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.

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8 min.
new small suvs

Hyundai Kona THE KONA IS playful and inexpensive, which makes it one of the more appealing subcompact SUVs. Snazzy styling helps the Kona stand out from its more drab rivals, and smart packaging allows a versatile interior despite its small size. The Kona is more fun to drive than many of its competitors, thanks to sharp reflexes and responsive handling, although it suffers from many problems that plague other subcompact SUVs. It has a stiff ride and a loud cabin, and the engine makes a noisy protest when pushed to accelerate. We opted for the standard 2.0-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission. In most situations this combination delivered adequate power, but accelerating from 0 to 60 mph took a long 11 seconds, which means highway merges and passing maneuvers will require some forethought.…

1 min.
do i have to replace all 4 tires?

Owners of all-wheel-drive vehicles may need to replace all four tires even if only one is damaged so that tire diameters match, which ensures even traction and prevents damage to the AWD system. This can be costly when just one tire goes flat or is damaged. Now there’s a less expensive option: shaved tires. Owners can buy one tire from Tire Rack (888-541-1777) and the company will shave it to match the tread of your other three tires for about $25 to $35. It’s cheaper than buying four new tires, but shaving a tire is likely to nullify its treadwear warranty. Additionally, shaving a replacement tire makes the most financial sense if the remaining tread on your tires is no more than about half-worn, at approximately 6/32”. Other retailers may…

5 min.
standout models

Cars Small cars are practical for commuting or zipping around town. Midsized sedans provide the best balance of performance, fuel economy, and practicality. Large sedans provide more space and near-luxury accommodations. 70 OVERALL SCORE 88 OVERALL SCORE 92 OVERALL SCORE SMALL $14,000-$22,000 PROS Easy to park and maneuver, fuel economy, practical (especially hatchbacks), space for four people CONS Tend to be noisy, several have done poorly in IIHS small overlap crash test, slow acceleration, jittery ride SUBCOMPACT Best Overall Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris sedan COMPACT Best Overall Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru Impreza, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla Hatchback Fuel-Efficient Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Kia Niro, Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 Electric Cars/Plug-In Hybrids Toyota Prius Prime, Chevrolet Bolt MIDSIZED $22,000-$33,000 PROS Comfortable ride, low noise levels, roomy accommodations, ample power, space for five people CONS Limited cargo flexibility Best Overall Subaru Legacy, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Honda…

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hybrids of all sizes

Kia Niro THE NIRO IS a genre-splitting hybrid that combines impressive fuel economy with small-SUV looks. It doesn’t match the 52 mpg rating of the Toyota Prius or the Hyundai Ioniq (with which it shares a hybrid drivetrain), but the front-wheel-drive Niro’s 43 mpg overall beats most conventional hatchbacks and small SUVs. It can cruise up to about 40 mph on electric power alone, as long as drivers have a light right foot. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid electric drive deliver a 9.9-second 0-60 mph performance. The powertrain has a distinct delay, particularly during rolling starts. Although its dual-clutch transmission feels more natural than a typical hybrid’s CVT, the Niro’s shifts lack smoothness. The Niro lumbers its way around corners with vague steering, and the ride can be uncomfortable on rough roads. There’s…

2 min.
vehicle ratings

INSIDE CR’S LABS THESE CHARTS PROVIDE a quick reference guide to all the vehicles we have recently tested so that you can see how each matches up with its competitors. Price as tested is the sticker price at the time of purchase of our tested vehicle, including an automatic transmission (unless otherwise noted) and typical equipment. Overall Score includes a vehicle’s performance in our road tests, results from our reliability and owner satisfaction surveys, the availability of a frontal crash-prevention system, and, if applicable, crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. We deduct points if a vehicle’s gear selector lacks rollaway fail-safes or is difficult to use. For information on safety and crash tests, see page 190. Survey results include predicted…

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hyundai santa fe

WITH ITS PRACTICAL proportions, refined interior, and rich roster of safety equipment, the new Santa Fe is a compelling choice among two-row SUVs. We bought a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive for testing. These are our first impressions. How It Drives Like many vehicles equipped with four-cylinder turbo engines, the Hyundai tends to hesitate when accelerating in stop-and-go traffic or at mild cruising speed before it delivers a burst of power. This unpredictability is exaggerated by an eight-speed automatic transmission that sometimes struggles to shift smoothly, especially during around-town drives. We also rented a Santa Fe from Hyundai with a 2.4-liter engine, which we drove extensively. This less expensive nonturbo version feels smoother and has an EPA fuel-economy rating that’s 2 mpg better. We didn’t miss the…