Vincentric has identified the 2019 vehicles that provide the best value for fleets to own over a three-year time period. The list includes Nissan and Infiniti with 11 awards and Kia with seven.
The firm identified 38 vehicles in six categories, including passenger car, luxury car, SUV and crossover, luxury SUV and crossover, truck, and van.
In the truck category, Vincentric chose the Toyota Tacoma, Ford F-150, and Ram 2500.
Among vans, Vincentric selected the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Mercedes-Benz Metris Worker, Ford Transit 150, Chevrolet Express G2500, Nissan NV 1500 cargo, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500, and diesel-powered Chevrolet Express cargo G3500.
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. continued to show a strong fleet lineup with four award winners each, while Mercedes-Benz Vans and FCA were close behind with both earning three Vincentric awards. Other winners included Toyota with two award winners along with BMW, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Each had one Best Fleet Value in America winner.
"As the financial metrics regarding fleet productivity become more important, it is critical for fleet operators to have an understanding of vehicle lifecycle costs," said David Wurster, Vincentric's president. "The independent, data-driven approach used in selecting the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards enable the fleet industry to identify the vehicles that provide the best value in their segment."
To assess the vehicles, Vincentric analysts performed a cost of ownership analysis measuring over 2,500 vehicle configurations based on typical fleet use. Using eight different cost factors – depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. Each vehicle was evaluated in 50 states and Washington D.C. using 28 different lifecycle scenarios. Winners were identified by determining the vehicles that had the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in the most scenarios within its segment.