#276 Winter Tire Performance; Are Online No-Haggle Car Services a Good Deal?

published 2 weeks ago by Consumer Reports

With winter on its way, many people are asking: what are the benefits of winter tires vs. a set of all-seasons? The popularity of online, no-haggle car services like Carvana, CarMax, and CarSense has grown in recent months, but can you really get a good deal without visiting a car dealership and negotiating on price? We discuss using these services to buy a new or used car, as well as the high cost of replacement key fobs; the benefits of using premium fuel over regular in cars like the Volkswagen GTI and Mazda CX-9; the emergence of sometimes confusing electronic shifters from carmakers like BMW, Volvo, and Genesis; how CR awards points for standard advanced safety features, and if a Mazda6 is a good replacement for a dad who is losing his Acura TL to his teenage drivers.     -----------------------------------   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 00:47 - Question #1: What are the benefits of winter tires vs. all-seasons? 05:45 - Question #2: Why key fobs are so expensive to replace? 10:08 - Question #3: Is it possible to get a good deal with no-haggle service like CarSense and CarMax? 13:57 - Question #4: What are the benefits of using premium fuel over regular? 16:26 - Question #5: Why car manufacturers are moving towards push-button shifters? 20:57 - Question #6: How does CR award points for safety features to various car models?  23:41 - Question #7: Is Mazda6 a good replacement for an Acura TL?   ----------------------------------    Coronavirus Resource Hub   New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires   Consumer Reports 2016 Tire Top Picks   Getting your tires ready for winter   Winter Driving Tips   Essential Winter Driving Tips   Prep Your Car for Winter   How to Replace Your Car’s Key Fob   Does Car Buying Make Your Head Spin?   Regular Gas vs. Premium Gas   When It Comes to Gear Selectors, Drivers Prefer the Simplicity of Old-School Shifters   Best Car Safety Features   Two Advanced Safety Features Every Cr Should Have   2018 Mazda6 Quick Drive   2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive   2017 Honda Civic Si   2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3   2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive   -----------------------------------   Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

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