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






#123: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Child Seats (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Too many people still use car seats incorrectly. That's why we're talking car seats with our two experts on the subject on this edition of the podcast. You'll learn some key facts that could help you, or let you help someone you know with children.

Duration: 00:22:47

#122: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The gang is back from their summer vacations all over the globe! They discuss how the cars they saw are different from models at home. They also talk about test results on the Toyota C-HR, and a question from the audience gets us out on our track to do some myth busting.

Duration: 00:22:56

#121: Teen Driving & The Best Cars for New Drivers

Teen driving takes center stage on this episode. We talk about the cars that we learned to drive in, the best new and used cars for teens and a hands-on program that educates young drivers.

Duration: 00:25:15

#120: The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Tiguan and Questions

Volkswagen takes aim at the SUV market in the U.S. with two new three-row vehicles. We also answer viewer questions about Jeeps, bikes and the Toyota Camry.

Duration: 00:18:34

#119: Your Car Questions Answered

This week's episode is entirely dedicated to viewer and listener questions. We discuss heavy duty trucks, active safety equipment, used cars and more.

Duration: 00:26:07

#118: Viewer Q&A and 2018 Toyota Camry

This week we dive into the comments section and answer viewer questions on winter tire traction, auto start/stop systems, our favorite muscle cars, and the family hauler potential of commercial vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. We also give our first impressions of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry.

Duration: 00:18:33

#117: Used Car Questions & Honda Civic Si

This week we answer questions from our audience about used cars and SUVs, and give first impressions of our newly purchased 2017 Honda Civic Si.

Duration: 00:26:09

#116: Used Car Marketplace

This episode is dedicated to used cars. We talk about which used cars we'd buy in three different price ranges and answer viewer questions about trucks and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Duration: 00:25:01

#115: Sleeper Hits, Prius Prime, and the Impact of EVs

We debut a whole new look and sound for Talking Cars this week! We discuss the best cars on the market today that no one is talking about (or buying.) Fresh out of testing, we give our overall impressions of the Toyota Prius Prime, and answer a viewer question about the environmental impact of electrical vehicles.

Duration: 00:24:27

#114: Mazda CX-5

We give our first impressions of our new Mazda CX-5 and Jeep Compass, talk about Honda's move toward alternative fuel vehicles and answer viewer questions.

Duration: 00:21:45

#113: 2017 New York Auto Show

We're at the New York Auto Show, covering new offerings from Subaru and Buick, as well as an intriguing concept from Toyota, and we discuss Dodge's powerful muscle car.

Duration: 00:20:48

#112: Kia Niro and BMW 5 Series

The Kia Niro and BMW 5 Series have been added to our test fleet. We talk about the Niro's potential impact on the hybrid market, discuss the BMW 5 Series' new, smaller engine and answer viewer questions.

Duration: 00:20:28

#111: Toyota C-HR and Alfa Romeo Giulia

Toyota's all-new subcompact SUV the C-HR visits our test track and we share our first impressions. We also discuss our new Alfa Romeo Giulia and field viewer questions about new car buying and advanced safety systems.

Duration: 00:23:16

#110: 2017 Top Picks

On this episode of Talking Cars, our experts discuss the 10 vehicles that make up our influential Top Picks list. We explain what makes a vehicle eligible for Top Pick status, and go in-depth on why they are the best in their categories.

Duration: 00:23:57

#109: Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The redesigned Honda CR-V and all-new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack are two different takes on the sport utility vehicle. We also answer questions about affordable cars with advanced safety equipment and if an older BMW is a risky maintenance and reliability bet.

Duration: 00:21:47

#108: Live at University of Michigan

We take the show on the road to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute to discuss autonomous vehicle technology: where we are, where we're headed, and the challenges along the way. We also take questions from our live audience!

Duration: 01:12:47

#107: 2017 Detroit Auto Show

We're on the floor of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show! We discuss our first impressions of the all-new Toyota Camry and Honda Odyssey, which announcements surprised and disappointed us, and the emerging diesel trend.

Duration: 00:20:07

#106: Our 2016 Favorites

In our end of the year wrap up, we discuss the cars that were our personal favorites, along with the ones we liked the least.

Duration: 00:22:35

#105: Lincoln Continental and Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Lincoln Continental and Alfa Romeo Giulia both aim to redefine their respective brands. We also answer questions about fully loaded small cars, and the difference between cars that we buy and rent.

Duration: 00:23:10

#104: Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza is redesigned for 2017. We discuss the car's all-new platform and new levels of refinement. We also answer questions on the Chevy Bolt, vehicle reliability, and Mazda Miata alternatives.

Duration: 00:23:41

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