Talking Cars 285: Driving the Ram 1500 Diesel, and Redesigned New Cars and SUVs

We also answer audience questions about replacing a Land Rover Defender and whether a key fob can drain the main battery

Main theme: We discuss the release of three new models coming out in 2021:
2022 Honda Civic
2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Acura MDX

Driven this week: 2020 Ram 1500 Diesel

Audience Questions
• Is it common for a key fob to cause a car's battery to drain prematurely?
• Do vehicles even have a country of origin anymore?
• What vehicle would be a good replacement for a Land Rover Defender?

Talking Cars 285
Talking Cars panelists Mike Quincy, Jon Linkov, and Mike Monticello.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

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Mercedes-Benz GLA, Road Trips With Pets, episode 284
Toyota Venza, Thankful in 2020, episode 283
Car Reliability, Land Rover Defender, episode 282
We Answer Your Questions, episode 281
Subscription Fees, Chevrolet Suburban, episode 280

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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.