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Consumer Reports Magazine | October

Published: October 2017
October 2017

Cover Story

Elder Care and Assisted Living: Who Will Care for You?
CR helps you find a residence that will keep you or a loved one safe and happy, at a price you can afford.
 • A Guide to Different Assisted Living Community Types
Here's how to sort through the broad range of retirement facilities and find one that fits your needs.
 • 11 Ways to Afford the Assisted Living Care You Need
Smart moves to strategize your financing and keep costs in line.
 • Putting the Assisted Living Facility Contract Under a Microscope
Getting the fine print right from the start is your family's best protection.
 • Long-Term-Care Insurance Gets a Makeover
New, more affordable policies may be worth considering.

Special Report

Top Picks in Infotainment Systems
Our exclusive survey results will steer you to the best systems—and to smooth car trips.
 • Guide to Car Audio Streaming Systems
 • Guide to Bluetooth Phone Calling Systems
 • Guide to In-Dash Navigation Systems
 • Guide to Voice Command Systems


Grain Bowls: The New Super Bowls
The latest food craze: dishes packed with whole grains, veggies, and protein. Here, we reveal which we think will bowl you over.
 • Rethinking Your Chicken Choices
Burrito, frozen bowl, or takeout bowl? Have a close look at the nutritional values before you stick a fork in it.

Can 'Sin Taxes' Solve America's Obesity Problem?
They've helped reduce smoking, and are now targeting sugary drinks. Plus, how to improve your weight, diet, and health.

Product Updates

Secrets to the Perfect Cup of Coffee
CR spills the beans on the best coffees and coffee makers and the surprising health benefits of java.
 • The Truth About Coffee Packaging Claims
Some labels have real meaning; others don't. Here's how to tell the difference.

Best Matching Kitchen Appliance Packages
If you want top performance, it's tough to find models that match. We hand-picked 4 appliance suites that deliver on both fronts.

Road Report

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review
The most efficient model in the segment is hurt by Chrysler's below-average reliability record.

2018 Honda Odyssey Review
The new Odyssey transforms the family car into a cutting-edge, high-tech coach.

Toyota Mirai Review
The Mirai has a long range for an EV, but access to filling stations outside of California could limit its travel.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review
With tons of room and an appealing driving experience, the VW Atlas is an enjoyable world traveler.


From Our President: The Compassionate Care You Need
Consumer Reports advocates for improvements in assisted living facilities for seniors.

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 October 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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