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Talking Cars with Consumer Reports Episode 9

Our engineers discuss the high-scoring Impala, Ram, and Santa Fe

Published: July 2013

In episode 9 of our podcast, Talking Cars with Consumer Reports, we discuss test results for four high-scoring cars: Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Forte, and Ram 1500.

Since we’re subject to buying our test cars only when they finally go on sale, it was simply the luck of the draw that we wound up with this recent group of overachievers. The Impala is our new top-scoring sedan, the Ram is king among our truck ratings, the Forte scores second among in the small sedan category, and the Santa Fe reigns as our top midsized SUV. That makes for quite a group.

Director of Auto Testing Jake Fisher and senior engineers Gabe Shenhar and Tom Mutchler talk about these results, as well as our recent first drive of the Chevrolet Spark EV. We also answer a reader question about testing cars with manual transmissions.

As with the other shows, this episode is also available for free through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the video or audio. The audio is also available via SoundCloud.

Look for our next episode in early August, when we’ll talk about our test results for the Fiat 500 Abarth and our newly purchased Fiat 500L, plus we’ll answer more of your questions.

Also view:
Talking Cars Episode 8: Our auto experts get fast, furious, and technical
Talking Cars Episode 7 - Tesla battery swap, diesels, and some disappointing test results

Talking Cars Episode 6 - Rapid-fire reader questions
Talking Cars Episode 5 - Life with the Tesla Model S
Talking Cars Episode 4 - Roadsters and the latest test cars, plus answer reader questions
Talking Cars Episode 3 - Tesla, small SUVs, and a sideways track tour
Talking Cars Episode 2 - Highlights from the New York Auto Show
Talking Cars Episode 1 - Car buying advice

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