#271 Best Time to Buy a Used Car, Radar vs. Camera-Based Safety Sensors, and More

published 3 weeks ago by Consumer Reports

We touch on a number of topics this week, including if a used Subaru Ascent is a good replacement for an Audi A4, why your infotainment system might not play nice with your Apple iPhone or Android phone, the right way to tie down an object to your roof, and how Consumer Reports headlight testing differs from that of IIHS. We also discuss routine maintenance that is unique to EVs, why an automatic emergency braking system might give a driver false positives, how car designs might be affected with a move to "skateboard" or modular architectures, using a child seat with an inflatable seat belt, and why you might not be able to tow a hybrid vehicle behind your RV.     -----------------------------------   Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at    Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify:      SHOW NOTES -----------------------------------   00:00 - Introduction 01:45 - Question #1: Is a Subaru Ascent a good replacement for an Audi A4? 06:02 - Question #2: Which automatic emergency braking system works best: camera-based or radar? 9:34 - Question #3: Why are there connectivity issues between phones and car infotainment systems? 11:46 - Question #4: What is the proper way to secure cargo to a car’s roof? 14:22 - Question #5: What is the difference between CR’s and IIHS’ headlight test? 17:23 - Question #6: What are the required maintenance items from the latest EVs? 20:08 - Question #7: Why does the forward-collision warning activate when there is nothing on the road? 22:50 - Question #8: What common parts are shared between “modular architectures” or “shared platform” on vehicles? 25:14 - Question #9: Is it potentially dangerous to install a forward facing child seat using an inflatable seat belt? 27:14 - Question #10: What small car is best suited for flat towing with a RV?   ----------------------------------    Coronavirus Resource Hub   2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive   2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive   Self-Driving System Ranking   The Myth of the “Self-Driving” Car   How to Transport a Christmas Tree Safely   Headlight Testing   Headlight Cleaning Tips   Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions   Consumer Reports’ Car Reliability FAQ   How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes   Autos Tips: Child-Seat Installation   Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Car?   How to Buy Your First New or Used Car   Tips for Buying a New Car   Tips for Buying a Used Car     -----------------------------------   Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

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