Toyota and General Motors Lead in 2017 Motorist Choice Awards; Subaru Scores Big Wins in the Important Mid-Size Car and Crossover SUV Segments

Automotive industry research firms IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2017 Motorist Choice Awards. In its twelfth year, this award recognizes vehicles that deliver the compelling combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership–meeting the needs and expectations of both the heart and the mind.

The Motorist Choice Awards (MCA), which take AutoPacific’s owner satisfaction data from new car and light truck owners and combine those data with IntelliChoice’s cost of ownership rating methodology, provide a reliable guide for new car shoppers.

“Producing a vehicle that is both a great long term value and also provides a great ownership experience is very difficult to do,” said Eric Anderson, Director of Data Products for IntelliChoice. “Every Motorist Choice winner does just that.”

Subaru Scores Wins in the Important Mid-Size Car and Crossover SUV Segments

“Subaru continues to be the smallest giant in the game, with two wins in the essential Mid-Size Car and Crossover SUV Segments,” says Daniel Hall, Vice President of AutoPacific, “The Legacy wins the Mid-Size Segment for the third year in a row, and Forester’s win in the Mid-Size Crossover SUV segment shows that Subaru continues to shine in the SUV segment that consumers are moving to in droves.”

As in the past, Toyota vast range of offerings helped the Toyota and Lexus brands perform well in six different segments, but had an especially strong performance in the hot crossover and SUV segments with three wins. Similarly, General Motors’ sizeable range of vehicles performed excellent in seven segments from sports cars through Large and Luxury SUVs.

Winning vehicles came from 11 different brands and 8 different manufacturers. General Motors leads the pack with 7 wins, followed by Toyota with 6.

The 2017 Motorist Choice Award Winners:

Category Model
Aspirational Luxury Car Acura TLX
Luxury SUV Cadillac Escalade
Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette
Large Car Chevrolet Impala
Premium Compact Car Chevrolet Volt PHEV
Heavy-duty Pickup Ford F-Series SD
Sporty Car Ford Mustang
Large Crossover SUV GMC Acadia
Light-duty Pickup GMC Sierra 1500
Large SUV GMC Yukon XL
Compact Car Honda Civic
Economy Car Honda Fit
Compact Crossover SUV Kia Sportage
Luxury Mid-Size Car Lexus ES
Luxury Crossover SUV Lexus NX
Luxury Car Lincoln Continental
Premium Luxury Crossover SUV Porsche Cayenne
Mid-Size Crossover SUV Subaru Forester
Mid-Size Car Subaru Legacy
Mid-Size SUV Toyota 4Runner
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV Toyota Highlander
Minivan Toyota Sienna
Compact Pickup Toyota Tacoma

Each year, AutoPacific performs the broadest and most widely followed vehicle satisfaction survey in the U.S. This results in consumer feedback from more than 54,000 new vehicle buyers on a recently purchased model year 2017 vehicle. Using 49 key attributes covering the entire ownership experience, AutoPacific calculates overall vehicle satisfaction for individual models and vehicle segments and announces its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) based on the findings.

Concurrently, IntelliChoice constantly monitors and updates the cost of ownership metrics for more than 2,000 model trim lines to give valuable insight into the financial impact of ownership over a five year period. This analysis is the foundation of the IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year (BOVY) awards, announced each January.

The Motorist Choice Awards combine complementary analyses from both firms into one set of accolades representing vehicles that earn high marks on both sets of criteria. This methodology provides a superior means of evaluating “Best in Class” vehicles that align consumer shopping patterns with probability for both satisfaction and value.

For more details on these categories and the winning vehicles, please visit http://www.motortrend.com/intellichoice/motorists-choice/ and http://www.AutoPacific.com.