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The best option for car financing

Suppose you’re looking for the lowest-cost financing deal on a new car and have a choice of several manufacturer incentives, including a cash rebate, low-rate loans and a lease. Figuring out which option is best can be a complicated calculation, according to Consumer Reports Money Adviser. You need to arm yourself with the necessary tools […]

Eight things you should never cheap out on

Have you ever bragged to a complete stranger about an amazing deal on a great pair of shoes? Do you feel angst at the thought of buying something at full retail price? The joy brought on when getting a great bargain is undeniable. But according to ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, there […]

Lawn tools that make the cut

Just in time for the warm weather and green grass, Consumer Reports rated more than 100 mowers and tractors in its largest mower test to date. CR’s testers mowed 19.2 acres and identified more than 30 top-scoring models, including three models from Honda and Toro that retail for $400 or less. Among the top performers […]

Is it worth it to buy insoles for shoes?

As heels get higher and higher, shoe shoppers are left deciding between 4 inches or 5 inches for their next pair. But is there room for comfort in the world of sky-high stilettos? Not if shoppers are looking to shoe insoles to relieve their aching feet. Recent tests by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by […]

3D TVs boast some seriously sophisticated hardware

3D-capable TVs aren’t special TVs used exclusively to watch 3D images, Consumer Reports explains. They’re regular high-definition LCD and plasma TVs with an extra feature: a 3D mode. They display regular 2D programming just like any set but can be switched into 3D mode when you want to watch 3D content from a Blu-ray disc […]

ShopSmart names best, worst products of 2010

ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently revealed the 10 hottest products of 2010 selected from the thousands of home, food, beauty and other items that were tested throughout the year and some of the year’s biggest clunkers, too. “In addition to innovative products that tested well, other items on the […]

What’s hot with toasters and toaster ovens

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and fresh-baked cookies? That’s the promise of today’s toaster ovens. Consumer Reports’ latest test of 23 models found a few able multitaskers. But other ovens botched basic jobs. And if all you want is great toast, buy a toaster; it can pop out evenly browned slices for $35 or less. Here are […]

Just how efficient is that car?

The new Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 subcompacts, which posted “Very Good” in Consumer Reports’ recent ratings, are both fun to drive and deliver impressive fuel economy. The vehicles were part of a recent test that featured four different types of fuel-efficient cars: Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Honda CR-Z and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The new two-seat Honda […]

The sweet tests of chocolate

The botanical name of the cacao tree is Theobroma, which means “food of the gods,” but some of the hot cocoas CR recently tested are more heavenly than others. The best one, Godiva Dark Chocolate, is full-bodied, with high-quality chocolate and cocoa flavors, roasted notes and a hint of vanilla. CR’s trained tasters said the […]

Grand Cherokee speeds ahead

The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee midsized SUV earned a Very Good road test score and outscored its traditional rival, the Toyota 4Runner, which earned a Good score, in a recent face-off between the two vehicles conducted by Consumer Reports. The Jeep’s ride, quietness and interior won it points, though it was hampered by its emergency […]