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Toyota Prius Named Consumer Reports Best Car Value

Want the most bang for your buck in your next new car? Then you should probably buy a Toyota Prius. Consumer Reports says that with an operating cost of 49 cents per mile, the Prius is about half as expensive to operate as the average car. The Prius beats out the Honda Fit, which Consumer Reports had named its best new-car value for the past four years. “The reason the Prius came out on top this year, even though the ... continue reading»

Tags: Stats and Studies, Toyota Prius, Model News, Consumer Reports

New Teen Distracted Driving Survey's Findings Conflict with Other Studies

A new Consumer Reports survey adds to the ongoing discussion on distracted driving among teens, but a few findings conflict with recent studies from Bridgestone and AAA. For example, Consumer Reports says concern for distracted driving led many teens to “stop or reduce such behavior,” but Bridgestone found that although young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 know what distracted driving is, many don’t believe that they are at risk and continue to practice bad driving habits ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving, AAA, Consumer Reports, Bridgestone

Consumer Reports Rates Three Updated Small Cars Highly

The 2012 Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent receive high ratings in road tests from Consumer Reports because they show “improvements in performance, equipment levels, and comfort.” The organization applauds these three all-new or redesigned affordable small cars because they break the stereotype that subcompact cars are cheap vehicles with uncomfortable rides and poor performance. The 2012 Kia Rio sedan receives the highest scores “thanks to nimble handling and a well-equipped cabin,” Consumer Reports says. Consumer Reports gives the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Sonic, Consumer Reports

Gap Between Consumer-Preferred Auto Brands Decreases

The Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey reveals a new trend in how consumers view car brands. While the survey does not reflect vehicle quality, it does show that shoppers see fewer differences between the top auto brands and their competitors. “Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet, which have been perennial leaders in the survey, maintained their top positions but have seen the points gap decrease,” says Consumer Reports. “In fact, most of the top brands saw double-digit drops in their total ... continue reading»

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2012 Toyota Camry Named Consumer Reports Recommended Buy

Consumer Reports has named the 2012 Toyota Camry a CR Recommended Buy. According to USA Today, Consumer Reports tested the base four-cylinder Camry LE, the V6 Camry XLE and the Hybrid XLE. The Camry lineup earned the Consumer Reports recommendation because of its improved interior quality, good handling and outstanding fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid’s highest EPA-estimated ratings are 43/29 mpg city/highway, and the base Camry has the highest non-hybrid, non-diesel fuel economy ratings of 25/35 ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, 2012 Toyota Camry, Consumer Reports, 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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