This week we share our first impressions of the 2022 Nissan Frontier and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and discuss which consumers each might appeal to. We talk about how Consumer Reports testing methods are evolving as electric vehicles become more prominent; if spare tires expire, and when you might want to consider a replacement; if "skateboard-style" EVs weight distribution improves its traction performance; and if the Toyota Prius' shifter design shortcomings are overlooked in CR's ratings.
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00:00 – Introduction
00:29 – New York Auto Show Cancelled
02:28 – Audience Picks for “Guilty Pleasure Vehicles”
08:27 – 2022 Nissan Frontier First Impressions
18:04 – 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Impressions
27:45 – Question #1: When should you replace a spare tire?
28:58 – Question #2: How will CR’s testing methods change when electric vehicles become more prominent?
30:28 – Question #3: Does the even battery weight distribution on a “skateboard-style” EV improve its traction performance?
31:26 – Question #4: Does the Prius’ efficiency and reliability wash out its unique shifter design shortcomings?
34:16 – Question #5: How to choose a car with optimal seat comfort?
First Drive: The 2022 Nissan Frontier Is More Than Just a New Look
First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Proves Ready for Pint-Sized Adventures
Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions
When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters
When to Replace Your Tires
Low-Profile Tires vs. Potholes
2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive
Guide to Car Safety
How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home
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