You will see many consumer sites that rate vehicles. And other sites, like MotorBiscuit, will use information about certain cars from those sites to determine things like reliability, quality, comfort, and more. But it’s rare to find one brand or vehicle that tops every site’s list. But we found six consumer sites that all rank the Tesla Model 3 as the brand with the highest ratings for owner satisfaction.
There is a driver training site that aggregated ratings called Zutobi. In doing its research, it found that Tesla ranked highest on four different consumer sites for owner satisfaction in both Europe and the US. Those sites are Autotrader, Edmunds, HonestJohns and Parkers. It did this for its annual ‘The Global Happy Motorist Index’.
How did the Tesla Model 3 score on these sites?
These are the scores of the Tesla Model 3; AutoTrader averaged 4.5 out of 5, Edmunds averaged 4 out of 5, HonestJohn averaged 5 out of 5, and Parkers gave it an average of 4.6 out of 5. But in our survey, a fifth and sixth site also the Model 3 scored highest for its most recent satisfaction scores. The Model 3 scored 777 points out of 1,000 as compiled by JD Power. The Tesla Model Y came in second with 700 points.
And Consumer Reports rated the Model 3 in the top spot for its most satisfying report. The Model S came in third and the Model Y fourth. And the Model X was also in his top ten list.
While Consumer Reports praised the Model 3, but still found flaws. It has never been fond of any of Tesla’s controls. That’s because all controls work via the centrally mounted touchscreen. And nearby cars are shown on that same screen, distracting the drivers.
What were some dislikes?
While it liked the seats and space in the Model Y, it didn’t like the Model 3’s rear seats. It calls it “too low and uncomfortable.” But looking at the charging time and range, it surpasses all electric vehicles made to date. So the Model 3 is overwhelmingly the vehicle with the highest customer satisfaction scores.
Especially if you’re in the market for an EV, which is mostly due to rising gas prices, the Model 3 is the one to shoot. Used ones show up in more quantities as leases expire. But between the post-pandemic conditions for new and used cars and gas prices, now may not be the best time to buy.
New 2022 Base Model 3 sedans cost less than used sedans at 15,000 to 40,000 miles. However, Tesla prices have risen across the board today, so if you’re considering buying new, consider ordering soon as prices have increased many times over in 2022 so far.
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