Main theme: We share our initial impressions of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a midsized SUV with fuel economy that exceeds most smaller SUVs. We also discuss audience feedback on a previous answer about the use of lower octane fuel and how that answer may be slightly different for those driving in high-altitude locations.

Driven this week: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Audience questions:
• Do advances in automotive technology mean car careers are now "specialties?"
• Why have full-sized vehicles benefited from the majority of fuel economy technologies?
• What vehicles are good for carrying a stand-up bass instrument?

Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher.
Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher.

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.

• Driving the Honda CR-V Hybrid, episode 259
• Electric Car Market, Lincoln Corsair, episode 258
• Navigation Systems, Nissan Versa, Airbags, episode 257
• Buick Encore GX, Toyota Hybrids, Insurance, episode 256
• Nissan Sentra, Aftermarket CarPlay, Summer Tires, episode 255


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