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Consumer Reports magazine | February

Published: February 2012
February 2012

Special Section

Bank accounts More fees are coming. How to fight back–or flee.
Where to put your money We judge advice and brokerage service at major financial companies

Features

Dental care How to keep your teeth healthy without going broke
Home workouts: Ellipticals and treadmills How to choose a machine you’ll use without breaking your budget
Pedometer reviews Accuracy and cool features for $3 and up

Lab Tests

Best lightbulbs But some replacements don’t measure up
Water filter reviews Our latest tests reveal many picks for cleaner, tastier water

Cars

Car costs
Family sedans Toyota’s revamped Camry tops Volkswagen’s redesigned Passat
Small sporty sedans Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI outscores Honda’s Civic Si

Departments

Ask our experts
From our president
Viewpoint A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers

The February 2012 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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