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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 places to buy appliances Readers rate the top retailers for big and small appliances

Features

Get the best hotel room at the best rate 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

Cars

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

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

Departments

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

The July 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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