Main themes: Our podcast panel discusses a recent Consumer Reports tire test designed to find out just how performance diminishes as tires wear down, particularly how it affects driving on wet surfaces. Ace tire tester Ryan Pszczolkowski explains why this test is so important, and the intriguing results his team found.

Driven this week: 2019 Porsche Cayenne

Audience questions:

  • Will adding aftermarket shocks absorbers and replacement tires to a brand-new car void its warranty?
  • How long does it usually take for a vehicle to go through the complete CR test program?
  • Considering Toyota’s strong reliability record, is it safe for my daughter to buy the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 now, or wait a bit for any bugs to get worked out?
Panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Monticello, and Keith Barry
Panelists: Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Monticello, and Keith Barry

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.

• The Year in Review, episode 183
• Sports Cars for Tall Drivers, episode 182
• CR Sees the Light, episode 181
• GM Cancels Sedans, Hyundai Veloster, episode 180
• Talking Cars at the LA Auto Show, episode 179


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