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Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

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United States

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Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Ranking the Most American-Made Vehicles, Used Car Prices

7/30/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing GM's lawsuit against Ford over the BlueCruise name for Ford's hands-free highway-driving feature. We also talk about the significant spike in year-over-year used-car transaction prices. Kelsey Mays, Assistant Managing Editor at Cars.com, joins us to talk about Cars.com's 2021 American-Made Index, a ranking of the most American-made vehicles sold in the U.S. Tom has "where is it made?" quiz for Damon...

Duration:00:52:43

F-150 Lightning Overview, So Long VW Passat

7/23/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the impending discontinuation of the Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan, as well as VW's other product initiatives. Brian Bell, Marketing Manager for the Ford F-150, joins us to talk about the revolutionary new F-150 Lightning pure-electric pickup truck . Tom has a "which vehicle sold better?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog,...

Duration:00:53:05

Chicago Auto Show Highlights, Stellantis EV Day

7/16/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show with a discussion of the Stellantis "EV Day" future electric-vehicle announcements. Next, we share our impressions of the 2021 special summer edition of the Chicago Auto Show, and the vehicles on display there. Tom has a quiz on the Chicago Auto Show for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a test-drive review of the 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line.

Duration:00:53:50

Mustang versus Mach-E, Minivan Road Trips

7/9/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show with a discussion of the current crop of minivans--and Damon's and Jill's minivan summer road trips. Paul Herrold, Chief Editor at Sons of Speed, joins us to talk about the SOS crew's "car guys' take" video reviews of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and whether they think it's a "real" Mustang. Tom has a quiz on the Acura ILX for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive...

Duration:00:53:04

EV-Startup Reality Check, Underrated Cars

7/1/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by talking about the current and recently discontinued vehicles they think are underrated. Sam Fiorani, Vice President of Global Vehicle Forecasting for AutoForecast Solutions, joins us to discuss the current crop of electric-vehicle startup companies and their prospects for success, as well as the ongoing microchip shortage and other auto-industry current events. Sam also sticks around for the third segment to serve...

Duration:00:53:31

Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid, 2022 Infiniti QX60

6/25/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing the recently unveiled 2022 Infiniti QX60 three-row SUV. Brandon Girmus, Jeep Senior Brand Manager, joins us to talk about the new-for-2021 Wrangler 4xe--Jeep's first-ever plug-in-hybrid vehicle. Tom has a quiz on branded premium audio systems for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a look at the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck...

Duration:00:53:35

Reshoring American Jobs, 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

6/18/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing Jeep's new Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV. Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative, joins us to talk about his non-profit organization's efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Tom has another quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a First Spin review of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and a test-drive...

Duration:00:53:19

2022 Ford Maverick; Volkswagen ID.4

6/11/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing their test-drive impressions of Volkswagen's first mainstream electric vehicle: the ID.4 compact crossover SUV. Larry Nutson, Executive Producer and Chicago Bureau Chief at The Auto Channel, joins us to give his impressions of the ID.4, and to talk about Ford's recently unveiled 2022 Maverick compact pickup truck. Tom has another quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the...

Duration:00:53:15

BMW 2002 History; 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

6/4/2021
With co-host Jill Ciminillo out on assignment this week, host Tom Appel and co-host Damon Bell start the show by discussing Ford's forthcoming Maverick compact pickup truck and a host of Toyota new vehicles, including the 2022 Corolla Cross subcompact SUV. Collectible Automobile magazine Editor-in-Chief John Biel joins us to chat about the great features in the August 2021 issue, including detailed histories of the 1968-76 BMW 2002 and 1978-80 Pontiac Grand Prix. Tom has a quiz on...

Duration:00:53:33

Cars and Cartoons, RIP Mazda 6 and CX-3

5/28/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing one of Jill's traffic pet peeves, and lamenting the discontinuation of the Mazda 6 midsize sedan and CX-3 subcompact SUV. Chicago radio personality Bill Leff joins us to talk about cartoon cars and his MeTV show "Toon In With Me." Tom has a quiz on electric vehicles for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including test-drive reviews of the...

Duration:00:53:15

EV Smartphone Apps, 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

5/21/2021
With Jill on vacation this week, host Tom Appel and co-host Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the unveiling of the Ford F-150 Lightning--the landmark pure-electric version of Ford's full-size pickup truck. Frank Hanley, Senior Director, Global Automotive Consulting for J.D. Power, joins us to talk about J.D. Power's benchmark study of OEM electric-vehicle smartphone apps--technology that has become an important part of the EV ownership experience. Tom and Damon run down the latest...

Duration:00:52:34

Mazda 3 and CX-30 2.5 Turbo, Traffic Pet Peeves

5/14/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start things off by continuing last episode's discussion of their traffic pet peeves. Justin Pagtalunan, Product Communications Manager for Mazda, joins us to talk about the Mazda brand's focus on moving upscale, as well as the new Mazda 3 and CX-30 2.5 Turbo models. Tom has a "find the fake trim level" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a primer on buying...

Duration:00:53:08

Remembering the AMC Eagle, 2021 Chicago Auto Show Is a Go!

5/7/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start things off by discussing the Chicago Auto Show's recently announced 2021 "Special Edition" show, scheduled for July 15-19 as a scaled-down indoor/outdoor event. The gang also chats about a couple of their Chicagoland-traffic pet peeves. Collectible Automobile magazine Editor-in-Chief John Biel joins us to chat about the great features in the June 2021 issue, including detailed histories of the 1981-83 AMC Eagle and 1958-68...

Duration:00:53:39

Mitsubishi U.S. Plans, Jeep Wrangler 4xe

4/30/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing Jeep's Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid and the muscular Wrangler Rubicon 392--both new models for 2021. Jeremy Barnes, Senior Director of Communications and Events for Mitsubishi Motors North America, joins us to talk about the Mitsubishi brand in the U.S. and the redesigned-for-2022 Outlander SUV. Tom has a "which came first?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer...

Duration:00:53:17

Hyundai Performance, Ford Bronco Dealerships

4/23/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing the stand-alone Ford Bronco showrooms that some Ford dealers are planning to build as production of the all-new 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport ramps up. Mike Evanoff, Manager of Product Planning for Hyundai Motor America, joins us to talk about Hyundai's performance-oriented N and N-Line vehicles. Tom has a quiz on the full names of auto-industry luminaries for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest...

Duration:00:52:25

Creating Car Colors, 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

4/16/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the recently unveiled 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz--a genre-bending compact SUV/pickup "Sport Adventure Vehicle" that is slated to go on sale this summer. La Shirl Turner, Director of the Advanced Color and Materials Design Studio at Stellantis, joins us to discuss how she and her team develop paint colors and interior trim for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. Damon has a Mopar car-color quiz for Tom...

Duration:00:53:24

How COVID-19 Changed Car Buyers, EV Sales Uptick

4/8/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the upcoming GMC Hummer SUV and pure-electric Chevrolet Silverado, as well as the uptick in EV sales. Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Jenni Newman joins us to talk about the effect COVID-19 has had on car shoppers, based on Cars.com's internal data and survey results. Tom has a "sales-per-dealer" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including...

Duration:00:54:11

Electrify America HomeStation Charger, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

4/1/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the their test-drive experiences with the new-for-2021 Ford Bronco Sport. Nina Huesgen, Senior Manager for the Electrify Home and eCommerce business units at Electrify America, joins us to talk about electric-vehicle charging and Electrify America's new HomeStation residential EV charger. Tom has a tricky "which vehicle has a higher horsepower rating?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the...

Duration:00:54:13

2022 Nissan Frontier, Microchip Shortage

3/25/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the worldwide microchip shortage, and how the auto industry is being affected by it. Randy Dale, Senior Manager, Product and Advanced Planning at Nissan, joins us to discuss the redesigned-for-2022 Nissan Frontier midsize pickup. Tom has a "name the fake trim level" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a First Spin review of...

Duration:00:52:15

Carjacking Epidemic, Ford Mustang Mach-E

3/18/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing their test-drive experiences in the pure-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Next, Sergeant Thomas Mason of the Chicago Police Department joins us to talk about the rise in carjacking thefts, and what you can do to keep yourself safe. Tom has a "which vehicle is longer?" quiz on current-model vehicles for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive...

Duration:00:53:25