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Kia Stinger Deemed A Proper Premium Sports Saloon By Consumer Reports 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video on 12 30th, 2017


Korean manufacturers have made strides in the last few years, yet the premium sports saloon segment is one that they shied away from. Not anymore, as Kia made the Stinger to compete in this particular segment.

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe is one of the most coveted cars of the year thanks to its good looks, driving credentials and powerful engines.

Consumer Reports got its hands on Kia’s sports saloon and found that, on the track, it is firmly planted and its steering is quick, but opting for the 19-inch wheels, combined with the standard suspension setup, doesn’t do the ride any favors.

Ingress and egress is not exactly easy either, because of the Stinger’slow-slung design, but once inside, you’ll get to sit in those comfortable seats and be surrounded by lots of premium materials, a generous infotainment system, and lots of safety and comfort equipment.

Space on the rear bench is kind of compromised, as passengers taller than six feet will find their heads brushing against the roof, which is due to the slopping roofline. On the bright side, though, the cargo area is more than generous, with Consumer Reports labeling it “almost SUV-like” with the rear seats folded down.

CR will soon buy a Stinger of their own to test it on the long run; until then, let’s see what else they have to say about the two cars they drove in the video that follows.

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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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CR Rates Car Brands By Owner Satisfaction, Tesla Tops List, Nissan, Acura Come Last 22
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Consumer Reports, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Study, Tesla on 12 22nd, 2017


Since car ownership can have its ups and downs, data supplied by Consumer Reports’ annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can help future buyers make smarter decisions.

So how are things this year? Compared to 2016, the top two remains unchanged, with Tesla and Porsche as the clear cut winner and runner-up duo. However, where last year Audi, Subaru and Toyota rounded out the top 5, this year the order is Genesis, Chrysler (which climbed 4 spots) and Audi.

An interesting shift, but as the old saying goes, the people have spoken – and did so in numbers.

In order to piece together this year’s rankings, CR collected data on more than half a million vehicles, while taking into account whether or not an owner says they would buy the same car again. Respondents were also asked to rate their cars by driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio and climate systems.

Worth noting is that Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Smart and Fiat weren’t included in the chart, because of insufficient data. Last year, Fiat was ranked dead last.


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Toyota Highlander Tops Consumer Reports’ SUV Satisfaction Survey 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Film, honda, Honda Pilot, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, video, VW, VW Touareg on 12 22nd, 2017

As consumers have, for some time now, been flocking towards crossovers and SUVs, it’s inevitable that more of these vehicles end up on the used car market.

So, let’s say you’re looking for a 3- to 5-year old mid-sized SUV, which still has a lot of life left in it, do you know what to shortlist and what to avoid?

If not, then Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction survey, put together using feedback from owners, should help you decide better, and Japanese automakers scored big here, bagging three spots in CR’s Top 5.

Toyota tops the list with the Highlander, which is followed by the 4Runner. Honda’s Pilot also made it into the Top 5, although it’s not all Japanese, as Jeep fans love the Wrangler in spite of its faults, as it’s a hoot to drive off-road, and most VW Touareg owners said they’d buy it again.

On the other hand, CR also lists three SUVs that owners were mostly dissatisfied with, and one of them comes from the FCA group – but you’ll have to watch the following video to find out more.

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Consumer Reports Says The Mercedes GLA Is The Least Satisfying Car In America 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura ILX, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Trax, Consumer Reports, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Fiat, Fiat 500, Ford, Ford Transit, Infiniti, Infiniti QX60, mercedes, nissan, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa on 12 21st, 2017


New vehicles are typically one of the largest purchases that consumers make so it’s important that you buy something that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and sometimes owners spend tens of thousands of dollars on something they regret buying in the first place. Consumer Reports want to help people avoid this mistake so they’ve used data from their Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with their own testing and reliability ratings to come up with a list of the ten least satisfying vehicles in America.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan dates back to 2008 and its $25,995 price tag simply can’t make up for its many faults. As Consumer Reports notes, the minivan has the worst fuel economy rating in its class and its second-row seats are just plain lousy.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 bills itself as fun city car but it’s simply a small, overpriced hatchback with retro styling. There are a handful of interesting variants but CR says the model suffers from a choppy ride, an awkward driving position, and a noisy interior.

Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect was designed as a commercial vehicle and the magazine says consumers shouldn’t think about it as a minivan replacement. While it offers good handling and a decent ride, there are plenty of faults including mediocre fuel economy ratings, a cheap interior, and a lack of features.

Infiniti QX60

Luxury vehicles are supposed to be comfortable, quick, and luxurious. The QX60 ticks a few of those boxes but there’s no hiding the fact that the crossover is a Nissan Pathfinder in an extra-large suit. Despite highlighting the model’s spacious and well-appointed interior, Consumer Reports say the QX60’s fuel-economy rating is “so-so” and the driving experience is “mushy.”

Dodge Journey

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is prominently featured on this year list and that’s largely due to aging vehicles such as the Journey. While it’s relatively affordable, with pricing starting at $21,195, it suffers from worst-in-class fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports is brutal when it comes to the Journey as the publication says “This low-rated model is a poor value anywhere — even at the airport rental lot.”

Nissan Versa Sedan

The Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable sedans in America but buyers might want to simply shop the classifieds. That bargain basement price is a result of some major tradeoffs including a cheap interior and an underpowered engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission. The model also suffers from a stiff ride and clumsy handling.

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax recently received a facelift but Consumer Reports says one of the biggest issues is the model’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which isn’t powerful or fuel-efficient. The organization also notes the Trax has a cramped interior, a stiff ride, and ambitious pricing.

Acura ILX

Like the Trax, the ILX was recently updated to fix its many shortfalls but these improvements didn’t address the car’s “stiff” and “jumpy ride.” Other disappointments include incessant road noise, a bad transmission, and a confusing infotainment system.

Nissan Sentra

The Sentra has a lot going for it but even responsive handling and a spacious interior can’t make up for a stiff ride and a driving experience that is described as “ho-hum and joyless.” The base model is particularly disappointing as it is one of the slowest accelerating cars in its class.

Mercedes GLA-Class

The most disappointing vehicle might come as a surprise because it’s made by Mercedes-Benz. Despite its luxury ambitions, the GLA is a high-riding hatchback that is small, cramped, and expensive as pricing starts at $33,400. Consumer Reports say the crossover suffers from a stiff ride, a loud interior, a bad gearbox, and poor visibility – just to name a few things.



Consumer Reports Advises Against Relying On Tesla Model S’ Autopilot 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Reports, reviews, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Consumer Reports are revisiting the Tesla Model S, a car that’s not exactly new to begin with, as it was launched in 2012, receiving a facelift last year.

However, the review brings us up to date with Tesla’s latest revisions.

Thanks to a network of quick charging stations, filling the battery doesn’t take that long, and once you’re done, expect a driving range in excess of 350 miles (563km) in the 100D grade, or 275 miles (443km) in the entry-level 75D.

The instant torque provided by the electric powertrain is another reward of driving a Tesla Model S, which tackles corners quite well thanks to its balanced weight distribution, and absorbs most bumps on the road.

Inside, the cabin is dominated by a huge 17-inch touch-screen display that controls pretty much everything, from the suspension ride height to the infotainment system and sunroof, and gives the zero-emission sedan a futuristic yet minimalistic look.

Over the years, Elon Musk’s company has significantly upgraded the Model S, from adding new batteries and all-wheel drive, to various other technologies. The most discussed highlight, though, is the Autopilot system, a function that allows drivers to relax behind the wheel on the motorway or in congested traffic, but CR advises users not to rely on it as the “ultimate self-driving system”, as it’s far from flawless.

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CR’s 10 Most Reliable Cars For 2017 22
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Audi Q3, Consumer Reports, featured, Infiniti Q70, Kia Niro, Lexus ES, Lexus GS, Lexus IS, Reports, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius V, Toyota RAV4 on 10 22nd, 2017


If you want to buy the most reliable new car in the market, then you should probably check this out.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Toyota Tops Consumers Reports Reliability Ratings, Cadillac Finishes Dead Last 20
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura TLX, audi, BMW, Buick, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac, Chrysler, Consumer Reports, Dodge, GMC, GMC Acadia, Jeep, LEXUS, RAM, Subaru, subaru impreza, TOYOTA on 10 20th, 2017


Consumers Reports recently released its reliability ratings, much to the chagrin of Tesla, and the results show some surprises.
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Tesla Slams Consumer Reports For Giving Model 3 Average Reliability Rating 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Consumer Reports, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 10 20th, 2017


Tesla has slammed Consumer Reports for giving the Model 3 an average reliability rating despite not yet driving the brand’s entry-level EV.
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Tips On How To Spot A Flooded Car For Sale 17
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, honda, Honda CR-V, Honda Videos, Reports, video on 10 17th, 2017


Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left behind not only human casualties and ruined properties, but also hundreds of thousands of flooded vehicles.
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2018 Jaguar XE Cabin Described As A ‘Cramped Cubicle’ By Consumer Reports 11
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Jaguar, Jaguar Videos, Jaguar XE, reviews, video on 10 11th, 2017


Despite its head-turning exterior looks, the Jaguar XE's interior has some catching up to do compared to the competition, says Consumer Reports.
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CR Takes A Quick Look At The 2018 Honda Accord 3
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 10 3rd, 2017


Building upon the legacy of its predecessors, which are known to be practical and reliable, and offer good value for money, the redesigned Honda Accord wants to be better in every way.
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Here’s What CR Has To Say About Their New Volvo XC60 26
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC60 on 08 26th, 2017


The Volvo XC60 has come a long way, design, and technology wise, as it features new underpinnings and the looks of the larger XC90.
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