Main theme: Our three panelists discuss the recent visit to the CR Auto Test Center by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (Connecticut is ATC’s home state.) It was a day full of discussions with the senator about autonomous vehicles, along with some semi-autonomous driving demonstrations by CR's director of auto testing, Jake Fisher. The panel also delves into the recent statement from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the easing of U.S. fuel-economy targets.

Driven this week: BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, and Volvo XC40. Our panel discusses the continued expansion of the entry-level luxury SUV category, including three recent test-car purchases.

Viewer questions: What’s a reliable, fuel-sipping, and comfortable used car for under $14,000 for a road trip? How can CR say Cadillac builds great-driving cars, yet not a single one is recommended? Should Volkswagen make its Atlas Tanoak concept into a production pickup truck? And should it try to market the truck specifically to women?

Talking Cars: Panelists Jen Stockburger, Mike Monticello, and Jake Fisher.
Panelists: Jen Stockburger, Mike Monticello, 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.

• New York Auto Show, episode 144
• Uber Self-Driving Car Crash, episode 143
• Volkswagen Beetle, Hyundai Accent, episode 142
• GMC Sierra, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, episode 141
• Tesla Model 3, episode 140


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