While it’s perhaps unsurprising, Consumer Reports compiled data from their annual owner satisfaction survey to find that the Tesla Model S has the most satisfied customer base, for the second year in a row.
The Consumer Reports satisfaction survey essentially asks owners, “Would you buy one again?” According to Autoblog, 98 percent of current Tesla Model S owners replied that yes, they would. Compare to the Chevrolet Corvette C7, which came in second at 95 percent. This means that not only does Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk bear the distinction of getting the first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket to make orbit, but also of being the first outsider American automaker to create a more satisfactory set of wheels than the big three. Kudos to you, sir.
It makes quite a lot of sense that the Tesla Model S has succeeded in winning-over its mass of owners; consumers who desire an all-electric car don’t exactly have many other places to turn. But we like to think that the accomplishment is rather larger than that, as it shows to what extent the electric powertrain can feasibly compete with petrol, and that range anxiety – once cited as the number one reason why the technology can’t work for the average consumer – has evidently failed to test owners’ love for the car.
Of course, the Tesla Model S is also a pricey luxury car out-of-reach to the average consumer. It will be interesting to see whether satisfaction drops when Consumer Reports has a larger sample size, with the introduction of the less-expensive Tesla Model 3.