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Last Updated: Feb. 27, 2020

#243: 10 Top Picks Explained

Main themes: We talk about Consumer Reports' Autos Spotlight, discussing what goes into our annual vehicle deep dive. The entire package includes our 10 Top Picks for 2020 and the car brand report cards.


We also talk about some of the most common questions related to the range, reliability, and infrastructure of electric vehicles.


Driven this week: 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid


Audience questions:

  • Does CR's testing show a negative bias toward new, nonstandard technologies?
  • Does standardizing the names for key safety features infringe on companies' patent and trademark opportunities?
  • How much emphasis should be given to crash test ratings?