144 episodes

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Car Stuff Podcast Consumer Guide Automotive

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    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

    NASCAR Chicago Street Race, The Predictive Pickup Trucks of 1957

    NASCAR Chicago Street Race, The Predictive Pickup Trucks of 1957

    With host Tom Appel out on vacation this week, co-hosts Damon Bell and Jill Ciminillo start the show by discussing Ford's just-unveiled Bronco Heritage Edition models and the recently announced NASCAR Chicago Street Race, which is scheduled for next summer. Collectible Automobile magazine Editor-in-Chief John Biel joins us to chat about the great features in the October 2022 issue, including histories of the 1977-1979 full-size Chevrolets and the pickup trucks of 1957. Damon has a quiz on boxy subcompacts for Jill and John, and Damon also runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a test-drive review of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X.

    • 53 min
    Hyundai EV Architecture, Federal EV Tax Credits Gone Crazy

    Hyundai EV Architecture, Federal EV Tax Credits Gone Crazy

    With co-host Damon Bell out on vacation this week, host Tom Appel and co-host Jill Ciminillo start the show by discussing the federal government's extension of the electric-vehicle tax credit, as well as the pending discontinuation of the Nissan Maxima sedan. Paul Herrold, Chief Editor at Sons of Speed, joins us to talk about Hyundai's E-GMP electric-vehicle platform and the Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia EVs built upon it. Tom has a quiz for Jill and Paul, and Tom also runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a test-drive review of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain station wagon.

    • 54 min
    Generation Z Goes Car Shopping, 3 Quick Car Reviews

    Generation Z Goes Car Shopping, 3 Quick Car Reviews

    Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing three recent test vehicles they've driven: the BMW M3 Competition, Kia Sportage Hybrid, and Infiniti QX60. Brendan Dougherty, Director of Modern Retail at the automotive retail technology company CDK Global, joins us to share some interesting insights about Generation Z car buyers. Tom has a quiz on Chevrolet for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a test-drive review of the 2022 Honda Civic Si sport-compact sedan.   

    • 54 min
    Used-Car Sales Tricks in the 1960s, 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

    Used-Car Sales Tricks in the 1960s, 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

    Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the recently unveiled 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV--an all-electric crossover SUV that will be offered in numerous versions, including a 557-hp SS model. Frank Peiler, Publisher of Collectible Automobile magazine and Publisher Emeritus of Consumer Guide Automotive, joins us to share some eye-opening stories from his days selling used cars in the 1960s, and talk about the founding of Collectible Automobile magazine. Tom has a "French-market car or prescription drug?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a test-drive review of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X pure-electric crossover.   

    • 53 min
    What Makes Electric-Vehicle Tires Different?, 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

    What Makes Electric-Vehicle Tires Different?, 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

    With co-host Jill Ciminillo out on assignment this week, host Tom Appel and co-host Damon Bell start the show by discussing Tom's unusual experience in a Mercedes-Benz EQS test vehicle, and Hyundai's recently unveiled Ioniq 6 pure-electric midsize sedan. TJ Campbell, Tire Information and Testing Manager at The Tire Rack, joins us to explain the unique characteristics of tires for electric vehicles. Tom has a "which is the better seller?" quiz for Damon, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog--including a test-drive review of the redesigned-for-2022 Toyota Tundra (in top-line Capstone trim).   

    • 53 min
    The Problems with Electric Pickups, Chevrolet Bolt Price Drop

    The Problems with Electric Pickups, Chevrolet Bolt Price Drop

    Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing the phaseout of federal EV tax credits for Toyota electrified vehicles, and Chevrolet's recently announced decision to drop the price on the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV and offer retroactive discounts to previous Bolt buyers. Tim Esterdahl, founder and publisher of Pickup Truck + SUV Talk, joins us to chat about the issues preventing pure-electric pickup trucks from broader adoption. Tom has a "which is heavier?" quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog, including a test-drive review of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pure-electric pickup.   

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Freaky Frustrated ,

Worth it.

Nicely paced, pretty informative, kinda funny.

IndyBoilers ,

Love Tom and the other two amigos.

This is the highlight of my Friday night. (How'd THAT happen!?)... Damon has the most impressive life away from cars, at least by all the things Tom notes in the opening minutes. Keep it up guys. I love the trivia, the games, the comraderie. I wish I was your friend.

pete from peoria ,

Donut reviews and Extra trivia questions

The review of cars and the auto industry is great. The trivia question s at the end are great

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