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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

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English


Episodes

How Winter Tires Work, Chicago Auto Show Preview

1/14/2022
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by chatting with Chicago Auto Show General Manager Dave Sloan about the 2022 edition of the show, which will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place from February 12-20. Next, we welcome Ed Gliss, Senior Subjective Test Driver with Michelin, for a talk about the importance of winter tires. Tom has a tricky quiz on Mexican-market Chevrolets for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide...

Duration:00:54:09

The Enduring Appeal of the 1957 Chevy, CES 2022 Vehicle Reveals

1/7/2022
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing the new-vehicle reveals of the CES 2022 show in Las Vegas--particularly the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pure-electric full-size pickup and the Chrysler Airflow Concept compact crossover EV. Collectible Automobile magazine Editor-in-Chief John Biel joins us to chat about the great features in the February 2022 issue, and we discuss the enduring popularity of the classic 1957 Chevrolet. Tom has a quiz for...

Duration:00:54:04

The Year in EVs, Road Trip Rides

12/30/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell open the show with a chat about their test vehicles for their respective holiday road trips: the Audi Q5 Sportback, Subaru Outback Wilderness, and the new-for-2022 Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid. John Voelcker, former Editor-in-Chief of greencarreports.com and current contributing editor to Car and Driver, joins the show to give us his take on the electric-vehicle news of 2021, and the state of the EV market moving forward. Tom has a...

Duration:00:54:27

2021 Year in Review; 2022 Subaru WRX

12/24/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the redesigned-for-2022 Subaru WRX. Sam Fiorani, Vice President of Global Vehicle Forecasting for AutoForecast Solutions, joins us to give his insight on the auto-industry trends of 2021 and discuss the most significant vehicle introductions of the year. Tom has a "which came first?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a...

Duration:00:54:31

Catalytic Converter Thefts, Hyundai Ioniq 5

12/17/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing the new-for-2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. Mike DesMarais, Field Operations Specialist for Midas, joins us to talk about the recent rise in catalytic-converter thefts and how you can protect yourself. Tom has a "Hyundai Venue or Rolls-Royce Phantom?" quiz 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 redesigned-for-2022...

Duration:00:54:29

Prep Your Car For Winter, Biden's EV Executive Order

12/10/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-host Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the Biden administration's recently announced executive order to end gasoline-powered vehicle purchases for the federal fleet by 2035. (Co-host Jill Ciminillo is out on assignment this week.) James Shelton, Technical Field Support Manager for Jiffy Lube, joins us to talk about how consumers should prep their vehicle for winter. Tom has a quiz for Damon on 1.5-liter engines, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the...

Duration:00:52:29

2022 Consumer Guide Best Buys

12/3/2021
It's a special episode this week: the "sneak peek" announcement of our annual Consumer Guide Best Buy awards. Jill Ciminillo has the week off, as Tom and Damon run down the entire list of 2022 Best Buy award winners in each of our 20 vehicle categories. We discuss the winners in each category, from subcompact cars to premium large SUVs--and everything in between.

Duration:00:54:11

New Car Reliability, Hyundai N Models

11/25/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-host Jill Ciminillo start the show by discussing Hyundai’s new-for-2022 "N" performance versions of the Elantra compact sedan and Kona subcompact crossover SUV. Jill also shares her test-drive impressions of the hydrogen/fuel-cell Toyota Mirai sedan. Jake Fisher, Senior Director of Auto Testing at Consumer Reports, joins us to talk about Consumer Reports' latest new-vehicle reliability ratings. Our conversation covers issues with electrified vehicles, as well as CVT and...

Duration:00:54:21

Car Stuff Podcast Auto-Design Summit, L.A. Auto Show Highlights

11/19/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-host Damon Bell start the show by discussing a few of the new vehicles revealed in conjunction with the L.A. Auto Show this week, including the 2023 Mazda CX-50 and Toyota bZ4X. (Co-host Jill Ciminillo is out on assignment this week.) Brendan Appel, Director of Operations at Sons of Speed, joins us for a roundtable styling-critique session on a handful of current vehicles. Tom has a "which sold better?" quiz for Brendan and Damon, and Damon runs down the latest articles...

Duration:00:53:26

Cars.com's Guide for the EV Curious, 2022 Mazda MX-30

11/12/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing their test-drive experiences with Mazda's first pure-electric vehicle--the new-for-2022 MX-30. Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder joins us to talk about Cars.com's "Guide for the EV Curious"--an excellent primer on electric vehicles. Tom has a tricky quiz for Damon and Jill on the debut model years of semi-recent vehicles, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive...

Duration:00:53:15

Los Angeles Auto Show, EV Engine Swaps

11/5/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the trends on display at the 2021 SEMA Show, the premiere trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry. Lefty Tsironis, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Los Angeles Auto Show, joins us to talk about the upcoming 2021 edition of the show. Tom has a quiz for Damon and Jill on vehicles that achieve an EPA rating of 30 mpg or more in combined city/highway driving, and...

Duration:00:53:25

Flood-Damaged Cars, 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

10/29/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the recently unveiled 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness. Patrick Olsen, Executive Editor at Carfax, joins us to talk about ways consumers can avoid buying a flood-damaged vehicle. Tom has a quiz for Damon and Jill on 18-wheeler trucks, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a First Spin test-drive review of the 2022...

Duration:00:53:46

Chevrolet Vs Ford in the Forties, Our Favorite New-For-2022 Vehicles

10/22/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing their favorite new vehicles from a recent automotive-media test-drive event--particularly the new-for-2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup and Genesis GV70 premium compact SUV. Collectible Automobile magazine Editor-in-Chief John Biel joins us to chat about the great features in the December 2021 issue, including a detailed overview of the Chevrolet/Ford rivalry as it existed in the 1940s. Tom has a quiz for...

Duration:00:53:26

Lucid and Rivian Reach Production, 2022 Lexus NX

10/8/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the redesigned-for-2022 Lexus NX compact luxury SUV. Robby DeGraff, Industry Analyst with AutoPacific, joins us to talk about promising EV startups, in light of the fact that the Lucid Air luxury sedan and Rivian R1T full-size pickup have recently reached production. Tom has a quiz on China's automotive market for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive...

Duration:00:54:13

End of Internal-Combustion Engines, New Wave of Off-Road-Ready SUVs

10/1/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the latest wave of off-road-focused SUVs and sub-brands such as Ford's Timberline, Honda's Trailsport, and Subaru's Wilderness. John McElroy, host and editorial director of the Autoline family of automotive-industry newscasts, joins us to talk about his prediction/prescription for the forthcoming "sunset" of mainstream internal-combustion engines. Tom has a "manual or no manual?" quiz for Damon and...

Duration:00:53:50

2022 Kia EV6, 2022 Toyota Tundra, 2022 Ford Expedition

9/24/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the recently unveiled 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup and 2022 Ford Expedition large SUV. James Bell, Head of Corporate Communications for Kia America, joins us to talk about Kia's forthcoming EV6 electric vehicle. Tom has a true-or-false quiz for Damon and Jill on the Toyota Highlander and actor Tony Randall, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including...

Duration:00:54:31

Long-Term EV Battery Health, Most-Impressive Vehicles of 2021

9/17/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the new vehicles they've driven so far this year that impressed them the most. Scott Case, co-founder and CEO of Recurrent--a company that compiles and provides data on used electric vehicles and their battery health-- joins us to talk about Recurrent's services and give his perspective on the growing EV market. Tom has a paint-color quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on...

Duration:00:54:18

Ford Production Woes, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

9/9/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the new-for-2022 Toyota Corolla Cross subcompact SUV, and the redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60 midsize SUV. Sam Fiorani, Vice President of Global Vehicle Forecasting for AutoForecast Solutions, joins us to give his insight on Ford's current spate of production setbacks, including the Ford Bronco's hardtop production woes and the product-allocation challenges for the soon-to-arrive Ford Maverick compact...

Duration:00:54:04

Best Cars for Teens, Chevy Bolt Fires

9/2/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing the recently expanded recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV due to a risk of fire. Next, Jamie Page Deaton, Executive Editor of the Autos team at U.S. News and World Report, joins us to talk about the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens awards. Tom has a tricky "left or right side of the road?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a...

Duration:00:54:05

Key-Cloning Car Thefts, Jaguar To Become All-EV Brand

8/27/2021
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start the show by discussing Jaguar's plans to drop all of its internal-combustion vehicles and become a pure-electric brand by 2025. 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 quiz on the middle names of auto-industry luminaries for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide...

Duration:00:53:37