Episode #11 of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports focuses on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars—a topic that generates lots of questions on our Facebook page. This show, featuring Auto Test Director Jake Fisher and Senior Automotive Engineers Gabe Shenhar and Tom Mutchler, tries to answer some of those inquiries.
First up, we discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Ford C-Max hybrid fuel economy ratings, and how mismanaged efficiency expectations hurt the image of an otherwise pleasant and efficient car. GM's eAssist system, battery longevity, and environmental concerns are mentioned, along with economical alternatives for highway commuting. That brings us to our first impressions of the redesigned 2014 Mazda3 and how it might just fit the needs of a first-time car buyer who wants something fun.
Find out what YouTube comment hurt Tom's feelings (yeah, right) and learn about the Gabe Shenhar School of Manual Transmission Driving.
We'll have another show in two weeks, discussing test results of the Acura MDX and Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as a first look at the Fiat 500L and Kia Soul.
Talking Cars Episode 10 - Track time with Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Focus ST
Talking Cars Episode 9 - High-scoring Impala, Ram, and Santa Fe
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