This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Lexus NX, discuss its available powertrains including a plug-in hybrid, completely redesigned infotainment, and our experience using its unique gear selector. Hertz "shocked" the rental car market by ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3s for its fleet, and we talk about the possible pros and cons of renting an electric vehicle for a first-time EV driver, and how it might impact the industry. Also, Halloween night can have a high risk of pedestrian fatalities, so we provide helpful tips to be safe on this holiday. Other topics include: whether a wildfire can be caused by a vehicle; if a car needs to be warmed up before driving; and why most pickup trucks and SUVs don't automatically adjust headlight aim when carrying full loads.
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00:00 - Introduction
00:38 - Hertz adds Tesla Model 3 to the rental fleet
07:06 - Halloween Safety Tips
11:26 - Our trick or treats in the automotive industry
14:45 - First Impressions
23:28 - Question #1: Can a car cause a wildfire?
26:49 - Question #2: Is it recommended to warm up the car’s engine before driving?
30:13 - Question #3: Is removing rust on a vehicle worth it?
33:22 - Question #4: Why most pickup trucks and SUVs don’t have auto leveling headlights?
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