Every year, Consumer Reports conducts an owner satisfaction survey to see what its readers think of the vehicle they purchased recently. The survey covers vehicles between one and three years old and takes into account everything from fuel economy to curb appeal and cargo space. At the end, consumers weigh in on whether they would buy the car again if given a second chance.
It turns out the average vehicle has about 70% of Consumer Reports subscribers saying they would buy it again. Top dog (surprise!) was the Tesla Model S at 98% satisfaction. Ho hum. Porsche drivers and Corvette owners ranked their smoking cars just behind the Model S. OK, we get it: Expensive performance cars make their owners happy. We won’t be standing on pins and needles waiting for word on how much Bentley owners love their cars.
On the other end of the spectrum were the cars that fewer than 50% of owners would buy again. Call them the least satisfying automobiles on the U.S. market. Only four cars fell below the 50% mark, while another five couldn’t crack 55%. Not surprisingly, most are tiny-budget vehicles that represent the lowest end of the price spectrum. (What? Your $13,000 car isn’t a road warrior for the ages?)
Then again, there are a few stinkers that cost upwards of $30K to dissatisfy drivers. Considering 350,000 vehicles went under the microscope for the survey, our guess is there’s something to a horrible score for cars even over $20K. Here are the nine vehicles with the lowest level of satisfaction in the Consumer Reports survey, ranked from the least offensive to the most offensive impressions left on their owners.