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And the 2017 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards go to…

Once again, automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific is recognizing vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires by announcing the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA).

AutoPacific surveyed more than 54,000 owners of new model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles across all major manufacturers. Respondents were asked what changes they would make to their car or truck in 15 key categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration and technology.

“Even the most satisfied owner would change something about their vehicle if given the opportunity,” says George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “AutoPacific’s IVAs identify vehicles whose owners want the least amount of change – those that are truly hitting the mark with owners.”

After being edged out by Tesla last year, Porsche returns to the top with wins for top brand and top overall vehicle, a testament to the brand’s ability to meet owner expectations in both the sports car and luxury crossover SUV segments in which it competes.

Meanwhile, in addition to being the Most Ideal Popular brand, Ford has winners in five vehicle segments this year.

2017 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards – full list
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Overall Winner: Porsche 911
Most Ideal Brand Overall: Porsche
Most Ideal Popular Brand: Ford

Luxury Car: Genesis G90
Aspirational Luxury Car: BMW 2 Series
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
Luxury Midsize Car: Lincoln MKZ
Midsize Car: Subaru Legacy
Premium Compact Car: MINI Clubman
Compact Car: Volkswagen Jetta
Economy Car: Honda Fit
Sports Car: Porsche 911
Sporty Car: Ford Mustang  

Light Duty Pickup: Ford F-150
Heavy Duty Pickup: Ford F-Series Super Duty
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
Luxury SUV: Lincoln Navigator
Large SUV: GMC Yukon XL
Midsize SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee
Premium Luxury Crossover SUV: Porsche Cayenne
Luxury Crossover SUV: Porsche Macan
Large Crossover SUV: Ford Flex
Premium Midsize Crossover SUV: Ford Edge
Midsize Crossover SUV: Honda CR-V
Compact Crossover SUV: Kia Sportage
Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica