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Consumer Reports Magazine | December

Published: December 2017
December 2017

Cover Story

The Art of the Online Discount
CR helps you save money for the holidays and year-round.
 • Play the Dynamic Pricing Game to Win
Online prices on products and airfares can fluctuate daily, even hourly. Here's how to make that work to your     advantage.
 • Why Do I Have to Put an Item in My Online Shopping Cart to See the Price?
No, it's not a trick. It's usually a way to get a lower price.
 • Shopping for a Worthy Cause
Can you trust retailers when they say they donate a part of the proceeds to charity?
 • Stay Safe From Online Threats When Doing Your Holiday Shopping
Easy steps can protect you from hackers and malware.
 • How to Shop Undercover
Expert tips to help you keep your purchases private.

Special Report

Cars That Go the Distance: Consumer Reports Car Reliability Survey 2017
CR reveals the cars you can and can't count on. Plus, why buying a new or newly redesigned model might be a bad idea.
 • Car Brands Reliability: How They Stack Up
Ranking the brands and showing their most and least reliable cars.
 • 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.


Home Care: How to Give Your Parents the Help They Need
Caregiving is hard work for adult children, and hiring help is costly. These smart strategies can make your tasks easier.
 • How to Hire In-Home Help
Take these steps to find someone you can trust.
 • Help With Home-Care Bills
Here are some often overlooked ways to ease the financial burden.
 • Make Your Home Elder-Friendly
These affordable upgrades can make an existing home more functional without sacrificing style.

Picture Perfect: Choose the Best Photo Printing Services
Use CR's ratings and expert tips to get high-quality photos to frame and display, especially during the holidays.
 • Save Money and Still Get Photo Prints You Love
Before you place your order, here are a few tips to help you get what you really want.

Why a Lower Car Payment Can Be a Costly Mistake
Longer loans might seem like a great deal, but a closer look reveals expensive downsides .

Product Updates

Best Cordless Drills Consumer Reports Has Ever Tested
The newly tested models drive harder and run longer.
 • How Not to Strip a Screw With a Cordless Drill
The 5 critical steps you need to learn to properly sink any screw.

Road Report

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review
This Italian stallion proves to be a one-trick pony focused on high performance over daily livability.

2018 Toyota Camry Review
This all-new sedan sticks to its winning formula while improving its fuel economy.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Review
The roomy SUV is short on fun-to-drive flair, but it excels as a family-friendly vehicle.

2018 Volvo XC60 Review
The redesigned Volvo XC60 has a plush cabin, but a stiff ride might keep you from falling in love.


From Our President: 'Tis the Season for Stress-Free Shopping
Consumer Reports helps you be smart and stay serene as you tackle the holiday shopping season.

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 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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