#290 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results; How Big Tech is Influencing the Auto Industry

published 5 months ago by Consumer Reports

We've completed testing of our 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and discuss how this plug-in hybrid performed, and why it might outshine the Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid. Apple made automotive news recently concerning the potential development of an Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai; we discuss these reports, and consider the many ways the auto industry and big tech companies are converging to impact the car market. Other topics include the Toyota Yaris GR, if a hitch-mounted bike rack could prematurely age your car's springs, and whether adaptive cruise control has an impact on fuel efficiency.     ----------------------------------- 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 00:34 - News of potential Apple-branded car produced by Hyundai. 09:19 - 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Test Results 19:41 - Question #1: Why is the Toyota Yaris GR AWD not available in the US? 25:17 - Question #2: Does adaptive cruise control have an effect on fuel efficiency? 26:37 - Question #3: Could having a hitch mounted bike rack over an extended period of time have negative impact on the car’s springs?     ----------------------------------  First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious   2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime   2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive   4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive   2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Gets Bigger and Adds Features   Cadillac’s Super Cruise Outperforms Other Driving Assistance Systems   Coronavirus Resource Hub     ----------------------------------- Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

more episodes from Talking Cars (HQ)