Category: #cardujour

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city
It was only after I pulled the ticket out of the machine and started to proceed through through the gate that I looked up and realized maybe this wasn’t such a great idea.  I held my breath as the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, with roof rails, cleared the cement beam as I started to... Read more »

Podcast: Subaru Outback, Buying a Car Virtually

Podcast: Subaru Outback, Buying a Car Virtually
Another week, another out-of-studio session for the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast. But hey, I showered this week, so bonus. The majority of the program was devoted to buying a car during COVID-19. Is it even possible? It is, actually. Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com joined us for our middle segment and discussed how dealers are... Read more »

Podcast: Toyota 4Runner, Detroit 3 Covid-19 Response & Auto Industry Shutdown

Podcast: Toyota 4Runner, Detroit 3 Covid-19 Response & Auto Industry Shutdown
This week was the first week we weren’t able to go into the studio to record the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast. So, we used a nifty app called CleanFeed to help with sound quality. I think it mostly worked. We started out discussing the cool things the Detroit Three are doing to help with... Read more »
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Podcast: Honda CR-V Hybrid, 2021 Hyundai Elantra Reveal & Classic Cars

Podcast: Honda CR-V Hybrid, 2021 Hyundai Elantra Reveal & Classic Cars
This week’s podcast was likely the last one we’ll be able to do in studio for a few weeks, but we won’t stop recording! So, if you are looking for a new podcast, we hope you’ll check out the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast. We talked about the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which I was... Read more »

2020 Volkswagen Passat: A grown up car for the city

2020 Volkswagen Passat: A grown up car for the city
To me, the Volkswagen Passat has always been a “grown up” car.  It’s the kind of vehicle you buy when you want something that’s kind of nice, a little spacious and generally attractive — but don’t have a lot of money to spend. The 2020 Passat gets a redesign and manages to become even better... Read more »

2020 Acura RDX: Affordable luxury

2020 Acura RDX: Affordable luxury
One of the problems I’ve always had with Acura is that it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from its mainstream Honda brand. The exterior design is different-ish. But the interior appointments — especially on the Honda upper trims are virtually identical.  For less money. However, the 2020 Acura RDX finally ups the ante and is worthy... Read more »
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Podcast: Audi Q8, Tesla Autopilot takeback, Electrify America

Podcast: Audi Q8, Tesla Autopilot takeback, Electrify America
On this week’s podcast, we had an interesting discussion about Tesla taking back Autopilot from a used vehicle remotely. The kicker is, the feature was on the sticker sheet and various Tesla dealers have confirmed that Autopilot is not a subscription-based item. So once you buy it, it’s on the vehicle for the life of the vehicle. In... Read more »

2020 Lexus NX: An overlooked luxury SUV

2020 Lexus NX: An overlooked luxury SUV
Sales for the Lexus NX aren’t stellar, which is a bit of a surprise considering it’s a nice SUV with luxurious styling and amenities at a base price of $38K. Then again, upon closer inspection, it has a weird position squished between the UX and RX. Its size is incredibly similar to the UX, but... Read more »

Podcast: Lexus NX, Cruise Automation and classic cars

On this week’s podcast we talk about the 2020 Lexus NX, a recent #cardujour, and why we think it’s not selling well. Then we move on to autonomous car talk with the launch of the new Cruise Origin, which is a “production” vehicle that won’t have a steering wheel or gas pedal. The middle portion... Read more »
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2020 Hyundai Venue: A city-sized utility vehicle

2020 Hyundai Venue: A city-sized utility vehicle
I often propose that used cars are a better value than buying new. But during a recent preview of the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the Hyundai execs made a really good point. If you buy used, you don’t have access to the latest and greatest safety technology. That means no lane keep assist, and more importantly,... Read more »