Yes, it is a subscription service, but they rate everything from cereals to convertibles. It is also a magazine and I know several people who use it to buy smaller products. Here is a link below to about about 9000+ products that they have rated. Yes it includes cars, but includes a whole lot more. They have their own testing lab and staff to test many different products. They have developed test tools and processes to test a lot of items. If the only thing that their readers were interested in was cars, they would not be spending so much money on testing/rating all the products and services that they do. For now for example, they are trying to lobby for protection against spam calls to your cell phones. They consider themselves a customer advocacy organization, not just an automobile tester. You take any single issue of CR (the print publication), yes there may be a few pages to Cars, but most of it is to other products. They have print version which you could get in many libraries, digital and combination (digital and print services). I do know hard core CR fans who consult CR for many purchases including what veggies to buy. So limiting CR to being another car magazine misses the whole point of CR. They rate cars also, because their customer base is looking for value and reliability across all the products. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/a-to-z-index/products/index.htm Elon better take notice, for if they come out with something critical, even non readers take notice due to its reputation.