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Toyota Mirai and Horizon Educational combined resources to inspire young scientists by bringing The Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge to high schools in Los Angeles and Orange County in California. This program challenges students to look at climate change and experiment with renewable energy sources to understand their impact and feasibility.  Their research is put into action when each high school team designs and builds their own one-to-ten scale model remote controlled fuel cell cars, then participates in a 4-hour race at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tune in to find out who wins! Read more about the Toyota Mirai at; and about Horizon Educational at  
Master “Visual Futurist” and Illustrator Syd Mead has created visions of tomorrow through his designs for Star Trek, Aliens, Blade Runner and Tron. He recently collaborated to create concept art and design on a virtual reality experience for Toyota Prius Prime. In this episode, he shares thoughts on the future of automobiles, where technology will take us, his experience designing the interior of a 747 for a Head of State, and much more. See video from the Prius Prime Impossible Quest VR Experience here mentioned in the Podcast; and learn more about the Prius Prime here.  
Jay Leno currently hosts the popular show Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC. Car and Driver editor Aaron Robinson recently sat down with him at his Burbank Garage where Jay stores his impressive collection of about 170 cars and 150 motorcycles. The comedy legend and car enthusiast discussed doing oil changes in college, the advice he once got from F1 legend Phil Hill, plus, you'll hear a pretty great Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation. 
Coming this week: The NEW flagship Car and Driver podcast! We know that our loyal listeners have been waiting a few months for this launch and we are thrilled to bring it to you. The weekly, full-length episodes of the Car and Driver podcast will feature insightful interviews, multiple segments with editors, contributing writers, special guests, and plenty of audience engagement. In other words, everything you've come to expect from the industry leader in all things automotive. We encourage you to write to us at and don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes.   
Car and Driver editors focus on the Porsche Macan GTS, the winner of this two-vehicle, two-part comparison test.  As noted last week, this is part of a larger package of stories in the magazine’s November issue called “SUVs You Won’t Hate.”  
In Part 1 of this two-vehicle comparison test, Car and Driver editors focus on the F-Pace – part of a larger package of stories in the magazine’s November issue called “SUVs You Won’t Hate.”  You will hear how Jaguar and Porsche pierce the darkness of crossover conformity with the F-Pace and the Macan GTS, proving that an elevated center of gravity and a mainstream mission need not preclude a serious sense of fun.  Tune in next week for Part 2 – the Porsche Macan GTS.
A touch of international intrigue and some striking similarities when it comes to the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. But the Car and Driver editors still found plenty to tell these two apart, so listen in to find out which roadster came out on top in this latest comparison test.
The Car and Driver editors are raving about the 2016 BMW X1 – in fact, it’s the runaway winner in the small luxury crossover comparison test, leading the pack by a 27-point margin and cleaning up in every category. Hear the editors’ latest analysis.
It’s quiet, comfortable and luxurious but has a distracting infotainment system and off-pace performance.  The Lexus NX200t F Sport is definitely more “Lexus” than “F" Sport.  Tune-in to see how it stacks up.
It rides better than the Audi Q3 – that’s what the Car and Driver editors are saying about the 2017 Mercedes GLA 250 in this small luxury crossover comparison. Get the full lowdown and find out why it "isn't convincing anyone that it’s an SUV or crossover." 
When the Car and Driver editors tested the 2017 Infiniti QX30, they found a striking similarity to another car model that might surprise you. Hear their account of the latest small luxury crossover model, and find out where it stacked up against other competitors in the category. 
The Car and Driver editors review five vehicles for the small luxury crossover comparison test. The first of five vehicles reviewed is the 2016 Audi Q3 Quattro. Find out why the editors ranked the Q3 Quattro in 5th place and where they believe it needs room for improvement.  
The winner is: the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S! From acceleration to fuel economy, the new Porsche 911 reigns supreme in the super car comparison test. Find out why the Car and Driver editors gave this super car a 200 out of 230. 
The editors of Car and Driver continue the August Super Car Comparison Test with a review of the McLaren 570S. 
The Car and Driver editors review three cars from the August Super Car Comparison issue. First up, the brand new Audi R8. 
The editors of Car and Driver reveal the winner of the compact sedan category: Mazda 3! Find out why Mazda 3 beat out all of it's competitors in the comparison tests. 
Next up in the compact sedan category: the new Honda Civic! Get the latest analysis and comprehensive review from the Car and Driver editors, and learn why the new Civic represents a return to form for Honda despite some minor imperfections. 
The editors of Car and Driver continue their analysis of the compact sedan category with their take on the Chevrolet Cruze. True to its name, the new Cruze is a standout highway cruiser. How do the experts feel? Find out if this mid-size sedan is right for you. 
The Car and Driver editors reviewed the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Find out why Hyundai shows steady signs of progress in many areas and where they still need room for improvement.
The Car and Driver editors review five vehicles from the Compact Sedan category, driving the climbing and twisting roads of Bloomington, IN, and then returning to our Michigan testing facility. First up, let’s see how the Nissan Sentra fared.
In this comparison test between turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines, we examine two icons of the American automotive industry whose influence on vehicle design, car culture and our society as a whole is unprecedented. Join us as we review two classic American muscle cars, the powerful Chevrolet Camaro and the iconic Ford Mustang.
Join us as we continue the comparison test between turbocharged engines and naturally aspirated engines. Today we look at two heavy weight titans and icons of the automotive industry. The classic British midsized supercar masterpiece known as the McLaren 570S and the definitive modern top of the line speedster and pinnacle of German engineering, the Porsche 911 GT 3RS.
We continue our comparison test examining the difference between naturally aspirated engines and turbocharged engines. Join us as we review two Ford F150’s, one with the classic all-American V-8 engine that has made it a best-selling staple of the American auto-industry for decades with the eco-friendly engine of the future that still packs a punch, the EcoBoost V-6.
Join us as we review the engines of the Mazda 3 and the VW Golf, two of Car and Driver magazine's favorite cars.  Which is stronger, faster, and better?  The naturally aspirated engine or the turbocharged engines? Listen and find out! 
Our editors wanted to see how the new Chevrolet Malibu would do against the establishment in the most hotly contested segment in autodom; the mid-size sedan.
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Created by
Kelly Travers
Podcast Status
Mar 14th, 2016
Latest Episode
May 10th, 2017
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
12 minutes

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