Talking Cars 248: Pumping Gas in the Age of Coronavirus

We also discusses the Hyundai Sonata and answer audience questions

Main theme: We talk about protecting yourself from COVID-19 when using gas pumps and the credit card keypads at stations, and offer tips about how to accomplish this.

Test wrap-up: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

Audience questions:

  • Are the microfiber wipes that you talked about enough to clean up the virus from car interiors?
  • Will incentives from automakers and car dealers get better as the economic shakeup goes on?
  • Can you explain your noise evaluations and why you don’t use decibels as a measurement?
Talking Cars 248
Talking Cars panelists Mike Monticello, Jon Linkov, and Jake Fisher.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.