2020 RAM 1500 Diesel Test Results; New Honda Civic, Subaru BRZ, and Acura MDX | Talking Cars #285

This week we have the test results of the 2020 RAM 1500 Diesel pickup truck, and discuss its impressive ride, whether it is “diesel enough,”  and how it stacks up against competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado diesel in the half-ton truck segment. Honda recently unveiled a prototype of its popular Civic, and we talk about its new chassis, exterior styling, and cabin. Subaru also made news, revealing the new BRZ, and we discuss if it can retain its sporty DNA from the previous generation and its sister model Toyota 86? We also share some of the key changes to the new Acura MDX redesign. Can having your key fob in your car drain your car’s battery? We answer that, and cover other topics including if cars can have a country of origin anymore, and which off-road vehicle would be a viable replacement for a vintage Land Rover Defender.

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
00:27 – Preview: 2022 Honda Civic
04:32 – Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ
06:44 – Preview: 2022 Acura MDX
08:54 – 2020 RAM 1500 Diesel Test Results
16:10 – Question #1: Could a key fob drain the car’s battery?
18:22 – Question #2: Where are most vehicles manufactured, and do cars have a country of origin anymore?
23:20 – Question #3: Which off-road vehicle would be a viable replacement for a vintage Land Rover Defender?

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Preview: Redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Hides Big Updates Under Conservatively Styled Exterior
https://www.consumerreports.org/sedans/2022-honda-civic-review/

Preview: 2022 Subaru BRZ Still Emphasizes Balance Over Brawn
https://www.consumerreports.org/sports-cars/2022-subaru-brz-review/

Preview: 2022 Acura MDX Luxury SUV Has More Room and Adds a Performance Powertrain
https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/acura-mdx-suv-review/

2019 RAM 1500 Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeasX0ZyTk

2019 RAM 1500 Drops Weight, Adds Luxury Touches, and Keeps Its Smooth Ride
https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/2019-ram-1500-first-drive-review/

Winter Driving Tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLtakpDFGtU

How to Replace Your Car’s Key Fob
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-replace-your-car-key-fob/

What Makes a car ‘American’?
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/05/what-makes-a-car-american-made-in-the-usa/index.htm

Preview: 2021 Ford Bronco Reinvents a 4×4 Classic
https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-ford-bronco-review/

Toyota 4Runner Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3jNdDIGeA

4K Review: 2017 Jeep Compass Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkPacZUmJ2I

Coronavirus Resource Hub
https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

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