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Left Lane Hogs, Buick Regal TourX...Station Wagon?? | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #150

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We've all experienced someone driving slow in the left lane. "Why won't they just move over?!" you think to yourself. Turns out some states are changing laws to address this common nuisance. Next, we give our first impressions on the Buick Regal TourX, and why car enthusiasts seem to love station wagons. We end this week on audience questions about the Lexus ES, and how CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2 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 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:26 Left lane hogs 03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars 07:36 Buick Regal TourX 09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons 13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles 17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance 21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES ----------------------------------- More American Drivers Want Electric Cars, AAA Survey Says: https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-american-drivers-want-electric-cars-aaa-survey-says/ Stop The Left-Lane Hogs: http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-ct-needs-left-lane-law-20180101-story.html 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2014 Buick Regal Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY 2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk 2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU 2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8vDgiQnUI 2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4 Lexus ES first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOpsFg2H_S8 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
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Right Lane Hog (17 days ago)
The Euro Wagon consumers really want is the new Corolla with far superior leg room and cargo capacity compared to the hatch. #SaveTheWagon
JohnMichael Chiriyan (2 months ago)
The U.S. is the country that started the motor revolution and highway car culture...how on earth did we end up being so far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to basic lane courtesy?
Christopher Street (2 months ago)
Some people think that if they are going the speed limit they can stay in the left lane ... I feel like all they are doing is inciting road rage
Detroit Ghost (2 months ago)
We bought the TourX and it is not soft... it is fun. More fun than the BMW convertible we traded in for the car. I have owned two Audi Allroads and this car is so much better that there is no comparison. We also own the Cadillac station wagon with the sports suspension (not the V Series..Damn!) and the Cadillac is softer than the Buick. I think the badge on the car is influencing these guys.
rogerthat (3 months ago)
Police should do more to keep left lane hoggers out of the passing lane. It creates so much road rage from people, including me.
E Bartz (3 months ago)
Truckers do this a lot. Autonomous trucks would really help.
Karayah Holly (3 months ago)
Left lane hogs bothers me, but it's NOTHING compared to people in the right lane who ride me so closely, they're nearly eating my bumper. Especially when the passing lane is open!
AI3xZJE41 YT (3 months ago)
Dam foreigners hold up the left lane how do they get there license plus they can't drive.aND people that are playing with there phone wild they are sopose to be driving
paul browne (3 months ago)
These guys just don't get electric cars, they don't seem to know that ranges have already gone past 300 miles, the charging network continues to be built out and charging speeds are increasing debunking ALL their weak arguments not to drive an EV.
Tom Eisenmenger (3 months ago)
We need giant wireless charging pads for garage floors, LOL!
Harold Payne (3 months ago)
You never mentioned the speed limit at all,but that’s probably not important.
Charles McMullen Jr (6 days ago)
It should not be important to you, but only to law enforcement. Let them do their jobs, and you just drive normally, as you should, in the Far Right Lane.
Harold Payne (3 months ago)
I’ll bet you guys are all left lane hogs.
Rodion Korniyenko (3 months ago)
FINALLY!!! The silence has been broken! It is about time that the silent majority speak out against left lane cruisers. Thank you! This is a VERY big problem in California and it causes big safety issues on the road. I frequently hear "the speed limit is the same in every lane" but it's not that persons job to police other motorists. If you are a left lane cruiser PLEASE move over, it's the right thing to do. Thank you.
Evan Adams (3 months ago)
Self admitting Left Lane Hog here. In California our right lanes are falling appart from trucks, it is a bumpy ride. On I-5 people can pass me on the right if they need. But 100% agree on 3 lane roads. Just 2 lane HWY where the right lane is a bumpy mess, nope going to hog away.
Bryan Miller (3 months ago)
A couple years ago while I was traveling down the highway in the left lane behind a handful of cars we all of a sudden came to a sudden slowdown. At first I couldn't tell what the holdup was then I noticed everyone jumping into the right lane to go around a slow moving vehicle in the left lane. It finally got to be my turn and I was intrigued to see if it was an older driver oblivious to the world around them. No, it was a younger gentleman in a Tesla Model S driving with autopilot in the left lane, staring at his phone, oblivious to the world around him. I fear more self-driving cars on the road is only going to make this worse. I bet Tesla sill hasn't thought yet to program their autopilot software to recognize multiple cars passing on the right!
mihi68 (3 months ago)
The Regal wagon does not look great. Awful proportions
humboldthammer (3 months ago)
Won't 6G offer wireless charging for your Free-Electric car?
jesse diaz (3 months ago)
Like in Germany drive right --->
RayJ-HT (4 months ago)
They sounds so stupid when they are talking about electric cars. If you have 250 miles of range how are you concerned about not having enough electricity day to day? They he claim oh I will never remember to plug it up.....yes you will. They sound completely brainless. Also I bet most of them have a second car.....use it for the long trips or a super charger. It will not take hours and hours as he said to charge it up.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
If I may quote the immortal words of George Carlin, "Have you ever noticed when you're driving that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot and anyone driving faster than you is a maniac?"
daniel thomas (4 months ago)
There’s more to it than just blocking the traffic. It’s the lane where cars line up to take their turn pass a slow vehicles in the right lane. If they move over, they loose their place in the quew
Trevor Doyle (4 months ago)
"Rather than police pulling over speeders, have police marksmen on overpasses to shoot these morons in the back of their heads. That is the police state working for the people." Jeremy Clarkson
26EMUNA (4 months ago)
Hey CR, when you purchase a car, you pay an amount of sales tax based on the selling price of the car. This can amount to thousands of dollars that you never get back, even if you end up selling the car a few years later. In most states, California included, you pay sales tax only on the cost of the lease. These tax savings more than make up for the acquisition fee required on a lease. What are your thoughts? Still think you will save money in the long run to purchase or lease?
The Montgomery's (4 months ago)
I love wagons
AI3xZJE41 YT (3 months ago)
The Montgomery's u love wagon what you think about the 96 Buick Roadmaster wagon collecter series
Paulman50 (4 months ago)
Millions of spent tyers in the tip, now millions of spent batterys in the tip.
Bryan Smith (4 months ago)
Slower traffic keep RIGHT .... common sense !! Hogging the left lane is dangerous. Drive smart, pay attention !
donE37100 (4 months ago)
We all know the dangers and frustrations of left lane drivers. It all comes down to people that are selfish. The same people that drive in the left lane also double park, tailgate, cut you off, delay starting off on a green light as well as non driving situations such as, not putting the grocery cart in the proper place, leaving diapers where they changed the child etc... The left lane is convenient for the these people. In the right lane, you have to be more attentive of large trucks and other people entering the freeway, and these people believe that being inconvenienced is beneath them.
Eskimopride07 (4 months ago)
I’m not gonna move over to the right lane if they are going slower
Phil Kulak (4 months ago)
You're going to forget to plug in? Really? Do you forget to get gas? Do you forget to close the door? That makes no sense at all.
fredofoto (4 months ago)
TourX will not sale. It looks good enough but it has no soul, no desire, no enthusiasm. Just good enough. Nobody is going to even notice it.
Bruce Solomon (4 months ago)
Congratulations on your one hundred fiftieth episode.
95thRiflesOCI (4 months ago)
If the speedlimit says 100km/h you should drive 100km/h either on the right lane or left lane. To tell people not to hold traffic is basically asking everyone to drive 140km/h + just to be in the left lane and then no one can merge into each other because everyone is driving too fast.
William B (4 months ago)
I'd follow the owner's manual with the Prius Prime. We will be changing the oil in our Volt every 2 years, in line with the computer. We also run full synthetic "0" weight in line with the owner's manual.
Mark Griffith (4 months ago)
Fix the potholes in the right lanes and we will move back.
Acclude 109 (4 months ago)
Anyone bother mentioning good reasons to hold your left lane position? ...no room to pass in traffic, maintaining safe distance, you're already well over the limit so moving over for someone doing ridiculous speeds is less safe, respecting those who are anticipating traffic for left lane exit, and etc.
T. Agee Kaye (4 months ago)
Methinks CR doth protest too much. Where are there LLHs going below the speed limit? The problem is not the LLH but the bigger hog behind him, traveling at an excessive rate of speed. He resents as lesser vehicle moving from the right to pass but unwilling to floor it, forcing the Big Hog to slow down. He is not there to pass and move right but to race forward unrestricted, demanding others dangerously change lanes under pressure of tailgating and flashing high beams -- often with a scoff law medallion in his windshield.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
We will know wagons are back when Toyota and Honda are offering us the wagons they currently sell overseas.
Charles McMullen Jr (6 days ago)
Wkt, the Acura model didn't sell because it wasn't sold as a Honda. It was too expensive. Had they cut costs and not safety features, it could have sold very well as the Honda Accord as it was attended to be.
Right Lane Hog (2 months ago)
WKT, They should have offered the famous Acura manual and sold it in Canada where we buy wagons .
Wing K Tsui (2 months ago)
Acura had a wagon which didn't sell.
Right Lane Hog (2 months ago)
That is exactly what I am talking about. The Auris (Corolla) wagon is incredibly spacious , practical and fuel efficient.
toyotaprius79 (4 months ago)
Like the Auris wagon? There's tons of them in the EU, mainly hybrids.
Curtis Lee (4 months ago)
So you show a big rig!! Idiots!!
Paul Archer (4 months ago)
They just can't quite bring themselves to say "it feels like a traditional Buick."
Daniel Zajic (4 months ago)
Man, you guys really disappoint me sometimes. You should be pumping up electric cars, the vast majority of people would be surprised in a good way if they bought one. You clearly don't represent how most people drive every day. Many people have multiple vehicles, they could use an electric one for 90% of their trips, and have a long range vehicle for occasional road trips.
Daniel Zajic (4 months ago)
You know what's a bigger problem? People driving too fast, and tailgating. Speed limits seem to have no meaning anymore.
Free Dirt (4 months ago)
So drive slow in the right lane. Your problem has been solved, you're welcome.
Anthony Portare (4 months ago)
In a stunning turn of events Talking Cars guys are against electric cars. Wish you guys were stuck in the past, but what can you do.
Jan-Michael Franklin (4 months ago)
The average American just can't be bothered to have common courtesy. An old friend of mine coined the term "Obliviots"! I think this is the perfect term for many of the drivers on our roads.
TrollBuster (4 months ago)
I've seen drivers merge into a fast flowing highway at 40 MPH, then proceed to literally jump 3 lanes to the passing lane and then camp there. WTF is wrong with these people?
borninhk1 (4 months ago)
You put an LS instead of an ES!
thwipp89 (4 months ago)
please talk a little bit about the upcoming SONDORS electric car and what your thoughts are.
thwipp89 (4 months ago)
SO MANY people seem absolutely CLUELESS when it comes to etiquette of using the left/passing lane. they really need to emphasize this in class and during tests because way too many people don't seem to know. and like ryan said, a lot of time they're in their own little world on their phone. it's infuriating.
Alvin Brock (4 months ago)
How about hybrids?
Anthropology 4Everyone (4 months ago)
More wagons please! Are any reliable, mainstream manufacturers selling wagons at a modest price point?
Norm T (2 months ago)
Anthropology 4Everyone The TourX is advertised for 25% off MSRP or $10,000 off. Most of the other, good deals are $8,000 off. https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/735801126/overview/
Anthropology 4Everyone (4 months ago)
Norm T, You are correct, the starting price of the TourX is very reasonable.
Norm T (4 months ago)
Starting at $29,999 for a 2.0T with 295 lb-ft of torque and torque vectoring AWD, what more would one ask for?
weatherman07 (4 months ago)
Anthropology 4Everyone no because they want you to buy their crappy compact and subcompact SUVs that are based on economy cars.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
If shaggy beards and skinny suits can come back in style then why can't wagons?
Sam S (4 months ago)
I liked the Regal when I test drove it. Both the sportback and the wagon. Still, liked small SUVs just as much. The only advantage the Regal has is the better gas mileage from its lower coefficient profile, and better handling in some cases.
Norm T (4 months ago)
Sam S I squeaked 32.5 mpg at 65 mph in a 2016 Envision 2.0T. So figure a TourX should be 36-38 mpg.
Dennis Dowd (4 months ago)
People do not enjoy driving anymore, thus they end up seeking distractions. Electric cars and their recharge time intervals are a joke and personally I won't have one. Why anyone will spend the money they have to buying an all electric car is something I still don't understand. Look at the sell numbers, from what I have heard all electrics aren't selling. All electric for a 2nd car maybe, but I feel you truly have to have a fairly high income to afford this type of buying decisions. "Electric cars are less hard on the environment" I really don't know if this is a true statement. We are running towards a solution that I don't believe there is some real studies that show this to be true. But why are manufacturers committing to making electric cars? Because of Federal regulations around mpg. I am still not convinced that the system we have today can support electric vehicles and I still don't know that being environmentally friendly includes the making of these cars and then the eventual recycling of the battery and other components of these vehicles. And when I am asking if these cars are more environmentally friendly that should include the cost of making the increase electrical power that these cars need. If we suddenly had 250 million electric vehicles plugging into our electrical grid every night, what impact will that have on the grid, and do we have enough reserve power to all that to happen every night? Are their studies showing this is going to work???
Desperate4Attention (4 months ago)
Hey Buick, Why don't you bring the TourX to Canada where you might actually sell a few?
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
kirk gilmore (4 months ago)
You failed to mention that if I am in the left lane going at the LEGAL speed I have the right to be there especially if soon I have to make a left merge or exit .
inane (4 months ago)
Is it still part of common decency to not honk on left lane hoggers? What if you use your horn softly instead of going to the right and sneak in to the left dangerously. Oh well.
highrollaXRS (4 months ago)
the problem with this narrative on left lane hogs is that the types of people that do it, will never watch anything like this.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
The problem still needs to be discussed.
Edysin Simon (4 months ago)
I'd buy a EV car IF it had a gas operating system in which it keeps the main propulsion system operating for as long as needed. Otherwise it's still a city/urban dwelling car. I live in a area with longer distances between cites and not that many charging infrastructures along the way so..
Zhibo Wu (4 months ago)
I am a Prius prime owner that has 39000 miles on my car through my 18 months ownership. I would like to add some comment on that question of how often should you going for a service. I think that user's question which he did not clear it out is that regular Prius hybrid have a schedule maintenance of every 5000 miles and why is that the plug in version have same schedule which doesn't make sense. I think from Toyota's point of view, they can not know how much you are plunging in wether you use one tank every 3000 miles, or just driving like a regular hybrid, so toyota's schedule is always on the very least possible drive habit so it doesn't damage their engine. But here is the but, I am drive for more than 18000 miles over last 9 months without oil change becasue that's my car, I trust myself on how much EV only I am drive and how much engine I am running. If Toyota is recommending oil change every 10000 miles (5000 is just service, but oil is 10000), I feel I can at least drive 20000 miles without oil change, of course you still have to change oil every 12 months as consumer report said. By the way, Toyota prime's engine do not come on when you on default mode even when you floor it, it is a pure EV when there is juice in the battery.
Inc Gohd (4 months ago)
Making the why of left lane hoggers and what to do overly complicated. In Europe one of the traffic rules states, the exact place of the traffic participant is at the most right lane of the road (if it's got more lanes in the same direction like a highway). Second you shall always overtake another vehicle on the left side (couple of exceptions like at a crossroad or exit lane). Ignoring each of the two rules and possible danger is substantial is the tendency. Fines up to 360 euro. This is much easier to understand were left lane hogging comes from and why authorities have to deal with it.
Brian S (4 months ago)
Is it just me, or does the Buick look like it has Discovery fenders, XC70 front end, and an A4-XC70 rear end?
Benjamin Francis (4 months ago)
Wait, there's a left lane? Not in LA there isn't. It's either every lane bumper to bumper traffic or every lane doing 110mph. Nothing in between.
lexusfan100 (4 months ago)
you are talking about Lexus ES...but the video footage was about Lexus LS..lol
Rob Z (4 months ago)
Thank you for exposing left lane hogs to public shaming!!! I wish they all were forced to watch your comments. I could not agree more.
Greg U (4 months ago)
Definitely need to enforce the general rule about left lanes being for passing only. For safety reasons alone. Angry drivers are unsafe drivers. I'm generally a slower driver. But I also hang out in the far right lane. And when I pass I actually pass and move back. As it should be. Or course longer drives I like to go the speed or 5 over to shorten my long tiring trip.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
Gene Morse (4 months ago)
I think you guys are missing the boat on electric cars. I’m not green and I’m not an early adopter, but I am a new model 3 owner (1 week) and I am impressed. I love the idea of never stopping at a gas station or an oil change shop and never worrying about other maintenance issues. As fuel prices rise, it’s great to have a refueling cost at a small percentage of an ICE. And the instant torque is totally addictive. My range anxiety is ebbing quickly with all of the tesla super chargers out there. When oil returns to greater than $100 per barrel & someone creates an ev that can compete with a Honda Accord in cost, that market will explode.
Gene Morse yeah I’m pretty thrilled with my Model 3, too. It’s replacing my gas car
John Burkard (4 months ago)
Need vehicles that run on something but Electric.
skipsteel (4 months ago)
Montreal is in Quebec where they have more than ample fast chargers.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
If Montrealers could charge their electric cars with their wood burning stoves they would be fine.
Quix (4 months ago)
People aren't expecting you to pass on the right? Around here the right lane is the only lane you can pass in because there is always some slow idiot driving 10 under the speed limit. It is illegal to block the left-hand lane, but it's not like the cops enforce it.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
Well said.
mountainhobo (4 months ago)
As soon as people start buying electric cars massively, watch what happens to the price of electricity. Since that will hit old and poor people the most, we will have wide-spread protests, and different price tiers will be introduced. In the end the owners of EVs will wonder how they got into this mess.
Bull's Eye (4 months ago)
CR experts, flooding seems like the new norm in our area now which SUV will handle going through flooded street/high water the best in case of emergency I need to get the entire family evacuate? Thanks!
mountainhobo (4 months ago)
0:45 "There is this one car in the left lane with a big gap ahead of it" — Can't we just say "There is this one Prius in the left lane"?
mountainhobo (4 months ago)
Thanks for the table of contents.
Lynn Butterfield (4 months ago)
Please do more bike tests. I have a 2004 Element awd manual 240K mi on it. One sad day I will be forced to replace it and having a hard time finding something that will do the job.
saturnday (4 months ago)
Electric vehicles are ideal second vehicles. You have your F150 supercab for long trips and your Bolt for squeezing into the mall parking lot.
Joe Wilder (4 months ago)
Viewers: Would a 200 mile EV range work for you? Is there a way you could charge at night where you live?
Wing K Tsui (2 months ago)
The range is ok. The issue is it takes hours to charge and where you can find an outlet on the street. It is not like a phone.
I prefer 300 miles on a charge, but if everything else about the car is excellent, I’ll consider 200 miles.
MRT (4 months ago)
I think for most it would. But we are getting beyond that. Model 3 folks have been showing that they can get 300 miles or more. I want them to have more range for the simple fact, any battery doesn't do as well with constant charging. So, if they get up to 500 miles on a charge, and you can have a safe buffer to go farther and then charge when the battery is much lower, so as to make the battery last longer. I mean, not a lot of vehicles get 500 miles on a full tank of gas, unless they have a big gas tank. A diesel car can get that range, but diesel is far too complex to make clean running, thus costing a lot more to run. I think people start really adopting when the range gets to at least 400 miles, and less than 50K bucks, loaded. People do charge at night, at home, with a 240 volt outlet and charge cheaper because electricity rates go down at night from what I understand.
Justin O (4 months ago)
The video clip rolling footage used when referring to the Lexus ES shows an LS460 🧐
Bandidos Yanquis (4 months ago)
What if there’s three lanes, or four? Should we all drive in the right? If I drive the speed limit, should I move over for someone who’s speeding? This topic is a joke!
Sung Joung (4 months ago)
Are there any significant difference between the the same model cars you "rent" vs. "purchase" in terms of ride quality, reliability, etc.?
M Boone (4 months ago)
Thanks for taking my question; I will try to uphold the standard of swag.
Jason Hamilton (4 months ago)
Lexus ES is discussed, but Lexus LS is shown in both exterior/interior. ?. I'm not saying you're wrong, but i can't say it's exactly right.
weatherman07 (4 months ago)
Jason Hamilton agreed. I was thinking it was an LS or a GS.
TheLifetraveler1 (4 months ago)
My ears perked up when you talked about the Lexus ES. My 1992 was bought brand-new and I drove it past 300,000 miles. The 1997 one I purchased was used with 105000 miles on it and it ran reliably up to 290000 miles until my sister crashed it. I would love another es but I cannot stand that big mouth bass front grill that has become prevalent on it and the Toyotas in the last 4 or 5 years and the upcoming model looks even worse. But their reputation stands on its own.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
At least you don't have to look at the grill when you are inside the car. Ugliness and beauty are subjective but reliability is a very solid, objective reason to purchase a specific car.
Blake Swan (4 months ago)
Would never buy an EV. It's amazing how many people say they will buy EVs untill it comes time to put cash where there mouth is. How many EVs are sold a year? That is the only stat I care about. Not this 20 percent that talk out of there ass about being I interested. Fake news
cheatham glenn (4 months ago)
Plug ins “save the world”........where do they think that electricity comes from???? Power plants and nuclear plants, some even still coal....so the argument doesn’t make sense!!! Love Ryan on these episodes!!!
HeDontLuvU (4 months ago)
American drivers don’t care about lane etiquette. In UK, it’s illegal to cruise in the left lane, we have cameras that take pictures of cars at three different points to check. The US gives licenses out like they give out guns: you get one if you can breath.
Hoder Harris (4 months ago)
Buick making great cars right now.
yan-Deriction (4 months ago)
"passing from the right is dangerous because people don't expect you to pass from the right" That is a lie. I've been passed from the right on empty 3 lane highways where the left lane was wide open and the passing car had no need to be in the right lane. Anyone who has driven in America expects to be passed from the right.
J Segal (4 months ago)
I like wagons, but not into the poser-suv thing. Buick should go the Volvo route and have standard wagon also. Remember V70 XC70?
J. Wang (4 months ago)
21:30 Lexus ES with Lexus LS460 video clip?
anotheran (4 months ago)
Mike, you forget some ppl want to force others to slow down by blocking traffic on the left lane. Some other ppl have really poor driving ability and find it hard to change lanes from he left once they get there
Dongi (4 months ago)
I have the same question about my clarity phev. Contacted Honda about it and they said that the car will notify you when the oil viscosity indicates the need for the change. PS: we have about a similar use on gas engine with a tank full of gas.
lessdeth69 (4 months ago)
My Chevy Volt has an oil condition sensor. You either wait for the oil condition sensor to tell you to change it or change it every 2 years, whichever comes first. I've owned it for 4.5 years and done two oil changes. Fantastic.
William B (4 months ago)
lessdeth69 Agreed, we are also on the two year program with our Volt. Such an easy vehicle to live with.
Brian Burke (4 months ago)
I think I could be friends with Quincy. Seems like a cool cat.
Brian Burke (4 months ago)
Two problems with the TourX: 1. No V6 option. But that isn't a dealbreaker for me like... 2. The non-defeatable stop/start. I can't stand being next to a car that has it, much less my own.
AI3xZJE41 YT (3 months ago)
Brian Burke is it better than my 96 Buick Roadmaster wagon collecter series
lakevacm (4 months ago)
Brian Burke Turning the air conditioning on blast defeats the auto stop; as well putting it in manual shift. It does suck though.
Rob L. (4 months ago)
People like crossovers because of the increased seating height. They'll tell you it's because of AWD, cargo space, etc., but the #1 reason is because people like to see more ahead of them on the road.
Charles McMullen Jr (6 days ago)
If there were no SUV's on the road, then we'd be able to see around everyone and more of the road.
V VA (4 months ago)
Where are all good reviewers? These 3 are horrible!
dcharizard91 (4 months ago)
Who is the editor of this vid....they kept showing the Lexus LS while they discussed the ES.
Rob L. (4 months ago)
The people who hold up traffic by camping out in the left lane, seemingly oblivious of the vehicles behind them, are either lazy assholes, imbeciles, or both. Unfortunately, imbeciles and assholes can't be taught anything, which is why they'll never change, until law enforcement begins enforcing this law effectively.
Max Borker (4 months ago)
I've been driving back and forth between Orlando and Jacksonville for the past year for school and even though there's a law about left-lane sitting, I've never seen a cop care. On multiple occasions, I've seen local cops or state troopers get on 95, swerve straight over to the left lane and park it. One time I watched a state trooper tailgate this car going the speed limit in the left lane, holding up traffic for about 10 miles -- the car had multiple opportunities to move over and didn't and all the trooper did was ride their bumper. They're more interested in collecting speeding fines than enforcing rules that actually make a difference.
Forever Free (4 months ago)
If Jennifer had been on the panel today, she probably would have commented on the stop/start system that cannot be deactivated on the Regal. Maybe it did not annoy you guys.
catsspat (4 months ago)
I completely disagree with that "1 year time limit on oil" thing. I had my oil analyzed after 1 year (5,625 miles), and oil was in fantastic condition, with TBN of 6.7. I do not believe quality synthetic oil degrades so fast as to call for yearly oil change. There was even a guy who showed a fine UOA (Used Oil Analysis) results for his Miata (weekend car) using 3-year oil change interval on bobistheoilguy site. Of course, the standard disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" applies, so if you want to be sure, send 'em out for UOA.
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
Norm T, I agree.
Norm T (4 months ago)
Turbocharged engines need a 12 month oil change interval. Even Amsoil extended service oil is recommended for 12 month change.
William B (4 months ago)
We are on the 2 year oil change program with our Volt. Many Volt owners also follow this schedule, assuming low engine usage. I'm not sure where the 1 year idea came from, maybe synthetic blend over full synthetic? IDK.
Rob L. (4 months ago)
Most people drive much more than 5K miles per year. 😉
Right Lane Hog (4 months ago)
catsspat, Great points.

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