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    Video: Consumer Reports tests small eco models, best only saves $145/year in fuel [w/video]

    The good people at Consumer Reports appear to have a dim view of fuel-economy packages on small cars. The organization recently tested the Ford Focus SFE, Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Honda Civic HF to determine whether the cars' annual fuel savings actually offset the additional cost of opting for ...

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    Study: Survey Says: Fuel economy is #1 factor when buying a car

    It seems like it was just a few years ago that car manufacturers used to laugh at us when we'd ask why a new model didn't get any better fuel economy than its outgoing predecessor. "Car buyers don't care about fuel economy," was the refrain, "They certainly won't pay for it." A few years of ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports says converted EVs are marred by design compromises

    When it comes to battery-electric versions of existing gas-powered vehicles, it's tough for those leopards to change their spots. That's a conclusion from Consumer Reports, which says that the Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Volt are among plug-in vehicles marred by design compromises because ...

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    Video: Consumer Reports finally posts Fisker review, finds litany of owners suffering from bad Karma

    You can buy a bunch of information for $107,000. Consumer Reports is learning all sorts of things about the Fisker Karma now that it has purchased one for testing, only to have it die with less than 200 miles on the odometer. After 48 hours in the dealer's repair shop – under warranty ...

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    Report: Fisker Karma owned by Consumer Reports breaks down

    Like pretty much any driver, we've had our share of car trouble over the years, both with vehicles loaned to us for review by automakers and our own private rides. What we haven't experienced is being the first media outlet to plunk down over $100,000 for a luxury plug-in hybrid, only to have it ...

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    Official: Electric vehicles spur concerns over range, fire, Consumer Reports says

    More than three-quarters of the American public say limited driving range is a point of concern when considering an electric vehicle, while almost 30 percent indicated that they thought EVs were more dangerous than conventional vehicles, Consumer Reports said, citing responses to its 2012 Car ...

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    Official: Consumer advocates tout proposed U.S. fuel-economy standards as a cost saver

    Consumer advocates said Thursday that the U.S. public is generally in favor of the stricter fuel-economy standards the federal government proposed last year for 2025 and that the average driver would typically save money in the form of lower refueling costs, even if vehicle prices rise as a ...

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    Chevy Volt tops Consumer Reports latest Owner-Satisfaction Survey

    "Considering all factors (price, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?" Perhaps no other question could produce a result as indicative of overall vehicle satisfaction, and so it's no surprise that's the query Consumer Reports poses to ...

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    Study: Consumer Reports: Large majority favor stronger fuel economy standards

    In advance of eagerly awaited details regarding proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, Consumer Reports has released results of a new survey, and – no surprise here – 93 percent of respondents "support increased fuel efficiency." Further revelations include 77 percent in ...

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    Consumer Reports calls 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid disappointing

    Does the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid match its stellar non-gas-electric counterpart? According to Consumer Reports, the answer is simple: the Sonata Hybrid – unlike the conventional Sonata GLS – is full of flaws. Consumer Reports issued a score of 69 to the Sonata Hybrid, a full 20 ...

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    Consumer Reports tags Chevy Volt as Recommended [w/video]

    Despite its relatively low score of only 67 points, Consumer Reports has now officially collected sufficient data to evaluate the Chevrolet Volt from a reliability perspective. So, how'd the Volt fare? Data gleaned from the 2011 Annual Auto Survey in the November issue of Consumer Reports shows ...

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    Nissan Leaf nets middling 78-point Consumer Reports score, still beats Volt

    Consumer Reports has wrapped up its five-month road test of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and reports the electric hatch scored 78 points. That puts the EV into the middle of six recently tested fuel-efficient hatchbacks. The Leaf ranked two points shy of the Toyota Prius and 11 points above the Chevrolet ...

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    2012 Honda Civic Hybrid loses Consumer Reports' Recommended rating

    As we've stated before, there's truly no greater sin in the automotive world than replacing a worthy vehicle with an inferior machine. According to Consumer Reports, that's exactly what Honda has done... again. With the 2012 redesign, the Honda Civic Hybrid has fallen off CR's Recommended list. ...

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    30 mpg can't stop Honda Civic from slipping off CR's "recommended" list

    What does it take to impress Consumer Reports? Getting an overall 30 mpg helps, but that sort of fuel economy wasn't enough to save the Honda Civic LX from falling from CR's recommended list in the watchdog group's latest report on small sedans and hatchbacks. The Civic, which had been a ...

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    Study: Study: Consumer Reports says car buyers will pay for higher fuel economy, won't compromise safety

    According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, new car buyers are factoring fuel economy as a larger concern in their purchases. That's no real surprise given that prices at the pump remain high, but the study also revealed that those same consumers are ...

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    2004 Toyota Prius still sips fuel despite 214,000 miles on its odometer

    Occasionally, hybrid owners express dissatisfaction with their vehicle's performance as it ages. Specifically, complaints tend to focus on a gradual decrease in fuel economy as the hybrid's battery pack slowly degrades. While it may be generally true that hybrid vehicles's performance ...

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    Ten-year-old Toyota Prius vehicles still outperforming critics

    The launch of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf has stirred up a debate over battery longevity. Critics say battery output will degrade and cite outrageous replacement costs as a possible downside to these breakthrough machines. Well, it turns out that skeptics posed similar ...

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    Consumer Reports: Chevy Volt "is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer."

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    After all the initial automotive press fawning over the Chevrolet Volt, it's time for the more critical voices to chime in. Motor Trend called the car a "sweater and gloves commuter car" in the cold, for example. Now comes the ...

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    Consumer Reports tests aging 2002 Prius; says it "retains its youth"

    Occasionally, owners of older hybrid models complain of diminished performance as the vehicle ages. Specifically, the complaints seem to focus on a gradual decrease in gas mileage as the hybrid's battery pack slowly loses its ability to hold a charge. Well, Consumer Reports recently set out to ...

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    CR: Toyota Prius a better buy than Chevy Volt, for some

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    To gauge the 2011 Chevrolet Volt's energy consumption under real-world driving conditions, staffers at Consumer Reports took turns piloting the plug-in hybrid on their daily commutes. Throughout the test, drivers logged fuel usage ...


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