https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-mitsubishi-outlander-review/   2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOEqvanhbYI   Cars With the Most Comfortable Front Seats https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/cars-with-most-comfortable-front-seats/   What Makes a Car Really Comfortable https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/what-makes-a-car-really-comfortable/   How to Judge  Car’s Comfort on Just a Short Test Drive https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/judge-car-comfort-on-just-a-short-test-drive/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #301 2022 KIA Carnival First Impressions; What Is Driving Up New Car Prices?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 28:12

    This week we rented the 2022 Kia Carnival, and share our first impressions on its unique styling, utility, driving dynamics, and how it compares to the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Chrysler Pacifica. We also examine why people are spending more on new vehicles, and what is driving the average car prices so high. We also discuss whether it is wise to sell an older vehicle and purchase a brand new one; if panoramic sunroofs are less safe in a rollover crash; when to consider purchasing an extended warranty on a new car; and which safety features are a must when exploring a conversion van build #VanLife.     ----------------------------------- 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 - High New Car Prices 05:23 - 2022 Kia Carnival First Impressions 13:24 - Question #1: Is it wise to sell an older vehicle while the used car market is hot and purchase a new one? 18:19 - Question #2: Do panoramic sunroofs make a car less safe in a rollover crash? 21:02 - Question #3: When should you consider purchasing an extended warranty on a new vehicle? 23:25 - Question #4: Which safety features are a must when exploring a conversion van build? ----------------------------------  People Are Spending More on New Cars, But Prices Aren’t Necessarily Rising https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/people-spending-more-on-new-cars-but-prices-not-necessarily-rising/   Preview: 2022 Kia Carnival Is a Minivan Masquerading as a High-Tech SUV https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2022-kia-carnival-review/   Should You Get an Extended Warranty for Your Car? https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair/get-an-extended-warranty-for-your-car/   The Most Discounted New Cars Right Now https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/new-cars-with-biggest-savings-off-msrp-right-now/   Leasing vs. Buying a New Car https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/leasing-vs-buying-a-new-car/   Exploding Sunroofs: Danger Overhead https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroofs-danger-overhead/   Here’s the Tech That Could Be on Your Next Car https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/the-tech-that-could-be-on-your-next-car/   Beginner’s Guide to Motorhomes https://www.consumerreports.org/other-motor-vehicles/beginners-guide-to-motorhomes-rvs/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

    #300 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe; the Future of Infrastructure, Self-Driving, and EVs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 45:27

    This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, sharing how it performed on our track, interior comfort and quality, and where it fits into Hyundai's crowded SUV family. We also share how recent testing at the Consumer Reports test track discovered issues with the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Toyota Sienna, and how each automaker responded to our findings to fix these vehicles. And our humble podcast has been on the road for over 8 years, beginning in March 2013, so to celebrate our 300th episode, we feature predictions from the Talking Cars audience about what we'll be discussing 8 years from now, covering the future of electric vehicles, infrastructure, self-driving and autonomous cars, and more! :59 - issues CR discovered while testing Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Sienna 7:20 - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe First Impressions 13:43 - Episode 300 reflections; what our audience thinks we will be discussing for our next 300 episodes! ----------------------------------- 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

    #299 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions; The Rise of Destination Fees

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2021 29:24

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Buick Envision, and discuss where it’s built and how that affects its driving dynamics in comparison to other luxury compact SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. We also examine vehicle destination fees, discuss why these ballooning delivery charges may add to the cost of your new car, and point out which manufacturers are the biggest offenders of driving up the cost. Other topics include: the discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car's TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system); differences between CR's brand report card and J.D. Power's brand rankings, and how to interpret all that data; and we explain how CR compensates for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing.      ----------------------------------- 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 01:23 - Rise of Destination Fees 09:04 - 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions 17:47 - Question #1: What is the the difference between CR’s Brand Report Card and J.D. Power’s Brand Ranking? 20:45 - Question #2: Why is there a discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car’s TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) 23:27 - Question #3: How does CR compensate for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing? 26:01 - Question #4: Which small SUV would be a suitable replacement for a Mazda6 in order to improve driving in wintery weather conditions?     ----------------------------------   Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/the-truth-about-destination-fees/   2021 Buick Envision https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/envision/   2016 Buick Envision Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ffB9ZA4GU   Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles/   10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2021/   Winter Driving Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtakpDFGtU   Car Maintenance and Repair Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/   Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTNMhBiflLc   4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4   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

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    #298 Car Lease Negotiation Tips; Is Buying A High Mileage Used Vehicle Sensible?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 29:04

    This week we discuss whether you should always trust a dealer's advice on maintenance intervals; if seat protector mats are safe to use with child seats; if purchasing a used CR recommended vehicle with high mileage is a wise choice; tips for negotiating a car lease, and if asking to have an independent mechanic check a certified pre-owned car is an automotive faux pas.     ----------------------------------- 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 01:29 - Question #1: Should you always trust dealer’s advice on car maintenance schedule? 06:12 - Question #2: Is it safe to use seat protector mats with child seats? 09:10 - Question #3: Is purchasing a used CR recommenced vehicle with high mileage a wise choice? 11:45 - Question #4: What are some of the caveats to look out for when negotiating on a car lease? 17:48 - Question #5: Why don’t car makers build cars with replaceable stereo head units? 23:56 - Question #6: Is having an independent mechanic inspect a certified pre-owned car an automotive faux pas?     ----------------------------------   Car Maintenance and Repair Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/   Rear-Seat Safety for All Ages https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-seat-safety-for-all-ages/   10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-best-cars-to-get-to-200000-miles-and-beyond/   What it will cost to get your car to 200,000 miles https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/what-it-will-cost-to-get-your-car-to-200-000-miles/index.htm   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

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    #297: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Impressions; Kia Carnival

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 29:00

    This week, we give our first impressions on Volkswagen's all-electric ID.4 small SUV. We discuss the ID.4's unique styling, how it compares to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 and Y, and how VW's Electrify America charging network will need to make improvements to compete with other EV charging infrastructures. We also discuss the predicted reliability of the recently announced Kia Carnival minivan, that replaces the Sedona in Kia's lineup. We also discuss the recall of Tesla's touchscreens, and whether these components have a short lifespan; how Consumer Reports calculates electric vehicle range; and advice on how to manage a lease when you REALLY want to be driving a different car. SHOW NOTES 1:20 - Volkswagen ID.4 first impressions 13:55 - Electrify America charging network 15:43 - Question #1: Ozzie from Los Angeles | How do online car reservations work? 19:09 - Question #2: Thomas | What’s CR’s predicted reliability for the new Kia Carnival minivan? 21:45 - Question #3: Chris | Will electric component wear become a problem on vehicles in the future? 23:58 - Question #4: Kevin from Cincinnati | How does CR test EV range? 25:20 - Question#5: Lamar from Chicago | Is it a good idea to trade in a 2011 Toyota Camry for a new lease on a  2021 Toyota Venza? LINKS: Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-volkswagen-id4-review/ First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/ Tesla Recalls Over 134,000 Vehicles for Faulty Screens: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/tesla-recalls-model-s-model-x-for-faulty-screens/

    #296 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR's New Green Choice Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 29:47

    This week we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. We talk about all the new features that the F-150 has to offer, including the built-in generator, hybrid powertrain performance, and the sizable touch screen. Consumer Reports recently released a new auto designation called Green Choice, which spotlights the more environmentally friendly vehicles on the market. We explain the purpose of the Green Choice designation, and which criteria vehicles need to meet to earn the distinction. Other topics include why headlight or taillight warnings are virtually nonexistent, if renting a car only when needed makes more financial sense than owning, and why you should pay attention to your license plate when using a hitch-mounted bike rack.     ----------------------------------- 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 01:24 - CR’s Green Choice Designation 06:04 - 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions 18:18 - Question #1: Why automakers don’t put a headlight or taillight failure warning light in cars? 20:19 - Question #2: Is renting a car when you need one makes more financial sense than owning one? 23:05 - Question #3: Would seat covers on heated seats have any negative impact? 25:20 - Question #4: Can you get pulled over by the police for obstructing your car’s license plate with a hitch-mounted bike rack?     ----------------------------------  How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner/   7 Reasons the New Ford F-150 Is the Most Advanced Version Ever https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/new-ford-150-is-the-most-advanced-version-of-this-pickup-truck-ever/   Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/   How to Avoid Sneaky Car-Rental Fees https://www.consumerreports.org/fees-billing/how-to-avoid-sneaky-car-rental-fees/   How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car https://www.consumerreports.org/ride-hailing/stay-safe-from-coronavirus-in-an-uber-lyft-rental-car/   How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-bike-racks-affect-car-fuel-economy/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

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    #295 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions; New Chevrolet Bolt EUV

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 26:00

    The Bronco name is back, and this week we share our first impressions on the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, catering to those looking for a rugged, off-road capable vehicle. We discuss how the small SUV, sibling of the larger Bronco, handles rocks and mud, as well as its engine performance and interior comfort. Chevrolet announced an updated version of its all-electric Bolt and an all-new Bolt EUV. We discuss the key changes for the Bolt EV, and how the inclusion of GM's Super Cruise active driving assistance system might appeal to those interested in Tesla's Autopilot system. We also talk about the right time to cut your losses on a vehicle that needs constant repairs, if Consumer Reports is considering testing 3-wheeled BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle) like Arcimoto and Aptera, why all-weather tires are not as popular as all-seasons, and we wonder which of our neighbors lost their emu.     ----------------------------------- 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 01:19 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Preview 06:47 - 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions 15:48 - Question #1: When is the right time to cut your losses on a vehicle that needs constant repairs? 18:22 - Question #2: Why all-weather tire are not as popular as all-seasons? 21:13 - Question #3: Would Consumer Reports consider testing 3-wheeled BEVs? 23:09 - Question #4: What is the strangest wild life we have come across at our test track?     ----------------------------------  Preview: Chevrolet Introduces a Freshened Electric Bolt and New Bolt SUV https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-and-bolt-review/   Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Looks Rugged and Ready for Action https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-sport-review/   Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/   2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU   New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/   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

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