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Consumer Reports New Cars

Consumer Reports New Cars July 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.

País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Consumer Union
Periodicidad:
Biannually
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2 min.
the cr difference

DIP YOUR TOE into the car-buying market and you’ll soon be faced with a challenge: Wait and see what comes out down the road, or drive a new car home today? To help guide your decision, on page 3 we cover the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Ranger pickups, the new Acura RDX, the sleek Hyundai Veloster, and other exciting models coming later this year. If you want to buy now, check page 8 for our insights on models currently on sale: the Ford EcoSport, Lexus RX L, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, and Volvo XC40. Subcompact SUVs remains a hot segment. If you’re in the market for one, don’t miss our review of four top-scoring models, starting on page 14. Whether you’re buying or leasing, you can rely on CR’s ratings and reviews…

8 min.
new models worth waiting for

SPRING 2018 Ford Ranger After an eight year absence, the Ford Ranger midsized pickup finally returns to U.S. dealerships later this year. Where the previous Ranger was often equipped as a barebones work truck, the latest model will o.er buyers more sophistication. A central 8-inch screen and twin LCD screens in the instrument panel lend a high-tech look. The optional Sync 3 system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Alexa (Amazon’s internet-connected personal assistant), and navigation capability. Mobile 4G LTE WiFi is available. There are power points, an AC outlet, and USB ports to entertain the troops and keep their devices charged. Automatic emergency braking will be standard, and other advanced safety and driver-assist technologies are optional, including a blind-spot warning that can monitor the length of a trailer. But modern amenities don’t come at…

2 min.
ask our experts

Q. I am very intrigued by the 3.0 Eco-Diesel Ram 1500. I plan to tow a trailer with the tongue weight about 675 pounds and the trailer weight about 5,800 pounds loaded. Is this truck capable of handling this load? The Ram with the diesel engine is a very competent and comfortable truck. It returned an excellent 20 mpg overall in our tests. We reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and a spokesman said to be careful with the options so as to not to exceed the GCWR (gross combined weight rating), and to add the 3.92 axle option. We suggest buying the truck with the factory towing package and hitch, and skipping the air suspension, which cuts into payload ratings. Q. If a vehicle activates the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system…

3 min.
ford ecosport

SUVS DOMINATE THE automotive marketplace, and companies are seeking to fill the ever-expanding number of niches. Ford’s latest addition is the subcompact EcoSport, positioned beneath the Escape. The new EcoSport competes with the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR.V, and Mazda CX.3; it was originally designed for developing countries and built in India. And while it might look a little goofy with its narrow, tall, upright body and seemingly tiny wheels, it drives rather well. We just bought one, and here are our first impressions. How it Drives Our 2.0-liter EcoSport, like most subcompact SUVs, has to work hard to merge on the highway. The standard six-speed automatic transmission isn’t the smoothest, but it makes the most of the engine’s modest 166 hp with prompt downshifts. If you’re considering buying an EcoSport, we wouldn’t bother with…

2 min.
lexus rx 350l

LITTLE HAS CHANGED since the original RX blended SUV versatility with luxury carlike manners back in the 20th century. But it has lacked three-rows—until now. The Lexus RX L is a midcycle addition, stretching the RX by 4.4 inches to squeeze in two more seats. We purchased an RX 350L with all-wheel drive to evaluate that seat and the impact of those changes. How It Drives The RX350 L has a soft, quiet ride befitting a luxury vehicle. However, handling is clumsy, with notable body lean in corners. The refined V6 engine, combined with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission, provides brisk acceleration and delivers ample passing power. While our five-passenger RX ran from 0.60 mph in 7.5 seconds and returned 22 mpg overall, the RX L’s 220-lb. greater weight (by our scales) may…

3 min.
tesla model 3

THE MODEL 3 IS Tesla’s first attempt at a real mass-market electric car, with a promised starting price of $35,000. Early versions come with a $9,000 long-range battery and $5,000 in premium upgrades. We added the $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot system and the $3,000 full self-driving capability option, for a total of $59,000. How It Drives Because electric cars deploy their full torque instantly, the Model 3 rushes off the line with authority, and every prod of the accelerator translates to immediate thrust in near silence. The Model 3 with the long-range battery has an EPA rating of 310 miles per charge. (We’ll be testing our car’s range.) The standard battery, which will be available later, is estimated to have a 220-mile range. We were impressed by our car’s glued-to-the-road handling, with steering that is quick…