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Consumer Reports Slams 2014 Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS 250

2014 Infiniti Q50 Two of the newest upscale midsize cars on the market fall short in Consumer Reports’ tests. The new 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS are outranked by a number of competitors, including the BMW 328i, Mercedes-Benz C250, Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost and Volvo S60 T5. Consumer Reports says that while the Q50 is intended to replace the Infiniti G37 sedan, the new car does not meet its expectations. “The Infiniti G has been one of Consumer ... continue reading»

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado Tops Consumer Reports Ratings

Consumer Reports has rated the Chevrolet Silverado as the best full-size pickup truck on the market. The publication rated the Ram 1500 second and the Ford F-150 came in third place. Though Chevrolet is likely happy with its first-place ranking, which is based on Consumer Reports’ tests of towing and hauling capacity, fuel economy and the availability of handy features like a tailgate step, the publication isn’t so clear about the difference between the Silverado and the Ram. Consumer ... continue reading»

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Ram 1500 Picks Up Top Rating from Consumer Reports

The 2013 Dodge Ram (Chrysler Group) Chrysler Group has something to celebrate as Consumer Reports has named the 2013 Ram 1500 its top full-size pickup truck. Explaining the top rating, Consumer Reports writes, "The updated truck delivered impressive performance in our tests, balancing work capability and refinement in a way that sees it outscore established domestic- and foreign-nameplate competitors." This isn't the first award the 2013 Ram 1500 has won. It's the most recent winner of the North American Truck of the Year award ... continue reading»

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Small Turbocharged Engines Fall Short of Consumer Reports' Expectations

While some automakers have made a move toward smaller, turbocharged engines to improve fuel economy in cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fusion, a new Consumer Reports study finds that these types of engines miss the mark in real world tests. “We put the cars through our standard fuel economy tests, with both city driving and highway speeds,” says Tom Mutchler, Automotive Engineer at Consumer Reports. Among affordable midsize cars, the Ford Fusion with the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Fuel Economy, Consumer Reports

Toyota, Ford, Honda are Consumers' Favorite Auto Brands

In the 2013 Consumer Reports Car Brand Perception Survey released last week, Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet scored highest among consumers when it comes to auto brands, in that order. “Based on data collected from a random, nationwide survey, the scores reflect how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories: quality, safety, value, performance, design/style, technology/innovation, and environmentally friendly/green,” Consumer Reports writes. The survey includes data “from 1,764 adults in households that had at least one ... continue reading»

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