Years ago I read a report in C.R. magazine criticizing my '93 Toyota MR2 for having a small trunk. It is a 2 seater sports car, so it is not supposed to have a trunk the size of a '60s Cadillac! In fact the MR2 has a small rear trunk and a tiny front trunk (engine is in the middle) so it has better trunk capacity than most sports cars.
IMO, if you want an evaluation for a car, go to a car magazine written by car guys, not Consumer's Report.
Well, the tiny trunk thing is kind of "duh" moment - I just skip over stuff like that when I'm reseaching. The thing about CR auto reviews is that they do head-to-head tests that cover things that are important to me like reliability and service history. But I don't often buy (or avoid) anything based on one source's recommendation - CR has some good info, forums have some good info, blogs and articles have some good info, and I usually know what qualities I'm looking for so I check out the info available on those qualities and try to ignore info that isn't directed toward my interests.
Do people buy skis or boots based strictly on Ski magazine's reviews? Or Blister Gear's? Or Epic's? I'd suggest that they should look at many sources and balance what they find against their own preferences and prejudices?