2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness; Vehicles That May Help Survive a Storm | Talking Cars #316

This week we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, and discuss how this all-terrain SUV’s off-road credentials compare to the standard Outback. We also talk about NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) new requirements for automakers to report all automated driving related crashes, and how this could benefit drivers. We share news from the Stellantis auto conglomerate (which owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo in the US,) and its plans for the electrification of its fleet, and some interesting slogans to market its new EVs. Other topics include: which vehicles would be best suited for areas with high potential for hurricanes; how to properly maintain a car’s A/C unit in the peak of summer; and if you should hold off on purchasing a used vehicle with outstanding recalls. 

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
00:32 – NHTSA Requires Automakers to Report Automation-Related Crashes
03:45 – Stellantis Reveals Plans for Vehicle Electrification
07:46 – Best Vehicles to Survive a Severe Storm
12:34 – Subaru Outback Wilderness driving impressions
19:12 – Question #1: What is the proper way to maintain your car’s A/C unit?
22:11 – Question #2: Is it possible to put the Toyota Supra’s transmission into neutral without starting it?
25:41 – Question #3: Which advanced safety gear is better, camera or radar based?32:05 – Question #4: Is it safe to purchase a vehicle with outstanding recalls?

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2020 Subaru Outback Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW5kMBdLB0

Automakers Now Required to Report Automation-Related Crashes
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/automakers-now-required-to-report-automation-related-crashes-a3894720173/

Prepare Now for Hurricanes and Severe Storms
https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/prepare-now-for-hurricanes-and-storms/

Why Flooded Roads Are More Dangerous Than They May Appear
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/why-flooded-roads-are-more-dangerous-than-they-may-appear/

Automakers Are Adding Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups. Here’s What’s Coming.
https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market/

What’s Next in Car Safety
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/whats-next-in-car-safety/

Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/car-recall-guide-questions-answered/

Car Recall Tracker
https://www.consumerreports.org/mycr/benefits/car-recall-tracker?searchToken=Car%20recall

How to Choose the Best Home Wall Charger for Your Electric Vehicle
https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/how-to-choose-the-best-home-wall-charger-for-your-electric-vehicle/

Guide to Car Safety
https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

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

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