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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?
Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?
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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