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Consumer Reports Automakers Report Card 2011: Ford most improved, but Honda, Subaru still lead pack[Mar. 7, 2011]
Honda and Subaru still make the best vehicles overall, but Ford posted the largest gain, improving both its road-test and reliability scores in the past year, according to Consumer Reports annual Automakers Report Card for 2011. Ford has outpaced its cross-town rivals in reliability in recent years, and this year its average test score for all tested models rose from 66 to 70. Current offerings such as the Fusion, Flex, and Mustang have been impressive, and even the new Fiesta scores well in tests. Consumer Reports currently recommends 71 percent of the Ford vehicles it has tested.
What happens if you use the wrong fluids in your car?[Oct. 24, 2010]
It’s not uncommon for people to mix up or use the wrong fluids in their cars, and if they do, the results can vary from irritating to deadly. Consumer Reports outlines the potential damage you can do to your car, or to yourself, in a story that appears in the November issue.
Mazda5 posts highest score in Consumer Reports' ratings among a diverse group of family movers[Aug. 19, 2010]
The Mazda5 microvan posted an “Excellent” score in Consumer Reports’ ratings, as part of a test in the September issue that featured three different types of family movers. Although smaller than a standard minivan, it is ideal for families on a budget. Also included was the Ford Flex EcoBoost three-row SUV and the redesigned Toyota Sienna minivan which posted “Excellent” and “Very Good” test scores, respectively. Prices for the vehicles in this test group ranged from $23,805 for the Mazda5 to $46,720 for the Flex.
Consumer Reports picks best cars for teens and seniors[Aug. 17, 2010]
With the fall semester just around the corner, Consumer Reports offers its best choices for parents and teens out shopping for a car to bring back to school. When looking for the right car for teens, including used models, Consumer Reports recommends picking cars with safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air bags and good crash-test results.
Acura MDX tops Consumer Reports’ tests of luxury three-row Suvs[Jun. 20, 2010]
The freshened Acura MDX posted an “Excellent” overall score topping Consumer Reports tests’ of four luxury SUVs for the June 2010 issue. The Acura MDX earned an overall road-test score of 85, outperforming the Land Rover LR4 which earned a “Very Good” 73, the new Lincoln MKT, which earned a “Very Good” 72, and the Audi Q7 which earned a “Very Good” 68.
Kia Sorento tops Consumer Reports' tests Of small and midsized SUVs[Jun. 12, 2010]
The redesigned Kia Sorento EX V6 model posted an “Excellent” overall score topping Consumer Reports’ tests of four small and midsized SUVs for the July 2010 issue. The Kia Sorento EX V6 earned an overall road-test score of 82, outperforming two versions of the freshened Hyundai Santa Fe, including the Limited V6, which earned an “Excellent” 80, and the 4-cylinder GLS, which earned a “Very Good” 73.
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