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Consumer Reports Auto Test division discuss cars, answer buying questions and share insights on everything automotive.

Consumer Reports Auto Test division discuss cars, answer buying questions and share insights on everything automotive.
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Consumer Reports Auto Test division discuss cars, answer buying questions and share insights on everything automotive.

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Episodes

#164 2018 Mazda6 Test Results; Dealer Negotiating Tips; Subaru Ascent Recall

8/17/2018
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We've finished testing our 2018 Mazda6. We discuss our final impressions on the midsized sedan and where we think it stacks up against its competitors. We answer a number of audience questions this week, including one about our best advice when negotiating the price of a car with a dealership. We also talk about the Subaru Ascent recall, and remind Volkswagen diesel owners that time is running out to file a claim for settlement compensation. ----------------------------------- Subscribe...

Duration:00:30:35

#163 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback; IIHS' Tesla Advanced Safety Data; How Do We Buy Cars Anonymously?

8/10/2018
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This week, we discuss data from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) regarding advanced safety technology, and whether semi-autonomous equipped cars are providing a safety benefit to drivers. We just bought a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback to join our testing program, and we give our initial impressions, and whether Toyota can convince buyers that a Corolla can be sporty! We also answer audience questions about a replacement for a Nissan Altima, modern convertible reliability, and...

Duration:00:25:38

#162 Havana Car Culture; Ram 1500; Car Prices in Canada

8/2/2018
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On this week's episode, Keith tells us about his recent trip to Havana, Cuba, and what it was like to experience classic cars from a modern mindset. Next, we give our first impression on the new Ram 1500 pickup, and whether we think it can compete in this extremely popular segment. We also take time to answer audience questions about the Chrysler 200, why Kia and Hyundai products are cheaper in Canada, and if fog lights are an important safety feature in new...

Duration:00:27:18

#161 2019 Subaru Ascent; Our Worst Automotive Mistakes

7/26/2018
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Our 2019 Subaru Ascent is at the track and we talk about the company's re-entry into the three-row SUV segment. Plus, we share stories about our most regrettable car decisions from the past. And as always, we answer your questions on car buying and our dream daily drivers. ------------------------------ 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...

Duration:00:27:23

#160 2018 Lexus LS 500; Tax Credits Ending for Tesla, GM EVs

7/19/2018
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Time is running out to grab the enticing $7,500 federal tax credit for vehicles from Tesla and General Motors. What should a buyer do to take advantage of the program while it lasts? We'll share our road test results on the 2018 Lexus LS 500, and wrap the episode by answering questions on all-wheel drive systems, auto stop/start technology, and electronic shifter designs. Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS...

Duration:00:22:36

#159 2019 Nissan Kicks; Mitsubishi Driver Incentives

7/12/2018
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Mitsubishi will begin to offer drivers perks if they opt to share their driving data. We discuss if the tradeoff is worth it. The 2019 Nissan Kicks joins our test fleet and we share our impressions. Plus, audience questions on transmissions and safety equipment. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version:...

Duration:00:23:38

#158 All Questions, All The Time

7/5/2018
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We’re celebrating the Fourth of July this week with an all questions episode! We cover everything from car buying advice, infotainment systems, our seat comfort rating and three-row SUVs. Plus, we reach back into our archives to answer a question about a 27-year-old car. ------------------------------------ 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,...

Duration:00:26:08

Road Trip Stories: How Long-Distance Drives Create Lasting Memories

7/2/2018
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The great road trip is a seminal part of American life, whether it's with your family or people you just met. Hear three people tell their stories, along with expert advice from Consumer Reports that'll make your road trip even better.

Duration:00:33:36

#157 Tariff Trouble; 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

6/28/2018
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The President threatens to increase tariffs on foreign made cars; we talk about how it may affect consumers. The Chevrolet Blazer has returned, but it may not be the rugged off-roader you remember. Plus, we talk about the Infiniti QX50 SUV, and answer your questions on drive modes, hot cars and the Kia Niro. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version:...

Duration:00:25:02

#156 Memories from the Road; 2019 Hyundai Veloster

6/21/2018
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Summer’s here and we’re ready to hit the road! We share our favorite road trip stories and talk about the cars we drove along the way. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster visits our test track and we answer your questions about new car technology and comparing used roadsters. 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...

Duration:00:24:22

#155 Acura RDX, Shifter Gaffe in Chrysler Ad, Tesla Model 3 Recommended for Teens?

6/15/2018
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Chrysler recently released a new commercial that inadvertently shows why having a simple shifter in a car is so important. We talk about the Pacifica's confusing dial shifter, and why this is a problem throughout the auto industry. We recently bought a new 2019 Acura RDX, and discuss why one big flaw might make an otherwise pleasant car tough to live with. And we answer audience questions about IIHS crash tests, and if we would ever consider recommending the Tesla Model 3 for teen...

Duration:00:21:35

#154 Four-Cylinder Engines in a Full-Size Truck; 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

6/7/2018
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Chevrolet announces a new turbo four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Silverado 1500. We discuss the new powertrain and if the engine will be 'truck-enough' for a full-size pickup. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta joins our test fleet and we give our first impression. Plus, audience questions on hot hatches and our annual member surveys. ------------------------------------------ Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device,...

Duration:00:27:02

#153 We Re-Test Our Tesla Model 3's Braking Performance After Over-the-Air Update

5/30/2018
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Tesla sent an over-the-air software update to all Model 3's this past weekend, which included a fix for the long stopping distances we experienced during our initial testing. We discuss our new test results, and what role over-the-air updates will play in the future of automobiles. We also discuss our first impressions of our newly purchased 2019 Kia Sorento, and answer audience questions about the Subaru Forester and the longevity of engines in hybrid vehicles.

Duration:00:23:50

#152 Exclusive Info from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on CR's Model 3 Braking Results

5/23/2018
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Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.

Duration:00:15:14

#151 Cyclist/Motorist Etiquette, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

5/17/2018
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It's cyclists vs. motorists on this week's episode, and how we think both worlds can live in harmony with one another. We also give our first impressions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and answer audience questions about good cars for college and how to properly break in a new car.

Duration:00:24:36

#150: Left Lane Hogs, Buick Regal TourX...Station Wagon??

5/10/2018
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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 ----------------------------------- 00:26 Left lane hogs 03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars 07:36 Buick Regal...

Duration:00:24:50

#149 Are Ford sedans REALLY disappearing? 2018 Mazda6

5/3/2018
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To borrow from Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Ford sedan have been greatly exaggerated! We discuss this surprising news, and how a lot of the media coverage has gotten the story wrong. We give our impressions of a borrowed Mazda6 we drove at our track. We wrap up this episode with viewer questions about swapping out your seasonal tires, low-speed AEB, and if there is any true replacement for the Mazda5 micro van.

Duration:00:18:29

#148 Car Loan Advice, Rising Fuel Prices, & Genesis G70

4/26/2018
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This week we welcome CR editor Keith Barry to the podcast, and discuss why fuel prices seem to always go up around summer time. We also break down some of the dangers to look out for when looking for a car loan, and tips to make the best choice for your budget. We talk about our experiences with the 2019 Genesis G70, and wrap with viewer questions about the new Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford F-150 transmission, and (hopefully) our last question about snow tires for the season! Have a question for...

Duration:00:26:42

#147 Tesla Production Issues, 2020 Ford Focus & Video Questions

4/19/2018
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Turns out the Tesla Model 3 needs humans after all. We discuss Tesla's production issues and what it means for the company's approach to automation. We received a number of video submissions this week, which leads to a discussion on the past, present, and future of the Ford Focus, as well as paddle shifters in minivans.

Duration:00:22:10

#146 Ram 1500, Jeep Cherokee; Used Car Buying Advice

4/13/2018
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Two new vehicles at the track this week, we discuss the shrinking sedan market and whether or not SUVs are taking over the auto industry, also we answer viewer questions about purchasing used cars.

Duration:00:18:33