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After Consumer Reports (CR) took the Tesla Model S from the top spot in its ultra luxury car category over a missing safety feature, the brand is responding. The issue is over emergency automatic braking (AEB), which was standard on all Tesla models up until October of 2016, when it disappeared as a feature on […]

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Consumer Reports has knocked down ratings on the Model S and Model X due to the prolonged absence of a standard safety feature. New models of the two electric vehicles produced between late October 2016 and now don’t come with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system that’s standard on other cars on the market. Consumer […]

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In its Top 10 Best Cars of 2017, Consumer Reports named the Toyota Prius as its best compact hybrid, and the only electrified car of any kind to make the list. Named “Best Compact Hybrid,” there’s little wonder the Prius scored well as CR has long had a liking for Toyota products, and the new […]

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Tesla took the top rank in for the second year in a row in Consumer Reports’ annual owner satisfaction survey. The Tesla, Porsche, Audi, and Subaru brands remained in the survey’s top four spots from last year. Tesla had jumped to the fifth position in the 2014 brand perception survey. This year, 91 percent of […]

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Over the past decade, it’s been thought that EPA fuel-economy labels on window stickers weren’t all that accurate. A new analysis may prove that wrong. Consumers Union and Consumer Reports performed an analysis that updated their own report from 2005. In 2005, their analysis found that the EPA labels were off base on an average […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again taken to Twitter to announce some upgrades coming to the brand’s AutoPilot system. Musk said that after a conversation with Bosch and MobilEye, the companies that supply the sensors that enable AutoPilot, he is confident that “significant improvements [are] possible via OTA software update.” A fatal crash that […]

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In its proprietary fuel economy testing, Consumer Reports says the 2016 Toyota Prius gets 52 mpg overall, matching the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 52 mpg combined, but this number is arrived at completely differently. The 2016 Prius is fully redesigned with improved engine, transmission, aerodynamics, and more – all meant to make it more fuel […]

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Early Tesla Model X owners are finding a variety of quality issues with their new crossovers. After numerous delays, the Tesla Model X began deliveries late last year and not every owner has been completely satisfied. The majority of the first vehicles delivered were priced in the $100,000 range. Consumer Reports has released a detailed […]

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Consumer Reports is telling used-car buyers to largely steer clear of some otherwise popular pre-owned electric cars. Reliability is the big reason. For example, Consumer Reports lists the 2014 BMW i3 as a vehicle to avoid due to reliability concerns. The 2013 Nissan Leaf gets the same treatment, although the 2014 and 2015 versions are […]

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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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