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Car owners love the Volt, hate the Versa

Consumer Reports finds that many owners of hybrids and sports cars would buy the same models all over again.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 30, 2012 8:03AM
Owners of the Chevrolet Volt love the plug-in hybrid so much that 92 percent of them would buy it again.

That score beat out Corvette and Porsche 911 owners by one percentage point, according to the latest owner satisfaction survey from Consumer Reports. Unlike the magazine's lengthy annual reliability report, the owner satisfaction survey is about time travel. Well, almost: The single-question survey asked owners of 2010 to 2013 models if they would buy the same vehicle if they could "do it all over again."

From the responses, which included more than 240 models and 350,000 specific vehicles, 44 cars ranked among the most satisfying. To achieve that rating, at least 80 percent of owners had to respond "definitely yes" to that hypothetical question.

Not surprisingly, most owners of fast cars were happy with their present lives. Buyers of the Chevrolet Camaro SS, Audi S4 and even the Mazda Miata scored 84 percent, and V8 versions of the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger scored 87 and 90 percent, respectively.

Owners of hybrids and electric cars, given their smug clouds, were of course in little doubt. In addition to the Volt, the Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid and Nissan Leaf all scored 85 percent or higher. Even owners of the new Prius c, a car that Consumer Reports absolutely hates, scored 87 percent. Diesel owners were feeling good, too, with 80 percent cheering for the Volkswagen Golf TDI, but only 77 percent were confident they would buy the Audi A3 TDI.

Luxury car owners love the Audi A7 (90 percent), Lexus GS (89 percent) and 6-cylinder Audi A6 (88 percent). We would, too.

Then there are the people who hate their car and would change everything. Nissan Versa owners gave the survey's lowest satisfaction numbers, at just 49 percent. Many owners of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Armada and V6 versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra also were desperate to go back in time. (Seriously, people, you really thought a V6 in a full-size GM pickup was a good idea?)

We could think of other life decisions in our past that we'd happily do "all over again." Then again, maybe we wouldn't. Or would we? Please, Consumer Reports, never ask this question again.
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Dec 8, 2012 1:20PM
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I bought a 2008 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door with the lifetime powertrain warranty. (That's MY lifetime!). The family will fight over it after I'm gone. I would do it all over again. What a fun, dependable, useful, and efficient vehicle !
Dec 8, 2012 12:51PM
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yeah all you haters just cant afford a volt, so hate on it
Dec 8, 2012 12:41PM
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im gonna provide my two cents all you americans who drive foriegn are a bunch of sell outs . i hope when gm fails again america goes right along with it. go ahead and respond i will not be checking this again . you sons of female dogs can go to hell with your libral views . this country is in the tank and all you foriegn purchasing , walmart buying , cheap , penny pinching , same sex marrying , gheto jobless drain on this country can live in poverty soon enough . its coming bet your **** its coming . bad will to all you jerks and hell on earth in this great time of the year . have a great weekend
Dec 8, 2012 12:12PM
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Robert Jackson Sr. - make that 21 Volt owners.  I bought one, love it.  Have had it for 2 months and have used less than 4 gallons of gas.  No, there is no real increase in my electric bill.  So, I'm among the 92% who would buy it again.  Bought the 2013, 'cause the 2012 didn't have enough head room in the back.  The 2013 does.
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Nobody is going to buy a car that has bad mileage and looks like the offspring of a VW Rabbit. People want full sized cars not these tiny things.
Dec 8, 2012 12:10PM
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I don't know. I have had so many vehicles over the years. Some I would love to have again and others I am glad I would never see again. The old Impalas from 68 to 71 were cool boats. my 71 Rivera GS boat tail was a car i would love to have again. Black on Black the kids called it the bat mobile it just ooozed coolness.

Even my old college Dodge Omni was a great car. You couldn't kill that thing no matter what you did to it. And I put that to test by draining out the oil and running it. And it ran for months after! It still ran when I got rid of it!

Hated the chevy Nova I had.

uhmmm

Hated the caddy i had.

Hated a lot of other cars.

Love my mini vans and still buy them to this day.

Just because they are so practical and I can use them as a covered pick up or passenger mover. And hardly ever get stuck in snow with its front wheel drive. It even pulled a stuck pick up truck out of snow drift. Much to the surprise of the owner of the pick up truck.

(who asked me to keep it secret because he would never be able to live it down)

yea it is a tough choice.

Most of the cars built in the 80's sucked. The K cars and box type cars were the worst.

Dec 8, 2012 11:51AM
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Got a 99 sentra with over 190k miles. I average between 35 and 44 mpg(44 being almost entirely highway). I laugh at the new cars that are rated around 35 mpg. They brag like it's something special. News Flash, my 13 year old car can do that and better(considering the mpg ratings they brag about are always highway)
Dec 8, 2012 11:50AM
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the volt is the number one seller in europe, though.
Dec 8, 2012 11:43AM
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The first electric car was built in Toronto in 1893. 15 miles between charges..
Dec 8, 2012 10:46AM
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For all of those so offended by this article...

Did you read the original report? Responses for "350,000 vehicles and more than 240 models, spanning the 2010 through 2013 model years".

And this comes from Consumer Reports, not a government agency. So drop the "blame Obama" game.

Why aren't you also bashing the survey for pointing out that people who buy sports cars also rate them highly?

Isn't it possible, even just a little, that some people like smaller, highly-efficient cars?

Nope. You have to turn it into a testosterone-driven bunch of crap to show how tough you are and why big, inefficient cars are better. Ugh. Grow up. 

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