Sometimes it seems like car commercials and advertisements are broadcasted continuously throughout the day. You may see even more ads for vehicles ranging from subcompact sedans to full-size pickup trucks. However, not every car is a perfect fit. Some consumers live in regions whose distinctive geographic features make them better suited to some types of vehicles than others. If you’re new to an area and about to buy a vehicle, it’s best to understand the kinds of cars best suited to your new home before rushing out to buy the flashiest, most popular option available.
How geographical differences affect car buying behavior
Many consumers don’t take regional differences into account when buying a vehicle. But failing to do so means making a purchase that could be more easily damaged due to those differences. You could spend tens of thousands on maintenance, repairs, or replacement costs with the wrong decision.
For example, some regions are filled with backroads, where you might be climbing winding hilly roads daily. In these cases, you may need an SUV or truck with sufficient off-road capabilities to handle what comes your way. On the other hand, you could be faced with flat hotter areas that are best served with light color interiors to help with heat.
You may also now reside in an area with perennial high gas prices and minimal public transportation. Your best bet might be an extremely fuel-efficient vehicle or, if there’s sufficient charging infrastructure in the area, an electric vehicle (EV).
Looking beyond geography, your region’s economy may be something to consider as you pick your next car. Perhaps you live in an area where you can build a lucrative side hustle hauling goods or transporting people. These regional factors are crucial to consider before you hit a dealership lot to ensure you pick up the vehicle best suited to handle your region’s unique characteristics and your individual needs.
How Consumer Reports determined which vehicles are most satisfying by region
Consumer Reports not only evaluate various vehicles in painstaking detail. They also spend a lot of time assessing the results of the Annual Auto Survey, which is sent out to Consumer Reports members. This extensive survey provides them with a wealth of information from car owners about their vehicle experiences, which Consumer Reports pairs with their reviewers’ evaluations.
Consumer Reports compiled lists of the top 10 cars in the North, South, East, and West within the U.S., based on a combination of demographic information in the survey results, and owner satisfaction scores in Consumer Reports reviews. However, they reduced that list to 40 vehicles by compiling a list of vehicles that appeared in at least two or more regions of the country.
So, what about the Northeast region. What are the most satisfying regions there?
The most satisfying vehicles in the northeast
Consumer Reports’ found the 2022 Kia Telluride, Tesla Model 3, and Tesla Model Y the most satisfying in every region across the board. In the Northeast there were 5 vehicles that were declared the most satisfying vehicles in the northeast. These included the 2022 Tesla Model S, Toyota Sienna, Ford F-150, Honda Ridgeline, and Toyota RAV4 Prime. This list is dominated by trucks and SUVs with the Tesla Model S as the only sedan.
Of course, this list should be used as a starting point if you are in the market for a new vehicle. There are many more factors to consider, including your budget, preferences, and needs. But if you do live in one of these regions, you may well be served by one of these 2022 models, given how many other owners near you are.