Bottom Line: Can a car make you happy?

Bottom Line: Can a car make you happy? New trends in buying a new set of wheels

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC/CONSUMER REPORTS) -- Can a car make you happy? Maybe, But will the car that sparks joy for you, be the same for your partner? What about your grandmother, or cousin living on the other side of the country? Using exclusive data, Consumer Reports reveal which cars are most likely to leave each of us satisfied.

Consumer Reports has survey data on more than 420,000 vehicles, and not just about gas mileage and reliability. CR knows what cars are most likely to make you happy!

“We know this because we ask CR members whether they would buy the same car again," said CR Auto Editor Jon Linkov. "Their answer is the basis of CR’s owner satisfaction score. We then look at how owners rate their cars on satisfaction in five categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, and dashboard controls.”

Bottom line: can a car make you happy

Ultimately owner satisfaction is an individual thing, but there are some interesting trends.

For example, women were most satisfied by the Kia Telluride, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Ford Expedition, while Men preferred the Tesla Model S and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

What about where you live? Well, folks in the Midwest were happiest with the Chevy Bolt. For the South, it’s the Ford Expedition, Tesla Model S in the West, and the Toyota Avalon in the North!

What about by age? Millennials like the Subaru Ascent. GenX, the Tesla Model S, Boomers are likely to be happy with a Ford Expedition and the Silent Generation loves the Genesis G90.

But, the top vehicle for everyone in every category -- is the Tesla Model 3.

“Cars that inspire the strongest loyalty are fun to drive, reliable, deliver great fuel economy or can be driven solely on electricity, or provide a high-tech, luxurious driving environment," said Linkov.

CR has also found price matters when considering happiness. The more you spend on a car, the more likely you are to be satisfied with it!

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