We've finished testing the 2019 Subaru Ascent, and let you know how it stacks up against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9. We also discuss the unveiling of the all-electric Audi E-Tron SUV, as well as startup automaker Lucid securing $1 billion in funding. And as always, we answer your questions, this week about CR buying and testing unpopular cars, our most coveted advanced safety gear, and what car you should buy once you pay off your student loans!
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SHOW NOTES
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1:11 - Lucid Motors receives $1 Billion in funding
1:50 - Audi announces the E-Tron
6:10 - Subaru Ascent test results
11:17 - We have a question for you!
12:29 - Video Question #1: Level 1 vs. Level 2 EV charging
16:31 - Video Question #2: Sporty sedan shopping for $40K CAN
19:40 - Question #3: Test Car Triage
23:28 - Question #4: Which safety options to purchase for a new driver
VIDEO LINKS
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2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/dENnUHNvX2pCRGs
2016 Honda Pilot Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/RWhKQmIxNDNmaG8
2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/aWM1T2JlYnhjdjg
2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/NVVpZ2NKZDdQVlk
2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/dElZRzBOUjQyTFU
2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/RDNzYTdPVDNQaFU
Electric Car Range Face-Off: Chevy Bolt vs. Tesla Model S 75D: automobilrevue.net/v/Y3g3VGc3UU52Rmc
2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/dDljVF9tSWZmLVE
2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/N0dodlRVRHVFZHM
2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/UzBWbHdMUkpGQW8
2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/ZEFOeHFtcktjbmM
2016 Infiniti Q50 Quick Drive: automobilrevue.net/v/cXBjUnR3WmprSkU

Comments

    • dalton knox
      dalton knox

      Funny that rich people are buying electric cars, but the lower priced ones don't sell.

      about 3 months ago
    • lessdeth69
      lessdeth69

      Bet your singing a slightly different tune now that Sept sales are in and the Model 3 is nearly matching the Camry in sales volumes and rising...

      about 6 months ago
    • Roger Lucas
      Roger Lucas

      Tire testing question. Are your evaluations such as traction on ice relative (ie compared to other tires in the class, for example all season tires) or are they absolute in comparison to all tires including snow tires?

      about 6 months ago
    • Richard Salamack
      Richard Salamack

      You talk about tax credits for electric cars, can you tell us how that works ?

      about 6 months ago
    • 411 Raccoon Solutions Inc
      411 Raccoon Solutions Inc

      Went shopping yesterday to replace my beloved 2009 Pilot. Longest I owned any vehicle. A lightly-used 2017 Pilot, Highlander, Pathfinder or Mazda cx9 was on my list. Then I met the 2019 Ascent. Foiled my plan! It's "against my religion" to buy brand new sooo I might just hold on to my ol' Pilot a little longer for now... Always loved Subaru company, although I think their pro-environmental actions are a bit half-baked. They need to step that up, less talk more actions. I'd be going hybrid/EC and smaller but nothing yet suits work related needs, or else it isn't in the budget. Thanks for the info!

      about 6 months ago
    • 95thRiflesOCI
      95thRiflesOCI

      I don't agree with the panels decision on the Mazda 6. It offers no power when you need it and has lack luster refinement. I have two relatives that went into the mazda brand due to the CR recommendation. Yes its great driving off the ramp or down the ramp to the highway especially those curvy ones that tell you to limit your speed and you would zoom them through due to the confident handling. However once you need to accelerate you are left behind those v6 power houses. My choice would be a Camry V6 or even a Subaru legacy V6.

      about 6 months ago
    • Mentally Challenged Viking
      Mentally Challenged Viking

      The subaru looks nice and I am glad. I love my highlander but competition is good.

      about 6 months ago
    • RiderSagar
      RiderSagar

      Moderator in the middle - Please allow others to finish their point. Thanks.

      about 6 months ago
    • TruAgape1234
      TruAgape1234

      “Vague steering”, “loose front end”. What the hell does that even mean? U need to be more clear about the behavior, characteristics, adjectives etc to help COMMUNICATE TO US what the hell u you’re trying to say!

      about 7 months ago
    • Jake A.
      Jake A.

      Subaru is slowly becoming anemic. They have been taking away the driving experience and capability with each new model. You should jump into a Subaru and feel adventure....not boredom.

      about 7 months ago
    • billy fatbowe
      billy fatbowe

      ...WHO CARES ABOUIT THIS DOUTCHE...…..;;--(,,,,,,,,,

      about 7 months ago
    • jimmelay71
      jimmelay71

      Whatever happened to solar panels on top of cars? Thought they told us that was going to be a thing. Along with e-85, automatic seat-belts and other failed tech might make a good topic.

      about 7 months ago
    • Sabri Mo
      Sabri Mo

      Horrible host. He made my favorite show unwatchable.

      about 7 months ago
    • Arthur Kawa
      Arthur Kawa

      hi the last question i would take blind spot a new driver won`t look i had a accident with a women that did not look

      about 7 months ago
    • Gene T
      Gene T

      Negotiating Repair Service- Had a '97 Lexus ES300, here in Metro Atlanta. It needed a timing belt and water pump. Took it to Toyota dealer (thinking labor rates would be cheaper than Lexus). They wanted around $1,400. My local Lexus dealer, whom I serviced the car with normally, was actually better at around $1,100. I'd heard (not sure the source) that labor prices can vary a lot from one city to another. So I took a chance to call a Lexus dealer in Augusta, GA. (145 miles away). They initially quoted a price of around $900, to do it. Told them that was good, but with the distance I had to drive could we do it for about $750. They agreed. The final price was $720.01. I also negotiated a loaner car for the day (a nice new ES350). Got there by opening time, got the loaner, confirmed no mileage limitations and promptly drove it to and spent the day in Charleston, SC, having a great seafood meal and touring the city. Had the loaner back to them before close of business. I did ask the manager, why he'd agreed to such a good price. He said, "well, you are one extra customer that I can add to my total today, that I normally would have never had"!

      The best negotiation- This is recent. Bought an Infiniti G35 at a great price (with all service records), knowing it would soon need a valve cover gasket and spark plugs, per a pre-purchase inspection. My good independent shop quoted me about $1100. While getting new insurance quote at a AAA location, that had a service department, I asked for a repair quote and got about $650. WOW! Had the first oil change at an Infiniti dealer, who saw the issue and quoted around $1,200. Said, "no thanks"! With the 2nd oil change at the same dealer, I got a new quote of about $970. Waited for almost a month, sent an email to the dealer saying I was ready to do it for less than $800. They agreed and the final bill was $790. I negotiated a loaner and brought my car in for service at the end of the business day on a Saturday, so I could have the loaner, a Q50, for at least two days (dealer was closed on Sunday).

      I'm not an expert. In fact, I took my Sonata in for $43.00 oil change last week. While looking at new cars with a salesmen, I got distracted and let the service person convince me to let them put in a cabin cleaner filter, too. I assumed it would be about $30 (mistake, never assume). My final bill was $135. My friend told me that filter only cost $20 and showed me how I could have done it myself.
      Yes, I was mad. But I had to laugh at myself, because I lost my focus, looking at shiny new car metal.

      about 7 months ago
    • CaliforniaHuman
      CaliforniaHuman

      Stop interrupting the female!

      about 7 months ago
    • Nicholas Zachman
      Nicholas Zachman

      There should be a surprise cameo/visit by Tom Mutchler. That guy was great.

      about 7 months ago
    • Mario Lopez
      Mario Lopez

      Very good show CR, good back and forth conversations full of useful information. Jennifer made important points, EV technology costs and CR's ratings/recommondations are open for discussion and not the rule in some cases...

      about 7 months ago
    • Mitchell Pritsker
      Mitchell Pritsker

      There is no Lucid car company in the United States.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bruce John Shourt
      Bruce John Shourt

      Some body mike noise (cable or clothing rustle?) on her feed and when are you going to stop the charade of the unused table mikes or are they for a separate backup recording which is good production practice?

      about 7 months ago
    • Roger Starkey
      Roger Starkey

      "Toyota sells (sold!!) 30,000 Camry's a month"
      Tesla sells 20,000 EVs per month (SOME of them sold to Toyota owners!)
      EV sales have doubled in a year.
      If that continues, in 5 years you have well over 30% of the market.
      By that time, fuel prices are affected, EV's ARE the same price to buy (ask VW), cheaper to run and the public is aware!

      about 7 months ago
    • Lawrence
      Lawrence

      The Ascent probably compete against minivans too talking about driving dynamics?

      about 7 months ago
    • paul pellico
      paul pellico

      OK.
      So electric is coming.
      But enough of the tax credits IF all we are getting are rich folk toys.
      Please, let it come, but NOT with the poor guys money for R/D.

      about 7 months ago
    • Steve Ward
      Steve Ward In reply to paul pellico

      Actually, both Tesla and GM are heading into phase-out of the tax credits, so you are getting your wish. Frankly government subsidizes all sorts of R and D so not sure what you're so upset about.

      about 7 months ago
    • Gautham Ag
      Gautham Ag

      Where is Tom Mutchler ?

      about 7 months ago
    • Lorrin Barth
      Lorrin Barth

      I never use professional automotive repair shops. I'm strictly DIY. Every town has busy automotive parts houses that serve the general public. So, for the large section of the public that does DIY service or repair what is important to them is how easy the vehicle is to work on. Manufacturers, on the other hand, seem bent on making making vehicles harder to work on and hence more expensive to own. Consumer Reports needs to rate vehicles on ease of maintenance and repair.

      about 7 months ago
    • Thomas McDowell
      Thomas McDowell

      I enjoyed this week's show very much, as usual. The banter between you three added some humor. Keep it up. I thought David Q pointed out something that frustrated me when looking for an inexpensive car that had all of the safety assists in his list. I found I could get a car with the blind spot monitor/rear cross traffic alert or the auto emergency braking. Or I could load up the car to a price point that I did not want to pay. Such was the case for the Kia Niro. So I ended up with a 2018 Kia Forte S with the tech package and I got all that I was looking for. The 2019 Jetta was also on my list because of the safety assists that it offered in a very inexpensive package even on the base trim with a manual transmission (a true rarity in the US market).

      about 7 months ago
    • dwilsonjr78
      dwilsonjr78

      Another good choice for a sporty sedan that cost around $30K-$35K is a 2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T. The 2.0T is very powerful handles good, and does offer a manual transmission, but you probably have to special order the manual though.

      about 7 months ago
    • Donald Wilson
      Donald Wilson In reply to dwilsonjr78

      I also agree with CR about the Mazda6 as a good choice for an affordable sports sedan. Could you also get a Ford Fusion Titanium for around $30K? I'm sure you might since Ford is known to give rebates on their vehicles.

      about 7 months ago
    • Anthropology 4Everyone
      Anthropology 4Everyone

      Hi CR, Have you ever surveyed your electric car-owning members to see how many have given up Carbon heavy airline travel?

      about 7 months ago
    • Adam Smith
      Adam Smith In reply to Anthropology 4Everyone

      I can already tell you: none
      Environmentalists are fucking hypocrites

      about 7 months ago
    • Right Lane Hog
      Right Lane Hog

      Jonathan, Before you buy that Mazda6 please take a few days to survey the number of rusty Mazdas clogging the streets of Ontario. Be reasonable young man and get
      the Camry with the two tone paint scheme.

      about 7 months ago
    • jared novak
      jared novak

      Ford Explorer sells better way way better and it’s optional turbo is much better 2.3 turbo with 310 pounds feet of torque and gets 27 mpg highway for a new car like the Ascent it should have more power and better gas mileage especially with a soul sucking CVT for uses a old ancient 6 speed and still gets 27 mpg highway.

      about 7 months ago
    • Frank Sciortino
      Frank Sciortino In reply to jared novak

      Check crash test results on the explorer at iihs.

      about 4 months ago