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Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars September 2020

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

1 min.
the cr difference

WHEN YOU’RE BUYING a new car, it can feel like everyone you encounter just wants to sell you something and there’s nobody out there you can trust. CR is here to help! You can rely on our recommendations because we have detailed data that nobody else does. We conduct exclusive annual reliability surveys of our members to find out which problems cost vehicle owners time and money, and which cars are trouble-free. We also ask owners whether they’re satisfied with their vehicle, because the only thing better than a reliable car is a reliable car that owners love, too. In our most recent Annual Auto Surveys, we gathered data on about 420,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and wagons. But that’s not all. Only CR buys its own test vehicles, so when we conduct…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. What is the difference between Level 2 and DC-Fast highspeed charging systems? A Level 2 charger uses a 240-volt power source, much like one you’d plug your oven or dryer into. You can buy them at many retailers, including Amazon and Home Depot, and they range from about $300 to $700. You will probably want to hire an electrician to install the chargers, which are often wall-mounted and can be either hardwired or plugged in. DC-Fast chargers use high voltage (480-volt plus) and can add 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes in some cases. These are designed for public venues. They’re cost-prohibitive for most consumers, and they’re overkill. Plus, routinely using a DC-Fast charger can ultimately hurt the longevity of your car’s battery. Q. My car wash has a sign…

5 min.
how to safely kill coronavirus in your car

WASHING HANDS AND cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are two of the best ways to defend against spreading the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As COVID-19 spreads, you’ve probably already learned the proper technique for washing your hands and heard about which household cleaners can destroy the coronavirus. You should clean frequently touched surfaces in your car, including the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signal stalks, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters, according to Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. That’s especially important if someone with symptoms of COVID-19 has been in your car. If you’re a taxi or ride-hailing driver, driving a rented or shared car, regularly cleaning these…

4 min.
how to buy a car from the comfort of your home

As the novel coronavirus spreads, many people are doing what they can to minimize contact with others, such as shopping online. But it’s not very common—and in many states it’s impossible—for consumers to buy a car online. Concierge services for buying used cars, such as Carvana and TRED, allow buyers to handle most aspects of a used-car sale without meeting with the seller. There are also automotive brokers that can buy and deliver a new car to your home in some states—in exchange for a big fee. But for most consumers looking to purchase a new car, a dealership is the only practical option. So the expert buyers at Consumer Reports—who anonymously purchase about 50 cars per year for CR testing—recommend strategies for spending as little time as possible at a dealership. A…

5 min.
get smart about car seats

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat $200 87 OVERALL SCORE Jen Stockburger, CR’s director of car seat testing, installs an infant seat at the proper recline angle. MORE THAN 5 MILLION infant inclined sleepers, including the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper, were recalled last spring after a Consumer Reports investigation linked them to dozens of deaths. Consumer Reports has been working to get all inclined sleepers—now associated with 92 deaths—banned. That prompted some CR readers to ask whether car seats pose a similar risk, because many also have an incline. Sleeping on an incline does pose risks, as it can cause an infant’s head to tilt forward, chin to chest, and compress the airway, increasing the risk of suffocation, says Emily A. Thomas, Ph.D., an automotive safety engineer at CR and an expert in…

3 min.
which kind of car seat is right for your child?

INFANT SEAT CHILD’S WEIGHT 4 to 35 pounds Infant car seats, which are rear-facing only, are best for babies from birth to age 1. They can also be used for children up to age 2 if they meet the seat’s height and weight requirements. But CR’s testing shows that a convertible seat may offer added head protection for babies 1 year or older. And though some infant seats are designed for babies weighing up to 35 pounds, most children outgrow the height limit first. These seats attach to a base installed in the car and can be removed to serve as an infant carrier or snapped into a compatible stroller. CONVERTIBLE SEAT CHILD’S WEIGHT 5 to 50 pounds when rear-facing and 20 to 85 pounds when forward-facing Convertible seats are typically best for children between…