New Chevrolet Trax and Kia Sorento join test fleet and battle winter's fury

    Wintertime brings more SUVs to Talking Cars podcast

    Published: February 10, 2015 12:00 PM

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    Gabe, Tom, and George

    Right now in the throes of a wintery February, every week brings another blizzard to our Connecticut test track. Thank goodness that coincides with a steady stream of new SUVs purchased for our test fleet. This episode of "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" looks at two of the latest additions, the Chevrolet Trax and Kia Sorento.

    Basically a stripped-down Buick Encore, the Chevrolet Trax shares the underpowered 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and mediocre fuel economy. We question the Trax's value, given that our mid-level LT AWD Trax is within a few hundred dollars of the bigger/faster/nicer/more efficient Subaru Forester.

    Fresh off of a new redesign and a well-received Super Bowl ad, the 2016 Sorento does a nice job of balancing size and practicality. Like other recent Kias, it's crammed full of features and enjoys improved refinement, but you can't expect a bargain price.

    On the last episode, we asked viewers for their snow driving stories – good and bad. We look at some of their responses and further explain our results of playing around in the snow with a variety of test cars. Finally, we respond to some viewer comments who disagree with us about the youth-appeal of the Lincoln MKZ and the Cadillac Escalade.

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