Motorist Choice Awards Reveal Vehicles That Please Both Hearts and Minds

Awards Show Consumers Enjoy Luxury and Size

(August 11, 2009) - Right brain, left brain; the practical versus the emotional - an age-old dilemma often at the center of decision making when buying a new car or truck. The 2009 Motorist Choice Awards recognize new cars and trucks that give their owners both economic and emotional satisfaction, helping new-car buyers find vehicles that best satisfy all of their personal-transportation needs. The fourth annual Motorist Choice Awards survey, announced today, scores 196 cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. With the top overall scores in both owner satisfaction and value, the Lexus LS placed highest of any 2009 model year vehicle.

Large and luxury vehicles dominated this year's results. The top 34 ranked cars, and 106 of the top 107, are large cars, luxury cars, sport utility vehicles, crossover SUVs or minivans. Only one small car, the BMW 1-Series, scored in the top 100, landing in the 35th slot. Toyota Prius is the next-highest-scoring small car, coming in 107th.

Awards are given for top-scoring vehicles scoring in each of twenty-three segments, as well as for the top-scoring brand. Nine manufacturers earned segment wins, led by Toyota with nine awards (including three for Lexus), followed by General Motors with six (Chevrolet 4, Cadillac 2), Honda with three, and Chrysler with two (Dodge 1, Jeep 1). Audi, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen took top honors in one segment each.

The Motorist Choice Awards were co-developed by Tustin, Calif.-based AutoPacific, known for its owner satisfaction rankings, and Campbell, Calif.-based, the online source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis, to recognize the vehicles that delivered both the highest customer satisfaction and the lowest cost of ownership. The awards combine AutoPacific's owner satisfaction data from new car and truck buyers with's cost-of-ownership rating methodology to find and honor those vehicles that speak to both the hearts and wallets of car buyers.

"Automakers have long known that car buyers are looking for outstanding value, and want to be proud of the car they drive" said James Bell, publisher and editor of "This is data that helps consumers make purchase decisions. Every car winning a Motorist Choice Award is a defendable purchase, and their owners will be pleased, both financially and behind the wheel."

"Clearly, consumers still get great satisfaction from large and luxurious cars, despite the economy, rising fuel costs and manufacturers' focus on smaller vehicles," said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. "The highest scoring cars in this survey are Premium Luxury Cars, Large Cars, Crossovers and SUVs, whether they're built in the U.S., Asia or Europe. This affinity for big vehicles makes the American market unique compared to the rest of the world."

The complete list of winners for the 2009 Motorist Choice Awards include:

Top Brand: Lexus

Premium Luxury Car
Aspirational Luxury Car
Large Car

Mid-Size Luxury Car
Premium Mid-Size Car
Mid-Size Car
Image Compact Car
Compact Car
Economy Car
Sports Car
Sporty Car
Large Pickup
Compact Pickup
Premium Luxury SUV
Large SUV
Large Crossover SUV
Luxury Crossover SUV
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Premium Mid-Size SUV
Mid-Size SUV
Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Compact Crossover SUV

Lexus LS
Audi A5
Cadillac DTS
Lincoln Town Car (TIE)
Lexus ES
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Jetta
Toyota Prius
Toyota Matrix
Honda Fit
Chevrolet Corvette
Dodge Challenger
Chevrolet Avalanche
Nissan Frontier
Honda Odyssey
Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Traverse
Lexus RX
Toyota Venza
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Patriot (TIE)

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About AutoPacific
AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific's websites: and


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George Peterson, AutoPacific, (714) 838-4234,
Dan Smith, PCGCampbell, (310) 224-4954,

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