Do the opinions of automotive journalists matter? For us, that may be a bit of transcendental self-examination, but for the consuming public, it's a very real question. Is a potential customer of a new family sedan going to rely completely on Consumer Reports, or are they willing to go with their own gut feelings and neighbors' recommendations?
According to CR's blog, Notes from the test track, the hybrid article in the April issue struck a chord among CR's readership. Though Notes only provided a sample of the responses, they showed a gamut of reactions from agreement ("...the facts are in and I agree that maybe hybrids aren't the best investment...") to opposition. ("All of your hybrid car reviews are crap.") Two readers even shared contradictory experiences with their Highlander hybrids.