Main themes: GM will soon offer a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in its upcoming redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. Will truck customers embrace this smaller engine? Also, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that its five-year plan would include more vehicle electrification (such as more plug-in hybrids), as well as a subscription program that will allow drivers to use a vehicle for a monthly fee—similar to how many consumers buy smartphones.

Driven this week: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Viewer questions: How do you distinguish between owner satisfaction and reliability? How to choose among a Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, and Volkswagen Golf R? And is the tire company or car company responsible for dealing with tire wear on a new car? 

Panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Mike Monticello
Panelists: Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Mike Monticello

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