Here at Consumer reports, this year has provided a chance to reflect on our storied past, a chance to look forward toward a bright future, and a chance to transform ourselves to better serve your needs in an increasingly complex world. This December we’re taking the opportunity to wrap up our 80th anniversary year by thanking you, our loyal readers, whose support, feedback, and partnership have sustained and strengthened us across the generations. The holiday gift guide you’ll find in these pages will help you to celebrate the people you love, with expert guidance on the best gifts out there for the chef, technophile, globetrotter­—and just about anyone else in your life. Our new Overall Scores, along with the refreshed ratings system we unveiled in our last issue, will make it easier than ever for you to identify the top-rated products to match your gift-giving needs.

As always at this time of year, we’re also including our renowned car reliability ratings so that you can start 2017 off on the right chassis.

As we prepare to close the books on a year of transformation and growth at CR, there is so much that we can be thankful for and look back on with pride. It is our honor not only to equip you with the trusted, independent knowledge you need to make informed choices in the marketplace but also to stand alongside you, raising the voices of consumers when it comes to the policies that shape so many areas of our lives. To take a look back at some of the victories we’ve won together this year—and to get a sneak peek at some of our goals for the year ahead—you can read our online annual report by going to

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the December 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.