Talking Cars 247: Your Favorite Automotive Podcast Goes Remote

Coronavirus car-cleaning tips, Toyota Highlander test results, and audience questions

Main theme: The podcast has a different look this week because our panelists have switched to remote locations in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Along those lines, this week we tell you why it’s important to be diligent about disinfecting your car’s interior surfaces, and we give tips on how to accomplish this without damaging the materials.

Driven this week: 2020 Toyota Highlander

Audience questions:

  • Why wasn’t there a single Genesis, Mazda, or Porsche on your Top Picks list this year?
  • Why do American automakers continue to have such poor reliability compared with Japanese manufacturers?
  • Can driving a car in its Sport or Dynamic driving mode all the time affect the transmission’s reliability? And can using these modes make the car less safe?
Talking Cars 247
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Jon Linkov.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

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.

EVs, Tires, Car Seats, and More, episode 246
Coronavirus and Auto Shows, VW Atlas Cross Sport, episode 245
Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mailbag, episode 244
10 Top Picks, episode 243
Mercedes-Benz GLB, episode 242

Have a Question?

We’d love to include it in a future show. Upload your video questions to our Dropbox folder. Please send high-definition (1920x1080) MP4 video files with high-quality audio. Or send an iMessage question to our TalkingCars@icloud.com account.


Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and Edmunds.com. My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)