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Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards Announced

March 7, 2006

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Vincentric has announced the winners of its Best Fleet Value in America awards, with Toyota winning 12 of the 29 vehicle segments. Chevrolet took top honors in eight segments, powered by its sweep of the full-size pick-up and full-size van categories. To determine Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric developed a comprehensive analysis of fleet lifecycle costs. The company measured eight cost factors for more than 1,900 vehicle configurations in the 2006-model year, with 12 different mileage/lifecycle timeframe scenarios used in each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The resulting 9 million-plus lifecycle cost measurements were then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles. The eight cost factors determining overall lifecycle costs were depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs. These costs were integrated with the Vincentric Fleet Price, which estimates the acquisition cost for each vehicle in the study. "Annual mileage was measured ranging from a low of 20,000 miles to a high of 30,000 miles, along with timeframes from 24 to 60 months of ownership," said David Wurster, president of Vincentric. The vehicle segments and the winners of Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America awards for the 2006-model year include:


  • Subcompact: Chevrolet Aveo Special Value 4D Hatchback.
  • Compact, over $17,000: Mazda3 S 4D Hatchback.
  • Compact, under $17,000: Toyota Corolla CE 4D Sedan 5 sp.
  • Mid-Size, over $23,000: Toyota Camry SE V6 VVTi 4D Sedan a.t.
  • Mid-Size, under $23,000: Toyota Camry Base 4D Sedan 5 sp.
  • Large: Toyota Avalon XL 4D Sedan.
  • Near Luxury: Volvo S40 2.4i 4D Sedan.
  • Luxury: Volvo S80 2.5T 4D Sedan.
  • Prestige Luxury: Mercedes-Benz E Class E500 4D Sedan.
  • Wagon, over $24,500: Subaru Legacy Outback 5D Wagon 5 sp.
  • Wagon, under $24,500: Toyota Matrix STD 4D Hatchback 2WD 5 sp.
  • Crossover, over $28,000: Nissan Murano SL 4D Utility 2WD.
  • Crossover, under $28,000: Chrysler PT Cruiser Base 4D Utility. Sport Utility Vehicles:

  • Compact SUV, over $22,500: Toyota Rav4 Limited 4D Utility 2WD 4 cyl.
  • Compact SUV, under $22,500: Toyota Rav4 Base 4D Utility 2WD 4 cyl.
  • Mid-Size SUV, over $30,000: Toyota Highlander Limited 4D Utility 2WD with third-row seat.
  • Mid-Size SUV, under $30,000: Toyota Highlander Base 4D Utility 2WD 4 cyl.
  • Large SUV, over $40,500: Toyota Sequoia Limited 4D Utility 2WD.
  • Large SUV, under $40,500: Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4D Utility Ext 2WD. Pickup Trucks and Cab/Chassis:

  • Compact Pickup: Toyota Tacoma Base Reg Cab 2WD 5sp.
  • Full-Size Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 W/T Reg Cab 2WD 119.
  • Heavy Duty ¾ Ton Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD W/T Reg Cab 2WD LWB.
  • Heavy Duty 1 Ton Pickup: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT Ext Cab 2WD LWB DRW.
  • Cab/Chassis: Chevrolet Silverado 3500LD C/C LT Reg Cab 2WD 137.0. Vans:

  • Minivan, over $27,000: Toyota Sienna XLE 5D Wagon 7 Pass FWD.
  • Minivan, under $27,000: Mazda5 Sport 4D Wagon.
  • Full-Size Passenger Van: GMC Savana/Chevrolet Express G1500 Wagon SWB.
  • Mini Cargo Van: Dodge Caravan Base Cargo Van.
  • Full-Size Cargo Van: GMC Savana/Chevrolet Express G1500 Cargo SWB.
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