Is the Subaru WRX fun or flawed?

    Talking Cars podcast weighs the balance, discusses Ram Diesel and Mazda MX-5 Miata

    Published: September 09, 2014 12:00 PM

    Gabe, Tom, Ryan, and Jon

    Once forbidden fruit for U.S.-living enthusiasts, the Subaru WRX is now in its third generation on these shores. Episode 46 of the "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" video podcast discusses this latest turbocharged, all-wheel-drive wonder. While it certainly puts down the numbers on our test track, everyday livability leaves a lot to be desired. Clearly, it is debatable how much fun the WRX is when you're not lapping a race course.

    Sports cars were in the news last week with the introduction of a new Mazda MX-5 Miata. Details are sketchy, but the excitement of a new Miata isn't lost on us.

    Next we answer a few reader questions about how a test car could be possibly modified by changing its engine computer and why the Ford Transit Connect wasn't housetrained.

    Finally, we discuss the Ram 1500 diesel, now our top-rated pickup truck. Not only is the EcoDiesel's 20 mpg overall impressive, but the Ram retains the refinement that makes this truck so pleasing.

    E-mail Newsletters

    FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
    Already signed-up?
    Manage your newsletters here too.

    Cars News


    Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
    Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

    See your savings


    Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
    while you shop

    Learn more