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#299 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions; The Rise of Destination Fees 2021/03/20, 04:27
#299 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions; The Rise of Destination Fees

<p>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. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">From your iOS device, iMessage us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:TalkingCars@icloud.com"><span class= "s3">TalkingCars@icloud.com</span></a> to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/"><span class= "s3">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6"><span class= "s3">https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">00:00 - Intro</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">01:23 - Rise of Destination Fees</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">09:04 - 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">17:47 - Question #1: What is the the difference between CR’s Brand Report Card and J.D. Power’s Brand Ranking?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">20:45 - Question #2: Why is there a discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car’s TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">23:27 - Question #3: How does CR compensate for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">26:01 - Question #4: Which small SUV would be a suitable replacement for a Mazda6 in order to improve driving in wintery weather conditions?</span></p> <p class="p5"> </p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">----------------------------------  </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/the-truth-about-destination-fees/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">2021 Buick Envision</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/envision/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">2016 Buick Envision Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ffB9ZA4GU</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-best-cars-top-picks-2021/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Winter Driving Tips</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtakpDFGtU</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Car Maintenance and Repair Guide</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Wet Tire Testing at CR’s Track</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTNMhBiflLc</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">4K Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p7"><span class="s1">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p7"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Check out <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://www.consumerreports.org/"><span class= "s3">http://www.ConsumerReports.org</span></a> for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez</span></a> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Facebook: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q"><span class= "s3">http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Twitter: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Pinterest: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1P37mM9"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Instagram: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Google+: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span></a></span></p>

#298 Car Lease Negotiation Tips; Is Buying A High Mileage Used Vehicle Sensible? 2021/03/12, 23:41
#298 Car Lease Negotiation Tips; Is Buying A High Mileage Used Vehicle Sensible?

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This week we discuss whether you should always trust a dealer's advice on maintenance intervals;</span> <span class="s2">if seat protector mats are safe to use</span> <span class="s1">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.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">From your iOS device, iMessage us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:TalkingCars@icloud.com"><span class= "s3">TalkingCars@icloud.com</span></a> to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/"><span class= "s3">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6"><span class= "s3">https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">00:00 - Intro</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">01:29 - Question #1: Should you always trust dealer’s advice on car maintenance schedule?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">06:12 - Question #2: Is it safe to use seat protector mats with child seats?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">09:10 - Question #3: Is purchasing a used CR recommenced vehicle with high mileage a wise choice?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">11:45 - Question #4: What are some of the caveats to look out for when negotiating on a car lease?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">17:48 - Question #5: Why don’t car makers build cars with replaceable stereo head units?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">23:56 - Question #6: Is having an independent mechanic inspect a certified pre-owned car an automotive faux pas?</span></p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">----------------------------------  </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Car Maintenance and Repair Guide</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-maintenance-and-repair-guide/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Rear-Seat Safety for All Ages</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-seat-safety-for-all-ages/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-best-cars-to-get-to-200000-miles-and-beyond/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">What it will cost to get your car to 200,000 miles</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/what-it-will-cost-to-get-your-car-to-200-000-miles/index.htm</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p7"><span class="s1">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p7"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Check out <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://www.consumerreports.org/"><span class= "s3">http://www.ConsumerReports.org</span></a> for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez</span></a> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Facebook: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q"><span class= "s3">http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Twitter: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Pinterest: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1P37mM9"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Instagram: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Google+: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span></a></span></p>

#297: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Impressions; Kia Carnival 2021/03/06, 00:18
#297: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Impressions; Kia Carnival

<p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="font-size: 10pt;">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.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">1:20 - Volkswagen ID.4 first impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">13:55 - Electrify America charging network</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">15:43 - Question #1: Ozzie from Los Angeles | How do online car reservations work?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">19:09 - Question #2: Thomas | What’s CR’s predicted reliability for the new Kia Carnival minivan?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">21:45 - Question #3: Chris | Will electric component wear become a problem on vehicles in the future?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">23:58 - Question #4: Kevin from Cincinnati | How does CR test EV range?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">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<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> 2021 Toyota Venza?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style= "font-size: 10pt;">LINKS:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-volkswagen-id4-review/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed: <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/</a></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2" style="font-size: 10pt;">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/</span></p>

#296 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR's New Green Choice Program 2021/02/26, 19:12
#296 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR's New Green Choice Program

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">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.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">01:24 - CR’s Green Choice Designation</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">06:04 - 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">18:18 - Question #1: Why automakers don’t put a headlight or taillight failure warning light in cars?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">20:19 - Question #2: Is renting a car when you need one makes more financial sense than owning one?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">23:05 - Question #3: Would seat covers on heated seats have any negative impact?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">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?</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">How Your Car Can Make the Air Cleaner</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/emissions/how-your-car-can-make-the-air-cleaner/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">7 Reasons the New Ford F-150 Is the Most Advanced Version Ever</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/new-ford-150-is-the-most-advanced-version-of-this-pickup-truck-ever/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Preview: All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Is a High-Tech Workhorse</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">How to Avoid Sneaky Car-Rental Fees</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/fees-billing/how-to-avoid-sneaky-car-rental-fees/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/ride-hailing/stay-safe-from-coronavirus-in-an-uber-lyft-rental-car/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-bike-racks-affect-car-fuel-economy/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Guide to Car Safety</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>

#295 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions; New Chevrolet Bolt EUV 2021/02/20, 00:00
#295 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions; New Chevrolet Bolt EUV

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">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.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">01:19 - 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Preview</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">06:47 - 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">15:48 - Question #1: When is the right time to cut your losses on a vehicle that needs constant repairs?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">18:22 - Question #2: Why all-weather tire are not as popular as all-seasons?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">21:13 - Question #3: Would Consumer Reports consider testing 3-wheeled BEVs?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">23:09 - Question #4: What is the strangest wild life we have come across at our test track?</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Preview: Chevrolet Introduces a Freshened Electric Bolt and New Bolt SUV</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-and-bolt-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Looks Rugged and Ready for Action</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-sport-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4x4 Classic</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Guide to Car Safety</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>

#294 2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions; New Nissan Frontier & Pathfinder 2021/02/13, 04:00
#294 2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions; New Nissan Frontier & Pathfinder

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">CR recently bought the very first car released by Polestar, the performance brand from parent company Volvo. The Polestar 2 is an all-electric hatchback built to compete with other luxury EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron, and we share our first impressions on what we found taking it on the open road, as well as our test track. Nissan recently announced a redesigned Frontier pickup truck and Pathfinder SUV, and we ask the big question: what took so long?! Other topics this week include why a dealership might offer you above market value for your used car or leased vehicle, if it's wise to purchase a vehicle that was recently discontinued, a fun-to-drive car that can accommodate two child seats, and if an imported Kei car would make a sensible car for driving around town.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">From your iOS device, iMessage us at <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:TalkingCars@icloud.com"><span class= "s3">TalkingCars@icloud.com</span></a> to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/"><span class= "s3">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: <a rel="nofollow" href= "https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6"><span class= "s3">https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></a></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">00:00 - Intro</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">00:50 - 2022 Nissan Frontier Preview</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">06:02 -<span class= "Apple-converted-space"> </span> 2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">14:05 - Question #1: Would it be wise to purchase the recently discontinued Lexus GS 350?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">15:45 - Question #2: Why are dealerships offering above market value for used and leased vehicles?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">20:12 - Question #3: Which fun-to-drive vehicle can comfortably fit two child seats?</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">24:06 - Question #4: Is it a good idea to import a 25 year old Kei car from Japan for around town driving?</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">----------------------------------  </span></p> <p class="p7"><span class="s1">Preview: For 2022, the Nissan Frontier Finally Gets a New Look</span></p> <p class="p7"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-nissan-frontier-review/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">New 2021 Polestar 2 to Compete With Tesla’s Model 3</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/volvo-polestar-2-preview/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Hot New Electric Cars Are Coming Soon</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Rear-Seat Safety for All Ages</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-seat-safety-for-all-ages/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue Edges Upscale</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-nissan-rogue-review/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Lexus GS 350</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4MOAPdpZM8</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p8"><span class="s1">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p8"><span class= "s1">https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</span></p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p6"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Check out <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://www.consumerreports.org/"><span class= "s3">http://www.ConsumerReports.org</span></a> for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez</span></a> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Facebook: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q"><span class= "s3">http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Twitter: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Pinterest: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1P37mM9"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Instagram: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></a></span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Google+: <a rel="nofollow" href= "http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ"><span class= "s3">http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span></a></span></p>

#293 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions; Redesigned Tesla Model S 2021/02/06, 03:21
#293 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions; Redesigned Tesla Model S

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This week we discuss the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, sharing our first impressions on the driving dynamics, the screen-dominated interior, and if we think it is worthy of the Mustang badge. Tesla recently unveiled big changes to its Model S sedan and Model X SUV, introducing a yoke-style steering wheel, and foregoing turn signal and gear selector stalks in favor of touch capacitive buttons and screen controls. We speculate what these changes will mean for drivers, and touch on other EV-related topics, including maintaining electric vehicle battery health, if electric cars wear out tires faster than a traditional vehicle, and what all this new technology means for auto reliability.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:31 - Redesigned Tesla Model S</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">07:50 - 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">21:15 - Question #1: Could EV technology improve overall reliability of cars in the future?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">23:39 - Question #2: Do Teslas and other EVs wear out tires more than regular cars?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">25:54 - Question #3: What is the proper way of maintaining an electric vehicle’s battery health?</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-mustang-mach-e-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2019 LA Auto Show: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ30yGjf7sU</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">First Look: Update Tesla Model S Gains Range, Power, and Radical Interior Changes</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/updated-tesla-model-s-gains-range-power-and-radical-interior-changes/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Tesla Full Self-Driving Review</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQOf_F6hibk</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Guide to Car Safety</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>

#292 2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions; Finding Parts for Classic Vehicles 2021/01/29, 22:00
#292 2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions; Finding Parts for Classic Vehicles

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota Sienna, and discuss the livability of this all-new minivan, the driving characteristics of the standard hybrid powertrain, and how it stacks up against competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. We also discuss tips for keeping LED headlights clear of ice and snow in winter weather, the best way to track down parts for classic cars, decipher all the acronyms and initials on the trim lines from various manufacturers, and how driving positions play a role in crash safety.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:33 - 2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">11:41 - Question #1: How to track down pmts for a classic vehicle?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">14:48 - Question #2: How to keep LED headlights clear of snow and ice in the winter?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">17:31 - Question #3: What do all the trim line initials and acronyms mean from different manufactures?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">21:39 - Question #4: How do driving positions play a role in crash safety?</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">First Drive: 2021 Toyota Sienna Proves a Compelling, Efficient SUV Alternative</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2021-toyota-sienna-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">4K Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165J4dCwUGU</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">4K Review: 2018 Honda Odyssey Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCmxjDDLIM</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Guide to Car Safety</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>

#291 2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions; Why a Fender Bender Can Be So Expensive 2021/01/23, 01:00
#291 2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions; Why a Fender Bender Can Be So Expensive

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">We recently purchased a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra for the Consumer Reports auto testing program, and we share our first impressions on the performance, infotainment, and styling of this small sedan. We also discuss why many modern cars seem to lack a traditional bumper, and why the cost of minor dings and fender benders can be surprisingly expensive. We also discuss the role a tire's sidewall can play in ride comfort, recent government reports regarding booster seat weight limits and how they impact CR's testing, and if a car from Alaska could have any issues at its new home in Florida.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:29 - 2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">14:00 - Question #1: Why many modern cars seem to lack a traditional bumper?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">16:55 - Question #2: How recent government reports regarding booster seat weight limits impact CR’s testing?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">22:53 - Question #3: What role does a tire’s sidewall play in the car’s ride comfort?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">25:01 - Question #4: What issues could a car from Alaska have at its new home in Florida?</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra Goes High-Tech and Hybrid</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2021-hyundai-elantra-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2017 Hyundai Elantra Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1hxLaQO1Gg</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">When Is the Right Time for a Booster Seat?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/booster-seats/when-is-the-right-time-for-a-booster-seat</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>

#290 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results; How Big Tech is Influencing the Auto Industry 2021/01/16, 01:00
#290 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results; How Big Tech is Influencing the Auto Industry

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">We've completed testing of our 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and discuss how this plug-in hybrid performed, and why it might outshine the Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid. Apple made automotive news recently concerning the potential development of an Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai; we discuss these reports, and consider the many ways the auto industry and big tech companies are converging to impact the car market. Other topics include the Toyota Yaris GR, if a hitch-mounted bike rack could prematurely age your car's springs, and whether adaptive cruise control has an impact on fuel efficiency.</span></p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">SHOW NOTES</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:00 - Introduction</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">00:34 - News of potential Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">09:19 - 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">19:41 - Question #1: Why is the Toyota Yaris GR AWD not available in the US?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">25:17 - Question #2: Does adaptive cruise control have an effect on fuel efficiency?</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">26:37 - Question #3: Could having a hitch mounted bike rack over an extended period of time have negative impact on the car’s springs?</span></p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">---------------------------------- </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSAuvdH_oGQ</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Gets Bigger and Adds Features</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2020-toyota-yaris-hatchback-preview/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Cadillac’s Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cadillac-super-cruise-outperforms-other-active-driving-assistance-systems/</span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Coronavirus Resource Hub</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s3"><a rel="nofollow" href= "https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/"> https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/</a></span></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">-----------------------------------</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">Follow Us on Social:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class= "s2">Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class= "s1">Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ</span><span class= "s2"><br /></span></p>