2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA First Impressions; Are Expensive Wiper Blades Worth It? | Talking Cars #284

This week we discuss our initial impressions of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA, sharing our experience with the controls, ride comfort, and cargo space of this luxury small SUV. We also discuss if expensive wiper blades perform better than cheaper alternatives; the differences between winter and mud terrain tires, and whether mud tires are safe for driving in the ice and snow of wintry weather; if a recall on the Subaru Ascent will affect its CR reliability score; and we share tips on the best way to keep dogs, cats, and any other pets safe in your vehicle.

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
00:28 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA First Impressions
09:27 – Question #1: Is it possible to buy mud-terrain tires suitable for winter weather driving?
14:14 – Question #2: Do expensive wiper blades perform better than cheap ones?
18:19 – Question #3: Would a recall on the Subaru Ascent affect its CR reliability score?
21:01 – Question #4: What are the best practices for keeping your pets safe in your vehicle?

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

First Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Is an Improvement Over Flawed Predecessor
https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-mercedes-benz-gla-suv-review/

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDLj6lhrUJg

Choosing the Best Tire
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires/buying-guide/index.htm

Tire Selector
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires.htm?searchToken=Tires

Wiper Blade Buying Guide
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/wiper-blades/buying-guide/index.htm

2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Car
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/keep-pets-safe-in-the-car/

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