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Trevor Collett | Jun, 14 2013 | 1 Comment

American automotive research organisation, Auto Pacific, has released its 17th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards in California.

The awards aim to provide advice for car buyers by measuring driver satisfaction over 51 categories, such as fuel economy and interior comfort.

Several cars that made the list will be familiar to Australian drivers, with the Lexus LS 460 (best luxury car), Jeep Grand Cherokee (best midsized SUV ('large' here)) and Kia Optima (best midsized car) among them.

Mazda’s CX-5 won best mid-size crossover SUV while the incoming Lexus ES won best luxury mid-size car.

Other locally available award winners included the Kia Sportage, Toyota Highlander (Kluger), Hyundai Veloster and Chevrolet Sonic (Holden Barina).

General Motors’ Cadillac SRX took out the 2013 award for top overall vehicle and best luxury crossover SUV while Cadillac was voted best premium brand

GM also took out most popular brand for Buick, while its Chevrolet Silverado HD won best heavy-duty pickup truck. The Chevrolet Corvette won best sports car.

“Vehicles that score highest in the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are delivering value and satisfaction across a wide range of attributes,” Auto Pacific president, George Peterson, said.

“The winners performed well in 51 separate categories that objectively measure the ownership experience.”

Auto Pacific surveyed over 52,000 new vehicle owners to collate the results.

Cadillac has taken back-to-back top overall vehicle satisfaction awards, with the Escalade luxury SUV winning in 2012.

 
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