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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award



The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA is the highest scoring Premium Compact Car in AutoPacific’s 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.  Coming in behind the CLA is the Buick Verano, MINI 2-Dr, Acura ILX, Volkswagen GTI, Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA wins or ties in five of fifty satisfaction categories. The CLA is within one tenth of a rating point in eleven categories. For over thirty percent of the satisfaction measurements the CLA is on top.

The top ten highest ratings by CLA owners are: brand and vehicle reputation, the exterior styling and color, the overall quality and handling, the enjoyment of driving the vehicle, the image the vehicle puts off, the braking, and interior styling.

Mercedes-Benz wins in its first foray into the front wheel drive premium small car market.  While the CLA begins around $30,000, it can quickly get into the mid-thirties and, with the AMG model, move into the $50,000 range.  This year, the Audi A3 was not yet on the market to challenge the CLA.  It will be interesting to see if Mercedes can keep its top spot when Audi owners weigh in about their new A3 for 2015.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Most Satisfying Economy Car


Best in Class 2012 Economy Car:  Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Owners of the all-new Chevrolet Sonic give the car top ratings in twelve of forty-eight attributes in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.  Sonic gets top marks for Feel of Interior Fabrics and Materials, Interior Storage, Power and Acceleration, Handling, Ride, Quietness, Controls Have a Quality Feel and Operation, Instrument Layout, Wheel Size and Style, Infotainment Technology, Advanced Powertrain Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology.  With a possible high score of 5.0, Sonic owners rated the car at 4.6 rating points or higher in Overall Satisfaction and Reliable/Dependable.  Characteristically, Economy Cars do not score highly in many attributes, but Sonic has achieved ratings solid enough to win its class.  The lowest ratings by Sonic owners are for Cupholder Design and Size and Rear Seat Comfort.

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