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Consumer Reports Magazine

March 2017
March 2017

Cover Story

6 Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Don’t let your cash go down the drain or out the window.

5 Home Repairs to Make Now to Avoid Problems Later
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Do these high-priority projects now and you’ll thank us later.
3 Ways to Improve Safety at Home
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Add easy protections from injury and hazards to your haven
6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Clear the air and find your way to better health
5 Ways to Enhance Indoor Lighting at Home
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: An effective lighting plan has to work on many levels.
3 Ways to Keep Your Water Safe at Home
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Know what a water filter can and can't do
6 Small Tech Upgrades for Your Home That Make a Big Difference
Tips from the happy homeowner playbook: Keep tabs on your pets and your climate with some of our favorite smart products


How to Save on Car Insurance
Our exclusive analysis of billions of annual premiums reveals surprising factors that can drive your premium up or down. Learn how to shop smart for the best deal and still get coverage you can count on.
5 Game-Changing Smartphones to Consider
These standout smartphones offer outstanding value or cutting-edge features and functionality

5 Tips for Getting the Best Value on Car Insurance
If you’re already insured, check your policy to see what you’re now paying, then follow these steps
Milestones That Can Change Your Car Insurance Rates, for Better or Worse
Two Decades of Consumer Reports' Car Insurance Survey Results
Our findings show that the same companies consistently rank high on customer satisfaction
Can You Believe Cell-Phone Carrier TV Ads?
Find out what’s true—and what’s not—about Verizon's and Sprint's claims about performance and value
How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smartphone
Smart steps to shield your valuable data from Facebook and other smartphone apps


Hearing Loss: No More Suffering in Silence?
This widespread problem is associated with depression, isolation, and possibly, dementia. We report on affordable solutions and what’s being done to give everyone access to treatment.

Can PSAPs Help Your Hearing?
CR tested a handful of inexpensive, over-the-counter personal sound amplification products to see how well they work
5 Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs
If you’re considering hearing aids but find them too pricey, these steps can guide you to some affordable solutions

Product Updates

Best Home Printer: You Can Find Just Your Type!
Our ratings and advice will guide you to the printer that’s right for you—and help you save money using the one you already own

How to Pick the Perfect Printer
The variety of printers can be overwhelming. Answering these two questions will help guide you to one that will best meet your needs and match your budget.

Road Report

2017 GMC Acadia Review: Light on Its Feet
The trimmer all-new GMC Acadia remains a practical and pleasant family hauler
Dash Cams: Coming to a Dashboard Near You
Dash cams are catching on as a potential way to protect your car and help make a stronger insurance claim. But there’s a lot more to choosing the right one than meets the electronic eye.

2017 Infiniti QX30 Review: Overpromises, Underdelivers
With a mixed pedigree, the Infiniti QX30 flounders in balancing luxury and sportiness
2017 Honda Ridgeline Review: The Un-Pickup
The Honda Ridgeline’s comfortable ride and smart details should make it a hit with suburbanites
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: Ready for Adventure
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a great-driving wagon for all roads, but its poor predicted reliability takes a toll on the Overall Score


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
From OUr President: There's No Place Like Home
Consumer Reports' latest home improvement advice and tips promote health and happiness for where you live
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace

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