On Nov. 10, 2016, the world lost Clarence Ditlow, a lifelong advocate for auto safety and a former board member of Consumer Reports. Clarence may not have been a household name outside of the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and the auto plants of Detroit, but his fearlessness and tenacity prompted critical safety recalls that reduced traffic deaths and made a profound difference in the lives of millions—families spared from untold tragedies because of his determination and the many victories he won on their behalf. Here at CR, our mission is to carry that legacy of zealous consumer advocacy forward by fighting for safety, quality, and value. We do this not only when it comes to cars but also in every part of your life that can be made better by the presence of a responsible marketplace and a steadfast partner who has your back.

This month we're featuring our latest report on car owner satisfaction, shining a light on what consumers love most—and least—about their vehicles. As we continue to push manufacturers and lawmakers to improve auto safety—including in emerging areas like autonomous-driving features—you will always be able to count on us to amplify your voices and advance your interests.

That promise doesn't stop at the off-ramp, either. We know that readers look forward to our guidance on the best mattresses and pillows; that's why this month we're bringing you our latest reviews and advice on how to get a truly restful night's sleep. We also have vital information on sleep-aid overuse, as well as a new report on the risks of taking prescription drugs to treat conditions they aren't approved for. As always, whether it's cars or mattresses, we purchase every product we test from the dealership or retailer, just like you—which is why we're so grateful for your support, because it makes it possible for us to maintain the ironclad independence we've always been known for.

Editor's note: This article also appeared in the February 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.