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Vehicles With the Happiest Owners

December 6, 2012

Would you get the same vehicle if you had to do it all over again?

That's the question the Consumer Report National Research Center asked their subscribers in its annual Owner Satisfaction survey, and found 92 percent of Chevrolet Volt owners said yes, earning it the top-scoring model in the survey again for the second year in a row.

In addition to the Volt, other fuel-efficient top scorers included a number of Toyota models – Camry, Hybrid, Prius and Prius C – and the Nissan Leaf.

The sport car category was ruled by the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, the V8 Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, while tops in the luxury category were the Audi A7, Lexus GS and Audi A6.

And on the other end of the spectrum, the redesigned subcompact Nissan Versa Sedan reportedly came in with the lowest score in the survey, with fewer than half of its owners saying they would definitely buy it again. Other low scorers include the V6 versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, and the Nissan Armada, Suzuki SX4, and Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs.

The full report on Consumer Reports' owner satisfaction survey findings is available at ConsumerReports.org and in the January issue of Consumer Reports.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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