Consumer Reports magazine | July

Consumer Reports magazine | July

Published: July 2012
July 2012

Cover story

Get the luxury look for less Best and worst kitchen appliances, countertops, flooring, and more
Small appliances with big impact High-end and low-cost winners from our tests
The best appliance stores Readers rate the top retailers for big and small appliances


Best hotel chains More than 22,000 Consumer Reports readers rate 44 of the nation’s biggest hotel chains
That CT scan costs how much? Health-care prices are all over the map, even within your plan’s network


Ford Focus SFE, Chevrolet Cruze Eco, and Honda Civic HF review Are special, fuel-efficient versions of these small cars worth the extra cost?
Hyundai Veloster and Volkswagen Beetle reviews A new, fuel-efficient rival flattens the redesigned Bug
Toyota Prius C review This low-priced hybrid is fuel-efficient, but it's not a deal

Up Front

Best white wines for summer Plus, find out whether the Corkcicle wine chiller really works
Gotcha! Wanna pay for a ‘free’ credit report? An FTC study found issues with the three major credit bureaus
Knowing where your bottled water comes from Artesian, spring, purified, and sparkling waters may be treated differently or come from different places
Mutual Fund fees skim big bucks from 401(K)s A household of two median-income earners will pay about $155,000 over 40 years
Which frozen treats taste the best? Our tasters checked out 21 fruit bars and ice cream bars and sandwiches
Which is the best dishwasher detergent? Find out which products won't leave a white film on glassware

CR Health

Doctor, businessperson, or both? Knowing how your doctor makes money can help you get the best care

CR Money

How safe is your pension? Private-sector and public employee plans are significantly underfunded


Ask our experts
From our president: The real money deal
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas
Viewpoint A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers

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