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Consumer Reports Magazine | November

Published: November 2014
November 2014

Cover story

How American consumers shop now After seven years of cutting back, consumers are finally opening their wallets again. But the recession changed this country’s buying habits—big-time.


Best & Worst of 2014 Highlights and lowlights of the year
Why is health care so expensive? Why it’s so high, how it affects your wallet—and yes, what you can do about it


Best sporty compact cars blend excitement and civility Big fun in small packages
Get your car fixed for (almost) free Psst . . . automakers are picking up the tab to fix many common problems
How one driver saved $8,000 on emissions repair Tough emissions rules mean warranty protection for consumers
Noteworthy 'secret warranty' repair programs Is your car on the list?

Up Front

Can your frequent flyer miles really get you to where you want to go? Some reward points programs soar and some leave you grounded


Are detachable computers the best of both worlds? Laptops are workhorses; tablets are lightweight and fun. New detachable computers promise it all.
From our president: Let’s start the conversation
Q&A With GM's CEO, Mary Barra The automaker's chief says the company 'will act quickly' to address safety issues
Selling it Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint: Ordinary people who made our drinks and hospitals safer This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace

The November 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.

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