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Are you happy with the car you're driving?

According to Autopacific, "An ideal vehicle is one that meets owner's expectations for the product when they acquired it."

In other words, if you're completely satisfied with the car you're currently driving and don't see any reason to replace it, you've got your ideal vehicle. If that's you, congratulations! If not, the team from Autopacific compiled a list of the vehicles owners are most satisfied with. Click on the image above to get started.

Tesla Model S in black by the ocean
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Luxury Car: Tesla Model S

Tesla has had a bit of a rough time lately. Most recently it has been dealing with a fatal Autopilot-related crash, and earlier Consumer Reports dropped the Model S from the recommended list due to quality issues. So it should come as welcome news to the company that not only did the Model S take AutoPacific’s Most Ideal Luxury car award, but the company took Most Ideal Brand as well.

The Tesla Model S is arguably the most desirable electric vehicle yet, and with good reason. The car features tremendous performance all around, from great handling to spectacular acceleration. The Model S is also comfortable, practical and stuffed with high tech gadgets such as the whiz-bang touch screen that has yet to find an equal. Plus the car’s long range and ability to use the Supercharger charging-station network nearly make the Model S a realistic replacement for your gasoline-powered car, and not just an addition.
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Aspirational Luxury Car: Volvo XC70

Proving that being old doesn’t mean you can’t still win over people is the Volvo XC70. This mainstay of the Volvo line-up has been around for quite some time. In fact, the last full road test we performed on it was back in 2008. However, it seems to have really struck a chord with the owners AutoPacific surveyed for this award.

Like most traditional Volvo wagons, the XC70 is very practical. At its core, it’s a Volvo S80 wagon with more ground clearance and gray plastic bumpers and cladding for a more off-road ready look. In our last review, we commended it for a comfortable ride and pleasant interior. But there are far better and more modern alternatives today, such as the Subaru Outback. For some people, though, nothing will beat a Volvo wagon.

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Large Car: Hyundai Azera

The large car segment is one that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as more mainstream segments like midsize cars get larger. But there are still a number of players in the large car arena, and Hyundai’s Azera edged out veterans like the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon for AutoPacific’s award.

Since its redesign for the 2012 model year, the Azera has been much more attractive and far more competitive. Its powerful engine and light weight give the Azera impressive performance. Plus, like many Hyundais, it comes with loads of standard equipment.
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Lincoln MKZ in dark grey
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Luxury Midsize Car: Lincoln MKZ

This may be one of the biggest surprises on this list. The Ford Fusion-based MKZ has a number of positives behind it. But we would have a hard time recommending it over the many more impressive midsize luxury cars on the market, even if another car means spending more money.

It does have a few highlights though. Distinctive exterior styling and a low price are among them. And for people that need more oomph in their life, the MKZ will offer a 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 soon.

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Kia Optima sedan in blue
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Midsize Car: Kia Optima

Kia may not have the same brand recognition as other automakers on the road, but when Autoblog got behind the wheel of the latest Optima, we had nothing but good things to say. Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise to see the Optima as AutoPacific's winner in the popular midsize segment. 

The latest generation of the Optima combines Kia's unique exterior styling with the automaker's class-leading interior. The SX Limited model that we drove was powered by a punchy 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Where the Optima really shines, though, is on the inside, which features soft touches, high-quality leather, and high-tech equipment. When considering the entire vehicle, the Optima is a tough car to beat.

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Chevy Volt sedan in black
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Premium Compact Car: Chevrolet Volt

With better fuel efficiency, improved electric range, and a improved interior, the new Chevrolet Volt is the perfect vehicle for those looking to wade into the electric car segment. When Autoblog got a hold of the new Volt, we liked its overall range, stylish exterior, and striking exterior.

Unlike other electric vehicles, the Volt has an on-board generator that eliminates the dreaded range anxiety in other cars in the segment. Not only is the Volt cheaper than its rivals, it's also more comfortable and better looking. The new Volt is completely different than the previous model, which makes it an all-around winner in a segment that used to require drivers to compromise. 

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VW Golf hatchback in blue
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Compact Car: Volkswagen Golf

Since its inception, the Volkswagen Golf has always been the class leader in the compact car segment and there's a simple reason as to why: it's great at everything. Autoblog called the seventh generation of the Golf a delightful car that's full of surprises. The fact that the Golf was named AutoPacific's winner in the compact car is unsurprising, though. 

The latest Golf has not only grown up visually, but also internally with a spacious interior that beats its rivals for cargo capacity. Soft-touch materials and eye-catching trim gives the Golf's interior a grownup look, while the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is both fuel efficient and entertaining. It's still the same Golf that everyone loves, but in a prettier, more mature way. 

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Honda Fit hatchback in yellow
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Economy Car: Honda Fit

Honda’s fun-sized hatchback sparked a resurgence in the subcompact car segment. It showed that a small car didn’t have to be a punishment. Since it’s US release back in 2006, the Fit has grown more practical, more powerful, and more efficient. The little hatchback has been both a critical and commercial success for the brand.

Consumers seem to love their Fits. For the third year in a row, the Honda Fit has taken the prize as the Best in Class Ideal Vehicle for economy cars. While we may feel the Fit isn’t as fun as it used to be, it’s still arguably the best in its class.
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Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette

America’s sports car is always a favorite of ours. Few things anywhere produce more fun and excitement per dollar. In addition, few things bleed red, white, and blue quite like a Corvette. For more than 60 years the Corvette has been near or at the top of its game, and the current C7 is arguably the best one yet.

Consumers apparently agree. This year the Chevrolet Corvette was awarded Best in Class Ideal Vehicle for sports cars. It’s a big deal to beat out competitors from Porsche and the like. We can’t fault them, especially after testing out the latest variation.
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Sporty Car: Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger has never been a sharp or precise instrument. While competitors have grown more agile over the years, the Challenger has always been a little soft. That’s perfectly okay. We love the Challenger for the big bruiser it is. Not all roads have curves, and few cars provide more fun in a straight line than a Challenger Hellcat.

Challenger owners seem to be quite happy with their cars. This year it takes home the Best in Class Ideal Vehicle for sporty cars. The crosstown rivals at Ford and Chevrolet can’t be too pleased, considering the Challenger is the oldest of the three. It appears that continuous updates have kept the car fresh.
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