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2005 Pontiac GTO Owners Give Car AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Pontiac GTO Wins AutoPacific 2005 Sporty Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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“The owners of the Pontiac GTO rate their powerful coupe tops in the Sporty Car category. GTO owners are high in overall satisfaction and rate GTO’s vehicle dynamics very strongly. Where does GTO excel? GTO has strong scores in handling, braking, power/acceleration, ergonomics, and visibility. Owner ratings lead us to conclude that GTO is a very easy car to live with and to have loads of fun with.”
GTO was in close race with the all new Ford Mustang a popular favorite with car buffs and owners. Many folks thought that Mustang was the odds-on favorite to win the Sporty Car class. After all, it is the top selling Sporty Car and has been getting rave reviews by enthusiast magazines. GTO won primarily because it is so focused. Where Mustang has two engines – a V6 that satisfies but not to the extent of its V8 – and a very nice 300HP V8 – the GTO has only a very powerful V8. It was the singularity of purpose of the GTO with its powerful torquey engine that tipped the scales.


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2005 Porsche 911 Noses Out Corvette for AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Porsche 911 Wins AutoPacific 2005 Sports Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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“The owners of the Porsche 911 have among the strongest overall satisfaction ratings in the industry. Instantly identifiable as a Porsche, the 911 is first coveted because of its distinctive exterior styling and its brand image. But its quality and driving dynamics put the icing on the cake. The Porsche 911 is the embodiment of a traditional European sports car.”
The 911 was closely paced by the new C6 Chevrolet Corvette a relatively traditional American sports car. Both cars are excellent and provide their enthusiast owners a thrilling driving experience and satisfying ownership experience.


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2005 Scion xB Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Scion xB Wins AutoPacific 2005 Compact Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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“Young, hip owners of the Scion xB rate the xB highest in the Compact Car category. Sold to perhaps the most difficult people to satisfy (young males), xB owners rate overall satisfaction very high plus giving xB high marks for fuel economy, price, rear seat room… and lets not forget its funky styling.”


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2005 Mazda6 Excels in AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award 3-Peat

Mazda6 Wins AutoPacific 2005 Standard Mid-Size Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the Third Year in a Row

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“Mazda’s style/sport/fun/value heritage pays off again in 2005 for the third year in a row with an entertaining vehicle focused on the driving enthusiast. Others may have size and bulk; 6 is lean and lithe. Others may have great automatics; 6 beckons with a manual. The Mazda 6 is not the typical mid-line, mid-size sedan. Instead, it is the exceptional one. Different to the core.”

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2005 Nissan Altima Ties With Buick LaCrosse for AutoPacific Premium Mid-Size Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Nissan Altima and Buick LaCrosse Tie for AutoPacific 2005 Premium Mid-Size Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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“Altima achieves class-leading performance in 2005 with a substantial upgrade to its interior finally complementing its outstanding exterior styling and powertrains. Now built in two plants, Smyrna, Tennessee (alongside Maxima) and Canton, Mississippi, Altima provides its owners a combination of style, size and performance that others in its class do not match. Think of Altima as an American-designed, American-made, Japanese brand Premium Mid-Size Car. Altima caters to owners wanting distinctive styling and driving enthusiasm.”
“The all-new Buick LaCrosse has what it takes to satisfy Buick owners demanding efficiently sized, affordably priced transportation. LaCrosse has a combination of new styling, generous interior space, driving ease and brand image that Buick owners have come to expect. LaCrosse – clearly a Buick owners have embraced. LaCrosse is American through and through delivering size and comfort to discerning buyers of American Premium Mid-Size Cars.”


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2005 Lincoln Town Car Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Lincoln Town Car Wins AutoPacific 2005 Luxury/Large Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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“Owners of the Lincoln Town Car rate the large American Luxury Car tops in its category. Town Car owners are especially fond of exterior styling that communicates affluence without being ostentatious. The strongly rated Town Car interior coddles the driver and passengers in traditional American luxury. What they expect, they get.”
Town Car won its class over the perennial winner Cadillac DeVille – a winner of seven straight previous Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.


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Titan Top Ranked Vehicle, Truck, Big Pickup in AutoPacific's 2005 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

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Nissan Titan Wins AutoPacific 2005 Large Light-Duty Pickup Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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Owners of the 2005 Nissan Titan rate the pickup not only at the top of its Large Light-Duty Pickup category, but also as the top rated vehicle overall. 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 2005.
“We cannot ignore that two large trucks produced at Nissan’s Canton Mississippi assembly plant won top place in their categories for 2005 – Nissan Titan and Nissan Armada. Nissan’s third large truck – the luxury Infiniti QX56 also rated very well. This is a sweep any company can be envious of.
AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are given to top rated vehicles for satisfaction in their vehicle category based on owner responses to an annual national mail survey.


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2005 Jaguar XJ Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Jaguar XJ Wins AutoPacific 2005 Luxury Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award

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Owners of the Jaguar XJ rate the XJ highest in the Luxury Car category. The rating for XJ comes from especially strong results for exterior and interior styling, image, fun-to-drive and ease of use. XJ’s traditional and sensuous Jaguar styling resonate with its buyers and its dynamic qualities reinforce its outstanding looks.
In a close race to the finish with the 2005 Lexus LS430, the Jaguar XJ nosed ahead because of the more subjective ratings given by its owners. Styling, image, fun to drive were all rated higher than the LS430. German luxury cars, interestingly, were rated substantially lower by their owners primarily because of ease of use and niggling reliability problems that took their vehicles to the dealer service department more often.
AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are given for category wins based on owner responses to an annual national mail survey.


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2005 Nissan Maxima Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Nissan Maxima Wins AutoPacific 2005 Entry Luxury Car Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the Second Year in a Row – Top Rated Car

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Maxima has topped the Nissan lineup since the early eighties and the 2005 model continues the success Nissan achieved when the car was all new in 2004. For 2005, Maxima, in fact, is the top rated car overall. In a broad vehicle segment where Maxima is actually the least expensive entry, it wins with a combination of distinctive styling, good quality, excellent value and a healthy dose of product excitement. Maxima successfully balances value and flair in a way that clearly attracts American entry-luxury buyers.
AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award is given to top ranking vehicles in their product category based on the results from owner responses to a national mail survey.


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2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab

Dodge is expanding its bragging rights in the full-size pickup truck market, even if sales of the Ram are consistently below rivals Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado. The next addition to the Ram lineup, the Dodge Ram Mega Cab, arrives in summer 2005 as a 2006 model-year vehicle. Described by Dodge public relations as their Texas hauler, they expect the Mega Cab to do for pickups what Stow-n-Go has done for minivans. While not disclosing volume targets, Dodge believes the Mega Cab will be a high-volume Ram derivative.
By taking the 160.5-inch heavy-duty wheelbase and using a six-foot, three-inch bed instead of the eight-foot bed, Dodge gained twenty inches and put it in the crew cab; nearly all of the extra space went to the second row. Dodge will offer the Ram Mega Cab only in heavy-duty configuration, with the HEMI or Cummins diesel engines.
Along with the 2500-pound payload and 16,000-pound towing capacity of the HD truck, the interior offers the first second-row truck seats that include room enough to recline as well as to slide fore and aft. These seats fold 60/40 (without removing the headrests) for a flat cargo floor, creating 71 cubic feet in cargo room. With the seats up, available cargo space is 7.6 cubic feet, and there are several closed storage cubbies behind the second-row seats. The cab has a whopping 145.2 cubic feet interior volume overall, and at 111.1 inches long is more than a foot longer than the F-150 Crew Cab. Making ingress and egress of both people and stuff into the second row easier are doors that open a full 88 degrees.
The Mega Cab will be offered in SLT and Laramie trim levels, with available conveniences including heated seats, power sliding rear window, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, full-screen navigation, and adjustable pedals.
With the changes to the seating, Dodge also tweaked the face of the truck (sides and rear remain the same) and the rest of the interior. Among the changes are a new crosshair grille even more Magnum-like; new headlights; and a new lower front fascia. The instrument panel and center stack take on some cues from the Dakota as well.

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