Talking Cars 332: Driving the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

We also discuss the new IIHS crash tests and talk about our worst car-buying experiences

Main themes: We discuss the new side-crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and what they mean for owners of the SUVs that were tested, as well as how CR will address the test results in our ratings. We also review the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid and bat around the idea that, with its new Tucson and Santa Fe hybrids, the automaker may be considered the current leader in hybrids.

We also look back at our worst car-buying experiences while working at Consumer Reports.

Driven this week: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Audience Questions

  • Are there vehicles you were impressed with initially but then you substantially changed your thoughts after testing?
  • What should I be concerned about when buying a new car built during the chip shortage and factory slowdowns?
  • What’s going on with EV prices? Tesla is raising them and Chevrolet and Nissan are lowing theirs. What gives?
"Talking Cars" panelists Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Jen Stockburger.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.