10 Most Satisfying Vehicles in the West According to Consumer Reports

People need cars for different reasons, so it stands to reason that where you live is a significant indicator of what kind of car you actually need. Since America is such a big and diverse place, the car buying needs of people living in California may be very different from those in Florida. The Western U.S. is a big and diverse place as well, and here’s a look at 10 of the most satisfying vehicles to own in the West, according to Consumer Reports.

10. Buick Enclave

A silver gray 2022 Buick Enclave full-size crossover SUV driving on a highway near a row of trees
2022 Buick Enclave | Buick

According to Consumer Reports, the Buick Enclave is one of the most satisfying cars to own in the West. That said, CR did not write specifically about why Americans in the West liked this Buick so much compared to other regions. Overall, the Enclave is a highly-rated luxury SUV, so it can be a good option for anyone.

9. Tesla Model S

Since California is the biggest market for Tesla, it’s not surprising that the Model S has a spot on Consumer Reports’ list. The Model S has its issues, especially in terms of reliability, but overall, Model S owners seem to be happy with their choice. 

8. Toyota Sienna

As Consumer Reports wrote, fuel economy is something a lot of drivers want, and thanks to the fact that the Toyota Sienna is hybrid as standard, it’s trendy in many areas of the country. The Sienna gets 36 mpg combined while being a large and reliable minivan. 

7. Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is another unsurprising choice. Consumer Reports wrote that it’s one of the most satisfying cars to own in every region of the U.S. At $47,000, the Model 3 is currently the cheapest Tesla available right now. 

6. Ram 2500

Trucks are popular around the country, but Consumer Reports wrote that the Ram 2500 is the only truck satisfying to own in the West. The Ram 2500 is also the only heavy-duty truck on the list, so it should be very capable and satisfying to own.

5. Tesla Model Y

The last Tesla that made this list is the Model Y. It’s Tesla’s relatively affordable SUV option, and EV shoppers in the West seem to enjoy this choice. The Model Y starts at $66,000, though, so it won’t be a cheap Tesla by any means.

4. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride has won awards from many different publications, and it’s unsurprisingly a satisfying car to own in every single region of America. This Kia SUV has few, if any, flaws. It provides a balanced driving experience at an affordable $33,000 price tag.

3. Ford Mustang Mach-E

Like Consumer Reports said, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s new EV that was designed from scratch, and Mustang Mach-E owners in the West seem happy with their choice of car. It’s an SUV that starts at about $44,000, and unlike Tesla, shoppers can use the $7,500 federal EV tax credit on the Mustang Mach-E.

2. Toyota RAV4 Prime

The Toyota RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid SUV that drivers seem very happy with in the West. Like most good cars, it’s solid all around and has few flaws. According to Consumer Reports, the RAV4 Prime gets 72 MPGe and can go 42 miles on its battery-only mode. 

1. Mazda MX-5 Miata

The most satisfying car to own in the West is the Mazda MX-5 Miata, according to Consumer Reports. The Miata is an affordable sports car with a fun driving experience at an affordable $27,000 price tag. It also gets 34 mpg, making it more efficient than most sports cars.

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