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Consumer Reports Magazine

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
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 Meals
Six facts about meal kits to consider before you dig in
Consumer Reports Reviews Blue Apron
Meal Delivery Services Put Dinner on Your Doorstep
Consumer Reports Reviews HelloFresh
Consumer Reports Reviews Plated
Consumer Reports Reviews Purple Carrot
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
The 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 That Will Get You Through a Storm, and Maybe Save Your Life
Generator mishaps result in 50 fatalities 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
Building a Better World, Together
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Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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