Our friends at AutoPacific were very busy the last few months.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 9, 2012
2013 Honda Fit (Sport model shown) - $15,325 to start and an at best 28/35 mpgUS city/highway with the 5-speed AT.
After receiving a number of updates for 2012 including an upgraded interior and additional new standard and available features, the 2013 the Fit arrives with the introduction of Midnight Plum Pearl exterior paint.
The 2012 Honda Fit earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) but just 4 stars across the board from the NHTSA’s stricter crash test program. The Fit was also bestowed a 2012 Residual Value Award from ALG, topped J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 2011 in its segment, and is a six-time Car and Driver magazine "10 Best Cars" award winner.
Adding to the trophy case, it was just awarded an Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) for its class (Most Ideal Economy Car) from AutoPacific.
Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific released its 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVAs). The IVAs recognize the cars that meet their owner's expectations and desires about their automotive purchases.
As the largest single-model-year survey of automotive owners, the Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) are based on owner input to a survey that measures any changes that the owners would make to their new vehicle. Questions are based on 15 key vehicle attributes such as exterior styling, passenger roominess, and cargo space. Over 75,000 owners across all manufacturers were surveyed—after having purchased their 2012 model vehicle between September and December 2011 and after driving their vehicle for 90 days.
After perusing the list below, you can see that MINI and Audi took the top spots as overall winners for the highest scores for Most Ideal Vehicles, multiple top-ranked award winners include Honda/Acura with five awards; GM with four awards; Chrysler/Jeep) with three awards; and VW/Audi with three awards. MINI and Ford achieved two awards, and Audi swept the first three spots in the Aspirational Luxury Car category – A4, A5, A6 – in that order.
And the winners are…
2012 Overall Winner
(2012 Model Year)
(2012 Model Year)
2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards: Passenger Cars
Most Ideal Premium Luxury Car - 2012 Mercedes Benz S-Class
Most Ideal Aspirational Luxury Car - 2012 Audi A4
Most Ideal Large Car - 2012 Dodge Charger
Most Ideal Luxury Mid-Size Car - 2012 Acura TSX
Most Ideal Premium Mid-Size Car - 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Most Ideal Mid-Size Car - 2012 Subaru Legacy
Most Ideal Premium Compact Car - 2012 MINI Cooper
Most Ideal Compact Car - 2012 Volkswagen Golf
Most Ideal Economy Car - 2012 Honda Fit
Most Ideal Sports Car - 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Most Ideal Sporty Car - 2012 Dodge Challenger
Most Ideal Hybrid/EV Car - 2012 Nissan Leaf
2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards: Light Trucks
Most Ideal Large Light Duty Pickup - 2012 Ford F-150
Most Ideal Heavy Duty Pickup - 2012 GMC Sierra HD
Most Ideal Compact Pickup - 2012 GMC Canyon
Most Ideal Luxury SUV - 2012 Land Rover LR4
Most Ideal Large SUV - 2012 GMC Yukon XL
Most Ideal Mid-Size SUV - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Most Ideal Premium Luxury Crossover SUV - 2012 Porsche Cayenne
Most Ideal Luxury Crossover SUV - 2012 Volvo XC70
Most Ideal Large Crossover SUV - 2012 Ford Flex
Most Ideal Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV - 2012 Honda Pilot
Most Ideal Mid-Size Crossover SUV - 2012 Honda CR-V
Most Ideal Compact Crossover SUV - 2012 MINI Countryman
Most Ideal Minivan - 2012 Honda Odyssey
Most Ideal Hybrid/EV Truck - 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
While we can debate the merits of most of the above (believe me I could debate the above
), according to their owners, these vehicles scored the highest in their respective segments.