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New SUVs prove surprising in latest Talking Cars podcast

Ford Edge and Lexus NX both veer from expectations

Published: March 10, 2015 12:00 PM

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Jon, Tom, and Gabe

Turns out that two is the magic number for this episode of “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports.” We feature a pair of two-row SUVs, both powered by two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The big news this show is the totally new Ford Edge, redesigned for 2015. Our first look at the Edge reveals a transformed model, with newfound refinement and luxury.

Speaking of luxury, Lexus has long been synonymous with pampering comfort and cosseting isolation. But recent models like the new NX small SUV push the brand in a more sporty and youthful direction. (Ironically, the new Edge better fits the traditional definition of Lexus than the NX.) We bought two NX’s to test: a NX 200t with the turbo four and a NX 300h hybrid. Our commentators are split on the NX’s appeal, but they do agree on which version they prefer.

Want to invoke plenty of online comments? Post a list of “the best” anything. As expected, we got plenty of feedback from our annual Top Pick selections. Viewers ask about the lack of a sports car choice and our pick for compact car. Finally, we talk more about the thought process behind deciding to buy—or not to buy—a Tesla Model S P85D.

Tune in for all this and more in the latest “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” video podcast.

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