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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.

    #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
    #242: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB First Impressions; Replacing Run-Flats with Standard Tires | Talking Cars #242

    #242: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB First Impressions; Replacing Run-Flats with Standard Tires | Talking Cars #242

    We just purchased the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 for our test program, and discuss its driving characteristics, controls, and where this compact SUV fits into the Mercedes lineup. We also dip into our mail bag and answer questions about replacing run-flats with regular tires, recommend a compact luxury sport sedan for city driving in Canada, and suggest a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that is capable of fitting 3 child seats in the second row.

    • 22 min
    #241 2020 Cadillac CT5 First Impressions; ‘Super’ Car Ads

    #241 2020 Cadillac CT5 First Impressions; ‘Super’ Car Ads

    We bought the all-new Cadillac CT5 for our test program and share our first impressions. Find out if we think this sports sedan has what it takes to challenge European competitors. Plus, we recap Super Bowl car ads that caught our attention and answer audience questions about traveling with pets and how vehicles earn a CR Recommendation.

    • 28 min
    #240 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Test Results; Captain's Chairs vs Bench Seats

    #240 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Test Results; Captain's Chairs vs Bench Seats

    This week, we discuss the test results of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS450, and we share how this luxurious 3-row SUV performed at our track. We also answer questions about the likelihood of LED headlights getting covered by snow and ice (and what to do about it,) why the captain's chairs on higher trim level 3-row CUVs and SUVs might not be preferable to a standard bench seat, and if the new Honda Accord's 4-cylinder turbo engine is reliable.

    • 22 min
    #239 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Test Results; Do Tires Ever Expire?

    #239 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Test Results; Do Tires Ever Expire?

    This week, we reveal the test results of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel, which leads us to ask what does the future of the pickup truck look like? We also talk about the legality, drivability, and safety concerns surrounding lifted pickup trucks, if tires can expire with age rather than wear, and why Consumer Reports' fuel test results differ from the EPA's numbers.

    • 19 min
    #238 2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions; Audience Questions

    #238 2020 Hyundai Sonata First Impressions; Audience Questions

    The 2020 Hyundai Sonata joins our test fleet and we discuss the redesigned car's bold new styling, the role sedans play in a market dominated by SUVs and how Hyundai packed the latest safety and convenience technology into an affordable vehicle. Plus, we answer your questions about run-flat tire tread wear, CR's stance on hard buttons versus touchscreens and how seats that lack lumbar adjustment can be a dealbreaker. 

    • 23 min

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