#297: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Impressions; Kia Carnival

published 6 months ago by Consumer Reports

This week, we give our first impressions on Volkswagen's all-electric ID.4 small SUV. We discuss the ID.4's unique styling, how it compares to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3 and Y, and how VW's Electrify America charging network will need to make improvements to compete with other EV charging infrastructures. We also discuss the predicted reliability of the recently announced Kia Carnival minivan, that replaces the Sedona in Kia's lineup. We also discuss the recall of Tesla's touchscreens, and whether these components have a short lifespan; how Consumer Reports calculates electric vehicle range; and advice on how to manage a lease when you REALLY want to be driving a different car. SHOW NOTES 1:20 - Volkswagen ID.4 first impressions 13:55 - Electrify America charging network 15:43 - Question #1: Ozzie from Los Angeles | How do online car reservations work? 19:09 - Question #2: Thomas | What’s CR’s predicted reliability for the new Kia Carnival minivan? 21:45 - Question #3: Chris | Will electric component wear become a problem on vehicles in the future? 23:58 - Question #4: Kevin from Cincinnati | How does CR test EV range? 25:20 - Question#5: Lamar from Chicago | Is it a good idea to trade in a 2011 Toyota Camry for a new lease on a  2021 Toyota Venza? LINKS: Preview: Sleek and Sporty 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Revealed: First Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is a Thrilling New Breed: Tesla Recalls Over 134,000 Vehicles for Faulty Screens:

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