This week we share our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, how it measures up to competitors like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, and whether it is suited for towing and hauling a lot of cargo and people. CR has completed its review of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Capability package in our Model 3 and Model Y; we share what we found, and how CR is adapting testing at the Auto Test track to evaluate autonomous driving features now and in the future. We also answer questions about the proper way to break-in a new vehicle, what is covered under Volkswagen's PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) warranty, and why a car's air conditioner can develop a musty smell, and how to make the AC fresh once again!
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00:00 – Introduction
00:30 – Tesla Full Self-Driving Capability Package Review
08:47 – 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe First Impressions
16:37 – Question #1: How to properly break-in a new vehicle?
20:02 – Question #2: What is covered under Volkswagen’s PZEV warranty?
22:41 – Question #3: What is the best way to get rid of a musty smell from a car’s AC?
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The new LA Rams stadium was originally supposed to be in a Chevy Tahoe.
Aesthetically, the Tahoe doesn’t look good. I prefer the Yukon better. Everything Chevy in terms of design is unlikable, imo.
In my opinion, tesla should not be allowed to call this “Full Self Driving” until it is actually full self driving.
Interesting change from a zero emissions car to an absolute tank of an SUV that probably gets the fuel mileage of an actual tank. You get a point for diversity in auto choices on this one, that’s for sure.
I want to see actual talking cars 🚘🗣
Good point on GM keeping the V8 in the Tahoe. It adds personality and it feels more natural than a turbo V6. And if they figured out the issues with the cylinder deactivation, it should be reliable.
How are you guys not allowed to be together yet for the podcast?
12:10 “panel gaps” Why are you acting surprised? GM has had this issue since THE 70s lol
I have a 2016 Mazda 3 with 57,000 miles. It is driven to work 5 days a week, 21 miles one way. I also live in the Phoenix, Arizona are where it is very dry. I have the same musty smell coming out of my vents, doesn’t matter if the A/C is on or off. I do spray Lysol into the intake near the top of the hood, and it seems to work for a few weeks but the smell always comes back. I think the only solution is a new car, so I just got used to it.
22:23 some ghostly creature in background
12:10 having driven a new-ish Silverado 1500 pickup, I assure you that’s not a compliment.
Elon’s latest optimistic prediction about FSD is that a “feature complete” OTA update will be ready by end of 2020. He drives to work using the latest FSD software in development (and probably the latest AP4 hardware as well). He says that he “almost never” has to intervene.
The entire fleet reports back to Tesla any significant discrepancies between driver input and what FSD would have done. This improves machine learning of how best to drive in a given situation, which eventually gets fed back to the fleet. So we can expect improvements over time. A large backlog of driving experience will be processed first.
Okay, we have 8 minutes spent highlighting the issues with a $8k Tesla FSD package – a lot of money for features that are mostly going to be ready in the future. Then you mention that it is great that the Chevy Tahoe has electronic safety features standard. However, Tesla’s versions of those safety features are also standard and are running on the most advance computer hardware and software stack in the industry – perhaps by 1 or more orders of magnitude specifically because they are aiming for FSD. We see videos of Tesla vehicles avoiding real world collisions – evidence not available for their competitors.
Mike Quincy, please talk normally (like you do during the entire podcast except the intro) during the introduction 🙂 You sound like you’re trying too hard 🙂 On a different note, I’m really glad to hear you guys are upgrading the track with stop signs, intersections, and traffic lights. Very smart!
That shifter is just horrible. PRNDL works.
Would have been nice hear a comparison to the Expedition. I know the V8 is nice (and also the same as the last generation), but did it really catch the Expedition in other ways?
I’m considering buying a Model 3 in the near future. I won’t be paying $8K for the FSD. I may consider $4K for the diet version. Either way, I can always upgrade at a later date if it improves enough.
This is the problem with CR. They test beta as a finished product. At 5:29 they show the Tesla screen which says, “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta).” Whenever you see Beta, it means don’t expect it to work right 100 percent of the time – yet that is what they primarily complain about that system – that it is inconsistent. My question is (not answered in their video) is what they say about the other issues, are they labeled as Beta as well? If so, to expect that to work perfectly is just plain misleading. CR is bad about this on any product it reviews in Beta. If you are a smart company, you don’t give CR anything until you are finished or you will get a bad reputation really quickly. Otherwise enjoyed the reviews.