Talking Cars 302: Mitsubishi Outlander and Rivian's Nationwide EV Charging Network

Plus, debating whether choosing a hybrid minivan is the way to go, and what to look for when evaluating driver’s seats

Main theme: We discuss the plans Rivian has to create a network of charging stations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Then we give our first impressions of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. Is this redesigned model competitive enough to be a player in the hyper-competitive SUV market?

Finally, we answer your questions about minivans, perceived value of Hyundai vs. Kia, and things to consider when shopping for a car with a good driver’s seat.

Audience Questions
• Will buying a regular, gas-powered Honda Odyssey eventually bring a lower resale value compared with a hybrid-powered Toyota Sienna?

• Why do Hyundai cars have better Consumer Reports ratings and better customer satisfaction than Kia if they are owned by the same company?

• How should I go about finding a car with a driver’s seat that can keep me comfortable during long drives that are typically 200 miles a day? What is the best way to judge all-day comfort on a short test drive?

Talking Cars 302
'Talking Cars' panelists Mike Monticello, Mike Quincy, and Jake Fisher.

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.