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Texas Doubles Oil Production in Last 3 Years

Seven year ago (seven?!) when I started writing this blog, I would have never believed that a chart like this would be possible: For 25 straight months, the state’s oil production rate has increased by more than 25 percent year-over-year, notes economist Mark J. Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Management. […] Continue reading

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Texas Doubles Oil Production in Last 3 Years

Seven year ago (seven?!) when I started writing this blog, I would have never believed that a chart like this would be possible: For 25 straight months, the state’s oil production rate has increased by more than 25 percent year-over-year, notes economist Mark J. Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Management. […] Continue reading

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Big changes coming for daily news at ConsumerReports.org

Starting later this week, you’ll notice a few things different about the daily content we produce at ConsumerReports.org: The news.consumerreports.org subdomain will go away. All of the content we produce, including daily news items, product reviews and Ratings, the Consumer… Continue reading

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Honda reveals next-generation Fit, teases crossover and hybrid models

Honda has released first official images of the new 2015 Fit, set to begin production in Mexico next spring, along with information teasing an expanded model range. The new Honda Fit looks sportier and substantial, but it still appears to… Continue reading

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Just in: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander faces tough SUV competition

Sometimes it’s easy to think that the entire Mitsubishi lineup has been covered by a cloaking device. The invisible product range barely makes a ripple when it comes to sales numbers and none come close to topping our Ratings. Can… Continue reading

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Smiley cars: Mazda and Mercedes-Benz grin and bear it

A certain percentage of automobile enthusiasts and journalists have heralded the upcoming release of the redesigned Mazda3, for a number of good, sensible reasons like increased room and fuel economy. But some confess a more subjective preference for the new… Continue reading

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When to report a car accident to an insurance company

They are called “accidents” because they are unexpected and unintentional, and as the saying goes, accidents happen. In fact, research shows that drivers can expect to be in a claim-worthy accident at least once a decade. Before your next fender… Continue reading

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Pay attention: States are increasing their distracted driving efforts

Distracted driving is an increasing problem as more people have smart phones and want to be connected at all times—even while driving. However, for the past three years states have been working to pass and enforce distraction laws while increasing… Continue reading

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Pricey Garmin and Magellan GPS navigators add features that may not be worth the cost

With more drivers turning to their smart phones for turn-by-turn directions, leading portable navigation device makers Garmin and Magellan are taking different routes in an effort to remain competitive. But our latest tests show that new top-of-the-line models from both… Continue reading

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Ford to improve fuel economy of existing hybrids

Ford is launching a “customer satisfaction campaign” to address shortfalls in fuel economy that CR reported since we tested the company’s current hybrids. Ford will make software updates to new cars and send out letters to existing owners in late… Continue reading

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