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Consumers

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  • Dodge Chief Talks 40-MPG Darts, Reliability

     
    The 40-mpg figure is all the rage these days, but it's not as clear-cut as it may sound. Marketing last year from Hyundai takes on some of the new compacts from Ford and GM, whose 40-mpg EPA highway ratings apply......
  • Subaru, Mazda Rise, Ford Crashes, in Consumer Reports' Automaker Report Card

     
    Is it April already? No, but in Consumer Reports' world, the heavy downpours of spring are apparently already under way. It also means there's another issue of the consumer union's coveted Annual Auto Issue. The April issue includes Consumer Reports'........
  • Survey: Texters Make Most Annoying Drivers

     
    The roads are full of annoying motorists, and navigating the sea of distracted drivers can be dangerous and maddening. There are the tailgaters, the turn-signal averse, the left-lane hoggers ... the list goes on ... and on. But what behavior......
  • Ford Hybrids To Get Mileage Boost After Complaints

     
    Beginning in August, Ford will recalibrate various drivetrain, climate-control and accessory systems to improve real-world gas mileage in the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The changes should help drivers "see the...
  • GM Quality Director Bullish on CUE, Multimedia Systems

     
    In two influential studies from J.D. Power and Associates, GM got both ends of the stick. The Detroit automaker finished strong in the firm's 2013 Initial Quality Study released in June, but it ranked midpack in the firm's Automotive Performance,......
  • Consumer Reports Tests Faulty Fisker Karma

     
    Pop star Justin Bieber and actor Ashton Kutcher may love their Fisker Karmas, but the love just isn't there for Consumer Reports. The organization paid $107,850 for Fisker's plug-in hybrid car, but it broke down right after they began testing......
  • 13 Infant Car Seats Earn Best Rating in Consumer Reports Crash Tests

     
    Of 34 infant safety seats crash-tested by an independent lab hired by Consumer Reports, only 13 of those rear-facing car seats earned the highest score of best. Sixteen infant seats earned the midlevel better rating and five received the lowest......
  • Hyundai-Kia Settles Mileage Lawsuit; Owners Get Lump-Sum Option

     
    In November 2012, an EPA investigation and consumer watchdog complaints led Hyundai and Kia to restate gas mileage on more than two dozen 2011, 2012 and 2013 models. The affiliated Korean automakers conceded interpretation errors on EPA procedures and...
  • Another Reason Your Mileage May Vary (for the Worse): Ethanol

     
    "Actual results will vary for many reasons," says the fine print below the EPA gas mileage on any new car's Monroney sticker. The sticker then lists a few of them: driving conditions, driving style, vehicle maintenance. There's one more: ethanol.......
  • The Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2013

     
    Even as 2013 cars sales stalled a bit in December, new-car sales overall still landed around 15.6 million units for the year. That's up 8 percent over 2012, and it marks the best sales since 2007. If 2014 sees similar......
  • How Gas Could Hit $6 a Gallon

     
    The national average gas price eclipsed $3.90 last week, leaving March auto sales awash in high-mpg choices. With two new variants hitting dealerships, the Toyota Prius saw its best sales month in nearly 12 years of U.S. sales. Half of......