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Yoke Steering Wheel Blamed for Tesla's Rankings Tumble

Electric vehicle maker dropped 7 places in the 'Consumer Reports' list of 32

(Newser) - Tesla has tumbled down the rankings in the latest Consumer Reports list of car brands—and its Model 3 is no longer the top electric vehicle in the magazine's list of top picks. Tesla dropped seven places in the brand rankings to No. 23 out of 32 because of...

Tesla's 'Tumultuous Year' Just Got Worse

Automaker ranked almost last for reliability in new Consumer Reports ranking

(Newser) - Lexus will be pleased with the latest Consumer Reports new-car reliability rankings , but one big name won't be. After surveying owners of more than 300,000 vehicles that were 2020 or 2021 models, the consumer group placed Tesla second to last (ahead of only the Lincoln brand owned by...

Tesla Removes Steering Wheel, a Slippery Change

Consumer Reports' testers struggle with new yoke in Model S

(Newser) - Drivers might soon feel more than ever that they're sitting in a cockpit instead of a car. The steering device in Tesla's Model S and Model X SUV looks more like an airplane's yoke than a car's usual steering wheel. Drivers keep their hands on something...

Consumer Reports Picks Toyota-Heavy Top 10 Vehicles

Porsche is named the best brand overall

(Newser) - Consumer Reports has driven the best, safest, and coolest new cars on the market, with the latest gadgets and features, so you don't have to. It's also tested them and crunched owner surveys and other data. And the results are in . Toyota dominated the annual top 10, claiming...

Tesla's Model 3 Had 'Recommended' Status. Not Anymore

'Consumer Reports' pulls back coveted designation after customers complained of reliability issues

(Newser) - Consumer Reports giveth, and Consumer Reports taketh away—and this time around, it's Tesla who's losing out. New Atlas documents the "love-hate relationship" between the consumer advocacy group and the electric-car maker, with the former either not offering its coveted "recommended" status to Tesla's cars...

These Are the Most Reliable Cars of the Year
10 Most Reliable
Cars of the Year

10 Most Reliable Cars of the Year

Toyota tops the Consumer Reports list for 5th year running

(Newser) - When it comes to the most reliable cars, only one US brand made the top 10—General Motors' Buick—while three other domestic brands, Cadillac, GMC, and Ram, rank in the bottom three spots of the full list of 27. Consumer Reports is out with its annual list for 2017,...

Consumer Reports Ditches Microsoft Recommendations

Publication pulls the recommendations it previously offered for 4 Surface laptops

(Newser) - A blow for Microsoft: Consumer Reports says it can't currently recommend any of the company's laptops or tablets. Four Microsoft Surface laptops used to have the publication's "recommended" designation, but those recommendations have now been pulled. The magazine says it made the decision based on an...

'Water-Resistant' Samsung Phone Isn't: Consumer Reports

S7 Active failed immersion test—twice

(Newser) - Samsung claims its "water-resistant" S7 phones can spend 30 minutes in five feet of water and still be usable. To prove its point, it has Lil Wayne douse an S7 Edge in champagne, then drop it in a fish tank in a commercial . But Consumer Reports says Samsung's...

Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Recommendation

Model S has too many maintenance problems

(Newser) - The ultra hip Tesla Model S tests great, but it seems it might not hold up in the long run, according to a new report published Tuesday by Consumer Reports . The publication gave the electric vehicle its best performance rating ever —a seemingly mathematically impossible 103 out of 100—...

EPA Allegations Are Already Costing VW

Consumer Reports pulls recommendations of Volkswagen vehicles

(Newser) - "Buying bible" Consumer Reports has yanked its favorable ratings of diesel Jettas and Passats in the wake of the EPA's allegations that Volkswagen installed software in its vehicles to skirt federal emissions laws, USA Today reports. "These recommendations will be suspended until Consumer Reports can re-test these...

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's...

Consumer Reports Names Best Vehicles

Tesla Model S takes top honors, with Chrysler's Ram 1500 best pickup

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with its top picks for 2014 vehicles, with Tesla's Model S taking top honors as "best overall." The pricey Tesla is among four new winners this year, with the others in the categories of midsize SUVs, small SUVs, and pickups, notes USA ...

Consumer Reports Yanks Approval From 3 Toyotas

Meanwhile, Toyota reports winning sales figures

(Newser) - It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Toyota. The good news? The Japanese automaker beat GM in sales for the second straight quarter, moving 2.5 million vehicles between July and September, it announced today, according to Bloomberg . The bad news? Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of...

Consumer Reports Gives Tesla Model S Highest Score Ever

Pricey plug-in vehicle gets 99 out of 100

(Newser) - The hype around Tesla's Model S got a big shot in the arm today courtesy of Consumer Reports , which is giving the car a whopping 99 out of 100, tied for the highest score the famously demanding magazine has ever given. In fact, CR director Jake Fisher tells Jalopnik...

Consumer Reports Finds Widespread Pork Threat

Study cites bacteria, antibiotic danger

(Newser) - Much of the US pork supply is tainted with dangerous bacteria, and the antibiotics given to pigs could be boosting drug-resistant germs, a Consumer Reports study finds. Some 69% of 198 tested pork samples contained bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some 3% to...

And America's Best Bagels Are...

 And America's 
 Best Bagels Are... 
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And America's Best Bagels Are...

Consumer Reports likes Dunkin' Donuts, Lender's, and CostCo

(Newser) - You don't have to be in New York to get a good bagel, Consumer Reports finds: Three big brands offer decent alternatives. In a comparison of eight plain and four "everything" bagels, testers found Dunkin' Donuts, Lender's Original, and Costco to be the best options. Each scored...

20 Worst Used Cars
 20 Worst Used Cars 

20 Worst Used Cars

Compiled by Consumer Reports

(Newser) - The only thing worse than buying a lemon is buying a used lemon. Here's a list of 2012's worst used cars compiled by Consumer Reports and courtesy of ABC News .

Consumer Reports: New iPad Runs Hotter

Thermal imaging pegs it at 116 degrees

(Newser) - In its few days on the market, the new iPad has been drawing complaints from worried customers that it runs awfully hot. A Dutch site says its tests have shown that it runs 10 degrees hotter than its iPad 2 predecessor. Now Consumer Reports testing has shown that it's...

Consumer Reports Warns of Arsenic in Fruit Juices

It wants FDA to tighten standards

(Newser) - Apple juice and grape juice have levels of arsenic that could raise kids' risk of cancer, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports . The study of 88 samples of fruit juice bought in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut found that 10% had arsenic levels that exceeded standards set for...

Black Friday a Bad Bet for Quality Electronics: Study
 Why It Might 
 Pay to Skip 
 Black Friday 
study says

Why It Might Pay to Skip Black Friday

Better deals on high-quality goods come later: Study

(Newser) - If you’re in the market for cheap stuff—not just inexpensive, but cheap—you’ll find plenty of good deals on Black Friday. But if you want low prices on better-quality electronics, you’re better off waiting, a Consumer Reports study finds. Researchers examined the changing prices of CR-recommended...

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