US: latest Motorist Choice Awards give praise to Nissan, Toyota and GM image

Created by data tracking service Intellichoice and automotive research firm AutoPacific, the accolade has been designed to best mirror the greatest combination between customer praise and affordable operating costs.

The two firms compiled the necessary data for 2014 model-year cars and now claim the US drivers will opt for Toyota, Nissan and General Motors vehicles when it comes to purchasing cars that can best fit their lifestyle and needs.

“Buyers look for a vehicle based on their usage needs and emotional desires” said Daniel Hall, vice president of AutoPacific. “By paying attention to these buying patterns, and incorporating our satisfaction data and IntelliChoice’s cost of ownership insights, we can offer sound advice to consumers across all vehicle segments.”

The Motorist Choice Awards are divided into 13 categories, including Active Lifestyle, Performance, Road Trip and Youthful and also put in different choices for mainstream and premium cars.

Toyota, Nissan and GM took home five category wins each, followed by Honda, Mazda and Range Rover. The Toyota FJ Cruiser, Nissan Cube, Lincoln MKZ hybrid and Hyundai Equus topped their respective categories just like in the 2013 edition. There were also models that won in more than one category: the Mini Coupe/Roadster, Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade.