5 Things I Learned From Reading the April 2012 Consumer Reports(CR)

Posted by Ben Puchalski on Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 9:51am.

This month's issue was all about cars.  I don't have a need for a car right now so it was not particularly interesting but below are some things that caught my eye.

1. Its too early to buy an electric car.  They take a long time to charge and you don't get many miles out of it.  The Volt takes 6 hours to charge and you get 35 miles from that charge. 

2. Subaru is now #1 in Consumer Reports ranking of the best auto makers.  Honda has been #1 for the last 4 years.  The top 5 in order are Subaru, Mazda, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

3. The Toyota Prius is the most practical and affordable car available if you are looking for a fuel efficient car. 

4. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Jeep Liberty had the worst scores on the CR road test.  I guess you best use them off the road then where they score well.  Ha.

5. One article was about creating smarter cars in the future to prevent crashes.  I thought this was an interesting quote.  "The past 50 years have been about surviving vehicle crashes: the next 50 will be about preventing them." -Gregory D Winfree-Dept of Transportation

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