Owners of the 2006 Nissan Titan
rate the pickup at the top of the Large Pickup category. The 2006 model year is the third year in a row Titan has topped its segment in the AutoPacific
Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This is an outstanding accomplishment and testament to the satisfaction Titan is giving its owners.
Titan’s achievement is truly remarkable and demonstrates the inherent differences in AutoPacific’s way of measuring satisfaction compared with others. Titan is immensely satisfying, but owner surveys conducted by others show Titan has a fair share of niggling problems. But, if you are not counting things gone wrong and looking at what really matters – how well buyers are satisfied – Titan shines. Its big, powerful V8 engine combined with outstanding styling and features provide the top-satisfying product package for 2006.
We cannot ignore that two large trucks produced at Nissan’s Canton Mississippi assembly plant won top place in their categories for both the 2004, 2005 and 2006 – Nissan Titan and Nissan Armada. This is a sweep any company can be envious of.
The Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty wins the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award among Heavy Duty Large Pickups.
A workhorse near the end of its run, the Silverado HD nosed out Dodge Ram Heavy Duty and Ford F-Series Super Duty entries. Much of its win has to be credited to its up-graded Duramax diesel for the 2006 model year.
Complementing the numerous awards the Honda Ridgeline
has received since its introduction, Ridgeline customers weigh in by rating it as the most satisfying pickup on the market in the AutoPacific
2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Scoring higher than all Full Size, Heavy Duty and Compact pickups, Ridgeline proves that a softer pickup doing car and truck duty can provide great satisfaction for its owners. Heaped with innovations, including the first-ever trunk in a pickup, Ridgeline breaks the pickup mold.
The Nissan Armada
is a significant vehicle for a variety of reasons, the most notable of which is that it comes from a Japanese brand but is completely tuned for American tastes and sensibilities. Brand aside, there is absolutely nothing traditionally or typically Japanese about it. Armada is full size, and when we say full-size, we mean it! It has a powerful and sophisticated V8 engine bigger and mightier than the domestic competition! Armada is unapologetically made for North America and North America alone, with no compromises or shortcomings.
Armada was right for the market right out of the box for the 2004 model year when it won Large SUV honors in AutoPacific
‘s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. As a repeat winner, Armada’s 2004 and 2005 performances surely were not flukes.
won its first AutoPacific
VSA when it was launched in 2004 and repeats in 2006. Endeavor’s 5-passenger interior package gives good spaciousness to front and rear passengers without the compromises often made by SUVs trying to shoehorn 7-people into the space designed for five. Endeavor has good performance and driving dynamics. While Endeavor’s somewhat controversial styling may limit its sales, clearly, once a person has made the commitment, the Endeavor clearly provides what they want.
The Lexus LS430
is rated at the top of the Luxury Car category in the AutoPacific
2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. While some luxury car buyers opt for sportier vehicles, the LS430 appeals to people valuing its sensory deprivation chamber quietness and isolation. Providing bulletproof quality and reliability, good handling, an outstanding ride and surprisingly powerful performance when pushed, the LS430 claims the title of top Luxury Car for 2006.
In its last year before being replaced, the Hyundai Santa Fe
continues its string of category-leading performances in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Santa Fe has won or tied in its category for five of the six years it has been on the market. In fact, Santa Fe was the first Korean brand vehicle to win one of the coveted AutoPacific
Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This is a testament to Santa Fe’s strong combination of product competence, value and warranty. Santa Fe satisfies its owners and continues to help Hyundai build its brand image in the United States.
In its first year out, the all-new Volkswagen Passat
has established itself as an extremely satisfying Premium Mid-Size sedan winning the AutoPacific
2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Award. Passat handily beat segment volume leaders Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. Passat wins by virtue of its outstanding interior design, use of high touch materials and European driving dynamics.
The Honda Odyssey
Minivan wins top satisfying Minivan honors in AutoPacific’s
2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The Odyssey, in a three-way tie with other Japanese brand Minivans in 2005, moves into the lead for 2006. Odyssey’s relatively sporty performance, ride and handling combined with traditional Minivan styling and innovative interior features nudge Odyssey ahead of the Nissan Quest for 2006. Honda’s perceived product quality was the deciding factor.