Auto Pacific has released the results of its recent survey which asked 25,000 car, truck and SUV owners whether they would recommend their vehicle to a friend or family member. This is the best test of a car’s value. Most cars are very likeable, but in order for people to put their reputation on the line and recommend a car to their friends and family, they have to really love it.
The winners in the survey were the Infiniti G37, Ford F-150, GMC Yukon XL and Honda CRV. Porsche had the best record as a brand, with 91% of all Porsche owners saying they would recommend their vehicle to a friend. The Infinity G37 was the best ranked individual car, with a 95% recommendation rating.
Here are Auto Pacific’s results:
Premium Luxury Car – Lexus LS
Executive Luxury Car – Jaguar XF
Aspirational Luxury Car – Infiniti G37
Large Car – Toyota Avalon
Luxury Mid-Size Car – Lexus ES
Premium Mid-Size Car – Toyota Camry
Mid-Size Car – Volkswagen Jetta
Image Compact Car – Toyota Prius
Mainstream Compact Car – Subaru Impreza
Economy Car – Honda Fit
Premium Sports Car – Chevrolet Corvette
Sports Car – Nissan 350Z
Sporty Car – Ford Mustang
Large Light-Duty Pickup – Ford F-150
Large Heavy-Duty Pickup – Ford F-Super Duty
Compact Pickup – Toyota Tacoma
Luxury Sport Utility – Lincoln Navigator
Large Sport Utility – GMC Yukon XL
Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility – Toyota 4Runner
Mid-Size Sport Utility – Dodge Nitro
Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle – Jeep Wrangler
Luxury Crossover SUV – Land Rover LR2
Large Crossover SUV – Ford Flex
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV – Ford Edge
Mainstream Mid-Size Crossover SUV – Honda CR-V
Compact Crossover SUV – Honda Element
Minivan – Toyota Sienna
Most of the results are unsurprising. The F-150 has been a sales leader for years, and that doesn’t happen by accident. The Honda Element, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Prius are all cars that exist in a niche market and appeal to enthusiastic owners. Plus, if you want a utilitarian soft roader, instantly recognizable hybrid or serious off-roader, you really only have one choice for each.
The only really surprising results of this survey is that the Subaru Impreza beat out the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, and the Lincoln Navigator beat out the more ostentatious Cadillac Escalade.
The Infiniti G37 was the most recommended car in 2009.