Talking Cars 229: CR's New Annual Auto Reliability Survey Results

Mike Quincy

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Main theme: We dive into our latest reliability data and talk about why it’s not a great idea to buy a first-year redesigned car. Plus, we discuss the final test results of a CR-favorite model, the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback.

Audience questions:

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• Bentley Bentayga, BMW M850i, Peugeot, episode 227
• Plans to Update Government Crash Tests, episode 226
• Mercedes-Benz A-Class, New-Car Problems, episode 225
• Tesla Smart Summon, Hyundai Palisade, episode 224
• Pedestrian Detection, Ford F-150 Raptor, episode 223

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