Consumer Reports

Published on 31 July 2020


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This week we give our first impressions of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and talk about how it compares to the last outgoing model, and why this small SUV might have created a new size category for Chevy. Consumer Reports has teamed up with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (or IIHS for short) to recommend safe, reliable used cars and SUVs that are well-suited for teenage drivers, and cost $20k or less; our panel explains why this is an important market for buyers today, and which cars they would choose off the list. Also, we help a viewer decide between a new Toyota Venza hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime to replace his high-mileage Toyota Highlander, explain why all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles require all four tires to be changed at the same time, and pick a car we think would be perfect for a long trip to Mars.


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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 - Introduction
01:34 - Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000
11:33 - 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Impressions
18:18- Question #1: Which is a best replacement for an old Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Venza or the RAV4 Prime?
22:55 - Question #2: When replacing tires on an AWD car, why all 4 tires need to be replaced at the same time?
26:17 - Question #3: Which car would we pick to take to Mars?

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Coronavirus Resource Hub
https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Best Cars for Teens Under $20,000
https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/best-cars-for-teens/

How to Buy Your First New or Used Car
https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/how-to-buy-your-first-new-or-used-car/

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Teen Drivers
https://www.consumerreports.org/teen-driving/what-parents-can-do-to-protect-teen-drivers/

2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Mazda3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfZ-oO3qpM

2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8

2013 Subaru Legacy sneak peek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7LqIRAHsD4

2013 Honda Accord first drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjVV9YbLBIg

2014 Volkswagen Jetta quick take
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcG2BT_-0T8

First Drive: 2021 Toyota Venza Strikes and SUV sweet Spot
https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/2021-toyota-venza-hybrid-review/

2020 Buick Encore GX Test Results; Toyota Unveils a New Hybrid Sienna and Venza
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgN-PuE4YAc

First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Powerful and Luxurious
https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2021-toyota-rav4-prime-review/

2019 LA Auto Show: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyucrV_maH8

2019 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSAuvdH_oGQ

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