According to the press release, IntelliChoice.com and AutoPacific created the Motorist's Choice Awards to determine the vehicles that delivered both the highest satisfaction and lowest cost of ownership. The collaboration between the two respected firms, who have each been authorities on the U.S. auto market for the last 20 years, takes selected owner satisfaction data from AutoPacific's surveys of new car and light truck buyers and combines it with IntelliChoice.com's rating methodology to create a new measurement that speaks to both the hearts and minds of car buyers.
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
The Mercury Mariner Hybrid won the small crossover/sports utility class. But it did not win in the SUV/Crossover category. That award went to the Infiniti QX56. Award presentations will be made to each winning manufacturer at the Orange County Auto Show on October 4, 2006.
The top winners in each category were:
|Pickup Trucks:||Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 (2WD)|
This year is the first year for the awards. A full list of winners follows:
|MOTORIST'S CHOICE AWARDS|
MODEL YEAR 2006 RANKINGS
|729||Lexus LS 430||Luxury Car|
|707||Audi A6 4.2 Quattro||Sports Sedan/Wagon|
|700||Toyota Avalon||Fullsize Car|
|684||Lexus ES 330||Near Luxury Car|
|682||Chevrolet Corvette||Sports Car|
|674||Lexus SC 430||Luxury Convertible|
|673||Honda Accord Sedan V6||Midsize Car|
|656||Honda Accord Coupe||Compact Car|
|653||MINI Cooper Convertible||Convertible|
|647||MINI Cooper||Subcompact Car|
|637||Honda Civic Si||Base Sports Car|
|620||Subaru Legacy Wagon||Midsize/Fullsize Wagon|
|609||Scion xB||Compact Wagon|
|737||Infiniti QX56||Luxury Sport Utility|
|704||Nissan Armada||Sport Utility|
|700||Lexus RX 330||Luxury Crossover|
|664||Nissan Murano||Midsize Crossover|
|660||Toyota 4Runner||Intermediate Sports Utility|
|638||Mercury Mariner Hybrid||Small Crossover/Sports Utility|
|625||Kia Sportage||Compact Sports Utility|
|697||Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 2WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 2WD 1/2 Ton|
|695||Honda Ridgeline||Compact Pickup Truck 4WD|
|694||Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Extended Cab 2WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 2WD 3/4 Ton|
|686||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab 4WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 4WD 1/2 Ton|
|645||Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 4WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 4WD 3/4 Ton|
|638||Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 2WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 2WD One Ton|
|638||Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4WD||Fullsize Pickup Truck 4WD One Ton|
|617||Toyota Tacoma 2WD||Compact Pickup Truck 2WD|
The Motorist's Choice Awards were calculated by combining IntelliChoice.com cost of ownership data with AutoPacific's customer satisfaction survey data.AutoPacific surveys 45 different vehicle ownership attributes, and of these, 38 product-focused attributes were used. Each of the product attributes generates a score between 5 and 25, allowing a maximum possible score of 950, which is then normalized to 1000. The actual scores range from 495 to 756.
The remaining seven attributes are cost-ownership-focused and addressed by IntelliChoice.com: Depreciation, Financing, Fuel, Insurance, Maintenance, Repairs, and State Fees. IntelliChoice.com rates vehicles based on the vehicles' total ownership cost against the vehicles' total expected cost.
To merge the IntelliChoice.com data with the AutoPacific rating system, IntelliChoice.com ranked each model within the 29 different classes. A conversion formula was then used such that the best model within the IntelliChoice.com analysis received the equivalent score as the best model within the AutoPacific analysis, and the worst model received the equivalent score as the worst model within the AutoPacific analysis. This conversion was done for each class.
The final step was to combine the AutoPacific score with the converted IntelliChoice.com score. This was accomplished by creating a weighting for each class based on the AutoPacific importance scores from the 45 attributes. The average importance score from the product attributes were weighted against the average importance score from the ownership cost attributes. The AutoPacific and IntelliChoice.com scores were combined through multiplying the AutoPacific Score by the product attributes weighting and the IntelliChoice.com score by the ownership cost attributes weighting, and then adding the two scores together.