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Consumer Reports Magazine | October

Published: October 2016
October 2016

Cover Story

Secrets to Stress-Free Flying Fed up with endless fees, cramped seats, long lines, and crazy connections? Use our strategies to fly saner, safer, and cheaper.
How to Get the Lowest Airfares We searched for almost 400 fares on nine travel booking websites to find out which deliver the lowest prices. What we found surprised us—­and could save you a lot of money.
9 Ways to Save Money and Your Sanity When Flying Following these tips will take some of the sting out of flying in economy, help you stay healthy, and protect you from losses when things don’t go as planned.
Combating Air Rage Experts say that today’s crowded airplanes are ripe environments for conflict between passengers. Here’s how to deal when tempers flare in the air.
5 Ways to Make Your Connecting Flights Don't arrive too late at the gate.


Meal Delivery Services Put Dinner on Your Doorstep Blue Apron, Purple Carrot, and others are changing the way Americans make dinner. Consumer Reports put their easy, fresh, and tasty claims to the test.
Get the Most Out of Your Meal Delivery Service Six facts about meal kits to consider before you dig in.
Review of Blue Apron It has the most recipes with an ethnic flare, offering plenty of chances for adventerous cooks to experiment.
Review of Green Chef This service has the widest range of diet-specific kits, including vegetarian, carnivore, Paleo, and gluten-free options.
Review of HelloFresh It offers more recipes for traditional fare that may appeal to less-adventurous cooks.
Review of Plated It is the only meal delivery service that offers dessert recipes in addition to entrees.
Review of Purple Carrot Its vegan dishes are easy to prepare, but customers don’t get to choose their weekly recipes.

The Rise of Medical Identity Theft When thieves take your personal data to get prescription drugs, doctor care, or surgery, it can endanger your health and trash your finances.
Medical Privacy Laws, Explained What you need to know about HIPAA and more.
Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft Take steps to safeguard your personal health information—and know what to do if your data has been breached.
Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records Digital health histories offer the promise of better and more efficient healthcare, but are still a work in progress.


VR That Is Out of This World Virtual reality is making it possible to have wild and wonderful adventures without ever leaving your living room.
Can Virtual Reality Make You Sick? From nausea to pain relief, the effects of virtual reality on health are still being investigated.

The Promise of a Post-Driver Life In this third in a series of opinion essays by thought leaders, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author forecasts the future of transportation.

Transportation Evolution: Keeping Roads, Rails, and Skyways Safe For 80 years, Consumer Reports has been at the forefront of testing, advising, and advocating for safety and innovation in all manner of transportation choices.

Product Updates

How to Prepare for a Prolonged Power Outage Increasingly severe weather and aging infrastructure are exposing Americans to longer power outages.
Should You Choose a Stationary or Portable Generator? Your power needs, spending power, and ability to roll out the generator when it’s needed are chief criteria for choosing what’s best.
Generator Safety Tips to Get You Through a Storm Generator mishaps result in 50 fatalities and 1,700 ER visits each year.

Road Report

Best and Worst Cars of 2016 Put yourself in the driver's seat with these findings based on our tests of more than 70 models.

New Cars Coming Soon If you don’t need to buy right now, you might want to wait for these promising newcomers.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review If you’ve thought of the Malibu only as a workmanlike rental car, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised.
2017 Kia Sportage Review With a better ride and smart touches, the Kia Sportage jumps almost to the top of its class.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Review The sixth-generation Camaro keeps its brawny pedigree and adds nimble handling.
2016 Buick Cascada Review Responding to a market gap for a roomy convertible, the Buick Cascada offers a drop top worth considering.


From Our President: Making Airspace Your Space With prices rising, leg room disappearing, lines lengthening, and extra fees mounting up, there’s a lot to worry about in air travel today.

Building a Better World, Together Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.

Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

The October 2016 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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