• May 4th 2007 at 9:24AM
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Sometimes news is just too good to keep to yourself. Just ask GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. With his company supposedly claiming 13 spots on Edmund's Consumers' Most Wanted list, Lutz just had to brag a bit on the corporate blog before the winners were made public.

And he should brag. Most other car of the year awards are chosen by us automotive writers who usually prefer horsepower over hip room. As the name implies, Edmund's CMW awards are chosen by the car-buying public. And despite not voting with their wallets, the car-buying public who visits Edmund's really like their GMs.

The GMC Acadia got Most Significant vehicle of the year, beating out Honda's Fit, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Ford Edge and the Toyota Tundra.

Click through to see Edmund's press release as well as the other category winners.

[Source: Edmunds, GM FastLane Blog]


Edmunds.com Announces Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicle Awards for 2007

Crossover GMC Acadia Named "Most Significant Vehicle" by Consumers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - May 3, 2007 - Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced the winners of the sixth annual Edmunds.com Consumers' Most Wanted vehicle awards.

"These awards provide a good idea of what consumers are looking for in their next vehicle," said Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief of Edmunds.com. "This year, consumers voiced the opinion that the domestics are developing some very compelling cars and trucks."

By a considerable margin, the 2007 GMC Acadia won the flagship award, Edmunds.com Consumers' Most Significant Vehicle of 2007. The next highest finisher was the 2007 Saturn Aura, and the 2007 Honda Fit took third place.

Among manufacturers, Chevrolet led the pack, winning five awards, while Cadillac and Honda tied for second place, each winning four awards in this year's survey.

Here's the list of Edmund's Consumers' Most Wanted for 2007. For commentary, details on runners up and voting percentages, check out Edmund's.
  • Most Significant Vehicle of the Year - GMC Acadia
  • Sedan Under $20,000 - Honda Civic/Mazda 3
  • Sedan Under $15,000 - Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Sedan Under $25,000 - Saturn Aura
  • Sedan Under $30,000 - Acura TSX
  • Sedan Under $35,000 - Cadillac CTS
  • Sedan Under $45,000 - Cadillac STS
  • Sedan Under $60,000 - BMW 5 Series
  • Sedan Over $60,000 - Lexus LS 460
  • Wagon Under $15,000 - Kia Rio5
  • Wagon Under $20,000 - Mazda 3
  • Wagon Under $30,000 - Audi A3
  • Wagon Under $40,000 - Audi A4/BMW 3 Series (tie)
  • Wagon Over $40,000 - BMW 5 Series
  • Coupe Under $20,000 - Honda Civic
  • Coupe Under $30,000 - Ford Mustang
  • Coupe Under $40,000 - Infiniti G35
  • Coupe Under $60,000 - Chevrolet Corvette
  • Coupe Over $60,000 - Porsche 911
  • Convertible Under $25,000 - Saturn Sky
  • Convertible Under $35,000 - Honda S2000
  • Convertible Under $45,000 - BMW Z4
  • Convertible Under $60,000 - Chevrolet Corvette
  • Convertible Over $60,000 - Cadillac XLR
  • Compact Truck - Toyota Tacoma
  • Large Truck - Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
  • SUV under $25,000 - Toyota RAV4
  • SUV Under $35,000 - GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook
  • SUV Under $45,000 - Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/GMC Yukon XL/Chevrolet Suburban
  • SUV Over $45,000 - Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV
  • Minivan - Honda Odyssey
  • Exotic - Bugatti Veyron 16.4

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "It's widely known that GM spends more money for "home-page" ads than any other manufacturer."

      As if all of us don't know that. What I thought I said very clearly, and what you obviouly read too fast in your haste to criticize me, was that most sites remain objective regardless of who buys ads.

      We know what Bob Lutz threatened those who didn't play ball and praise his cars three years ago (remember the LA Times?)It's obvious Edmunds is playing ball just fine. GM not only took 13 classes, but when you eliminate the classes they don't even compete in it's an embarassment of riches for a company whose cars aren't reviewed nearly as kindly by owners.

      Websites that give awards and supply magazines like Fortune with "best of" lists need to have some credibility. Some of these choices and the sheer number of GM winners SERIOUSLY impune that credibility, and I think it's going to come back to hurt Edmunds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #45 Bernie, This is what your post said, in case you forgot:

      34. Further soiling Edmunds' once credible reputation is the array of GM paid ads that hit you when you log on to edmunds.com.

      CTS? Class winner
      Aura? Class winner
      Acadia? Class winner

      What a sham. I'll never give Edmunds another look until they come clean on this payoff.

      I responded directly on point. Your next response requires a completely different approach, but I'm actually trying to finish my work day so I can get the heck out of here and enjoy the day. Feel free to hit me up on AIM at mland550 if you'd like to continue discussing this offline.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I had the opportunity to view an Acadia this past weekend. There are so many people that whine that SUVs never see a majority of their potential uses throwing out soccer moms and the such. Finally GM makes an SUV that is a crossover that can do all those things that soccer moms would want without overkill, and people trash it.

      The results appear well matched for new car introductions vs. other manufacturers with their model refreshes.

      Now, just bake me a "People's Car" in the $8,000 range with a traditional ICE or a $20,000 electric car with an 80 mile range. Either would cost me the same in the long-run.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rice boys are out in full force. SO if a japcrap wins the award it's the best thing since slice bread; since it's a GM they must have cheated.

      YO PETER; if you haven't even heard of the Acadia you ain't much of a car freak; don't delude yourself into thinking any other way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The rice boys are out in full force. SO if a japcrap wins the award it's the best thing since slice bread; since it's a GM they must have cheated.

      YO PETER; if you haven't even heard of the Acadia you ain't much of a car freak; don't delude yourself into thinking any other way."

      YO VIVIAN, sweetheart, why don't you leave the car talk to the guys and go back to scrubbing the kitchen floor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #30 Porsche all the way
      • 8 Years Ago
      Peter - You don't see Cadillacs anywhere? Where the heck do you live? Here in Toronto the CTS and the STS are everywhere. Even in places where imports are plenty. And you truly don't follow the industry do you? If you did, you'd know that it's not only the 'geriatrix' who buy CTSs. It's fine if you prefer imports. So do I. But I'm a car fan as well and I appreciate the fantastic new products that GM is now offering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      -Cadillac CTS? I saw them from time to time back when I lived in Omaha. Out here on the California coast? Nah. Every BMW and Porsche under the sun, from old 2002's to Spankin new M6's, but the only Cadillac I've seen out here lately was an old lady driving a Seville.

      It's luxurious to the flyover crowd, but they're less conscious of the stigmas attached to the American marques. GM is in the same boat as Hyundai... they have to overcome the negative equity of their brands.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #59 Stacy, now combine the Acadia and the sales for the Saturn Outlook and you get pretty close to the Pilot.
      #50 Jim Ayres, You must be mistaken. Saturn Outlooks are not available as rentals from any major car rental company, unless it was a smaller local garage or dealer. However, I test drove a Highlander, Pilot and Outlook and my experience was exactly the opposite. I'm a long time Honda Odyssey fan, but would definitely consider an Acadia/Outlook as my next family hauler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @10 if you've never heard of the acadia then you clearly don't follow the auto industry closely enough to be able to give any form of valueable input on the reliability of these rankings.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good on ya GM. Hopefully those awards can translate into sales. And Peter (#10), I don't know how closely you follow cars but it can't be that closely if you haven't heard of the Acadia. It has been on the discussion boards for the past 2 years plus, in nearly every car and truck enthusiast magazine in the past 2 or 3 months, and GMC is running more commercials for it than Ford is for the Edge---uh. The sheer publicity that GM's offerings have been receiving (both good and bad) is probably why people have gone to Edmunds and voted for their products. Maybe sales haven't caught up to people's opinions yet, but it's a good start.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The results don't seem outlandish to me, maybe GM did some paid clicking to float their results, but I doubt it.

      Only the CTS/STS surprise me as I too rarely see these on the road in Los Angeles vs a gazillion BMWs and Mercs. But LA doesn't represent all of the US either so maybe they are more popular in the mid-west or south.

      I am of the crowd though that has had great success owning Japanese and German cars and bad success with American products (including a Sky that I only owned for a couple months before selling it). Poor customer service at the dealers and quality issues keep me going foreign. The American car company I am interested in is Tesla, and they look to be getting their formula right.
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