#284 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA First Impressions; Are Expensive Wiper Blades Worth It?

published 5 months ago by Consumer Reports

This week we discuss our initial impressions of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA, sharing our experience with the controls, ride comfort, and cargo space of this luxury small SUV. We also discuss if expensive wiper blades perform better than cheaper alternatives; the differences between winter and mud terrain tires, and whether mud tires are safe for driving in the ice and snow of wintry weather; if a recall on the Subaru Ascent will affect its CR reliability score; and we share tips on the best way to keep dogs, cats, and any other pets safe in your vehicle.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:28 - 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA First Impressions 09:27 - Question #1: Is it possible to buy mud-terrain tires suitable for winter weather driving? 14:14 - Question #2: Do expensive wiper blades perform better than cheap ones? 18:19 - Question #3: Would a recall on the Subaru Ascent affect its CR reliability score? 21:01 - Question #4: What are the best practices for keeping your pets safe in your vehicle?     ----------------------------------  Coronavirus Resource Hub   First Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Is an Improvement Over Flawed Predecessor   2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Quick Drive   Choosing the Best Tire   Tire Selector   Wiper Blade Buying Guide   2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive   How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Car     ----------------------------------- Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

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