Motorist Choice Awards Reveal Most Sexy, Fun and Kid Friendly Vehicles

If you care more about function, style and personality when car shopping and aren’t into the gear-head traits of vehicles, these awards may help you narrow down your vehicle choices. IntelliChoice and AutoPacific have named their Motorist Choice Awards for 2010 across 15 categories, divided by popular and premium (non-luxury and luxury).

The Motorist Choice Awards were tallied from 42,000 consumer surveys by AutoPacific and ongoing data analysis from IntelliChoice.

"From an emotional standpoint these awards are a reflection of how cars fit into people’s daily lives, the tasks they fulfill on a day-to-day basis and the image people have of their vehicles," Charlie Vogelheim, executive editor of IntelliChoice, said in a statement. "The cars in these categories not only represent tremendous value, they are also about the image you want to portray to other motorists as well."

The awards are more of a reflection of the personality of the owner. And since they’re chosen by consumers, not car experts, they’re a more practical comparison for shoppers who might ask friends and family for advice on what car will be the best for road trips, for example.

"Rather than grouping these cars into stereotypical categories like ‘Best Sedan’ we produced a list of the best cars buyers would themselves categorize, like Most Kid Friendly," said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. "These awards are a good reflection of the perceptions of the American consumer; showing what they want to drive and why they want to drive it."

Award Category          Popular Winner           Premium Winner

Country Club               Hyundai Genesis            Audi A6

Cute                            Volkswagen Beetle        Volvo C30

Eco Friendly                 Toyota Prius                 Lexus RX Hybrid

Sexy Styling                Chevrolet Corvette        Audi A5

High Tech                     Ford Taurus                 Lexus RX Hybrid

Youthful                       Dodge Challenger         Lexus IS

People Mover               Honda Odyssey            Mercedes-Benz GL

Fun to Drive                 Chevrolet Corvette       BMW 5-Series

Kid Friendly                  Toyota Sequoia            Mercedes-Benz GL

Active Lifestyle             Dodge Ram HD            Porsche Cayenne

Performance                 Ford Taurus SHO         Infiniti M

Road Trip                     Toyota Sienna             Cadillac DTS

City Car                        Toyota Yaris                Lexus LS

Value Car                      Honda Fit                    Lexus RX Hybrid

Cargo Hauler                GMC Acadia                  Lincoln Navigator