Main theme: Following Volkswagen’s official launch of its ID.4 all-electric car, the company unveiled the new 2022 Taos last week. This compact SUV, named for an iconic city in New Mexico, is due to arrive in late 2021. The podcast panel discusses how the Taos fits into VW’s lineup and wrestles with whether newer models with internal combustion engines are competitors to electric cars like the ID.4.

Driven this week: 2021 Genesis GV80

Audience Questions
• Is there a way to bypass the dealer and order a car directly from the manufacturer?
• Can an unreliable vehicle be "sorted out" to be a reasonably reliable vehicle in the future?
• What maintenance items should you check for a vehicle left idle during the pandemic?
• Does the cost of ownership for a plug-in-hybrid fall somewhere between a gas-powered and purely electric vehicle?

Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Jennifer Stockburger, and Gabe Shenhar.
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Jennifer Stockburger, 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.

• Questions on Tires, Used Cars, and More, episode 276
• Acura TLX, Motor Oil, episode 275
• Ford’s Electric F-150, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, episode 274
• Tesla Full Self-Driving Software, Chevrolet Tahoe, episode 273
• Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, episode 272

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