Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars January 2018

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.
do-it-all haulers

Toyota Sienna WHEN IT COMES TO family transportation, it’s hard to beat a minivan for moving your brood and its stuff. And among minivans, the Sienna is a rational choice. Its long list of strong suits includes a comfortable ride and an energetic powertrain that returns respectable fuel economy: The front-wheeldrive version we tested got 21 mpg. Those looking for all-wheel drive will find that the Sienna is the only game in town. That extra winter traction and peace of mind will sacrifice about 1 mpg and replaces the spare tire with run-flat tires. However, there’s no particular joy in driving the Sienna. Handling falls short of being agile or engaging, even with the sporty SE version. But it’s ultimately secure when push comes to shove. Ride comfort, on the other hand, is…

13 min.
the auto reliability 1-2 punch

FOR PIONEERING CONSUMERS, nothing beats the thrill of owning something completely new. These early adopters are the ones you see lined up around the block when a next-generation smartphone is released or racing to the dealership when a redesigned or new car model rolls into showrooms. But the results from our Annual Reliability Surveys have consistently shown that this pioneering spirit is not without consequences and that better things often come to those who wait. Our newest survey of 640,000 vehicles reveals that all-new or updated models are now more likely than older ones to have a wonky engine, a jerky transmission, or high-tech features that fail outright. The problems often arise when automakers incorporate new technologies into their cars. Over the past decade, for instance, automakers have embraced new transmission technologies…

5 min.
top tires

SHOPPING FOR NEW TIRES can be a daunting task. You can look at and feel them, but there’s no way to tell which provides the best grip, the longest life, or the shortest stopping distance simply by how they look. That’s why Consumer Reports tests 50 or more tire models each year, with each going through as many as 14 rigorous tests. Spend More, Get More We’ve found that you generally get what you pay for. No matter the type, tires that combine the best grip with the longest tread life may cost a little more, but will likely be worth it in the long run. For example, a $130 tire that will last twice as long as an $87 tire is a better bet, assuming other factors are equal. Still, the cheaper…

2 min.
subaru crosstrek

SUBARU HAS AGAIN sprinkled its Outback dust on an Impreza, creating a raised hatchback primed for frugal commutes and spirited weekend adventures. While strikingly similar to the last Crosstrek, the new model is distinguished by a higher level of renement. This Crosstrek uses a new structure that brings benets such as a much more comfortable ride and a signicantly quieter cabin. One would need a tape measure to gure out the incremental gains to the wheelbase, length, and slight drop in height. The Subaru remains instantly recognizable—a good thing given the Crosstrek’s loyal following. Pricing starts at $21,795 for the 2.0i base model and rises to $26,295 for the 2.0i Limited. We purchased a midlevel 2.0i Premium, adding a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an EyeSight Driver-Assist package, with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. If a vehicle activates automatic emergency braking or slows using distance-sensing cruise control, do the brake lights go on? Yes. When your car’s automatic emergency braking system activates the brakes, the brake lights go on to alert drivers behind you. And if the adaptive cruise control uses the brakes to slow down the car, the brake lights will be activated. Q. You have always encouraged people to buy winter tires and not rely on all-wheel drive. Is AWD a gimmick or are there instances when it’s useful? All-wheel drive isn’t a gimmick, but many drivers feel it gives them a level of invincibility in the snow. While AWD helps you get going, it doesn’t bring any benefit to braking or cornering on slippery surfaces as do winter tires. Yes, AWD will help get…

6 min.
what’s new for 2018

What’s Coming Soon, Q&A With Our Experts, Vehicles in Testing at the Track IN THIS MARKET for a new car? You’re in luck, because carmakers have revealed a wide variety of new vehicles. Although SUVs still dominate—with new models from BMW, Jaguar, and Porsche—sedans and hatchbacks are represented. Audi, Genesis, and Nissan have introduced new high-tech four-doors to tempt traditionalists. FAMILIAR LOOKS UP TOP, BIG CHANGES UNDERNEATH BMW X3 Fall 2017 THE REVAMPED third generation of BMW’s compact luxury SUV boasts significantly more comfort and convenience features than before. And, for the first time, BMW is rolling out an M Performance model at the top of the lineup. The X3 offers a full suite of advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warning with city-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-keeping assist with…