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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.

    2021 Chevrolet Tahoe First Impressions; Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

    2021 Chevrolet Tahoe First Impressions; Tesla Full Self-Driving Review

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, how it measures up to competitors like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, and whether it is suited for towing and hauling a lot of cargo and people. CR has completed its review of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Capability package in our Model 3 and Model Y; we share what we found, and how CR is adapting testing at the Auto Test track to evaluate autonomous driving features now and in the future. We also answer audience questions.

    • 25 min
    2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Test Results; New Vehicle Announcements From Mercedes and Jeep

    2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Test Results; New Vehicle Announcements From Mercedes and Jeep

    We wrapped up testing on our 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and share the results. Jeep has resurrected an iconic name plate with its newly unveiled Wagoneer, we talk about the nostalgia associated with this large SUV and go through the specs.  Also Mercedes-Benz has redesigned its flagship S-Class sedan for 2021, and we discuss some of the new technology that the luxury sedan will feature.  And we tackle a few audience questions about electric vehicles.

    • 23 min
    Best Time to Buy a Used Car, Radar vs. Camera-Based Safety Sensors, and More

    Best Time to Buy a Used Car, Radar vs. Camera-Based Safety Sensors, and More

    We touch on a number of topics this week, including if a used Subaru Ascent is a good replacement for an Audi A4, why your infotainment system might not play nice with your Apple iPhone or Android phone, the right way to tie down an object to your roof, and how Consumer Reports headlight testing differs from that of IIHS. We also discuss routine maintenance that is unique to EVs, why an automatic emergency braking system might give a driver false positives.

    • 31 min
    2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions; How to Avoid Buying a Flood Damaged Used Car

    2020 Audi Q7 First Impressions; How to Avoid Buying a Flood Damaged Used Car

    We recently purchased the 2020 Audi Q7, so this week we discuss what's new in the freshening of this 3-row midsize SUV, give our take on the new dual screen infotainment system, and how it compares to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. Also, we talk about precautions drivers should consider when driving in heavy rain, what to do if you encounter flooded roads, and share some telltale signs a car might have been previously flooded when shopping for a used car.

    • 28 min
    2020 BMW 2 Series First Impressions; Why Manufacturers Shouldn't Charge a Premium for Safety Features

    2020 BMW 2 Series First Impressions; Why Manufacturers Shouldn't Charge a Premium for Safety Features

    This week we give our first impressions of the 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe, discuss its driving characteristics, and how it compares to its competitors, like the Genesis G70. CR has released a new study which finds that on many vehicles important advanced safety features like AEB and FCW are only available in expensive optional packages, and paired with less crucial amenities. We talk about the importance of these life saving systems, and why they should be standard on every car.

    • 21 min
    2020 Cadillac CT4 Test Results; Cadillac Lyriq First Look

    2020 Cadillac CT4 Test Results; Cadillac Lyriq First Look

    We recently completed testing on the 2020 Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan, and we discuss how it compares to the Audi A4, Genesis G70, and its sister sedan, the Cadillac CT5. Staying with the Cadillac, the GM’s luxury brand recently made headlines with the unveiling of its all-electric Lyriq concept SUV; we talk about the rocky history of electric cars at General Motors, the interesting platform the Lyriq will be based on, and how this car will compete with Tesla's offerings. We also answer audience questions.

    • 29 min

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