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Forget the juice and eat the whole fruit instead

Q. Is drinking 100 percent fruit juice as healthful as eating the whole fruit? A. No. Juice derived from fruit with no added ingredients, or 100 percent fruit juice, is certainly healthier than juice from concentrate or with added sugar.

Experts discuss controversial Volkswagen GTI, upcoming Ford Mustang

Our “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” podcast mailbox overfloweth; by which I mean we’ve been getting a lot of YouTube comments and car-buying questions from our viewers.

All that stands between you and Samsung's monster 105-inch curved UHD TV is $120,000

If you're a TV buyer with a budget as enormous as your dreams, we have a set for you: the new Samsung UN105S9W, a 105-inch UHD TV with a curved, 21:9 screen and a $120,000 price tag.

Smart watch showdown: We test five new models

Are mainstream consumers ready for smart watches? This early in their evolution, these devices still might appeal more to the early adopter than to the average person.

Highest-scoring American vehicles

There are many ways to view the Consumer Reports Ratings to find the highest-rated vehicle in a given category or price range.

Fuel economy vs. performance

You don't always have to give up engine performance in return for good fuel economy. To prove this, Consumer Reports compiled this list of vehicles that provided the best combination of fuel economy and acceleration in our tests.

Best safety performance

A vehicle with good braking and emergency handling can help you avoid an accident. Typically smaller, sportier vehicles perform well in these tests and larger trucks are slower to maneuver.

Best in cargo capacity and fuel economy

With today's ever changing gas prices, many car buyers are opting to trade cargo space for fuel economy by purchasing a smaller vehicle than they might have otherwise.

Best cars for comfort

If you spend a lot of time in your vehicle, you know that comfort is a high priority.  You want the ride to be pleasant and not torture for your body.

Best & worst three-row vehicles

The main appeal of three-row vehicles is their ability to carry up to eight people and cargo, as well.  They’re great for carpooling and carrying all types of gear.

Best & worst fuel economy

The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our real-world tests.

Average gas prices

Gas prices are down nationwide compared to the week before. The national gasoline average is four cents less from this time last week and down nine cents from a year ago.

5 cool things about the Volkswagen GTI

The all-new 2015 Volkswagen GTI has arrived at dealerships and local roads. If you’re a VW enthusiast, you’ll be on the lookout for sightings and no doubt seeing the GTI at local car show events.

How your car is tracking you

Many drivers have a strong, knee-jerk reaction to the idea of “black boxes” in cars. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for public comments on a proposed rule that would require all cars to have an event data recorder, commonly called a black box, its website was swamped by more than a thousand comments from people who were concerned about the privacy implications.

Best & worst fuel economy

The lists below highlight the vehicles within each category that achieved the best or worst gas mileage in our real-world tests.

Honda Accord Hybrid overpromises, underdelivers

Many of today’s hybrids get really impressive gas mileage. Unfortunately, they also frequently overpromise based on official EPA fuel economy ratings.

Yes, you really do need a bike helmet

When I learned how to ride a bike in the early 1960s, the only accessories we considered were a basket, a bell, and, if I had saved up enough money, a speedometer.

Let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to do its job

On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will mark its fourth anniversary. The consumer financial watchdog, created by Congress in the during the financial crisis caused by shady mortgage lenders and Wall Street abuses, has done a lot for consumers in just a few years, having tackled important issues such as credit cards, mortgages, student loans, credit reports, and abusive payday lending.

What to get at Lowe's and what to forget

In the battle of the home centers, Lowe’s likes to position itself as the friendliest choice for consumers, with “cleaner, wider, brighter aisles offering a more pleasant shopping experience.” But what about the actual merchandise?

To get a paint job that lasts, prep properly first

It’s fine to be house proud, and nothing shows it better than a couple of coats of fresh paint. But even the toughest exterior paint will probably fail before its time if it’s improperly applied or the surface isn't prepped properly.