Toyota, Volvo, and GMC Score Top Honors with Vincentric's Best Value in America Awards

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Vincentric's annual Best Value in America awards were announced, identifying vehicles that provide the best automotive value to consumers. The awards used a statistical analysis of Vincentric's cost of ownership data to determine which vehicles provide the best value in a variety of automotive segments. The analysis incorporates depreciation costs, fuel costs, maintenance and repair costs, insurance, and other items which the firm calculated for over 2400 vehicle configurations from the 2011 model year.

Vincentric's 7th annual Best Value in America awards were released today, with Toyota, Volvo, and GMC winning the inaugural brand value awards for Passenger Cars, Luxury Vehicles, and Trucks respectively. A revived Chevrolet also performed strongly, buoyed by its new Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Volt, while Audi performed strongly in the premium segments with three awards. Other brands with multiple winners were Honda, Lincoln, Infiniti, and Ford.

"Vincentric's 2011 Best Value in America awards use cost-of-ownership to provide an independent benchmark that helps consumers understand which vehicles provide the best value in their segment," commented David Wurster, President of Vincentric. "This year's results show strong performance from manufacturers that measure and proactively manage the key factors impacting cost-of-ownership. When residual values, scheduled maintenance intervals, parts costs, and other ownership costs are understood, value can be built into the vehicle upfront, minimizing the need to discount later at the point of sale."

Vincentric measures cost-of-ownership using eight cost factors: depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs. Using a statistical model, the company identified its Best Value in America winners by measuring which vehicles had a lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. Each vehicle was evaluated in all 50 states plus DC using a range of annual mileage intervals and insurance profiles.

New for 2011 was the Eco segment, in which Vincentric's process for measuring electric vehicle ownership costs was incorporated into the value measurement for the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Further information regarding all of the winners of Vincentric's Best Value in America awards for the 2011 model year and Vincentric's methodology is available at http://www.vincentric.com .

2011 Winners of Vincentric's Best Value in America

Brand Awards

  • Best Passenger Car Value: Toyota
  • Best Luxury Brand Value: Volvo
  • Best Truck Brand Value: GMC

Passenger Cars

  • Subcompact: Nissan cube
  • Compact, Coupe: Infiniti G37
  • Compact, Hatchback: Honda Element
  • Compact, Sedan: Chevrolet Cruze
  • Compact, Premium: Lexus IS 350
  • Compact, Hybrid: Toyota Prius
  • Eco: Chevrolet Volt
  • Mid-Size, Coupe: Audi A5 & S5
  • Mid-Size, Sedan: Honda Accord
  • Mid-Size, Sedan, Hybrid: Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Mid-Size, Sedan, Premium: Volvo S60
  • Mid-Size, Sedan, Premium, Hybrid: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Large: Toyota Avalon
  • Large, Premium: Audi A6 & S6
  • Prestige: BMW X6
  • Convertible: Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Convertible, Premium: Chevrolet Corvette
  • Sports Car: Ford Mustang
  • Wagon: Subaru Outback
  • Wagon, Premium: Audi A6 Avant

SUVs, Crossovers, and Vans

  • Crossover, Compact, Entry Level: Hyundai Tucson
  • Crossover, Compact, Mid Level: Honda CR-V
  • Crossover, Compact, Premium: Volvo XC60
  • Crossover, Mid-Size: Toyota Venza
  • Crossover, Mid-Size, Premium: Volvo XC90
  • Crossover, Hybrid: Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Crossover, Large: Buick Enclave
  • Crossover, Large, Premium: Lincoln MKT
  • SUV, Compact: Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • SUV, Mid-Size: Toyota 4Runner
  • SUV, Mid-Size, Premium: Toyota Land Cruiser
  • SUV, Large: Chevrolet Tahoe
  • SUV, Large, Premium: Infiniti QX56
  • Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Pickups

  • Compact Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
  • Full Size Pickup, 1/2 Ton: Ford F150
  • Full Size Pickup, Heavy Duty 3/4 Ton: GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • Full Size Pickup, Heavy Duty 1 Ton: Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

ABOUT VINCENTRIC

Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Vincentric data is used by organizations such as Yahoo!Autos, AOL, Cars.com, Chevrolet, Toyota, Kiplinger.com, AutoTrader, Business Fleet Magazine, Volvo, NADAguides, The AutoChannel.com and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.

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