Talking Cars 243: 10 Top Picks Explained

We discuss highlights from the 2020 Autos Spotlight

Main themes: We talk about Consumer Reports’ Autos Spotlight, discussing what goes into our annual vehicle deep dive. The entire package includes our 10 Top Picks for 2020 and the car brand report cards.

We also talk about some of the most common questions related to the range, reliability, and infrastructure of electric vehicles.

Driven this week: Final test results for the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

Audience questions:

  • Does CR's testing show a negative bias toward new, nonstandard technologies?
  • Does standardizing the names for key safety features infringe on patent and trademark opportunities for the companies offering them?
  • How much emphasis should be given to crash test ratings?
Talking Cars 243
Panelists: Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher

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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.

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Hyundai Sonata, episode 238

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.