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

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.

Big Podcast Milestone, episode 300
• Buick Envision, Destination Charges, episode 299
• Car Buying and Leasing, episode 298
• Driving the Volkswagen ID.4, episode 297
• Driving the Ford F-150 Hybrid, episode 296


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