Talking Cars 313: GM's Enhanced Super Cruise, Tips to Survive a Road Trip With Kids

We also answer audience questions about finding parts for older cars and how cicadas can turn off active safety systems

Main theme: While almost every manufacturer offers some sort of active driver assistance system, there are big differences in how well the systems work. This week we discuss the second-generation of GM’s Super Cruise system, an improvement on the already impressive original. We also talk a little about the vehicle we are testing the system on, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV that we bought and added to our test program; share tips on how to keep your family safe and cool your car quickly during the summer; and what we do to keep our kids occupied during long road trips.

Driven this week: 2021 Cadillac Escalade

Audience Questions

  • How hard will it be to find parts for an older vehicle that wasn’t produced in big volume?
  • What can be done about the cicadas that disabled the cameras on my Mazda during a long road trip?
  • Will we see less reliable vehicles from the 2022 model year because of the chip shortage?

'Talking Cars' panelists Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Emily Thomas.

Talking Cars 313

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.