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March 2014
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Most and least expensive cars to own
Most and least expensive cars to own
It's important, of course, to get a good deal when you buy a car. But it's just as critical to look down the road at how much a vehicle will cost you to own. We have gathered the tested models that have the lowest and highest owner-cost estimates, per category, over the first five years. These estimates factor in depreciation, fuel cost, loan interest, insurance premiums, sales tax, and maintenance and repairs.
Best and worst cars by brand
While car brand reputation can be a strong influence on purchase decisions, such perceptions can be misleading. The reality is, every brand offers models that perform across a spectrum, with some clearly better than others. Here are the best and worst cars by brand.
2014 Autos Spotlight
Consumer Reports is shining its 2014 Autos Spotlight on the best and worst cars, highlights from the annual autos issue, car-buying videos, and more in this new special section.
What to do if your engine dies when you're driving
General Motors' recall of 1.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches raises the question of what to do if you're driving along and the engine stalls. With a track at our disposal, our engineers grabbed a GM vehicle from our test fleet to demonstrate.
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Best midsized and large SUVs
Best midsized and large SUVs
SUVs are like the Swiss army knives of the automotive world. They provide plenty of room for passengers and gear, a comfortable interior that's often loaded with amenities, reasonable trailer-towing capability, and the added security of all-wheel drive. See the best SUVs.

Best midsized sedans
Best midsized sedans
There's a good reason sedans are the most popular choice among car buyers. They provide the best combination of performance, fuel economy, comfort, practicality, and affordability. And the latest models keep pushing the envelope, with some midsized sedans delivering fuel economy that rivals subcompacts and agility that's reminiscent of a sports sedan. See the best midsized sedans.

Best used cars under $20,000
Best used cars under $20,000
For car buyers who want to get the most for their money, used cars are often better values than a new model. The key savings come from reduced depreciation. New cars lose much of their value in the first couple of years. Buying used avoids that painful hit. See the best used cars.

Talking Cars with Consumer Reports
Talking Cars with Consumer Reports
As car companies reduce cylinder count to improve fuel economy, combinations that once seemed crazy could become commonplace. Episode 26 of "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" looks at some vehicles that push the envelope. Watch the video podcast.

First drives & previews
First drives & previews
Our team has been busy, catching up on car testing delayed by winter. We'll soon have a slew of new road tests to share. Until then, check out our first impressions of the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and Subaru WRX STI. Keep up with the latest models in our New Car Preview.

Latest videos
Latest videos
Our experts provide perspective on the Apple CarPlay announcement that promises to bring an iPhone interface to cars. Plus, we drive the new 2015 Volvo V60, revisit the Buick Enclave, compare winter stopping ability between a sedan and SUV, and look at top choices for minivans, pickup trucks, and SUVs.
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