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2014 BMW X5 Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 BMW X5 is the highest scoring Premium Luxury Crossover SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. BMW designers, planners and engineers understood who the X5 target buyer is and developed a vehicle that meets their requirements. The 2014 BMW X5 was at the top against some impressive vehicles including the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz GL, Lincoln MKT, Mercedes-Benz ML, and the Infiniti QX60.  The previous generation X5 won AutoPacific’s IVA for the 2009 model year.

BMW X5 owners truly do not want their vehicle changed. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle questionnaire, the X5 led or tied in seven satisfaction categories and was within three percentage points of another two.

The top five highest ratings by X5 owners are: same interior lighting, same ride/handling, same exterior, same safety features, and the same passenger room as now.

Although the X5 led in its category there are several things owners would change. Owners would like more advanced technology, more interior storage, and they would like it to be easier to get in and out of the vehicle.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the highest scoring Mid-Size SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The Grand Cherokee product development team has honed their knowledge of what Grand Cherokee buyers want over the years.  The Grand Cherokee has won AutoPacific’s IVA and also the AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award for years in a row.  This is a remarkable feat.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee beat out some impressive group of mid-size SUV’s. Following the Grand Cherokee is the Nissan Xterra, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and the Jeep Wrangler.  “Is this getting old, or what?” says AutoPacific President George Peterson.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to sweep its category and remains the Ideal Mid-Size SUV.”

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners were very pleased with their vehicles. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle Award questionnaire, the Grand Cherokee led or tied in nine categories.

The top five highest ratings by Jeep Grand Cherokee owners are: same exterior size, same tires, same wheels, same passenger room, and the same interior lighting as now.

Although the Grand Cherokee is at the top there are several things owners would change. Owners would like more advanced technology, more power and acceleration, easier to get in and out of, and more cargo space.

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2014 GMC Acadia Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 GMC Acadia is the highest scoring Large Crossover SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The Acadia designers, planners and engineers understood who the target buyer was and developed a vehicle that meets their requirements. The GMC Acadia is at the top of the large crossover SUV category against an impressive group including the Ford Flex, Chevrolet Traverse, and the Mazda CX-9.  The 2014 GMC Acadia also won the AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Award.  “The GMC Acadia came on strong this year winning both AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award and the Ideal Vehicle Award, says George Peterson, President of AutoPacific.  Clearly, General Motors has developed a product that satisfies its owners, GMC dealers provide a satisfying buying experience and owners do not want to change it in any major way.  2014 GMC Acadia owner consider their Large Crossover SUV Ideal.”

2014 GMC Acadia owners do not want a great deal of change with their vehicle. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle survey, the 2014 Acadia led or tied in four categories and was within three percentage points of eight other categories.

The top five highest ratings by Acadia owners are: same exterior styling, same ride/handling, same wheels, same exterior size, and the same tires as now.

No vehicle can be perfect. Acadia owners did want several things changed. Owners would like more power and acceleration, more interior storage, and better visibility from the drivers seat. Acadia owners also would like an improved information and entertainment center. Fourteen percent of owners would like a more advanced infotainment system while 18 percent would like something simpler.

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2014 Honda CR-V Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 Honda CR-V is the highest scoring Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The CR-V designers, planners and engineers clearly understood their target buyer and developed a vehicle that meets their requirements. The 2014 Honda CR-V beat out an impressive group of mid-size crossovers including the Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and the Toyota RAV4.

2014 Honda CR-V owners are satisfied with their vehicle and do not want a great deal of change. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle questionnaire, the 2014 CR-V led in four categories and was within three percentage points of three other categories.

The top five highest ratings by CR-V owners are: same exterior size, same wheels, same tires, same ease of getting in and out of the vehicle, and the same exterior styling,

No vehicle is perfect and CR-V owners did want several things changed. Owners would like more power and acceleration, better driver seat visibility, and a more relaxed drivers seat. CR-V owners would also like a new information and entertainment system. Seventeen percent would like a more advanced system and eighteen percent would like a simpler system.

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2014 MINI Countryman Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 MINI Countryman is the highest scoring Compact Crossover SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. Even though this was a new category for MINI, the Countryman designers clearly understood who the target buyer was and developed a vehicle that meets their requirements. The Countryman beat out a very competitive group of compact crossover SUV’s such as the Subaru XV Crosstrek, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Buick Encore, and the Kia Sportage.

2014 MINI Countryman owners are pleased with the vehicle and did not want many changes. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle survey, the Countryman led in four categories and was within three percentage points of four more.

The top five highest ratings by 2014 MINI Countryman owners are: same exterior size, same exterior styling, same interior lighting, same wheels, and same ride/handling as now.

No vehicle is perfect. Countryman owners would like several things changed. They would like a more advanced information and entertainment system, more power and acceleration, more interior storage, and more cargo space.

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2014 Honda Odyssey Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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2015_Honda_Odyssey_Touring_Elite_04The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the highest rated Minivan in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The Odyssey designers did a great job giving the consumers what they want. In fact, the Odyssey has won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award in four of the last six years and AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award in three of those years.  The Odyssey is at the top against an impressive fleet of minivans including the Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota Sienna, Ford Transit Connect, Dodge Grand Caravan, Nissan Quest, and the Mazda5.

2014 Honda Odyssey owners are satisfied with their vehicle and do not want much change. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle survey, the 2014 Honda Odyssey led in one category and was within three percentage points of seven more.

The top five highest ratings by 2014 Honda Odyssey owners are: same wheels, same exterior size, same tires, same ride/handling, and same interior lighting.

There were several things Odyssey owners would like changed. Owners would like more interior storage, more power and acceleration, more safety features, and better driver visibility. Owners would also like a new information and entertainment system. While 54% of Odyssey owners want the same info/entertainment system.  The remainder were pretty evenly divided on whether they wanted a more sophisticated system or a simpler one – twenty-two percent would like a more advanced system while twenty-four percent would like a simpler system.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The all new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the highest scoring Hybrid/EV Truck in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The product development team at Subaru developed a Hybrid/truck that provides the attributes the target buyers want.  Owners want very little change. The XV Crosstrek was at the top against some impressive Hybrid/EV Trucks including the Lexus RX 450h, Toyota Highlander HEV, Toyota Prius v, and the Toyota RAV4 EV.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid owners are satisfied with their vehicle and did not want much change. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle question battery, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek leads in seven categories and is within three percentage points of one more.

The top five highest ratings by Subaru XV Crosstrek owners are: the ease of getting in and out, same exterior size, same tires, same exterior styling, and the same wheels as now.

No vehicle is perfect. Subaru XV Crosstrek owners would like a more advanced information and entertainment system.  Owners would also like more cargo space, more interior storage, and better visibility from the drivers seat.

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2014 Toyota Highlander Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The all new 2014 Toyota Highlander is the highest scoring Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. Highlander’s designers, planners and engineers knew what consumers wanted and gave it to them. The Toyota Highlander leads its category against some big name vehicles such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Crosstour, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Equinox, and the Subaru Outback.  The 2014 Toyota Highlander also had a convincing win in its category in AutoPacific’s 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

Toyota Highlander owners are satisfied with their vehicle and did not want it much different. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle question battery, the Toyota Highlander led in one category and was within three percentage points of four categories.  This shows how close the results were.  Highlander edged out second place Ford Explorer by a nose.

The top five highest ratings by 2014 Toyota Highlander owners are: same wheels, same exterior size, same ride/handling, same passenger room, and same interior lighting as now.

No vehicle is perfect and although the Highlander led in its category there are several things owners would like to change. Owners would like better driver visibility, more advanced information and entertainment system, more interior storage, and more safety features.

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2014 Ford Expedition/EL Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 Ford Expedition/EL is the highest scoring Luxury/Large SUV in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. The big truck team at Ford knew exactly what their customers wanted and gave it to them. The Expedition EL led its category against some impressive competitors such as the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Suburban, Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Land Cruiser.  Ford’s big SUVs swept the Luxury/Large SUV category with Expedition EL, Expedition and Navigator one, two, three.

Expedition/EL owners truly did not want their vehicle changed. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle question battery, the 2014 Ford Expedition/EL led or tied in six satisfaction categories and was within three percentage points of another three.

The top five highest ratings by Expedition/EL owners are: same exterior size, same wheels, same safety features, same interior lighting, and same visibility as now.

Although the Expedition/EL is at the top there are several things owners would change. Owners would like a more relaxed drivers seat, more advanced technology, and would like it to be easier to get in and out of the vehicle.  With the upcoming 2015 model year, these vehicles finally get up-to-date with MyFordTouch and an EcoBoost V6 powertrain.

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award

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The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is the highest scoring Light-Duty Pickup in AutoPacific’s 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award research. Even though the vehicle has been criticized in some circles because of the evolutionary and conservative change to its exterior styling, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 product development team knew what their consumers wanted and met their requirements. The 2014 Sierra 1500 leads its category against some impressive light duty pickup trucks such as the Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, and the Nissan Frontier.  The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 also won its category in AutoPacific’s 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

Owners of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 are pleased with their vehicle and do not want many changes. Of the fifteen categories in the Ideal Vehicle survey, the GMC Sierra 1500 leads or ties in five categories and is within three percentage points of another five.

The top five highest ratings by 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 owners are: same cargo space, same exterior size, same passenger room, same exterior styling (so clearly owners are not demanding different styling), and same wheels as now.

Sierra 1500 owners did want several things changed with the vehicle. Owners would like a simpler information and entertainment system, more power and acceleration, and different interior lighting.  Owners would also like it to be easier to get in and out of the vehicle.

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