Consumer Reports Magazine

July 2018
July 2018

Cover Story

Best Credit Cards to Use When Traveling
Get the most rewards for restaurant meals, hotel stays, and gas
Why Unlimited Data Makes Sense on a Road Trip, Plus More Tech Tips for Travelers
CR also helps you pick the best camera, tablet, headphone, and portable speaker for your trip
How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip
Strategies for prepping and packing, paying less for gas, and keeping everyone healthy, safe, and sane
10 Best Road-Trip Vehicles That You Can Buy Right Now
CR's tests show that these are the best road-trip models across popular categories

How to Stay Comfortable on Long Drives
Here's what to do to avoid cramps and other ailments. Plus, what to add to your travel first-aid kit.
5 Ways to Avoid Big Medical Bills If You Get Sick While Traveling
Here's how to protect yourself from surprise medical bills when you're away from home
How to Prepare for a Road Trip During the Pandemic
Before you hit the road, take care of some preventive maintenance, stow your bags the right way, and throw in an emergency kit

Special Report

Heart Surgery Safety Guide
What you need to know to stay safe before, during, and after

3 Questions to Ask Before You Have Heart Surgery
Get answers to these questions to stay safe and make an informed decision


Shop Smarter for Sunscreen
Confused about all those terms on sunscreen labels? Use CR’s expertise to find the best options for you.
How to Lower Utility Bills When the Temperature Rises
Energy Star-certified smart thermostats can cut heating and cooling costs by about $50 per year

Product Updates

Briquettes or Lump: Which Is the Best Charcoal?
In Consumer Reports' charcoal face-off, our experts answer this burning question

How to Grill Like a Professional Pitmaster
Expert tips for getting great results on a gas or charcoal grill

Road Report

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Review: Diesel Fuel Savings Don’t Add Up
This diesel SUV offers impressive fuel mileage, but it isn’t worth the extra cost.

2018 Honda Clarity Review: A Tale of Two Personalities
This plug-in hybrid runs on electricity and gas, which results in two distinct driving experiences
2018 Kia Rio Review: Small Car, Big Sacrifices
Despite its low price, the Rio is no bargain
2018 Hyundai Accent Review: Bare-Bones Transportation
The new Accent suffers from many of the shortcomings common in this segment


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: On the Road Again
Consumer Reports experts can help you plan for the perfect summer road-trip vacation

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