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Consumer Reports Magazine | April

Published: April 2018
April 2018

Cover Story

10 Top Picks of 2018: Best Cars of the Year
Only the most excellent vehicles land on our list.

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?
Our rankings reveal the automakers that produce reliable, high-performing models and those that need to try harder.

2018 Autos Spotlight
CR's Annual Report on car performance, reliability, satisfaction and safety.

Best and Worst New Cars
Highlights from our tests and surveys.

Special Report

The Race to Improve Fuel Economy
Despite advancements, is a revived debate over efficiency requirements going to slow progress?
 • Fuel-Saving Innovations: Features That Work and Some That Still Need Tweaking
A look at what's working today.


Are Pickup Trucks Becoming the New Family Car?
Today’s pickups are safer and more comfortable, and sales to women and families are on the rise. Could one be right for you?

The Truth About Certified Pre-Owned Cars
Understanding this alternative to buying a traditional new or used car.

Don't Neglect Getting Your Airbags Fixed
More than 26 million recalled Takata airbags still need to be replaced. Do yours?
 • Is Your Car Under Recall & You Don't Know It?
How to check, with several significant recalls highlighted.

Best New Cars Under $30,000
Top performers that cost less than the average new car.

Best Used Cars for Under $20,000
These cars, SUVs, and trucks performed well when new and have above-average reliability records.

10 Noteworthy Cars Coming Soon
These 2019 models caught our eye at auto shows. Stay tuned for our test results once these cars become available to buy.


From Our President: A New Road Ahead
Consumer Reports' Annual Auto Spotlight offers all the savvy insight you need to buy the right vehicle.

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars
CR’s car team drives nonstop and digs deep into data so you can make a fully informed choice on your next auto purchase.

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

The April 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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