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Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars January 2019

Consumer Reports New Cars will help you decide which new car, suv, minivan, or pick up truck is right for you. We buy every vehicle our engineers test and drive them like you would. We also provide exclusive, real world reliability ratings based on subscribers' experiences with more than 740,000 vehicles.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Consumer Union
Frequency:
Biannually
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in this issue

2 min.
the cr difference

QUICK—WHICH SUV do you think is the least reliable: an Acura MDX, a BMW X3, or a Chevrolet Tahoe? In order to answer that, you’ll need data—lots of data—from people who own those cars. Fortunately for you, we have that data. And a lot of it. Our one-of-a-kind, real-world reliability ratings are based on members’ experiences with more than 500,000.vehicles reported in the latest Annual Auto Survey. From this, we can provide detailed reliability histories and predict which models are most likely to be trouble-free—or trouble-prone. Whether you’re buying or leasing, you can rely on CR’s ratings and reviews to steer you in the right direction and put the odds in your favor that your car won’t leave you stranded—no matter how long you plan to own it. Our ratings are based on…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. What’s the difference between lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane centering? I’m confused because I’ve seen all three terms used in advertising. Which one sounds an alert, and which one actually takes control of the car? Lane-departure warning is just that: It alerts drivers when they either drive on or cross over a lane line. Both lane-keeping assist and centering include some automated steering. If a driver crosses over a painted line, lane-keeping assist may actively steer the car back between the lines. Lane centering uses the steering to keep a car centered in its lane. Each automaker’s system can work differently, so try them out during a test drive. Q. A car I want to buy advertises “adaptive cruise control.” Is this different from the cruise control I have on…

6 min.
is a lease right for you?

BUYING A VEHICLE with a conventional car loan is pretty straightforward: You borrow money from a bank, credit union, or other lending institution and make monthly payments for some number of years. A chunk of each payment is interest, and the rest is principal. The higher the interest rate, the higher the payment. As you repay the principal, you build equity until—by the end of the loan—the car is all yours. As car prices rise and buyers start to demand the latest safety features that are available only on newer cars, leasing a vehicle has become a mainstream alternative to buying. In a lease, buyers make a monthly payment to drive a new car for a set term. That payment is often less than the monthly cost of financing a new…

6 min.
how to avoid the first-year blues

THE RATIONALE FOR buying a new car is fairly simple: You get a vehicle that is more dependable than your old car and has the newest technology and advanced safety features. But the results from Consumer Reports’ exclusive Annual Auto Survey again show that this thinking can backfire if shoppers choose the wrong models. Our newest survey collected data on more than 500,000 vehicles from CR’s members, and from this data, we can let shoppers know which vehicles are likely to have troublesome turbocharged engines, infuriating infotainment systems, and taxing transmissions, among other problems. The survey reinforces our recommendation that consumers should avoid brand-new or redesigned models and wait a year or two until the automaker has had the chance to work out the kinks and headaches that often arise. Here are…

1 min.
reliability predictions

Every year, Consumer Reports surveys its membership, asking them about the problems they experienced with their cars, SUVs, and trucks. This year, the Annual Auto Reliability Survey—the largest of its kind—gathered detailed data on more than half a million vehicles. We analyze 17 trouble areas and weight the severity of each area to create an overall Reliability Score for individual model years. Our predictions for the 2019 models are based on the overall reliability for each car for the past three model years, provided that the vehicle wasn’t changed significantly during that time. The charts that follow present a Predicted Reliability Score on a 0-to-100 point scale to make it easy to compare models. The average score ranges from 41 to 60, better than average ranges from 61-80, and worse than average…

1 min.
redesigned and all-new models

CR also provides reliability ratings for models that are brand-new, redesigned for 2019, or with limited data available. To make these predictions, our auto experts look at the overall history of how a brand has performed and the reliability of the previous generation of a model, if there was one. We also make our judgments by looking at similar models or ones that share components. We can’t score new or redesigned vehicles on a 0-to-100 scale, but we give them a general reliability rating based on this analysis.…