Talking Cars 280: Subscription Fee for Features, and Driving the Chevrolet Suburban

Plus, the panel talks about winning a car in a raffle and how to store tires

Main theme: From concert tickets to your phone or TV, fees and monthly subscription charges are a part of life. Now you can add cars to that, as manufacturers are looking to roll out monthly or yearly subscriptions to comfort, convenience, and even safety features. We discuss what ramifications this may have for you.

Driven this week: 2021 Chevrolet Suburban

Audience Questions
• Is it wise to buy a car that has the least new technology?
• Which Toyota would we choose if we won it in a raffle?
• How should tires be stored when space is at a premium?
• What should a person do if they want to buy a car with a manual transmission—but can’t drive a manual?

Talking Cars 280
Talking Cars panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Jon Linkov, and Gabe Shenhar.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.