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Non-negotiable 'destination fees' are rapidly increasing on new vehicles, but there are ways to offset them

A car shopper looks at a window sticker in a dealership. Tim Boyle/Getty Images A new investigation conducted by Consumer Reports found that destination fees are rising. The fees are non-negotiable but are also not advertised in a vehicle's base price. To offset the rising fees, Consumer Reports recommends that buyers negotiate the bottom line. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. If you've ever examined a car's window sticker, there's usually something added onto the ve...
Tags: Transportation, Trends, General Motors, Ford, Gm, Car Buying, Autos, Consumer Reports, Fiat Chrysler, Don, Ford Bronco, Chrysler Dodge, Kristen Lee, Mike Monticello, Bronco Sport, BITranspo


Mazda Stands Atop the Consumer Reports List for First Time

Mazda just unlocked a first for the brand. The “zoom-zoom” brand is now sitting atop Consumer Reports’ yearly list of most reliable automotive brands. That’s the first time that has happened. The report, officially titled “Consumer Reports 2021 Brand Report Card”, was released Thursday, and the other four brands in the top five were BMW, Subaru, Porsche, […] The post Mazda Stands Atop the Consumer Reports List for First Time appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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See how popular car brands fared in new Consumer Reports survey

Consumer Reports has just released its annual report card that rates which car brands make the best vehicles, and it contains a few surprises.
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Is The Genesis Warranty Good Enough? We Did The Research To Find Out

After just five years on the market, Genesis rates No. 1 for vehicle dependability.Genesis provides the longest powertrain warranty coverage of any luxury brand.A comprehensive extended warranty is available for Genesis. Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. Launched by Hyundai Motor Company in 2015, the Genesis luxury brand has already won top auto industry accolades for vehicle quality and reliability. The Genesis car w...
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Is The Genesis Warranty Good Enough? We Did The Research To Find Out

After just five years on the market, Genesis rates No. 1 for vehicle dependability.Genesis provides the longest powertrain warranty coverage of any luxury brand.A comprehensive extended warranty is available for Genesis. Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. Launched by Hyundai Motor Company in 2015, the Genesis luxury brand has already won top auto industry accolades for vehicle quality and reliability. The Genesis car w...
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Toyota, Lincoln, Bmw, North America, Audi, Hyundai, Consumer Reports, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Hyundai Group, IHS Markit, Vehicle Ownership


The Telluride SUV proves Hyundai and Kia are no longer underdogs in the US. But they still have work to do.

2020 Kia Telluride. Kristen Lee/Business Insider The upscale Kia Telluride is evidence that Kia not only can, but will, build a good car that people actually want to buy. Kia, along with Hyundai and Genesis, are offering stylish, sporty, quality cars at good prices. It's a trend worth watching. It's also a trend the South Korean automakers need to stick with if they want to surpass industry giants like Honda and Toyota. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It wasn't that lon...
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Americans have turned to melatonin to soothe pandemic-induced stress. Experts worry high demand, little federal oversight, and insufficient data leave the industry ripe for scams.

Hollis Johnson/Insider American consumers spent $825,559,397 on melatonin supplements in 2020, representing a 42.6% year-over-year increase, according to Nielsen. Industry analysts expect the melatonin market to continue to grow, but a lack of federal oversight of supplements and sparse research into melatonin's long-term effects may harm consumers. As more sellers look to cash in on the melatonin hype, doctors ask Americans to use caution when shopping. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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New Electric Cars Have Problems In Latest Consumer Reports Survey

schwit1 shares a report from Autoblog, adding: "And CR decides to predict poor reliability on EVs it hasn't even evaluated yet." From the report: The latest auto survey from Consumer Reports shows several newer electric cars to be beset with problems, contradicting the conventional wisdom that EVs with their simpler powertrains should have fewer issues than gasoline- or diesel-powered cars. The CR reader survey harvested data on some 329,000 vehicles and specifically calls out the Audi E-Tron, t...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Audi, Kia, CR, Consumer Reports, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach, Autoblog, Anita Lam, New Electric Cars, Mercedes Benz EQC


New electric cars have problems in latest Consumer Reports survey

Filed under: Auto News,Green,Green,Audi,Kia,Tesla,Ownership,Electric Continue reading New electric cars have problems in latest Consumer Reports survey New electric cars have problems in latest Consumer Reports survey originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 1 Dec 2020 16:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
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Mazda No. 1 in Consumer Reports 2020 auto reliability survey

By Tom Krisher | The Associated Press Mazda beat traditional winners Lexus and Toyota to win top honors as the most dependable auto brand in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey. Ford and its Lincoln luxury brand fell in the survey with Lincoln finishing last among 26 brands after introducing new SUVs. Electric car maker Tesla was second from the bottom with reliability troubles on three of its four models. Mazda, with its U.S. headquarters in Irvine, took top honors for the first time in...
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Tesla's Model S is no longer recommended by Consumer Reports after problems with its touchscreen, suspension, and body hardware

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Tesla Model S.  The magazine said its readers reported issues with the sedan's suspension, electronics, body hardware, and more.  In overall reliability, Tesla slipped two spots to come in second-to-last place above Lincoln.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla has sunk to second-to-last place in Consumer Reports' ranking of automaker reliability, with its Model S no longer being recommended b...
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If elected, Biden commits to rejoin climate accord U.S. just abandoned

On the same day that the U.S. officially withdrew from the global pact to reduce emissions that cause climate change, presidential contender Joe Biden committed that he would rejoin the Paris Agreement if elected. In a tweet late Wednesday, Biden wrote, “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.” Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 ...
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Tesla's Autopilot was once again beaten by Cadillac Super Cruise, Consumer Reports finds

Beck Diefenbach / Reuters Consumer Reports released its second-ever ranking of driver-assistance systems on Wednesday. Tesla once again took second place, but an increasingly crowded field is quickly encroaching. Autopilot outpaced competitors in capabilities and performance, but sank to the bottom for categories like driver engagement and clarity around safety.  Consumer Reports' rankings come as Tesla launches its "full self-driving" beta software, which is not actually self-driving. Vi...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Lincoln, Audi, Consumer Reports, Autopilot, Cadillac, Tech Insider, Driver Assistance, Graham Rapier, Kelly Funkhouser, Business News Desk


What to Do If You're Denied a Bank Account

Bank accounts are easier to get approved for than credit cards, but it is still possible to get denied for one if you have a bad credit history. But don’t let rejection deter you—there are other ways to secure a checking or savings account.Read more...
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The Telluride SUV proves Hyundai and Kia are no longer underdogs in the US. But there's still work to do.

2020 Kia Telluride. Kristen Lee/Business Insider Recently, I reviewed the luxurious and upscale Kia Telluride. It's evidence that Kia not only can, but will, build a good car that people actually want to buy. Kia, along with Hyundai and Genesis, are offering stylish, sporty, and quality cars at good prices. It's a trend worth paying attention to. It's also a trend the South Korean automakers need to stick with if they want to surpass industry giants like Honda and Toyota. Visit Business In...
Tags: Transportation, South Korea, US, Trends, Cnn, Analysis, New York Times, Autos, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Consumer Reports, Telluride, Genesis


The 65 Best Used Cars for Teenagers According to Consumer Reports & IIHS

Teenagers are among the most inexperienced drivers, but their first vehicle is traditionally an older car without modern safety features. Consumer Reports (CR) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) worked together to determine the best used cars for teenagers. These organizations narrowed it down to 65 vehicles that have modern safety features but also hit the mark of reliability and affordability. “Our focus has always been safety, as reflected in our vehicle ratings, but we ...
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Elon Musk defends calling Tesla's software 'Autopilot' and says criticism that the name is misleading is 'idiotic' (TSLA)

Elon Musk lashed out against critics of Tesla's Autopilot in a new interview.  Tesla's CEO said suggestions that a name change would improve safety are 'idiotic.' The driver-assistance software has been linked to a handful of crashes, including multiple deaths.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla's Autopilot software has been linked to multiple deaths and criticized by international trade groups, but you'd be an idiot to denounce its name, Elon Musk says. The Tesla CEO ...
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Buying a Car For Your Ungrateful Teen? Here’s a List

The thought of a parent spending any significant amount of money on a vehicle for their teen offspring leaves a bad taste in this writer’s mouth, but some families march to the beat of a different, more affluent drum. Yours truly believes a free hand-me-down wreck should be the absolute limit of parental generosity, and […] The post Buying a Car For Your Ungrateful Teen? Here’s a List appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Teens, Safety, Used Cars, Car Buying, Autos, Consumer Reports, IIHS, News Blog, Ungrateful Brats


Pandemic Stress Reducers

Are you feeling extra anxious and stressed now? Many of us are. Consumer Reports has offered a few ways to reduce stress during this pandemic. Read the full article in the above link and here are the toplines -- The Basics: Eating, Sleeping, Exercise Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can help you manage stress and reduce anxiety, and may help maintain a strong immune system. These goals may seem unreachable when you’re stressed out, but they don't ...
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Consumer Reports Finds Harmful Levels Of Arsenic In Whole Foods’ Bottled Water

(CNN) — Consumer Reports warned that bottled water made by Whole Foods contains “potentially harmful levels of arsenic,” amounting to three times the level of the chemical compared to other brands. The consumer watchdog group said Wednesday that Starkey Spring Water had “concerning levels of arsenic,” ranging from 9.49 to 9.56 parts per billion. Federal regulations limit the amount of arsenic to 10 parts per billion, although Consumer Reports has been pushing it to be lowered to 3 parts per bill...
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Lacking eyeballs, Facebook’s ad review system fails to spot coronavirus harm

Facebook’s ad review system is failing to prevent coronavirus misinformation from being targeted at its users, according to an investigation by . The not-for-profit consumer advocacy organization set out to test Facebook’s system by setting up a page for a made-up organization, called the Self Preservation Society, and creating ads that contained false or deliberately misleading information about the coronavirus — including messaging that claimed (incorrectly) that people under 30 are “safe”...
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Understanding Your Chevy Warranty Options

Many Chevy models have luxury-like prices, but the standard warranty protection does not match luxury brands.Chevrolet reliability gets mixed reviews from different sources.Chevy offers the choice of both a true extended warranty and an extended service contract. Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. Chevrolet is unique in the auto industry in that its vehicles cover a price range from $13,220 for the tiny Spark economy c...
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Is The Genesis Warranty Good Enough? We Did The Research To Find Out

After just five years on the market, Genesis rates No. 1 for vehicle dependability.Genesis provides the longest powertrain warranty coverage of any luxury brand.A comprehensive extended warranty is available for Genesis. Affiliate disclosure: Automoblog and its partners may be compensated when you purchase the products below. Launched by Hyundai Motor Company in 2015, the Genesis luxury brand has already won top auto industry accolades for vehicle quality and reliability. The Genesis warra...
Tags: Autos, Jaguar, Toyota, Lincoln, Bmw, North America, Audi, Hyundai, Consumer Reports, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Hyundai Group, IHS Markit, Mark Del Rosso


Tesla just bested Toyota, Volkswagen, and Lincoln to become one of drivers' favorite brands (TSLA)

Tesla placed 11 out of 33 in Consumer Reports' 2020 automotive-brand ranking, rising eight spots from 2019. Consumer Reports said the jump resulted from the improved reliability of the Model S and Model 3 sedans. The consumer-advocacy organization named the Model 3 one of its 10 "top picks" for 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla placed 11th out of the 33 brands in Consumer Reports' 2020 ranking of automotive brands, rising eight spots from 2019.v Each brand's scor...
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Tesla made a big leap in the ranking of one of the car industry's most important customer surveys (TSLA)

Tesla placed 11 out of 33 in Consumer Reports' 2020 automotive-brand ranking, rising eight spots from 2019. Consumer Reports said the jump resulted from the improved reliability of the Model S and Model 3 sedans. The consumer-advocacy organization named the Model 3 one of its 10 "top picks" for 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla placed 11th out of the 33 brands in Consumer Reports' 2020 ranking of automotive brands, rising eight spots from 2019.v Each brand's scor...
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Tesla Model 3 makes Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’ list for 2020

Tesla’s Model 3 is among the top 10 choices for car buyers in 2020, according to Consumer Reports. The nonprofit organization released its “Top Picks” of the year on Thursday, and it included Tesla’s most affordable vehicle alongside cars from automakers including Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Kia and Lexus. The Model 3 was chosen as one of three vehicles in the $45K-$55K category, alongside the Lexus RX and the Toyota Supra. CR lauded its “thrilling driving experience,” including “impressive han...
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Judge clears a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion Sprint bid

By TALI ARBEL NEW YORK — A federal judge has cleared a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint, as he rejected claims by more than a dozen states that the deal would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early as April 1. Once that happens, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three. T-Mobile says the deal would benefit consumers as it becomes a fiercer com...
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Rise of the robocalls: Southern Californians getting almost 9 million a day

Your phone rings. The number on your caller ID isn’t one of your contacts. You wince, wondering whether to answer just in case, or let it go to voicemail. If there’s a recorded voice on the other end of the line — probably trying to sell you something or scam you into giving up money or personal information — then you have just received one of the 7 million to 9 million robocalls that Southern Californians are estimated to be bombarded with each day. A new federal law intended to crack down on t...
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Consumer Reports Labs is hiring 8 staffers: technologists, journalists and wonks

Consumer Reports' Digital Lab does groundbreaking privacy research: they're hiring for eight positions including technologists ("resident hacker," "digital standard manager," "information security researcher," "program manager, security and testing," and "privacy testing project leader"); journalists ("digital content manager"); policy and comms ("senior researcher, digital competition" and "associate director, strategic communications — technology and privacy"). Most of the positions are NYC o...
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