10 Most Satisfying Cars

The models that bring their owners joy

10 Most Satisfying Cars: Tesla Model 3

Choosing the perfect car can involve significant research, as you look at pricing, features, and safety. A savvy shopper will also factor in a model’s reliability and even its owner satisfaction, that survey-based measure of how happy car buyers are with the car they own. Being armed with this broad collection of data, backed up with a personal test drive, should help shoppers identify the model that meets all their needs and will make them happy.

To learn about satisfaction, Consumer Reports has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems.

More on Owner Satisfaction and Car Reliability

From this data, we find that the vehicles that lived up to their promises—and their owners’ expectations—are rated as the most satisfying.

Combined with CR’s test and reliability ratings, our Owner Satisfaction ratings give car buyers valuable guidance when they’re shopping for a vehicle. (Detailed information is available on our car model pages.)

Below, we’ve ranked the 10 most satisfying cars based on our latest survey, starting at the top, with the Tesla Model 3.  

Tesla Model 3