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Consumer Reports magazine | October

Published: October 2012
October 2012

Features

Protect yourself from the latest scams Investment, mortgage, Internet, and other kinds of fraud are on the rise
Store-brand vs. name-brand taste-off Our tests pit private-label products against big-name rivals
Test your energy IQ What you don't know about energy can cost you

Lab Tests

Best portable and stationary generators Don't get left in the dark during a power failure

Cars

Best and worst cars of 2012 How do the new models really measure up?
Large-sedan reviews Road tests of the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse, and Ford Taurus
Reviews of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ These new coupes are fun and affordable
Teenagers and older people are the riskiest drivers More needs to be done to reduce accidents and deaths

Up Front

Best whole-grain and added-nutrient pastas Our trained tasters sampled 13 spaghettis
Chicken fingers taste test Perkins' fried fingers get the thumbs-up
Claim check: Does Joint Juice help against arthritis? This supplement delivers glucosamine and chondroitin in drink form
How we dote on dogs and cats You might be surprised by what some owners do
What to do when a loved one dies Our advice can keep a sad event from becoming even more painful

CR Health

When costlier medical care isn’t better You don’t have to pay the highest prices to get the best quality care

CR Money

How much is your stuff worth? It’s often a good investment to spend the time and money on an appraisal

Departments

Ask our experts
From our president: The last laugh
Letters
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union, the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports, to improve the marketplace
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

The October 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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