What car engines require adding oil between changes?

    Latest ‘Talking Cars with Consumer Reports' Podcast discusses extensive survey results

    Published: July 21, 2015 12:00 PM

    Jake, Tom, and Mark

    Some cars burn a lot of oil, requiring frequent top-ups between changes. Consumer Reports doesn't think this should happen, especially on a newer car. This episode of "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" highlights our extensive analysis of survey data, uncovering which engines are most likely to consume oil.

    Turns out the biggest offenders are mostly German, with engines from Audi, BMW, and Porsche leading the thirsty list. While a much lower percentage of Subarus habitually consume oil, they also rank among the top 30 cars likely to need added oil between changes. We discuss why this is occurring, how manufacturers are responding, and what consumers can do. (Read the full report "Excessive oil consumption isn't normal.")

    Moving to other topics, our last episode included a viewer question about buying a sports sedan, and how difficult it is nowadays to find one choice that is fun, luxurious, and reliable. That generated a lot of viewer feedback. We sort through those suggestions and questions. Finally, we help a viewer choose between a Tesla Model S and a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque for his mom. Awww.

    As with the other shows, this episode is also available free through the iTunes Store. Subscribe to the video or audio. You'll also find the video on YouTube.

    Share your comments on this show below, and let us know if you need any advice for choosing a car.

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