Which 27 new cars owners like most – and which one is best of all

Your ideal vehicle is, of course, the one that best fits your budget and your lifestyle.

Sometimes that’s not easy to figure out.

But that’s where AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards could help.

Earlier this year, the automotive research and consulting firm surveyed 58,000 owners of recently purchased vehicles across all major manufacturers to see which new cars owners like most.

New cars owners like most
Image credit: General Motors via NewsPress USA
The Chevrolet Suburban was a new-owner favorite, survey reveals.

The results comprise 12 passenger cars, 10 SUVs or crossovers, four pickups and one minivan.

The Chevrolet Suburban was the overall winner, according to the AutoPacific survey, with Ford named most ideal popular brand and Tesla most ideal brand overall.

Among manufacturers, General Motors scored the most winning vehicles with seven, including six from the Chevrolet brand and led by winners in all three pickup categories. U.S. brands overall received 14 awards, European brands won eight and Asian brands received five.

And here are the models the new-car owners like most, listed by category:

Pickup trucks

Compact: Chevrolet Colorado and Honda Ridgeline

Light duty: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Heavy duty: Chevrolet Silverado HD

SUVs and crossovers

Compact crossover SUV: MINI Countryman

Midsize crossover SUV: Ford Escape

Large crossover SUV: Mazda CX-9

Midsize SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Large SUV: Chevrolet Suburban

Premium midsize crossover SUV: Ford Edge

Entry luxury crossover SUV: Audi Q3

Luxury crossover SUV: BMW X3

Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

Premium luxury crossover SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLS

Passenger cars

Economy: Chevrolet Sonic

Compact: Fiat 500L

Premium compact: MINI hardtop/convertible

Mainstream electric: Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan LEAF EV

Midsize car: Honda Accord

Large car: Chrysler 300

Luxury midsize: Lincoln MKZ

Sporty car: Dodge Challenger

Sports car: Porsche 911

Aspirational luxury: Audi A5

Luxury: BMW 5-Series


Minivan: Honda Odyssey

“[These awards] speak to a vehicle’s layout and design,” said George Peterson president of AutoPacific. “Giving owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it reveals which vehicles are designed to meet their needs and expectations.”

“In other words, having owners who are happy with things the way they are says the manufacturer did their upfront research and designed the vehicle with their target buyer in mind.”

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