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Old 05-13-2009, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default Give Me A Break! Are These Really The Most Recommended Cars In The US?

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ho do you go to for advice when buying a new car? What about owners themselves? AutoPacific has just analyzed recommendation intentions from 25,000 new-car owners, and the results offer interesting insights.

AutoPacific, which has provided automotive analysis to carmakers since 1986, bases its findings on a just-completed comprehensive survey of more than 25,000 consumers who purchased or leased new cars or light trucks in the period from September to December 2008.

“Typically, car buyers are very pleased when they first drive their new car off the dealer lot. But just as a vehicle’s worth depreciates over time, some car owners’ level of confidence depreciates,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

“We have quantified their level of confidence to see which new car owners will recommend their model most and this is information which will help new car shoppers make informed, confident buying decisions. While many owners can be happy with their new cars, it takes another level of confidence to recommend it.”

Porsche leads as the top brand in a close race, with the highest owner recommendation of 91%. “Porsche owners’ feelings for their cars run deep, some might call it devotion,” says Peterson. “Clearly that is still the case as the Porsche line-up all scored well in this survey.”

The vehicle - car or truck - registering highest overall satisfaction in 2009 is the Infiniti G37, which was recommended by 95% of new owners. The truck with the highest overall satisfaction score is the Ford F-150 recommended by 89% of its owners. In a tie, the SUVs with the highest overall satisfaction score are the GMC Yukon XL and Honda CR-V recommended by 93% of their owners.

At the manufacturer level, multiple top-ranked award winners include: Toyota with eight top rankings (Toyota 6, Lexus 2), Ford with six (Ford 5, Lincoln 1), Honda with three, General Motors with two (Chevy 1, GMC 1), and Chrysler with two (Jeep 1, Dodge 1).

AutoPacific’s research objectively measures owner recommendations with newly purchased or leased passenger cars or light trucks by ranking new owners’ responses to the question “Would you recommend your new vehicle to a friend or relative? Scores are based on the responses, ranging from “Yes, definitely,” “Yes, with reservations,” or “No.”

BRAND: Porsche

PASSENGER CARS:
Premium Luxury Car Lexus LS
Executive Luxury Car Jaguar XF
Aspirational Luxury Car Infiniti G37 (most recommended – 95%)
Large Car Toyota Avalon
Luxury Mid-Size Car Lexus ES
Premium Mid-Size Car Toyota Camry
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta
Image Compact Car Toyota Prius
Mainstream Compact Car Subaru Impreza
Economy Car Honda Fit
Premium Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette
Sports Car Nissan 350Z
Sporty Car Ford Mustang

LIGHT TRUCKS:
Large Light-Duty Pickup Ford F-150
Large Heavy-Duty Pickup Ford F-Super Duty
Compact Pickup Toyota Tacoma
Luxury Sport Utility Lincoln Navigator
Large Sport Utility GMC Yukon XL
Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility Toyota 4Runner
Mid-Size Sport Utility Dodge Nitro
Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle Jeep Wrangler
Luxury Crossover SUV Land Rover LR2
Large Crossover SUV Ford Flex
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV Ford Edge
Mainstream Mid-Size Crossover SUV Honda CR-V
Compact Crossover SUV Honda Element
Minivan Toyota Sienna

Soon, AutoPacific will announce its 13th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The VSA establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. Owner satisfaction is measured across 48 specific areas related to a vehicle's operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2009 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September through December 2008
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:51 AM   #2
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I don't totally disagree... many are spot on recommendations
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:58 AM   #3
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the normal civic gives higher MPG than the honda fit.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:01 AM   #4
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With the exception of the Dodge Nitro -I don't disagree with anything on that list.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:24 AM   #5
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the normal civic gives higher MPG than the honda fit.
But the Fit is Go!

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:24 AM   #6
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Looks pretty darn good to me...

BRAND: Porsche (Find one porsche owner who doesn't love their car)

PASSENGER CARS:
Premium Luxury Car Lexus LS (reliable, comfortable, a lot of car)
Executive Luxury Car Jaguar XF (sexy as hell)
Aspirational Luxury Car Infiniti G37 (most recommended – 95%) (fast, stylish, reliable, etc.)
Large Car Toyota Avalon (meh, a bigger Camry....so a solid car at a good price point)
Luxury Mid-Size Car Lexus ES (See LS but smaller)
Premium Mid-Size Car Toyota Camry (See ES but cheaper)
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta (great interior, stylish on the outside, "fun", improved reliability of late)
Image Compact Car Toyota Prius (boo)
Mainstream Compact Car Subaru Impreza (I'm a bit surprised actually)
Economy Car Honda Fit (all the rage, fun to drive, good mpg, modern look)
Premium Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette (best performance/$$$ there is)
Sports Car Nissan 350Z (maybe the 370 should have been the choice, but again, for the $$$, hard to match)
Sporty Car Ford Mustang (no comment, it's sporty, and certainly fun to troll around in)
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:38 AM   #7
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Looks good enough for me. Maybe the wifey will let me buy that Porsche now.
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:10 AM   #8
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Looks pretty darn good to me...

BRAND: Porsche (Find one porsche owner who doesn't love their car)

PASSENGER CARS:
Premium Luxury Car Lexus LS (reliable, comfortable, a lot of car)
Executive Luxury Car Jaguar XF (sexy as hell)
Aspirational Luxury Car Infiniti G37 (most recommended – 95%) (fast, stylish, reliable, etc.)
Large Car Toyota Avalon (meh, a bigger Camry....so a solid car at a good price point)
Luxury Mid-Size Car Lexus ES (See LS but smaller)
Premium Mid-Size Car Toyota Camry (See ES but cheaper)
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta (great interior, stylish on the outside, "fun", improved reliability of late)
Image Compact Car Toyota Prius (boo)
Mainstream Compact Car Subaru Impreza (I'm a bit surprised actually)
Economy Car Honda Fit (all the rage, fun to drive, good mpg, modern look)
Premium Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette (best performance/$$$ there is)
Sports Car Nissan 350Z (maybe the 370 should have been the choice, but again, for the $$$, hard to match)
Sporty Car Ford Mustang (no comment, it's sporty, and certainly fun to troll around in)
I concur. No real surprise here.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #9
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I think the new forrester belongs on there.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:44 PM   #10
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Subaru Impreza makes sense, based on what the study is actually measuring. When I had my Scooby I recommended Scoobies to others all day long...
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:16 PM   #11
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Wait, if the Impreza got the mainstream vote...does that mean its not just for "Alternative Lifestyles" now?
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:42 PM   #12
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I don't understand the title of this thread. The recommendations listed are all very good choices within each category, so much so that I wouldn't change a single one of them. Please explain why you cant believe this list? Because there aren't many American cars? What? Do explain!
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:46 PM   #13
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I don't understand the title of this thread. The recommendations listed are all very good choices within each category, so much so that I wouldn't change a single one of them. Please explain why you cant believe this list? Because there aren't many American cars? What? Do explain!
simple copy paste job?

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Old 05-13-2009, 05:44 PM   #14
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Looks pretty darn good to me...

BRAND: Porsche (Find one porsche owner who doesn't love their car)
Right Here!

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Well, not really, I just wanted to be argumentative. I really like the car a lot, but I was expecting less rattles from a new Porsche than I currently have. Although, I will admit that this seems to be a one off issue with my car and the dealer has gone out of their way to try and help me, which is worlds more than I can say about the service I ever got at any Subaru dealer.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:53 PM   #15
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I don't totally disagree... many are spot on recommendations
+1 Some good cars are on that list (G37, 350Z, impreza, etc.)
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #16
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Edmunds.com 2009 New Car Buying Guides

http://www.edmunds.com/buyingguide/2009/index.html

Take that Consumer Reports!
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:03 AM   #17
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I don't understand the title of this thread. The recommendations listed are all very good choices within each category, so much so that I wouldn't change a single one of them. Please explain why you cant believe this list? Because there aren't many American cars? What? Do explain!
You will have to go to the link and submit your question.I just copied the title from the article.
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Ah!

Well then.

Proceed.

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Old 05-14-2009, 01:19 PM   #19
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the normal civic gives higher MPG than the honda fit.
but there is no wagon/hatch civic (at least in the US), i'd prefer the fit for the cargo abilities.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:42 PM   #20
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the normal civic gives higher MPG than the honda fit.
Yeah, by the EPA rating. I've got an 09 fit, and my last two tanks got 39.8 and 38.3 mpgs of mixed, highway and street.

What are the civic's doing ing the real world?

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Old 05-14-2009, 03:49 PM   #21
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The only one I'm about:

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Old 05-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #22
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yeah, that's probably the single worst SUV ever made.
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So long as fuel economy isn't a requirement, I always recommend Subarus, Toyotas, and Hondas. All 3 brands generally make very good vehicles as far as practicality, reliability, and value.
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Yeah, by the EPA rating. I've got an 09 fit, and my last two tanks got 39.8 and 38.3 mpgs of mixed, highway and street.

What are the civic's doing ing the real world?

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Auto or Manual?

I have an '09 Auto with sport shift (I got outvoted by the wife on a manual... she wanted to drive it too ) and on my last tank i got 41.01 mpg (computed after pumping) with no mods to the car. That beast my prior best of 38.9 and I am thinking it may have a little to do with summer gas finally kicking in??? Gonna do an oil change to synthetic and hope for another MPG out of it!
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Auto or Manual?

I have an '09 Auto with sport shift (I got outvoted by the wife on a manual... she wanted to drive it too ) and on my last tank i got 41.01 mpg (computed after pumping) with no mods to the car. That beast my prior best of 38.9 and I am thinking it may have a little to do with summer gas finally kicking in??? Gonna do an oil change to synthetic and hope for another MPG out of it!
Nice! Mine is a manual and I'm currently running synthetic, which we fit owners know gets less mileage due to gearing. Otherwise, it's completely stock. Hopefully as the weather gets hotter I'll glean a lil more mpgs out of it. We'll see.
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