It’s been a big year for Detroit with scores of new models reaching the market, but some are struggling to get the full nod from Consumer Reports . Continue Reading...
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You might want to think twice about buying a new muscle car from Dodge, Chevrolet or Ford this year. Continue Reading...
In the battle of the ‘big three’, General Motors is proving to have the most reliable vehicles. Continue Reading...
In recent years, the power of the Internet has had an interesting effect on publications that specialize in car reviews. As more information becomes readily available, opinions in what used to be well-respected publications appear to be losing their influence. Continue Reading...
Despite being a diverse list this week, the three most popularly researched cars this week came from one manufacturer: Toyota. Continue Reading...
Vehicle quality was not the only thing making news when Consumer Reports unveiled the results of its latest reliability study in Detroit earlier this week. Amongst the issues highlighted by the consumer publication were real world fuel economy and forced induction engine technology. Continue Reading...
The numbers have been tallied and the data compiled in Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey. Toyota has a lot to be happy about but Ford has taken a tumble. Continue Reading...
Ford has dropped to the near-bottom of the latest Consumer Reports reliability survey, while Toyota’s Scion division takes the top spot. Continue Reading...
Lexus ES and GS luxury sedans are being singled out for emergency trunk release mechanisms that may break, leaving occupants inside trapped says a new report by Consumer Reports. Continue Reading...
Nissan is taking new steps to improve customer satisfaction by creating a new position within the company dedicated to improving the brand’s quality. Continue Reading...
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...
Consumer Reports seems not to enjoy testing sub-compact cars such as the Scion iQ and the Smart ForTwo, or at least that’s how it looks. Continue Reading...
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...
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...
Fuel economy is now the number one purchase consideration for new car shoppers, sparking a massive swing in interest for alternative fuel vehicles. Continue Reading...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...