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Consumer Reports Magazine | April

Published: April 2017
April 2017

Cover Story

America's Favorite Cars: SUVs SUVs have gone from being trucky, niche vehicles to the nation's favorite car. Here's why they're outselling sedans.

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10 Top Picks of 2017: Best Cars of the Year This year's outstanding vehicles, according to CR's comprehensive and stringent criteria.
Coming Soon: 10 Cars Worth Waiting For These intriguing new entries are coming soon.
Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles? Building one great vehicle is easy. Making a whole portfolio of excellent ones is hard. We tell you which manufacturers stand out.

When It Comes to Automatic Shifters, It's Proceed With Caution Shifters used to be familiar, intuitive, and generally safe. Now that carmakers are striving for stylistic differences, the results are sometimes confusing and potentially dangerous.
Cars With Confusing or Dangerous Shifters These cars had points deducted from their Overall Score due to unintuitive gear selectors.

When to Replace Your Tires How to determine whether the tires on your car, SUV, or truck need to be replaced—before they fail.

Special Section

Self-Driving Cars: Driving Into the Future The promise of self-driving cars is that they will see better than humans, never get lost, and almost never crash. Easier said than done.
Car Technology: What Manufacturers Have in Store for Machine-Driven Vehicles The promise of self-driving cars is that they will see better than humans, never get lost, and almost never crash. Easier said than done.
From Human to Machine: Levels of Car Automation The levels of automation have been established by automotive engineers and federal auto safety regulators. Here's what they mean.
With Autonomous Cars, How Safe Is Safe Enough? Manufacturers are pursuing their own distinct strategies for self-driving cars; meanwhile, who's looking out for consumers?

Best & Worst Lists

Best and Worst Cars in Consumer Reports' Tests Standout cars in popular categories and those that come up short.

30 Best Used Cars for Under $30,000 These cars, SUVs, and trucks performed well when new and have above-average reliability records.

Best and Worst SUVs in Consumer Reports' Tests  Standout SUVs and pickup truck, plus those that come up short.

Cars That Owners Say Are the Best and Worst Value Survey shows the cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks that owners feel provide a good return on their money.


From Our President: Steering You Right Consumer Reports' extensive testing and research helps consumers choose the best vehicles and keep abreast of the latest tech: self-driving cars.

Building a Better World, Together: Rolling Back the Year Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.

Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

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