Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars March 2021

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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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the cr difference

WHEN YOU’RE BUYING a new car, it can feel like every-one 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 329,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and wagons. But that’s not all. Only CR buys its own vehicles to test, so when we…

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ask our experts

Q. How much of a deal do I need to get on a 2020 car to overcome the depreciation? Car dealers are eager to clear out leftover 2020 models because they have to pay interest on them. So you can expect to get a discount. But buying a closeout car is a good deal only if you’ll keep it for more than five years or if you’re a high-mileage driver who trades in cars every three to five years. A closeout car makes it appear that you spread out your mileage over an extra year. So even if you go well over the typical 12,000 to 15,000 annual miles, you’ll get a similar trade-in value as a lower-mileage driver who bought the same model at the start of 2020 at a higher…

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vehicles you can depend on

Some people believe that only older vehicles—ones well out of warranty—can bring repair headaches. But data show that shoppers in the market for a new car also need to be concerned about reliability. We know this because Consumer Reports members who responded to our 2020 Auto Surveys, the largest of their kind, tell us about the problems they had with their cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks over the previous 12 months. From that treasure trove of data, we can predict the reliability for almost every mainstream 2021 model. A model that is unreliable when new rarely gets better as it ages. While repairs may be covered under warranty when a vehicle is new, it still costs consumers time to bring the vehicle to and from the dealership for repairs. Below, we look…

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reliability predictions for 2021

Our predictions are based on overall reliability for the past three model years, provided the vehicle has not been redesigned. One or two years of data will be used if the model was redesigned in 2020 or 2019. These charts give our predicted reliability score: 41-60 is average, 61-80 is better than average, and 21-40 is worse than average. We base these on data gathered from our members each year about problems with their vehicles. CR's latest auto surveys gathered data covering about 329,000 vehicles. We analyzed trouble areas and created an overall reliability score for each model and year. Serious problem areas that can lead to expensive repairs are more heavily weighted. Newly Recommended Models With Improved Reliability Audi A6 BMW 3 Series BMW 5 Series BMW X5 BMW X7 Cadillac XT5 GMC Acadia Infiniti Q50 Jeep Gladiator Mini Countryman Volvo S60 No-Longer-Recommended…

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brand report cards

Here we present the rankings of brands as a whole based on their average reliability scores for their models that CR has data for. We list whether the brand’s rank went up or down since our last survey, and identify the most reliable and least reliable scores within each brand. Our predicted reliability score is calculated on a 0-to-100-point scale, with the average rating falling between 41 and 60 points. For a brand to be ranked, we must have sufficient survey data for two or more models. We have insufficient data to rank the Acura, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Fiat, Genesis, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, and Mitsubishi brands. Know What You’re Buying If you’re looking for a new ride and want to follow our advice to steer clear of a potentially problematic redesign,…

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the future of back-seat safety

Unbelted rear-seat occupants are eight times more likely to be injured and twice as likely to die in a crash as belted rear-seat occupants, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Yet an IIHS survey found that only 74 percent of rear-seat passengers in private vehicles reported buckling up, compared with 91 percent of front-seat passengers. “If rear occupants don’t wear their belts, they’re putting themselves at risk and putting other occupants in danger, too,” says Emily Thomas, an automotive safety engineer at Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. Technology Takes a Back Seat Until the mid-2000s, the back seat was always the safest place to sit. But crash-test evaluations, such as those done IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have prioritized front-seat crash protection because…