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This week's podcast team is Sam Abuelsamid, Alex Nunez and Dan Roth. We dive right in after a quick garage overview and take on the 2011 Honda Odyssey, JD Power's Initial Quality Study results, action suggested by the new United Auto Workers president, and a whole bunch of first drives. The 2011 Grand Cherokee, Honda CR-Z and Cadillac CTS Coupe were all sampled by our wheelmen, and we discuss. We work in your feedback and wrap up with a question at the 80-minute mark. See you next week!

Autoblog Podcast #183 - Odyssey, IQS, UAW, CR-Z, CTS Coupe and Grand Cherokee

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BMW 335i
Kia Sorento


Dan Roth, Sam Abuelsamid, Alex Nunez

Runtime: 54:32

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent podcast. You gentlemen entertain and educate me. It feels like we're all just sitting around a table chatting up cars. Keep up the great work!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I need to check out a minivan.... you guys really really LOVE that new Honda.

      ohhh, I'd like you guys to do a story on the use of start/stop buttons.

      I don't want them. I am all for a Key with integraged fob... like the alarm button/ lock unlock is all in one like my 2004 Audi.

      You guys drive all sorts of cars, have you found that you like
      the cars with start buttons or do you find them fussy and annoying?

      follow up on that with your favorite car key.... make note of how crazy the Jaguar keys are.... or were..... are they still all nutty and funny shaped?

      finally if you were ever interested in having an Autoblog associate on Long Island
      I'd love to audition for the spot. I love my cars, am a fan of Audi/VW and prefer them tuned and low.

      cheers, love the podcast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Lucas... ya I remember the S2000 being the first that I can remember to have the Start Stop button. But I really don't think it adds anything to the experience of getting in your car and going....... I think it should be put to an end. My friend who is a Valet will sometimes set the "key" into it's charging location in the dash and the owner will drive back 10 minutes later asking for their key confused about where the heck it is.... and he schools them on what that nook in the dash was all about......

        I think that modern cars should have a KEY.... and a fob with the alarm buttons on it.... a trunk/hatch button.... it's nice to be able to program a windows down program.... but I am pretty sure I have no use for a start stop button.... it's a trend that I am not happy about.

        I would still like to see a feature on some of the cooler KEYS out there... Ferrari Keys are supposed to be exquisite but I've never held one. C'mon Autoblog... time to feature
        the KEYS that go with some of these autos. I bet it'll get lots of comments if you make an interesting post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Start/Stop buttons began as a "cool" thing with the S2000 but have developed into a necessity with wireless key systems, those that can be left in your pocket(book) and transmit to the car.

        All MHO, of course.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just want to mention that the 3.6L Pentastar in the JGC is fact NOT direct injected as mentioned in the podcast, otherwise nice podcast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice podcasts. I like the comments on the Odyssey. I was a little surprised that it looked a little messy when it was revealed, especially when I thought the concept was gorgeous, yet there's hardly any changes to the production model. I realised that the lighting and colour probably had something to do with the less than stellar first pictures, since I've seen some new pictures on Honda's site and the new Odyssey looks great.