America's Most Loved Car is Once Again From Tesla

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Tesla Model S topped Strategic Vision’s Consumer Love index for 2016.

After capturing the title in the index’s inaugural award in 2014, the Tesla Model S was missing last year for sampling reasons. This allowed the Porsche Macan to be named America’s Most Loved Car in 2015, but now the Model S is back and some would say that it wasn’t even a close race.

With an overall score of 652, the Tesla Model S took the title of Best Model in the Consumer Love Index, followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan with a score of 583. Rounding out the top five for luxury vehicles is the BMW 3 Series (581), BMW X1 (560) and BMW X5 (552).

When it comes to mass-market models, the most loved is the Nissan Juke, earning a score of 542. The Volkswagen Golf GTI (532) claimed second place, while the Subaru XV Crosstrek (516) came in third. Subaru also placed fourth among economy cars with its Legacy (510) and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (506) finished fifth.

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The Consumer Love Index measures the amount of love owners experience with their new vehicle and consists of data from over 120 different aspects of the ownership experience. Each person surveyed rates on a scale that ranges from “1 – I Hate It” to “7 – I Love It.”

“Make no mistake about it. Tesla Model S being the Most Loved Vehicle in America is more than just a gleaming compliment to their whole team,” said Christopher Chaney, senior vice president of Strategic Vision. “It is the Rosetta Stone example to manufacturers and government agencies for getting more consumers to purchase alternative fuel vehicles.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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