Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars December 2020

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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 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 vehicles to test, so when we…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. How is fuel economy affected by hitch- and roof-mounted bike racks? Is one better than the other? To answer this question, our experts measured how different racks—when empty and when loaded with two adult-sized bicycles—affected the mileage of a Nissan Altima sedan and a Toyota RAV4 small SUV traveling at 65 mph. The Nissan lost 12 mpg with two bikes on the hitch rack, compared with 13 mpg using the roof rack. But even the empty roof rack affected fuel economy, taking a 9 mpg toll. The SUV was less affected, but the hitch was still the clear winner: With the bikes, it had a 5 mpg toll on fuel economy, vs. a 7 mpg loss with the roof rack. The empty roof rack caused a 2 mpg reduction. The empty hitch rack…

4 min.
don’t rush into a booster seat

Child safety seats, buying a new car, and staying covid-safe in an Uber, a Lyft, or a rental car. 82 OVERALL SCORE $ Graco Nautilus SnugLock LX $205 INSIDE CR’S LABS Consumer Reports’ car-seat crash test simulates a 35-mph frontal crash on a real vehicle seat. PARENTS SHOULD NOT rush to transition their growing children to the next stage of child car seats—such as moving from a harnessed seat to a booster—because each change could mean a step down in safety, CR’s child-safety experts say. The best practice for when to safely transition your child, such as at a certain weight or height threshold, might not always match what is permitted on the manufacturer’s label, our experts have found from Consumer Reports’ car-seat testing. This disparity highlights the risk of relying solely on the minimum car-seat manufacturer…

1 min.
what to know before you buy

KNOW YOUR CHILD Keep track of your child’s height and weight. These factors, along with age, will determine the type of car seat you need. Health problems that affect muscle control or breathing, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, can also affect your choice. KNOW YOUR CAR Check the child-safety sections of your vehicle owner’s manual and study up on relevant features, such as the car’s seat belt and anchoring hardware that allow you to attach a car seat to the vehicle. That anchoring system is known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). KNOW YOUR STORES Choose a retailer that accepts returns. Some car seats are not compatible with the back-seat cushion angle or seat-belt placement in some cars, so you may find that you need to return your…

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

The first three seats below are best for most families: an infant seat for your baby’s first year, a convertible until age 5 or 6, and a belt-positioning booster until your child fits your car’s seat belt alone. The other two seats can be good choices for some—for example, an all-in-one for a caregiver who occasionally travels with children and a toddler booster/combination seat for parents who want to pass a convertible to a younger sibling. 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…

3 min.
the right time to buy your new car

BY THE TIME the coronavirus was sweeping the nation, many car shoppers found themselves in a predicament: They wanted to buy a new model, but the pandemic forced many dealerships to close in March and April. Almost overnight, car dealerships had to change how they sold cars. Buyat-home “contactless” options were already a small but growing part of the market, but the pandemic increased the number of dealers taking part. Michelle Denogean, chief marketing officer at Roadster, a company that specializes in helping dealers set up the infrastructure for online sales, says these transactions used to comprise 5 to 10 percent of car sales. By mid-May that had risen to about 27 percent. “The pandemic threw us five years into the future in about five days,” she says. Depending on where they live,…