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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.

    2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR's New Green Choice Program

    2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid First Impressions; CR's New Green Choice Program

    This week we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid. We talk about all the new features that the F-150 has to offer, including the built-in generator, hybrid powertrain performance, and the sizable touch screen. We Also Discuss Consumer Reports' new auto designation called Green Choice, and explain the purpose and which criteria vehicles need to meet to earn the distinction.

    • 29 min
    2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions; New Chevrolet Bolt EUV

    2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Impressions; New Chevrolet Bolt EUV

    The Bronco name is back, and this week we share our first impressions on the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, catering to those looking for a rugged, off-road capable vehicle. We discuss how the small SUV, sibling of the larger Bronco, handles rocks and mud, as well as its engine performance and interior comfort. Chevrolet announced an updated version of its all-electric Bolt and an all-new Bolt EUV, and we discuss the key changes for the Bolt EV.

    • 26 min
    2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions; New Nissan Frontier & Pathfinder

    2021 Polestar 2 First Impressions; New Nissan Frontier & Pathfinder

    CR recently bought the very first car released by Polestar, the performance brand from parent company Volvo. The Polestar 2 is an all-electric hatchback built to compete with other luxury EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron, and we share our first impressions on what we found taking it on the open road, as well as our test track. Nissan recently announced a redesigned Frontier pickup truck and Pathfinder SUV, and we ask the big question: what took so long?!

    • 29 min
    2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions; Redesigned Tesla Model S

    2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Impressions; Redesigned Tesla Model S

    This week we discuss the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, sharing our first impressions on the driving dynamics, the screen-dominated interior, and if we think it is worthy of the Mustang badge. Tesla recently unveiled big changes to its Model S sedan and Model X SUV, introducing a yoke-style steering wheel, and foregoing turn signal and gear selector stalks in favor of touch capacitive buttons and screen controls.

    • 28 min
    2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions; Finding Parts for Classic Vehicles

    2021 Toyota Sienna First Impressions; Finding Parts for Classic Vehicles

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota Sienna, and discuss the livability of this all-new minivan, the driving characteristics of the standard hybrid powertrain, and how it stacks up against competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. We also discuss tips for keeping LED headlights clear of ice and snow in winter weather, the best way to track down parts for classic cars, and how driving positions play a role in crash safety.

    • 26 min
    2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions; Why a Fender Bender Can Be So Expensive

    2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions; Why a Fender Bender Can Be So Expensive

    We recently purchased a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra for the Consumer Reports auto testing program, and we share our first impressions on the performance, infotainment, and styling of this small sedan. We also discuss why many modern cars seem to lack a traditional bumper, and why the cost of minor dings and fender benders can be surprisingly expensive.

    • 28 min

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