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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 Civic Sport Touring

2022 Honda Civic Sport Touring in Platinum White Pearl (a $395 color option)

2015 Audi Q52022 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 320

Fuel used: 10.8 gallons

2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury

2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury in Nori Green

2015 Audi Q52022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury

Class: Premium Large SUV

Miles driven: 206

Fuel used: 12.2 gallons

2023 BMW iX M60

2023 BMW iX M60 in Phytonic Blue

2015 Audi Q52023 BMW iX M60

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 319

Battery capacity: 112 kWh

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited in Ice White

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited AWD

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles Driven: 211

Fuel Used: 9.4 gallons

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate, Fjord Blue

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate in Fjord Blue (a $695 color option)

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Ultimate

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 702

Battery capacity: 78 kWh