Each episode of “Talking Cars With Consumer Reports” generates a ton of great questions from our viewers and listeners, as we see in the YouTube comments. It is a challenge to cover the many great subjects raised, in addition to the other topics.

So for episode 119, we’ve gone back to the all-question format. This show doesn’t cover the latest car in our fleet, an exciting press car we rented, or the latest industry news. Instead, we put together a list of the top questions and answered as many as time would allow.

Without giving too much away, the topics were diverse and generated some great back-and-forth discussion. We explained the virtues of the continuously variable transmission and why some manufacturers use it instead of six-, seven-, and eight-speed automatics.

One viewer asked us whether the Hyundai Elantra Sport would compare with the Audis, BMWs, and Porsches he’s owned in the past. (Hint: It’s not as clear cut as you think.)

Other viewers asked why we talk about “renting” cars from manufacturers, as well as what we do with our test cars once we’re finished putting them through our evaluations.

Plus … Well, you just have to watch the episode to find out what the other questions are. 

Talking Cars with Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Mike Monticello
Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Mike Monticello



As with earlier "Talking Cars" episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You'll also find the video on YouTube.

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