CR's Annual Report on Car Performance, Reliability, Satisfaction & Safety
How Consumer Reports Tests Cars
Giving consumers the most thorough product information requires expertise and experience. Our staff of 30 engineers, editors, statisticians, and support staff put vehicles, tires, and child safety seats through rigorous testing year-round. We buy all of the cars we rate—rather than borrow them from manufacturers—so we can be sure we get the same vehicles that you would buy.
Formal testing is done at the track and on surrounding public roads. The evaluation regimen consists of more than 50 individual tests. Some are objective, instrumented track tests using state-of-the-art electronic gear that yield empirical findings. Some are subjective evaluations—jury tests done by the experienced engineering staff.
Our team also churns through reams of survey data to bring you the detailed reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction insights you need to buy your next vehicle.