Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars July 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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1 min.
the trouble with warranties

If your new tires wear out prematurely, the manufacturer’s pro-rated tire treadwear warranty typically provides only a partial credit for the miles you didn’t get, good toward the purchase of an identical or similar tire from the same maker. The credit is applied to the dealer’s retail price, which may not include discounts. There could be other restrictions, too. Your tires may have to show even wear across the tread, or you may have to document in writing that your tires were rotated at prescribed intervals, usually every 5,000 miles.…

12 min.
best new vehicles under $30k

SEDAN Subaru Legacy ✓ AT FIRST BLUSH the Legacy is a great all-around sedan, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and reasonable price. But dig deeper and you’ll realize it’s even better—this Subaru doesn’t force the owner to make compromises. The Legacy’s plush ride, responsive handling, and capable braking rank among the top competitors in the category. In fact, outside of its unexciting acceleration numbers, the Legacy is tops among midsized sedans in almost every other track-performance measure. With its standard all-wheel drive, we appreciate the Legacy’s additional traction when inclement weather arrives. The Nissan Altima and the now-discontinued Ford Fusion are the only other sedans in the category to offer AWD. Even with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and standard AWD, the Legacy doesn’t penalize drivers at the pump, returning a decent 26 mpg overall.…

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 we bought our test vehicle. □ Overall Score includes the vehicle’s performance in our road tests; the latest results from the reliability and owner satisfaction sections of CR’s exclusive Auto Survey; the availability of frontal crash prevention systems with pedestrian detection, along with blind spot warning; and, if available, results from crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For information on safety and crash tests, see page 190. □ Survey results reflect findings from CR’s Auto Survey, which is compiled from data Consumer…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. I don’t rent cars often. Should I still join a loyalty program from one of the rental car companies? Short answer? Yes. These nocost programs often allow you to skip the long lines at the counters, choose your own vehicle, and—conveniently—avoid the person behind the counter who might try to upsell items you don’t need. Once you’ve found the car and rate you want, sign up for the rental company’s loyalty program before you travel. If you’ve already booked your reservation, make sure to add it to your loyalty profile. Q. My credit card says it offers insurance coverage on rental cars. The agent at the rental car company told me I could still get charged for something called “loss of use.” Who is right? If you get into a crash—even one…

2 min.
road-test highlights

CONSUMER REPORTS conducts more than 50 objective tests and subjective evaluations on every vehicle we rate. These charts list the results from CR’s testing. The information allows you to easily compare models. Here’s an explanation of the criteria that appear in the charts: □ Make & Model specifies the make, model, and trim version of the vehicle Consumer Reports tested. We often test multiple versions of the same model, and each can yield different results depending on the trim and equipment level, body style, and engine type. □ Trans. indicates the transmission type and number of speeds. “Auto” is automatic; “CVT,” con tin uously variable transmission; “Man,” manual; “Seq,” sequential; and “1-spd. dir.,” one-speed direct drive. □ HP is the horsepower of the engine tested. □ Engine notes displacement, number of cylinders, and configuration…

11 min.
get top dollar for your used car

THE FIRST STEP is deciding whether you want to sell your car privately or trade it in at a dealership. CR’s experts can walk you through the pros and cons. Trade In: Less Effort but Less Money Many buyers prefer the simplicity of trading in their current vehicle. You can apply the trade-in amount to your down payment, reducing how much you have to finance. There can be tax advantages, too. Most states require that sales tax be paid only on the difference between the price of your trade-in and the vehicle you’re buying, not the full price of the car you buy. But this tax benefit goes away if you sell your car yourself. A downside of trading in your vehicle is that you might leave behind hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.…