As the phrase “your mileage may vary” implies, what people want and need from their cars will vary from person to person, but it’s possible to make some generalizations. For example, America is a big and beautiful place, and different parts of the country will have different needs. That’s why, when it comes to something like owner satisfaction, it may be helpful to break it down by region. According to Consumer Reports, here’s a look at the 10 most satisfying cars to own in the South for your next car shopping venture.
10. Ford F-350
According to Consumer Reports, while southern states like Texas are well-known for their love of pickup trucks, the F-350 is actually the only truck that made the list. Like the smaller F-150, the F-350 is a very capable truck, so that’s likely why it’s so satisfying to own.
9. Genesis G70
The Genesis G70 is another satisfying car to own in the South. Genesis is the luxury arm of Hyundai, and the G70 provides a luxurious and well-balanced interior at a relatively affordable $38,000 price tag.
8. BMW X7
The BMW X7 is currently the top-rated full-size luxury SUV, according to Consumer Reports, so it’s not surprising that customers from the South enjoy their choice of car. That said, while the X7 is great all-around, the South is the only region where the X7 made it onto the list.
7. Ford Expedition
Just like the X7, the Ford Expedition is currently the top-rated model in the full-size SUV class, and it’s also an SUV that southerners seem to enjoy. The Expedition offers a good mix of almost everything, with the exception being fuel economy. This big Ford SUV is very thirsty and only gets 16 mpg combined.
6. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is a popular and satisfying EV that the whole country seems to like, as it made it not just into the South but onto the list of every single region. At a price tag of $47,000, it’s the cheapest Tesla available right now.
5. Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne is a midsize luxury SUV that’s earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports. Porsche also offers various engine options, including a 4.0-liter hybrid V8 with 670 horsepower.
4. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y combines two popular things now, SUVs and EVs. Like the Tesla Model 3, the whole country seems to like the Model Y. That said, the Model Y starts at $66,000, but since it’s a Tesla, customers won’t be able to use the $7,500 federal EV tax credit on it.
3. Kia Telluride
Just like the Model Y and the Model 3, the Kia Telluride is a popular car around the country. Consumer Reports gave the Telluride a near-perfect score in almost every category, so it’s no surprise that customers in the South are happy with this Kia SUV.
2. Genesis G90
The Genesis G90 is a bigger version of the G70, so it’s not surprising that folks in the South are also happy with this Genesis sedan. While the G90 isn’t as sporty as its competitors, its interior is where it shines as it has perfect scores for comfort.
1. Chevrolet Corvette
The most satisfying car to own in the South, according to Consumer Reports, is the Chevy Corvette. No other region seems satisfied with the Corvette, so this legendary Chevy muscle car pushes the right buttons for southerners. The current C8 Corvette has a new rear/mid-engine layout and a powerful 6.2-liter V8 that gets 495 hp. This setup allows the Corvette to be fast in a straight line and on corners.