CR Digital Archive

November 2016


A Field Guide to Mobile Money
What you need to know about living a cash-free life
Cashing Out: New Technologies Are Making the Convenience of Living Cash-Free a Reality
You need to understand the trade-offs of abandoning paper money entirely
Top Restaurant Complaints and Worst Offenders
How to Eat Healthier at Restaurant Chains
We analyzed the menus of the five most frequented chains in our survey to learn ways you may get fooled into making unhealthy choices. Here's what to order instead.
Dining Out: Where America Eats
Our biggest-ever subscriber survey about restaurant chains dishes up which ones hit the spot—and highlights some tasty new trends
What's Cooking in Kitchen Stoves
Our experts' tips on what to consider when choosing a range


4 Mistakes to Avoid During Open Enrollment
Picking a health insurance plan is complex. We show you how to avoid costly mistakes and still get the coverage you need.
How FSAs and HSAs Ease the Pain of Healthcare Costs
Two types of accounts—flexible spending and health savings—allow you to pay with pretax dollars

Product Updates

What to Look for in a Flavored Nut Butter
Consumer Reports puts 12 chocolate and honey nut butters to the test
The Path to the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Knowing how to choose the right beans and the proper way to prepare them can make all the difference between a steamy, dreamy cup of coffee and one that’s weak, watery, or bitter
6 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butters
You can do much more with them than just make a sandwich

Road Report

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review
The originator of the minivan long had uninspired products. Now it’s back with a vengeance.
2017 Audi A4 Review
Shaking up the sports sedan class, Audi tips the scales in its favor
2016 Mazda CX-9 Review
The new Mazda CX-9 provides a stylish alternative to me-too family SUVs
2016 Nissan Titan XD Review
Nissan aims for a smooth-riding heavy-duty truck but misses the mark


We Put Ourselves to the Test
Thanks to your input, we’re proud to present a refreshed Consumer Reports
From Our President: The Evolution of Consumer Reports
Building a Better World, Together
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Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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