Chevy Volt Tops Consumer Reports' Owner-Satisfaction Survey
High-tech, high-price electric vehicle edges out Porsche 911, Dodge Challenger.
As part of its annual owner-satisfaction survey, Consumer Reports asks car owners, “Considering all factors (price, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?” The vehicle that garnered the most answers of "definitely yes" wasn't the iconic Porsche 911 or the visceral V8-powered Dodge Challenger muscle car, but the high-tech Chevrolet Volt, priced at around $40,000.
A whopping 93 percent of Volt owners said they would definitely buy the car again, compared with 91 percent each for the second-place 911 and Challenger. Of the 27 models that received Consumer Reports' top owner-satisfaction rating -- meaning at least 80 percent of owners responded that they would definitely buy their vehicle again -- nine were hybrids or diesel models, while 12 were sporty cars or convertibles.
Of course, Consumer Reports' survey results come with two caveats:
- The Volt ownership sample was relatively small, as the vehicle has been in showrooms only a short while.
- The survey was conducted before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into the Volt's safety after a battery fire that occurred after NHTSA had conducted crash testing.
Overall, 10 models each from America and Europe received the highest rating, as did seven Asian models. Audi, Chevy and Ford tied as the manufacturers with the most models receiving the highest rating, with four apiece.
The Chevy Aveo, Chevy Colorado and the all-wheel-drive Toyota Matrix were the only vehicles to receive Consumer Reports' lowest rating, meaning less than half the respondents indicated they would buy the vehicle again.
You can read Consumer Reports' full press release after the jump.
Well, of course, its an electric car. No, I don't mean that in that electric cars are awesome, but I'm saying that the people that would buy that are either more interested in the money that they think they are saving by not buying gas (even though they don't really make financial sense right now) or they are one of those people that think that they are saving the planet because they are using less gas.
Time will tell on this one. I'm VERY interesting in reading reviews of people that buy a 2nd/3rd hand Volt with 100,000+ miles and what their experiences are over the next 100,000 miles. Are they going to have to spend $10k+ on a new battery? What about the regular-car-stuff like the gas engine, transmission and all of that? You have a whole lot that can fail on something like this and the previous version (EV1) was literally crushed because of serious flaws so that should worry some Volt owners.
I can't wait to see what will happen to electric/alternative vehicles over the next decade, but I think its WAY too premature to call this the best car on the market.
Great survey..................why not ask who in Seattle is a Seahawks fan, duhhhhhhhh?
An owner of new technology that says he is unhappy is almost like asking if he thought he was stupid to buy it!
Betcha Porsche doesn't offer a buyback, let alone all the other companies listed. But it sounds SO much better to make a government-funded Obama success story with GM, doesn't it?
After what GM did to it stockholders,
The Obama administration did it to the stockholders, not GM. GM gladly bent over and took the Obama bailout suppository. They will, of course, claim they paid back their bailout funds. They did not. They paid their debt back only with taxpayer funds laying around in a TARP escrow, NOT by profits as they - and Democrats including Obama himself - insinuate. If you pay off your Visa with your MasterCard, do you consider that paying your debt off? But Obama and libs/Dems won't tell you that "rest of the story." We just hit $15 trillion in debt. How about that rest of the story.
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