Talking Cars 335: Driving the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Plus we discuss how EVs work in extreme cold

Main theme: This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup. Have recent tweaks to the interior, infotainment, and access made it better? And while the updates to the Ridgeline would not be considered a major redesign, the Ridgeline has an interesting place in the latest pickup truck battle, facing new competition from the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. We discuss what makes a truck a truck and which truck is right for each of us—and perhaps you—if you had to pick one today.  

Audience Question
• How do electric vehicles perform in extreme cold?

Talking Cars 335
"Talking Cars" panelists Mike Monticello, Jen Stockburger, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Reports' fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.