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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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Consumer Reports has released an update on its long-term Tesla Model S tester, and while the organization still enjoys its revolutionary nature, driving performance and good safety scores, its example has suffered a decent string of issues. Having covered nearly 16,000 miles in CR’s care, the Model S – which CR purchased to eliminate ostensible […]

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Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

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Consumer Reports has named Lexus its top-ranked brand for overall reliability and performance while the Prius was named again “Top Pick” in the Green Car category. In the shopping guide’s rankings of the top automotive brands, Lexus’ overall score of 79 out of 100 was the best of the 23 brands based on the average […]

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What is the flat-out best value in new cars today? It’s the Toyota Prius, says Consumer Reports’ annual Best & Worst-Value Ranking. The regular Prius – now distinguished from its “family” members as the “Liftback” – has now been named best value two years in a row, outdoing the Honda Fit which held the spot […]

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Hybrid cars have had to pass through public scrutiny including justified and not-so-justified criticism, and for the most part many examples exist with solid track records. According to the April 2013 issue of Consumer Reports, its readers say the Honda Civic Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrids are not among them. “The Civic Hybrid, which has […]

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Besides electrification, among highly publicized technological solutions to improved fuel economy are smaller displacement, turbocharged engines, but these may not be all they’re cracked up to be, says Consumer Reports. Small, battery and electric-motor-free solutions tend to be less costly to produce, and have been hyped a good bit in certain quarters, but the consumer […]

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