Talking Cars 284: Driving the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA and Road Tripping With Pets

We also answer questions about whether expensive wiper blades are worth the cost and look at Subaru Ascent reliability

Main theme: We talk about our experience with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA, and answer your questions on various topics—from tires to terriers.

Driven this week: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Audience Questions
• What’s a good mud-terrain tire that’s also proficient in the snow?
• Is it worth it to buy top-of-the-line wiper blades?
• What will it take for the Subaru Ascent to get a better reliability score?
• How can I keep my dog safe while he’s riding in the back seat of my car?

Talking Cars 284
Talking Cars panelists Emily Thomas, Mike Quincy, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.