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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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For the past two years since the Chevrolet Volt’s launch, it has topped Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction survey meaning this is one car with its share of fans. There’s no telling who is Volt fan number one, but one of the more ardent ones is MrEnergyCzar, a peak oil advocate who spends his own time and money […]

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Are Ford’s fuel consumption numbers for the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid over-hyped by the manufacturer? Ford has been clamoring from one press release to another that this duo of hybrid vehicles is rated at “47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.” Consumer Reports has doubts as it has not been able to get close to these […]

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