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?
Panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher
Panelists: Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher

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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• Super Bowl Ads, Cadillac CT5, episode 240
• Mercedes-Benz GLS, episode 240
• Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel, episode 239
• Hyundai Sonata, episode 238


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