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Host : Tom Appel and Jill Ciminillo
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THE CAR STUFF PODCAST is a smart and often irreverent take on new-car news and happenings in the automotive industry.

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you've come to the right place. Join Jill and Tom as they break down everything that's going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests.

THE CAR STUFF PODCAST is a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by automotive journalist JILL CIMINILLO and industry analyst TOM APPEL. Each show features new-vehicle news, car and truck reviews, and a guest segment featuring some of the industry's most-interesting and well-informed movers and shakers.

Plus! Each episode wraps up with the famous Car Stuff Power Quiz. We also talk a lot about donuts, bad movies, and Taco Bell menu items in France and Portugal.

Recent Episodes
February 26, 2024
Listeners' Favorite Model Names, 2025 Ram 1500 Deep Divev
Tom opened the show by surprising Jill with a bonus recording-day treat: Funyuns. After determining that there is, in fact, very little actual onion in Funyuns, Tom and Jill turned their attention to automotive matters. Tom read through a list of listener-submitted favorite model names, including picks from regular contributors, among them Damon Bell, Sam Fiorani, and Brendan Appel. Jill then shared her impressions of the updated-for-2025 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Jill was generally impressed by the new truck, but had some reservations regarding the new $90,000 Tungsten trim level. In the second segment, Tim Esterdahl of Pickup Truck + SUV Talk joined the show to expand on the Ram 1500 conversation. Tim talked about Ram's move away from the popular Hemi V8 engine to the new Hurricane 6-cylinder powerplant. Tim believes most shoppers will be well served by the new Ram engine lineup. Listen in for complete details. In the last segment Jill is subjected to Tom's "Turbo or No Turbo" quiz, which featured an Indian-food bonus question.
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.
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