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Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Rivian Prime, Amazon Hub Charging Stations

Rivian EDV delivery van

A little over a year ago, my neighbors and I lamented the construction of an Amazon delivery facility not more than three blocks from our homes. To our relief, the now-operational warehouse and delivery center has not diminished our quality of life in any meaningful manner. It’s a big sucker, though, boasting nearly 200 loading docks and serving as home to maybe 200 delivery vans. About those vans…

2017 Chevrolet Bolt, Electric Vehicle Charging

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

For many consumers, the strangest thing about driving an electric vehicle has nothing to do with how that car or crossover operates. Instead, it’s the “re-fueling” of the vehicle that takes some getting used to.

Lexus Qi charger, Qi Wireless Charging. What is Qi?

This Qi wireless charger is located in the center console of a Lexus NX compact crossover.

The concept of moving electric energy from a power source to a device without a wired connection is not new. Physicist Nikola Tesla developed the “Tesla Coil” more than a hundred years ago for that purpose. Practical applications, however, have been a long time coming.

Supercharger, How Turbocharging Works

This belt-driven supercharger is designed to force more air into an engine than it would naturally take in.

“There’s no substitute for cubic inches.” This was a catch phrase during the muscle-car years when the quickest of the quick carried large-displacement V8s. At that time, torque was almost directly related to displacement, and—in another catch phrase—“Torque is what wins in the stock classes” (meaning street cars). How turbocharging works.

2022 Honda Passport Trailsport

2022 Honda Passport Trailsport in Platinum White Pearl (a $395 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Honda Passport Trailsport

Class: Midsize Crossover/SUV

Miles Driven: 533

Fuel Used: 28.4 gallons

2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

Consumer Guide Automotive

It’s tough out there for traditional sporty/performance cars these days, especially for the true two-seater or 2+2 sports cars. The things just don’t sell like they used to American shoppers, and as a result, the automakers who are still sticking it out in this segment have had to get creative. Toyota partnered with BMW to revive the Supra for 2020, and renewed its partnership with Subaru to introduce a new-generation version of the Toyota 86 rear-wheel-drive sports car (now dubbed GR 86) for 2022 (Subaru’s variant continues as the BRZ). Mazda partnered with Fiat to share some of the load for the 2016 redesign of the MX-5 Miata; Fiat got its own version in the revived 124 Spider, which only lasted through the 2017-2020 model years before it was dropped.

2022 Kia Carnival SX

2022 Kia Carnival SX in Ceramic Silver (a $495 option)

2022 Kia Carnival SX

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 202

Fuel Used: 11.3 gallons

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II in Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat (a $595 option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II

Class: Large SUV

Miles driven: 160

Fuel used: 13.6 gallons

Test Drive: 2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus

2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus in Glacier White Metallic (a $595 option)

2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport2022 Audi A3 Premium Plus

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 471

Fuel used: 16.5 gallons