Talking Cars 314: Tesla Model 3 Regains CR Top Pick Status; Driving the 2022 Volkswagen Taos

We also answer audience questions about rising destination fees and how EVs perform on long trips using DC fast-charging stations

Main theme: We discuss how the Tesla Model 3 regained its status as a Consumer Reports Top Pick after independent tests proved the effectiveness of its new camera-based automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning systems. We also give our first impressions of the new Volkswagen Taos SUV, driving both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Driven this week: 2022 Volkswagen Taos

Audience Questions
• Why does the battery of my 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia keep dying?
• How do EVs perform on long trips when DC fast-charging is essential?
• Why are car destination charges going through the roof?
• Does wrapping a car in vinyl and then coating with ceramic really protect the vehicle’s paint?

Talking Cars 314

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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• GM’s Enhanced Super Cruise, Road Trips, episode 313
• Honda Civic, Ford Maverick, episode 312
• Driving the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, episode 311
• We Answer Your Questions, episode 310
• 2021 Nissan Rogue, Ford F-150 Lightning, episode 309

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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.