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Consumer Reports Automakers Report Card 2011: Ford most improved, but Honda, Subaru still lead packConsumer 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.
 
Consumer Reports’ used-car reliability survey finds some used cars have fewer problems than new modelsConsumer Reports’ used-car reliability survey finds some used cars have fewer problems than new models
[Mar. 4, 2011] With the average new car losing 47 percent of its value in the first three years of ownership, buying a used car can be the best way for consumers to get the most vehicle for their money, according to Consumer Reports' Annual Auto issue.
 
Consumer Reports survey finds that Ford leads the pack in factors that matter most for car buyersConsumer Reports survey finds that Ford leads the pack in factors that matter most for car buyers
[Feb. 25, 2011] Consumers believe the Ford brand has gained considerable ground as perennial leader Toyota has declined over the past two years, according to Consumer Reports’ 2011 Car Brand Perception Survey. While the two car companies are in a statistical dead heat, Ford excels in the factors that consumers say matter most: safety, quality and value.
 
Kia Sportage outpoints Mitsubishi Outlander Sport & Nissan Juke in Consumer Reports' SUV/hatchbacks testsKia Sportage outpoints Mitsubishi Outlander Sport & Nissan Juke in Consumer Reports' SUV/hatchbacks tests
[Feb. 14, 2011] The redesigned Kia Sportage outscored the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Nissan Juke in Consumer Reports’ tests for the March issue of three small vehicles that straddle the line between hatchbacks and SUVs. All three received a Very Good overall road test score.
 
New Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 save on gas in Consumer Reports tests of fuel-efficient carsNew Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 save on gas in Consumer Reports tests of fuel-efficient cars
[Jan. 17, 2011] The new Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 subcompacts posted “Very Good” ratings in Consumer Reports’ ratings, are both fun to drive and deliver impressive fuel economy. The vehicles are part of a test in the January issue that featured four different types of fuel-efficient cars.
 
Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX score too low in Consumer Reports' SUV tests to recommendChevrolet Tahoe, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX score too low in Consumer Reports' SUV tests to recommend
[Jan. 14, 2011] The Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX scored to low in testing to be recommended by Consumer Reports. The vehicles are part of a test group in the February issue comprised of six midsized, midsized luxury, and large luxury SUVs.
 
Consumer Reports finds that redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee outperforms Toyota 4Runner in face-offConsumer Reports finds that redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee outperforms Toyota 4Runner in face-off
[Nov. 7, 2010] The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee midsized SUV earned a Very Good road test score and outscored its traditional rival, the Toyota 4Runner, which earned a Good score, in a face-off between the two vehicles in Consumer Reports’ December issue.
 
What happens if you use the wrong fluids in your car?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.
 
Redesigned Infiniti M37 gets highest score in Consumer Reports' ratings among luxury sedansRedesigned Infiniti M37 gets highest score in Consumer Reports' ratings among luxury sedans
[Oct. 20, 2010] The redesigned Infiniti M37 posted an “Excellent” score in Consumer Reports’ ratings, as part of a test in the November issue that featured three luxury cars. The M37 remains Consumer Reports’ top-rated midsized luxury sedan.
 
Mazda5 posts highest score in Consumer Reports' ratings among a diverse group of family moversMazda5 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 seniorsConsumer 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.
 
Consumer Reports compiles list of useful smart-phone apps for motoristsConsumer Reports compiles list of useful smart-phone apps for motorists
[Jul. 5, 2010] Consumer Reports provides a list of useful smart-phone apps for drivers, tested for the major smart-phone platforms, in the August issue of the magazine. Some of the apps are free.
 
Consumer Reports finds that low-rolling-resistance tires can save fuel & provide good all-around performanceConsumer Reports finds that low-rolling-resistance tires can save fuel & provide good all-around performance
[Jun. 20, 2010] Consumer Reports’ tests of two all-season, low-rolling resistance tires—the Michelin Energy Saver A/S and the Cooper GFE—revealed that they not only save gas, but also deliver good stopping and handling capabilities. In the past, consumers had to weigh a trade-off between a tire’s fuel efficiency and its overall performance.
 
Acura MDX tops Consumer Reports’ tests of luxury three-row SuvsAcura 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 SUVsKia 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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