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Talking Cars (Video‪)‬ Consumer Reports

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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.

    • video
    2022 Mazda MX-30

    2022 Mazda MX-30

    This week, we share our impressions of the all-electric Mazda MX-30, the automaker’s first EV to hit the market. Find out why we think the MX-30 is behind the times and why only 560 vehicles are planned to be sold in the US. We also answer an audience question about the legality of LED replacement headlights.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00-12:22 - 2022 Mazda MX-30
    12:22-19:27 - Video Question: Are LED replacement bulbs legal? 
    LINKS:
    Frustrating Mazda MX-30 Can’t Match Other Modern EVs: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mazda-mx-30-review-a1201295576/
    Smart Adaptive Headlights Will Soon Brighten U.S. Roads: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/smart-adaptive-headlights-will-soon-brighten-us-roads-a8128257819/
     

    • 19 min
    • video
    2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

    2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

    The all-electric 2022 Mercedes EQS becomes the automaker's new flagship alongside the S-Class lines. We share our first impressions of this ultra-luxury sedan, whether or not it can compete with the Tesla Model S, some of the next-generation safety features, and wild luxury comfort options.
     
     
     
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    We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
    19:06 - Question: Are dealers bound to the agreed price when the car was ordered, or they can change the price upon delivery of the vehicle?
     
     
     
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    Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/
     
    Mercedes-Benz Is the Latest Automaker to Go All Electric
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/mercedes-benz-is-the-latest-automaker-to-go-all-electric-a2034098392/
     
    2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mercedes-benz/eqs/2022/overview
     
    First Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Wows With Advanced Technology
    https://www.consumerreports.org/luxury-cars/2021-mercedes-benz-s-class-review/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 23 min
    • video
    2022 Polaris Slingshot

    2022 Polaris Slingshot

    The Slingshot, a three-wheeled street vehicle made by ATV, snowmobile, and side-by-side manufacturer Polaris, blurs the lines between a motorcycle and car. With its single rear drive wheel and an open-air cabin lacking both a roof and doors, the Slingshot positions itself to be an action-packed alternative to weekend cruisers like the Mazda Miata, traditional motorcycles, or any number of classic cars (think Plymouth Barracuda, Road Runner, and Chevrolet Nova). But does the fun factor make up for the price, inconvenience, and lack of safety features?
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:14 - First Impressions: 2022 Polaris Slingshot
    18:26 - Question: Are engineering emissions test programs that offer monetary incentives by car manufacturers legitimate?
     
     
     
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    Radical Polaris Slingshot is part car, part motorcycle, all excitement
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/radical-polaris-slingshot-three-wheeler-is-part-car-part-motorcycle/index.htm
     
    Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 20 min
    • video
    2023 Toyota bZ4X

    2023 Toyota bZ4X

    Toyota kicks off its all-electric vehicle lineup with the bZ4X, joining the rapidly growing EV market with a popular SUV size slotting between the RAV4 and the larger Venza. We share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X and discuss its modest electric range, the recent recall involving wheels detaching while in motion, Toyota already running out of EV tax credits, and why CR will not be buying one for its test program.
     
     
     
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    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 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
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota bZ4X
    17:25 - Question: Why automatic folding side view mirrors are rare in the US?
     
     
     
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    2023 Toyota bZ4X
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/bz4x/2023/overview
     
    Roomy 2023 Toyota bZ4X Impresses on the Road
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-bz4x-review-a7787483444/
     
    Toyota Becomes 3rd Automaker to Reach Electric vehicle Tax Credit Limit
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/toyota-reaches-electric-vehicle-tax-credit-limit-a9709089660/
     
    2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 21 min
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    2023 Acura Integra

    2023 Acura Integra

    Acura has resurrected the Integra nameplate, as the classic five-door hatchback returns with an upscale vibe. We share our first impressions on the 2023 Acura Integra, discuss how it performed around our test track, if the interior lives up to the Acura's quality standards, and what sets it apart from the very similar Honda Civic Si. We also debate whether the Integra should be treated as a first year model, or whether it is okay to purchase because many of its components are carried over from the previously released Civic Si.
     
     
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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
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:14 - First Impressions : 2023 Acura Integra
    18:40 - Question: Is it wise to purchase the first model year of the 2023 Acura Integra?
     
     
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    All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000
    https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/
     
    2023 Acura Integra
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/acura/integra/2023/overview
     
    First Drive: 2022 Honda Civic Stands Out Among Compact Sedans
    https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review-a1347563873/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
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    • 24 min
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    The Most American Car of All Time

    The Most American Car of All Time

    The 4th of July Independence Day holiday is here in the US, and to celebrate we wanted to find out from our audience: what does it mean for a car to be "American?” With a global car market and vehicle parts being made all over the world, it can be difficult to define. We also polled our audience to select what they think is the most American car ever manufactured. We share the responses, and our expert opinions on this star-spangled episode!
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:14 - What defines an American Car?
    16:32 - What Is the Most American Car?
     
     
     
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    How the Tesla Model S Changed the World
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-the-tesla-model-s-changed-the-world-a7291465820/
     
    Best New-Car Deals for July 4th
    https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-new-car-deals-for-july-4th-a1191663902/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 27 min

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