This week on the Best of Car Talk, Ray takes Male Answer Syndrome to a whole new level, trying to explain why Dave’s keyless remote works better when Dave points it at his chin rather than the car. Is the Great Dispersion Theory utterly brilliant, or utterly booooogus? Elsewhere, Andy dropped a straw in his dad’s Buick’s gas tank, and somehow “forgot” to mention it. Now that dad’s car is running lousy, does Andy need to ‘fess up? Also, Doris may need to dump her mechanic after he sent her away with a pegged temperature gauge; and in a follow-up, we hear from Elisa’s boyfriend Tracy and find out if he accepted her mom’s offer of a new car if he popped the question. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk
Lexus makes some very desirable vehicles but has been criticized over its trackpad user interface. Starting with the 2022 NX, it all changes. The new Lexus Interface (no there’s no fancy name) eliminates the touchpad, it’s touchscreen only. It’s also adds casual voice recognition commands plus imbeds Amazon Music and Apple Music right into the system. And the NX will have phone-as-key technology that can be shared with up to 7 users. Tom Voelk talks to Toyota Connected leads Steve Basra and Charan Lota in Plano, Texas to find out what’s new, why it’s better and how the new user interface came to be.
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 had the Hyundai i20 Premium for a week. Listen to us talk about the direction of the corporation, fuel filler caps and Alan’s wonderful circulation in a review that you will get no where else. Also, we do actually discuss the car, so you will find out if Alan rates it or not.
Jonny (@jonnycarpervert) is back on the podcast, we have a catch up about what he's been up to including driving a crazy Ferrari 250 Restomod, the Rimac Nevera and much more.
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00:00 – Intro
05:23 – What We’ve Been Up To
19:57 – Driving EV’s in the Past Year
34:14 – Lotus Emira
43:24 – Driving a 250 GTO RestoMod
52:59 – Driving the Rimac Nevera
1:07:49 – 5 Questions
Founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919, Britain's world-famous luxury marque is known for its cars, its endurance racing success and its long-running relationship with Rolls-Royce. But the truly astonishing thing about Bentley is the cast of characters who brought its early years to life – known to all as the Bentley Boys.
Host Tom Appel and co-hosts Jill Ciminillo and Damon Bell start off the show by discussing GM's lawsuit against Ford over the BlueCruise name for Ford's hands-free highway-driving feature. We also talk about the significant spike in year-over-year used-car transaction prices. Kelsey Mays, Assistant Managing Editor at Cars.com, joins us to talk about Cars.com's 2021 American-Made Index, a ranking of the most American-made vehicles sold in the U.S. Tom has ”where is it made?” 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 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost.
On this episode we share our driving impressions of the 2022 Genesis GV70, and how it compares to its larger sibling the GV80, as well as others in the small luxury SUV segment. We also share a story about how a question from a Talking Cars viewer led to a change in the IIHS’ ratings for the Mazda CX-5. Other topics include: how you can save money when getting brakes replaced at a dealership; if driving a car in Sport mode will wear out an engine faster; whether vehicle undercoating is worth the investment; and our experts suggest reliable, fun used 4×4 SUVs under 10k that are great for tackling rutted dirt roads.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:31 – IIHS Ratings Adjustment on Mazda CX-5 Active Safety Systems
02:45 – Future SUV Classic Follow-up
08:05 – 2022 Genesis GV70 First Impressions
20:47 – Question #1: Should vehicle brakes be only serviced at the dealer?
26:30 – Question #2: Will driving in sport mode wear out the car’s engine prematurely?
27:23 – Question #3: Are vehicle undercoatings worth the investment or a waste of money?
31:05 – Question #4: What reliable, fun used 4×4 SUV under 10K is best suited for tackling rutted dirt roads?
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Talking Cars 303: Driving the 2021 Genesis GV80
IIHS – 2021 Mazda CX-5
Guide to Rear-Seat Reminder Systems
Heatstroke Deaths of Children on Vehicles
How to Protect Your Car From Rodents
Guide to Car Safety
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