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Consumer Reports Magazine | March

Published: March 2018
March 2018

Cover Story

Is a Bed-in-a-Box Right for You?
CR investigates the pros and cons of ordering a new mattress from an online retailer.

Special Report

Will You See an Actual Doctor the Next Time You Go to the Doctor?
It's getting harder to see a doctor, but you can still get quality care from a host of other professionals if you know who's who.
 • Who Should Be Your Main Healthcare Provider?
Everyone should have a primary-care provider, but the right one depends on your particular needs.
 • Finding Doctor Right
Searching for a new one can be a daunting task. Make it simpler with our step-by-step guide.
 • When Do You Need a Specialist Doctor?
While your primary care doctor plays a key role in your care, sometimes you need extra expertise.
 • How to Get More From Your Doctor Visit
Your next appointment may be short, but use our tips to make the time count.
 • How 'Natural' Doctors Can Hurt You
Naturopathic doctors promise more 'natural' care than M.D.s. But critics say their treatments are often


Planning for a Secure Retirement
Whether you're in your 50s, 60s, or 70s, these savvy steps can help you can live comfortably after you stop working.
 • The Unexpected Retirement
4 steps to take if you stop working sooner than you planned.
 • How to Afford Healthcare During Retirement
Strategies to cover what may be your biggest expense.

The Trouble With Stem Cell Therapy
A new industry is booming. But critics worry that the treatments are ineffective and dangerous. Here's how to protect yourself.

Product Updates

How to Buy a Drone of Your Own
Thanks to user-friendly design changes, drones are poised to go mainstream. CR puts the latest models to the test.

How to Shoot Great Drone Video
Five experts explain how to get dramatic footage without losing your craft in a crash.

Road Report

How Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Work
These wipers provide a convenient, automatic way to keep the windshield clear in foul weather.

2018 BMW X3 Review: Doubling Down on Excellence
With a spot-on combination of handling, comfort, and a spiffy cabin, this redesign is a joy to drive.

2018 Buick Enclave Review: Room for Improvement
It delivers qualities that SUV buyers want, but some features are missing for the price.

2018 GMC Terrain Review: A Luxury Misfire
The Terrain lacks the premium features and driving acumen to compete with the best compact SUVs.

2018 Range Rover Velar Review: Wading Into New Waters
The all-new SUV ditches the brand's off-road ruggedness for sporty driving dynamics, sleek styling, and a high-tech cabin.


From Our President: Your Mattress Matters
Consumer Reports' experts examine new mattresses and innovative retailing methods, such as 'bed-in-a-box' concepts.

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 March 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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