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Cars people love--and hate
Consumer Reports readers say which cars they would--and wouldn't--buy again.

Toyota Prius.
  Toyota Prius
The one car that people most love to love is the Toyota Prius, according to our latest survey of Consumer Reports subscribers.

This year more than 250,000 consumers responded to our question asking how satisfied they are with the vehicle they now drive. The Prius drew near-unanimous praise: 94 percent of the 1,640 survey respondents who own or lease a 2004 redesigned Prius said they would definitely get one again.

In all, our survey found 32 cars, wagons, minivans, SUVs, and pickups that at least 80 percent of respondents said they would definitely get again. Twenty-five of those vehicles are Japanese makes. Only one U.S. car, the Chevrolet Corvette, made it to the top group. The rest are European Luxury vehicles and sports cars.

Our survey also shows that satisfaction doesn’t always track with reliability. The Mini Cooper and Mercedes-Benz SL are among the most satisfying, even though their reliability records are below average.

Among cars that were least satisfying, domestic vehicles accounted for 12 of the 20 in the lineup; Japanese nameplates accounted for 7. The Land Rover Freelander SUV was the sole European vehicle in the least-liked lineup.

We generate these lists each year based on responses to our Annual Questionnaire, which is sent to all subscribers of Consumer Reports and ConsumerReports.org. We ask people whether they would buy or lease the same vehicle again, considering its price, performance, comfort, and reliability. The tables below list the percentage of owners who said they would definitely get the same car again.


MOST SATISFYING

SMALL CARS

Toyota Prius .............................94%
Scion xB .................................. 87
Honda Civic Hybrid ...................81
Mazda3 ....................................80


FAMILY SEDANS

Toyota Avalon ......................... 84
Honda Accord ......................... 82


UPSCALE/LUXURY SEDANS

Lexus LS430 ............................92
Acura TL ..................................87
Acura TSX ...............................83
Jaguar XJ Series ......................81


SPORT/SPORTY CARS

Honda S2000 ...........................89
Chevrolet Corvette ...................88
Mini Cooper ..............................85
BMW Z4 ...................................83
Porsche Boxster ......................82
BMW M3 ...................................82
Subaru Impreza WRX ...............81
Mazda MX-5 Miata ....................80

COUPES/CONVERTIBLES

Lexus SC430 ...........................85%
Mercedes-Benz SL ..................81


MINIVANS

Toyota Sienna ..........................86


SMALL SUVs

Honda Element .........................83
Subaru Forester .......................81


MIDSIZED SUVs

Lexus RX330 ...........................85
Honda Pilot ...............................83
Toyota Highlander ....................81
Lexus GX470 ...........................81
Toyota 4Runner .......................80


LARGE SUVs

Toyota Land Cruiser ................84
Lexus LX470 ...........................82


PICKUP TRUCKS

Toyota Tundra .........................83
Nissan Titan .............................82



LEAST SATISFYING

SMALL CARS

Saturn Ion .................................49%
Mitsubishi Lancer .....................46
Dodge Neon .............................45
Chevrolet Cavalier (sedan) ......44
Nissan Sentra ...........................41


FAMILY/LARGE SEDANS

Chrysler Sebring ......................49
Dodge Stratus ..........................35


COUPES/CONVERTIBLES

Chevrolet Cavalier ...................44
Pontiac Sunfire ........................44
Mitsubishi Eclipse .....................42


MINIVANS

Dodge Caravan 4-cyl. ..............38

SMALL SUVs

Mitsubishi Outlander ................48%
Suzuki Grand Vitara ................48
Suzuki XL-7 .............................48
Land Rover Freelander ...........40


MIDSIZED SUVs

Chevrolet TrailBlazer ...............50
Lincoln Aviator 2WD ................50
Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT ........46


PICKUP TRUCKS

Ford Ranger .............................49
Mazda B-Series .......................49

Based on more than 250,000 responses to the 2004 Annual Questionnaire, covering the 2002 to 2004 model years. Charts show the percentage of owners who said they would definitely buy or lease that make and model again.





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