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February 26, 2024
February 19, 2024
Thoughts on the Cybertruck, Bargain EVs, Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review, Fun Model Names
Jill and Tom are both in-studio today. Tom opened the podcast by thanking the producers of the Chicago Auto Show for their special efforts to make the event accessible to Tom and his bum knee. Tom shared his thoughts on the show, including several vehicles on display, among them the Tesla Cyber Truck, the Cadillac Escalade IQ, and the GMC Hummer. Jill and Tom also discussed recently announced pricing for a pair of coming EVs, the Chevrolet Equinox EV, and the Fiat 500E. The hosts then turned their attention to the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 small crossover Tom recently reviewed. No guest this week as Jill and Tom shared their thoughts on some of the best car model names of all time. Tom's list includes such classics as Toronado and El Dorado, while Jill vented regarding her dislike of alphanumeric car names. In the final segment Jill is subjected to Tom's crafty "3 or 4" quiz, which concludes with a bonus question about Korean corn dogs.
February 12, 2024
Ionna Saves Public Charging, Best of the Chicago Auto Show, The Future of Jeep
Packed episode today. Jill and Tom began with a brief Chicago Auto Show recap, news regarding Ionna--the multi-carmaker charging network created in response to the failure of public-charging companies including Electrify America--and Electrify America's new indoor charging facility in San Francisco. Jill also reviewed the 2024 Lexus GX 550, the replacement for one of Tom's favorite vehicles, the long-running Lexus GX 460. In the second segment the hosts welcomed to the show Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions. Same addressed the recent Stellantis/Renault merger rumor, and looked at the near- and mid-term future of the storied Jeep brand. Big changes coming for the off-road marque, including two electric vehicles for the U.S. In the third segment, Jill is subjected to Tom's diabolical "Is it a Chrysler" quiz. Did Jill's winning streak come to an end this week? Listen in to find out. Also, big thanks to Morkes Chocolate in Palatine, Illinois, for supplying today's Fat Tuesday paczki.
February 05, 2024
2024 Consumer Guide Best Buys
No guest this week as Jill and Tom run down the complete list of 2024 Consumer Guide Best Buy picks. The list includes 41 vehicles in 17 different categories. If you're thinking about buying a new car in the near future, this week's show is a must-listen-to episode. You can check out the entire 2024 Consumer Guide Best Buy list by clicking here.
January 29, 2024
Chicago Auto Show Preview, Tesla Predictions, Best Cars for the Money
Jill and Tom opened the show talking about the all-new Lexus GX 550 luxury midsize SUV arriving in showrooms later this year. Also in the first segment the hosts welcome Jennifer Morand of the Chicago Auto Show. Jennifer gave an update on the Chicago Show, which opens February 10th. Tom wrapped up the segment sharing his Tesla predictions for 2024. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome John Vincent of U.S. News and World Report. John walked the hosts through the outlet's "2024 Best Cars for the Money" list. It's noteworthy that three brands dominated the 11-vehicle list. In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Was it ever..." fake-model quiz. Did Jill win again? After the quiz Jill shared her thoughts on new-car-feature subscription fees. Per Jill, while many of the features in question are currently available at no cost to owners, use will eventually be subject to monthly charges. And, interestingly, in many cases auto makers have not yet set pricing for said features.
January 22, 2024
Cadillac Lyriq Review, Top Auto Innovations, Chevrolet Trailblazer
Jill and Tom opened the show by welcoming new listeners. The last few episodes of the Car Stuff Podcast have been very popular. Tom expressed his disappointment that Jill had selected such a boring donut for today's episode. The hosts had stopped by Morkes Chocolate in Palatine, IL, together for donuts prior to the show. Tom discussed briefly his early but favorable impressions of the Chevrolet Trailblazer RS he is currently evaluating. Jill and Tom then reviewed Cadillac's first EV, the Cadillac Lyriq each had extended time with. Tom noted having "one and a half" issues with the car, but both hosts were generally very impressed. Listen in for the full review, including driving-range findings. In the second segment the hosts welcomed Stanley Horaczek of Popular Science to the show. Stanley walked the hosts through the site's new Top 5 Auto Trends for 2024 list. Jill is subjected to Tom's conceptually flawed "NOVAS" quiz in the third segment. Did Jill score on the Billy Joel bonus question? The hosts wrapped up the show talking about the placement of some EV charging stations in poorly lit locations.
January 15, 2024
F-150 Tremor, Detroit Auto Show Moves Again, How EV Charging Station Locations are Chosen
Jill is in studio this week. Jill opened the show sharing some sad news. Her father died over the holiday break. You can read Jill's tribute to her dad by clicking on the link in this week's podcast update post on the Car Stuff Podcast Facebook Page. Tom, who is driving a Cummins-diesel-powered Ram pickup this week, noted that he had forgotten about how diesel engines require some glow-plug warm-up time before starting in cold weather. Note that as the show was recorded, it was -12 degrees outside the TalkZone studio in Palatine, Illinois. The conversation turned to the Detroit Auto Show, which is returning to January for 2025. This after a three-year hiatus from that timeslot, and missing 2020 due to COVID-19. Jill shared her impressions of the 2024 Ford F-150 Tremor, a new trim level designed for off-road use. Jill spent considerable time behind the wheel of the truck, driving it from Chicago to Indianapolis during the holidays. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Jim Hurless, Global Real Estate Leader for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at CBRE. Jim shared some fascinating insights as to how EV charging station locations are determined, how much it costs to install an EV charger, and what CBRE is doing about charger reliability. Great conversation. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Which Sold Better in 2023" quiz in the third segment. Jill also ruined Tom's round of guessing as to what a company called ZeroMold might do. Tom's guesses were better than the truth.
January 08, 2024
Stellantis Pulls Out of Auto Shows, Misleading DriveTime Ads, Genesis Brand Deep Dive
Tom and guest co-host Brendan Appel of the Sons of Speed opened the show talking about a couple of new "The Lap" videos now posted on WeAreMotorDriven.com. The hosts then chatted briefly about the 2024 North American Car of the Year winners, which were revealed last week. Tom shared his concerns regarding misleading commercials being run by online used-car marketer DriveTime. Tom is specifically concerned about the company's assertion that users are able to negotiate the price of the vehicle they purchasing, which is not the case. Also addressed was the news that Stellantis has opted to pull out of a number of 2024 auto shows, including CES and Chicago. Brendan and Tom went on to briefly share their impressions of the Genesis GV70 Electrified compact crossover. In the second segment the hosts welcome Genesis Manger of PR and Communications Jarred Pellat to the show. Jarred talked about the emergence of Genesis as a luxury brand, its success as an alternative premium-vehicle offering, and the brand's accessibility to women. Jarred also addressed the brand's EV plans moving forward. In the final segment Brendan is subjected to Tom's horsepower quiz, which included a bonus question about Twinkies. Tom wrapped up the show with a quick review of the ride and handling balance found on his current test car, the 2024 BMW X5 M60i. Jill is spending time with her family this week, and returns next episode.
January 01, 2024
Car of the Year Finalists, Best Cars of 2023, Surviving Very Long Drives
Jill and Tom opened the show by discussing the North American Car of the Year finalists, including the last-minute substitution of the Hyundai Kona for the Volvo EX30 in the Utility category. Listen in to find out why the switch. The hosts went on to list their favorite test vehicles of 2023, and their least favorite. There are a few surprises on the lists. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Colorado State University master's degree student Harper Appel to the show. Harper regularly makes the 1000-mile journey from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Palatine Illinois. Harper shares a few tips on surviving a 15-hour drive, and shares her picks for the best places to stop for gas and snacks. Note: The conversation includes an extended chat regarding Casey's exclusive Mountain Dew varieties, and the chain's self-branded snacks. Harper joins Jill for this week's quiz. Topic: Rolls-Royce Color or Cheese. The hosts wrapped up the podcast by chatting with Harper regarding her work at the Animal Friends Alliance shelter in Fort Collins.
December 25, 2023
Big Recalls, Ford F-350 King Ranch, Recapping the Biggest Stories of 2023
Jill and Tom opened this holiday episode of the podcast by discussing how the residents of Skokie, Illinois, mount huge light-up menorahs on the roofs of their cars in celebration of Hanukkah. Tom vowed to do the same next season. The hosts went on to discuss a massive Honda/Acura recall, and the echoes of the giant Takata airbag recall which still haunts the industry. Jill shared her thoughts about the massive--and massively expensive--Ford F-350 King Ranch pickup truck she recently evaluated. The review included a conversation regarding the benefits of opting for the single-rear wheel (SRW) option. In the second segment, Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions joins Jill and Tom to review the most noteworthy stories of the year. Sam recalled the UAW strike, slowing EV demand growth, growing vehicle inventories, and strong car sales. We also learned that Sam once owned a Merkur XR4Ti. In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Station Wagon or Omaha Suburb" quiz, which was followed by a brief discussion of Jill's favorite test-vehicles of 2023.
December 18, 2023
Favorite Electric Pickups, 2024 Subaru Impreza RS, Cadillacís EV Future
Tom opened the show with a correction, this regarding the history and current ownership of European car brand Vauxhall covered last week. The hosts went on to discuss a completely unscientific poll Tom conducted on Twitter regarding electric pickup trucks. Twitter users were asked to pick their favorite EV pickup from this list: Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Rivian R1T. Listen in for the surprising results. Jill shared her thoughts on the 2024 Subaru Impreza RS, which both hosts agree is fun to drive and represents great dollar value. What didn't they like? Listen in. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcomed Cadillac Director of Marketing Tony Johnson. Tony shared Cadillac's near- and midterm electrification plans, and shared rollout plans for the coming Lyric, Celestiq, Escalade IQ, Vistiq, and Optiq. Tony also explained the origins of Caddy's new "IQ" model-naming scheme, and described the ordering process for the limited-production "one-of-one" ultra-luxury Celestiq sedan. In the final segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Women" quiz, which featured questions regarding the brands women most often choose when purchasing a new vehicle. Quiz questions based on a recent S&P Global report.
December 11, 2023
Volvo and Starbucks Charging Network, Most Reliable Vehicles of 2023
Jill and Tom are both in studio today for another topic-packed show. Tom opened the episode acknowledging the installation of the first EV charging station under the provisions of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Act, signed into law in 2021. The first unit went live at a Flying J gas station in Ohio earlier this week. Jill and Tom went on to discuss Jill's evaluation of a Starbucks Coffee/Volvo joint effort. This past week Jill drove electric Volvo vehicles from Denver, Colorado to Seattle, Washington, charging the cars only at Starbucks locations along the way equipped with high-speed Volvo-sponsored chargers. Listen in for more on this unique cooperative exercise-and what Jill ordered to drink at each stop. In the second segment Jill and Tom are joined by Consumer Report's Steven Elek. Steven gave the hosts the lowdown on the organization's latest Auto Reliability Study. Steven shared insights into how and why electric vehicles are proving problematic for some owners, and walked Jill and Tom through top-ten list of most-reliable car brands. The list includes a few surprises. In the final segment, Jill is subjected to Tom's "Car Sales in Europe" quiz, capped by a Kikkoman soy-sauce bonus question. Because Jill has not yet listened to last week's episode, Tom explained to her why he was looking to shoot a water buffalo.
December 05, 2023
EVgo Failure, Jeep Drops Model, Ram's Plug-in 1500 Ramcharger
Sons of Speed Publisher Paul Herrold sits in for Jill this week. Paul and Tom opened the show talking about the discontinued Fiat 500X and related Jeep Renegade small crossovers. Tom asked Paul if he thought Jeep's recent sales decline came--at least in part--as a result of the brand's small, too-conventional crossovers, such as the Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee. Paul talked about four new Sons of Speed videos available for viewing at WeAreMotorDrive.com. The videos feature lap time at Road America race track, and include the Toyota GR Corolla, Volkswagen GTI, BMW M2, and Toyota Supra. Following up on Jill's EV charging issues from a week earlier, Tom shared a tale of similar frustration, including broken Evgo charging units--which were listed as operational on the provider's app--and Electrify America's over-hyped "Super Fast" charging. In the second segment Paul and Tom welcome Ram Communications Manager Trevor Dorchies to the show. Trevor updated the hosts on product in the Ram pipeline, including the redesigned 1500 pickup, the RAM REV electric pickup, and the extended-range plug-in-hybrid Ram Ramcharger. Also discussed is the new, ultra-luxury Ram 1500 Tungsten. In the last segment Paul is subjected to Tom's "Best Mileage" quiz, which includes a surprising Burger King bonus question. The hosts wrapped up the show by discussing why Tom's test vehicle, the 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, makes Tom want to shoot a water buffalo.
November 27, 2023
Public Charging Disaster, Hyundai and Amazon Deal
Jill and Tom opened the show discussing the best things they ate Thanksgiving Day. After a shoutout to a regular listener who would like the Car Stuff Podcast back on broadcast radio, the hosts turned their attention to Jill's holiday-week experience attempting to travel to and from Chicago and Indianapolis in an electric vehicle. While the car performed well, Jill lamented the lack of charging opportunities along that route, and was frustrated by the long wait to charge at the single level-3 public charger along the way. In the second segment, the hosts welcome Ed Kim, president of AutoPacfic, to the program. Ed weighed in on the recently announced Hyundai/Amazon.com deal, by which customers will soon be able to order their Hyundai vehicles on the Amazon website. Ed also cleared up some misconceptions about the growing EV supplies, and Tesla's recent price cuts. In the third segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Cyber Monday Auto Gifts" quiz. Jill also shared her impressions of the recently redesigned Toyota Prius Limited AWD.
November 20, 2023
North American Car of the Year Finalists, Los Angeles Auto Show Recap, Donating Your Car to Charity
Jill and Tom crammed a lot into this episode of the Car Stuff Podcast. Tom noted that he's eating better because his grad-school daughter is home this week. Jill and Tom also discussed Jill's lack of interest in corn-based Thanksgiving dishes. Jill ran down this year's North American Car of the Year finalists in the Car, Truck, and Utility categories. The hosts also answered a listener question about compact crossovers. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Colin Weatherwax of Cars for Kids (carsforkids.org) to the program. Colin walked the hosts through the auto-donation process, and talked about the benefits of donating a vehicle to charity. Colin noted that motorcycles and boats can also be donated. Note: There is still time to make a donation this year. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Plymouth or Pennsylvania" quiz in the third segment, which features a Martha Stewart-related Thanksgiving bonus question. Jill and Tom wrapped up the show up by discussing the hybrid-only 2025 Toyota Camry, and Tom's review of the 2023 Toyota Crown.
November 13, 2023
Favorite Automotive Tech Features, Mustang Dark Horse, Dealership Hacking Risks
Jill and Tom opened the show examining Jill's irrational dislike of filled donuts--even jelly filled. Tom stayed off-topic for a moment, noting that Google was placing surprisingly racy ads on the Consumer Guide website, including one ad for something called, "Naughty Wedding Photos." The hosts got serious and talked about a casual poll Tom conducted on Twitter/X to determine drivers' favorite automotive tech features. The list is very interesting. The conversation moved on to Volvo's new electric EM90 minivan, about which there is good news and bad. The Conversation turned to the new top-tier Mustang trim level: Dark Horse. Jill recently spent a week behind the wheel of the high-performance Ford, and shares her take. In the second segment, Jill and Tom are joined by CDK Global Senior Product Manager Brenda Lynch. Brenda shared the topline results of a CDK study looking into auto-dealership vulnerability to hacking and malware. Is your personal data safe at your local dealer? In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Under $48,000" quiz. Because Tom did a poor job managing the clock this episode, the hosts got in a brief chat about pay raises at U.S. Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai/Kia plants, all of which are certainly steps taken to prevent unionization of their factories.
November 06, 2023
VinFast Regroups, Volvo EX30 is a Bargain, and EV Enthusiasts are a Complex Lot
Hosts Jill and Tom opened the show discussing an error on last week's quiz. As it turns out, poutine is available at McDonald's locations in Canada. Tom subsequently promoted his regular appearances on the Steve and Johnnie Show heard Saturday evenings on WGN Radio in Chicago. Tom is especially excited that he has been asked to select the bumper music played during his visits. The conversation turned to Vietnamese EV startup VinFast, which is moving away from a direct-to-customer marketing network to a traditional franchise-dealer arrangement. Tom also mentioned his Twitter/X battle with Tesla fans that took exception to his thoughts on the Cybertruck's wheel design. Jill shared her preview review of the all-new Volvo EX30 EV, which offers impressive battery range, and is surprisingly affordable. In the second segment, Chad Kirchner of EV Pulse joined the show. Chad talked about the nature of EV enthusiasts, and how the group is not limited to just environmentalists. Chad also shared his take on the state of Tesla, and VinFast's prospects for success. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Fake Color" quiz in the last segment, including a Rolling Stones album-title bonus question.
October 30, 2023
Silverado EV, UAW Strike, Electric Vehicle Demand
Jill returns to the studio for a topic-packed episode. In the first segment, Jill recounts for Tom the highpoints of her recent participation in the Rebelle Rally. Tom is impressed that Jill sustained no serious injuries. Jill also gave an update on the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) voting process. NACTOY finalists should be announced during the Los Angeles Auto Show. Jill also spent some time with the all-new Chevrolet Silverado EV. Jill came away generally impressed, and noted that the truck's key selling point is battery range. Tom discussed briefly the Mazda Iconic SP concept car, seen at the Toyota Motor Show, which may be a harbinger of the next generation of the MX-5 Miata. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions to the show. Sam shared his thoughts on a number of topics including the UAW Strike, the UAW's inability to unionize transplant automakers, the state of the EV market, and why Tesla is cutting prices so dramatically. Sam also talked about his new webcast--found on YouTube--called "Afternoons! with Kendra and Sam." In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Honda or Hallmark" quiz, and Tom talked about another Tokyo Motor Show reveal, the Honda Prelude Concept. The McDonald's Canadian menu also came up.
October 23, 2023
Understanding the EV Supply Glut, The Care and Feeding of a Ford Model A
Brendan Appel of the Sons of Speed sat in for co-host Jill this week. Jill returns next episode. In the first segment Brendan talked about the redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona, a video review for which will be shared shortly. Brendan and Tom went on to talk about the growing glut of unsold EVs in the U.S., and the impact of massive Tesla price cuts on EV sales. Are there too many EV models on the market? Listen in. In the second segment, the hosts welcome Shooting Cars host and producer Zack Pradel to the show. Zack's popular YouTube channel features new-, used-, and classic-car reviews. Zack talked about the care and feeding of his family's classic car, a 1931 Ford Model A. As an aside, Zack also noted his position on the rotary-dial-controlled infotainment system found in current-generation Mazda vehicles. In the final segment, Zack and Brendan are subjected to Tom's "Octane, Yo!" quiz.
October 16, 2023
UAW Strike Update, Best and Worst Cars We've Owned, Genesis Connected Services
Jill is out this week; you can follow her progress at the 2023 Rebelle Rally by clicking on the link on our Facebook page. In studio for the entire show are Chicago late-night radio legends Steve King and Johnnie Putman. The show opened with Steve explaining the concept of "clear-channel" radio, and why WGN radio in Chicago is heard, at night, in almost 40 U.S. states and in Canada. After a quick chat about the classic films The Desk Set, and Fritz Lang's epic Metropolis, Tom, Steve and Johnnie discussed the ongoing UAW strike, and comments made Monday by Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. We also learned from Steve what a "seat cover" is in CB-radio parlance. In the second segment Steve and Johnnie talked about their best and worst car ownership experiences. Tom also noted the love/hate relationship he had with a 1991 Saab 9000 CD. In the third segment Steve and Johnnie are subjected to Tom's "1990!" quiz. Steve and Johnnie wrapped up the show sharing some good news about Genesis Connected Services.
October 09, 2023
Lexus RC F on the Track, EV Startups and the Dealer Franchise System
Tom and guest-host Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed opened the show discussing the Lexus RC F, a V8-powered small coupe that Paul recently spent track time with. Paul noted that though the RC F has grown dated since its 2014 introduction, the car is very capable on the street and on the track. Listen to hear Paul's complete review. Tom and Paul also discussed technological "fads" that were introduced by automakers to great fanfare, but since amounted to little in the market place. In the second segment Tom and Paul welcome Dave Sloan of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Dave shared his thoughts on a number of topics, including the UAW strike, EV startup carmakers working outside the franchise dealer system, and dealership acquisitions by large, national corporations.
October 02, 2023
Bargain Jeep Grand Cherokee, Future Car Features, Fake Car Colors
Jill and Tom opened a busy show by discussing ways that Tom might exploit Jill's would-be celebrity to expand the popularity of the show. The hosts went on to review the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude, which both agreed feels like a pretty strong value. Jill and Tom opened the second segment by welcoming Robby Degraff of AutoPacific to the program. Robby shared the findings of AutoPacific's Future Attribute Demand Study (FADS). Robby walked the hosts down the top-ten list of features car shoppers are expected to want on vehicles purchased in the near future, including a very-cool autonomous-driving safety feature. Robby also shared some insights into the Fisker Ocean, a small electric crossover from EV startup Fisker, which he spent some time driving recently. Delivery of the Fisker Ocean has begun in parts of the U.S., though initial volumes are low. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Car Color or Pop Song" quiz, which wrapped up with a Star Trek bonus question.
September 25, 2023
Jeep News, Kia EV9 Review, and the Folly of Ethanol
Jill and Tom opened the showing quickly covering a number of topics including the demise of the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 engine, the addition of a lower-priced base model to the Jeep Wagoneer lineup, and Tom's love/hate relationship with the newly updated 2024 Volkswagen Atlas midsize crossover. Jill reviewed the all-new Kia EV9 all-electric 3-row crossover, about which she has much good to share. Also, Tom is being shocked (actual electric shock) by accidentally touching McDonald's employees at the drive-thru. Strange? The hosts are joined in the second segment by Green Sense Radio host Robert Colangelo. Jill, Tom, and Robert discussed the strange sociopolitical forces at work keeping ethanol in America's gasoline. The discussion covered the benefits of ethanol, and the many drawbacks, including compromised food security. Robert also briefly discussed a future Green Sense podcast dealing with early climate-change research which went unreported by petroleum producers. How will you do on this week's quiz? Jill did very well, until the Kellog's-related bonus question. Remember to follow the Car Stuff Podcast on Facebook to keep up to date on new episodes, and find links to the stories being covered.
September 18, 2023
Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai Kona, Discontinued Models
Jill and Tom are joined this week by long-time cohost Damon Bell, who is currently serving as Senior Research Editor at Cars.com. Jill and Tom opened the show arguing about the two-screen dashboard found in the current Infiniti QX50 compact crossover. Jill finds the systems dated, while Tom saw the value in having a single screen dedicated to navigation functions. Damon joined the conversation to help summarize the reveals seen at this year's Detroit Auto Show. Jill, who was in attendance at the event, noted that the press activity was especially light, as was media attendance. The trio covered the reveals of the freshened Cadillac CT5, Ford F-150, Jeep Gladiator, and all-new GMC Acadia. In the second segment Damon reviewed the all-new Hyundai Kona small crossover, noting that the vehicle has gotten larger on the outside, and roomier on the inside. Jill, Damon, and Tom went on to wrap up their "Dead Pool" lists created in way back August of 2021. There is some question as to who did the best job picking vehicles which were soon to be discontinued.
September 11, 2023
Loving the Nissan Ariya, Dealerships Embrace ChatGPT, Driving the Alfa Romeo Tonale
Jill and Tom opened the episode talking a little about the Detroit Auto Show which opens this week. The hosts will have complete coverage of the event next week. Tom complained a little about the Infiniti QX50 premium compact crossover. Though Tom generally likes the vehicle, he is annoyed that its much-promote high-tech VC-Turbo engine has not imbued the crossover with either standout power, or impressive fuel economy. Jill and Tom went on to review the 2023 Nissan Ariya compact electric crossover which both hosts basically love. Jill is annoyed that Nissan has done little to promoted the vehicle, which Tom suggests is part of the plan, and that Nissan may not yet be ready to deliver the Ariya in serious volume, and that stepped-up advertising is on hold for now. The duo welcome Ken Chester of the Tech Mobility Show in the second segment. Ken walked Tom and Jill through the adoption of ChatGPT by automotive dealers, and how the technology can be used, and misused, in that application. In the third segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Fun Car Engine" quiz. Jill and Tom wrapped up the show discussing the all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale small crossover, which Jill is driving this week.
September 04, 2023
GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate, UAW Plays Hardball, Chinese Cars Go West
Jill and Tom are both in studio this week. Jill talked a little about why she's been away from the show, including a quick summary of the vehicles she's recently seen and her time preparing for this year's Rebelle Rally. Jill talked about her test drive of the 2024 GMC Denali 2500 Ultimate, a super-premium trim-level addition to the maker's pickup-truck lineup. Tom talked briefly about the Fisker Alaska, an electric midsize pickup due for the 2025 model year. In the second segment the crew is joined by Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions. Sam walked Jill and Tom through a number of topics, including the UAW/Detroit 3 labor-contract negotiations, Chinese cars being exported to the West, and the Radnor Hunt Concours auto show running from September 8-10 in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Jill is subjected to Tom's "Chevrolet or Oldsmobile" quiz in segment three.
August 28, 2023
Comeback of the Manual Transmission, All-New Lincoln Nautilus
Brendan Appel sits in for Jill this week, and discussed a pair of articles he wrote regarding the survival of the manual transmission. Brendan argues that carmakers have hastened the demise of stick shift by limiting availability and underestimating demand. Brendan notes the surprising popularity of stick shift on a number of new sporty offerings. In the second segment Brendan and Tom welcome Monica Gorgas, brand manager for the redesigned Lincoln Nautilus midsize crossover. Monica walked the hosts through the changes to the premium crossover, including Tom's favorite: Digital Scenting. The new Nautilus goes on sale early next year. Brendan is subjected to Tom's "Cars of 1980" quiz, including a bonus question regarding bad movies, such as Spanglish and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
August 21, 2023
Mustang GTD, Corvette Legacy and the Future of Chevy's Sports Car
Tom and guest co-host Brendan Appel of the Sons of Speed open the show discussing the recently revealed Mustang GTD, an extreme performance version of Ford's popular pony car. Brendan lamented the fact that, despite rumors to the contrary, the GTD is not a mid-engine car. The hosts went on to discuss an article just posted to the Consumer Guide Daily Drive Blog in which Tom attempts to correct common mispronunciations of car and car-brand names. In the second segment Tom and Brendan welcome Steve Garrett to the podcast. Steve is president of the Corvette Club of Kansas City (CCKC) and host of the popular Corvette Today podcast. Steve walked the hosts through a number of Corvette news items, including the recently introduced Z06, and the coming E-Ray hybrid 'Vette. Steve also shared his thoughts on the rumored Corvette crossover. In the last segment, Brendan is subjected to a brutal Mercedes-Benz model quiz.
August 14, 2023
Goodbye Nissan Titan, Hello Hyundai Santa Fe, Accessorizing a Pickup Truck
This week Tim Esterdahl of Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk subs for Tom who is still under the weather. Jill and Tim open the show by discussing the demise of the Titan, Nissan's ill-fated and slow-selling large pickup truck. The conversation extended to the likelihood of Toyota bringing a small pickup truck to the U.S. to compete with Ford's popular Maverick. Jill shared her thoughts on the radically redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe, which is due to arrive in showrooms next year. In the second segment Tim talked about his recent experiences modifying his own pickup. Tim has made a number of updates to his truck, most of which he installed himself. In the third segment Tim is subjected to Jill's light-duty-truck quiz.
August 07, 2023
New Toyota Land Cruiser, Used EV Prices Plummet
Jill and guest cohost Nicole Wakelin, host of the Road Reflected podcast, opened the show talking about "sad snacks," with Nicole arguing that most healthy and/or gluten-free treats aren't worth the effort. Jill shared the news that industry colleague, and one-time Road America public-relations manager, Enrique Ramirez lost his battle with cancer. Enrique worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research. The hosts went on to discuss the resurrection of the Toyota Land Cruiser, which returns soon to U.S. dealerships after a three-year hiatus. They took note of the new vehicle's blocky design, and discussed the truck's considerable cult following. In the second segment, Jill and Nicole are joined by iSeeCars.com Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. Karl shared research conducted by iSeeCars finding that used-electric-vehicle prices had plunged in the past year. Doe Karl think this is a good time to invest in a used EV? Listen in. Jill subjected Nicole to a "basic" car-history quiz in the last segment, including a bonus question about Italian ice. Note: Tom is taking some time off this week.
July 31, 2023
Lexus LS 500h, Corvette Crossover, and the Volvo EX30
Sitting in again for Jill is Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed. Jill returns next week. Paul and Tom began the show correcting mistakes made last week. Both hosts were guilty of misstatements which have been begrudgingly corrected. Tom followed up on last week's podcast, which included an interview with Don Drucker of Chicago's famous Superdawg Drive-In. Having learned that the establishment's tamales are meat free-and he being vegetarian-Tom sampled the tamales. Listen to his review. Paul talked about paint-protection film (PPF), and why someone might want to consider having their car treated. Paul recently had his car protected, and is a believer in the process, though it can be pricey. Tom talked briefly about the 2023 Lexus LS 500h, which he recently reviewed. Though the car is not especially space efficient, and a little difficult to get in and out of, Tom is generally a fan of the large luxury sedan. Paul and Tom welcome Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions to the show in the second segment. Sam talked about his new podcast (find the link on Car Stuff Podcast Facebook page). Sam walked the hosts through a number of topics, including the realities of a Corvette crossover, automakers developing their own charging network, and why the new Volvo EX30 electric crossover is so affordable. Paul was then subjected to Tom's color quiz. Did Paul win? Listen in.
July 24, 2023
Driving the Maserati MC20, Car Culture and Chicago's Legendary Superdawg Drive-In
This week Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed sits in for Jill. In the first segment, Paul shared the details of his recent trip to Italy which included a visit to the Maserati factory, and a test drive of the brandís exotic MC20 sports car. Paul and Tom also discussed recent cuts to the price of Fordís electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck. In the second segment Paul and Tom welcomed Don Drucker, Operations Manager of Chicagoís legendary Superdawg drive-in restaurant to the Car Stuff Podcast. Don shared the institutionís history, and talked about late-night car culture. Superdawg celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
July 17, 2023
Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, Cars.com American-Made Index
This week, Tom and Jill talk about the refreshed Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, problems with crash test dummy testing and Tom's story of a near-carjacking incident. Then, Jenni Newman, Editor in Chief of Cars.Com, stops in to talk about their annual American-Made Index, which ranks which cars are actually American-made.
July 10, 2023
Lexus RX, Honda Accord & the Toyota Tacoma
Tom and Jill talk about the EV changes from Borg-Warner, Tom's test of the Lexus RZ and the range and charging issues, Jill's update on the Honda Accord, then Sheldon Brown is an executive program manager of the product development office at Toyota Technical Center, USA, checks in to talk about the redesign of the 2024 Tacoma.
July 03, 2023
2024 Jeep Wrangler, The Future of Internal Combustion Engines
Jill and Tom opened the show discussing an extremely sexist Mercury ad from 1967 which Tom has featured on the Consumer Guide Daily Drive blog. Jill shared her impressions of the updated-for-2024 Jeep Wrangler, which benefits from revised styling and new tech features. Jill is a big fan of the plug-in-hybrid 4Xe Wrangler variants. Tom went on to discuss the 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system found in the all-new Mazda CX-90. In the second segment Jill and Tom welcome Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions. The crew discussed Samís recent podcast addressing the future of internal-combustion engines. Sam went on to share his take on the likelihood of various alternative-fuel sources taking hold as gas engines are phased out. Sam has a surprising take on hydrogen, and synthetic gas. In the third segment Jill is subjected to Tomís destination-charge quiz, which includes a bonus question about Indian snack food. Tom also called the Honda Ridgline one of the most underrated vehicles currently on the market.
June 26, 2023
Driving the 2024 Mazda CX-90, Owners Ignoring Recalls, Catalytic Converter Thefts
Tom and Jill discuss their impressions of the 2024 Mazda CX-90, then Patrick Olsen from CarFax.com joins in talk about longstanding recalls on cars that owners never deal with, and the ongoing wave of catalytic converter thefts and how to avoid them.
June 19, 2023
Lexus RX350, Hyundai's Ioniq 6 EV & the Changing Look of Car Dealerships
Tom is joined by guest co-host Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed, to talk about the updated Lexus RX350 and Hyundai's Ioniq 6 EV. Then, Dave Piluski from RTM Engineering Consultants to talk about the evolving architectural designs of car dealerships.
June 12, 2023
Lexus GX and TX & Suburu CrossTrek Premium
Tom and Jill talk about the Women's World Car of the Year jury, the Lexus GX and TX, the Suburu CrossTrek Premium and more. Then Robby DeGraff, from Auto Pacific joins the show to talk about the surprising decision by General Motors to drop Apple CarPlay in some future models.
June 05, 2023
Honda Accord, Dodge Hornet, & Ram 1500 Rev EV Pickup
Tom and Jill talk about the newly redesigned Honda Accord and Dodge's new compact crossover, the Hornet. Then, Brant Combs, Head of Ram 1500 Marketing, stops in to talk about the era of electrification at Ram and the new Ram 1500 Rev EV pickup truck.
May 30, 2023
Chevy Trax, Lucid & Car Subscriptions
This week, Tom and Jill talk about the highlights from the Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally, including impressions of the all-new Chevrolet Trax crossover SUV and the Lucid. Then, Jahn Hansen from Finn Automotive explains the ins and outs their unique car subscription service.
May 22, 2023
Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Edition, Chevy Silverado EV, Jeep Wrangler and More!
This week, Tom and Jill talk about the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Edition, the Chevy Silverado EV's pricey 450-mile extended range battery, and the 2024 Toyota Tacoma. Then, Brandon Girmus, Jeep Senior Brand Manager, checks in to talk about the upcoming 2024 Jeep Wrangler.
May 15, 2023
Ford Bronco Raptor & Who Should Own an EV and Who Should Not
Tom is joined this week by guest co-host Brenden Appel (still no relation!) from Sons of Speed to talk about Brenden's love of Road America, plus their experience with the Ford Bronco Raptor. Then, Larry Nutson, Senior Editor and Chicago Bureau Chief for The Auto Channel, checks in to talk about EVs, who they are appropriate for and what Larry sees as the timeline for wider availability of charging stations.
May 08, 2023
Swedish Test Drives & the Toyota Crown
Tom and Jill talk about her recent trip to Sweden to test drive the 2024 Volvo C70 and XC40 Recharge, the all-electric versions of their compact SUVs, plus they discuss this week's premiere of the all-new ConsumerGuide.com. And Amy Chao, Manager of Vehicle Marketing and Communications at Toyota Motor North America, checks in to talk about the Toyota Crown.
May 01, 2023
News at Jaguar/Land Rover and Polestar
Tom is joined by guest co-host Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed, to talk about the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally, plus thoughts about the renaming of Jaguar/Land Rover into JLR and changes to their dealerships, and Paul's recent choice in a new car. Plus, Sam Fiorani from AutoForecast Solutions joins the show to talk about news at Polestar.
April 24, 2023
Kia EV6 GT, Lincoln Nautilus & Car.com's Affordability Report
Tom and Jill discuss test drives of the zippy Kia EV6 GT and the Lincoln Nautilus. Then, Jane Ulitskaya, News Editor at Cars.com, stops in to talk about their new car affordability report.
April 17, 2023
Japanese Kit Kats, the Buick Envista, the BMW 8 series & the Latest from Kia
Tom and Jill talk about Japanese Kit Kats, the Buick Envista compact crossover, and the BMW 8 series. Then, James Bell, the Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Kia, Motors America checks in to talk about their newest models.
April 10, 2023
Range Challenges of Most EVs & 10 New Cars Priced the Highest Over MSRP
Tom and Jill talk about the problematic/unpredictable range of most EVs, plus their thoughts on the bZ4X, Toyota's battery electric SUV. Then, Karl Brauer from ISeeCars.com checks in to outline their recent study of the ten new cars priced the highest over MRSP.
April 03, 2023
Mazda CX-90, Hyundai Ioniq 6 & Mid-sized Pickups
Jill is back in studio with Tom this week, to talk about the Mazda CX-90 and Hyundai Ioniq 6. Then, Tim Esterdahl from PickupTruckTalk.com joins the show to talk about the current crop of mid-sized pickups.
March 27, 2023
Potholes for Jaguar, Plus the Latest from Lexus
Tom is joined by guest co-host Brenden Appel (no relation!) from Sons of Speed to talk the origins of the acronym of the Auto Start/Stop button plus the sad path of Jaguar, plus Carley Bly from Lexus stops in to talk about the latest additions to their lineup.
March 20, 2023
Upcoming car reviews & Federal EV Incentives.
Jill previews a plethora of upcoming car reviews, plus she and Tom discuss the improving supply of new cars in the delivery pipeline or on dealer lots. Plus, Sam Fiorani from AutoForecast Solutions joins the show to talk about EV production and the effects of recent federal EV incentives.
March 13, 2023
Tons of Test Drives!
Tom and Jill talk about her coming test drive of the Genesis Electrified GV70 and two other her other test drives in the past week, plus Tim Healey from TheTruthAboutCars.com joins to talk about the new Dodge Hornet and more.
March 06, 2023
The All-New Prius
Tom's special co-host this week is Paul Herrold of the Sons of Speed, and they are joined by Toyota's Chad Moore to talk about the all-new Prius.
February 27, 2023
Ice Driving & Car Movies
Tom and Jill talk about the ice driving tips she picked up at her Jaguar/Land Rover winter driving experience in Sweden last week, plus longtime Chicago broadcaster Nick Digilio joins the show to talk about his two podcasts and everyone's favorite car movies.
February 20, 2023
Kia/Hyundai Theft Fix & Will EVs Exclude Lower-Income Americans?
Tom and Jill talk about her ice-driving experience this week in Sweden, plus the apparent fix for the Kia/Hyundai theft problem and challenges in photographing test cars. Then, green entrepreneur Robert Colangelo, host of Green Sense Radio, joins to talk about the state of the EV adoption, which potentially may exclude lower-income Americans.
February 13, 2023
2023 Chicago Auto Show & Tire Buying Advice
Tom and Jill talk about the highlights of the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, the nation's largest and longest-running auto show. Then TJ Campbell, Tire Information and Testing Manager at The Tire Rack, talks about tire testing and offers all kinds of wise advice on tire buying.
February 06, 2023
Steve and Johnnie Stop In!
Tom and Jill talk about the C Class Mercedes, and the new Mazda CX-90. Then, Chicago radio icons Steve and Johnnie join to talk about pluses and minuses of their recent car shopping experience and more!
January 30, 2023
150th Anniversary Show!
This week, Tom and Jill celebrate the 150th episode of Car Stuff. They also discuss recent EV price changes and the upcoming Corvette hybrid, then are joined by special guest Jennifer Morand, President of Association and General Manager of the Chicago Auto Show, for everything you need to know about the 2023 show.
January 23, 2023
Test Drives and the Transition to EVs
Tom and Jill talk about Jill's test drive of the Lexus RX 350 and Tom's test of the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy, plus guest Britt Carmon from the Natural Resources Defense Council discusses the transition to EVs.
January 16, 2023
Back in the Driver's Seat!
Tom and Jill talk minivans, and Jill's experience at the Rebelle Rally. Then they are joined by Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions to talk about the state of the new car buying market, and the Inflation Reduction Act's confusing effect on EVs, and much more.