Main theme: Our three panelists discuss the redesigned Ram 1500 pickup truck and the new Jeep Cherokee SUV. The panel also talks about why certain iconic car names like Ford Taurus might be going away in favor of even more SUVs. Finally, they discuss why impulsively running out to buy a new car over the fear of renewed trade wars might not be a good idea.

Driven this week: 2019 Ram 1500 and Jeep Cherokee. Our panel discusses how some of the best aspects of past Ram trucks have been retained, and how Jeep’s efforts to refine the Cherokee may still require more work.

Viewer questions: Will future Volkswagens be electric—and what about VW’s overall reliability record? What is a reliable used car for around $15,000 that has low long-term ownership costs? And what is the proper way to pronounce “Ford EcoSport"?

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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