Talking Cars 301: Kia Carnival and Other Tales of #VanLife

Plus, the high cost of new cars and the perils of shopping for a popular vehicle during a microchip shortage

Main theme: We discuss why the average cost of new cars has gone up to nearly $39,000, and why car loans are getting longer and longer. Then we share our opinions on the all-new Kia Carnival minivan that we spent some time driving. Is it versatile enough to attract buyers away from three-row SUVs? Finally, we answer your questions about car buying and safety.

Audience Questions
• Should I sell my used car now that its value has skyrocketed?
• Is the microchip shortage making new cars more expensive?
• Are panoramic sunroofs unsafe in a rollover or serious crash?
• Do I need an extended warranty on a pickup truck? If so, can I negotiate the cost?
• I plan to move into a van and hit the open road (#VanLife). What should I know about van safety?

Talking Cars 301
‘Talking Cars’ panelists Jon Linkov, Keith Barry, and Jennifer Stockburger.

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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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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.