Talking Cars 235: The 2019 'Naughty and Nice' List

Mike Quincy

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Main theme: We discuss some of the hits and misses of the new cars and technologies that we experienced in 2019—our year-end naughty and nice list. Then we answer questions about tires, safety, adaptive cruise control, and reliability.

Driven this week: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

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.

• Toyota Highlander, episode 234
• Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Venue, episode 233
• Toyota Supra, Advance Safety Features, episode 232
• Live From California, episode 231
• Los Angeles Auto Show, episode 230

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