Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Hyundai Azera Very Satisfying With Owners

Wouldnt it be nice to know what cars are most satisfying to their owners before you buy? Automotive consultant group AutoPacific has compiled such information in its 2006 model year vehicle satisfaction survey, and the results might surprise those who havent driven the winners. Dont adjust your modum, because Hyundais Azera was the overall winner amongst cars achieving "Best Car" credentials, while Lincolns Navigator earned "Best Truck" kudos. It comes as no surprise, however, that Toyotas luxury division, Lexus once again walked away as the most satisfying brand. Other notable segment winners include Cadillacs CTS as the most satisfying in the "Entry Luxury Car" segment, beating out such stalwarts as the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, and Nissan Titan overshadowing the Ford F-150 in the "Large Light-Duty Pickup" category. Special mention should also be made of Mitsubishi for taking the "Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility" segment with its agile Endeavor, one of the best kept secrets on the crossover-SUV market, and Hyundai for winning over its Santa Fe owners, who will no doubt be lining up for the all-new 2007 model when it arrives this summer. Interestingly, not a single Toyota brand car or truck made the list, nor did BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi, brands that normally rank high for owner retention. Also of note, Honda was number one for the amount of segment winners, taking three top owner satisfaction spots, with Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Nissan achieving two vehicles apiece in the study. Looking at automakers (manufacturer umbrella companies), GM surprises with three top-rated models, matching Honda which also had the Acura RSX join its three Honda branded winners in top segment placement. The organizations Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) denotes a segment winner by assigning numeric values to the satisfaction ratings of owners it has surveyed in 44 areas related to a vehicles ownership experience. Source: http://www.automobile.com

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