Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA face-off on Talking Cars Podcast

    Does luxury translate to a smaller scale?

    Published: December 05, 2014 01:00 PM

    Gabe, Tom, and Jon

    Prestige morphs into many different forms, as upscale German brands move down-market, seeking new buyers with tighter budgets. This episode of "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" looks at the new Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, both part of this year's test fleet. Each of these SUVs is a step down in size and cost for their brand, but only one delivers what you'd expect.

    Sticking to a small SUV theme, we next discuss the updated-for-2015 Honda CR-V. A new continuously-variable-transmission (CVT) promises to improve fuel economy in this top-seller, but a new touchscreen radio proves infuriating. Further proof that not all changes are improvements, Honda also stiffened the ride.

    Next we move to answering car-buying questions. A viewer from snowy Saskatchewan wants a comfy sedan for their commute, leading us to issues of exchange rates and cars produced by our friendly Northern neighbor. Finally, another viewer asks about comparing the Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf. For cars that seem so similar, turns out they have very different personalities.

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