Consumer Reports magazine announced its support Tuesday for so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology, which will allow autos to communicate with each other electronically -- and potentially save thousands of lives.
As the 2012 Detroit Auto Show approaches, the American auto industry looks to be stronger than it has in many years.
AT&T remains the worst carrier in the United States, according to an annual customer satisfaction survey compiled by Consumer Reports and released on Tuesday.
While some companies had consumers' best interests in mind this year, others seemed to only have eyes for their bottom line.
Between smartphones, social networks, tablet PCs and Internet-ready gaming systems, today's families are more connected than ever, with schools, libraries and organizations nationwide increasingly rolling out programs devoted to extolling the virtues of technology. But in the rush to welcome new generations to the growing high-tech community, we're also making a grave mistake by doing perilously little to prepare children and adults for life in a wireless world.
Despite complaints by some owners about underwhelming battery life, the iPhone 4S scored "very well" in tests of its battery performance by Consumer Reports, which gave the device its official blessing Tuesday.
Ford Motor Co., long the standard bearer for quality among Detroit automakers, slipped in Consumer Reports' most recent quality survey, apparently undone by a string of challenging new vehicle launches and the introduction of increasingly complex new technologies.
The Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' plug-in car, has earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports magazine.
Could your phone bill act like your credit card -- and should it?
Honda recently rolled out a new, redesigned version of its ultra-popular Civic compact car, but according to Consumer Reports magazine it's actually worse than the old one. In fact, it's the first Civic ever to score too low to earn the magazine's recommendation.
The new Nook is barely better than the Kindle.
If you've not been flying the friendly skies recently, it might have to do with those pesky fees.
A new Consumer Reports survey reveals that travelers want comfort and reasonable fees, and many airlines don't deliver.
A new Consumer Reports survey reveals that air travelers want comfort without emptying their wallets -- and many airlines don't deliver.
Consumer Reports annual list of Top Picks for new cars has one particularly surprising winner, the Ford Mustang.
The iPhone 4 is now 0-for-2 with Consumer Reports.
The Verizon iPhone 4 has a reception-killing design flaw similar to the one found on AT&T's version of the phone, product reviewer Consumer Reports said Friday.
As the auto industry heads to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next week, the home team may finally have something to cheer about.
AT&T's customer satisfaction rating tumbled this year, ranking dead last among U.S. wireless carriers, according to a Consumer Reports survey released on Monday.
People love to be the first person to do something. Anything. Look no further than those annoying posts on blogs and online news stories where someone simply writes, "FIRST!" because they're celebrating being the first person to comment.
Unlike almost any other industry you can think of, the auto industry gushes public information. In any given month, an interested consumer can find out exactly how many units of his favorite car model have been sold, how much they sold for, and how that compared with competing makes in the same category.
Rain coats, hair barrettes and jewelry seem harmless. But Consumer Reports magazine says a series of tests uncovered "worrisome levels" of potentially hazardous metals in such children's products currently on store shelves.
Influential product review magazine Consumer Reports said Monday it will not recommend Apple's new iPhone 4 to consumers because of reception problems.
Consumer Reports is now offering a service that, it says, can get car shoppers a guaranteed dealer price quote, without subjecting them to phone calls and e-mails from salespeople.
Travelers are exposed to all sorts of indignities on the road, but the rude service employees they encounter along the way seem to trump most other in-transit frustrations, a new survey finds.
There are some things you can't live without but you can pay less for them.
Consumer Reports is lifting its "don't buy" label from the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, the magazine said Friday.
Toyota asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the new 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports issued a safety warning on the SUV.
In response to Toyota's recent recall crisis, Consumers Union is calling for improvements in the U.S. car safety net to catch infrequent but fatal problems -- such as the troubled automaker's unintended acceleration -- more efficiently.
Toyota usually leads the pack in Consumer Reports magazine's annual list of Top Pick cars. In fact, last year, half the Top Picks were Toyota products.
Consumer Reports magazine has temporarily suspended its recommendations of eight Toyota models involved in a recent recall.
Can't wait to tear into your presents this year? You may want to hold on. You could pay a price JUST for opening the box.
The Dodge Challenger, the Chrysler Group's retro-styled muscle car, is the car best loved by its owners, according to Consumer Reports' survey of 380,000 readers of its magazine and Web site.
Clark Howard takes us on a $10 shopping spree, providing tips on how to find a great bargain.
Want to boost your spending power? Try giving your wallet a break by shopping at a dollar store. Americans have embraced the four leading chains -- Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and the 99¢ Only store -- in droves during the recession.
Asian cars still dominate Consumer Reports' latest report on predicted reliability released Tuesday. They, along with one German model, topped 10 different vehicle categories.
Nurses offer tips on how to keep yourself or a family member safe during a stay at a hospital. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Honda's new hybrid-only Insight, touted as a low-cost competitor to the Toyota Prius was dealt a major blow Monday after it failed to get a thumbs up from the influential magazine Consumer Reports.
We told you about saving money on prescriptions, but you can also save money on your doctor and hospital visits.
There are lots of different ways to measure automotive quality. But for my money, the best single indicator is J.D. Power and Associates' three-year study of vehicle dependability. More than 46,000 original owners of 2006-model year vehicles weighed in with their opinions this year
Dr. Jack Rodman's heart sank when he heard the news: One of his elderly patients with a heart condition had a stroke because she couldn't afford the medicines he'd prescribed her.
Recently, Consumer Reports magazine issued its list of best and worst used cars, and divvied them up by price range.
Japanese and Korean automakers produce the most reliable cars, according to a new survey of car owners by Consumer Reports. At least one Detroit carmaker, Ford, is moving up the ranks quickly, but it has yet to crack the top tier according to the magazine.
With gasoline prices hitting record levels, it seems everyone has a tip on how to save fuel. Much of the advice is well-intentioned, but in the end, much of it won't lower your gas bill.
Cut your energy bills by squeezing another year or more out of the things you own and postponing the day you have to replace them. Here are top tips on what you need to know.
Getting to this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium requires patience, persistence and determination - and that's just for the fans.
Consumer Reports recently announced its annual used cars ratings, and we weren't surprised to see one of the major categories was "Best in Fuel Economy."
You got burned with frequent flier miles, which were nearly impossible to redeem and hardly worth the hassle, so credit card issuers turned to other kinds of incentives to entice you to charge more. But most rewards programs aren't much better, and consumers are still eager to sign up for them despite the same old traps.
There is an old adage which goes something like this: "The cheap man always pays more in the long run."
It's no surprise that more used cars are sold every year in America than new cars. One reason is obvious -- they're less expensive, which has become an even bigger factor as new-car prices, not to mention fuel costs, keep rising. And, by opting for a used car, you avoid the biggest expense associated with buying a new vehicle -- depreciation.
There's never been a better time to be a bargain hunter. Here are some tips and strategies to help you get the best price.
Are money worries making your get-in-shape resolution harder to achieve? Nothing like a tumbling stock market to make you reach for that extra slice of chocolate cake, right? But don't hang up the towel just yet. Fiscal fitness doesn't have to tank your physical fitness. There are ways to recession-proof your goal for a new you.
Health for Her looks at how keeping your fitness resolution this year doesn't have to break your bank.
Most buyers these days do research online before buying, but it's easy to drive yourself to distraction and confusion going through dozens of sites, free and paid, that offer car reviews and purported pricing expertise.
With the gift-giving season upon us, it can be very tempting to run up those bills. Here are ways to debt-proof your holiday.
Consumer Reports announced Monday that it is launching a new public education campaign aimed at creating awareness of the pitfalls associated with gift cards.
The August issue of Consumer Reports magazine contains a rare, happy surprise for Detroit - a rave review of a General Motors SUV.
On a fact-finding mission to learn more about the auto business, Alan Mulally, the new CEO of Ford Motor, traveled to an old drag strip in East Haddam, Conn., to see how Consumer Reports tests cars...
Most Americans want a car with better fuel economy, but only about half say they would be willing to sacrifice size or performance to get it, according to a national survey conducted by Consumer Reports.
Using a special additive or cutting off your A/C won't really cut your gasoline consumption. But myths like these run rampant in the minds of American drivers.
Following a botched infant car seat crash test that forced the withdrawal of the test results and a public apology, Consumer Reports announced it is changing some internal procedures and policies.
Consumer Reports, the consumer product testing magazine, announced Thursday that is withdrawing a recent report on rear-facing infant car seats after learning of a problem in the way some of the tests were conducted.
Most rear-facing infant car-seats on the market failed crash tests using tougher standards than the government uses, Consumer Reports said Thursday.
There is an old saying in the newspaper business that you shouldn't pick a fight with somebody who buys ink by the gallon.
The Ford Fusion midsized car and its Mercury Milan sibling scored big in Consumer Reports' annual new car reliability survey, just beating out the industry's quality standard-bearers, the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6.
Mercedes-Benz's GL-class and R-class SUVs are the top-ranked choices in a Consumer Reports rating of five top luxury SUVs.
Fuel economy is at the top of the list of factors shoppers consider when looking at a new vehicle, according to a new survey by Consumer Reports.
Buying a car for a teen driver can be expensive in a number of ways. Obviously, the car itself costs real money. Then there are insurance costs and the eventual repair and maintenance costs.
For many homeowners pool covers are coming off for the summer. But don't dive in just yet. Drowning was the number one cause of accidental death for kids under five years old.
More than a third of American drivers say they are considering getting rid of their current vehicle in favor of something more fuel efficient, according to a national survey by Consumer Reports magazine.
Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. One General Motors executive is learning that the hard way.
If you're in the market for a car, but you're not willing to pay top dollar for a new model, you may want to think about investing in a used car.
In Consumer Reports' most recent survey of vehicle reliability, the top of the list is, once again, dominated by Japanese manufacturers.
Japanese carmakers -- or, more specifically, Honda followed by Toyota and Subaru -- took all ten spots in this year's Consumer Reports magazine top picks.
It's Spring...scratch that. It's Winter...well...never mind. These days we never know what kind of weather to expect.
Every new year we make the same promise to shed some pounds. If you're not the gym type, Five Tips is going to tell you what you'll want to know before investing in exercise equipment.
If you've ever wanted to buy more organic food but didn't want to take out a second mortgage to do so, a new report by Consumer Reports can help stretch your health-conscious dollar further.
There are always a few procrastinators who wait until the very last minute to finish their holiday shopping. If you're one of them, don't panic yet.
Big, well-known places to buy electronics may seem like the place to go for cost-conscious consumers. But a new survey says you might get a better deal online.
Consumers can't just put their faith in a trusted brand name when it comes to looking for a new car.
In an emergency or black-out, you'll want to keep your crucial appliances running -- and that means a generator. But these handy machines can be tricky to use.
"Employee pricing" has been such a big hit with car buyers that General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group have extended their promotions for another month.
Weight Watchers is the best overall diet plan, according to new Consumer Reports research.
After naming the Ford Focus as one of its recommended vehicles in March, then quickly dropping that recommendation following a "Poor" rating in a side-impact crash test, Consumer Reports magazine is now changing its system for rating cars.
The number of complaints filed about wireless phone service soared 38 percent last year, a consumer group reported Tuesday.
If you're not one of the 1.4 million people who went out and bought a new, big TV for yesterday's Super Bowl game, maybe you found yourself ogling at your buddy's big-screen TV. And you got the great idea of getting one of your own.
Car buyers who don't do their homework often miss out on rebates and other incentives they should be getting, according to a survey released Tuesday by Consumer Reports.
Some parts of the country have already seen the season's first snowstorm. But for much of the U.S., the first covering of white stuff isn't too far away.
European sedans may have many wonderful attributes. Reliability, however, is not among them, according to the latest Consumer Reports reliability survey.
The new auto models are coming in. At the same time, inventories at many dealerships are high. That means the squeeze is on and the car deals are getting better.
If you usually book your hotel room online in hopes of saving some cash, a new Consumer Reports study suggests you pick up the phone instead.
OK, so maybe you're not Bobby Flay, host of the Food Network's "Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay." But you can still impress family and friends this Memorial Day weekend with a traditional cookout.
In its Annual Car Issue, published last month, Consumer Reports stunned the auto world by ranking European luxury cars from Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar among the worst for reliability, behind models ...
Consumer Reports released its 2004 list of best cars on Monday. The magazine recommended cars in 10 categories. In reliability, one criterion for selection, American vehicles outperformed European makes for the first time.
You're not even out of the electronics store when the sales clerk begins pressing you to buy an extended warranty. The offer sounds good: For less than the average cost of a single trip to the repa...
WITH SO MANY OF A car's vital functions controlled by microprocessors, driving a car can be a high-tech experience these days. But buying one decidedly is not. The rules of that game haven't change...
A $5.7-million accumulated deficit that labor blamed on mismanagement by Executive Director Rhoda Karpatkin put Consumers Union--a nonprofit organization that evaluates products and services, and p...