let’s compare apples with apples, not apples with broccoli.
give me a car that cost over $100,000 to manufacture, charge me only $30,000 for it.... you pay the rest ....
and then ask me if I am happy with the deal or not
ps: but I don’t want a piece of krap like a volt, so
you give me a Corvette zr-1 and then we can talk
I agree with you. I would be very happy with a Volt IF I was the guy who bought one of those 2 year leases for $200/month for a $40K car.
As for Consumer Reports, it depends on the amount of people in their sample. When they do the report on their used cars once a year it is based on the people who read their magazine and fill out their survey. The sample is something like 1 million responses. It is a wide sample of automobile owners satisfaction. They are very good at showing which used cars to buy and which to avoid. For example, they gave horrible marks to the 2004 BMW X5. My friend had one. He paid $52k for it new. It was in the shop ten times in the first year. It was a real lemon. He tried to sell it a few years later and could not give the car away.
Another example was a Honda Civic we bought used for my daughter. CR gave it very high marks for a used car. She drove it for four years and then sold it for $200 more than we paid for it FOUR years later. She never put $1 into it other than tires.
When it comes to buying appliances they are also a good information source because they actually go out and purchase the actual fridge, stove, vacuum cleaner, blender, coffee maker, etc. They will then test them over an extended period and report their findings.
However, when it comes to electronics. I prefer CNET. They are much more of a comprehensive reporting agency on gadgets, tv, stereo, cameras than Consumer Reports.