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Behind the Scenes at the IIHS Crash Lab

5/22/2024
For decades, Consumer Reports has been at the forefront of advocating for automotive safety, collaborating closely with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to continually elevate safety standards in cars. In this episode, we take you behind the scenes of the IIHS auto crash test facility in central Virginia. Our experts talk with David Aylor, the Vice President of Active Safety at IIHS, discussing the significance of crash safety and detailing the collaborative efforts between IIHS and Consumer Reports in advancing automotive safety standards. SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:49 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 01:04 - Side Impact Crash Test 02:21 - How CR incorporates IIHS Data into the rating 03:16 - What is Car Safety 04:42 - Crash Avoidance Systems 07:25 - What is HLDI 08:47 - How CR and IIHS are raising the bar for car safety 10:05 - How our work benefits consumers 10:41 - IIHS ratings 12:05 - Understanding CR’s safety ratings 13:04 - Difference between IIHS and NHTSA 13:53 - How we are all working together for the consumer 15:08 - Looking forward ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

Duration:00:17:32

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2024 Tesla Model 3

5/8/2024
Our experts share their first impressions of the 2024 Tesla Model 3. For 2024, the Model 3 gets a major freshening with updated styling, acoustic glass for all of the windows, an 8-inch touchscreen for rear passengers, and a softer ride. While these are all good changes, we also talk about how the controls and updated blind spot warning system leave us wanting more. We also answer audience questions about the lack of van-like vehicles on the market and which safety systems we'd design for future vehicles. For more information on the Tesla Model 3: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-3/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Check out CR's complete vehicle ratings and test results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ---------------------------------------------- SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 1:16 - Tesla redesign vs. refresh 2:39 - First impressions 3:45 - 2024 Model 3 updates 8:26 - Regenerative braking 12:58 - New features/controls we’re on the fence about 22:14 - Features we still like 23:30 - Tesla Supercharger layoffs 24:41 - Why we bought the Full Self-Driving capability 27:03 - CR/Tesla Histroy 30:46 - Question 1: Where did all the vans go? 35:43 - Question 2: What vehicle safety system would you design? ---------------------------------------------- LINKS: First Drive: Refreshed 2024 Tesla Model 3 Improves Upon Its Winning Formula: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-tesla-model-3-review-a1206367267/ Automakers Move to a Common Plug Standard to Allow Their EVs to Use Tesla Superchargers: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/tesla-superchargers-open-to-other-evs-what-to-know-a9262067544/ Best Bike Racks: https://www.consumerreports.org/health/bike-racks-carriers/best-bike-racks-a8073136271/ How to Choose and Use the Right Bike Rack: https://www.consumerreports.org/health/bike-racks-carriers/how-to-choose-and-use-the-right-bike-rack-a1180679643/ ---------------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ---------------------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:43:49

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2023 Chevrolet Colorado

4/24/2024
The redesigned 2023 Chevrolet Colorado offers noticeable improvements throughout the truck. We share our first impressions of this midsized pickup truck, exploring its modern convenience features, off-road prowess, improved ride quality, and evaluating if the redesign truly paid off. Additionally, we debate regarding the impact of Toyota's renowned reliability on its overall greatness, and provide insights on combating excessive tire wear in EVs. More info on the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/pickup-trucks/2023-chevrolet-colorado-review-a6426754407?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado 02:01 - How it Drives 03:25 - The Size 07:17 - Safety Features 09:01 - Controls 10:24 - Small Trucks Demand 12:58 - Question #1:Do rear-wheel drive EVs require snow tires for winter driving, and are there EV models with reduced tire wear impact? 18:28 - Question #2: Would Toyotas still be as great without their stellar reliability? ---------------------------------- First Drive: Redesigned 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Is Improved Throughout https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/pickup-trucks/2023-chevrolet-colorado-review-a6426754407/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2023 Chevrolet Colorado https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/colorado/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Face-Off: Chevrolet Colorado vs. Ford Ranger https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/pickup-trucks/chevrolet-colorado-vs-ford-ranger-compact-pickup-truck-review-a8869698832/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SUV or Pickup: Which to Choose? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/suv-or-pickup-which-to-choose-a6547142065/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:24:31

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The Crazy Saga of Our Fisker Ocean

4/10/2024
In this supersized episode, we share our very unusual experience purchasing, receiving, and driving our 2023 Fisker Ocean Ultra; there are so many twists and turns to this story, we can’t summarize them here, you’ll just have to listen to the entire wild experience! We also answer audience questions about how to store an EV for long periods of time, and the best car for road trips: the Ford Maverick, Subaru Forester, or Toyota Camry. More info on the 2023 Fisker Ocean here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/fisker-ocean-electric-suv-review-a2735159415/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - Our Fisker Ocean 01:53 - Buying & Delivery Experience 06:19 - Issue with the Ocean 09:16 - Payment 09:53 - Driving Experience 10:46 - Software Versions 12:19 - Customer Service 14:41 - Experiencing The Car 21:12 - Missing Safety Features 23:02 - Features we liked 23:43 - Range & Charging 27:49 - Regenerative Braking 31:25 - Controls 33:34 - ABS Issue 34:59 - Cabin 37:09 - SDV - Software Defined Vehicle 39:18 - State of Fisker 43:26 - Price Drop 45:06 - The Paint 47:50 - Inventory 51:37 - Consumer Take Aways 54:22 - Question #1: What is the best way to store an electric vehicle for a long period of time? 57:34 - Question #2: What is the best car for road trips: the Ford Maverick, Subaru Forester, or Toyota Camry? ---------------------------------- First Drive: 2023 Fisker Ocean Electric SUV Proves to Be Unfinished Business https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/fisker-ocean-electric-suv-review-a2735159415/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2023 Fisker Ocean https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fisker/ocean/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:01:01:15

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2024 New York Auto Show

3/28/2024
Are less expensive cars cool again? The prevalence of cars real people can afford is one of the trends we noticed at the 2024 New York Auto Show. We looked closely at the new Nissan Kicks, Subaru Forester, Honda Prologue, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, and many more. Our experts also share their favorite car/trend/feature from the show floor. See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:31 - Universal Appeal 02:07 - 2025 Toyota Camry 03:30 - 2025 Kia K4 04:09 - 2025 Subaru Forester 05:10 - Manufacturer’s Presence 06:24 - EVs 09:22 - Volkswagen ID.Buzz 10:59 - Race Cars 12:32 - Pet Ownership, Mobility & Accessibility Appeal 15:47 - Color Trend 16:53 - 2025 Nissan Kicks 17:43 - 2024 Ford Bronco Heritage ---------------------------------- Preview: Redesigned 2025 Nissan Kicks Grows Slightly, Gains AWD https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2025-nissan-kicks-review-a9588794667/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: Redesigned 2025 Toyota Camry Goes Hybrid-Only, With AWD Available on All Trims https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/2025-toyota-camry-hybrid-review-a1114602128/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: 2025 Subaru Forester Boasts Brawny Styling, More Tech, and a Quiet Cabin https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2025-subaru-forester-review-a4022375572/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: 2024 Honda Prologue Electric Vehicle Is Sensible and Roomy https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-honda-prologue-review-a8015429336/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: 2025 Volkswagen ID.Buzz Electric Minivan Offers AWD and Nostalgia https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/volkswagen-id-buzz-minivan-review-a4884016168/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

Duration:00:18:38

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2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

3/13/2024
Hyundai brings significant improvements to the Kona EV over the previous-generation model. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric, the power plant, driving dynamics, controls, and what it has to offer for buyers looking to purchase a sensible electric vehicle. Also, we discuss why it is important for EV owners to pay close attention to the 12-volt battery in their electric cars. Our experts had fun making up their own frankencar, choosing the motor, transmission, chassis, interior, and body from any car they wished and making their own creation. More info on the 2024 Hyundai Kona here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric 01:57 - Cabin and Controls 03:07 - Compared to Gas Powered Vehicle 04:00 - Driving and Power 04:55 - Some Compromises 05:38 - Powertrain 06:19 - Regenerative Braking 08:42 - Cabin Noise 10:26 - Charging Systems 14:18 - Question #1: Do EVs have 12-volt batteries like regular cars, and do they need to be serviced? 18:18 - Question #2: If you could design a car where you source the powertrain, infotainment, interior, chassis, etc from any automaker, what would you make? ---------------------------------- First Drive: Redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona Has Grown Larger and Gained New Features https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-hyundai-kona-review-a8558776955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/kona-electric/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Automakers Move to a Common Plug Standard to Allow Their EVs to Use Tesla Superchargers https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/tesla-superchargers-open-to-other-evs-what-to-know-a9262067544/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT How to Find All the Available Electric Car Incentives https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/how-to-find-all-the-available-electric-car-incentives-a5786754228/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hybrids/EV Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:28:13

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The Best Cars of 2024

2/27/2024
More info on the 10 Top Picks of 2024 here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2024-a4675085257/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list is out. In this episode we clarify what the Top Picks is and how vehicles get awarded this highly regarded designation. Our experts discuss the 10 cars that made it to the top of the list, trends we're noticing in the automotive industry, and explain what a Brand Report Card is. We also debate which would be the ultimate food delivery vehicle, the Toyota Prius or the Corolla Hybrid. Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:17 - What is the Top Picks List 01:29 - Auto Market Shift 03:52 - Car Categories in Top Picks 05:13 - Question #1: When looking at CR’s reliability rating, why are hybrids are among the most reliable vehicles, but plug-in hybrids are among the least? 11:10 - 10 Top Picks of 2024 11:34 - EVs 12:48 - Plug-in Hybrids 16:07 - Hybrids 18:48 - Gas Powered Vehicles 22:54 - Brand Report Card 25:46 - Question #2: Which car is the ultimate food delivery vehicle: the Toyota Corolla Hybrid or the Prius AWD? ---------------------------------- Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2024 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/best-cars-of-the-year-10-top-picks-of-2024-a4675085257/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cars-driving/which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles-a6159221985/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hybrids/EV Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/buying-guide/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Mazda3 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/mazda/3/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subaru Crosstrek https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/crosstrek/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subaru Forester https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/subaru/forester/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Toyota Camry Hybrid https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/camry-hybrid/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Toyota Prius/Prius Prime https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ford Maverick/Maverick Hybrid https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/maverick/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Toyota RAV4 Prime https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/rav4-prime/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Toyota Highlander Hybrid https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/highlander-hybrid/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT BMW X5/X5 PHEV https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/bmw/x5/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Tesla Model Y https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tesla/model-y/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2 Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:30:50

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2024 Kia EV9

2/21/2024
Kia takes the three-row SUV EV Mainstream with its all-new EV9. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Kia EV9, how it handled around our test track, the third-row seats, controls, and if this newest kia is the best midsized SUV EV or not. And, our experts give advice on what to look for when buying tires to maximize vehicle MPG. We also explain IIHS' updated moderate overlap crash test, and why some vehicles get a poor rating. More info on the 2024 Kia EV9 here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Kia EV9 ll 01:05 - What is the EV9? 02:17 - How it Drives 03:43 - The Third-Row Seats 05:09 - Power & Range 06:55 - Controls 10:21 - Fit and Finish 12:11 - Question #1: Do hybrid vehicles need specific tires to maintain its fuel efficiency? 14:59 - Question #2: Why some vehicles are getting a poor rating on the IIHS updated moderate overlap crash test ---------------------------------- First Drive: 2024 Kia EV9 Takes the Three-Row EV Mainstream https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-kia-ev9-review-a4079455654/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Kia EV9 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/kia/ev9/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/hot-new-electric-cars-are-coming-soon-a1000197429/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:21:36

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2024 Lexus TX

2/7/2024
Lexus has expanded its SUV line with the all-new TX, a three-row model that shares its dimensions and many mechanical bits with the new Toyota Grand Highlander. On this episode we share our initial impressions of the 2024 Lexus TX and discuss its driving characteristics, luxurious interior, controls, and three different powertrains offered by Lexus, including a V6 plug-in hybrid. We give advice on what to do when a car lease comes to an end: buy the car out; trade it in for a new model; or walk away. Also, we answer if PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) are cheaper or more expensive to operate and maintain than the all-electric and internal combustion engine vehicles. More info on the 2024 Lexus TX here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:16 - First Impressions: 2024 Lexus TX 02:06 - 3 Powertrain Options 04:32 - Plug-in Hybrid Version 06:03 - 4-Cylinder Engine Performance 08:47 - Ride and Handling 11:14 - Dynamic Steering 12:23 - 3rd-Row Seats 13:34 - 2nd-Row Seats 14:07 - Cargo and Space 15:51 - Controls, Fit and Finish 18:36 - Safety Systems 20:13 - Lexus TX vs. Toyota Grand Highlander 22:49 - Electronic Door Release 24:19 - Question #1: What to do at the end of a vehicle lease: buy the car out; trade it in; or walk away? 28:16 - Question #2: Are PHEVs more expensive to operate and maintain than all-electric and internal combustion vehicles? ---------------------------------- First Drive: All-New 2024 Lexus TX Delivers Modern Luxury for the Whole Family https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-lexus-tx-review-a1128675523/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Lexus TX https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/lexus/tx/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT First Drive: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Shines Brightest With Hybrid Max Engine https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 10 Best Luxury SUVs You Can Buy Right Now https://www.consumerreports.org/search/?query=three-row%20SUVs?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and What to Buy Instead https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/popular-midsized-suvs-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a7341748420/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

Duration:00:31:56

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2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

1/24/2024
The 2024 Blazer EV is the first Chevrolet vehicle on General Motors’ new Ultium electric platform, which is shared by the Honda Prologue EV and Cadillac Lyriq. We offer our first impressions of the new Blazer, including its driving dynamics, build quality, and why GM ordered dealers to stop selling it. We also discuss the future of internal combustion engines and whether or not EVs will dominate the car market in the next decade. Also, we debate whether the 2025 Toyota Camry hybrid is worth the wait, or is the recently updated 2024 Honda Accord hybrid. More info on the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV 01:26 - Issues we encountered 02:58 - Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 06:16 - Charging 06:40 - Interior Quality 07:08 - Driving Dynamics 10:14 - The Brakes 11:49 - Design oddities 12:35 - Controls 13:26 - Stop Sale Order 14:39 - More issues 16:43 - Things we liked 17:20 - Visibility 18:00 - Seat Comfort 19:44 - Question #1: What will be the prevalent fuel source for vehicles in the next decade? 25:26 - Question #2: Is the 2025 Toyota Camry worth the wait? ---------------------------------- First Drive: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Is a Bumpy Ride https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-chevrolet-blazer-ev-review-a1328332871/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/chevrolet/blazer-ev/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hybrid & EV Ratings https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: 2024 Honda Prologue Electric Vehicle Is Sensible and Roomy https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2024-honda-prologue-review-a8015429336/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Preview: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Shows GM’s Commitment to Electric Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/cadillac-lyriq-review-a5185208455/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Safety Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

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AI Really, REALLY Wants to Be in Your Next Car

1/11/2024
We're at CES in Las Vegas, where much of the hype has been around introducing artificial intelligence into your car's infotainment system. But is AI in your vehicle actually going to be useful, or is it just hype? The EV market is maturing, and we got to see where automakers are going to take the unique abilities that electric vehicles are afforded with fewer moving parts and more space-efficient layouts, including a rebrand of the minivan form factor. We also discuss why hydrogen might be a viable alternative to battery-electric vehicles in the future, and try to figure out why anyone would want a large LED screen built into their bumper. See our car ratings and reviews at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:17 - Why is CR at CES 2024? 01:30 - Who was not at CES 2024? 03:46 - AI in your next car 11:10 - Automakers Reimagining EVs 14:30 - Large LED Screens inside and outside of vehicles 17:11 - Hydrogen Vehicles 21:03 - New EV concepts ---------------------------------- First Drive: Toyota Mirai, the Hydrogen-Powered Luxury Cruiser https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-mirai-fuel-cell-vehicle-review-a6180665724/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Hybrid & EV Ratings https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Futuristic EQS Proves Mercedes-Benz’s Commitment to EVs https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2022-mercedes-benz-eqs-review-a2271854355/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT

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Best and Worst Cars of 2023

12/27/2023
We wrap 2023 with CR experts sharing their most and least favorite cars they drove in our testing fleet. Where do cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda CR-V hybrid, Rivian R1S, and Honda Accord hybrid fall on our lists? We also share some fun statistics from our testing program from 2023, and answer questions about regenerative braking in the Toyota Prius Prime and other hybrids, as well as how AWD systems work in EVs. 00:36 - CR testing statistics from 2023 3:03 - the best cars we tested in 2023 8:06 - the worst cars we tested in 2023 18:36 - do hybrids benefit from regeneration braking like electric vehicles? 23:51 - do all-wheel drive systems in EVs work the same way as in standard vehicles? Popular Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/cars-popular-cars-to-avoid-and-what-to-buy-instead-a5131342215/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 10 Most Reliable Cars: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Best Tires of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/tires/best-car-tires-of-the-year-a1101679070/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Best Car Batteries of the Year: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-batteries/best-car-batteries-of-the-year-a2280775847/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Which Brand Makes the Most Reliable Vehicles? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/who-makes-the-most-reliable-cars-a7824554938/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

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The Feasibility of Low-Carbon Fuels in the US

12/13/2023
While hybrids and EVs get a lot of attention in the automotive world, they are not the only options for those wanting to lower their carbon emissions; plug-in hybrids, flex fuels, and even hydrogen vehicles have made their way to the US market in recent years. But are these alternatives realistic for many drivers? Dr. Quinta Warren, CR’s Associate Director of Sustainability Policy, shares the latest on the current federal regulations and latest technologies designed to lower the carbon footprint of vehicles in the United States. Things People Wished They’d Known Before Buying an EV:https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/smarter-things-people-wished-theyd-known-before-buying-an-ev-a5564226363/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Can Using Gas With 15 Percent Ethanol Damage Your Car?:https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/can-using-gas-with-15-percent-ethanol-damage-your-car-a7855829511/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Can Electric Vehicle Owners Rely on DC Fast Charging?: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/can-electric-vehicle-owners-rely-on-dc-fast-charging-a7004735945/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

Duration:00:27:46

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Why is EV Reliability So Bad?

11/29/2023
More info on the 2023 CR Reliability Survey here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Every year, Consumer Reports surveys thousands of its members, asking about issues and trouble spots with their cars. Using this exclusive data. CR provides reliability ratings for every major mainstream model, from brands that are highly rated to those that give owners constant issues. In this episode, we discuss some notable new insights on EVs, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and traditional gas vehicles, and the difference in their reliability performance. Also, we explain how CR's "average" reliability rating has changed over the years--Is an "average" car from 2022 more or less reliable than one from 2012. And as a comparison, what is a more sensible purchase? A Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla hatchback? SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:16 - What is CR’s Car Reliability Survey 01:04 - What’s New in the 2023 Survey 02:00 - Reliability Trends 02:40 - EV Reliability 06:04 - Tesla 07:58 - Hybrid Vehicle Reliability 11:25 - Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Reliability 13:41 - New Charts and Presentation 17:13 - Sustainability 18:29 - Has CR’s “average” reliability rating change over the years? 23:24 - What is a more sensible purchase, a Tesla Model 3 or a Toyota Corolla Hatchback? ---------------------------------- Guide to Car Reliability & Owner Satisfaction https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/guide-to-car-reliability-owner-satisfaction-a9213219653/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 10 Least Reliable Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-least-reliable-cars-a2967595976/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 10 Most Reliable Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/10-most-reliable-cars-a6569295379/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Reliability Histories https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-reliability-owner-satisfaction/car-reliability-histories-a1200719842/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Safety Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

Duration:00:28:02

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2023 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid

11/15/2023
One of Toyota's popular plug-in hybrids (PHEV) the Prius Prime gets a major redesign for 2023. This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime, its new sleek styling, improved fuel economy, driving characteristics, and extended electric-only range. We help a member of our audience find a replacement for her Scion tC with something more fuel efficient, like the Honda CR-Z, Insight, and Fit. Also, we discuss the differences of all-wheel-drive systems on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles and EVs, and how to improve traction in wintry weather driving. More info on the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2023 Toyota Prius Prime 02:28 - Prime vs Regular Prius 05:31 - Traffic Jam Assist 07:19 - Safety Features 10:40 - How it Drives 13:26 - Controls 15:41 - Is it worth the extra cost? 21:06 - Question #1: What is a fuel efficient alternative for a Scion tC? 27:25 - What are some differences between gas powered vehicles and EV’s all-wheel drive systems? ---------------------------------- Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Prime Gets Longer Electric-Only Range https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-prius-prime-review-a5923308955/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2023 Toyota Prius Prime https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/toyota/prius-prime/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Best Hybrid Cars for Under $35,000 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/fuel-economy-efficiency/best-hybrid-cars-from-consumer-reports-tests-a5841270718/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Everything You Need to Know About Leasing an EV or PHEV With a Tax Credit https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/what-to-know-about-leasing-an-ev-or-phev-with-tax-credit-a3007689035/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Redesigned 2023 Toyota Prius Trades Practicality for Style https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/2023-toyota-prius-review-a1192095682/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Safety Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: TikTok: https://bit.ly/3BVzGR9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

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2024 Buick Envista

11/1/2023
Buick expands its lineup with the all-new Envista, a small, stylish model that transforms elements together from a car and an SUV. We share our first impressions of the 2024 Buick Envista, its driving characteristics, exterior styling, and some of the compromises we have found in our initial time with this test car. Also, we explain how legroom is measured in CR's test for three-row SUVs, and discuss whether or not you should upgrade an older vehicle to gain the latest safety features. More info on the 2024 Buick Envista here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - First Impressions: 2024 Buick Envista 01:31 - What is Envista? 04:33 - Price and Size 06:14 - Driving Characteristics 07:05 - Features 08:23 - The Buick Brand 09:01 - Styling 10:19 - Low Cost Vehicles 12:30 - Question #1: How does Consumer Reports measure legroom in back rows for three-row SUVs? 18:09 - Question #2: Is it wise to upgrade an older vehicle for the sake of modern safety features? ---------------------------------- First Drive: Stylish 2024 Buick Envista Is a Bargain Runabout https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-buick-envista-review-a7250677190/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Buick Envista https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buick/envista/2024/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT How to Buy a New Car in Today’s Challenging Market https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-a-car-in-todays-challenging-market-a7648220054/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Popular Compact Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/buying-a-car/popular-compact-cars-to-avoid-what-to-buy-instead-a1188453224/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Safety Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- To find out how products scored in CR’s rigorous lab tests—and to access our comprehensive ratings for items you use every day—become a member. CR is a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit organization. Join now at https://CR.org/joinviaYT Check out https://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: TikTok: https://bit.ly/3BVzGR9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

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2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse

10/18/2023
On this episode, we drive the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. Our experts discuss the Mustang’s legacy, V8 powertrain, and race-inspired technology. We explore the future of muscle cars and wonder if the 7th generation Pony Car is the last of its kind. We also answer audience questions about cylinder deactivation and the best vehicle for a long commute. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 0:16 - 2024 Mustang model lineup 3:44 - Dark Horse powertrain 5:00 - 10-Speed automatic transmission 8:26 - Handling & ride dynamics 9:25 - Ford Drift Brake 12:06 - Driver screen & infotainment 15:40 - Seats 16:47 - Gauge clusters 17:40 - Is this the last Mustang? 19:24 - Audience Question LINKS: 2024 Ford Mustang: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/ford/mustang/2024/overview/ 2024 Ford Mustang Early Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFinVVIOl3c Find the Best Sports Cars & Convertibles: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/sports-cars/

Duration:00:25:36

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Plug-In Hybrids Are Not What You Think They Are

10/4/2023
We purchased over a dozen of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) for our auto test program at consumer reports, to study deeper and reveal many nuances of the most misunderstood vehicle. This week we share our initial impressions of some of our first interactions with plug-in hybrids and what we have discovered so far. Jake Fisher drafts a complex spreadsheet to help one of our audience members decide between a hybrid and a PHEV. We also answer if there is any correlation between the hybrid battery and the 12-volt battery in hybrid vehicles. CR's PHEV cost calculator: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AHW1tUQIXa5NMWAKLHxKh1Xoro6tkOHpyV6cDbAu6U8/edit?usp=sharing More info on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles here: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:15 - Why (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) PHEVs? 04:28 - What are plug-in hybrids? 07:28 - Who are PHEVs for? 12:10 - Plug-ins are a version of gas powered vehicles 13:39 - Our experience with 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (PHEV) 16:52 - Driving the 2023 Ford Escape PHEV 20:08 - 2023 Mazda CX90 PHEV 21:04 - PHEVs are not for everyone 26:08 - Question #1: Which plug-in hybrid should I buy? 31:22 - Question #2: Will a 12-volt trickle charger also keep the hybrid battery topped off? ---------------------------------- Is a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Right for You? https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/is-a-plug-in-hybrid-vehicle-right-for-you-a9339147016/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Electric Cars 101: Answers to All Your EV Questions https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions-a7130554728/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids That Qualify for Federal Tax Credits https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Car Safety Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-safety/car-safety-guide-a6462424223/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 ----------------------------------- Follow Us on Social: TikTok: https://bit.ly/3BVzGR9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9

Duration:00:35:12

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Why Doesn't a 'Headlight Out' Warning Exist; When Will Gas Stations Go Extinct?; EV Tire Wear

9/27/2023
For all the warnings on today's modern vehicles, why don't cars have an alert that a headlight or taillight is out? In the new 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander with a Max powertrain, is there risk of the hybrid battery depleting when carrying a large payload? And if it seems like your EV tires wear much faster than you'd expect, you're not alone. We give expert insight into these questions, as well as the availability of active head restraints, a replacement vehicle for an Audi A3 convertible, and if the days of the local gas station are numbered. How CR Tests Headlights: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-safety/6060466527001/headlight-testing/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Early Review: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/suvs/2024-toyota-grand-highlander-review-a7963942236/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT When to Replace Your Tires: https://www.consumerreports.org/video/view/cars/car-care/6258106759001/when-to-replace-your-tires/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Audi A3 Road Test Results: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/audi/a3/2023/overview/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT EVs vs. Gasoline: Which is Right for Your Life: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! :47 - are gas stations in danger of disappearing? 6:20 - why do EV tires seem to wear out so fast? 12:34 - why is there no head light/tail light out warning? 17:50 - are active head restraints still available on new cars? 21:07 - what's a good replacement for a 2015 Audi A3 convertible? 28:00 - what happens if you drain the hybrid battery on a Toyota Grand Highlander Max while towing a heavy load uphill?

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How Child Seats Are Crash Tested

9/20/2023
CR is known for its extensive testing of child seats. But did you know we also perform a crash test on each seat we review? We visit our secret crash lab to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we go beyond the government standards to test each child seat, why our tests better reflect the circumstances of a real world car crash than what is currently required, and share the top 5 tips for making sure your car seat is installed safely and correctly. Consumer Reports all-new baby experience: https://www.consumerreports.org/babies/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Ratings and test results on every car CR purchases and tests: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/?EXTKEY=YSOCIAL_YT Subscribe to Talking Cars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@consumerreports/podcasts Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! Send us a text at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!

Duration:00:17:01