Main theme: There’s a lot of confusion around auto emissions and fuel economy standards. Our experts explain why some automakers are asking for stricter rules and examine whether those will cost you more money at the dealership.

Driven: 2020 Subaru Legacy

Finally, it’s time to answer your questions—including queries about rear-wheel drive, why it’s smart to get a car inspected before buying it, the wild world of dealer incentives, and whether one of our readers should stick with a manual transmission on a long commute.

Consumer Reports Talking Cars panelists Jen Stockburger, Keith Barry, and Ryan Pszczolkowski
Panelists: Jen Stockburger, Keith Barry, 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 (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• Subaru Outback, episode 217
• Ford Explorer, episode 216
• The Rising Cost of Car Ownership, episode 215
• Volkswagen Arteon, episode 214
• Cadillac XT6, Trusting New Tech, episode 213


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