2 Brands Garner 13 IntelliChoice Awards for Year’s Best Overall Value
Two brands from the same manufacturer together collected 13 awards from IntelliChoice, in the company’s 2013 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards.
The 2013 BOVYs represent 23 diverse but popular vehicle segments, which IntelliChoice said are meant to aid shoppers in comparing cost of ownership for similar vehicles over time, going beyond purchase price to include a variety of factors.
The two OEMs winning multiple classes in the awards are Lexus and Toyota, which collectively won 13 classes. Models from Volkswagen/Porsche/Audi garnered five awards.
“This year’s list of winners sees some compelling vehicles that have not previously been eligible to win,” said IntelliChoice Ownership Cost supervisor Eric Anderson. “As a result, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC and Toyota Prius c are all tops in their respective classes for 2013.”
Each year, IntelliChoice compiles and analyzes data on every new model sold in the U.S., to identify those that not only have low total ownership costs, but also lower than expected costs over time when compared to other similar models, the company said.
“Alternative fuel vehicles are, by and large, selling well,” added Anderson. “The E350 BlueTEC alone represents about 15 percent of all E-Class sales for Mercedes-Benz, while the Jetta TDI accounts for about 30 percent of Jetta sales.”
Other shifts in the awards this year include the GMC Yukon Denali winning the Full-Size SUV segment, as its current model is in its seventh year of production.
Conversely, IntelliChoice said, the Lexus ES, which is all-new for the 2013 model year, saw an improvement in fuel costs which helped boost it to the top of the Premium Passenger Car class.
The full list of 2013 BOVY award winners are:
Compact Passenger Car: Toyota Prius c
Premium Compact Passenger Car: Lexus CT 200h
Passenger Car: Toyota Prius
Premium Passenger Car: Lexus ES 350
Luxury Passenger Car: Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC
Convertible: MINI Cooper Convertible
Premium Convertible: Lexus IS 250C
Performance Car: Subaru Impreza WRX STI Wagon
Premium Performance Car: Porsche Boxster S
Luxury Performance Car: Porsche 911 Coupe
Sporty/Coupe: Toyota Yaris 2-Door Hatchback
Premium Sporty/Coupe: Audi TT Coupe
Compact Crossover/Wagon: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon
Premium Compact Crossover/Wagon: Audi A3 TDI
Crossover/Wagon: Toyota Prius v
Full-Size Crossover/Wagon: Toyota Highlander V6
Premium Crossover/Wagon: Lexus RX 450h
Luxury Crossover/Wagon: Acura MDX
SUV: Toyota FJ Cruiser
Premium SUV: Lexus GX 460
Full-Size SUV: GMC Yukon Denali
Minivan: Toyota Sienna V6
Full-Size Pickup LD: Toyota Tundra CrewMax