Talking Cars 288: Our Favorite Cars and the Ones That Disappointed Us in 2020

We also look ahead to the cars we're looking forward to driving in 2021

Main theme: There’s no question that 2020 has been fraught with change—a year in our lives we won’t soon forget. One constant you can count on, however, is our unwavering mission to buy and test cars, no matter the obstacles. This week, we reflect on the cars we tested in 2020 and share our favorites and ones that disappointed us.

We also share what we're most excited about for 2021.

Talking Cars 288
Talking Cars panelists Mike Quincy, Jen Stockburger, and Mike Monticello.

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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.

Tesla Model Y Test Results, episode 287
BMW 4 Series and Electric Cadillacs, episode 286
Ram 1500, Redesigned New Cars and SUVs, episode 285
Mercedes-Benz GLA, Road Trips With Pets, episode 284
Toyota Venza, Thankful in 2020, episode 283

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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.