Consumer Reports

High Price, Poor Work Biggest Car Repair Complaints: Survey
High Price, Poor Work Biggest Car Repair Complaints: Survey

There’s nothing worse than having to get a car repair done, and then it costs too much and/or isn’t done properly. Not surprisingly, these are the top two complaints of respondents in a new survey from Consumer Reports. Wait, there’s more. Of the 13 reasons given for being less...Read More»

2012 Kia Rio EX
2012 Kia Rio EX, 2012 Honda Fit Earn Top Subcompact Rankings

If you're shopping for a subcompact ride -- and based on yesterday's news, many of you are -- pay close attention to the 2012 Kia Rio EX and the 2012 Honda Fit. After a recent round of tests, those two models sit at the top of Consumer Reports' rankings for subcompact cars. Consumer Reports divided...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen CC
Consumer Reports' Ratings, Smartphone Nav, VW CC Priced: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we report on Consumer Reports' annual Top Picks; we also have more about taking your navigation needs to the smartphone and via MotorAuthority, we bring the latest on a quicker version of the MINI Countryman and the refreshed 2013 VW CC. All this and more in today's car...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza
2012 Subaru Impreza, Chevy Avalanche, Ford Mustang Make 'Top Picks' List

Consumer Reports regularly ranks cars on factors like reliability and bang for the buck. The company recently crunched all the data collected on 2012 models, and now it's announced a list of ten Top Picks for the year. In compiling its rankings, Consumer Reports looked at three factors...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Snags Five Top Spots In Consumer Reports’ 2012 Top Picks

While Consumer Reports named Subaru as the “best overall automaker” in the magazine’s 2012 Top Picks list, it was Toyota that came out with five of the 10 top picks. Toyota products singled out for the honors include the Camry Hybrid, RAV4 small SUV, Highlander SUV, Sienna...Read More»

Car lot
Do You Really Care What Car You Drive?

Once upon a time, consumers were fiercely brand-loyal. Many of our parents and grandparents drove Fords or Chevys or Plymouths, and that's all they drove. But as we've seen over the past few years, brand loyalty is becoming a thing of the past -- a fact that's confirmed by new study from Consumer...Read More»

54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025
Consumer Organizations Back 54.5-MPG Standard For 2025 Vehicles

Will the EPA's proposed 54.5-mile-per-gallon fuel economy standards, in the works for 2017 through 2025, end up costing consumers more? Or limiting their choice? Two of the largest consumer organizations, Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), insist that the answer to both...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Honda Fit Retains #1 Spot On Consumer Reports' Best-Value List

If you're looking for a good value in a new car, turn your attention to the Honda Fit. For the second year in a row, it's driven to the top of Consumer Reports Best New-Car Value list. The results shouldn't be all that surprising. Since the Fit's Japanese debut in 2001, critics and shoppers have...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry XLE
2012 Toyota Camry Earns Consumer Reports ‘Recommended’ Status

In the mid-size family sedan category, it’s a high-stakes game with 18 models competing for dominance, including three hybrid versions of their gasoline-only counterparts. One of the perennial family car favorites, the Toyota Camry, has even more going for it with the redesigned 2012 Camry...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
Chevrolet Volt Beats Dodge Challenger, Porsche 911 In Owner Satisfaction

If you keep up with auto news, you know there's been lots of talk about the Chevrolet Volt recently -- and not the good kind of talk, either. Today, however, Consumer Reports released its latest owner-satisfaction survey, and the results should give Volt fans a pleasant burst of good news. The...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Consumer Reports: 2011 Chevrolet Volt Can Save You Money

Prospective buyers of all kinds of products often look to Consumer Reports (CR) to weigh in on recommendations for one brand versus another. It’s no different when it comes to choices for family cars, including hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). In fact, since buying a vehicle is generally...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
When Can A 2011 Chevy Volt Save You Money? Consumer Reports Has An Answer

When Consumer Reports (CR) initially chimed in on the 2011 Chevy Volt last March, the organization was critical of the extended-range electric car. Their biggest objection was the Volt’s sticker price, followed closely by its actual cost to operate. To no one’s surprise, CR steered...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan
2012 Honda Civic Fails To Get Consumer Reports’ Recommendation

After enjoying status as one of Consumer Reports “Top Picks” for five of the past 10 years, the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic compact fails to receive a Recommend from the influential magazine. The publication said the new Civic scored poorly in its road tests of sedans. Compared with its...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius with PLUS Performance Package
Proposed Fuel Economy Target: Consumer Reports Unimpressed

The Obama Administration would like to see a Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 56.2 miles per gallon, including both cars and light trucks, by 2025. Auto industry groups oppose this and dispute the government’s claim that such a quantum leap in fuel economy would only result in a...Read More»

Ford Capacitive Touch Center Stack
What Next-Gen Technology Do You Want In Your Next Car? #YouTellUs

It's no secret that in-car technology is taking over the driving experience. While the poster child for new car technology is currently Ford's MyFord Touch, it will soon be eclipsed by technology that push the boundaries even further. Lexus engineers are using advanced simulators to monitor...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Beats Honda Accord In CR Family-Sedan Test

Kia has certainly come a long way. The company’s creative commercials touting redesigned product lineup are just one indicator of how Kia has managed to capture consumer attention. But the Korean automaker also builds high-quality cars that are worthy of serious consideration as family sedans...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Is Consumer Reports Right To Drub The 2011 Ford Explorer? #YouTellUs

Ford has done everything in its power to bring the Explorer nameplate back to the front of the SUV class. With modern sheetmetal, powertrains, and technology, you might think the automotive press would be singing its praises about the new Explorer. While some outlets, including High Gear Media, are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos
Finding The Right Car For Your Teen Driver

Everyone has to start driving sometime, and when it’s your teen that’s begging for wheels you need to be prepared with a solid strategy for finding the right car for your new driver. Okay, so some teens have been driving safely for a while and now you’ve determined that it makes...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento SX
Sorento, Mustang, G37, Elantra Among CR's Top Picks For 2011

Kia has muscled past GM and Toyota to earn itself a spot on Consumer Reports' Top Picks list for 2011. The 2011 Kia Sorento is this year's top pick in the Family SUV category and takes that spot from the Chevrolet Traverse; in previous years that spot had also been held by the Toyota Highlander and...Read More»

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