Consumer Reports’: 10 Most Satisfying Vehicles for 2023
Consumer Reports, as always, leads the way in accessing all aspects of car ownership. It has just released a list of the most satisfying vehicles to own for 2023. This isn’t about problems encountered by owners, it’s about no regrets. With more options and competition, this gets harder for automakers to accomplish.
So here are the Top 10 as determined by Consumer Reports:
10. Dodge Challenger
With so many years already under its belt, Dodge knows what to give muscle car enthusiasts, the Dodge Challenger. But owners know what they’re getting as well. A robust tire-smoking coupe with enduring style and too much power, which for some, hits that sweet spot.
9. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Miata is yet, another car that owners really know what they’re getting. A two-seat sports car isn’t for everyone, but for those that like them, it strikes a balance. Handling, power, and comfort all work toward Miata’s success.
8. Toyota RAV4 Prime
SUVs lead the consumer hit parade, and Toyota has sweetened the RAV4 over several iterations. That, and the expected high quality and reliability remind owners of that every time they drive. Decent power and interior capacity don’t hurt either.
7. Toyota/Subaru BRZ86
In some ways, the BRZ86 has similar owners to the Miata, but with less heritage supporting it. Sort of a fastback 2+2 Miata, if you will. Decent performance and great looks are impressive for an underlying platform it shares with the Subaru Forester and Crosstrek.
6. Polestar 2
This one landing on Consumer Reports’ Most Satisfying vehicles list is a bit surprising because it has only recently been released. We suspect owners have owned one or two EVs before and know what they want. Only about 5,000 have sold so far, and dealers are not always convenient, but the number six spot for satisfying is impressive.
5. Hyundai Ioniq 5
The fact that Hyundai keeps hitting home runs makes it no surprise the Ioniq 5 is on this Most Satisfying vehicles list. It, too, hasn’t been around long. But at least initially, the Ioniq 5 is pleasing drivers and those of us that see them on the highway or in our neighborhoods. It is a great design and a competitive rival for some established EVs.
4. Ford Maverick Hybrid
If its towing and cargo capacity suits your needs, there is every reason to expect many satisfied Maverick owners. And with its hybrid system standard, it’s satisfying to pass so many gas stations with its fuel economy. GM and Ram have their versions in the queue, hopefully soon.
3. Rivian R1T
This might be the most surprising on the Most Satisfying list, as everything about the Rivian EV is new, including manufacturing and its workforce. In spite of those obstacles, with the press praising it, it not only made the Most Satisfied list but comes in at No. 3.
2. Porsche 911
Except for the MSRP, this is totally expected. But those that buy them don’t worry about such mundane things as the cost. They’re getting it for all of the reasons you already know about Porsche, and the 911 legacy. Porsche will always have a car on this list.
1. Chevrolet C8 Corvette
Between the accolades combined with impressive performance, we’re not surprised by the Corvette being on this Most Satisfying list. What is surprising is that Chevy really worked out potential problems on the C8. That’s why, now in its fourth year of production, there are enough owners to add credibility to be No. 1. Especially early owners by now should have found unsatisfying things about the Corvette, but this proves the C8 is hitting on all cylinders.