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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.

Talking Cars (HQ) Consumer Reports

    • Automotive
    • 4.1 • 200 Ratings

Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.

    • video
    2020 Land Rover Defender First Impressions; CR's Annual Auto Reliability Survey

    2020 Land Rover Defender First Impressions; CR's Annual Auto Reliability Survey

    Every year, Consumer Reports releases the results of its auto reliability survey, collecting data from hundreds of thousands of our members. We share the process of collecting this data, as well as some highlights from this year's results. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a recent addition to our test program, and we share our first impressions on this resurrected and rugged luxury off-roader SUV. We also answer audience questions.

    • 29 min
    • video
    Toyota RAV4 Fuel Issues; Are Crash Tests Too Perfect?

    Toyota RAV4 Fuel Issues; Are Crash Tests Too Perfect?

    We discuss a number of topics this week, including an issue with Toyota RAV4 hybrids not able to fully fill their gas tanks, why some recall fixes can leave you without your car for months, if the positioning of occupant dummies in crash tests is not applicable to real-world conditions, why automaker Mitsubishi isn't as popular in the US market as it once was, the methodology behind CR's driving impressions and our Overall Score, and why luxury sports cars aren't required to be crash tested.

    • 29 min
    • video
    2021 Chevrolet Suburban First Impressions; Subscription Fees for Auto Safety?

    2021 Chevrolet Suburban First Impressions; Subscription Fees for Auto Safety?

    The 2021 Chevy Suburban is one of the latest additions to our testing fleet, and we give our first impressions. The subscription model is common with many services these days, yet is still fairly uncommon in the automotive world. However, recent announcements by Tesla and GM may change this, and could introduce the concept of charging a monthly fee for access to important safety features. We talk about how these programs will work, and why they might not be in the best interest of consumers.

    • 26 min
    • video
    2021 Genesis G80 First Impressions; Nitrogen in Your Tires: Is It Worth the Cost?

    2021 Genesis G80 First Impressions; Nitrogen in Your Tires: Is It Worth the Cost?

    We recently got a chance to drive the 2021 Genesis G80 at our test track, and we share our impressions on how the sedan from Hyundai's luxury brand performed, as well as how it compares to other vehicles in its class. We talk about whether filling your tires with nitrogen is something to consider. Winter weather is on its way, so we discuss the best way to prep your car for hitting the road when there's ice and snow.

    • 27 min
    • video
    2021 Lexus IS First Impressions; 2022 GMC Hummer EV Preview

    2021 Lexus IS First Impressions; 2022 GMC Hummer EV Preview

    This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Lexus IS, discuss what has changed from the previous model and if the redesign is adequate to make this compact sports sedan stand out against its rivals. GMC revealed its all-new fully electric 2022 Hummer EV, we discuss some of its glamorous features and if it's enticing enough to steal the spotlight from the competition. Also we breakdown CR's new study on EV wall chargers and provide tips on how to improve the charging experience.

    • 27 min
    • video
    2021 Genesis GV80 First Impressions; 2022 Volkswagen Taos Preview

    2021 Genesis GV80 First Impressions; 2022 Volkswagen Taos Preview

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Genesis GV80, we go through the specs  and talk about whether this luxury SUV has what it takes to challenge some of the highly established competitors like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, and Cadillac XT6. Also Volkswagen recently announced the all-new Taos for 2022, our experts discuss where it fits within the Volkswagen SUV lineup and if the automotive industry needs another small SUV. We also answer audience questions.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

doug demuro ,

Listening at only 11 ;)

Hello! I am age 11, turning 12 and I’m super into cars. Researching cars is kinda my topic. You see, I have insomnia and I prefer listening to this while falling asleep 😴
Very informative and interesting to listen to 🧐 I gave this podcast a 4, just shy of a 5 because the podcast can get a little dense from time to time. Other than that, lovin it!🤩

1234xlfx ,

Liberal's Media

Consumer Report is so full of themselves and have a politcal opinon on everything. Always pushing there own agenda to make cars more expensive. Now they are collecting money for there "cause". THis is what happens when Prius owners become "reviewers".

will.serrano82 ,

Up-talking with vocal fry

If you like reviews based on little to no substance by people who also review refrigerators who’ll deliver a review in an up-talking fashion coupled with vocal fry—this podcast is for you.

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