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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.

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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.

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    2021 Honda Ridgeline; What’s the Perfect Pickup?

    2021 Honda Ridgeline; What’s the Perfect Pickup?

    On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. We discuss whether or not the Ridgeline has improved and if its trucky-enough compared to its competitors. We also choose and outfit the perfect pickup and learn about Mike Monticello's "rules of trucking.” Plus, we answer an audience question about commuting in an electric-vehicle in Alaska.

    • 21 min
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    2022 Infiniti QX60 First Impressions

    2022 Infiniti QX60 First Impressions

    This week we take a first look at the 2022 Infiniti QX60. We discuss how the three-row luxury SUV has evolved over the years and how some elements of the redesign made the controls less user-friendly. We also share some buying advice for a viewer who wants to drive a convertible, all-year round in Canada.

    • 21 min
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    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Test Results

    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Test Results

    This week we share the test results of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette. We talk about how the drastic redesign of this American icon has propelled the Corvette into supercar territory, putting it on par with European competitors that cost double the price. We also answer an audience question about tire pressure.

    • 19 min
    • video
    2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Test Results; Our Worst Car Buying Experiences

    2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Test Results; Our Worst Car Buying Experiences

    This week we discuss the test results of the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid. We also discuss the Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe and debate whether the hybrid versions of these SUVs make them better vehicles overall. The IIHS has updated crash test standards for small SUVs; find out why few vehicles performed well in the new test and what that means for consumers. Plus, we share our worst car buying experiences and answer questions on electric vehicle prices, and how CR evaluates new vehicles.

    • 38 min
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    2022 Lexus NX First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 as a Rental Car

    2022 Lexus NX First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 as a Rental Car

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Lexus NX, discuss its available powertrains including a plug-in hybrid, completely redesigned infotainment, and our experience using its unique gear selector. Hertz "shocked" the rental car market by ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3s for its fleet, and we talk about the possible pros and cons of renting an electric vehicle for a first-time EV driver, and how it might impact the industry.

    • 37 min
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    Car Buying Tips; Do EVs Depreciate Quicker?

    Car Buying Tips; Do EVs Depreciate Quicker?

    This week is an all questions episode. We discuss if electric vehicles will depreciate quicker than gas powered cars; why newer transmissions have so many gears; what makes a good retirement vehicle; the difference between all-season and all-weather tires; and our choice for the best do-it-all vehicle under $35K.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

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.

tally_fsu_fan ,

Video Quality Issues

In recent episodes I have noticed poor video quality and laggy audio playback. It would be nice to have the show back to a in-person studio as much as I like seeing John’s Audi posters in the background.

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