Main theme: We're distanced more than usual this week due to power outages from a tropical storm that tore up the East Coast and ripped through Connecticut. We still take on your questions about third-row safety, towing capacities of compact SUVs, and CR’s test car buying program. Plus, we share our tips for how to not get taken advantage of when financing a new car, and discuss how the new Nissan Leaf Plus stacks up against other EVs.

Driven this week: Nissan Leaf Plus

Audience questions:

  • How does CR choose options and trim levels when buying cars to test?
  • Can folding second-row seats close shut on a passenger?
  • I want to buy a pop-up camper. Which small SUV should I buy that can tow it safely?
Talking Cars panelists: Jen Stockburger, Keith Barry, and Gabe Shenhar
Talking Cars panelists: Jen Stockburger, Keith Barry, 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.

• Used Cars for Teens, Chevrolet Trailblazer, episode 266
• 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


Have a Question?

We’d love to include it in a future show. Upload your video questions to our Dropbox folder. Please send high-definition (1920x1080) MP4 video files with high-quality audio. Or send an iMessage question to our TalkingCars@icloud.com account.