Talking Cars 281: We Answer Your Questions

My RAV4 won’t fill up. Arteon or Stinger? What happened to Mitsubishi? And more.

Main theme: It’s another all-questions episode! This week, we discuss a massive Toyota recall, the difference between a recall and a customer service campaign, and whether cars are growing too big for garages. Then we help buyers choose between fastbacks and decide whether a new-and-improved model is worth picking over a tried-and-true favorite.

Audience Questions
• My Toyota RAV4 Hybrid won’t fill up. What do I do?
• Why has it taken three months for my dealer to fix a recall?
• Why do crash-test dummies always sit the same way during tests? Don’t people move around before a crash?
• Why isn’t Mitsubishi as popular in the U.S. as it is in other countries?
• I bought a 2018 Subaru Forester. Should I have gone with a 2019 even though it was the first year of a new model?
• It turns out my new car is too big for my garage. Is there a standard garage size or do people now have to measure?
• Should I get a Kia Stinger or a Volkswagen Arteon?
• Why aren’t some luxury and sports cars crash-tested?

Talking Cars 281
Talking Cars panelists Emily Thomas, Keith Barry, and Mike Quincy.

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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.

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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.


Head shot photo of CRO Cars CIA editor Keith Barry

Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.