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Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars July 2017

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.

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in this issue

2 min.
the cr difference

DIP YOUR TOE INTO the carbuying market and soon enough you’ll be faced with a challenge: Should you hold off for something down the road, or bask in the immediate gratification of driving home a new model today? To help guide your decision, on page 4 we cover the new Toyota Camry, redesigned Chevrolet Traverse, sleek Kia Stinger, and other exciting models coming later this year. If waiting isn’t in your plan, on page 8 we share our insights on models available now: the BMW 530i, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Niro, and Toyota Prius Prime. Small SUVs continue to excite buyers. If you’re in the market for one, don’t miss our review of five top-scoring models, starting on page 14. Whether you’re buying or leasing, you can rely on CR’s ratings and reviews to steer…

9 min.
vehicles to look for in 2018

Bite-Sized Beauty Nissan Rogue Sport LOOKING TO DIVERSIFY their small-SUV lineup, Nissan has introduced a shorter version of its top-selling Rogue SUV. The Rogue Sport provides a slightly larger option to take on subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Right now, Nissan’s only option is the long-inthe- tooth Juke, which lacks the cargo and passenger room of the Honda and Mazda. The Sport’s wheelbase is 2.3-inches shorter than that of the regular Rogue, and overall length is 12.1 inches shorter. With the second-row seat folded the Sport has a claimed 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space, compared with 70.0 cu. ft. in the Rogue. Cargo space with the rear seat raised is a claimed 22.9 cu. ft. All trims will use the same 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a…

1 min.
ask the experts

Q. What is the process of crash testing a vehicle? Do you crash test all parts of the vehicle? Thank you for your help! — Chris H. We don’t crash-test vehicles. Instead, we use the data from the crash-tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. We do perform our own simulated 35 mph frontal crash tests for child seats, based on criteria developed to simulate the crash energy and vehicle interior of real-world crashes. To learn more, go to CR.org and search “How we test child car seats.” Q. You almost always cite how fast one can go from 0 to 60 mph in a specified number of seconds! It seems to contradict your usual safe driving advice, undoubtedly burns more fuel, and makes little…

10 min.
at the track

Toyota Prius Prime How will Toyota’s v2.0 plug-in fare? FOR PEOPLE WHO think the regular Toyota Prius relies too much on gas, yet aren’t ready to fully embrace a dedicated EV, the 2017 Prius Prime provides a bridge. Much like the Chevrolet Volt, the Prime can go electric for short distances and rely on its hybrid powertrain for longer trips, with no range worries. What a difference five years makes. Back in 2012 Toyota rolled out a Prius plug-in. It was a half-hearted effort that promised some electric-only range but resorted to turning its gas engine on at every opportunity. Unsurprisingly, in our owner satisfaction survey the Prius Plug-in hybrid ranked well below the regular Prius. Clearly the company could do better. But with the fourth-generation Prius, the plug-in takes on a dedi cated…

11 min.
suburban adventurers

Subaru Forester IT’S RIGHT IF: A boxy but quite functional design that emphasizes practicality is more important to you than swoopy looks. Subaru’s popular Forester continues to stand out from the crowd, combining a spaceefficient design, easy access, and an enviable reliability history. And starting at just $23,470, with standard AWD, it offers a lot for the money. By adapting various fuel-efficient technologies, including using a CVT, the Forester delivers an impressive 26 mpg overall and 35 mpg on the highway. Performance is decent from the standard four-cylinder, and the CVT mimics a conventional transmission to minimize the over-revving sensation. The XT’s 2.0-liter, 250-hp turbo four-cylinder is quieter and delivers effortless punch. The ride is supple—one of the best in the segment. Handling is also responsive and very secure, but the Forester isn’t as…

10 min.
right-sized affordability

Chevrolet Cruze IT’S RIGHT IF: You are looking for a comfortable and relaxed midsized sedan, but in a compact package. With its 2016 redesign, the Cruze became a more accomplished sedan. It takes the best attributes of Chevrolet’s accomplished Malibu and Impala and tucks them into a more maneuverable package. Our typically equipped Cruze LT rang in at $23,145. We added the Convenience package, with keyless and remote start, a power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. That makes it one of the more expensive entries in the class, but discounts are available. With its 1.4-liter turbo engine and six-speed automatic, the Cruze feels effortless when taking off or merging. That comes in part from the car’s lighter weight and the turbo’s readily-available power. The start/stop feature is one of the smoothest we’ve experienced.…