ROC Rank: 1k Comma Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Northeast U.S.
Model Year: 2017
Color: Deep Scarlet Pearl
Re: Consumer Reports - A Win for the G2
I've been a CR subscriber since 1983. I wouldn't buy a new car without consulting it, but I have always taken their opinions with a grain of salt. They covered computers in the 80s and 90s — something I've had expertise in for a long time — and their conclusions were almost laughable at times. They like to set themselves up as experts but they are actually dilettantes. The publication is best when it sticks to its test data. Unfortunately they have gotten further and further away from what the testing scientists would like to put in the publication and are now celebrating form over function. Bottom line: I have a love-hate relationship with Consumer Reports. I value the fact that they do independent testing. I value the fact that they've taken on an advocacy role on safety and other aspects in the interest of the consumer. But they do have clear biases on things, and worse, they make many faulty assumptions. I would never rely entirely on their material to make a purchase decision. A part of my purchase decisions are my own gut and personal feel about the product at hand. I think a lot of us can just tell when a product is quality. I try never to ignore that feeling either way no matter what CR and others say.
But let's not forget, they sure got this one right about the Ridgeline!
Posted with speech-recognition software. Please forgive dictation errors.
62 Corvair, several 62-64 VW Bugs, 68 Dodge Coronet wagon, 67 Mustang ragtop, 67 Belair, 78 Honda Civic, 71 Karmann Ghia, 67 Chevy van, 76 Rabbit, 87 Nissan truck, 89 Accord SE-i, 91 Nissan Pathfinder, 93 Ford Probe, 95 Nissan Maxima, 97 T100, 01 Chevy Suburban, 04 Tundra, two 07 Highlander Hybrids, 06 & 13 Tacomas, 17 Ridgeline RTL-E
Last edited by phineas; 10-25-2016 at 11:57 PM.