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 panelists Jake Fisher, Keith Barry, and Mike Quincy
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Keith Barry, and Mike Quincy.

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.

• We Answer Your Questions, episode 289
• Favorite Cars of 2020, episode 288
• Tesla Model Y Test Results, episode 287
• BMW 4 Series and Electric Cadillacs, episode 286
• Ram 1500, Redesigned New Cars and SUVs, episode 285


Have a Question?

We’d love to include it in a future show. Upload your video questions to our Dropbox folder. Please send high-definition (1920x1080) MP4 video files with high-quality audio. Or send an iMessage question to our TalkingCars@icloud.com account.