• May 17, 2006

Automobile consultants AutoPacific have released the results of its 2006 model year vehicle satisfaction survey. The company's Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) earmarks segment winners by assigning numeric values to the satisfaction ratings of owners it surveyed in 44 areas related to a vehicle's ownership experience.

This year's big winners? Hyundai's Azera took the laurels for Best Car, and Lincoln's Navigator garnered Best Truck honors, with Lexus taking the top spot among brands.

A complete list of segment winners is below, and more information about AutoPacific's testing methods is available after the jump.

    BRAND:                                  Lexus

    PASSENGER CARS:
    Premium Luxury Car           Lexus LS
    Entry Luxury Car                Cadillac CTS
    Luxury/Large Car                Hyundai Azera
    Premium Mid-Size Car        Volkswagen Passat
    Mid-Size Car                       Mercury Milan
    Image Compact Car             MINI Cooper
    Compact Car                       Honda Civic
    Sports Car                           Chevrolet Corvette
    Sporty Car                           Acura RSX

    LIGHT TRUCKS:
    Large Light-Duty Pickup                Nissan Titan
    Large Heavy-Duty Pickup              Chevrolet Silverado HD
    Sport Utility Truck                         Honda Ridgeline
    Compact Pickup                             Mitsubishi Raider
    Luxury Sport Utility                       Lincoln Navigator
    Large Sport Utility                         Nissan Armada
    Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility     Mitsubishi Endeavor
    Mid-Size Sport Utility                    Hyundai Santa Fe
    Compact Sport Utility                    Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Minivan                                         Honda Odyssey

[Source: AutoPacific via PRNewswire]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Since no one cares, why are so many people signing up to help out? I'm not so sure you speak for everyone.

      What I really don't get is why so many people live to criticize. Do those of your criticizing my project ever post a constructive comment?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If I'm buying a new car, I take a look around, see what I like, test drive it, maybe rent one for a week, see what I think. I buy the one I like. A survey of 1, me. I really don't care if owner A had a problem. It's what my experience is that counts."

      -Hey that works also, I however DO like to HEAR what other people think of cars they own. So don't go and tear polls up and down when there are people who like to get whatever information they can from them.



      #33
      "It doesn't take long to run out of segments especially when everyone knows that Hyundai stands 0 chance in the $35K+ market."

      Dude, they are less than 9k away from hitting that price point with the Azera ALONE, that is the funniest thing I have heard all day. You sound like circa 1973 Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Did you do the jump and see how they achieved the ratings and why?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #20 "Lastly, Hyundai is actually ***reducing*** what they are allocating for warranty repairs because it is lower than expected. (I think (could be wrong) from what I read it was something like 2% of there profit is allocated for warranty issues, I think it was lowered to 1.5%. Again though, I could be wrong, it has been a while since I read that."

      That does not mean much of anything, 2% of what? 1.5% of what. If the profits have gone up, hell even .5% might be enough to cover warranty costs.

      Regarding, lists like this. Who cares? You buy what you like. drive what you like, not happy buy something else next time. A country obsessed with polls and surveys, mostly meaningless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's why. With only four people buying one, it's not like there's a big chance on one being a lemon. :)

      Evidently the secret to it's critical success is it's commercial failure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suspect even Hyundai does not know how reliable its current cars will be at ten years of age, because the conditions for this can only be approximated in the lab. More likely they're wagering that the costs won't be too high; but many companies also wagered that their vehicle's would be worth a whole lot more than they ended up being worth at the end of leases.

      Also note that Hyundai's 10/100 warranty only covers the powertrain and does not transfer to a second owner. What percentage of new car buyers hold onto the car for 100,000 miles? If the long warranty was based on a firm belief that the cars won't require repairs, the warranty would transfer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...And so it deserved to. No matter all the old prejudices kept alive by some, I tryed it and it'S one great car for the price. Little slow sometimes to turn down gears when slowing down but still a very comfi ride
      • 8 Years Ago
      Do we have to get out another can of woop-ass on you, Michael?

      I'm sure your heart is in the right place, but what we are trying to tell you is to lay off the constant references to your website, your research methodology and your epinion opinions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #62-Maybe some like that style? I do, and obviously others do as well. And I'm astounded that you dislike the "wallowy" ride of the Azera (you have not actually driven one, have you?) yet seem to like the LaCross.

      Has anyone posting here actually driven the Azera? I have. I've driven every 4-dr sedan in the 25K-35K range, I think, and the Azera provides amazing value for the money. It isn't tops in any one catagory; the Passat is more refined, the Avalon has a better powertrain (only VERY slightly), the Accord has a better suspension. But the Azera comes close in every catagory and as a package deserves the accolades it is getting. Kudos to Hyundai for the well stocked and well-rounded Azera.

      BTW, yesterday I bought one. Limited edition, Ultimate package (everything but Nav, really) and the extended 10 year/100K mile bumper to bumper no deductable warranty for under $30,000 U.S.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I almost went for the Azera limited for a deal of $24700, but one main thing that made me pull at the last moment and buy a Avalon instead was the Navigation. The Azera just doesn't offer a factory nav. I also had read that Hyundai execs. didn't feel the public was ready for a $30K Hyundai... well, I was ready, but if Hyundai doesn't have confidence in their vehicle to sell, then why should I ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      To all you Hyundai Haters, hahahahaha, I told you so. Hyundai is a high quality brand, when will people get that through their heads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I honestly have no baggage associated with the Hyundai name. If they built a car that I really loved to drive, I'd buy it.

      I'm merely saying that the average consumer is not as aware of Hyundai's equal footing in the marketplace as we who read automotive blogs every day. To see what I mean, just suggest to a non-car-savvy friend that they consider buying a Hyundai (I have). They'll often make a disparaging remark. You and I know that's unfair, but mainstream perception lags reality by a significant margin.
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