Main theme: We start off our latest podcast debating just how useful full-sized pickup trucks really are as daily driven vehicles. Panelist Gabe Shenhar says pickups haven’t had any ground-breaking innovations since the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche, which had a unique mid-gate panel between the bed and passenger compartment that could be folded down to make room for longer cargo. The just-unveiled Hyundai Santa Cruz compact truck brings a fresh take, but will it attract buyers?

Driven this week: 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Tucson Hybrid

Audience questions:

  • Should I consider having the worn-out tires on my 2015 Toyota Camry re-treaded instead of buying four new tires for the sake of environmental-friendliness?
  • Why are we suddenly seeing so many two-tone paint jobs on new cars?
  • I’m moving to Phoenix and looking to buy a new SUV. In addition to ventilated seats, are there any specific aspects or features I should be looking for in a vehicle for hot desert conditions?
  • Considering the amount of vehicles CR has bought over the years for its test program, has anyone ever crashed or damaged a test car?
'Talking Cars' panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Monticello, and Gabe Shenhar.
'Talking Cars' panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Monticello, and Gabe Shenhar.

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.

• Genesis GV80 and Driving Comfort, episode 303
• Mitsubishi Outlander, Rivian EV Charging, episode 302
• Kia Carnival and #VanLife, episode 301
• Big Podcast Milestone, episode 300
• Buick Envision, Destination Charges, episode 299


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