Talking Cars 283: Driving the 2021 Toyota Venza and Thankful in 2020

We also answer questions about cost of ownership, advanced LED headlights, and how to store a convertible

Main theme: We talk about our experience with the 2021 Toyota Venza, answer your questions and, as we prepared to gather within our households or virtually to celebrate Thanksgiving, we took a look back at what we’re thankful for this year.

Driven this week: 2021 Toyota Venza

Audience Questions
• Why do certain brands get more costly to maintain as they age?
• Why aren’t matrix LED headlights allowed in the U.S.?
• Is it better to store a convertible with its top up or down over the winter?
• What is a good three-row SUV for grandparents traveling with grandchildren?

Talking Cars 283
Talking Cars panelists Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Quincy.

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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.