Talking Cars 229: CR's New Annual Auto Reliability Survey Results

Plus, we offer car buying advice for manual-transmission enthusiasts and ponder why some cars aren’t sold in the U.S.

Main theme: We dive into our latest reliability data and talk about why it’s not a great idea to buy a first-year redesigned car. Plus, we discuss the final test results of a CR-favorite model, the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback.

Audience questions:

  • Since almost all cars are designed, manufactured, and checked for quality in very similar ways, why are some manufacturers behind in reliability?
  • I’ve noticed that the Toyota Hilux pickup truck is sold in many countries around the world—but not in North America. Why has Toyota never brought this product to North America?
  • I’d like a new car specifically for commuting, but I’d like it to have a manual transmission. I’m interested in driving fun and creature comforts, but also a low price, good fuel economy, and good crash test ratings. What do you recommend?
Talking Cars 229
Panelists: Jon Linkov, Mike Quincy, and Gabe Shenhar

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Plans to Update Government Crash Tests, episode 226
Mercedes-Benz A-Class, New-Car Problems, episode 225
Tesla Smart Summon, Hyundai Palisade, episode 224
Pedestrian Detection, Ford F-150 Raptor, episode 223

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.