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Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2017
January 2017

Cover Story

The New Rules of Retirement Planning The old playbook and everything you thought you knew about retirement has changed. But, we have winning advice and a new interactive quiz to help better prepare you for the years ahead.
Avoid These Common and Costly Senior Scams Financial scams targeting seniors put their retirement savings at risk.
Are You on the Right Track for Retirement? Based on your age and income, we'll tell you how much money you should have squirrled away by now. Plus, we point to four tools to help you plan for your golden years.
Fighting for More Retirement Security We support and advocate for initiatives to ensure that all Americans have the secure retirement they deserve. Here's how you can get involved.


Zero Tolerance for Deadly Hospital-Acquired Infections One type of deadly bacterial infection in intensive care units is largely preventable—but how many hospitals are working to keep patients safe? We reveal the ones doing it right—and those endangering you.
15 Tips for Preventing Infections in the Hospital Hospitals are breeding grounds for MRSA, C. diff, and other bacteria. Use our expert advice to stay safe.

10 Ways Drones Are Changing Your World Whether they're helping farmers monitor fields or delivering much-needed medical supplies, these new aircraft are having a major impact on people's lives.
Want to Buy a Drone of Your Own? Seven points to consider before putting money down on an unmanned aerial vehicle.


How to Survive a High-Deductible Health Plan Knowing you're on the hook for thousands in medical bills might make you less likely to seek care you need. Here's how to save money and stay safe.
How to Get High-Quality, Low-Cost Healthcare Is your insurance giving you a bad case of sticker shock? Here are ways to ease the pain.

Product Updates

Get the Party Started! Best Frozen Appetizers and Party Foods Our tasters and nutritionists picked out 20 frozen appetizers that are healthier and delicious enough for your holiday get-togethers.

Compact Washers and Dryers Solve Tight-Fit Needs Compact washers and dryers are gaining attention in the space-conscious consumer market. We tell you what the trade-offs are.

Road Report

What You Need to Know About UHP Tires Ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires can handle high speeds and hefty horsepower, but they can also wear out far faster than typical treads.

The Safest Car Seat for Your Child Our crash tests reveal the benefit of moving children to a convertible seat sooner than previously recommended.

2016 Buick Envision Review: Too Much Rock 'n' Roll Measured against refined competitors, the underdeveloped and overpriced Buick Envision misses its mark.
2016 Tesla Model X Review: Fast and Flawed More showboat than functional, the electric Tesla Model X has plenty of high-tech gimmicks but forgets about the 'U' in SUV.


From Our President: Your Partner for Every Stage of Life Consumer Reports offers its latest expert advice on retirement strategies; the safest car child seats; and avoiding deadly infections at hospitals.

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 January 2017 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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