Main theme: We discuss our test results for the 2020 Hyundai Venue, buying new cars, low-cost used cars, and leases during these difficult times. Plus, we answer your questions about inexpensive tires, fuel economy ratings, and why some vehicles are selling for more than their manufacturer’s suggested retail price despite cratered demand for new cars.

Driven this week: 2020 Hyundai Venue

Audience questions:

  • Do automakers ever ask for lower Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings?
  • Is the 12-volt starter battery going away?
  • Are inexpensive, no-name tires dangerous?
  • Why is the Kia Telluride selling for more than MSRP?
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Keith Barry, and Ryan Pszczolkowski
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Keith Barry, and Ryan Pszczolkowski

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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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.