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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.

    Hyundai Santa Cruz Test Results

    Hyundai Santa Cruz Test Results

    On this episode, we share our test results of the Hyundai Santa Cruz. We discuss where the Santa Cruz fits among competing small pickup trucks, how well it performs ‘truck’ duties and why its construction benefits its livability. We also answer a question on vehicle reliability, and how CR calculates this score from year to year.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 - Hyundai Santa Cruz
    11:08 - Question: How does CR weigh and consider reliability ratings on vehicles from year to year?
    LINKS:
    Hyundai Santa Cruz: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-cruz/2022/overview/
    What’s New in Small Pickup Trucks: https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/whats-new-in-small-pickup-trucks/
    Who Makes the Most Reliable New Cars?: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/

    • 19 min
    Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring

    Driver Monitoring Systems to Be Awarded Extra Points in CR Scoring

    Consumer Reports has tested vehicles from Tesla, GM, Subaru, Ford, and others that include autonomous driving features, with many now including driver monitoring systems to ensure those behind the wheel are paying attention to the road. CR will now award additional points to those systems that perform well in our tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has also announced plans to evaluate these systems.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Driver Monitoring Systems by Ford and GM Are Only Ones to Earn Points in CR’s Tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/driver-monitoring-systems-ford-gm-earn-points-in-cr-tests-a6530426322/

    • 6 min
    Ford BlueCruise First Impressions

    Ford BlueCruise First Impressions

    This week we discuss BlueCruise technology, Ford’s new hands-free active driver assist feature available on the Mustang Mach-E. We share our experiences with the system— both on our test track and public roads— we’ll talk about how it differs from other systems like GM’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot. We also debate how useful these systems are and how driver monitoring plays a crucial role in ensuring safety behind the wheel. Plus, we answer a question about child seats for a growing family.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 - Ford BlueCruise First Impressions
    17:54 - Question: What’s the best car to buy to accommodate a growing family?
    LINKS:
    How Much Automation Does Your Car Really Have? https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/how-much-automation-does-your-car-really-have-level-2-a3543419955/
    Which Lane Keeping Assist System Is Right for You? https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/which-lane-keeping-assist-system-is-right-for-you-a4813532588/
    Cadillac’s Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cadillac-super-cruise-outperforms-other-active-driving-assistance-systems-a1113486809/
    General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra-Cruise,’ an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System: https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/
    How to Fit Car Seats Three Across: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-fit-child-car-seats-three-across/

    • 23 min
    Volkswagen ID.4 Test Results

    Volkswagen ID.4 Test Results

    On this episode, we share our test results of the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4. Find out how this all-new EV stacks up against competing models from Tesla and why we think the ID.4’s redesigned controls have more flash than function. We also answer an audience question on regenerative braking and how it works on the ID.4.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 - Volkswagen ID.4 Test results
    12:46 - Question: How does regenerative braking work on the VW ID.4?
    LINKS:
    Volkswagen ID4: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/id4/2021/overview/
    First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2022-hyundai-ioniq-5-review-a4449361814/
    Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market-a9006292675/

    • 15 min
    2021 Year in Review

    2021 Year in Review

    We wrap 2021 with a roundup of our favorite, and not so favorite cars that we drove at our test track. We also discuss how the car buying market has changed over the last 12 months, share some buying advice for the future and look ahead to some vehicles we hope to buy and test in the new year.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    1:13 - Our least favorite cars of 2021
    9:08 - Our favorite cars of 2021
    18:43 - The Automotive world in 2021
    24:55 - Vehicle production in 2022 and beyond
    LINKS:
    First Drive: Polestar 2 Confuses and Frustrates: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-polestar-2-review-a8033018732/
    First Drive: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Proves Powerful, High-Tech, and Truly Luxurious: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-cadillac-escalade-review/
    First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ Proves Nimble and Fun: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/
    We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/
    Fun to Drive Cars We’re Thankful for This Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/fun-to-drive-cars-we-are-thankful-for-this-year-a2619186767/
    General Motors Introduces ‘Ultra Cruise,’ an Expanded Hands-Free Driver Assistance System: https://www.consumerreports.org/driver-assistance-systems/gm-ultra-cruise-hands-free-driver-assistance-system-a4904409015/
    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/
    Some Automakers Say the Chip Shortage Is Causing the Delay of Certain Features: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-industry/chip-shortage-causing-automakers-to-delay-certain-features-a1131554218/

    • 30 min
    2021 Ford Bronco First Impressions

    2021 Ford Bronco First Impressions

    It’s finally here; the 2021 Ford Bronco joins our test fleet and we share our first impressions. We discuss everything from Bronco history, livability, off-road chops, and why it took so long for CR to buy one. Plus, we debate if the Bronco will out-Wrangler the Jeep Wrangler and win over the hearts of off-road enthusiasts. We also answer an audience question on CR’s criteria for recommended vehicles.
    SHOW NOTES:
    0:00 - 2021 Ford Bronco First Impression
    14:33 - Question: What criteria are considered when CR recommends a vehicle?
    LINKS:
    Ford Bronco Overview: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/bronco/2021/overview/
    We Finally Got Our Bronco. Here Are the 7 Things That Immediately Struck Us: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/what-to-know-about-the-all-new-ford-bronco-a3790433538/

    • 19 min

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