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Old 09-21-2018, 09:47 AM
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Blantant showing of bias by Consumer Reports

Sorry guys. I generally try to stay out of arguments like this, but the bias in these videos by Consumer Reports is so blatant, that I cannot help myself.

This has to do with CR's LOOOOOOOVE of all things Subaru. In this video, CR is testing the new Suby Ascent (which it admits that its subscribers, the same subscribers which form the basis of its reliability surveys, have been salivating to see).

The Suby discussion starts at 6:14. Am I wrong or are the two editors to the right going out of their way to defend the handling of the Suby and to say something nice about the car? They brow-beat the guy on the left so much that he backs down. At the end of the segment, the guy on the left is even apologetic about his negative comments and tries to defend himself by saying he looooves Suby's too and has even owned three of them.



Now let's go back a few months when CR posted a "quick drive" review of the Ascent, hosted by, the guy in the middle in the previous video who was critical of the guy on the left and who was the one most vigorously defending the handling of the Ascent. In this video, he sings a completely different tune. See at 2:40.


The conclusion that I draw from these videos is that CR looooooves Suby. CR's readers looooves Suby. More importantly, CR's readers want Suby to score well on CR's tests. So bad areas are downplayed. Strong areas are highlighted and the overall score is good. Yippee! Everyone wins, right?

An old lawyer once told me that a lawyer who tells his/her client that the client cannot do what the client wants to do, does not have a client for very long.

It seems the same is true of magazines. If the editors do not tell the subscribers what the subscribers want to hear, then the magazine will not have subscribers very long.
 
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they give scoobydoo good ratings because scoobydoo pays them to say those things. just like GM vehicles are voted best in class for the last 25 years. cause GM pays the most money for the vote.
ford does not need to pay people off to say good things or buy their products.
 
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Consumer Reports (CR), as most of you may know, is a liberal left wing publication that has had a long time love affair with Japanese automakers.

When the Honda Ridgeline was introduced, CR gave it the highest rating of any pickup, calling it a "Best Buy."

Pickup my azz, it was nothing more than a Honda Pilot with the rear section of the roof cut off.

V6 with A/T & FWD and with an integral body, the chassis/body was a one piece welded assembly w/a stub frame that the engine/transaxle bolted to.

The current Ridgeline has a distinct gap between the cab and bed, but upon further examination, it uses the same integral body design of the original.
 
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They condemned the 2009 Tacoma as a used vehicle to avoid due to radio failure. Mine had 3 radios.

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They condemned the 2009 Tacoma as a used vehicle to avoid due to radio failure. Mine had 3 radios.
While CR was worrying about radios, the frame was rusting away between the cab and bed. I saw one a these in person, it had broken in two, it was laying there, prostrate on terra firma.
 
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Being in ca I didn't have rust issues . But there was a rear spring recall that was finally done just before I sold it to carmax. 3 or 4 years to get leaf springs right.
 


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