Talking Cars 312: 2022 Honda Civic, Ford Maverick, and Future Classics

Plus, we answer questions about oil changes, AC, and buying a car that’s been sitting on a lot for months

Main theme: What goes on at the track on a moonless night? Headlight testing, of course! Jen Stockburger, director of operations at CR’s Auto Test Center, walks us through the process. Then we discuss a new CR report on why trucks seem to be getting so much bigger—and whether the new Ford Maverick compact pickup will put a stop to that trend. We also speculate as to which of today’s cars will become classics tomorrow. Finally, it’s time for audience questions.

Driven this week: 2022 Honda Civic Touring

Audience Questions

  • Is my 4-mile commute so short that it might damage my engine?
  • I found a used car that’s been sitting for many months. Should I be worried about “lot rot”?
  • Why do we call them “electric” cars and not “battery-powered”?
  • Should I leave my AC off to save gas this summer?

‘Talking Cars’ panelists Mike Quincy, Keith Barry, and Jennifer Stockburger

Talking Cars 312

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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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.