Main topic: The special 2018 Autos Spotlight. At center stage is the annual Top Picks list.

Our panel shares the 10 vehicles that made the list and explains that the choices are based on the combination of performance in our tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and availability of key safety features. This year’s list includes some repeat winners, as well as some newcomers.

Learn more about the Top Picks and other stories in our 2018 Autos Spotlight.

Panelists Gabe Shenhar, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher
Panelists: Gabe Shenhar, Jen Stockburger, and Jake Fisher

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.

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