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Talking Cars (MP3‪)‬ 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.

    2023 Genesis G80 EV

    2023 Genesis G80 EV

    This week, we give our first impressions of the all-electric Genesis G80 (officially called the Electrified G80). We discuss the styling, electric range, driving dynamics, and luxurious interior of the EV sedan, and how it compares to the gas powered version. Also, with so many electric vehicles on the market, we debate which used EV we would recommend to a first time buyer.
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:57 - First Impressions : 2023 Genesis G80 EV
    14:30 - Question: Which used electric vehicle is best suited for a first time EV buyer?
     
     
     
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    2022 Genesis G80
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/genesis/g80/2022/overview
     
    Electric Cars Are Becoming Less Expensive
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-are-becoming-less-expensive-a6548270716/
     
    Most Satisfying New Compact Hybrid Cars
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/most-satisfying-new-hybrid-cars-a5029804171/
     
    How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient New Car
    https://www.consumerreports.org/fuel-economy-efficiency/how-to-choose-a-fuel-efficient-new-car-a6176139178/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 20 min
    2023 Nissan Z

    2023 Nissan Z

    Nissan draws from its 50-plus-year history in resurrecting the Z, a sports car that the automaker calls "all-new" (but is it though??) We debate the provenance of this iteration of the Z, as well as share our first impressions of its performance, interior, and what you might lose by opting for the automatic transmission. We also debate which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW M550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53.
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:58 - First Impressions : 2023 Nissan Z
    20:55 - Question: Which is the ultimate driving machine: the BMW 550i xDrive, or the Mercedes-Benz AMG E53?
     
     
     
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    Preview: All-New 2023 Nissan Z Combines Classic Cues, Modern Performance
    https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/nissan-z-preview-a2145463162/
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Nissan Z
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNp1KyxJv80
     
    Nissan Z Road Test
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAndC05ZXzY
     
    2023 Nissan Z
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/nissan/z/2023/overview
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 24 min
    2023 Subaru Solterra

    2023 Subaru Solterra

    Subaru jumps into the electric vehicle market with the brand's first widely offered EV, the 2023 Solterra. Sharing its platform with the almost identical Toyota bZ4X, we share our first impressions of this all-electric SUV, including its unique interior design cues, driving characteristics, and power delivery. We also discuss the current state of the semiconductor chip shortage on the car market: why you might see cars selling with a chip shortage discount, whether some manufacturers are dropping options like satellite radio in order to ration the available chips, and if cars from this era will be desirable in the future.
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:52 - First Impressions : 2023 Subaru Solterra
    13:39 - Question: Is the semiconductor chip shortage still affecting the car market?
     
     
     
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    2023 Subaru Solterra EV Has Lots of Room but Its Battery Is Too Small
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2023-subaru-solterra-review-a1453953544/

    2022 New York Auto Show: Subaru Solterra EV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGi4IJqsab8
     
    2022 New York Auto Show: Toyota’s All-Electric bZ4X
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR9vD7PEjBo
     
    Why Your New Car May Not Have Everything You Want
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/why-your-new-car-may-not-have-everything-you-want-a9886900049/
     
    When to Buy a Used Car in This Tough Market
    https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/when-to-buy-a-used-car-a6584238157/
     
    Global Chip Shortage Makes It Tough to Buy Certain Cars
    https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/global-chip-shortage-makes-it-tough-to-buy-certain-cars-a8160576456/
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 23 min
    2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

    2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

    The Ford Maverick hybrid promises superior fuel economy and pickup utility at a price that's thousands of dollars less than the more common standard-sized truck. But will the availability of the hybrid powertrain as front-wheel drive only be a deal-breaker for buyers? Can this small pickup handle truck duties, and how does it compare to the standard engine version? Also, we explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles.
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:52 - First Impressions : 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
    13:39 - Question: Please explain the science behind regenerative braking, and how it works in both hybrid and electric vehicles?
     
     
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    First Drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Is a Throwback to the Era of Small, Simple Pickup Trucks
    https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-ford-maverick-review-a1068008639/
     
    2022 Ford Maverick
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2022/overview/

     
    How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-decide-if-a-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-or-fully-electric-car-is-right-for-you/

     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
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    • 18 min
    2022 Rivian R1T

    2022 Rivian R1T

    This week, we drive the all-new fully-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck. We share our first impressions, discuss some of our favorite features and debate whether the R1T bridges the gap between being environmentally conscious and having truck-like utility.
     
     
     
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    SHOW NOTES
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    00:00 - Introduction
    00:15 - First Impressions: 2022 Rivian R1T
    14:57 - Question: Which full size pickup truck is reliable and worth keeping for a long time?
     
     
     
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    2022 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Wows Us as It Lives Up to the Hype
    https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-truck-review-a3029848158/
     
    2022 Rivian R1T
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/rivian/r1t/2022/overview
     
    2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeasX0ZyTk
     
    2022 RAM 1500
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ram/1500/2022/overview
     
    Guide to Car Safety
    https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/
     
     
     
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    • 24 min
    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
    -----------------------------------
    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

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
257 Ratings

257 Ratings

Seoul18 ,

Need better audio equipment.

Long time listener since the beginning. But the show production quality has suffered in the pandemic as recording has gone to their houses. The sound quality among the hosts are inconsistent which is distracting.

Why can’t they all upgrade by getting the best quality microphones using their own CR database?

The derby master ,

Ford ranger

My mom is planning When I get older she’s gonna get me a ford ranger is it a good Truck and can you add a camper Shell

im poor send me money ,

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