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Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2018
January 2018

Cover Story

How to Survive Cold and Flu Season
Take our quiz to see how much you really know about these winter woes.
 • How to Soothe Miserable Cold and Flu Symptoms
What works, what doesn't, and what may actually be dangerous.
 • A Day-by-Day Guide to Treating a Cold or the Flu
The first step is figuring out which infection you have.
 • How to Shop for Cough and Cold Medicine
Why you should skip multisymptom products, and other tips for navigating the drugstore aisle.
 • Label Babble: Deciphering Over-the-Counter Cold and Flu Drugs
What do terms like 'Extra Strength,' 'Fast,' and 'Night-Time' really mean, anyway?
 • The Truth About Cold and Flu Supplements
Sparse research and lax regulation make their claims dubious.
 • The Dangers of Teens Abusing Cough Meds With Dextromethorphan
High doses of this common over-the-counter cough suppressant found in can have devastating effects.
 • Why Your Excuses for Not Getting a Flu Shot Stink
Plus advice on which shot is best for you.

Special Report

The Dangers of Driving While Distracted
Car-crash fatalities are on the rise. Whatever the solution, the time for action is now.
 • Technology That Can Reduce Driving Distractions and Their Dangers
These car safety features and phone software help to save lives.
 • The Most and Least Distracting Infotainment Systems
Our testing found that some take a driver's eyes off the road for too long.

Product Updates

Can a Robotic Vacuum Replace Your Canister or Upright?
CR tested the latest robotic vacs to see whether they really offer a hassle-free way to keep your floors clean.

Are You Ready for Your Cell-Phone Upgrade?
The newest phones offer great features, but finding the best fit for you can be tough.
 • 4 Great Low-Price Smartphones for Under $350
These affordable, CR-recommended phones deliver very good performance—even without the latest bells
    and whistles.

The Healthiest Crackers for Snacks and Parties
These party staples have undergone a makeover. CR reveals which ones are good for you and tasty, too.
 • 8 Healthy Cracker Toppings to Try This Holiday Season
How to crunch and munch without packing on the pounds.

Road Report

2018 Honda Civic Si Review
This small sedan delivers driving excitement, fuel economy, and practicality at a modest price.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Review
It has plenty of panache and advanced safety features that come standard.

2018 Subaru Crosstek Review
A subcompact SUV that will satisfy weekday commuters and weekend adventurers.

2018 Toyota C-HR Review
Some glaring faults, but it gets points for standard advanced safety features.


From Our President: Making Colds Less Costly
Consumer Reports offers its expert advice on effective and cost-efficient treatments against the common cold and flu.

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 2018 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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