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Consumer Reports Magazine | December

Published: December 2016
December 2016

Cover Story

2016 Holiday Gift Guide Consumer Reports offers gifts suggestions and expert advice to celebrate—and survive—the year-end holidays.
Holiday Gifts for the Family Chef The fastest way to a cook’s heart is with a gift that makes meal prep easy and delicious. Show your appreciation by giving one of these culinary wonders..
Holiday Gifts for the Gadget Geek For those who go gaga for gizmos, these gifts are as much fun to use as they are useful.
Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie Choose from our expert-approved edibles to help bring out the inner gourmet in anyone on your list.
Holiday Gifts for the Social Animal Whether it’s for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or old-fashioned phone chatting, these gadgets will help your plugged-in pal stay connected year-round.
Holiday Gifts for the Globetrotter Footloose friends and family members will appreciate these grown-up toys to help them document their travels—and stay entertained along the way.
Holiday Gifts for the Get Up and Go-Getter Keep your outdoor adventurer and action hero happy, healthy, and safer with these savvy choices.
Holiday Gifts for the Home Entertainment Aficionado Video gamers, movie and music lovers, and couch potatoes of every stripe will be turned on by our experts' picks of the best televisions, speakers, and other entertainment gear of the season.
Holiday Gifts for the Coffee Connoisseur We’ve selected the best-rated beans, grinders, kettles, frothers, and brewers for the discriminating caffeine cravers on your list.
Holiday Gifts for When You Have the Urge to Splurge Sometimes nothing says "I love you" like no-holds-barred extravagance. We've got some quality indulgences for anyone who's ready to be a big spender.
Holiday Gifts That Stir the Soul Unlike an itchy sweater, giving the gift of a memorable experience rarely disappoints.
Pros and Cons of Giving Gift Cards and Prepaid Cards Cash may be king, but other options could make an even better gift of buying power this year.

Product Updates

Three-Stage Snow Blowers Are Quicker at Clearing A new design pumps up the power of these machines.

Road Report

CR's Car Reliability Survey Reveals Shuffles in Brand and Model Rankings This year’s survey saw the rise of luxury brands, a mixed bag for Japanese brands, and some reliability stumbles by stalwarts.
Car Brands Reliability: How They Stack Up Consumer Reports' exclusive data cover the model lines from 29 automakers.
The Most and Least Reliable Cars by Class Data from car owners gathered over multiple years reveal which models skip the repair shops—and which practically live in them.
How the American Brands Perform in Car Reliability Exclusive survey information for U.S. automakers.
Highest-Scoring American Cars, SUVs, and Trucks Best-performing models from the domestic brands.
When Luxury Takes a Toll on Car Reliability We found that paying more doesn't automatically result in a more reliable vehicle.
10 Most Reliable Cars Consumer Reports' massive annual survey reveals the models that shine for reliability.
10 Least Reliable Cars Consumer Reports' annual survey exposes the models with the greatest risks of problems.

What You Need to Know About Semi-Autonomous Technology Little data exists on the safety or benefits of these systems.

2017 Cadillac XT5 Review Neither a luxury leader nor a sporty standout, the new Cadillac XT5 stalls in SUV limbo.
2017 Jaguar F-Pace Review Though Jaguar’s athletic new SUV is supercharged and agile, its loud exhaust is a sour note.
2016 Cadillac CT6 Review The plush, high-tech flagship sedan boasts performance and panache.
2016 Jaguar XF Review An odd pairing of first-class driving dynamics with a coach-class interior costs this Jag points.


From Our President: A Year of Celebration Consumer Reports takes the opportunity to wrap up its 80th anniversary year by thanking its loyal supporters.

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 December 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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