Main theme: We talk about the looming deadline for owners of some Volkswagen diesel cars to make key decisions in the ongoing “Dieselgate” saga, as well as a small but uncommon recall remedy for new Subaru Ascents.

Driven this week: 2018 Mazda6

Audience questions:

  • What’s a fun, under $30,000 weekend car for a city dweller?
  • What are our recommendations for a green replacement for and end-of-lease Ford C-Max Energi
  • How can I avoid a car salesperson's tricky tactics?
  • What’s a good sporty luxury upgrade to a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid?
Podcast Panelists Mike Monticello, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Quincy
Panelists: Mike Monticello, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Quincy

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.

• Toyota Corolla Hatch, Tesla Autopilot Safety, episode 163
• Ram 1500, Classis Cars in Cuba, episode 162
• Subaru Ascent, Mistakes With Personal Cars, episode 161
• Lexus LS, Tax Credits, Shifters, episode 160
• Nissan Kicks, Hot Car Danger, episode 159


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