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Consumer Reports Magazine

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 appliance stores
Readers rate the top retailers for big and small appliances

Features

That CT scan costs how much?
Health-care prices are all over the map, even within your plan’s network
Best hotel chains
More than 22,000 Consumer Reports readers rate 44 of the nation’s biggest hotel chains

Cars

Toyota Prius C review
This low-priced hybrid is fuel-efficient, but it's not a deal
Hyundai Veloster and Volkswagen Beetle reviews
A new, fuel-efficient rival flattens the redesigned Bug
Ford Focus SFE, Chevrolet Cruze Eco, and Honda Civic HF review
Are special, fuel-efficient versions of these small cars worth the extra cost?

Up Front

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

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

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

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