Talking Cars 322: Driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee L

We also discuss the all-new Nissan Z, and which member of the Toyota RAV4 family is the best choice for a driving enthusiast

Main theme: We start off this week’s video podcast following up on the immensely popular “forever car” segment from last week’s show. We share some of the vehicles you told us would be your choice if you could drive only one car for the rest of your life. We also give the latest information in the ongoing Chevrolet Bolt EV fire-risk saga and reveal details on the recently revealed, all-new 2023 Nissan Z sports car

Driven this week: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Audience Questions

  • I am currently looking for an electric crossover, but I’m worried that whichever model I buy will be outpaced by newer vehicles coming out shortly after, in both tech and range. How can I navigate the world of EVs so that my car isn’t outdated soon after I purchase it?
  • Has CR ever looked into whether that “new-car smell” is toxic? What is the best way to mitigate it, if it’s actually making you nauseated?
  • I’m ready to invest in snow tires and thought it would be a good opportunity to get a set with smaller wheels and taller sidewalls to combat winter potholes. How do I find out which size tires are appropriate for my car if I change the wheel size from 18-inch to 17-inch?
  • I’m interested in purchasing a new Toyota RAV4. What order would CR rate the RAV4 Prime, RAV4 Hybrid, and regular RAV4 in terms of being fun to drive?
Talking Cars 322
‘Talking Cars’ panelists Alex Knizek, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski

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)