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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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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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