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Mercedes-Benz, Ram, Toyota offer best values in Canada

Second annual Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards address cost of ownership

Published: September 18, 2013, 11:00 PM

2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

As was the case last year, when the awards were inaugurated, Toyota was the big winner in the second annual Vincentric Best Value in Canada awards for automobiles.

For the second consecutive year, Toyota was named the Best Value Passenger Car Brand in Canada, earning eight individual category awards in the process. Volkswagen ranked second among passenger cars, with six segment winners.

Mercedes-Benz retained its Best Value Luxury Brand title, with five model-level awards, and Ram replaced GMC as the 2013 Vincentric Best Value Truck Brand in Canada.

Other segment award winners included Audi and Lexus, earning three awards each, and GM, Ford, Mazda, and Honda, each of which earned two awards.

The awards were based on cost-of-ownership analysis of more than 1,800 vehicle configurations. Eight different cost factors were considered in the analysis: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs.

Each vehicle was evaluated in all ten provinces plus the Northwest Territories using a range of annual kilometer intervals and insurance profiles.

Vincentric, a Michigan-based automotive data compilation and analysis firm, used a statistical model to identify the winners, which experienced lower-than-expected ownership costs for their market segment and price.

"We look forward to providing Canadian consumers with the opportunity to gather insight into Canadian-specific automotive ownership costs by honouring vehicles that offer buyers the best overall value," said David Wurster, president of Vincentric.

Alternative fuels and powerplants played a major role among the winners, with Toyota taking four of the five hybrid awards, Volkswagen’s TDI clean diesels earning five awards and Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesels accounting for three winners. In addition, the Ram pickup winners were diesel-powered as were two of three Audi award winners.

The complete list of winners, by segment, includes:

Passenger Cars

 

Make

Model

Segment

Scion

iQ

Micro

Volkswagen

Golf TDI

Subcompact

Hyundai

Elantra

Compact Coupe

Audi

A3 Diesel

Premium Compact Coupe

Mitsubishi

Lancer Sportback

Compact Hatchback

Volkswagen

Jetta TDI

Compact Sedan

Acura

ILX

Premium Compact Sedan

Toyota

Prius

Compact Hybrid

Toyota

Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Electric/Plug-In Hybrid

Volkswagen

CC

Mid-Size Coupe

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

Premium Mid-Size Coupe

Volkswagen

Passat TDI

Mid-Size Sedan

Toyota

Camry Hybrid

Mid-Size Sedan, Hybrid

Lexus

ES 350

Premium Mid-Size Sedan

Lexus

ES 300h

Premium Mid-Size Sedan, Hybrid

Toyota

Avalon

Large Sedan

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class BlueTEC

Premium Large Sedan

BMW

M5

Prestige

Fiat

500

Convertible

Lexus

IS C Series

Premium Convertible

Audi

TT

Sports Car

Volkswagen

Golf TDI

Wagon

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

Premium Wagon

Utility Vehicles, Crossovers, and Vans

Make

Model

Segment

Mazda

CX-5

Entry-Level Compact Crossover

Honda

CR-V

Mid-Level Compact Crossover

Buick

Encore

Premium Compact Crossover

Volkswagen

Touareg TDI

Mid-Size Crossover

Mercedes-Benz

M-Class BlueTEC

Premium Mid-Size Crossover

Ford

Explorer

Large Crossover

Audi

Q7 Diesel

Premium Large Crossover

Toyota

Highlander Hybrid

Crossover Hybrid

Chevrolet

Trax

Compact SUV

Toyota

4Runner

Mid-Size SUV

Toyota

Sequoia

Large SUV

Mercedes-Benz

GL-Class BlueTEC

Premium Large SUV

Mazda

Mazda5

Micro Van

Honda

Odyssey

Minivan

Pickup Trucks



Make

Model

Segment



Toyota

Tacoma

Compact Pickup



Ford

F-150

Full-Size 1/2-Ton Pickup



Ram

2500

Full-Size 3/4-Ton Heavy Duty Pickup



Ram

3500

Full-Size 1-Ton Heavy Duty Pickup