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Prius, F-350 get top marks in Consumer Reports satisfaction survey

Posted January 26, 2018 10:34 a.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2018 6:20 p.m. EST

Would you buy your car again if you had the chance?

Consumer Reports asked the question as part of its annual owner satisfaction survey to find out how which vehicles people were mostly likely to purchase again. The survey also included safety and driving tests, but the magazine said real-world experiences made up a portion of each score.

"We survey car owner to get their real-world experiences," said Nick Kurczewskim, Consumer Reports auto expert. "How satisfied are they with their car? Did the car meet their expectations, and would they buy it again?"

They survey gathered more than 500,000 responses. Here are the cars that have the highest number of satisfied drivers:

– Toyota Prius. Nearly 90 percent of owners said they would buy the hybrid again, putting it at the top of all compact cars. Owners say the car is great value for the money.

– Mazda CX-5 is the top compact SUV. The survey found 82 percent of current owners would buy it again, saying they love how it drives and how it looks.

– Honda Odyssey. Consumer Reports found that 88 percent of owners would buy it again, citing its comfort, styling and driving.

– Lincoln Continental. The luxury car wowed its owners; 91 percent said they would purchase the sedan again, telling Consumer Reports they were happy with the driving and comfort level.

– Ford F-350. The pickup took the top truck spot. Nine out of ten owners said they'd buy the truck again. Customers were particularly pleased with the driving experience and rugged styling of the heavy-duty truck.

At the other end of the survey, the most disliked car was the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Buyers described it as a terrible value that failed to deliver on the expectation of luxury.