Talking Cars 290: Toyota RAV4 Prime and the Apple Car

Plus questions about bike racks, adaptive cruise control, and the Toyota Yaris GR

Main theme: After reports that Apple and Hyundai are in talks to build a car together, we discuss how the consumer technology and automotive industries are converging. (Apple didn’t respond to our request for comment, and Hyundai declined to comment.) Then we share our experiences testing the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid SUV, and talk about whether a plug-in hybrid might be right for you. Finally, it’s time for audience questions—including one about forbidden hatchbacks.

Audience Questions
• Do you wish the Toyota Yaris GR was available in the U.S.?

• How does adaptive cruise control affect fuel economy?

• Can my bike rack hurt my car’s suspension?

Talking Cars 290
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, 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?

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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.