The Most Loved Car is the Tesla. The Most Hated Is…

In the annual Consumer Reports survey of car owner satisfaction, nobody beat the Tesla Model S.

Every year, Consumer Reports asks car owners whether they would buy the same vehicle again, given its price, performance, reliability, comfort, and the enjoyment it offers. This year, based on responses about roughly 350,000 vehicles, Tesla topped the pack with a score of 99/100.

“We typically find the cars that inspire the strongest consumer loyalty are those that are either fun to drive, deliver great fuel economy, are fashionably green, or envelop owners in a high-tech, luxurious driving environment,” Consumer Reports says. The Tesla offers all that, plus it aced all of CR’s tests. Here are some other winners in various vehicle categories:

  • Sports car: Porsche Boxster
  • Luxury sedan: Audi A6
  • Large sedan: Dodge Charger (V8)
  • Mid-sized sedan: Mazda6
  • Compact: Volkswagen Golf TDI
  • SUV: Subaru Forester

But where there are winners, there are losers. The car owners are least happy with has the misfortune of holding the title for a second year in a row — it’s the subcompact Nissan Versa, which only 45 percent of owners told Consumer Reports they would definitely buy again.

Other cars owners are falling out of love with, according to the Consumer Reports survey, include the Nissan Rogue, Jeep Compass, the Acura ILX, the Kia Optima Hybrid, the four-cylinder Chrysler 200, the Kia Sedona, and the Nissan Armada.

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  • Tia

    I bought a Hyandai Elantra in Feb 2012 on the premise of getting 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. If you travel on wide open freeways all the time, it averages 39 mpg, but the 29 mpg has proved to be totally false, even on 4 lane roads where the traffic flows. It averages 21 mpg in town. And since 99% of my driving is in town, I am very disappointed and feel lied to. I will never buy a Hyandai again.

  • William E Hanson

    I’ve driven most makes and models of different types of vehicles over my lifetime and was highly disappointed by almost every one of them including luxury vehicles such as Mercedes and Audi and had never repeated myself on any make or model until my first GMC. My Mercedes was rear-ended and while it was in the body shop for repairs, their insurance company rented me a Chevy Blazer to drive, which I loved. I intended to trade for one until the Chevy dealership messed around and insulted me on the trade allowance. It just happened that the Mercedes dealership also owned a GMC dealership across town, which they referred me to; got a great deal on a comparable GMC Jimmy. Three years later, bought my first GMC Envoy, a year and a half later, my second Envoy and recently upgraded to the GMC Acadia Denali. Each GMC performed beyond my expectations, got great service at the same dealership and have been treated very well in all respects of sales and service. I had been provided with a current year loaner whenever I’m in for service, even oil service, given all the free car washes I want and even have all my vehicles inspected free, even though they’re Toyotas. The combination of the GMC brand and the local dealership, they have a winning combination and a customer for life.

    • Sherrie Ludwig

      I’m glad you have had good service and performance with yourGMC product. We had a used Jimmy some years ago, and it was very good. However, I made the mistake of buying a Pontiac Vibe just two months before the Pontiac brand was discontinued. It has been a disaster: new brakes and drums needed at just over 20K (I am a little old lady and drive like one!), terrible handling in rain and snow (the computerized traction control is a JOKE) and much lousier gas mileage than our Scion xB,despite the xBhaving a more powerful engine and being a heavier,bigger car. Will never buy GM again, and advise others not to do so.

      • William E Hanson

        It’s no wonder that GM chose Pontiac to drop from their line of otherwise fine vehicles. Don’t give up on GM because of the bad experience because they apparently are working hard to eliminate the brand(s) that aren’t performing.

  • BigDog40

    It’s not hard to imagine the Tesla as most loved since only a few thousand are on the road, and they wouldn’t say anything bad about them even if they had a problem.

  • Steve Bitzel

    I bought a 2013 Chevy Spark which I have been very pleased with. I’m 6’2″ so it was a surprise when I fit into the little subcompact. It’s a nice zippy little commuter car which is exactly what I wanted (39mpg). I kept my S10 pickup, so I don’t need cargo space in my car. I’d buy another Spark if they put in a better touch-screen system. In reality I just dream of upgrading to the Tesla.