Talking Cars 266: Best Used Cars for Teens, and Driving the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Plus, we explain why all four tires on AWD vehicles should be replaced when one goes flat

Main theme: We discuss the first-ever team effort between Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to come up with a list of recommended safe, reliable, and affordable used vehicles for teenage drivers. We talk about which cars on the list were some of our favorites, as well as what we drove during our teenage years.

Driven this week: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Audience Questions

  • Are the new Toyota Venza and RAV4 Prime good replacements for a 2009 Toyota Highlander?
  • Do I have to replace all four tires on my 2018 Honda Pilot AWD even though only one has gone bad?
  • Elon Musk is jokingly tweeting that the Tesla Cybertruck will be the official truck of Mars. What’s your pick?
Talking Cars 266
Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Mike Quincy, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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Kia K5 and Porsche Taycan, episode 265
Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport, episode 264
Driving the Tesla Model Y, episode 263
Toyota RAV4 Prime, Ford F-150, episode 262
Audi Q3, Ford Active Drive Assist, episode 261

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.