Chevy Volt owners are most satisfied, says Consumer Reports
Are Chevy Volt owners really the “Happiest drivers on the planet” like GM’s popular ad claims? They are according to Consumer Reports. For the second year in a row, the plug-in hybrid electric Volt has topped Consumer Reports list for consumer satisfaction. In fact, the consumer watchdog site indicates that 92 percent of those surveyed stated they would definitely purchase a Volt again. That being said, the figure is down from 93 percent last year. The 2011 figure was only based on a few months of sales, and not a full year of sales like the 2012 survey.
So what makes Volt owners so satisfied? Consumer Reports says that enthusiasm for the vehicle’s fuel efficiency ranks near the top of the list. Aside from its fuel economy, the Volt also earned high marks for its engine performance and sporty handling.
Performance aside, customers are also likely enjoying the numerous incentives that GM offers. Chevy recently ran a promotion touting a $249 per month or less for a 24-month lease, not including extra dealer incentives. Additionally, all Volts come with a $7,500 tax credit, which brings the MSRP down to $31,645.
One specific area where consumer enthusiasm is particularly evident is in the Chevy Volt’s sales. GM enjoyed it best sales month ever in October, selling 2,961 vehicles. Furthermore, the EV has sold 19,309 units thus far in 2012, a 286 percent increase over last year.