The engineers kick off the latest episode of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports with a reader question about orphaned brands. Is it worth buying a car from an abandoned car brand, such as Mercury or Saab? This is a relevant question in the wake of so many brands fading into the pages of history. The guys talk from the heart and from a bit of research.
Director of Auto Testing Jake Fisher and Senior Engineers Gabe Shenhar and Tom Mutchler then tackle American-targeting Volkswagen sedans in search of "German" driving character. Other reader questions look at substitutes for the defunct Lincoln Town Car and Cadillac DTS, testing the diesel Audi A7 TDI, whether the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are powerful enough for our tire test program, and how we purchase test cars.
The guys discuss the latest Toyota Corolla, now undergoing testing. The redesigned sedan has a bit more character, space, and daresay a relatively intuitive touchscreen stereo. (See our first drive.)
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Talking Cars Episode 14 - GM is on a roll
Talking Cars Episode 13 - Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ram 1500
Talking Cars Episode 12 - Have American cars really gotten better?
Talking Cars Episode 11 - Ford C-Max, Mazda3, and other fuel-efficient cars
Talking Cars Episode 10 - Track time with Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Focus ST
Talking Cars Episode 9 - High-scoring Impala, Ram, and Santa Fe
Talking Cars Episode 8 - Our auto experts get fast, furious, and technical
Talking Cars Episode 7 - Tesla battery swap, diesels, and some disappointing test results
Talking Cars Episode 6 - Rapid-fire reader questions
Talking Cars Episode 5 - Life with the Tesla Model S
Talking Cars Episode 4 - Roadsters and the latest test cars, plus answer reader questions
Talking Cars Episode 3 - Tesla, small SUVs, and a sideways track tour
Talking Cars Episode 2 - Highlights from the New York Auto Show
Talking Cars Episode 1 - Car buying advice
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