Consumer Reports April 2020: The Auto Issue

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Each April Consumer Reports publishes the widely-popular auto issue. With everything from ratings of new vehicle models to the best used cars, it is a must-read for anyone considering purchasing an automobile in the next year. Fauquier County Library offers Consumer Reports free to patrons in both digital and print format.

Cover of the april issue of consumer reports magazineHere are some of the highlights of the April Issue.

New Car Ratings

One of the most popular sections of the auto issue is ratings for all types of vehicles–electric cars, sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and everything in between. This year, ratings for 240 vehicles are included, based on road-test results, advanced safety and owner satisfaction.

New Car Profiles

Another favorite part of the auto issue is the “New Car Profiles.” Each of the 260 profiles includes an overall score based on road-test performance, whether or not certain safety features are standard, and surveys submitted by Consumer Reports members.

Used Cars

If you’re thinking about buying a used car this year, check out “Used Car Winners & Losers.”  Ratings for 124 reliable models from 2010 through 2019 are included, along with 127 worst used vehicles with much-worse-than-average reliability. The rating are taken from the Annual Auto Surveys sent to Consumer Reports members.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “10 Top Picks”– the most exceptional new cars of today
  • “Best & Worst Lists”– the best and worst vehicles in categories such as predicted reliability and owner satisfaction
  • “Why You May Be Paying Too Much For Your Car Insurance”
  • “New Cars on the Horizon”– new models for 2020 and 2021
  • Reliability charts for used cars

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has print copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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