A car is the second-biggest purchase many of us will ever make. With an expense of that size and all the associated costs over its life, you want to get the most for your money. That’s where Consumer Reports comes in.
The magazine has a cult following, and no wonder: It puts in print the findings and recommendations of the world’s largest independent consumer product testing organization. Consumer Reports tests thousands of products, from detergent to TVs, candy to cars. And it surveys millions of people to find out their experiences with those products.
Consumer Reports’ annual auto issue is an event for many car enthusiasts, and it just hit the streets. With comprehensive ratings of 276 vehicles, you could do a lot worse than to flip through those pages if you’re in the market for a new or used car.
Here are the headlines:
● Bouncing back from a raft of troubles, Toyota dominated this year’s survey like no automaker has in nine years. Toyota has five of the magazine’s Top Picks, including family sedan, small SUV, family hauler, family SUV and green car.
● Subaru was judged the best overall automaker, led by its Impreza, the Top Pick for small cars. Subaru wrested the top spot from Honda, which had reigned for four years.
The auto issue also includes lists of the best and worst cars for road performance, fuel economy, reliability, accident avoidance and owner cost over five years. In addition, the magazine ranks used cars on reliability and safety, and breaks it all down by price category. Plus, there are rankings of tires, and a look at vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology that will make driving safer.