Talking Cars 319: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq, Frunks, and Guilty Pleasures

We also take on questions about cash-only tire shops, EV plugs, and why so many cars are painted shades of gray

Main theme: We’ve been testing new child safety features in the Genesis GV70, driving the Hyundai Ioniq, and lamenting the loss of yet another great sedan. We talk about the cars we’ve loved that nobody else did, and wonder why automakers give different cars similar names and paint colors.

Driven this week: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

Audience questions:

  • I bought tires at a cash-only place. Did I get scammed?
  • Why are all the cool colors being discontinued?
  • What happens to a car’s crumple zone if I have something stored in the frunk?
  • Why are EV charging ports more standardized in Europe than in the U.S.?

‘Talking Cars’ Panelists

Mike Quincy, Keith Barry, and Emily Thomas

Talking Cars 319

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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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.