It's been a blast driving our 2013 Tesla Model S—the innovative electric car that earned the highest Consumer Reports test score ever. But there's a bit of a dark cloud on the otherwise-sunny horizon; our test car has had more than its fair share of problems over the 20 months and 15,000 miles that we've owned it. Episode 42 of our "Talking Cars" podcast discusses these issues at length, public reaction to anything Tesla (especially bad news), and what all of it means.
Another electric car just joined the Consumer Reports test fleet, the BMW i3. Ours is equipped with the "range extender" feature—a two-cylinder engine that keeps the car going when the battery runs out of range. Unique features abound, including an interior that's more furniture than cockpit.
Finally, we discuss a comparatively normal car that is near and dear to Consumer Reports subscribers: the 2015 Subaru Outback. First impressions are that Subaru fixed a lot of the gripes we had with the previous (2010-2014) version. We also answer a viewer question from a young buyer who wants to plan ahead; is an Outback the right car for him?
Next week, we'll discuss the Honda Fit and Porsche Macan. They both have a rear hatch, but these new test cars otherwise occupy very different places in the practicality vs. price spectrum.
Check out the discussion in the video above.
"Talking Cars" Episode 41: BMW M3
"Talking Cars" Episode 40: Lexus NX is grilled
"Talking Cars" Episode 39: More Volkswagen GTI, Ford Mustang
"Talking Cars" Episode 38: Volkswagen GTI
"Talking Cars" Episode 37: Hyundai Genesis, Sonata
"Talking Cars" Episode 36: Video podcast gets recalled, talks GM
"Talking Cars" Episode 35: Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche 911