Yonkers, New York – The Chevrolet Volt is now the top-scoring model in the annual owner satisfaction survey by Consumer Reports. The magazine found that 93 per cent of respondents who own a Volt said they would definitely buy it again.
The Volt narrowly edged out the V8-powered Dodge Challenger and Porsche 911, both with 91 per cent of owners who would buy their models again.
However, the magazine said that while the Volt’s high score reflects the excitement surrounding its new electric/gasoline drivetrain, the model had only been available for a few months when the survey was conducted, “and it remains to be seen if the score will hold up as the car rolls out to a wider audience and owners spend more time with their vehicles. Still, early adopters of a new technology tend to be among the most enthusiastic buyers.”
The survey was also conducted prior to an announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will conduct a safety investigation into plug-in hybrid sedans following an incident in which a Volt’s battery caught fire after being crash-tested.
“These models reflect a larger trend we’ve seen in recent years,” said Rik Paul, automotive editor of Consumer Reports. “Sporty cars and fuel-efficient cars with alternative drivetrains tend to generate more enthusiasm and loyalty than most other types of vehicles.”
For each of the 27 models that received a satisfaction rating of 80 per cent of more, 12 were sporty cars or convertibles, and nine were hybrids or diesels. Audi, Chevrolet and Ford were tied with four models each on the top list, which included ten American brands, ten European brands, and seven Asian models.
Fuel-efficient models on the list included the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Lexus CT200h, Lexus RX450h, Toyota Prius, and diesel versions of the BMW X5, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (sold in Canada as the Golf Wagon).
Sporty models on the list included the Audi S4, Audi A5, Audi S5, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang GT, Mazda MX-5 and Mini Cooper Convertible.
Small cars, lower-priced small and midsized SUVs, minivans and compact pickup trucks tended to score much lower as a group.