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Used Hybrid Sedans and Hatchbacks With the Best Fuel Economy

Buying a well-maintained 5-year-old vehicle is a smart move. It not only has gone through a significant part of the depreciation cycle but also was designed and built recently enough that its performance in our tests is on a par with brand-new cars—especially for fuel economy. Hatachbacks and Wagons. Sedans. Luxury Sedans In addition, even 5-year-old models are new enough that you’ll get many of the modern convenience and entertai...
Posted:Mon Apr 15 16:37:58 EDT 2024

Compact SUVs With the Most Cargo Space

Advertisements for new SUVs may have you thinking that a midsized one is a better choice than a compact model for a family vehicle. But bigger isn’t always better. In fact, many compact SUVs will deliver the same—or more—cargo room as a two-row midsized model while also getting better fuel economy and being an easier vehicle to live with on a daily basis.. Still, it can be hard to figure out how much “stuff” an SUV can carry....
Posted:Fri Apr 12 13:09:16 EDT 2024

Preview: 2025 Buick Enclave Goes Turbo and High-Tech

The 2025 Buick Enclave is the last SUV among the redesigned fraternal triplets from General Motors to be unveiled, following the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. As before, the Enclave is positioned as the most luxurious and elegant of the mechanically related three-row SUVs. . Buick describes it as “longer, wider, and taller” than before. GM has not released specifications, but we expect those changes to be incremental rather t...
Posted:Thu Apr 11 15:41:52 EDT 2024

Luxury Midsized SUVs With the Most Cargo Room

With the popularity of leasing, which lets a car buyer drive a more-expensive model than their monthly payment would allow them to buy, more and more buyers are moving into luxury SUVs. There are dozens of models to choose from, with each automaker touting how their particular offerings can carry a family of five (or more) and their belongings in first-class comfort rather than feeling like they’re relegated to coach.. But just as wi...
Posted:Wed Apr 10 18:00:18 EDT 2024

More Ford Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs Recalled for Fire Risk

After a much larger recall in 2022, Ford is recalling an additional 42,652 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years because a fuel injector may crack and leak gasoline inside the engine compartment, which could cause a fire. Only vehicles with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine are included in the recall. MORE ON CAR RECALLS Car Recall Guide: Your Questions Answered. .Ford Bronco Sport and Escape Recall...
Posted:Wed Apr 10 11:50:34 EDT 2024

Talking Cars 442: Driving the Fisker Ocean

Main theme: In this supersized one-hour episode, the podcast panel shares the unusual experience of purchasing, receiving, and driving our 2023 Fisker Ocean Ultra with a hyper-range battery and dual motors. It’s been a wild ride from the beginning, despite the exorbitant $2,438 destination charge. Once checked in, our testers noted a variety of warning messages before they even hit the road. And the story continues with a variety of ...
Posted:Wed Apr 10 06:00:06 EDT 2024

Redesigned 2025 Toyota 4Runner Is Larger and More Powerful Than Ever

True to its roots, the redesigned 2025 Toyota 4Runner is an off-road-capable SUV spun off a platform shared with the latest Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and other body-on-frame Toyota models. . Larger than before, the new 4Runner is the same length bumper to bumper as a Highlander, making it an inch longer than the upcoming Land Cruiser. The wheelbase is the same as both of those models, at 112 inches.  Toyota 4Runner. CR's Take. Outside. I...
Posted:Tue Apr 09 22:15:01 EDT 2024

Best Car Batteries for the Money

Car batteries are essential—and expensive. The average price in our latest car battery ratings is $170, with one model costing more than $350. (You can read more about the specifics, below.) Taking the time to research the best car battery for the money can pay off. MORE ON CAR BATTERIES CR's Car Battery Ratings & Buying Guide. .Best Car Batteries. .How Hot Weather Affects Your Car Battery. .How a Car Battery Charger Can Keep Your Ve...
Posted:Tue Apr 09 21:23:26 EDT 2024

Deciding When It's Time to Upgrade Your Child's Car Seat

Moving your child through the various stages of car seats can be expensive, especially with the average price of a new convertible seat right about $250. . The key question for parents, of course, is when to upgrade. There are various factors to consider, but parents should be careful about making the switch too soon. The child’s safety should always be the primary goal. More on Car Seats CR's Car Seat Ratings & Buying Guide. .How to...
Posted:Mon Apr 08 14:41:34 EDT 2024

Large SUVs That Can Hold the Most Cargo

Even though midsized SUVs are getting larger (such as the Toyota Grand Highlander), they still may not be a workable option for big families because when all three rows are in use, cargo room is severely limited. For large families that routinely take long trips, a large or full-sized SUV is often the only vehicle that can fulfill their needs. (See ratings for all SUVs.). Large SUVs don’t suffer from these problems, particularly the ...
Posted:Mon Apr 08 11:17:09 EDT 2024

Quietest Compact SUVs From Consumer Reports' Tests

It can get quite loud inside a compact SUV's cabin. The boxy shape can create plenty of wind noise, and an SUV's raised height lets a lot of road noise bounce off its underside. Add in a small four-cylinder engine that's asked to work hard and you have a recipe for an unpleasant driving experience inside that small cabin.. Though not all compact SUVs come with unpleasant sounds, it's a challenge during a test drive to figure out just h...
Posted:Fri Apr 05 11:12:14 EDT 2024

Should You Buy a New, Certified Pre-Owned, or Used Car?

Car buyers are faced with a fork in the road: Buy a brand-new car that comes with a full warranty or save money buying used and get a car that may or may not have been well maintained by its previous owner (or owners) and risk unexpected repairs. Reliability. Satisfaction. Advantages of Buying Used A third option, certified pre-owned (CPO) cars, splits the difference. CPO cars have typically been returned at the end of a three-year lea...
Posted:Thu Apr 04 15:29:49 EDT 2024

The Truth About Certified Pre-Owned Cars

Buying a used car can save you money and get you behind the wheel of a more luxurious model than you could afford to buy new. But some shoppers are hesitant to purchase a car that may have a mysterious past. Unless you buy from a friend or family, you won’t truly know how a used car was cared for and driven. To address those concerns, automakers created the “certified pre-owned” (CPO) designation. Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars as ...
Posted:Thu Apr 04 14:47:48 EDT 2024

Best Tires for Wet-Weather Performance

Stopping a car in the rain can be a harrowing experience, especially if you’re driving through a significant amount of standing water and your tires are worn. A wet surface makes it a challenge for tires to gain grip; you may risk hydroplaning—when tires skim across the surface of the water because the tread cannot route it to the sides quickly enough. . The lack of grip can cause stops under hard braking to be longer, and you migh...
Posted:Thu Apr 04 12:09:04 EDT 2024

How to Beat the 'Four Square' and Other Car Dealership Sales Tactics

Although the car business has changed dramatically in recent years, thanks to the expansion of superstores with no-haggle pricing and automakers such as Tesla offering direct online sales, some dealerships still use old-school, high-pressure gimmicks. These include the dreaded “four square” worksheet that makes it difficult to know how much you’re actually paying, and prewritten scripts designed to part you from your money. We ta...
Posted:Wed Apr 03 17:41:07 EDT 2024