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    #329 2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions; GM's New Ultra Cruise

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    This week, we share our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru BRZ. We discuss the BRZ's performance and handling capabilities, and how it's fun-to-drive character rivals sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. We also talk about General Motors' new driver assistance system, Ultra Cruise, which will debut on some 2023 Cadillacs. And, we answer audience questions about CR's fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles; whether panoramic sunroofs are safe in a rollover crash; and what buying strategies to use when new car inventory is low.       ----------------------------------- 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         SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:30 - Preview: GM Ultra Cruise 09:30 - 2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions 17:1 7 - Question #1: What buying strategies should you use when new car inventory is low? 21:56 - Question #2: Why is CR’s fuel economy score for hybrid vehicles different from the EPA’s Score? 25:03 - Question #3: Are panoramic sunroofs safe in a rollover crash?       ----------------------------------   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/   Self-Driving System Rankings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06tXpg7yiA   Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ Still Emphasizes Balance Over Brawn https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review-a6225692747/   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/   Exploding Sunroofs Cases Head to Court https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/exploding-sunroof-cases-head-to-court/   Which Automakers Use Laminated Glass to Reduce the Risk of Exploding Sunroofs https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/laminated-glass-reduce-risk-exploding-sunroofs/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #328 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Test Results; What Classic Vehicles Should Become EVs?

    38:46

    This week, we share our test results of the 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 hybrid pickup trucks, comparing the performance of the two different powertrains and some of their more interesting features. We also talk about the all-electric 2023 Genesis GV60, including its eye-catching styling, motor options, and predicted electric range. A dealer told someone in our Talking Cars audience, "You can't rustproof an EV." Is that true? We do some mythbusting, and share tips on how to avoid falling into sales traps at the dealer. Other topics include: Whether some lane keeping assist systems can be overly aggressive; what safety features electronic shifters offer; and we pick which classic vehicles we'd like to see brought back as an EV.     ----------------------------------- 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         SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - Preview: 2023 Genesis GV60 07:52 - Which Classic Car Should Be Brought Back as an EV 12:16 - Test Results: 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 Hybrid 24:14 - Question #1: Is the longer reach distance to the car’s touch screen a safety precaution? 28:28 - Question #2: What features do electronic shifters have to make them safer? 32:29 - Question #3: Is “you can’t rustproof and EV’ statement true? 35:20 - Question #4: Why are some Lane Keeping Assist systems overly aggressive?       ----------------------------------   Preview: Electric 2023 Genesis GV60 Charges to Production https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/genesis-gv60-review-a2697188686/   First Drive: Redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Now Offers Hybrid Power and Tons of Tech https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2021-ford-f-150-review-a9428956949/   New & Used Car Buying Guide https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/car-buying-guide/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/         ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #327 Auto Journalist Elizabeth Blackstock; Women in the Auto Industry

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    In this week's episode, we feature special guest Elizabeth Blackstock, breaking news editor at Jalopnik and managing editor of A Girl's Guide to Cars. We discuss a number of topics, including the challenges women face in the auto industry; which stories interest us most in the industry; and why it might be tough for a car today to be considered a classic in the future.     ----------------------------------- 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       SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:50 - Elizabeth Blackstock Introduction 02:41 - Auto Journalism Career 03:53 - A Girl’s Guide To Cars: Difference between how men and women look for cars. 14:15 - How women are represented in the auto industry. 21:07 - Best and worst stories in your career.   29:10 - What technology are you most excited about today? 30:19 - What do you anticipate we will be talking about in 10 years from now? 33:15 - Will modern cars be considered as classics in the future?       ----------------------------------   Jalopnik https://jalopnik.com/   A Girl’s Guide To Cars https://agirlsguidetocars.com/   Meet Frankie Fazzary, The 7-Year-Old Boy That Changed Racing In America https://jalopnik.com/meet-frankie-fazzary-the-7-year-old-boy-that-changed-r-1847312449   The Rich Energy Book https://www.richenergybook.com/   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #326 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Test Results; 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview

    35:17

    This week we share our test results of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, discuss the performance of its hybrid powertrain versus the regular gas engine, and how it compares to class leaders like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We also talk about the all-new for 2022 Toyota Tundra, including its highly anticipated hybrid power plant, aggressive styling, and what improvements we anticipate to arrive with the new redesign. Other topics include: which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids; whether using the LATCH system or a seat belt is better when installing a child seat; how long can oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring; and our team shares the funny, weird, and wild stories of getting their drivers’ licenses.      ----------------------------------- 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       SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - Child Seat Safety 03:04 - 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview 08:29 - 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results 13:56 - Driver’s License Test Memories   22:39 - Question #1: Which tires are best suited for improving fuel economy on EVs and hybrids? 26:13 - Question #2: Is it safer to use LATCH system or a seat belt when installing  child seat? 29:17 - Question #3: How does CR choose which cars to put through the Rock Hill test? 31:51 - Question #4: How long can motor oil last in the trunk of a car before expiring?     ----------------------------------   How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/   Choosing the Best Car Seat https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-seats/buying-guide/index.htm   Preview: 2022 Toyota Tundra Boasts Hybrid Powertrain, Key Safety Features https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-toyota-tundra-review-a1706208187/   2014 Toyota Tundra first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmMJytTx-Fs   First Drive: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets New Styling and Updated Technology https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-hyundai-santa-fe-review-a9539318353/   2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYJyewVP0I   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #325 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke First impressions

    30:09

    Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2021 Tesla Model S for our test program, which now features a steering yoke rather than a traditional circular steering wheel. We share our first impressions on what it is like to use this steering input on the highway, in the driveway, and in crowded parking lots. We also discuss the other big changes to this vehicle, including its lack of directional and wiper stalks (now a touch-sensitive button on the yoke), horn placement (also a touch button), and touchscreen/predictive gear shifting mechanism.       ----------------------------------- 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         SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions 06:17 - Driving Tesla Model S 12:11 - Steering Wheel Controls 15:01 - Gear Selector   18:00 - Safety Pitfalls of Unintuitive Controls     ----------------------------------   Why We Think Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWtJu0q3sBQ   Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit and Potential Safety Pitfalls https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/tesla-steering-yoke-little-benefit-potential-safety-pitfalls-a1034204120/   4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q   Tesla Model S 2013 quick take https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=458TLFRkAlk   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #324 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car

    37:44

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; how it drove on our track, its long roster of advanced safety features, and who this small SUV might appeal to. With major flooding affecting many parts of the country, we discuss all the ways water can damage a car, and give tips on how to spot and avoid a waterlogged vehicle when buying a used car. Other topics this week include: what is the difference between a vehicle refresh and redesign; if bright LED daytime running lights can cause drivers to not turn on their car's headlights; why EVs seem to have less space for tall drivers; and how Consumer Reports decides which vehicles to buy for our test program, and what happens to our cars after testing is completed.     ----------------------------------- 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       SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:35 - How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car 08:17 - 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Impressions 17:46 - Question #1: What is the difference between a vehicle refresh and a redesign?   26:00 - Question #2: Are bright LED daytime running lights causing drivers to not turn on their car’s headlights? 29:24 - Question #3: Why does it seem that new EVs have less space for taller drivers? 32:59 - Question #4: How does Consumer Reports decide which vehicles to buy for their test program?     ----------------------------------   Beware a Flood of Flooded Cars https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/beware-the-flood-of-flood-cars/   Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8   Car Title Resources:       National Motor Vehicle Title Information System       https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/        VinCheck       https://www.nicb.org/vincheck        CarFax       https://www.carfax.com/press/resources/flooded-cars     First Drive: 2022 Toyota Corolla CROss Is a Sensible SUV https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2022-toyota-corolla-cross-suv-review-a9535254586/   Best Cars for Tall People https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-cars-and-suvs-for-tall-people-a7931047074/   Headlight Testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOr0gqWYIu8   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #323 EV Range Anxiety; Are Swivel Seats Safe?

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    This week we dive into audience questions and cover what you can do when an electric-vehicle's battery runs out on the road; why rearranging second row seats is a safety risk; how always driving in four-wheel drive can damage your vehicle; and tips on what to do when deer cross the road. — SHOW NOTES: 1:04 - Question #1: What can you do if an EV runs out of power while driving? 5:35 - Question #2: How many miles does the average windshield last? 8:57 - Question #3: Can you reconfigure the second row seats in the 2022 Kia Carnival and is it safe? 14:58 - Question #4: In inclement weather, can you drive in 4WD all the time? 16:07 - Question #5: What are some tips to avoid deer in the road? 17:52 - Question #6 - Should you use fuel stabilizer to prolong fuel life in the ICE engine of a plug-in hybrid? 22:26 - Question #7: Is it time to raise the speed limits on highways? — LINKS: Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge: consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-vehicles-that-can-go-more-than-250-miles-on-a-full-charge-a2189661367/ First Drive: 2022 Kia Carnival Delivers on Comfort and Practicality: https://www.consumerreports.org/minivans/2022-kia-carnival-review-a1152822932/ How It Works: 2WD vs. AWD vs. 4WD: https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/2wd-vs-awd-vs-4wd-a5663578720/ How to Avoid a Deer Strike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIuuuZqhOTM UN Global Road Safety Week: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home
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    #322 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Impressions; 2023 Nissan Z Preview

    41:16

    We share our first impressions of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, discussing its performance on our track, and how it stacks up to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Honda Pilot. We preview the newly announced 2023 Nissan Z, including its highly anticipated 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine. Chevrolet has expanded its battery recall on the Bolt EV and EUV models, and what owners should do to stay safe until a fix is available. We also share audience feedback on their "Forever" car choices; whether the rapid speed of improvements will leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology; if that "new car smell" is toxic (and how to get rid of it if it's not for you); the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car; and which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast.       ----------------------------------- 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         SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - Audience choice for the “Forever” car 06:03 - GM’s battery recall for Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV 07:37 - 2023 Nissan Z Preview 13:45 - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L First Impressions 26:33 - Question #1: Will rapid speed of improvements leave current electric vehicle shoppers with outdated battery technology?   29:40 - Question #2: Can the “new car smell” be toxic, and how to get rid of it? 32:13 - Question #3: What is the safest way to change wheel sizes on a car? 37:04 - Question #4: Which Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for a driving enthusiast?       ----------------------------------   GM Recalls All Chevrolet Bolts Due to Fire Concerns https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chevrolet-bolt-recalled-again-due-to-fire-concerns-a3566085147/   First Drive: New 3-Row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Is Sized for a Growing Family https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-jeep-grand-cherokee-l-review-a5942817584/   Preview: All-New 2023 Nissan Z Combines Classic Cues, Modern Performance https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/nissan-z-preview-a2145463162/   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #321 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions; What's Your "Forever" Car?

    36:39

    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota GR86, discussing how it performed on our track, and how it compares to the previous generation Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, and Subaru BRZ. If you had to pick one car to drive for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Our experts share their choices! Other topics include: can you replace just two tires, or should you buy four new ones each time; why turn signals can be either amber or red in North America, and which color is proven to be safer; and why some vehicles are not crash tested by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).       ----------------------------------- 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         SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:33 - 2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions 12:26 - The “Forever” Car 20:57 - Question #1: Do you absolutely need to replace all four tires when getting new ones?   24:22 - Question #2: Should auto manufacturers be required to only use amber colored turn signals on cars? 30:07 - Question #3: Why some vehicles are not crash tested by the IIHS? 31:19 - Question #4: What suitable replacement for a Scion xB under 30K?       ----------------------------------   First Drive: The 2022 Toyota GR86 Sports Car Thrills https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-toyota-gr86-review/   Scion FR-S vs Subaru BRZ at Consumer Reports test track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwz7Ybpy1U   2013 Subaru BRZ first look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnSnRgRUopE   Scion FR-S first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG2RuRk1R3s   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   How Consumer Reports tests ultra performance tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLbqdDdY-Y   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/   2014 Porsche 911 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0   2019 Kia Sorento Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K01h_FPkmkQ   2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw   2019 New York Auto Show: 2020 Hyundai Venue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_FiOaMc0Y   2020 Kia Soul Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9mEQcbgync   4K Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY   2015 Jeep Renegade preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9jNoHsZHc       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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    #320 2022 Nissan Frontier & 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions

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    This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and discuss which consumers each might appeal to. We talk about how Consumer Reports testing methods are evolving as electric vehicles become more prominent; if spare tires expire, and when you might want to consider a replacement; if "skateboard-style" EVs weight distribution improves its traction performance; and if the Toyota Prius' shifter design shortcomings are overlooked in CR's ratings.       ----------------------------------- 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     SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:00 - Introduction 00:29 - New York Auto Show Cancelled 02:28 - Audience Picks for “Guilty Pleasure Vehicles” 08:27 - 2022 Nissan Frontier First Impressions 18:04 - 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions 27:45 - Question #1: When should you replace a spare tire? 28:58 - Question #2: How will CR’s testing methods change when electric vehicles become more prominent? 30:28 - Question #3: Does the even battery weight distribution on a “skateboard-style” EV improve its traction performance? 31:26 - Question #4: Does the Prius’ efficiency and reliability wash out its unique shifter design shortcomings? 34:16 - Question #5: How to choose a car with optimal seat comfort?     ----------------------------------   First Drive: The 2022 Nissan Frontier Is More Than Just a New Look https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-nissan-frontier-review/   First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2022-hyundai-santa-cruz-review/   Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/   When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters https://www.consumerreports.org/automotive-technology/car-gear-selector-satisfaction-survey/   When to Replace Your Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98VF8kb7mQ   2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q   Guide to Car Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/ How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/how-to-safely-work-on-your-car-at-home/   Coronavirus Resource Hub https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/       ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez    Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

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