Talking Cars 318: Driving the Genesis GV70

We also talk about what’s entailed with getting a brake job done on a newer vehicle, and how an audience question led to changes at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Main theme: We start off this week circling back to some topics from recent episodes. First, we reveal how a question from our audience led to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety making changes to its ratings related to the Mazda CX-5’s active safety systems. Next, because our discussion from Episode 317 about SUVs we think are destined to become future classics proved so popular, we read some of our favorite comments from you about your picks. 

Driven this week: 2022 Genesis GV70

Audience Questions

  • Do you recommend buying brake parts from some other source in an effort to save money and then having the dealer install them? 
  • I enjoy using the Sport mode on my 2020 Ford Escape, but will this wear out the engine faster vs. driving it in its normal mode? 
  • What are your thoughts on underbody rust-proofing these days, like as an add-on from a dealer? What about undercoatings that you can apply yourself?
  • Can you recommend a reliable, fun, used 4x4—with ABS, stability control, and airbags—in the $10,000 range that I can leave garaged at my cabin in the woods?

'Talking Cars' panelists Alex Knizek, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger

'Talking Cars' panelists Alex Knizek, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger

Talking Cars 318

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and Edmunds.com. My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)