We Answer Audience Questions | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #208

We Answer Audience Questions | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #208

We have an all questions episode
ready for you, including, is there a best time of
the year to buy a car? Why aren’t there more
EV charging stations around the country? And is $8,000 off a new
Chevrolet Blazer a good deal? Next, on Talking Cars. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, and welcome back. I’m Mike Quincy. I’m Jennifer Stockburger. And I’m Keith Barry. So every once in a
while, we get really lucky with our assignments
for Talking Cars. We get to do an all
questions episode, which is what we got going on right now. We get a ton of
questions from you guys– video questions,
text questions– keep them coming at
[email protected] So to keep on schedule, let’s
just jump right into it. The first question is
from Amy, who writes, [NOTIFICATION DING] “When is the best time of the
year to try and buy a vehicle? Some dealers now claim
not to haggle over prices, and only offer one price,
and others still haggle– not sure if the timing
still matters for buying. Thanks. Love the show.” So Keith, what is your advice? Yeah, so, let’s take
on haggling first. So a dealership that
says no haggle just means that you’re
going to be paying what you could have haggled off. I mean, I can say– you can say any price
is a no haggle price. It just means you might not
necessarily get the best price. So what we always do here–
and we buy a lot of cars– is we just email and ask for
the best price from a couple of dealers before we go out. You may find that
no haggle dealership has priced itself well. But look out for fees, for
add-ons that only show up at the end when you’re there. Once you’re there. Right and historically,
Saturn actually tried the no haggle approach
to their car buying. Give General Motors a
little bit of credit, that they saw the weak spot
in automotive retail, and– But we’re so
conditioned to haggle when we go to the dealer. And we often found– It’s also super stressful. –When we were buying cars for
the test program, that actually some Saturn dealers
would actually haggle. I’ve seen some research that’s
suggesting that buying a car, except on– early in the week is better,
except holiday weekends tend to have a lot of incentives. And that gets people going. Probably not so busy. They’re happy to have people. And I think the haggle
price can change. You know, it may be a
no haggle price, or not, but that haggle
price also changed. Maybe a time of year element? Yeah, well, the time
of year is interesting, because one of the
things people complain most about buying a car
is how long it takes. So you’re going to
want to get as much of that done before you go in. And also, as far
as the time of year is concerned, that’s
a little antiquated, that the end of
the month– the way that some automakers used to
try and drive sales would say, if you sell, say, 50 cars
by the end of the month, you get a bonus of a
large amount of money. If you sell 49, you get zero. And a lot– it was
called stair stepping. Yeah, you said that term. I didn’t know– I have never heard that. Yeah, if you meet the stair
step, then you get extra cash. It’s kind of– It’s more like a ramp now? Yeah. It’s sort of fallen
out of favor, so it’s not happening as much. So email around. Find the price you want. And then go to the dealer
that treats you well, and don’t be afraid to leave. That’s my advice. We buy a lot of cars
here at Consumer Reports. We’ve certainly seen
it and heard it all. So thanks, Keith. Next question is from John. [NOTIFICATION DING] “Love the podcast.” Thanks, John. “I watch it the second it
shows up on my Apple TV. I would have thought by now the
big oil companies, or somebody, would have started
building charging centers for electric car owners. Of course, they could
also have gas pumps. Electric vehicles aren’t
a large percentage of the motoring public,
but with gas pumps, anyone taking a long–” long trip– sorry– “Anyone taking a
long trip would stop as well. Thoughts?” So neat idea– having the
infrastructure of the gas pumps already in place, and there
are often quickie marts, so you’re running in for
a cup of coffee anyway. However, in rereading
this question, it’s like– the oil companies probably
want you to buy more oil, and maybe not switch
over to electric cars. So historically speaking,
back when internal combustion engines started
coming online, there wasn’t a road infrastructure. There weren’t gas stations. So are you building
the vehicles first? Are you building the
charging stations– Chicken and the egg. Yeah, exactly. So it’s kind of the
same scenario with this. I mean, what do you guys think? So where I’m seeing it is– I think it’s harder to
add than to build new. So we have a big local
supermarket that just went up. It has charging stations. We have– I think
I’ve said before– this place in rural Vermont. There’s a little coffee
shop that just went up. It has three charging stations. So I think as new
things get built, you will see the infrastructure
start to expand, added new. And certainly it exists
in destinations, on main thoroughfares, etc. Yeah, what John
was saying about, how come we just
don’t have it near where there are other
attractions– well, that is sort of
what we’re seeing. And at a gas station, the
convenience store format doesn’t work if you have
to wait a few minutes. But we’re starting to also see
it at dealerships, as well. So you can go to
the dealer where you bought your car and charge. And we’re starting to see some
of these super fast chargers coming online. And they tend to
be at places where you can go and have a
snack, do a little shopping, take a bathroom
break on a road trip. So yeah, it is happening. But you answered your
own question there, when you said it’s not a large
percentage of the motoring public. The market is saying
we’re not buying a lot of electric vehicles right now. But they’re coming. I mean, we literally have
doubled our charging capacity here at the track in the last
year, because we’ve had to. Yep– certainly
part of the future. Next question is from Scott. [NOTIFICATION DING] “Hello. I’m a hobby marathon
runner, but also enjoy a fun to drive manual
transmission car. The problem I find, though,
is that I get sore muscles from running, but my manual
transmission Volkswagen Golf TDi just exacerbates the pain. Could you recommend something
fun, fuel efficient, even electric,
that is ultimately comfortable for athletes
with sore hips and backs?” So Jen, what do
you have for Scott? So first of all, we were
wondering if this is Jake Fisher who wrote this–
marathon runner, manual– Or Mike Monticello– any of
the other Talking Cars people. Wait a minute. Is this an alias, Scott? But no– so first,
seat is very personal. And seat comfort
is very personal. We absolutely go
through this when we’re rating cars ourselves. And it will depend, Scott,
certainly on your stature. So the first thing I would
say is, it may not be a car, but features of the
seat to look for. Make sure you sit
in it for a while. But power seats– that
ability to tweak it, rather than in steps like
a mechanical adjustment– a power seat that not only
you can tailor more finely, but even if you’re
getting fatigued, or a muscle starts to
ache during a trip, you can just adjust a little
bit to get a pressure point– things away. Cushion length makes
a big difference between cutting off
circulation to a lower leg, bolster width, all of that. So those I would certainly say– The pitch of the seat, too. I find so many seats,
they you back nowadays. Lumbar– I’m not sure if
sore muscles are in his back, but that makes a difference. So to specifically
answer the question, I came up with a Civic SI– fun car, reliable, manual,
a little bit sporty. We actually, in our ratings,
preferred the seat in the SI over the regular –for the regular Civics. Which is usually not the
case for the sporty car versus a mainstream– It’s a little more bolstered– Right. –and yeah. That’s interesting. Yeah, so– Keith, do you have
a recommendation? Oh, I’d go with what Jen says. Yeah. I’m going to cross out
all my recommendations and just go with
whatever Jen says. Yeah. Yeah. No, let’s drive the car first. Take it out and
see if you like it. Because we have people
when we do our tests, all shapes, sizes. And like we said, a lot
of people just like Scott, and one person will love
it, one person will hate it. Right. I can’t– Very personal, so sit in it. Just jump in real quick, I
came up with the Toyota Corolla hatchback manual transmission,
probably fold the seat down, put a bike in back if
you’re getting into– Very versatile. –track on stuff like that. I think this car is a
lot of fun to drive, kind of overlooked by a lot
of folks, because they think, oh it’s just a Corolla. It actually– No it is. –has really good bones to it. Yep. Yeah. OK. Good vote. So that’s great
questions, great answers. Next question, in
fact, is from Chris. [NOTIFICATION DING] “The other day, the
automatic emergency brake– I’m sorry, the other day, the
automatic emergency braking kicked in for the first time. There was no real risk for me
hitting the car in front of me, but I felt I might get rear
ended by the car behind me. The reaction was to
disable the feature when I got to my destination. Has anyone done a study of
how many people actually utilize the advanced safety
features on their cars? Are we all paying for
these features only to turn them off?” Great question. Yeah. And gee– Great question. –let’s go to
Keith for this one. Yeah. So Chris, turn it back on. I’m just gonna turn it back on. But as far as your question
about a study is concerned, yeah, the answer is yes. We sort of have. Yeah. And not to give it away, but Jen
can you talk a little about– Yeah. Not only us, but the IHS as
well have done studies on– so as this technology develops
these safety features, they’re going to
need some tuning. Both ourselves, and
the IHS in their study, had said, if they are, in
the appearance of the driver, overly aggressive,
there is a tendency for people to shut them off. Honda, for example, that
was well documented. People felt their AEB
was a little overzealous in coming on too frequently,
and they were shutting it off. What I would say is
it’s getting better. I do see them tuned better. Yes Chris, turn it back on. Because the scenario
that he describes, somebody getting in front
of him, it going off. Imagine if he had just
looked away for a second, you’re tuning the radio, you
glanced in your view mirror and that had happened
without your AEB, the potential for
it to be a benefit is so much more than that
instantaneous of, oh shoot– Yeah, so when– –it went off for
a second. –you’re the one who’s rear
ending someone, and it’s on your insurance,
no one wants to get hit. But it is a great feature. It’s also important to
differentiate between, say, the convenience features,
like maybe some of the lane keep assist versus the AEB. And we have surveys
from our readers, from our members who tell
us that these systems have helped them a great deal. That’s saved my bacon. And you bring up a good point. Following crashes, when you
rear end someone, it’s on you. Right. Right. That is a– The technology– –even in a no fault. –is paying attention
when you’re not. But we kind of get it because
some things are intrusive. Some of the lane
keeping assist features I immediately turn because
they’re just almost not quite diabolical. But they almost have
a mind of their own. Excellent question. So we’re going to
keep on keeping on. Next question is from Lance. He writes, [NOTIFICATION DING] “Hi, guys, love your podcast. So much so that I recently
became a CR member.” Hey. “I already used the website
to pick out a new riding lawnmower. Hey, it has four
wheels and an engine.” And pretty soon, we’re going to
be doing talking lawn mowers. And cup holders. And cup– They have cup– Right. –holders now. It’s incredible. “When do you get the
best bang for your buck on trading in a car? The company I work
for buys cars new and keeps them for $80,000
miles, around three years. Would it be smarter to
keep the cars a bit longer or trade them in sooner?” So excellent question, again. Keith, we’re going to throw
this one to you right away. What’s the best advice? Sure. So it’s different if it’s
business versus a consumer. I’m sure that there are
some tax incentives here, they’re able to depreciate them. Also, you don’t want
to attract employees with a car that’s fully
paid off with a car with 300,000 miles on
it that’s 15 years old. There is a goal there
to have a good working environment for you. And if your car’s your
working environment, that’s one of the– not one of
the perks of the job, it’s just part of the job. But as far as a
consumer is concerned, it really depends on the car. There’s some cars
that as soon as they hit 100,000, their value
kind of drops a bit. But other cars that have a
perception of reliability, especially, are
the ones that are going to hold their
value longer and longer. Luxury cars, they have a– Fall off. –precipitous drop. And then, they kind
of hold for a while, and maybe gently fall some more. So it really depends on– But– –the model of the car. –to bring this
back to the scenario that the question was about,
it sounds like the company is providing vehicles. We don’t know what
this person does, whether they’re delivering
parts, or they’re traveling– Sales. –a salesperson, or whatnot. But generally speaking,
the longer you keep a car and maintain it, you spread
out the cost of that vehicle over time. Correct? Correct. Yeah, it just
amortizes over longer. My thought was that 80,000
miles in three years, they’re spending a lot of
time in these cars, which means they’re spending a
lot of time on the road. Their potential for
something adverse to happen is a lot higher just because
their vehicle miles traveled. So the newer car, better
features, better safety, is probably the way
to go, in my mind. All right. That was the only– To keep them new. I was think about if you keep
your car a long time, as they say, you drive them
into the ground, it’s a cheap way to drive. But if you have a
10-year-old car, you have 10-year-old technology. Correct. So good. Excellent point. Yeah. Yep. So the next question [NOTIFICATION DING] is, “According to some sources,
many late 2000s and early 2010 Toyotas use excessive
amounts of oil. I had this issue
that my ’07 Scion TC, which doesn’t bother me much
because I’ve not had other unexpected problems with it. Is this oil consumption
issue significant enough to not purchase used Toyotas
from this period between 2007 to 2012?” So Jen, what do you
have for this question? Right. So certainly, this issue
cropped up in some Toyotas. Toyotas are so
reliable in other ways that we only saw
just a small glitch, if you will– if
that’s the right word– in our reliability. So it existed particularly
in that 2007 model year. Other years after that,
we’ve covered the issue. Oddly, it’s not
just a Toyota issue. We actually called
out Subarus and Audis in our coverage of
oil consumption. And this idea that
consuming oil at a rate of, you need to put a cord
in every 1,200 miles, is not really
acceptable performance. No car should be doing that. Maybe 20 years ago. But not now. Right. So the good thing is if
you’re keeping up with it, you’re probably
not doing any harm. The engine is going
to keep going. To his point, it’s
not a big deal to him. But the other thing is that
reputationally, this issue has stuck with them. It’s the one bad
apple that tarnishes. You talk about Toyotas and
oil consumption, Subarus and head gasket. Yeah, I was– These– –just going to say. –one things that stick
with these reputationally. I don’t think it’s a reason to
avoid Toyotas from that period. Right, it– But be aware that it does exist. And if you’re buying
a used one, check the service records and see
how often the oil gets changed. Bring it to a mechanic if you’re
not handy, and check it out. Right. Have previous owners
kept up with that? I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to– No, no. –keep jumping in. I really latched on to what you
said about these reputations. You know, they say, oh, we’ve
heard blah blah blah blah. But then, you have an
organization like Consumer Reports that has the data. And you look at the reliability
histories of the cars, and you see all the bright
greens, which is a good symbol. Right, correct. So moving on, we have the
next question is from Chris. “Hi, Talking Cars. I’m a big fan of your show,
and a longtime subscriber. Our OEM tires, inferior to
their twins, sold at tire shops. Why do OEM tires seem to wear
out much faster than tire shop tires? Thanks.” The OEM, original
equipment- manufacturer. I was just going
to say, Jen, you are one of our resident
tire experts here. You can not only explain
OEM like he just did, but what kind of advice
do you have for Chris? So I would say, it’s not
necessarily inferiority as it is different priorities. So original equipment
manufacturers are highly specifying
low rolling resistance to gain fuel economy. I mean, it’s just a given. So the other funny
thing about tires is you can have the same
tire brand, name, size, et cetera, with two
different specifications. The OE specification that the
original equipment manufacturer wants can be quite different
from the aftermarket version. So much so that Jean
and Ryan and Chris, who work on our tire
program, when they’re picking models for
testing, are actively avoiding those that are original
equipment specification– Interesting. –specified tires. And we have a tire selector
on consumerreports.org. So check it out. Lots of aftermarket
tire ratings. Again, I go back to those
are aftermarket tire ratings. Excellent. Next question is from Eric. [NOTIFICATION DING] “My friend’s 2008 Nissan
Altima 3.5 was totaled. The car had a bunch of
miscellaneous issues, but no problems
with the powertrain. How do you feel about the
new 2018 or 2019 Altimas? And how do I convince
her to get a used Accord or Camry, or a three to
3-5 year old Nissan?” So Keith? Nissan, over the past
few years, has done a little bit of cost cutting. Their cars, personally at
least, I don’t think really seem to have kept up with
some of the competition from Toyota and Honda. Also, depreciation
is a big factor. So I would actually
say if you’re driving that many miles in
a car, my recommendation is just go out and get a
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid. You have that sedan feel,
it’s not that much different as far as handling is concerned. And if you’re putting
that many miles on, you’re going to
save a ton of money on fuel if you’re already
buying a car that’s used and has already had that depreciation. And it does well in our
reliability ratings. So that’s my recommendation
is replace it with something that is a better car. That’s a great point because
the question is Nissan Altima 3.5, that’s 3.5 liter V6. Yeah. So you go from that
to the Camry Hybrid Almost 40 miles a gallon. Yeah. You’ll see a world
of difference. Yeah. Any more advice? Yeah, so certainly echoing
what Keith said that certainly the Altima had good reliability,
but our owner satisfaction ratings for that car,
people didn’t love it. Now I will say,
this is new Altimas. That 3.5 liter V6, in anything
they put it in, was sweet. Yeah. It was a VQ, right? Yeah. It was fast, it was responsive. So to me, it was fast,
it was responsive, a little bit sporty, dare I say. So going to a
Camry, I was like– so we’ve always said the Accord
had a bit more sporty character than the Camry. So my vote was actually
for a used Accord. Interesting. ’16 or later for safety,
30 miles per gallon. So I opted for the used Accord. See, I’m going to take a
slightly different approach. I’m actually going to wave
the flag for the new Altima. I like the fact that it has
a standard forward-collision warning, automatic
emergency braking. I thought the fuel economy
in our tested model was pretty impressive. 31 here. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable. No, it’s not a ball
of fire to drive. But I’ve taken it on
a bunch of road trips, and actually find the new
Altima to be pretty satisfying in kind of a quieter way. So you’re the one who always
has that car checked out. What can I say? I don’t know. I– So we’ve helped Eric immensely. Right. Camry, new Altima,
and a used Accord. Actually– Pick which one of
us you like best. The bottom line is, they’re all
actually really good choices. Yeah. Eric, let us know which one
you pick so we know who wins– Exactly. –the prize. The contest. Next question is from Justin. [NOTIFICATION DING] “Hey, guys, new listener. With the increased
stress of more turbo charged engines from
the industry as a whole, do you think cars will end
up off the roads earlier than they’re naturally
aspirated predecessors? Or do you think the research
and development is up to speed, and these cars will be
able to go the distance?” I like– there was a lot of
wordplay in that question. Going the distance,
up to speed– Why not? Yeah, I like this. Yeah, you should write
our headlines for us. It’s great. Generally speaking,
Justin, turbo charges, it’s a great idea. It’s a smaller
engine, you’re still getting a decent
amount of power. The idea with a smaller engine,
especially a four cylinder, is that you’re going to
get decent fuel economy. But it’s not so easy to
generalize about reliability for turbo charged engines. And when we talk about
turbo charge engines, we also have to hook it up
with the powertrain in general. So what that means
is these engines are often hooked up to 8,
9, 10 speed automatics. So sometimes, the weak
spot of the powertrain can be the transmission hooked
up to the turbo charged engine. So what we’re finding
in our research, in our Consumer Reports
reliability surveys, is that the manufacturers that
have a lot of experience doing turbo charged engines– we’re
talking about Audi, BMW, Porsche– they tend to have more
reliable power trains. The manufacturers that don’t– They’re new. –quite have as much
experience with these setups include Hyundai,
Lincoln, and MINI Cooper. And we’re finding signs
that our members are saying that the engines
are problematic, the engines need to be replaced. So that’s kind of what
our research is showing. I don’t know. Would you guys want
to jump in on any– To your point, the turbos in
this effort for fuel economy are being paired with
transmission changes. So it’s hard to tease out. So it could give the appearance
that the addition of the turbo hurt the reliability. But you can’t pull them apart. Right. Is the transmission– The best example, I think,
is the Ford power shift. That awful, awful
transmission that– Found in the Ford Focus. Exactly. One example. Yeah. Exactly. Real problems with that. Real problems with that, yeah. Excellent. Great question. All these questions
have been awesome. Keep them coming,
[email protected] We’ve got time for
just a few more. The next one reads, [NOTIFICATION DING] “I just watched a video
on how Consumer Reports tests fuel economy. If you account for the
effects of temperature, generally, cars get lower fuel
economy in colder weather. Do you report the fuel
economy as measured, or do you have a
formula for adjusting to a standardized temperature?” Jen, take it away. The answer is yes. We do have a formula, we
do temperature correct. And the other piece
is that we do limit. When it’s severely
cold or windy, we do avoid fuel economy
tests in general. So yes. Short, sweet, to the point. There we go. Enough of that. OK, moving on. Last question, actually, we
have is from Al, who writes, [NOTIFICATION DING] “Hi, everyone. Love your show and
watch every episode as soon as they come out.” Yeah. “I was wondering about
the Chevy Blazer. I’m seeing as much as $8,000
off sticker on the RS trim. And MSRP, as you’ve
indicated, it’s a poor value. But now, with so much off,
does that change the equation?” Great question. Keith, what can you tell Al? Yeah, the food is terrible
in such small portions. A bad car is a bad
car at any price. Sometimes you’ll
get an incentive to move an outgoing model
that was a good model to make way for an even better one. That’s when it might be worth
it to go for the incentive. But if it’s a car
that’s just not great, no amount of money
on the hood is going to make you happier
with it, unless you’re just buying solely on price. Right. And it’s interesting because
just a couple of minutes ago, you brought up
owner satisfaction. So sometimes, a car that has
lower owner satisfaction– I got a great deal on it. But they take the Consumer
Reports survey, they’re like, I really don’t like this car. Right. And I would add,
there’s a reason there’s $8,000 off the sticker. Right. Why is that? They don’t put that on cars
that are moving, you know? Well, that’s about
all the time we have for this week’s episode. As always, if you
want to learn more about the topics or the
cars that we talked about, check out the show notes. Episodes like this are only
possible when you send us your questions, and
your text questions, your video questions,
[email protected] Thanks so much for tuning in. We’ll see you next week. [MUSIC PLAYING]

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Starbucks should consider charging stations at their newer locations, located at their higher traffic locations.

  2. Has the idea for designing electric cars such that rather than solely using charging stations, but rather exchanging of standardized fully charged batteries at exchanging facilities be considered?

  3. UM SCOTT? Are you Serious? What are you 10 years old? Does this mean any crazy question goes? Which sedan can I see better over the dash so I don’t strain my neck?

  4. December is the best time to buy a car.
    Because the tags change. A car from December is older an year older from January.

  5. imagine negotiating a price for a NEW SATURN😂😂
    oh and guy @ 8:59 You should've said what type of car you had, I have a '17 Avalon and it only kicked in once and it was actually necessary, I had pushed the brakes right before the car initiated it but the car still engaged BRAKE and realized I was already doing it and let me handle it

  6. I was surprised with NO COMMENTS, but then I've watched that I was within the first 300 views when started…

    The thing about the "CamaroCross" (the darn Blazer looks more like a recent Camaro than a crossover) is that it seemed to be assigned a WAY TOO EXPENSIVE MSRP for a Mexican-built midsized V6-engined (suppose RS level already have that engine standard) crossover. As it was evidenced by dealers already offering U$8K rebates on a just release crossover, which it doesn't bode well for the future.

    Wonder if the American-built GMC Acadia have the same value issue (and don't tell me about the Chinese-built Buick Envision, since those and the Cadillac XT5 roll on the same platform)…

  7. “ you might see a company with no haggle priced right “ that’s true. I got my 2015 chrysler 200cV6 with 49k miles for 13,995. Went in trying to go down more on the price and they weren’t having it. Which I was fine with. The car was already underpriced.

  8. 3:21 "charting centers" 😂

    Anyway, Petro Canada just started a pilot project here in Canada. All of its locations along the Trans Canada highway will soon have EV chargers.

  9. Speaking of Toyota oil issues, the VVT-i hose is a major black eye on Toyota. Poorly specified rubber can degridate and cause an instant loss of oil. Even their fix was not effective, took them a third time to get it correct with an all metal tube.


  11. no, it's not that no amount of money on hood is enough for mediocre/bad cars, it's that whatever is on hood is not enough, it's that car makers never reach low discount levels that are 'enough' for the wise car buyer, and if they did, they'd move undesirable inventory much much faster. But they don't because they know there are buyers eventually, even if three years as inventory at dealerships.

  12. Many good questions, I’m not so sure about the answers. The answer about the reliability of turbo engines vs NA engines was especially poor.

  13. Last year I was running on a path along side a busy two lane road when I suddenly heard the sound of a man who's newer Camry activated its aeb system literally preventing him from rear-ending and going up underneath the back of a very large delivery truck. Head the the car not automatically stopped he would have definitely have driven up underneath the back and most likely would have been decapitated. I was so impressed

  14. Malpractice malpractice! How could you recommend a Nissan Altima when even in your reliability surveys show how problematic the Renault built CVT transmission is? Nissan's make some of the worst most unreliable automatic transmissions on the market

  15. use true. car app to see. if you are the correct aside of curve. email for best price ( ask for out the door price) and end of month is still the best time to. buy.

  16. I've had a Civic Si since September of 2017. Nearly 30k on the odometer. The seats are PERFECT for long trips. I can wholeheartedly reccomend that car for not just the seats, but the great highway mileage on those long trips ❤

  17. Love you guys..love the show. I've seen all 208 shows and I can't wait for number 209. Keep up the great work.

  18. The idea of turning of AEB sounds crazy to me! Perhaps turning off Lane Keep Assist, but AEB is just too benefitial.

  19. I decided my next car will be at Tesla. It's funny to listen to this show is now knowing that I never have to deal with transmissions, Oil consumption, engine trouble in general. The future is electric

  20. Places I've lived-it is generally wise to avoid car dealers around tax season; they prices jump a bit because they anticipate people coming in to buy cars when they get their refund[s].

  21. I always turn off the automatic braking system in one situation always – putting the car in a car wash. Unless you want the car to stop and cause a pile up in the car wash, it should always be turned off before it goes in. I have seen cars get rear ended when the car brakes in the car wash and then the car behind it runs into it (when no one is in the car to override).

  22. Beware of that Nissan Altima. Nissan now parts "shares" with its partner, Renault. That CVT automatic comes from Renault. Consumer Reports correctly says it works fine – for three years. Going into the fourth year, on their charts, the reliability declines. So if you want automatic transmission issues in the fourth year on, go right ahead, buy an Altima. Your pocketbook may dislike you however.

  23. Another good time to buy a new car is the end of the car's model year not the calendar year. Manufacturers add discounts to the outgoing cars when the next model year is coming in, but when the model year changes is different for every brand and every model even among the same brand. For(d) example one year new Mustangs came out in May while new F-150s came out in November. If you're picky about color and equipment don't wait until December 31st or too long after the new model year comes out to buy the old model because as inventory winds down so does your selection.

  24. Absolutely right on that last one … big discounts at the end of a model year make sense… big discounts mid-model year should make you think twice.

  25. Another good and often overlooked suggestion for the Altima 3.5 owner besides the Camry or Accord is the 2016-18 Mazda 6. According to CR, the 2016-18 Mazda 6 has excellent reliability, decent fuel economy, has great ownership satisfaction, it's fun to drive, and has a very nice interior. And also, 2016 was the year that Mazda started refining the 6 by improving the ride quality and making the interior quieter without sacrificing the sporty nature that Mazda is known for.

  26. Do not want a car to slam on the brakes on it's own EVER. turbos are unnecessary added problem areas. Do not need fuel pressurized up to 2000 pounds (direct injection)(oil dilution issues). To recommend any of these vehicle is irresponsible on your part. Let's see first if these cars hold up over time (200,000 miles+). But I see you are in the business to help people buy new cars every 5 to six years so you can keep people viewing your sites. Also the 2007 Toyota had a poorly engineered pistons that were on EVERY engine. So if it wasn't changed out you should not recommend that car regardless of your surveys. SAME FOR CRV OIL DILUTION ISSUES.

  27. A couple of days ago I was out driving. The car in front of me stopped, I started stopping but the Tacoma behind me was coming fast. I saw what was happening so I let off on the brakes to allow my car to get a bit closer to the car in front of me so the Tacoma had more room to come to a stop. My best guess is that I avoided a collision due to my efforts – a collision that might have otherwise occurred with an automatic emergency braking.

  28. When is the last time C.R. published a full car review? Months! For what am I paying my membership? Not for these podcasts.

  29. Years ago now, in 1999, I bought a Mazda Miata with Toyo tires that had UTR wear rating of 140. Can't remember exactly but think they lasted about 16000-18000 miles. Replaced them with Goodyears (again can't remember the model of Goodyears but performance all weathers), but they were almost as good in the dry but much better in the wet and had much better wear rating.

  30. Petro Canada is putting in ccs charging. Free for now but will start charging. Federal government grants to these in. They are doing 50 on the tran Canada highway.

  31. Love the pod! I'm helping my college-aged brother-in-law shop for a used car that he'll use for road trips and around school. His budget is somewhere between $8,000-10,000 but could be flexible. What is the sweet spot for features/reliability/cost? I was tempted to look at a used Hyundai Genesis (the V6) since the price and insurance APPEARS to be comparable to similarly aged Camrys, Accords, etc., and would have extra features that other older cars wouldn't have. Worth checking out, or are there more practical options? Thanks!

  32. I like the safety features, but sometimes they are overzealous. The Subaru eyesight is great for the adaptive cruise control, but when the person in front of you is turning off of the road to the right, the system slows you down to nearly a stop while they're getting off the road, only once they are completely out of the eyesights' sight will the cruise control slowly go back up to speed.

  33. Please give an update on the CRV oil dilution and battery issues. Were these issues fixed with the 19 Honda CRV? I’m considering buying this CUV.

  34. Subaru of America, in internal documents, has acknowledged greatly increased quality control issues (warranty claim costs are said to have nearly quadrupled in just the last 4 years), reflected in JD Powers' 2019 IQS rankings. I believe this deserves a response from CR, if they are going to continue recommending Subaru vehicles without informing subscribers of the auto company's problems.

  35. Instead of believing a single person's question and then again having it further filtered by the Chirch of Consumer Reports, I looked up Blazer RS pricing and the majority were in the $5,000-6,000 off MSRP, not $8K.

    Then compared to Honda Passport is discounting to about $5,000 off MSRP, everything looks normal in the battle of middle sized, 2-row in the hot crossover over segment.

  36. Fuck Consumer Report for their anti Tesla propaganda. A bunch of Jack of all trades, master of none, clueless know nothing generalists that sells themselves as so called specialists. Hope you crash and burns, motherfuckers.

  37. Why is everyone wearing lavaliere mics if you have table mics right in front of you? Are they for show or does nobody there know anything about audio production?

  38. Stop with electric cars. They are built on old technology and is a backward step. Drivers do not want to drive short distances between lengthy charges. The future is hydrogen cells. Same mileage as conventional fuel, it requires production and refining so the existing oil companies can incorporate it into their already existing distribution networks – and you can fill your hydrogen car in a minute like traditional fuel instead of having to stop and read a book between recharges.

  39. Don't see electric cars being super popular, especially with the hydrogen powered vehicles they've been testing coming not too far in the future.

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