AutoPacific research announced its best vehicle awards in several categories. The company contend that new technology is piloting the success of its winners. The best overall winner is the Porsche 911 and brand. The best ideal brand is Ford.
The highest attained ideal info/entertainment technology rating was in 2009, when 73% of vehicle owners said they would keep the same technology as now when asked if they would keep it the same, have more advanced technology, or have simpler, easier to use technology. Since then, owners have increasingly desired simpler, easier to use technology, while desire for more advanced technology has remained fairly steady – ranging from 23% to 29% from 2006 to 2017 (27% in 2017).
“Consumers today would make 3 main changes to their vehicle if they could: more advanced technology, more safety features and more/better interior storage,” says Peterson. “Vehicles that are successful in AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award calculations typically do well in those three areas, yet also do well with the human-machine interface, integrating advanced technologies that are easy to use for owners.”
- Light Duty Pickup-Ford F-150
- Heavy Duty Pickup-Ford F-Series Super Duty (2 years)
- Compact Pickup-Honda Ridgeline
- Luxury SUV-Lincoln Navigator
- Large SUV-GMC Yukon XL (2 years)
- Mid-Size SUV-Jeep Grand Cherokee (2 years)
- Premium Luxury Crossover SUV-Porsche Cayenne
- Luxury Crossover SUV-Porsche Macan
- Large Crossover SUV-Ford Flex
- Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV-Ford Edge
- Mid-Size Crossover SUV-Honda CR-V
- Compact Crossover SUV-Kia Sportage
- Minivan-Chrysler Pacifica
- Luxury Car-Genesis G90
- Aspirational Luxury Car-BMW 2-Series
- Large Car- Chevrolet Impala
- Luxury Mid-Size Car-Lincoln MKZ (2 years)
- Mid-Size Car-Subaru Legacy
- Premium Compact Car-MINI Clubman
- Compact Car-Volkswagen Jetta
- Economy Car-Honda Fit (2 years)
- Sports Car-Porsche 911
- Sporty Car- Ford Mustang
Moving up from prior years’ Ideal Vehicle Award results, Ford has winning vehicles in 5 segments, in addition to having the Most Ideal Popular brand. The Ford’s F-Series pickups give owners an ideal combination of performance, comfort, safety, and styling. Lincoln received 2 segment wins, including the MKZ, which handily outscores the 2nd place Lexus ES and wins its segment for the 4th year in a row. The Navigator wins in its last year before it is replaced by a new generation Navigator.
It appears that the roll out of Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system has gone a long way in contributing to Ford’s 2017 results.
Chrysler’s debut of the Pacifica is a hit with owners, primarily in the areas of safety features, cargo space/cargo opening and passenger room. “In a segment where roominess and safety are top priorities for owners, the Chrysler Pacifica met expectations for 90% of owners – a strong showing that helped Chrysler solidify the top spot,” says Peterson.
The Genesis G90 was a clear winner in the Luxury Car segment, with strong performance in the areas of visibility, passenger room, safety features, ease of ingress/egress and interior storage.
Both the Pacifica and G90 were also AutoPacific 2017 Vehicle Satisfaction Award winners. The G90 won AutoPacific’s President’s Award as achieving the highest VSA score EVER!
The 2017 awards are based on responses from more than 54,000 owners of new model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles across all major manufacturers. Respondents were asked what changes they would make to their car or truck in 15 key categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration and technology. “Even the most satisfied owner would change something about their vehicle if given the opportunity,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “AutoPacific’s IVAs identify vehicles whose owners want the least amount of change – those that are truly hitting the mark with owners.”