Consumer Reports April 2021: Annual Auto Issue

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

Here 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 new vehicles–electric cars, sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks and everything in between. This year, ratings for over 300 vehicles are included, based on performance, fuel economy, reliability, and owner satisfaction.

New Car Reviews

Another favorite part of the auto issue is the “New Car Reviews.” Each of the 260 vehicle profiles includes an overall score based on road-test performance, fuel economy, and surveys submitted by Consumer Reports members.

Used Cars

If you’re thinking about buying a used car this year, check out “Used Cars You Can Count On.”  Ratings for over 100 reliable models from 2011 through 2020 are included, along with 123 used cars 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:

  • “Why You Can Depend on CR’s Car Ratings”
  • “Cool New Cars to Come”
  • “The Next EVs” (electric SUVs and pickup trucks)
  • “Sticker Shock: The Truth About Destination Fees”
  • “Your Ride Can Make the Air Cleaner”–vehicles with low or zero emissions
  • “10 Top Picks”– the most exceptional new cars of today
  • “Most + Least Reliable Cars”

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2017.

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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