Like any other critic, Consumer Reports sometimes doesn’t share the same opinions as consumers. But other times, customers and experts agree. The nonprofit surveys vehicle owners to gather its predicted owner satisfaction ratings, indicating how most drivers will likely feel about their purchase. To that end, here’s a look at two 2022 midsize sedans Consumer Reports predicts owners will love.
Drivers will likely enjoy the 2022 Honda Accord
Among 2022 midsize sedans, the Honda Accord is the most satisfying model to own, Consumer Reports writes. However, it’s tied with the Toyota Camry for first place. The two narrowly beat out the third-place option, the Hyundai Sonata. The Chevrolet Malibu sits in fourth and last place, and the Accord, Camry, and Sonata are all easily better than Chevy’s midsize sedan.
Surveyed Accord owners were very satisfied with the car’s driving experience and styling. That’s not too surprising. The Accord’s standard 1.5-liter turbo-four engine produces 192 hp, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
That said, though owners were satisfied overall with the car’s comfort features, many drivers weren’t sold on the Accord’s value. A new model starts at $26,500 — high for a midsize sedan.
The Toyota Camry is another beloved 2022 midsize sedan
Although the 2022 Toyota Camry ties with the 2022 Honda Accord in predicted owner satisfaction, there were differences in the details. As with the Accord, Camry owners were satisfied with the sedan’s driving experience and styling. The Camry’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder, harnessing up to 206 hp, allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds. That’s slightly slower than the Accord, but owners were still happy with the performance.
But as for comfort features and value, owners were slightly more satisfied with the Camry than they were with the Accord. That might be because the Camry starts at just under $26,000. This price point is still expensive compared with the Sonata or Malibu, but it’s $500 cheaper than the Honda.
How Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction rating works
The way that Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction rating works is relatively simple. The best way to figure out if current vehicle owners are satisfied with their car is to ask them, and that’s what the nonprofit member organization does. Every year, Consumer Reports sends out surveys asking consumers about their experience with their current car.
Importantly, CR conducts the survey independently from its expert testing. That way, owners can share their honest views about the car even if the testing team disagrees with those views. The survey is fairly simple, polling owners about how they feel about the car’s systems and features, including how it drives and whether it was worth the price.
Finally, the survey asks owners if they would buy their car again. According to Consumer Reports, the response to this question is how the site determines a car’s owner satisfaction rating. Owners who answered “definitely yes” to this question are considered satisfied, while everyone else is not. If survey data isn’t available yet, CR predicts the rating by using consumer data from recent previous model years.