Main themes: Our podcast panel discusses the announcement by General Motors that it will stop making six sedans to focus on SUVs and trucks, following the buying trends of American car shoppers. GM is following other domestic automakers, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford, in revising its model mix. Our panelists tackle what this development means for consumers, including whether finding parts or getting repairs will be more difficult for owners of those six models.

Driven this week: 2019 Hyundai Veloster

Audience questions:

  • Is the Toyota RAV4 hybrid a better choice than a regular RAV4 to replace an older Matrix?
  • Is the advice to rotate tires the same time you do an oil change still valid?
  • Can you damage your car by never refilling it with gas until there's less than 10 miles of range remaining?
  • What car would be a good choice for a pizza deliveryman who drives a 2001 Chevrolet Prizm?
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Ryan Pszczolkowski
Panelists: Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Ryan Pszczolkowski

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.

Talking Cars at the LA Auto Show, episode 179
• Auto Stuff to Be Thankful For, episode 178
• Return to the Mailbag, episode 177
• Cadillac’s XT4 and Subscription Plan, episode 176
• Toyota RAV4, CR Ratings Update, episode 175