The Most Satisfying New Cars


What makes a car satisfying? According to AutoPacific’s recently published 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, a car is deemed satisfying if the owner would recommend it to a friend. Makes sense to me! They surveyed 25,000 new-car buyers and asked them that question. The results are below. If your car’s missing and you want to recommend it to your fellow CarGurus, let us hear it!

Most satisfying cars

Premium luxury car: Lexus LS
Executive luxury car: Jaguar XF
Aspirational luxury car: Infiniti G37
Large car: Toyota Avalon
Luxury midsize car: Lexus ES
Premium midsize car: Toyota Camry
Midsize car: Volkswagen Jetta
Image compact car: Toyota Prius
Mainstream compact car: Subaru Impreza
Economy car: Honda Fit
Premium sports car: Chevrolet Corvette
Sports car: Nissan 350Z
Sporty car: Ford Mustang

Most satisfying trucks

Large light-duty pickup: Ford F-150
Large heavy-duty pickup: Ford F-250 Super Duty
Compact pickup: Toyota Tacoma
Luxury sport/utility: Lincoln Navigator
Large sport/utility: GMC Yukon XL
Premium midsize sport/utility: Toyota 4Runner
Midsize sport/utility: Dodge Nitro
Compact SUV/off-road vehicle: Jeep Wrangler
Luxury crossover SUV: Land Rover LR2
Large crossover SUV: Ford Flex
Premium midsize crossover SUV: Ford Edge
Mainstream midsize crossover SUV: Honda CR-V
Compact crossover SUV: Honda Element

There you have it! There are a couple of winners that make me wonder if someone, somewhere got paid off. The Dodge Nitro? Seriously? I rented one once and was tempted to drive it into a river and claim it was stolen, just so the next person would be spared driving it.

What car(s) do you drive? Would you recommend it to your friends?


1 Comment

  1. Dodge Nitro and Land Rover LR2. What were they smoking? Clearly projected resale value has nothing to do with these recommendations.

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