This week, Car Talk’s month long 34th Anniversary Celebration/Apology continues, with an all-listener request show. We’ve got the Bosnian Vowel Drop, Arup Gupta, the original Melissa Peterson letter, Death Valley Dinesh, and the circumferentially challenged Daniel Pinkwater reading highlights from the BMW owner’s manual. Also, Dana needs help removing a chunk of the Berlin Wall from a friend’s trunk, and Christy decides it’s time to ‘fess up to her Dad about destroying his car 15 years ago. All this and more, on The Best of Car Talk.
The new 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup is headed to dealerships now. Here’s a serious look inside and out with Hiren Patel, the Project Lead Designer. He gives all sorts of insights to why the new Frontier looks they way it does, much of it is all about function. Tom Voelk stays out of his way and lets him describe the design process. This is part of a Nissan manufacture’s event in Utah that Tom attended.
This week we are joined by Jodie Tessier from Kijiji Autos to talk about how the pandemic has impacted the auto industry and the car buying behaviour of consumers. We talk about what is motivating consumers to buy cars and whether now is a good time to consider purchasing a car. We also share car buying tips and tools to help you if you are currently in the market or considering buying in the near future. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new car test drive of the week, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition.
Alan spent a week with an outlier in the Lexus range, the electric UX300e. How well does Lexus’ first UK-sold EV fare in daily use and would you want to own one?
Dan Prosser and Andrew Frankel were invited to look at a truly remarkable collection of cars before being invited to drive any one they liked. Dan chose a Le Mans Aston Martin DB3S, while Andrew picked out Tazio Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo. They also discuss the Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher.
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell kick off the show by discussing the new vehicles they've driven so far this year that impressed them the most. Scott Case, co-founder and CEO of Recurrent–a company that compiles and provides data on used electric vehicles and their battery health– joins us to talk about Recurrent's services and give his perspective on the growing EV market. Tom has a paint-color quiz for Damon and Jill, and Damon runs down the latest articles on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog–including a test-drive review of the new-for-2022 Volkswagen Taos subcompact SUV.
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 input on the highway, in the driveway, and in crowded parking lots. We also discuss the other big changes to this vehicle, including its lack of directional and wiper stalks (now a touch-sensitive button on the yoke), horn placement (also a touch button), and touchscreen/predictive gear shifting mechanism.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:29 – 2021 Tesla Model S Steering Yoke Impressions
06:17 – Driving Tesla Model S
12:11 – Steering Wheel Controls
15:01 – Gear Selector
18:00 – Safety Pitfalls of Unintuitive Controls
Why We Think Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit
Tesla’s New Steering Yoke Shows Little Benefit and Potential Safety Pitfalls
4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive
Tesla Model S 2013 quick take
Guide to Car Safety
How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home
Coronavirus Resource Hub
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