Once a year, Consumer Reports dedicates a full issue to cars, compiling our latest ratings, reliability data, and expert insights into a single magazine. This special edition is now available online, and it will reach subscriber mailboxes and newsstands in the days ahead.
What you won't find in the magazine, or on any Consumer Reports products, is third-party advertising. Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent consumer-product-testing organization. These Ratings and reviews are based on the most comprehensive independent auto-testing program and reliability information of any U.S. publication or website. In fact, we buy our test cars anonymously from dealers, just as you would. We drive our test vehicles thousands of miles over several months, and put each vehicle through more than 50 tests. Most other auto reviews are based on one or two weeks of driving, some on only a day or two. (Learn more about how we test cars.)
The reliability Ratings are based on the problems of 1.3 million vehicles, as reported by subscribers on our Annual Auto Survey, which is conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. (Learn more about car reliability and see the latest reliability Ratings.)
Together, our testing and survey-based data give us the information to help empower consumers—just like you—to make smart buying decisions.
Features in the April 2012 issue include:
- Test notes: Five trends from our auto test track.
- Top Picks: This year, the best new vehicles in 10 categories include many Toyotas.
- Best & worst: Winners and losers for performance, fuel economy, driving enjoyment, and more.
- Smarter, safer cars: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication can prevent crashes.
- Who makes the best cars? Subaru grabs the crown from Honda.
- Ratings: Results from our exclusive tests of more than 270 vehicles.
- New Car Profiles: Reviews of hundreds of models, with prices, reliability, and more.
- Safety: How new cars and trucks perform in crashes, rollover tests, and accident avoidance.
- Best & worst used cars: More vehicles are problem free.
- Reliability Ratings: Our charts show how older models, from 2006 to 2011, fare in 16 key areas, plus new-car predicted reliability.
Visit the annual auto issue special section for quick access to the latest Ratings, articles, and videos.