Survey of Owners Shows Porsche Most Recommended Brand, Infiniti G37 Most Recommended Model

Survey of Owners Shows Porsche Most Recommended Brand, Infiniti G37 Most Recommended Model
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In a study of 25,000 new car buyers, Porsche owners are most likely to recommend that their friends buy a Porsche. In fact, according to a survey performed by marketing research firm AutoPacific, the Porsche brand gets an recommendation rating of 91 percent.

When it comes to individual models, all of Porsche’s vehicles did well, but the top spot actually belongs to Infiniti’s G37. An amazing 95 percent of new G37 buyers would recommend that their friends buy the same car. This result also gave the G37 the title of most recommended Aspirational Luxury Car.

In the luxury car category, the Premium Luxury segment was dominated by the Lexus LS. Toyota also took home the most recommended in the Large Car category for the Toyota Avalon, the Premium Mid-Size Car category for the Camry, the Luxury Mid-Size Car category for the Lexus ES, the Image Compact Car category for the Prius, the Minivan category for the Sienna, the Compact Pickup category for the Toyota Tacoma and the Premium Mid-Size Sport Utility  category for the 4Runner.

In total, Toyota took the most class wins with eight, while Ford scored six “Most Recommended” wins and Honda took home three.

Not surprisingly Ford took home the top spot for Large Light-Duty Pickups with the F-150 and Large Heavy-Duty Pickups with the F-Series Super Duty. The Mustang took home the spot as the most recommended sporty car, while the Flex and Edge won for the Large Crossover SUV and Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV categories.

The just-released survey by AutoPacific includes data from over 25,000 individuals who purchased or leased a new car from September to December 2008.

“Typically, car buyers are very pleased when they first drive their new car off the dealer lot. But just as a vehicle’s worth depreciates over time, some car owners’ level of confidence depreciates,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “We have quantified their level of confidence to see which new car owners will recommend their model most and this is information which will help new car shoppers make informed, confident buying decisions. While many owners can be happy with their new cars, it takes another level of confidence to recommend it.”

More “Most Recommended” vehicles after the jump:

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND YOUR CAR TO A FRIEND? AutoPacific’s Research Reveals the Most Highly Recommended Vehicles

TUSTIN, Calif. (May 12, 2009) – Who do you go to for advice when buying a new car?  What about owners themselves?  AutoPacific has just analyzed recommendation intentions from 25,000 new-car owners, and the results offer interesting insights.

AutoPacific, which has provided automotive analysis to carmakers since 1986, bases its findings on a just-completed comprehensive survey of more than 25,000 consumers who purchased or leased new cars or light trucks in the period from September to December 2008.

“Typically, car buyers are very pleased when they first drive their new car off the dealer lot. But just as a vehicle’s worth depreciates over time, some car owners’ level of confidence depreciates,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “We have quantified their level of confidence to see which new car owners will recommend their model most and this is information which will help new car shoppers make informed, confident buying decisions. While many owners can be happy with their new cars, it takes another level of confidence to recommend it.”

Porsche leads as the top brand in a close race, with the highest owner recommendation of 91%. “Porsche owners’ feelings for their cars run deep, some might call it devotion,” says Peterson. “Clearly that is still the case as the Porsche line-up all scored well in this survey.”

The vehicle – car or truck – registering highest overall satisfaction in 2009 is the Infiniti G37, which was recommended by 95% of new owners.  The truck with the highest overall satisfaction score is the Ford F-150 recommended by 89% of its owners. In a tie, the SUVs with the highest overall satisfaction score are the GMC Yukon XL and Honda CR-V recommended by 93% of their owners.

At the manufacturer level, multiple top-ranked award winners include: Toyota with eight top rankings (Toyota 6, Lexus 2), Ford with six (Ford 5, Lincoln 1), Honda with three, General Motors with two (Chevy 1, GMC 1), and Chrysler with two (Jeep 1, Dodge 1).

AutoPacific’s research objectively measures owner recommendations with newly purchased or leased passenger cars or light trucks by ranking new owners’ responses to the question “Would you recommend your new vehicle to a friend or relative? Scores are based on the responses, ranging from “Yes, definitely,” “Yes, with reservations,” or “No.”

BRAND: Porsche

PASSENGER CARS: Premium Luxury Car                            Lexus LS Executive Luxury Car                           Jaguar XF Aspirational Luxury Car                        Infiniti G37 (most recommended – 95%) 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

LIGHT TRUCKS: 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

Soon, AutoPacific will announce its 13th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.  The VSA establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. Owner satisfaction is measured across 48 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2009 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September through December 2008.

About AutoPacific AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters and its state-of-the-art automotive research facility are in Tustin, California, with an affiliate office in the Detroit area. Additional information can be found on AutoPacific’s websites:  www.autopacific.com and news.vehiclevoice.com.