Consumer Reports has released its list of the most and least loved cars of the past year and Chevrolet and Mazda seem to have their owners’ hearts, with two category winners each. On the downside, Nissan came away the biggest loser with five least loved nameplates.
The Chevrolet Corvette took home the most loved Sporty Car category, while the Suburban/GMC Yukon XL captured the hearts of Large SUV owners. Mazda took home category wins in compact and midsize cars with the Mazda3 and Mazda6, respectively.
Other vehicles loved by their owners were the Fiat 500 in Subcompact Cars, Dodge Charger (Large Car), the diesel BMW 328 (Luxury Compact Car), Tesla Model S (Luxury Midsized/Large Car), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Wagon), Honda Odyssey (Minivan), Subaru Forester (Small SUV), Toyota Highlander (Midsized SUV), Audi Q5 (Luxury Compact SUV), Porsche Cayenne (Luxury Midsized/Large SUV), and the diesel Ford SuperDuty pickups.
Nissan owners of the Nissan Versa Sedan were least impressed with their Subcompact Car, as were those of the Sentra (Compact Car), Pathfinder (Midsized SUV), Armada (Large SUV) and Titan pickup. Further, owners of Infiniti products were similarly disenchanted with the Q50 (Luxury Compact Car) and QX60 (Luxury Midsized/Large SUV).
It wasn’t all rosy for Mazda, with owners of the Mazda5 minivan voting it least satisfying in its class.
Owners of the Volkswagen Passat reported it least satisfying in the Midsized Car class, as did owners of the Buick LaCrosse (Large Car), Acura RLX (Luxury Midsized/Large Car), Hyundai Genesis Coupe (Sporty Car), Honda Crosstour (Wagon), Jeep Compass (Small SUV), and Range Rover Evoque (Luxury Compact SUV).
Each year, the magazine surveys its 350,000 subscribers to find out how satisfied with their new vehicle purchases and publishes the results in both the favourable and unfavourable for each of the 15 vehicle segments.