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Decision Information: Vincentric 2009 Best Value Cars and Trucks in America Awards


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BINGHAM FARMS, Mich.--With today’s announcement of the 5th annual Vincentric Best Value in America™ awards, General Motors showed product strength across the board as ten of its vehicles earned Vincentric’s top honors. BMW and Toyota also had strong showings, with each brand taking home six of Vincentric’s Best Value in America awards.

Although a variety of new vehicles were launched with the 2009 model year, two of them showed value right out of the gate, with the Toyota Venza and Volkswagen Routan earning awards their first year in the market. There were also two familiar faces within the winners’ circle, as the Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Civic were both awarded Vincentric’s Best Value in America awards for the fifth year in a row.

“Because our awards take into account all costs involved with owning a vehicle, they enable buyers to measure automotive value using a level playing field,” commented David Wurster, President of Vincentric. “By determining value using all ownership costs – and not just a one or two costs such as fuel or monthly payments – buyers can truly understand the impact owning a specific vehicle will have on their financial situation.”

Vincentric measures cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs. Using a statistical model, the company identified the Best Value in America™ by measuring which vehicles have a lower than expected ownership cost 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.


Vincentric 2009 Best Value: PASSENGER CARS

MINI Cooper

Compact, Coupe
Honda Accord

Compact, Coupe, Premium

Compact, Hatchback
Toyota Prius

Compact, Sedan
Honda Civic

Compact, Sedan, Premium
Acura TSX

Mid-Size, Entry Level
Toyota Camry

Mid-Size, Mid-Level
Chevrolet Malibu

Mid-Size, Premium
BMW 5-Series

Honda Accord

Large, Premium
Infiniti M35

BMW 7-Series

Convertible Mazda MX-5 Miata

Convertible, Premium
Saab 9-3

Nissan GT-R

Subaru Outback

Wagon, Premium
BMW 5-Series

Hybrid, Car
Chevrolet Malibu
Vincentric 2009 Best Value: SUVs, CROSSOVERS and VANS

Crossover, Compact, Entry Level
Jeep Compass

Crossover, Compact, Mid Level
Volkswagen Tiguan

Crossover, Mid Size
Toyota Venza

Crossover, Mid Size, Premium

Crossover, Large
Saturn Outlook

Crossover, Large, Premium
Buick Enclave

SUV, Compact
Ford Escape

SUV, Mid Size
Toyota 4Runner

SUV, Large
Chevrolet Tahoe

SUV, Large, Premium
Toyota Land Cruiser

Sport Utility Truck
Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Hybrid, SUV/Crossover
Chevrolet Tahoe

Mini Van
Volkswagen Routan

Full Size Passenger Van
Ford E150

Vincentric 2009 Best Value: TRUCKS

Compact Pickup
Toyota Tacoma

Full Size 1/2 Ton Pickup
Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Heavy Duty ¾ Ton Pickup
Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500

Heavy Duty 1 Ton Pickup
GMC Sierra HD 3500

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Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.