Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S regains Consumer Reports' love while the Model X flounders
Tesla Model S regains Consumer Reports' love while the Model X flounders

We can all sleep a little easier tonight: Tesla and Consumer Reports have kissed and made up. The relationship between the ratings magazine and the electric car company led by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk hit a rough patch in April, following Tesla's decision in the fall of 2016 to disable...Read More»

money
Report: Auto insurers charge higher premiums in minority neighborhoods

A new report suggests that auto insurers are charging car owners in minority neighborhoods higher premiums than folks in predominantly white neighborhoods. Sadly, that might not sound like big news. After all, insurers often set rates based on a vehicle owner's ZIP code, and it's not uncommon for...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Tesla tops owner satisfaction survey; Fiat, not so much

If you could do it all over again, would you buy the car you're driving now? That's the question Consumer Reports asked 300,000 owners of vehicles from the 2014-2017 model-years. Their responses form the basis of the company's 2016 Owner Satisfaction Survey. What's interesting about this particular...Read More»

2017 Buick Cascada ST
Consumer Reports' most reliable brands: Toyota, Lexus, and...Buick?

Critics are a lonely bunch, and the folks at Consumer Reports are no exception. While many shoppers trust what the magazine has to say, more than a few think it's been unduly judgy when it comes to Detroit car brands. If you're one of those people, this will come as something of a shock. Consumer...Read More»

Gas pump
Report: Fuel economy standards for 2025 will save consumers up to $8000

Despite today's low fuel prices, consumers continue to rate fuel economy as one of their top criteria when shopping for a new car. That's likely because they understand that gas prices can change quickly, and more efficient vehicles provide protection against future fluctuations. The folks at the...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S Slips In Annual Reliability Survey, Audi Gains

The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S has dropped to below-average reliability levels and thus lost the organization's Recommended rating, according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Reliability Survey results, released today. To some who’ve followed the headlines for the Model S, that may...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S, Chevy Corvette Top List Of Vehicles Owners Would Buy Again

Owners of the Tesla Model S, more than owners of any other model, would buy it all over again. In all, 98 percent of those owning the Model S electric car said that they’d purchase it again. The next highest, with owners that bullish, was the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, for which 95 percent...Read More»

Auto loan
Is Leasing A Car A Losing Game?

To buy or to lease? That is the question Consumer Reports asked in a recent article examining the pros and cons of buying and leasing new cars. The answer? "In general it makes financial sense for most to buy a vehicle". The magazine says that goes double for slobs and parents -- and probably...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recalled Again -- This Time, For Loss Of Stability Control

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango have been recalled again -- this time, to repair a software glitch that could disable the vehicles' Electronic Stability Control system and potentially cause an accident. ALSO SEE: Today's Infotainment Systems Are Terrible (Especially On American Cars)...Read More»

Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey
Today's Infotainment Systems Are Terrible (Especially On American Cars)

For several years, studies have shown that, on the whole, today's cars are built pretty well. And yet, quality ratings keep dropping. How is that possible? The answer: technology. More specifically: infotainment systems, those frequently clunky dashboard contraptions that aim to mimic the...Read More»

2014 Toyota Yaris
Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In

If you're a fan of European auto brands, we have some bad news: by and large, your car companies are being left in the dust by their American and Asian competitors. At least that's what Consumer Reports claims in its latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. To create the survey, the magazine polled...Read More»

2013 Toyota Prius liftback
Consumer Reports Dubs The Toyota Prius Best New-Car Value; Nissan Armada The Worst

It's December, and by now, nearly every automaker has rolled out its 2014 models, giving new-car shoppers lots to look at. And right on cue, Consumer Reports has just named its best and worst new-car picks. To determine where models fall in the rankings, Consumer Reports compiles data on each car...Read More»

2013 Toyota Camry
Camry Loses CR Recommended Status, Audi Among Most Reliable Brands

Consumer Reports has released the results of its Annual Auto Reliability ratings and rankings, and it's likely the results were met with a collective wince over at Toyota. That's because while the automaker—and its Lexus luxury counterpart—still ranked above all others in reliability...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport
Ouch: Consumer Reports Can't Recommend 2014 Lexus IS 250, Infiniti Q50

Critics of Consumer Reports often argue that the magazine is predisposed to rank foreign cars -- specifically those from Japanese automakers -- higher than their competitors from Detroit. If you count yourself in that number, take note, because Consumer Reports has judged two major Japanese models...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport
Lexus, Subaru, Mazda Earn High Marks On Consumer Reports' Report Card

Every year, Consumer Reports rolls out its "Brand Report Card", which ranks major auto brands based on reliability and road-test scores. CR's 2013 scoresheet has just come out, with Lexus at the top of the heap. In previous years, CR's report card has lumped all of an automaker's sub-brands under...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EPA Will Review 2013 Ford Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims

Two weeks ago, we mentioned that the Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy fiasco was turning heads in Congress and suggested that this could cause the Environmental Protection Agency to take a closer look at other vehicles. That's now happening. According to AutoNews, the EPA will review complaints about the...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt Takes Top Honors In Owner-Satisfaction Survey

Consumer Reports has released its annual Owner-Satisfaction survey, and for the second year in a row, top honors went to the Chevrolet Volt. The findings are based on responses to the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey, which polls car owners across the U.S. The data was fielded by the Consumer...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C
2012 Auto Reliability Survey: Cadillac Climbs, Ford Falls

The results of Consumer Reports' 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey are a mixed bag for automakers in the U.S. and Europe. However, Asian brands -- especially those from Japan -- walked away with consistently high marks. Methodology The 2012 Auto Reliability Survey ranked both automakers and...Read More»

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