Main theme: Ford just revealed the all-new 2021 F-150 full-sized pickup truck. This mega-popular vehicle might not look all that different on the outside, but it has a totally redesigned interior, an optional hybrid powertrain, and a generous roster of safety and advanced driver assistance features.

Driven this week: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Audience questions:

  • Is it more important to consider a car’s age or its mileage when buying a used vehicle?
  • Can you explain the mechanics of delivering heating and air conditioning in electric cars, and are these electric systems more efficient?
  • I installed front and rear dash cameras in my Hyundai Palisade, but now I’m wondering whether the wires could affect my side-curtain airbags in a crash. Can you help?
  • How worried should I be that I will need to replace the timing chain on my 2018 Audi Q7 when it gets to around 100,000 miles? I’ve heard it’s an expensive, engine-out job.  
Talking Cars panelists Jen Stockburger, Mike Monticello, and Gabe Shenhar
Talking Cars panelists Jen Stockburger, Mike Monticello, and Gabe Shenhar.

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.

• Audi Q3, Ford Active Drive Assist, episode 261
• Driving the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, episode 260
• Driving the Honda CR-V Hybrid, episode 259
• Electric Car Market, Lincoln Corsair, episode 258
• Navigation Systems, Nissan Versa, Airbags, episode 257


Have a Question?

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