Category Archives: Mazda

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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Redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 promises more of a good thing

The all-new Mazda3 sticks close to its established formula, with slight dimensional changes that promise more interior space, upgraded infotainment, efficient four-cylinder engines, and a weight reduction. As before, available as a hatchback or sedan, the new 3 rides on… Continue reading

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Five best used cars for teens

Choosing a car for a teen can be tough, as there are so many factors to consider. We emphasize safety, reliability, and ease of use for inexperienced drivers in making our ultimate recommendations. We recently posted “Best used car deals… Continue reading

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Best used car deals for teens

Looking to get your teen a set of wheels for the summer or for traveling to school in the fall? There are many vehicles to choose from, but smart money is on those models that prioritize safety, reliability, and ease… Continue reading

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Guide to the best small SUVs

Small SUVs are one of the hottest vehicle categories. Their good fuel economy, easy access, all-weather traction, and plenty of passenger and cargo space make them an appealing choice for many car buyers. In this crowded segment, it can be… Continue reading

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Road-trip friendly cars that can go the distance

Memorial Day is fast approaching and that means millions of Americans will be hitting the road for a family trip. The roads will be crowded and you should expect lines at gas stations. A car bred for long-haul driving, with… Continue reading

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2014 Subaru Forester is the first small SUV to ace tough new crash test

The redesigned Subaru Forester is the only small SUV out of 13 tested to earn a top score of Good in the new small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Both the Forester and… Continue reading

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Safest, least expensive mom-friendly cars

Quality, safety, and value are the top factors for new-car buyers and are certainly not lost on moms looking to buy the right family car. Hitting all these attributes in a vehicle that is also kid friendly can be a… Continue reading

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Talking Cars: Our latest show covers Tesla, small SUVs, and a sideways track tour

Watch our automotive experts chat about new road test results and answer reader questions in the third episode of “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports.” This podcast was recorded at our Connecticut Auto Test Center, within our always-busy photo building. Senior… Continue reading

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Best SUVs for third-row seating space

Automakers tout the size of their SUV’s third-row seats claiming they are accessible and usable. And while SUVs are pitched as a hipper alternative to the minivan, they still can’t rival the big people movers. We took a look at… Continue reading

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