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 |  Jul 22 2014, 5:31 PM

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The Buick Regal and Volvo S60 are improved enough to rival offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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 |  Apr 29 2014, 2:32 PM

GM Ford Bonuses Tied to Quality

General Motors and Ford are putting renewed focus on quality. Each company had its share of issues in recent years but they’re taking a similar – and probably controversial – approach to improving.

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 |  Apr 25 2014, 8:02 AM

Tesla Model S Reliability

Tesla’s Model S sedan scored an unprecedented “99 out of 100″ from Consumer Reports last year, but the glowing endorsement from this influential publication could turn out to be short lived. Sources indicate the reliability of this car may have taken a slide.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 12:03 PM

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Honda, Kia and Mazda have something particularly regrettable in common today.

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 7:40 PM

2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla has another feather to put in its cap. The California-based electric-car builder just earned a major accolade from Consumer Reports.

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 6:04 PM

2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car Brand Report Card has been published and not surprisingly luxury automakers dominate the top of this list.

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 |  Feb 05 2014, 10:17 AM

2014 Toyota Corolla

Consumer Reports just released the results of its brand perception survey for 2014, ranking Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet head-and-shoulders above the rest of the top 10. 

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 5:35 PM

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The Honda Fit is no longer recommended by Consumer Reports after it scored poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) latest crash tests.

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 |  Dec 19 2013, 8:37 AM

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Earlier this year, Chicken Little realized his worst fears. The sky wasn’t falling , but Consumer Reports ceased to recommend the Toyota Camry.

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 |  Dec 18 2013, 6:28 PM

Compact/Subcompact Cars: Toyota Prius IV


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Just because a car is cheap doesn’t mean it’s a good value. Taking into account the five-year owner cost of a vehicle which factors in depreciation, fuel, insurance premiums, interest on financing, sales tax and cost for maintenance and repairs, a better picture is painted on whether or not a vehicle is a good bang for your buck. 

Consumer Reports has revealed this year’s best new-car value winners, which also takes into account the publication’s evaluation of the car. The less a vehicle costs to own over time, the better value it is.

Headlining the list is the best value car in the compact/subcompact category, the Toyota Prius IV. The Prius also takes home the accolade of being the best overall value for the second straight year.

According to Consumer Reports, the Prius costs just 47 cents per mile to own over five years. Of course there’s also the fact that the Prius gets 44 mpg overall, offering the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car that the publication has ever tested. And though it’s not exactly the cheapest car on the market, its depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over five years than its initial MSRP. The Toyota Prius IV has a starting MSRP of $29,245 including destination.

 |  Oct 29 2013, 8:01 AM

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Despite giving it a near perfect score and claiming that it was the best car it had ever tested, Consumer Reports wouldn’t recommend the Tesla Model S last year. The reason: insufficient reliability data.

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 |  Oct 28 2013, 2:58 PM

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The new small-overlap crash test has forced Consumer Reports to drop its coveted “recommended” badge from a few models, including the popular Toyota Camry. Continue Reading…

 |  Oct 23 2013, 2:59 PM

Lexis-Infiniti-Not-Recommended-Main-ArtLike it or not Consumer Reports is an extremely influential publication. Buyers pay close attention to the products they recommend, especially when it comes to cars. If a particular vehicle fails to earn the outlet’s accolades you can bet people will shy away. Surprisingly two Japanese luxury sedans failed to make the grade.

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 |  Oct 03 2013, 10:02 AM

2013 Ford Escape

Almost a third of new vehicles on dealer lots will be turbocharged by 2018 according to a major supplier of automotive turbochargers.

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 |  Jul 25 2013, 9:02 AM

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General Motors has a new feather to put in its cap: a glowing endorsement from Consumer Reports for the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

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 |  Jul 16 2013, 6:02 PM

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Ford acknowledged today that its hybrid fuel economy claims are unrealistic for real-world driving. 

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 |  Jul 11 2013, 4:02 PM

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We all know that speeding can reduce the fuel economy of your vehicle, but just how much of a difference does it make?

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 |  Jun 03 2013, 3:02 PM

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Six of the Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks on the road are Ford products. At least, that’s according to data provided by Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that tests everything from toasters to homeowner’s insurance. This lopsided result has raised a lot of questions, like: Are Blue-Oval vehicles really that troublesome or is Consumer Reports’ survey methodology flawed?

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 |  May 16 2013, 12:01 PM

Survey Says...


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Since its founding in 1936, Consumer Reports has become the go-to source for shoppers. From new refrigerators to bottles of wine, Blue-ray players to homeowner’s insurance, if it’s on the market it’s likely the non-profit organization has scientifically tested it. Of course the consumer watchdog is probably most famous for its vehicle reliability ratings.

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 |  May 09 2013, 7:49 AM

Tesla Model S test

The Tesla Model S continues to earn rave reviews, the latest coming from the notoriously picky team at Consumer Reports.

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 |  Mar 08 2013, 2:36 PM

Hybrid vehicles are considered a risky long-term purchase by some, with unknown reliability of hybrid batteries and worries of possible replacement costs. While those fears may be exaggerated, Consumer Reports has found some damning evidence on one particular model: the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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 |  Mar 04 2013, 11:45 AM

Can a set of tires really help you save on fuel? The answer is yes, and thanks to the folks at Consumer Reports we have a complete list of which tires do the most.

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 |  Feb 28 2013, 1:27 PM

Consumer Reports recently put the redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec to the test and found its emergency-handling performance concerning.

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 |  Feb 26 2013, 3:15 PM

Lexus topped the list this year for automakers that Consumer Reports counts to be the best while Detroit brands generally sank to the bottom. 

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