2022 Lexus NX First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 as a Rental Car | Talking Cars #331

2022 Lexus NX First Impressions; Tesla Model 3 as a Rental Car | Talking Cars #331

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…

Car Buying Tips; Do EVs Depreciate Quicker? | Talking Cars #330

Car Buying Tips; Do EVs Depreciate Quicker? | Talking Cars #330

This week is an all questions episode. We discuss if electric vehicles will depreciate quicker than gas powered cars; why newer transmissions have so many gears; what makes a good retirement vehicle; the difference between all-season and all-weather tires; and…

2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions; GM's New Ultra Cruise | Talking Cars #329

2022 Subaru BRZ First Impressions; GM’s New Ultra Cruise | Talking Cars #329

This week, we share our first impressions of the 2022 Subaru BRZ. We discuss the BRZ’s performance and handling capabilities, and how it’s fun-to-drive character rivals sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette. We also talk about General Motors’ new driver assistance system,…

2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Test Results; What Classic Vehicles Should Become EVs? | Talking Cars #328

2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Test Results; What Classic Vehicles Should Become EVs? | Talking Cars #328

This week, we share our test results of the 2021 Ford F-150 and F-150 hybrid pickup trucks, comparing the performance of the two different powertrains and some of their more interesting features. We also talk about the all-electric 2023 Genesis…

Auto Journalist Elizabeth Blackstock; Women in the Auto Industry | Talking Cars #327

Auto Journalist Elizabeth Blackstock; Women in the Auto Industry | Talking Cars #327

In this week’s episode, we feature special guest Elizabeth Blackstock, breaking news editor at Jalopnik and managing editor of A Girl’s Guide to Cars. We discuss a number of topics, including the challenges women face in the auto industry; which…

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Test Results; 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview | Talking Cars #326

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Test Results; 2022 Toyota Tundra Preview | Talking Cars #326

This week we share our test results of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, discuss the performance of its hybrid powertrain versus the regular gas engine, and how it compares to class leaders like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We also…

2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke First impressions | Talking Cars #325

2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke First impressions | Talking Cars #325

Consumer Reports recently purchased a 2021 Tesla Model S for our test program, which now features a steering yoke rather than a traditional circular steering wheel. We share our first impressions on what it is like to use this steering…

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car | Talking Cars #324

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; How To Avoid Buying a Flooded Car | Talking Cars #324

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross; how it drove on our track, its long roster of advanced safety features, and who this small SUV might appeal to. With major flooding affecting many parts of the…

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Impressions; 2023 Nissan Z Preview | Talking Cars #322

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Impressions; 2023 Nissan Z Preview | Talking Cars #322

We share our first impressions of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, discussing its performance on our track, and how it stacks up to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Honda Pilot. We preview the newly announced 2023…

2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions; What's Your "Forever" Car? | Talking Cars #321

2022 Toyota GR86 First Impressions; What’s Your “Forever” Car? | Talking Cars #321

This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota GR86, discussing how it performed on our track, and how it compares to the previous generation Scion FR-S, Toyota 86, and Subaru BRZ. If you had to pick one car…