Consumer Reports Magazine | October

Published: October 2014
October 2014

Special Section

7 ways to cut your heating costs this winter Fuel prices are on the rise. Use our advice to keep your utility bills in check.
Be prepared for the next big storm The best generators and chain saws to use in a weather emergency
How to choose replacement windows Find the right windows for your home and climate


8 healthy breakfast ideas Follow these tips to get a healthier start to your day
Sick from sushi A fish lover feels the effects of mercury
Special report: Can eating the wrong fish put you at higher risk for mercury exposure? The government wants you to eat more seafood. The key to limiting your risk is choosing the right fish.
Stop freaking out about retirement How to worry less and plan better for a secure and satisfying future
What you need to know about Google Glass Find out how well this wearable tech works
Why eating the right breakfast is so important Skipping the morning meal could lead to overeating later in the day
Why women should think differently about retirement planning Statisically longer life expectancy and lower retirement income demand vigilance and action


2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback first drive AWD sedan and wagon return updated and more refined
Car hits and misses of 2014 How last year’s models really measure up
Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi This plug-in hybrid takes aim at the Toyota Prius
Redesigned Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe review Mega-utility is the draw for these heavy haulers
Toyota Highlander Hybrid review Impressive, fuel-efficient, and pricey SUV

Up Front

How to beat the high cost of filling your gas tank Tips for saving money and fuel
How to score discounts when shopping and eating out Students, and folks as young as 50, can often snag a deal
Where do cost-conscious American women do their grocery shopping? More women are bypassing supermarkets in hopes of spending less


From our president: Consumer Reports names new president
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint: General Motor's recent safety lapse This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

The October 2014 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.

Subscribe here or call 800-234-1645. Access updated information and reports at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports magazine archive

Looking for a special report, investigative feature, or product review from a past issue of Consumer Reports? You can access that information and much more going back to January 2009 in our archive.


E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters!
Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

9 surefire ways to save at the supermarket A surprising percentage of shoppers still skip the money-saving basics.
Keep your mower going for 15 years or moreVideo Our pros suggest the best ways to keep your grass cutter humming along.
10 best used cars and SUVs for under $10,000Video These vehicles performed well in our tests and have above-average reliability.
Do you need a sleep test if you suffer insomnia? Know what these overnight evaluations can—and can't—do.
Reality check: The hidden costs of triple-play bundles Advertised low-cost rates might actually end up being much pricier.
Dishwashers that use less water and energyVideo The best way to conserve water is to stop rinsing your dishes first.


and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:


Cars New Car Price Report
Find out what the dealers don't want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report.

Order Your Report


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more