Main theme: This week we delve into the auto industry’s recent pledge to expand V2X (vehicle-to-everything) technology. V2X enables cars to communicate with each other and infrastructure, such as traffic signals, to prevent collisions and smooth traffic flow. But there is a big “if” with the plan, and it has to do with the Federal Communications Commission.

Driven this week: 2020 Mazda CX-30

Audience questions:

  • What would be a reliable, fun-to-drive replacement for my Subaru Legacy for less than $10,000?
  • Will adding a fuel stabilizer to my car’s gas tank negatively affect its upcoming emissions test?
  • I’m thinking about buying a 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and I’m curious whether CR has tested and rated its headlights yet?
  • Do you think insurance premiums will go down as more cars become equipped with crash-reducing advanced safety features?
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger.
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger.

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.

• Hyundai Venue, Cheap Tires, Car Buying, episode 252
• Car Maintenance, Safety Features, EVs, episode 251
• Volkswagen Passat, Stale Gas, episode 250
• Car-Seat Care and Cleaning, Genesis G80, episode 249
• Pumping Gas and Coronavirus, episode 248


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