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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 (MP3) Consumer Reports

    • Automotive
    • 4.2, 157 Ratings

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

    #263 2020 Tesla Model Y First Impressions

    #263 2020 Tesla Model Y First Impressions

    The Tesla Model Y makes its debut at our test track. We share our first impressions on driving, styling and the suite of technology that's packed into this all-electric SUV. We discuss some safety concerns with Tesla's optional, Full Self-Driving Capability package, and how rolling changes to the beta software can alter how the Model Y behaves on the road.

    • 27 min
    #262 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Impressions; Ford's Unveiling of the 2021 F-150

    #262 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Impressions; Ford's Unveiling of the 2021 F-150

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in version of the hybrid, and talk about the ups and downs of the electrification of the RAV. We discuss the newly unveiled 2021 Ford F-150 and all the changes, including a hybrid powertrain. Also, we answer audience questions about which factor is most important (mileage or age) when purchasing a used car, and could obstructing the A-pillar (with a dash cam power cord) potentially affect the side curtain airbag.

    • 27 min
    #261 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results; Ford's All-new (Handsfree) Active Drive Assist System

    #261 2020 Audi Q3 Test Results; Ford's All-new (Handsfree) Active Drive Assist System

    This week we share our test results of the 2020 Audi Q3. We also talk about Ford's new Co-Pilot360 and the active drive assist feature, and discuss how it compares to Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise. Also, we answer audience questions about the best way to purchase a vehicle at the end of a lease, if covering a car in rhinestones is a good idea, and choosing a first car for a 17-year-old 'car addict' under 20K.

    • 30 min
    #260 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions; Why Small Car Fuel Economy Isn't Improving

    #260 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid First Impressions; Why Small Car Fuel Economy Isn't Improving

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and how it stacks up against the standard version. We also discuss why fuel economy numbers in small and compact cars don't seem to be improving at the rate of larger vehicles, whether someone entering the auto industry should forego an education in conventional cars in favor of electric vehicle (EV) specialization, and learn all about Jake's abundant tomato garden in his remote workplace.

    • 28 min
    #259 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid First Impressions; Can Lower Octane Fuel Damage Your Car?

    #259 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid First Impressions; Can Lower Octane Fuel Damage Your Car?

    This week at the track we have the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, we share our first impressions and discuss whether or not hybridizing the CR-V improved the model. Also we dip into the mailbag and answer audience questions about why Subarus are so popular with car reviewers and enthusiasts, whether filling up your car with lower octane fuel than recommended by the manufacturer could damage your vehicle or void the warranty, and how to make a long road trip as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

    • 31 min
    #258 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results; Is It The Right Time to Buy an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle?

    #258 2020 Lincoln Corsair Test Results; Is It The Right Time to Buy an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle?

    This week we share our test results of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. We discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the electric vehicle market, and whether or not it is the right time to buy an EV or a hybrid. Also we answer audience questions including whether window tint potentially reduces the heating effect of sunlight, could the summer's high heat kill off the COVID-19 virus in your vehicle, and if a Ford Fusion is a smart choice in terms of long term reliability and ride comfort.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

murrzap ,

Fantastic!

I have been listening to this podcast for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. I like how it keeps me up to date on the cars for consumers, not just the fancy and outrageous cars that never make it out of the auto show. I don’t really mind the tone of the hosts voices, and I don’t judge them for it because they can’t control it. It is basically a show by car nerds, for car nerds, about nerdy car stuff. If your looking for a podcast that talks about family and sports car a like, in detail and depth, and talks about the pros and cons of each vehicle, look no further!

Logan fuenffinger ,

Great podcast for gear heads

I love cars and this podcast will definitely satisfy car lovers like me.

Mobasmed ,

Helped me learn so much!

About 3 months ago I started looking for a car to get my parents. I didn't know anything about cars so I wanted to do research to make sure I got them the best thing for them. This podcast (and consumer reports online) helped me learn so much so quickly! I also really appreciate the different personalities on the show and the rotating hosts. Thank you CR for providing such a wonderful service!

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