Most Satisfying Cars by Age Group
The vehicles that make millennials, baby boomers, and others happy
You may not be driving your father's Oldsmobile, but what about your grandfather's Tesla? While every generation—millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers, the silent generation—is unique, there's some overlap when it comes to the cars that satisfy their owners the most.
Overall, we've found that the new vehicles inspiring the strongest loyalty are fun to drive, reliable, deliver great fuel economy or can be driven solely on electricity, or provide a high-tech, luxurious driving environment. Those that perform poorly in some or all of those areas sit at the bottom.
In general, the vehicles that perform well in CR tests are often ones that also give owners higher satisfaction.
How do we know this? We ask CR members whether they would buy the same car again. That decision is the basis of our owner satisfaction score. We also look at how owners rate their cars on satisfaction in five categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, and audio controls. We have data on more than 390,000 vehicles from CR's owner satisfaction surveys to help you choose.