Main theme: We talk about why the tiny Smart ForTwo never really caught on with U.S. buyers, even though micro cars continue to be popular overseas. We also reflect back on the Smart cars we tested—often with not-so-happy results.

Driven this week: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Audience questions:

  • Do we see price of replacement windshields going up because of the built-in active safety features?
  • Since autopilot has been on airplanes for years, what’s the big deal about having this technology on cars?
  • Why aren’t all EV charging outlets standardized?
  • Is the new Hyundai Venue a good car for senior drivers?
Panelists Keith Barry, Mike Quincy, and Jon Linkov
Panelists: Keith Barry, Mike Quincy, 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.

• Live from Brooklyn, N.Y.!, episode 200
• 2019 New York Auto Show, episode 199
• Toyota Corolla, Speed Limits, episode 198
• Mazda3, Ford Escape, Toyota Yaris, episode 197
• Kia Telluride, European Safety, episode 196


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