This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Buick Envision, and discuss where it’s built and how that affects its driving dynamics in comparison to other luxury compact SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. We also examine vehicle destination fees, discuss why these ballooning delivery charges may add to the cost of your new car, and point out which manufacturers are the biggest offenders of driving up the cost. Other topics include: the discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car’s TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system); differences between CR’s brand report card and J.D. Power’s brand rankings, and how to interpret all that data; and we explain how CR compensates for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing.
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00:00 – Intro
01:23 – Rise of Destination Fees
09:04 – 2021 Buick Envision First Impressions
17:47 – Question #1: What is the the difference between CR’s Brand Report Card and J.D. Power’s Brand Ranking?
20:45 – Question #2: Why is there a discrepancy between a tire pressure gauge and the car’s TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
23:27 – Question #3: How does CR compensate for rain, air, and ground temperatures during brake-distance testing?
26:01 – Question #4: Which small SUV would be a suitable replacement for a Mazda6 in order to improve driving in winter weather conditions?
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