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Tesla Motors is again responding to contentions of poor reliability for its vehicles, this time by reaching out directly to customers. In an email obtained by Electrek, Tesla told its customers that reliability issues have already been reduced by half, listing decrease brake noise and a better designed interior as example of improvements made. The […]

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According to Consumer Reports’ annual Auto Reliability Survey, hybrids are more reliable than plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Information from more than 740,00 vehicles was compiled for the recently released update, with consumer input on the powertrain, electrical system, suspension and about a dozen other categories used to estimate the reliability of […]

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The Tesla Model S P85D exceeded Consumer Reports scale when tested earlier this year, but the consumer organization said the sedan doesn’t follow through with a similar high score when it comes to reliability. Because the reliability rating of the Model S dropped from last year’s “average” rating, to this year’s “below average” rating, Consumer […]

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When Volkswagen finally recalls its diesel vehicles, owners may be in for a surprise once they get their vehicles “fixed.” And the surprise isn’t the good kind either. Consumer Reports decided to see just how much performance is impacted when diesel-powered Volkswagen vehicles are in their “cheat mode” by putting a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI […]

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Not to be confused with cars that guzzle fuel, Consumer Reports’ “Thirsty 30” list spotlights late model “oil-guzzling” cars that consume excessive oil too early in their lifecycles, but several automakers say these conditions are OK. According to the watchdog report, two percent of newer cars or more than 1.5-million 2010-2014 model year vehicles on […]

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Consumer Reports  recently wrote that three years after Tesla first began having door handle issues, it’s still struggling to eradicate them all, and in the worst case the car can be “undriveable.” The publication found door handles on its $127,000 Model S to be faulty, as its editors were unable to enter the car through […]

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A new study released by Consumer Reports says that for vehicle repairs, consumers are typically more satisfied using an independent shop than a franchised dealership. Only one automaker outranked both dealer and independent facilities: Tesla. Consumer Reports listed 32 automakers in its analysis. Repair facilities were judged on four criteria: quality of repairs, price of […]

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The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been named best value by Consumer Reports’ editors, having edged out its gasoline-only stablemate and being the only alternative-energy car considered among five top contenders. The Camry Hybrid has utilized the same Prius-derived but more-powerful Hybrid Synergy Drive system since 2012 and the exterior and interior were comprehensively refreshed […]

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Although common sense might suggest that a gas-electric hybrid, with its two powertrains and complicated electronic components, might be less reliable than its gas powered counterpart, this is not the case. Polling research from car information sharing website TrueDelta.com, confirms that hybrids tend to be just as reliable, if not more reliable, than gas-powered cars. […]

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Consumer Reports recently announced that two alternative-fuel offerings have been rated best in their respective classes after a recent round of testing. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel scored 82 points in CR‘s hands, helped mainly by the diesel’s impressive 20 mpg combined and 27 mpg highway observed during the test. Previous winners included the regular Ram […]

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