Main themes: Our panel talks about the results of CR’s Annual Auto Survey. First, they explain what reliability means to CR. After that, Jake, Jen, and Jon talk about some of the vehicles that performed the worst in our survey. Finally, they discuss how many cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans suffer from headaches in their first year of production. 

Audience Questions:

  • Has there ever been a situation where the first year of a model has been the most reliable?
  • What vehicle is reliable, can carry two kids, can tow a motorcycle, and works well for city and highway driving?
  • Is there a used car for under $20,000 that is fuel-efficient, fun to drive, and reliable?
Panelists Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Jen Stockburger
Panelists: Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Jen Stockburger

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify and video on YouTube.

All Questions, episode 173
• Honda CR-V Engine Issues, Nissan Altima, episode 172
• CR Ranks Automated Driving Systems, episode 171
• Google Maps, Alexa, Subaru Forester, episode 170
• Subaru Ascent and Audi E-Tron, episode 169


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