This week we cover a wide range of topics, including comparing Consumer Reports’ ratings across car categories; installing a front-facing child seat in the rear seat of a sports car; why higher-level trim cars come with larger wheels and low profile tires; how CR tests the subject aspects of a tire’s performance, and which would be a better 3-row SUV for a growing family: the Acura MDX, or Mazda CX-9.
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00:39 – Question #1: Are CR’s car ratings comparable across categories?
1:32 – Question #2: Can a from-facing child car seat be installed in the middle seat of a Camaro or a Mustang?
05:25 – Question #3: Why do higher trim cars come with large wheels and low profile tires?
08:04 – Question #4: Why does CR give higher ratings for cars with advanced safety features?
13:12 – Question #5: Please help a growing family choose a 3-row crossover, Mazda CX-9 or Acura MDX
16:32 – Question #6: How does CR grade the more subjective aspects of a tire?
20:00 – Question #7: Is it better to buy or lease an electric vehicle?
23:16 – Question #8: Please recommend an EV or plug-in hybrid with advanced safety features?
30:39 – Question #9: Is a 2014 Lexus ES300h a reliable replacement for a 2014 Toyota Camry and provide a bump in luxury?
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