Owning a vehicle can be either seriously detrimental to your sanity or a flawless experience that leaves you fully satisfied and proud to display the car in your driveway.
Which category you end up in depends largely on the brand of car you buy.
AutoPacific has done some research that shows the field of cars most pleasing to their owners is becoming populated by names previously not associated with a deeply satisfying ownership experience. This year, in its annual quest to discover which automakers are the doing the best job keeping customers happy, the organization has, believe it or not, bestowed top honors on Lincoln and Chrysler.
Lincoln has earned the award for Highest Satisfaction, Premium Brand. Chrysler took home the trophy for Highest Satisfaction, Popular Brand.
Keep reading for a partial list of the other winners, and be sure to chime in on what you think of them.
Luxury Midsize Car: Lincoln MKZ
Apparently satisfaction and looks don’t correspond to one another.
Midsize Car: Suzuki Kizashi
The Kizashi keeps hitting home runs. When will the public notice?
Economy Car: Honda Fit
Some things just make perfect sense.
Sports Car: Porsche 911
The least surprising pick on the list.
Hybrid Car: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Holy Prius, what happened here?
Large Light Duty Pickup: Chevrolet Avalanche
Surprising, but I think I get it.
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
What? The Ridgeline is a pickup?
Luxury Crossover SUV: Lexus RX
The most satisfying vehicle on the planet, maybe.
Compact Crossover SUV: Kia Sportage
Can you imagine this happening five years ago?
Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country
Curiously, the only Chrysler on the whole list. How did the company take home top honors?
What car do you drive? Are you satisfied with it?