Consumer Reports April 2016: The Automobile Issue

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Car lotEvery year, the April issue of Consumer Reports is all about automobiles–articles, reviews, etc.  Here are some of the highlights of this year’s auto issue:

New Car Ratings

This is probably the most-used section of the April issue. Here you will find ratings for all types of vehicles, from electric cars to pickup trucks, and everything in between. This year, ratings for the 250 best-performing, safest and most reliable vehicles are included.


My favorite part of the auto issue is the “Profiles” section for new vehicles. Each of the 250+ profiles includes an overall vehicle rating based on road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. Even if you’re not planning to buy a new vehicle this year, these profiles will give you an idea of which of this year’s makes and models are performing well, and which ones are not.

Vehicle safety

If you are concerned about vehicle safety, check out the article “Safety at Any Price.” There are several safety technologies that can help drivers avoid a crash, including forward-collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot warning and backup cameras. About 60 percent of new 2016 vehicles have some safety technologies available as an option.

Used cars

Are you looking to purchase a used vehicle? Check out “The Smart Shopper’s Guide to Used Cars,” with ratings for the best and worst used vehicles/years, and lists of what Consumer Reports considers the best and worst used vehicles, listed by make, model, and years.

More in This Issue

  • “10 Top Picks for 2016,” based on performance, reilability, owner satisfaction and safety.
  • Article on tires
  • Reliability charts for 180 vehicles, from 2008 to 2015
  • Preview of new vehicles coming in 2017, including Chevrolet’s new pure-electric small hatchback, the Bolt, and the Hyundai Ioniq, a compact hybrid hatchback.

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