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Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

Talking Cars (MP3) Consumer Reports

    • Automotive

Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

    #248 2020 Hyundai Sonata Test Results; Staying Safe at The Pump

    #248 2020 Hyundai Sonata Test Results; Staying Safe at The Pump

    This week, we discuss how to protect yourself against the coronavirus when pumping gas. Plus, we share test results on our 2020 Hyundai Sonata, looking at how it stacks up against the heavyweights in the category such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Subaru Legacy. We finish the episode with audience questions about whether car buying incentives get better during an economic shakeup (like the coronavirus pandemic), and whether CR engineers use decibel meters when evaluating cabin noise.

    • 28 min
    #247 2020 Toyota Highlander Test Results; Cleaning Your Car of Coronavirus

    #247 2020 Toyota Highlander Test Results; Cleaning Your Car of Coronavirus

    This week we cover tips on how to keep your car clean during the Coronavirus outbreak. Find out which cleaners work best to kill the virus while preserving the interior of your car. Plus, we discuss our test results of the 2020 Toyota Highlander and answer audience questions about CR Top Picks and the reliability of American made cars.

    • 25 min
    #246 Buying vs Leasing an Electric Car; Stuck with Large Rims & Low Profile Tires?

    #246 Buying vs Leasing an Electric Car; Stuck with Large Rims & Low Profile Tires?

    This week we cover a wide range of topics, including comparing Consumer Reports’ ratings across car categories; installing a front-facing child seat in the rear seat of a sports car; why higher-level trim cars come with larger wheels and low profile tires; how CR tests the subject aspects of a tire’s performance, and which would be a better 3-row SUV for a growing family: the Acura MDX, or Mazda CX-9.

    • 32 min
    #245 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport; Coronavirus Affecting Auto Shows

    #245 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport; Coronavirus Affecting Auto Shows

    Consumer Reports has rented a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, and we give our first impressions on this 2-row midsize SUV, compare it to the regular Atlas, as well as other 5-seat SUVs. With the cancellation of the Geneva Auto Show due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, we discuss the future of auto shows worldwide, and whether they make practical sense for manufacturers anymore. We also answer audience questions.

    • 30 min
    #244 Rising Vehicle Repair Costs; Hybrid vs. Regular Car Debate; Car Buying Advice

    #244 Rising Vehicle Repair Costs; Hybrid vs. Regular Car Debate; Car Buying Advice

    This week is an all-questions episode, where we answer as many audience questions as possible. Topics include recommending a vehicle to a first-time car buyer moving to the U.S. from Switzerland; what is the future of tire-pressure monitoring systems; can the higher price tag of a Corolla Hybrid be made back pretty quickly with fuel savings vs. the regular Corolla; why fender-benders are getting pricier to repair; and we end by giving advice about which vehicles are best-suited to elderly drivers. 

    • 30 min
    #243 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Test Results; CR Autos Spotlight

    #243 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Test Results; CR Autos Spotlight

    We’ve completed testing the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. Find out how this version of the small SUV tops the traditionally powered Escape in our tests. We also break down how we rate the best and worst vehicles and brands for CR’s 2020 Autos Spotlight, clear up some confusion about EV ownership and answer your questions.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

RestingNomad ,

Vocal Fry

I had to delete this podcast, which is unfortunate because it wasn’t too bad in terms of content. The lady on the podcast has a voice that descends into a creaky and groaning mess; very difficult to listen to and unfortunate. The guys I thought were good though.

studmanjosh ,

Need more!

I love talking cars podcast probably my favorite out of a bunch of automotive podcasts. If anything need more content, im always waiting for the next esisode!!

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