The new Jeep Wrangler takes center stage in this episode of the “Talking Cars With Consumer Reports” video podcast. We also welcome the Hyundai Elantra GT into the CR test fleet and debate whether this new hot hatchback has the goods to run with the king of the hill, the Volkswagen GTI.

The conversation also includes our celebration of one of the toys that turned us into car nuts: Hot Wheels. The brand behind those colorful and fast die-cast cars is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Yes, way back in 1968, the scaled-down hot rods and muscle cars broke through and quickly became the favorite birthday and holiday gift for many kids. And yes, we still like playing with cars.

Finally, we dive into a few viewer questions, including a general discussion of why cars seem so expensive these days. We also give specific model years of the best used Toyota Prius to buy and the lowdown on which minivan rocks the most—the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna

Talking Cars Panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Jon Linkov.
Panelists: Ryan Pszczolkowski, Mike Quincy, and Jon Linkov

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify and video on YouTube.