• Dec 1st 2011 at 2:00PM
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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt (Autoblog).
Consumer Reports poses a simple question to vehicle owners every year: "Considering all factors (price, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?"

In spite of its simplicity, this question is probably most indicative of owner satisfaction with their vehicles. Knowing which vehicles owners answered "yes" to is a powerful resource for new car shoppers.

For 2011, droves of Chevrolet Volt owners – 93% to be exact – said that they would still buy the plug-in hatchback if they had to do it all over again, putting the Volt in first place among all vehicles. Second and third place went to the Dodge Challenger and Porsche 911, which each had a rating of 91%.

The Volt's victory, however, should be taken with a grain of salt, as Consumer Reports indicates in its release. Firstly, Volt owners had only owned their cars for a few months when the survey went out, meaning that there was less time for them to find something wrong with the vehicle. Also, early adopters of new technology tend to be more enthusiastic about products in general.

Additionally, NHTSA has not yet opened up its investigation of the Volt and other plug-in cars for engine fires caused by the battery after an accident. If NHTSA were to find glaring safety faults in the Volt and other electric cars, their respective satisfaction scores would surely drop.

Audi, Chevrolet, and Ford each had four models earning scores of 80% or higher and a total of 27 vehicles scored in that percentile. Cars that received the lowest scores for 2011 were the Chevrolet Aveo (37%), AWD Toyota Matrix (43%) and Chevrolet Colorado (47%).


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      Yeah right, this piece of crap! how can this be the most beloved car in America when it has only been out what a year or two? they havent even sold that many. Im guessing the few hundred people that actually bought this fire hazard gave it a thumbs up. Stick to Toyota or Honda. At least they dont need a government bailout!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You must be fooling someone.. this car is fine for inner city but interstate travel.... Never.... also I agree with someone that said 10 people for the interview... well it might have been 20 but they are .... whatever.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't know anyone that would buy a piece of junk volt , there are soooo many better cars out thee than a volt
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you can believe it., there are some American's that hope Toyota & Honda succeed better in China's auto market (the largest auto market now) than For and GM. It don't matter that America (our kids) owe 15 trillion . Or that we have almost a trillion a year in a trade deficit. Goes to show you how dumb American's are. Ford, Chevy, Audi tied Consumer Reports best owner satisfaction scores. We make the best products, yet we are scared to try them. It is the older American generation (senior citizens) that are the scared-est to give Ford or GM a try.This generation was the drinking generation that produced the Pinto and Vega in their time. No wonder they are scare.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM has always been good at propaganda.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here we go. The reliability experts. They try one or two samples of a Toyota or Honda and all of a sudden, they are the expert. I though everyone at this point new the Ford Fusion is the most reliable mid sized sedan on the planet bar none. It has surpassed every vehicle even in the biased Consumer Reports reliability survey. The V6 Camry is merely average reliability in CR's survey.
      • 3 Years Ago
      great pick but GM just admityed they are willing to buy back this favorite car from dissatisfied owners
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is sad. Out of all of the cars out there, the one that has sold the least and one of the most expensive is the best. How about rate a car that the average person can afford. Oh and P.S. They do not spontaneously erupt in flames. The problem has only been found when in severe accidents that damage the battery compartment thus causing them to leak fluid for the batteries.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just read the remarks on here --an American car Co. does well and we hate them for it --we deserve everything thats hapenning cause we are to blame................................WTF?????? Everyone forgot about Toyota and their problems A YEAR AGO --bet you can still remember the pinto problem from 35 years ago cause it was an American car with a problem..... it's already to late wake up
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      It's A NEW DAY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Chis.... Lets you and I keep the old Chevy tradition alive.....! Forget those penny pinchers and Rice burning fools......
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