Talking Cars 279: Winter Prep and Driving the 2021 Genesis G80

Plus, the panel talks nitrogen in tires and smart car choices for driving enthusiasts

Main theme: Like it or not, Mother Nature is knocking on the door with a delivery of chilly weather for parts of the country, and you'd better be prepared. Some places have already been covered in the first snow of the season. We discuss how to get your car ready for colder weather, including whether changing work requirements of the pandemic alter the “do I need winter tires” equation.

Driven this week: 2021 Genesis G80

Audience Questions
• What are practical, inexpensive car choices for a self-proclaimed driving enthusiast?
• Can I top off my nitrogen-filled tires with regular air, and is nitrogen worth it?
• As cars are moving toward being able to be updated virtually, how will CR adjust its testing to maintain current features and data?

Talking Cars 279
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Jen Stockburger, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.