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2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

If you are car shopping for a 2012 model year auto, then this recent survey of 75,000 car owners and how satisfied they are with their new cars is sure to provide some insight. The Autobytel/AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, the largest single model year survey of car owners in the U.S., recently surveyed owners on 48 attributes of their cars to assess their overall satisfaction.

For the 2012 model year, the Cadillac Escalade had the highest overall satisfaction, while Buick and Mercedes-Benz were tied for the highest satisfaction brands. Automakers that received multiple awards for their cars included General Motors (6 awards), Volkswagen (4 awards) as well as Honda and Mercedes-Benz (3 awards each).

Top category winners

Passenger cars:
Top-rated premium luxury car 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Top-rated aspirational luxury car 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Top-rated luxury mid-size car 2012 Lincoln MKZ
Top-rated large car 2012 Chrysler 300
Top-rated premium mid-size car 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Top-rated mid-size car 2012 Subaru Legacy
Top-rated premium compact car 2012 Volkswagen GTI
Top-rated compact car 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Top-rated economy 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Top-rated sports car 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
Top-rated sporty car 2012 Scion tC
Top-rated hybrid/EV car 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Light trucks:
Top-rated heavy duty pickup 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Top-rated large light duty pickup 2012 Ford F-150
Top-rated compact pickup 2012 Nissan Frontier
Top-rated luxury sport utility vehicle 2012 Cadillac Escalade
Top-rated large sport utility vehicle 2012 GMC Yukon
Top-rated premium mid-size sport utility vehicle 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Top-rated premium luxury crossover SUV 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML
Top-rated luxury crossover SUV 2012 Cadillac SRX
Top-rated large crossover SUV 2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Top-rated premium mid-size crossover SUV 2012 Honda Pilot
Top-rated mid-size crossover SUV 2012 Honda CR-V
Top-rated compact crossover SUV 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
Top-rated minivan 2012 Honda Odyssey
Top-rated hybrid/EV truck/SUV 2012 Lexus RX450h Hybrid
Source: Autobytel/AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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