Browsing the "Consumer Reports" Tag

Tesla Motors Aiming For Performance Over Luxury

July 31st, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

How does one define a performance car versus a luxury car? Surely one would not call the $110,000 Corvette ZR1 a “luxury” car despite its six-figure price tag. So it is that given a choice between the distinctions, a Tesla exec said that the EV maker is “competing base don performance”, aiming to build not just a great electric car, but a great car in general


Video: Consumer Reports Prefers The Chevy Spark EV To Gas Version

July 17th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Since the demise of the EV1, General Motors has stayed away from pure electric cars. The Chevy Spark EV is its first attempt at a battery electric vehicle in about a decade, and once again GM has built an EV worth owning. In fact Consumer Reports even prefers the all-electric Spark to the gas-powered version GM also sells


Video: Tesla Model S Gets Its Drift On

May 15th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

After winning enough awards to fill a large trophy case, the Tesla Model S continues to be not just the best electric car on the road, but perhaps the best car you can buy, period, according to Consumer Reports. So how did they arrive at that conclusion? Oh, you know, just a little drifting


Tesla Model S Scores 99/100 On Consumer Reports Test

May 10th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Many an automotive publication has heaped praise upon the Tesla Model S electric sedan, but one well-respected outlet has been mum, until now. Consumer Reports recently rated the Tesla Model S, giving it a score of 99/100, making it the highest-scored cars in the publication's history. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, haters


Video: Consumer Reports Unimpressed With Small Turbo Engine MPG

February 6th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Faced with rising oil prices and emissions restrictions, automakers the world over are downsizing the engines powering their cars. While consumers are snapping cars equipped with these engines up, the oft-skeptical Consumer Reports has reported that these turbo engines are failing to deliver the fuel economy and performance they promise


Ford Says EPA May Revise Hybrid Efficiency Test Methods

January 23rd, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

Ford received a lot negative attention and a federal class action lawsuit for advertising their new C-MAX hybrid and the Fusion hybrid's 47 MPG efficiency. It all came to a head after Consumer Reports stated that the fuel efficiency ratings obtained from their own test results were 17% and 21% lower than the EPA fuel efficiency that Ford claimed. This backlash could lead to new hybrid vehicle testing methods from the


Ford C-Max Hybrid Becomes Fastest-Selling Hybrid Ever

December 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

I’ll be the first person to admit when I am wrong, and I have been critical of the decision to hype up the Ford C-Max hybrid for months in advance of actual sales. But the tactic seems to have worked, as in the first two months of sales the Ford C-Max Hybrid has become the fastest-selling hybrid car ever


92% Of Chevy Volt Owners Would Buy It Again

December 7th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

How does one measure success in the auto industry? Obviously sales are a good indicator, but another important metric is customer satisfaction. In this era of increasingly great and competitive cars, one name has risen to the top of the heap as the car with the most satisfied owners; the Chevy Volt


Electric Vehicles Make The Grade In Consumer Reports

November 13th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

Consumer Reports’ 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey has given hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs) a “good” score for reliability. Essentially saying, EVs and hybrid vehicles are as reliable as your traditional fossil fuel powered vehicle



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