Main theme: After Consumer Reports said the Tesla Model 3 took a significantly longer distance to stop than any other contemporary car, Tesla engineers worked on a solution—which they were able to deliver to cars over the air. The results? The updates fixed the problem, and in our retests of the Model 3’s wet and dry braking, the car stopped in a shorter distance. How much? Watch or listen to the episode to find out!

Driven this week: 2019 Kia Sorento

Viewer questions: Is it wise to buy the redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester SUV, since first-year vehicles tend to have lower reliability ratings? What are the chances that a hybrid vehicle will have excessive engine wear, since the engine oftentimes has to “cold start” when it is needed to kick in?

Panelists Mike Quincy, Jon Linkov, and Jake Fisher
Panelists: Mike Quincy, Jon Linkov, 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.

• Tesla Model 3 braking, Elon Musk’s reply, episode 152
• Bicycle Safety Month, episode 151
• Left-Lane Hogs, Buick Regal Tour X, episode 150
• Demise of Ford Sedans, episode 149
• Genesis G70, Car Loan Advice, episode 148


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