MyFord Touch Could Sink New Fusion Warns Consumer Reports

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MyFord Touch Could Sink New Fusion Warns Consumer Reports
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Ford’s quality rankings have taken a significant hit as of late, due almost entirely to its push to be a leader in in-car technology. And that says Consumer Reports could seriously hurt the launch of the brand’s all-new 2013 Fusion mid-size sedan. Continue Reading...

Honda’s New Development Chief Aims to Re-inject Excitement

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Honda’s New Development Chief Aims to Re-inject Excitement
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However, there are signs that Honda is trying to re-capture the “je ne said quoi” that marked the company and its products a generation ago. It’s new North American development boss, Erik Berkman, who spearheaded the introduction of the popular 2004 Acura TL, is putting together a plan designed to help Honda restore its reputation. Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius c Fails to Get Consumer Reports’ Nod

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Toyota Prius c Fails to Get Consumer Reports’ Nod
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Ravenous demand for the Toyota Prius c drove dealerships to jack prices up above the MSRP when it initially launched, but that isn’t helping it win any extra points with Consumer Reports which said it couldn’t recommend the vehicle.  Continue Reading...

Are German Cars Reliable? The Myth of “German Engineering”

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Are German Cars Reliable? The Myth of “German Engineering”
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There are a lot of car stereotypes out there, like that Toyota builds dull appliances. While true on many fronts, the Japanese automaker does also make exciting sporty cars like the Scion FR-S, and Lexus LFA, both praised for their exhilarating rides, edgy styling and pulse-raising performance. But there’s another stereotype that needs to be… Continue Reading...

Why Buy a Diesel Car? Get the Facts, Know Your Options

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Why Buy a Diesel Car? Get the Facts, Know Your Options
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Price, looks and size… these are the few factors that used to decide what vehicle you’d park in your driveway. Looking for a cheap and small car? A Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic will do. Need something bigger, perhaps a mid-size Hyundai Sonata or an SUV. Things used to be pretty easy. With increasingly high… Continue Reading...

Kia Rio Tops Consumer Reports List of Sub Compact Sedans

Kia Rio Tops Consumer Reports List of Sub Compact Sedans
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The Kia Rio EX got top honors in Consumer Reports’ latest tests in the sub-compact sedan category, besting the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic. Consumer Reports found the Kia Rio a solid and well-equipped car with nimble handling, simple controls and plenty of features for the price. Their test vehicle was a Kia Rio… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Performed Properly in Consumer Reports Testing, CEO Says

Fisker Karma Performed Properly in Consumer Reports Testing, CEO Says
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The infamous Fisker Karma that shut down during Consumer Reports‘ testing performed exactly as it was meant to, according to Tom LaSorda, the company’s new CEO. Apparently the luxury EV is meant to shut down in the event of a failure to prevent collateral damage that might otherwise result. LaSorda sent a letter to customers apologizing… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Returns To Consumer Reports Fleet

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Fisker Karma Returns To Consumer Reports Fleet
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The Consumer Reports Fisker Karma test vehicle which broke down on them last week has now been returned to the fleet after spending 48 hours at a Fisker dealerhsip. During a routine speedometer test the Karma began to flash a warning light and a chime to alert the driver that something was amiss. Once the… Continue Reading...

Fisker Karma Flatlines During Consumer Reports Testing – Video

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Well this is just embarrassing. American electric automaker Fisker has had some pretty bad months recently, starting with a recall back in December, to reports of the company running out of funds, that has lead to the delay of Project Nina and then possible reports that the Karma could brick. The automaker was probably hoping some good press would come with… Continue Reading...

Toyota Claims 5 of 10 Spots in Consumer Reports Top Picks

Toyota Claims 5 of 10 Spots in Consumer Reports Top Picks
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Consumer Reports released its Top Picks for 2012, with Toyota claiming five of the 10 spots — the first time since 2003 that a company held so many. Consumer Reports chooses the “best all-around models” in each category by conducting road tests, reading thousands of customer surveys about reliability and examining crash test ratings on… Continue Reading...

Even Poor Quality Headlight Cleaning Kits Make A Difference [Video]

Even Poor Quality Headlight Cleaning Kits Make A Difference [Video]
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Have you ever thought about cleaning your headlights? If not, you should. There are plenty of headlight cleaning kits out there, and according to Consumer Reports, even the most inexpensive or poorest quality ones can make a difference. Since drivers are keeping their cars longer, it becomes more important to maintain this older fleet. And… Continue Reading...

Consumer Reports Brand Survey also Reveals Purchase Intentions

Consumer Reports Brand Survey also Reveals Purchase Intentions
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Volkswagen, which is making a huge push to become a dominant player in the volume segment in the US, has seen its purchase intent double in the last few years, though it’s still low, rated at just under two percent, meaning that for many consumers, VW simply isn’t on the radar when it comes to... Continue Reading...

Perception Between Best and Worst Vehicle Brands Narrowing: Suvey

Perception Between Best and Worst Vehicle Brands Narrowing: Suvey
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The survey, which was conducted among 2000 adults with at least one vehicle in their household last December, illustrated that the most well-known brands kept their lead, with Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet rounding out the top four in terms of overall scores, yet other brands edged closer. Continue Reading...

Honda Fit Retains Consumer Reports “Best Small Car Value” Title

Honda Fit Retains Consumer Reports “Best Small Car Value” Title
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During its evaluation of finding the year’s best value vehicles, Consumer Reports, tested cars, SUVs and trucks from a total of 11 different categories. Scores were determined based on a five-year ownership cost of each vehicle, including depreciation, insurance premiums, fuel costs, interest on financing, repairs and maintenance and sales taxes. Continue Reading...

2012 Toyota Camry “Recommended” by Consumer Reports

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2012 Toyota Camry “Recommended” by Consumer Reports
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The news is no doubt welcomed by Toyota, for since 2007, Consumer Reports has been keeping closer scrutiny on the automaker’s products following issues it discovered on the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, the previous generation V6 powered Camry and Lexus GS luxury sedan. Continue Reading...

2012 Honda Civic Si Gets “Recommended” Rating by Consumer Reports

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2012 Honda Civic Si Gets “Recommended” Rating by Consumer Reports
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Just as Honda announced it’ll be refreshing the Civic for next year, hoping everyone will quickly forget about the 2012 model, Consumer Reports goes and gives the 2012 Honda Civic Si a “Recommended” rating in its latest report. Now let’s keep in mind that Consumer Reports were one of the first outlets to give the… Continue Reading...

40-Percent of American Car Owners Ignore Maintenance to Save Money

40-Percent of American Car Owners Ignore Maintenance to Save Money
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This probably doesn’t come to as a surprise to many – since we’re all guilty of it – but Consumer Reports has taken a poll that reveals 40-percent of American car owners will delay the maintenance of their vehicle due to finances. More eye-opening is the fact that younger drivers, 18-34 years of age, tend… Continue Reading...

Audi A6 Ties Infiniti M37 in Latest Consumer Reports Midsized Luxury Sedan Ratings

Audi A6 Ties Infiniti M37 in Latest Consumer Reports Midsized Luxury Sedan Ratings
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Consumer Reports recently compared four luxury sedans in the January issue of the magazine, pitting the Audi A6 against the Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec and Saab 9-5, with the refreshed A6 receiving an overall test score of 93, tying Infiniti’s M37 at the top of the charts. The previous generation A6 had scored a… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Accused Of Providing Ringer Press Cars: Consumer Reports

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Volkswagen Accused Of Providing Ringer Press Cars: Consumer Reports
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Consumer Reports has made allegations against Volkswagen that the company provided press vehicles that were built to a higher standard than versions sold to consumers. Stories of “ringer” press vehicles are legend in the automotive world – most recently, Ferrari was accused of providing press cars that performed far better than customer cars. Now, the venerable consumer… Continue Reading...