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February 2015
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2015 Top Picks
2015 Top Picks
Consumer Reports' 2015 Top Picks list highlights our choices for the standout models in 10 popular car categories. These vehicles are the best of the best, and we consider all of them to be smart buys.
Your personal car data could be at risk
Your car's computer systems are constantly tracking your driving behavior, your speed, seat belt use, and much more. These advances are bringing not only new conveniences but also new concerns about privacy and security.
The real cost of repairing an aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150
A sledgehammer can be an attention-getting device—especially when a prominent media outlet thuds one into the best-selling vehicle in America. Here is the reality of repairing an aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150.
Best new cars for under $25,000
If you're keeping one eye on our Ratings and the other on your budget, then this list can help. You don't need to spend a fortune to get a good, reliable, safe vehicle and many models can be bought for under $25,000.
Car Brand Report Cards
Car Brand Report Cards
To take full measure of how the automakers stack up, our Car Brand Report Cards show which automakers get it right in performance and reliability. Lexus again tops the list, with a 78-point overall score that combines road-test and predicted reliability scores. Rounding out the top five are Mazda (75), Toyota (74), Audi (73), and Subaru (73).
The truth about car recalls
The truth about car recalls
If you're still reeling from the avalanche of car recalls last year—an all-time record—and wondering what it all means, you're not alone. In 2014 about 62 million U.S. vehicles were recalled. That's the equivalent of about four years' worth of cars sold here, or about one out of every four cars on the road today. Here's what you need to know.
Used cars for every budget
Used cars for every budget
For people who want to get the most for their money, used cars are often better overall values than new models. They cost less to buy and don't depreciate as quickly. To help, we compiled lists with the best 2005 through 2014 models in four price ranges. All of these cars did well in our tests when they were new and have had above-average reliability.
Talking Cars with Consumer Reports
Talking Cars with Consumer Reports
In the latest "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" video podcast, our experts take listeners behind the scenes of the 2015 Top Picks to explain the decisions in creating this annual top 10 list. In episode 61, the team discusses the Chevrolet Trax and Kia Sorento. And in episode 60, they tackle full-sized luxury SUVs with the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.
First drives & previews
First drives & previews
The Cars team has recently posted a first drives on the Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell vehicle, Infiniti Q70, Jeep Renegade, and Kia Sorento. In addition, we previewed the updated Acura RDX and redesigned Honda Pilot. We will soon have a first drive of the Lexus NX.
Latest road tests
Latest road tests
Complete road tests and ratings were recently published online for the Acura TLX V6, Audi Q3, and Honda CR-V. We have purchased several vehicles recently, including a Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150, Lexus NX, and Nissan Murano. We'll test these all-new models soon as weather permits.
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