Fun to drive can be defined an infinite number of ways. The sports car driver will say power and acceleration, braking and handling are the main contributors to fun to drive. There is also the element of sexy head-turning styling ringing the sports car driver's bell. The sport utility driver will add functionality to that equation. A smart fortwo driver may think its quirky styling, minuscule size (even with its funky transmission) add to the fun to drive experience.
The most fun to drive vehicles in AutoPacific's New Vehicle Satisfaction Research - those with 85 % or more of their drivers totally satisfied with its fun to drive characteristics include:
The Scion xD isn’t the most popular Scion model. It isn’t even the most well-recognized model. From the exterior it appears to be an automotive oxymoron. It looks like a big compact car. Versatile? Yes. Roomy? Kinda sorta.
Owners of the 2012 Scion tC give the car top ratings in thirteen of forty-eight characteristics included in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award research. The tC has won the VSA in five of the past six years, an incredibly impressive result.
An annual pilgrimage for the auto industry is to attend the press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit each January. Unfortunately, this year I cannot attend because my physicians caution that I should not be heaving carry-ons into and out of overhead bins and baggage carousels.
So, I'm jealous.
We got the opportunity to briefly drive the new Ford Fiesta in Port Hueneme in anticipation of Ford's "Fiesta Movement" program where they will place 100 5-door Fiestas with influential Millennium drivers.
For the second year in a row, the Scion tC brings home the Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the Sporty Car Segment. Owners are satisfied with tC’s stylish Exterior and relatively Low Price Although it has remained relatively unchanged since 2005, the tC continues to score high in Overall Quality, Safety and Reliability.
The youthful, edgy and economical Scion brand has a winner in the all-new xD. Owners awarded the xD the highest satisfaction ratings in the Economy Car Segment for the 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. xD received strong satisfaction scores in critically important attributes for Economy Car buyers, including Reputation, Reliability and Overall Quality, making the xD the uncontested winner in the Segment.