Main theme: Volvo announced that it’s going to limit the top speed on all its new cars to 112 mph. We discuss why, what the move means for safety, and whether top speed really matters to the average car buyer.

Then we discuss the new 2019 Cadillac XT4. It’s an entry-level compact SUV with luxury touches. But is it really worth the extra money compared with a well-equipped Mazda CX-5? Or should you spend a little more and get a larger SUV?

Driven this week: 2019 Cadillac XT4

Audience questions:

  • I’ve never owned a car before. What do I need to know before I start driving in the city?

  • My friend has an interesting thought about airbags. Is he correct?

  • Why aren’t car doors easier to open in tight parking spaces?

Panelists: Jake Fisher, Keith Barry, and Jon Linkov.

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 New Ford Ranger, Fate of CR Test Cars, episode 192
• 2019 Autos Spotlight, episode 191
• Cars That Broke Our Hearts, episode 190
• Questions: AWD, Tires, Teens, episode 189
• Honda Passport, Loyalty Programs, episode 188


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