Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars April 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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2019 cadillac xt4

THE 2019 XT4 gives GM a fresh competitor in the growing entry-level luxury SUV category. It comes with a smooth powertrain and a fairly stiff ride. The controls are a big improvement over recent Cadillac models, but GM has skimped on the safety systems. We purchased an XT4 all-wheel-drive Premium Luxury trim to test. Below are our first impressions of this new model. HOW IT DRIVES The only available powertrain is the new 2.0-liter turbo engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s smooth and responsive at all times, but the engine has a raspy, tinny sound when revved high. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive XT4 at 26 mpg combined; the AWD version sacrifices 2 miles per gallon. We have been observing 23 mpg with the on-board computer. We like the new gear selector, which is a…

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check for proper belt fit

Almost 26 percent of 4- to 7-year-old kids are transitioned out of their boosters prematurely, according to NHTSA’s 2015 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats report. To see whether your child is ready, use this checklist with her sitting without a booster. If the answer is “yes” to each point, then it’s safe to move from booster to belts. ˃ Her back is against the vehicle seat. This seating posture limits the slack in the seat belt, reducing how long before your child experiences the benefit of the belt. ˃ Her knees bend comfortably at the seat’s edge. Most kids will slouch to allow their knees to bend comfortably, increasing their risk of injury because the seat belt rides up off of their hips and onto the soft portion of…

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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 offer 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, some have performed 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, Kia Forte, 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…

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THESE CHARTS ALLOW you to easily compare the interior and exterior dimensions of different models, along with cargo, load, and towing capacity. We have detailed data on 248 models, mostly compiled from measurements taken during our testing. Data for vehicles not tested by us or not yet on sale were provided by manufacturers. Exterior Dimensions & Weight ▪ Length, width, height, and wheelbase data come from the manufacturer. ▪ Weight of tested vehicles is measured on our scales. Cargo ▪ Max. load is the maximum weight of the combination of passengers and cargo that the vehicle can safely carry. This figure is specified by the manufacturer or, in the case of some tested vehicles, calculated based on the difference between our tested vehicle’s weight and the manufacturer’s specified gross weight. ▪ Cargo volume for wagons, minivans,…

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child car seats

CHILDREN GROW UP FAST. That means you need to get the right car seat as they reach each milestone. The change from a forward-facing seat with a built-in harness to a booster that works with the car’s seat belts usually happens when a child is between the ages of 4 and 6. Kids should stay in a booster until they can fit a vehicle’s seat belts correctly, typically when they’re at least 57 inches tall and often between 8 and 12 years old. Some states require kids as heavy as 80 pounds to ride in a booster. A Seat for Every Size For that first ride home from the hospital, most children will be in an infant seat. These rear-facing-only seats provide the best fit for newborns and smaller babies from 4 to…

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2019 nissan altima

THE NEW ALTIMA is remarkable for being unremarkable. Nothing is alarmingly bad, but there’s also nothing that warrants heaps of praise. As sedans continue to lose market share to SUVs, logic dictates that it’s more important than ever to hit it out of the park when designing a new car. These are the impressions and test results of the midlevel SV trim we bought. HOW IT DRIVES Our issues with the Altima started with the engine’s jumpiness, with throttle performance that jolts the car off the line. Yet once the car gets going, power feels merely adequate, and there’s little oomph to spare when trying to merge onto the highway. The continuously variable transmission does a good job mimicking the shifts of a traditional automatic. It keeps the revs low and engine noise to…