U.S.News & World Report, the publisher of the America’s Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings, today announced the launch of www.RankingsAndReviews.com, a new internet site that empowers consumers to make the most informed buying decisions by providing rankings and meta-reviews of major consumer products.
With its launch on Friday, www.RankingsAndReviews.com unveils its first comprehensive consumer category – Best Cars and Trucks – the only free-of- charge website of its kind, creating a rankings system that distills all of the automotive information it collects into a single numerical score (between 1 and 10) and thereby enables consumers to make head-to-head comparisons of car models within their respective categories.
“This is a major step in our expansion of the critically acclaimed ‘America’s Best’ series,” said Mortimer B. Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of U.S.News & World Report. “Offering consumers a free online destination, which provides independent, trusted information to support their significant investments and critical decisions, is entirely aligned with our broader journalistic commitment and information sharing mission.”
According to an independent poll conducted earlier this year by Zogby International of 1,004 adults nationwide, 78% with incomes above $50,000 reported that “before buying an expensive product like a car, TV or digital camera,” they currently “use the Internet to learn more about the available choices.” When specifically asked if they “were in the market to buy a new auto,” 75% said they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to visit a site created by U.S.News & World Report that ranked and reviewed the nation’s best cars and trucks.