Main theme: Toyota virtually revealed two vehicles that were originally scheduled to debut at the New York International Auto Show, before the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Sienna minivan shows off curvy new styling, and the Venza SUV revives a previous Toyota moniker. But the biggest news is that both vehicles have hybrid powertrains as standard equipment.

Driven this week: 2020 Buick Encore GX

Audience questions:

  • I noticed the reliability for my 2017 Buick Regal has dropped below average, according to Consumer Reports data. What kinds of problems should I keep an eye on with my car down the road?
  • Are automakers starting to phase out built-in factory navigation systems?
  • Why do the mechanically similar Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride have different crash-test ratings?
Talking Cars panelists Jennifer Stockburger, Mike Monticello, and Keith Barry.
Talking Cars panelists Jennifer Stockburger, Mike Monticello, and Keith Barry.

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.

• Nissan Sentra, Aftermarket CarPlay, Summer Tires, episode 255
• 2021 Kia Seltos, Good Fuel Economy, episode 254
• Mazda CX-30, Next-Level Safety Technology, episode 253
• Hyundai Venue, Cheap Tires, Car Buying, episode 252
• Car Maintenance, Safety Features, EVs, episode 251


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