By Nat Shirley
Friday, Nov 30th, 2012 @ 4:38 pm
 

For the second time in as many years, the Chevrolet Volt has earned top honors in Consumer Reports' annual owner-satisfaction survey. Ninety-two percent of respondents with a Volt in their driveway say they would definitely purchase the plug-in in hybrid again.

"The Volt's two-year reign at the top of our satisfaction survey points to the continuing trend of owners' enthusiasm for cars that are fuel-efficient, especially as we see more and more hybrid and electric models hitting the market," said Consumer Reports' Auto Editor Rik Paul in a statement. "The combination of sporty handling and strong engine performance also goes a long way in building loyalty and generating excitement among owners."

The survey, which encompassed responses from 350,000 subscribers on model year 2010-13 vehicles, is scored based on the percentage of owners who responded "definitely yes" to the following question: "Considering all factors -- price, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc., -- would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?"

Other highly-ranked fuel misers included the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Prius, and Prius C, and Nissan Leaf. Among sporty cars, the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 and V8-equipped Dodge Challenger led the field, with the latter two making returns to the top-five list after strong showings last year.

At the bottom of the results was the Nissan Versa sedan, which was the only vehicle to receive a score below 50 percent.