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Challenger tops Consumer Reports satisfaction survey

by Bill Cawthon on

Consumer Reports is seldom kind to Chrysler products but apparently its readers disagree, at least in the case of the Dodge Challenger. It was named the top-ranking vehicle based on owner satisfaction with 92% of owners saying they would buy the same vehicle again. The Ford Fusion hybrid, came in second this year with a 91% rating. The Toyota Prius, which has been at the top of the list, garnered an 88% response, behind the Porsche 911 Carerra S and Chevrolet Corvette and tied with the Acura TL AWD.

The Challenger was the only Chrysler vehicle to make it into the “Most Satisfying” category.

Of the bottom ten, three were Chrysler vehicles, seven were from General Motors. The four-cylinder Chrysler Sebring received the lowest rating; just 37% of owners saying they would buy another Sebring. The Dodge Nitro was just above the Sebring with 38% potential repeat buyers and the Dodge Caliber received a 45% rating.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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