Main theme: We rented two all-new affordable subcompact SUVs—the Hyundai Venue and Mazda CX-30—from their manufacturers. Both are part of a growing crop of small, high-riding vehicles. After spending a week with them, we discuss how these two new tiny crossovers stack up against larger SUVs and more affordable hatchbacks. Then we answer questions about Carvana, tire buying, and used EVs.

Audience questions:

  • Is it a good idea to buy a car sight-unseen from an online, no-haggle service like Carvana and have it delivered to my house?
  • Should I buy a Volkswagen e-Golf? I have only a short commute, it’s affordable, and it would be a second car.
  • I bought a used car that came with two tires from a brand I’ve never heard of and two worn-out original tires. What do I do?
  • I store my “fun” car all winter. Should I occasionally start it up or should I just let it hibernate?
Panelists Mike Quincy, Keith Barry, Gabe Shenhar
Panelists: Mike Quincy, Keith Barry, and Gabe Shenhar

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.

• Toyota Supra, Advance Safety Features, episode 232
• Live From California, episode 231
• Los Angeles Auto Show, episode 230
• CR’s Annual Auto Reliability Survey Results, episode 229
• Bentley Bentayga, BMW M850i, Peugeot, episode 228

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