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  • N AAsk the CEO: W. Craig Jelinek

    Hey, Costco fans . . . and everyone else. This is your opportunity to get the megastore's CEO to answer your questions. Ask the CEO, a new feature in Consumer Reports magazine, gives you a direct line to the world’s top brass. Our next CEO is W. Craig Jelinek, who presides over what The Wall Street …

  • Back to school: Tips for safe carpooling

    As summer winds down, kids will soon return to school, complete with hectic schedules and extra-curricular activities. For many families, dealing with the logistics of an active child means sharing transportation duties in a carpool. But not every parent adheres to safe practices when it comes to st…

  • N AUpgraded 2015 Honda Fit gets best crash score in class

    After undergoing updates to improve its performance, the new 2015 Honda Fit has earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That’s a big improvement over the previous Fit, but it didn’t come easily.…

  • Should I buy an end-of-summer new car?

    Following annual tradition, automotive advertising spools up to a turbolike frenzy in late summer as dealerships seek to move the current metal and make room for the new—in this case, 2015—models. Large rebates and near-zero-percent finance rates can sure tempt shoppers, but such deals might not alw…

  • N A10 best end-of-summer new car deals

    As summer winds down, dealerships are eager to clear out the remaining 2014 models to make room for the 2015 cars that will soon arrive. Already, advertisements are promoting deep discounts and near-zero interest rates on the leftover cars, but not all offers are created equal. Often, the largest di…

  • N ACars that talk could save thousands of lives

    If cars could talk, the stories they’d tell … and the lives they could save. Cars that communicated to one another—say, when they’re approaching an intersection or about to make a left turn—could save as many as 1,100 lives and 728,000 injuries per year, according to federal estimates. So-called veh…

  • What do the Honda Fit and Porsche Macan have in common?

    The Honda Fit might just be one of the most practical small cars you can buy. And the Porsche Macan is definitely one of the most expensive small SUVs on the market. Both are recent additions to the test fleet here at Consumer Reports, and we talk about each on episode 43 of our “Talking Cars” podca…

  • Tesla extends warranty to cover Model S problems

    In light of reliability problems beginning to appear in its otherwise-impressive Tesla Model S electric cars, the California-based automaker has extended the powertrain warranty on all Model S’s ever built to eight years and unlimited miles. That’s the same warranty the Model S battery has always ha…

  • A solution for Hyundai’s freezing screens

    An old tall tale goes that it got so cold last winter, our words froze in midair, and we had to heat them in a skillet to hear what we were talking about. That’s how it felt in our Hyundai Santa Fe last winter. On really frigid mornings with single-digit temperatures, the center-dash infotainment sc…

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