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February 2009

      

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Acura TL

COVER STORY

REBUILD YOUR NEST EGG
17 moves to make now to secure your future. Also, smart places to invest your cash.
PLUS How are you coping? 19,000 readers respond.


FEATURES

TOCbullet.gifREPORT CARD ON AMERICAN CARS
What Detroit automakers need to fix.

TOCbullet.gifSAVE A BUNDLE
Best performance and best deals among 27 internet, phone, and TV providers.


SPECIAL SECTION

TOCbullet.gifDIETING ON A BUDGET
Plus the secrets of thin people, based on our exclusive survey of 21,000 readers.

TOCbullet.gifGET FIT? GET REAL.
We test nine infomercial fitness machines to see whether they match their hype.

TOCbullet.gifEXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Exclusive Ratings of 40 treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. PLUS Heart-rate monitors and pedometers.


LAB TESTS

TOCbullet.gifLCD TVs
LED backlighting makes new models shine.

TOCbullet.gifENERGY STAR
Some fridges lose the label.

TOCbullet.gifHIKING GPS
Navigation devices to help you through the thickets.

TOCbullet.gifPLAY YARDS
Two models pose a safety risk.

TOCbullet.gifFIRST LOOK: BLACKBERRY STORM
New touch-screen sensations.

TOCbullet.gifTV CONVERTERS
Some new converter boxes rival DVDs in picture quality.

TOCbullet.gifMICROWAVES
Fast and friendly models start at less than $150.

TOCbullet.gifWASHERS
Four CR Best Buy models can clean up for low prices.


CARS

TOCbullet.gifNEWS
Our Toyota Prius is turned into a plug-in hybrid and gives a preview of a more fuel-efficient future.

TOCbullet.gifUPSCALE SEDANS
Road tests of the Acura TL, Hyundai Genesis, Lincoln MKS, Nissan Maxima, and Pontiac G8. Plus a test of the Jaguar XF.



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