Talking Cars 324: Driving the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

We also discuss what to look out for when considering a used car that might have flood damage

Main theme: We recorded this week’s podcast following the damage caused by Hurricane Ida so we discussed the potential for a flood-damaged used car to be sold to an unsuspecting buyer. 

Driven this week: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

Audience Questions

  • I’m a big fan of the Mazda3—especially one with a manual transmission. What are the differences between the regular and turbo model; front vs. all-wheel drive; and will my mountain bike fit in the cargo area?
  • Is it common for drivers at night to mistakenly think their headlights are on when, in fact, super-bright LED daytime running lights might be fooling them?
  • How challenging is it for a tall person—as in 6 feet, 8 inches—to fit in some of the more popular EVs, such as the Ford Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4?
  • How does CR decide which models to test; how long do you keep these vehicles; and what do you do with them when you are done?
Talking Cars 324
“Talking Cars” panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Jen Stockburger

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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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.