Talking Cars: Our experts discuss the Tesla battery swap, diesels, and some disappointing test results

    Consumer Reports News: July 03, 2013 01:08 PM

    We're very happy to bring you new episodes of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports. Episode 7 features Auto Test Director Jake Fisher, and senior engineers Gabe Shenhar and Tom Mutchler, who doubles as your host.

    This episode is an opinionated no-holds-barred romp through a wide variety of subjects. We start out debating the significance of Tesla's recent battery swap announcement, then move on to discuss diesel economics. Listen for my mini-rant about privileged parking spots for fuel-efficient cars at rest areas.

    Then we talk about some recent test results, including the disappointing Acura RLX and Honda Crosstour. Our Jaguar XF has us musing about just how "sporty" some upscale sports sedans really are, despite the badge on their hood.

    Opinions split about the Buick Encore, but consensus quickly builds when answering a Facebook question about the most comfortable crossover for under $25,000.

    Also view:
    Talking Cars Episode 8 - Our auto experts get fast, furious, and technical
    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

    Tom Mutchler

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