Consumer Reports 2023 Top Picks | Talking Cars #399

Consumer Reports 2023 Top Picks | Talking Cars #399 1

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What are the best cars you can buy right now? The Consumer Reports Top Picks list is a collection of cars, SUVs, and trucks with standout performance across the board. Each represents a key vehicle segment and shines for its combination of road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, garnering a high-enough Overall Score to earn a coveted CR recommendation. We discuss the cars that made it to the top of the list, trends we're noticing in the automotive industry, and other interesting insights from our Autos Spotlight coverage.

00:00 – Introduction
00:13 – Top Picks Introduction
02:57 – Hybrid Trends
05:09 – Price Comparisons Between Hybrids and Gas Engine Vehicles
08:41 – Toyota and Lexus Trends
11:04 – New Car Models
12:03 – The Venerable
13:19 – Electric Vehicles
15:34 – Question: Why does the CR overall reliability score change over time?


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Best and Worst New Cars

Best Cars of the Year: 10 Top Picks of 2023

Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

Will an Electric Car Save You Money?

Guide to Car Safety

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28 Comments on "Consumer Reports 2023 Top Picks | Talking Cars #399"

  1. FlyinDogRecords | February 16, 2023 at 10:11 AM |

    Any Hondas?

  2. It will be interesting to see the impact of yesterday’s announcement that Tesla will open some of its charging network to other EVs

  3. Mike Repairs Stuff | February 16, 2023 at 10:32 AM |

    ❤Watching #399 now and can’t say this more;how much I appreciate Talking Cars.

  4. Great stuff, as always when Jen’s in charge! Any insight whether the Corolla hatchback will get a hybrid engine?

  5. Bruce Schneider | February 16, 2023 at 10:53 AM |

    What about the cost of adding electric charging capability to homes? Not cheap.

    • Chioke Harris | February 16, 2023 at 2:07 PM |

      It depends wildly on the home. It could be around $500 or north of $2000. Most are probably around $1000. Some utilities, cities, and states offer rebates to bring down the cost. (Also, many folks might be able to get by using a regular wall outlet. That adds about 3 mi/hr, so if you can park for 12 hours and drive less than 36 miles on a typical day, you don’t *need* 240V charging at home.)

  6. How could any Toyota hybrid for that matter be on a recommended list when they want $10k markups. Just looked at the corolla hybrid with a 10k markup. How is that a good recommendation?

  7. Always enjoy the show. Hope to see a ‘Top Picks’ video featuring cars the hosts could would buy in spite of less than stellar reliability, especially if doesn’t have to be the daily driver.

  8. 8:10. The sun has never sent me an electric bill.

  9. Akio Toyoda RUINED recent Toyotas by making them have louder engine noise penetrating inside the cabin, (some nonsense about being “sporty”.). Now that they booted his az to the curb NVH levels should DRASTICALLY improve.

  10. Are people even buying the Corolla Cross? I haven’t seen a single one on the road

  11. Right Lane Hog | February 16, 2023 at 12:45 PM |

    CR, As the owner of a ‘CR Top Pick’ car from way, way back in 2005, I find it reassuring that the brand I put my hard earned money into still reigns supreme. 🤩 Conversely, it is not reassuring at all to see certain brands on and off the list in alternate years. 🤨 Focusing on the sensible Corolla Hybrid sedan for a moment, I believe its place would be even more justified if Toyota offered us the full range of Corolla Hybrids including hatch and wagon. Sadly, it is worth noting that Toyota has greedily de-contented some Corolla sedans with a return to a retrograde torsion beam rear suspension. At a time in which Toyota Motor Corporation reported a quarterly profit of nearly $9 Billion, such miserly cost-cutting is worthy of public scorn. 🤬

  12. Oh no! The Tesla trolls will come for you for not giving Tesla the top 4 spots.

  13. News Media-one | February 16, 2023 at 1:38 PM |

    Jen is my favorite moderator!❤
    She should be the moderator more often she’s fun and great 😊

  14. Jen, your teen driver would prefer driving a Corvette I bet 🙂

  15. graham flowers | February 16, 2023 at 1:47 PM |

    Watch youtube video on (the new type of silencer) that removes all harmful emissions only water vapor is released into the atmosphere regards Graham Flowers

  16. I would like to see some tire reviews.

  17. Marc Bertucco | February 16, 2023 at 3:30 PM |

    2005 Outback owner here with a little pet peeve when talking about how much bigger new models are than their older counter parts. I know I’m venturing into “old man screams at clouds” territory, but I’m really hoping someone at CR actually reads this comment and addresses this the next time they talk generally about auto sizes. Namely, while the 2023 Forester is significantly bigger than its 2009 relative (3 inches longer, 2 inches wider, 2 inches higher roofline) it actually has LESS cargo capacity behind the 2nd row of seats by a fairly significant margin. The older “smaller” Forester has 33.5 cu ft of cargo room, while the bigger 2023 has only 28.9 cu ft. This is a trend I’ve observed in many new vehicles. They somehow manage to grow significantly larger on the outside without giving us a commiserate amount of interior space in the cargo compartments.

  18. Nice plug for the fat crow restaurant with the Tesla chargers 😅

  19. Nathan Wright | February 16, 2023 at 4:35 PM |

    is a 2015-2018 ford edge a good first car for a teen?

  20. Douglas Cohen | February 16, 2023 at 4:41 PM |

    What about cable gate?

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