Talking Cars (MP3)

Automotive

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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United States

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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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@CRcars

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English


Episodes

2023 Lexus RX Hybrid

1/27/2023
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how each vehicle we purchase performs in our tests. The Lexus RX has served as a benchmark for refined, stress-free, midsized luxury SUVs for more than two decades. We recently purchased our own to put through our tests at the Consumer Reports Auto Test track, and share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, controls, how it stacks up against competitors like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, and whether it maintains its solid...

Duration:00:29:17

2023 Kia Niro EV

1/20/2023
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how each vehicle we purchase performs in our tests. On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro Electric. Find out how the Niro compares to its corporate EV siblings, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, and how subtle changes affect the driver’s experience. We also answer a question about all-wheel-drive EVs in winter driving conditions. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 0:15 - 2023 Kia Niro Electric 3:34 - Driving...

Duration:00:26:06

2023 Toyota Highlander

1/13/2023
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how each vehicle we purchase performs in our tests. This week, we discuss the new Toyota Highlander. Our experts share their first impressions of the three-row SUV and talk about how the Highlander sticks to what it does best, despite its 2023 refresh. We also answer audience questions about top tier gasoline and why the Genesis GV70 SUV comes with a launch control feature. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 0:21 - 2023 Toyota...

Duration:00:23:49

2023 BMW i4

1/6/2023
You'd be forgiven for thinking that if a car is electric, it has to have a minimalist design, with weird door handles and every function controlled through a touchscreen. But the BMW i4 both looks and feels very much like a traditional sports car. But is that a good thing? We discuss the BMW i4 M50 we purchased for our test program, how it performs on our track, its questionable range, whether it carries on the "ultimate driving machine" lineage of its parent company, and how it compares to...

Duration:00:19:24

2022 Year in Review

12/30/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out more about our tests. On this episode, we recap 2022 and share our personal picks for the best and worst cars we tested this year. We also discuss the biggest trends in the auto industry, including the evolution of electric vehicles, infotainment customization and smartphone apps that enhance the ownership experience. We share what we're most looking forward to in the year ahead. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 1:18 - Favorite car tested...

Duration:00:36:44

2022 Lucid Air

12/23/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how each vehicle we purchase performs in our tests. The Lucid Air is an ultra-luxury, all-electric sedan, built by the fledgling EV automaker to compete with other high-end EVs like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. We discuss its driving dynamics, interior quality, what technical improvements it adds to electric vehicles as a whole, and whether it might be worth its six-figure price tag. We also discuss the role...

Duration:00:20:37

2023 BMW X1

12/16/2022
The 2023 BMW X1 redesign brings more features, room, and power, but does it have enough to compete with the Audi Q3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and other competitors in the entry-level luxury SUV segment? We discuss its driving characteristics, updated technology, cabin, and how much utility an SUV this size can really provide. Our experts also share tips on how to avoid MSRP dealer markups when car shopping, and give our picks for a reliable and fuel efficient family...

Duration:00:27:23

2023 Nissan Ariya

12/9/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how this car performs in our tests. This week we discuss the all-new 2023 Nissan Ariya, the second electric vehicle to join the automaker's EV roster behind the Leaf. We discuss the extensive Ariya model lineup, how it stacks up against other electric car competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, and Subaru Solterra. We also debate how future-proof the new Nissan may be, and answer an audience question about...

Duration:00:30:53

2023 Honda CR-V; How to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

12/2/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how this car performs in our tests. On this episode, we share our first impressions of the 2023 Honda CR-V. We cover the details of the CR-V’s redesign, it’s role in Honda’s vehicle lineup and how its understated nature fits into a consumers life. We also answer a question about catalytic converter theft, and what you can do to protect your own vehicle. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 0:15 - Welcome Michael Crossen 1:07 - 2023 Honda...

Duration:00:18:40

How to Choose the Right Tires for Winter

11/25/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how each vehicle we purchase performs in our tests. What's the difference between all-season and all-weather tires? How are they different from winter tires? And do I need to bother if my car has all-wheel drive? On this episode, we explain the differences between each of these types of tires, which conditions they work best in, and offer Consumer Reports buying advice on how to make sure you're prepared for driving in icy, snowy...

Duration:00:26:31

#386 How To Buy a Used Car Right Now

11/18/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how this car performs in our tests. This week we cover everything you need to know about buying a used car. Our experts discuss the finer points of financing, vehicle selection, inspection and overall reliability based on Consumer Reports’ latest data. We also answer an audience question about a rebuilt vehicle title and if it’s a safe bet when buying a second-hand vehicle. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro 0:39 - Welcome Steve Elek! 2:02...

Duration:00:27:14

#385 2023 Lexus RX

11/11/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how this car performs in our tests. On this episode, we share our first impressions of the redesigned 2023 Lexus RX. We discuss how it drives, new safety features like active driver monitoring, and the updated powertrain. We also debate the perceived color of the RX we rented from Lexus and answer an audience question that begs, “What’s the deal with voice controls?” SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Introduction 0:15 - 2023 Lexus RX 500h 4:14 -...

Duration:00:28:47

Bonus: Surprising Results from CR's Electric Vehicle Survey

11/10/2022
We recently published the results of a nationally representative survey of over 8,000 people, asking their opinions about EVs, and what concerns they have about purchasing one. Consumer Reports Senior Policy Analyst Chris Harto joins us to break down the findings, explain why the survey gives us a more representative data of the country as a whole, and reveal more surprising findings. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this...

Duration:00:13:08

#384 2023 Kia Niro

11/4/2022
Become a member at https://CR.org/joinviaYT to find out how this car performs in our tests. This week we share our first impressions of the 2023 Kia Niro. We discuss the Niro’s hybrid and electric powertrains, its promising fuel economy estimates and how the 2023 redesign seems more like a refresh. We also answer an audience question about vehicle service— and whether it's better to visit a dealer or an independent repair shop. SHOW NOTES: 0:00-15:30 - 2023 Kia Niro 1 5:31 - Question: Is...

Duration:00:23:16

#383 2023 Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86; All-Weather vs. Snow Tires

10/28/2022
We just purchased a 2023 Subaru BRZ for the Consumer Reports test fleet, and stacked it up in a head-to-head comparison with our tested Toyota GR86. While both of these cars (created in a partnership between Toyota and Subaru) are identical in many ways, there are a few critical differences in how they perform. Which came out on top? Our experts share which one they'd choose, as well as discuss the important differences between all-weather, all-season, and snow...

Duration:00:24:02

#382 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron; Why are Flooded EVs Catching Fire?

10/21/2022
The all-new Q4 e-tron is Audi's third EV model, and we share our first impressions of its driving characteristics, tech-heavy interior, whether the 240 miles range will be enough for most drivers, and how it compares to the Tesla Model Y, Genesis GV60, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. We also share some important tips to avoid buying a car that has been in a flood. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us...

Duration:00:22:33

#381 Do Transmissions Ever Need to be Serviced?; Inflation Reduction Act and EV/Hybrid Tax Credits

10/14/2022
This week we explain how the Inflation Reduction Act has changed the federal EV tax credit for new EV and plug-in hybrids; how miles per gallon is converted for electric vehicles into MPGe; should anyone really care about how many gears a transmission has; and is it necessary to ever service your car’s transmission? ----------------------------------- 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...

Duration:00:31:18

#380 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe

10/7/2022
We've already tested the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but this week we share our first impressions of the all-new Trailhawk 4xe version. This rugged, off-road-capable two-row SUV makes use of a turbocharged plug-in hybrid powertrain, which gives it the ability to drive solely on electric power—a unique experience in the woods. We also attempt to find a three-row electric vehicle for a growing family under 50K. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a...

Duration:00:24:56

#379 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

9/30/2022
Ford has transformed the nation's best-selling pickup truck into a quick and capable EV. We share our first impressions of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, and discuss its prodigious power, swift acceleration, strong towing capability, and impressive electric range. We also talk about whether the new Lighting is a truck for the new, greener era. Plus, we help an audience member with some tire-buying advice and explain the importance of changing out your car's summer tires when the weather...

Duration:00:19:13

#378 Preparing Your Car For The Winter Season

9/23/2022
With the cold season just around the corner, we share vital tips on preparing your vehicle for driving in wintry conditions, including checking and maintaining the proper tire pressure, the state of your car's battery charge, and topping off appropriate fluids. Also, we inspire a young mechanical engineering student with personal stories of how we advanced in our own automotive careers and give advice regarding future opportunities. And we welcome a special guest to the show this week,...

Duration:00:38:58