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Talking Cars (HQ‪)‬ 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
    2023 Genesis GV60 EV

    2023 Genesis GV60 EV

    This week, we give our first impressions of the all-new GV60, the first fully-electric vehicle from Genesis. We discuss styling, driving dynamics, and interior storage-- and compare the GV60 to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which are built on the same platform. We also answer an audience question about the legality of driving with fog lights in everyday situations. 
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Intro
    00:16 - First Impressions: 2023 Genesis GV60
    14:30 - Question: Is there any danger or law against driving with fog lights on during clear weather?
     
     
     
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    Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/
     
    2023 Genesis GV60
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/gv60/2023/overview/?pagestop
     
    First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/
     
    First Drive: 2022 Kia EV6 Debuts With Plenty of Power and Engaging Handling
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-kia-ev6-review-a1953327658/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 23 min
    • video
    2023 Mazda CX-50

    2023 Mazda CX-50

    Mazda is channeling the Subaru Outback with its rugged-looking CX-50, and a focus towards outdoor enthusiasts. We share our first impressions of this small SUV, and what sets it apart from the CX-5. Also, how does Consumer Reports get to drive cars that aren't yet for sale? We explain our unique relationship with car manufacturers, and how we are able to maintain our unbiased testing standards while still getting a sneak peek at cars before you see them on the dealership lot.
     
     
     
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    Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2
     
    Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Intro
    00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Mazda CX-50
    11:18 - Question: How is CR able to “rent” all these brand-new vehicles from manufacturers?
     
     
     
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    Preview: Mazda Reveals the All-New 2023 CX-50
    https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-mazda-cx-50-review-a2206621676/
     
    2023 Mazda CX-50
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/cx-50/2023/overview
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 21 min
    • video
    2023 Kia Sportage

    2023 Kia Sportage

    What is considered an "affordable" car in today's marketplace? Is the 2023 Kia Sportage a bargain at its base price of $25,990? We discuss how much you'll get for your money, the car’s driving characteristics, controls, standard safety features, and whether the hybrid version might best the gas engine version. We recently found this to be the case with Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. Also, is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles? Our experts share their advice on the potential reliability issues of buying a new Acura Integra to replace an aging Volvo V60.
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Intro
    00:14 - First Impressions: 2023 Kia Sportage
    11:41 - Question: is it a safe bet to buy the first model of a vehicle when many of its components are sourced from other vehicles?
     
     
     
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    Preview: 2023 Kia Sportage Grows in Size and Edges Upscale
    https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2023-kia-sportage-review-a1593140021/
     
    2023 Kia Sportage
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sportage/2023/overview
     
    All-New Turbocharged 2023 Acura Integra Starts Under $31,000
    https://www.consumerreports.org/small-cars/2023-acura-integra-review-a1115778934/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 18 min
    • video
    Chevrolet Corvette Goes Electric

    Chevrolet Corvette Goes Electric

    This week we talk about Chevrolet's announcement of an electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette. We cover Corvette history, the evolution of car enthusiast culture and the future of powerful supercars that are entering the EV space. We also answer an audience question that asks how automated and electrified vehicles will affect the traditional driving experience as we know it.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:25 - Ford Lightning Announcement
    0:43 - Electrified Chevrolet Corvette Announcement
    7:30 - Question #1: With the advent of full autonomous vehicles, will there still be space for car enthusiasts who enjoy vehicles with traditional ICEs?
    LINKS:
    Chevrolet Corvette to Go Hybrid and Eventually Electric: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/chevrolet-corvette-hybrid-electric-review-a2522443606/
    Chevrolet Corvette: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/corvette/
    Ford F-150 Lightning: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/f-150-lightning/
    Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/

    • 22 min
    • video
    2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid

    2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Kia Sorento hybrid, and discuss its driving characteristics, infotainment controls, powertrain performance, and whether the hybrid version is better than the gas-powered model. Also we talk about tire safety, and whether tread depth is a good indicator of when you need a replacement set.
     
     
     
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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
    00:13 - First Impressions: 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid 
    07:30 - Question: Is tread depth a good indicator of when you need to replace tires on your car?
     
     
     
     
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    2022 Kia Sorento
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/sorento/2022/overview/
     
    Tires: Michelin Defender LTX M/S [T]
    https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/michelin-defender-ltx-m-s-388349/overview/
     
    Tires: Continental TerrainContact H/T
    https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-season-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-h-t-400429/overview/
     
    Tires: Continental TerrainContact A/T
    https://www.consumerreports.org/products/all-terrain-truck-tire/continental-terraincontact-at-400427/overview/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
     
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    • 15 min
    • video
    2022 New York Auto Show

    2022 New York Auto Show

    EVs, rugged trucks, and "futuristic nostalgia" were the big trends at the New York International Auto Show. We share our impressions on a number of vehicles, including the Subaru Solterra, Nissan Z, Ford Bronco Raptor, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Vietnamese startup Vinfast. We also discuss the focus on outdoor recreation, vehicles with throwback styling stuffed with cutting-edge tech, and something called the Toyota Tacozilla.
     
     
     
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    Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Intro
    00:13 - New York Auto Show Impressions
    01:19 - New Trends
    04:23 - Exciting Vehicles
    06:58 - Chevrolet Silverado EV
    08:52 - Volkswagen ID. Buzz
    11:54 - Subaru Solterra & Toyota bZ4X
    14:17 - Nissan Ariya
    16:05 - Vinfast
    17:01 - EV Concepts
    18:45 - Nostalgia
    19:14 - Earth Theme
     
     
     
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    2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Ariya EV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S0DdU_KYA4
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Silverado EV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbL5ee6-YdQ
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

Blizzard1s2d ,

Consumer reports website is quite useful and so is this podcast

It’s very informative and interesting. It’s helpful that it is in video so you can see the cars in motion. They have various experts an reviewers on to talk about the different aspects of vehicles, everyone is so well-informed and interesting. Thank you for all the EV reviews and the ‘How to buy a car in 2022’ show, that’s just what I need. Thank you for giving everyone good mics and making sure they are all at the same volume level!

Alvana5 ,

Everything about cars

Very informative.

z34gue ,

Very weird arguments

A lot of the cons for cars in their eyes are pros in generally everyone else’s. Also pick pretty stupid things for pros and cons. Seems like they dumbed it down too much. Example: the buttons on the steaming wheel don’t have the click they liked, so they talked about it for 5 minutes. Bad reviews.

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