Main theme: Tesla has announced that it’s making some big changes to its all-electric Model S sedan and Model X SUV, including an airplane-like, yoke-style steering wheel, and the elimination of the gear selector and turn signal stalks. We discuss why Tesla is choosing to make these radical updates, as well as how they could affect the driving experience.

Driven this week: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Audience Questions
• Has vehicle reliability been on the decline recently? Is it due to pressure to deliver the latest and greatest, or is something bigger going on?

• How good is the tire life for Tesla vehicles, given their extraordinary performance?

• I frequently hear that batteries are good for only a certain number of charging cycles. If that’s true, will charging my plug-in hybrid daily prematurely age the battery?  

Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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.

• Toyota Sienna, episode 292
• Hyundai Elantra, episode 291
• Toyota RAV4 Prime, Apple Car, episode 290
• We Answer Your Questions, episode 289
• Favorite Cars of 2020, episode 288


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