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Subaru Legacy Wins AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award for Mid-Size Cars

Legacy is the top rated Mid-Size Car based on owner ratings of changes they want in the car in AutoPacific’s 2011 Ideal Vehicle Research.  As the class winner, Legacy owners want very little change in their car, but there are a few exceptions.  About 30% want more infotainment technology and power.  Legacy owners like the size of their car, its ride and seat comfort.  For these owners, it interior roominess is about ideal.  The Legacy came in well ahead of the second place Subaru Outback. 

Mid-Size Car

For shoppers needing more space than a Compact Car but wanting to watch their budgets, a Mid-Size Car can be a great and practical choice.  Owners of cars like Chrysler 200 and Suzuki Kizashi can get good space and features for not a lot of cash.

 Ideal Vehicle Award

Each year AutoPacific surveys new car and light truck buyers via mail and Internet about their new vehicle in order to learn more about their purchase experience, attribute importance and satisfaction, lifestyle, preferences, vehicle use, personal characteristics, desired features and more. Respondents to this survey are owners of new 2011 model-year cars and trucks purchased from September through December 2010.  The questionnaire was administered in January and March 2011. The 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on scores developed using results from a part of this survey that focuses on the consumers’ desire to change their vehicle if given the opportunity.  Respondents rate 15 attributes indicating whether they want them to be changed (larger, smaller, more or less) or not changed (stay the same) after having driven their vehicle for 90 days. Those vehicles wanting the LEAST CHANGE win the IVA for their class.  A total of 72,917 respondents provided input for these awards.

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