Honda Clarity, Fit, Insight among 25 ‘ideal’ 2019 vehicles

If you’re looking for clarity on your next vehicle purchase, one automotive research firm hopes to provide that.

And if it’s a good fit you’re seeking, they may have you covered there, too.

In fact, the Honda Clarity and Honda Fit are two of 25 cars, SUVs and trucks winning AutoPacific 2019 Ideal Vehicle Awards. Overall, the awards aim to provide consumers with insight – OK, we couldn’t resist the reference to the award-winning Honda vehicle of that name – based on the experiences of 50,000 owners of vehicles purchased new from September through December 2018.

Honda Insight
Photo credit: Honda via NewsPress USA
The Insight was one of four Hondas to win a 2019 Ideal Vehicle Award.

Honda won four awards overall, including the Ridgeline mid-size pickup, followed by Nissan with three, Lincoln, Tesla, Volvo and Subaru with two each and 10 other brands with one each.

“The Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires,” said George Peterson of AutoPacific. “These are vehicles that are ‘just right’ for their owners.”


When ‘satisfaction guaranteed’ is almost automatic

Besides the 25 category winners, AutoPacific named Ram the most ideal brand overall and the most ideal popular brand, while Volvo won overall with the XC60 and most ideal premium brand.

Following are 25 individual categories and their winners:

Passenger cars

Luxury – Lincoln Continental

Luxury EV – Tesla Model 3

Aspirational luxury – Genesis G70

Large – Chrysler 300

Luxury mid-size – Nissan Maxima

Mid-size – Nissan Altima

Premium compact – BMW 2-Series

Compact – Honda Insight

Economy – Honda Fit

Popular EV – Honda Clarity

Sports car – Chevrolet Corvette

Sporty car – Dodge Challenger

SUVs and crossovers

Luxury SUV – Infiniti QX80

Large SUV – Nissan Armada

Mid-size SUV – Jeep Grand Cherokee

Executive luxury crossover – Lincoln Nautilus

Aspirational luxury crossover – Volvo XC60

Premium compact crossover – Volvo XC40

Premium mid-size crossover – Subaru Ascent

Mid-size crossover – Subaru Forester

Compact crossover – Hyundai Kona

Luxury EV crossover – Tesla Model X

Trucks and minivans

Full-size pickup – Ram 1500

Mid-size pickup – Honda Ridgeline

Minivan – Toyota Sienna

The awards are based on results of AutoPacific’s New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey in which recent purchasers across all manufacturers rate 14 vehicle attributes based on their desire for change, with vehicles whose owners want the least change ranking highest in their class.

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