Our experts discuss the Cadillac ELR, winter tire challenges, and reader questions

    Talking Cars Episode 20: Fancy cars

    Published: December 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    Fancy cars are the topic of Episode 20 of our "Talking Cars With Consumer Reports" video podcast. Discussion starts with the introduction of two new Land Rover test cars, our $88,545 Range Rover and $74,040 Range Rover Sport. As winter seizes hold of our Connecticut test track early this year, a lot of discussion focuses about Land Rover's ill-advised choice of tires for the Sport. Conversation then shifts to a visit from a Cadillac ELR extended-range-hybrid press car and almost immediately focuses on the car's lofty $76,000 price tag, pushing aside the car's concept car styling and luxurious interior.

    We then catch up on some reader questions, including the testing status of the Honda Accord Hybrid, Jeep Cherokee, and Mazda3. A reader asks whether the Volkswagen Golf TDI makes a good first car, while another reader searches for a high-powered replacement for his Ford Mustang GT.

    This video podcast marks the first time we've had four people on the set, with Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Ryan Pszczolkowski joining the host Tom Mutchler. Look for a dramatic re-enactment of Tom getting spurned at the keyboard, and a blooper reminds viewers that our podcast isn't exactly rehearsed.

    Episode 21 will be posted next week, a New Years' themed show about our (very) personal hits and misses of the previous year at the test track.

    Tune into the show with the video above, or the links below.

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

    Also view:
    Talking Cars Episode 19: Tire talk
    Talking Cars Episode 18: Sports cars
    Talking Cars Episode 17 - Infiniti Q50 vs Lexus IS 250

    Talking Cars Episode 16 - Car reliability
    Talking Cars Episode 15 - Toyota Corolla
    Talking Cars Episode 14 - GM is on a roll
    Talking Cars Episode 13 - Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ram 1500
    Talking Cars Episode 12 - Have American cars really gotten better?
    Talking Cars Episode 11 - Ford C-Max, Mazda3, and other fuel-efficient cars
    Talking Cars Episode 10 - Track time with Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Focus ST

    Tom Mutchler

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