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2009 Lincoln Navigator Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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09Navi_L_7-8Frnt_HR_IVA.jpg“Lincoln started the Luxury Sport Utility category in 1997 with the launch of the first-generation Navigator. The current Navigator’s 2009 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award win shows that Lincoln has continued to learn what their buyers want and are delivering it,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value size, glitz and function, Navigator excels.” Areas in which the Navigator scored particularly well include:
* Ease of entry/egress
* Handling
* Exterior styling


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2009 Nissan Armada Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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NisArmada_IVA.jpg“The win of the Nissan Armada of AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award shows that Nissan learned what Large SUV buyers want and delivered on their product requirements. Armada owners gave their SUV best-in-class wins in six of fifteen rating categories,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where buyers value ease of use, generous space, good ride and handling combined with power and acceleration, the Armada excels.” Top-scoring Armada attributes include:
* Power and acceleration
* Exterior styling
* Visibility
* Ride and handling
* Ease of entry/egress


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2009 Toyota Sienna Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Minivan

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2009_Toyota_Sienna_LE.jpgFor the second year in a row, the Toyota Sienna comes out on top in the Minivan segment. No, the Sienna does not come in first in every attribute, but it does extremely well, with first place (or tied for first place) finishes in 26 of 48 satisfaction measures, including many of those ranked most important. The Sienna is the class leader in:
• Brand and vehicle reputation
• Overall quality
• Ride and handling
• Quietness inside the vehicle
• Safety features and feeling safe while driving
• Innovative technology
• Details like the feel of interior fabrics and materials
• Financial considerations, including value for the money, anticipated resale value and operating costs


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2009 Kia Sportage Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Compact CUV

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2009_KiaSportage.jpgThe Kia Sportage wins the Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the Compact Crossover Sport Utility Vehicle segment on the strength of a combination of high-scoring product and financial characteristics. Sporting a fresh face for 2009MY, the four-year-old Sportage won against newer competition, including the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Jeep Compass and Patriot. Areas in which the Kia Sportage leads its segment include:
• Ride and handling
• Safety features and feeling safe while driving
• Quietness inside the vehicle
• Feel of interior fabrics and materials
• Innovative technology
• Warranty
• Price, operating costs and value for the money


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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Mid-Size CUV

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2009_VW_Tiguan.jpgVolkswagen seizes the lead in the Mid-Size Crossover SUV segment over strong competition including the well-regarded Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and major change Ford Escape. How did they do that? With great owner satisfaction ratings for overall satisfaction, and specifically with respect to:
• Fun-to-drive, power/acceleration, handling
• Exterior and interior styling including instrument layout, the feel of interior fabrics and materials, and the quality feel/operation of controls
• Durability/long lasting


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2009 Mazda CX-9 Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Large Crossover SUV

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2009_Mazda CX-9.jpgMazda has a real winner on its hands with the CX-9 – a Large Crossover SUV that actually says Zoom-Zoom! The CX-9 is the outright winner in 26 of 48 satisfaction attributes, and is well rated in the rest. Winning attributes of the CX-9 include such important characteristics as:
• Exterior styling and size
• Fun-to-drive, power/acceleration and handling (the essence of Zoom-Zoom)
• Seating capacity and flexible/changeable seating
• Quality, reliability/dependable, durable/long lasting
• Safety features and a feeling of safety while driving
• Operating costs, anticipated resale value and value for money


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2009 Land Rover LR2 Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Luxury CUV

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2009_LandRoverLr2.jpgThe Land Rover LR2 wins the Luxury Crossover SUV Vehicle Satisfaction Award over strong domestic and import brand competition. In its second year in current form, the smallest Land Rover outscored the likes of the Acura RDX, Infiniti EX, BMW X3 and Lincoln MKX. LR2 scored well for product and financial attributes including:
• Image
• Ride
• Ease of entry/egress
• Durability
• Fuel economy and operating costs
• Value for the money, anticipated resale value
• Warranty


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2009 Jeep Liberty Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Mid-Size SUV

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2009_JeepLiberty_a.jpgThe freshest entry in the segment, Jeep Liberty wins the Vehicle Satisfaction Award for the Mid-Size Sport Utility segment. The Liberty offers serious off-road capability in a comfortable size and in a familiar shape. It earns class-leading scores in such critical categories as:
• Safety features and feeling safe while driving
• Value for the money, always an important consideration
• Audio system performance
• Driver’s seat comfort
• Ease of entry/egress


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2009 Ford Explorer Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Premium Mid-Size SUV

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2009_FordExplorer.jpgFord Explorer is the vehicle that started it all, way back in 1991. As the first of the modern four-door SUVs, Explorer turned the market around. The 2009 Explorer continues its excellence as a vehicle for all seasons. Owners rate it tops in the Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility category, with a high score in most categories. Rather than class-leading scores all around, the key to this win is having no low score in any area. In addition, the Explorer is segment leader in the following areas:
• Ride and handling
• Safety features
• Controls have quality feel/operation
• Seating capacity and comfort
• Flexible/changeable seating
• Cargo space/capacity
• Ease of loading/unloading cargo
• Overall dealer experience was also best in class


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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Large SUV

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2009_ChevyTahoe.jpgThe Chevrolet Tahoe is the Vehicle Satisfaction Award winner in the Large Sport Utility Vehicle segment. In addition to the Tahoe’s traditional virtues, Tahoe owners rate their new vehicle highly in some unexpected areas, perhaps reflecting the availability of the high technology Two-Mode Hybrid model. The Tahoe rates tops in its segment with respect to:
• Value for the money
• Exterior and interior styling
• Ride and handling
• Durability
• Safety features and a feeling of safety while driving
• Instrument layout and audio system performance
• Innovative technology
• Environmental friendliness, and fuel economy


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