Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and Ram take home the goods for brands in Canada.

Vincentric, Canada’s leading provider of cost-of-ownership data for the automotive industry, has released their 2013 list of Best Value in Canada Awards for brands and individual segments.

For passenger car brands, Toyota comes out on top, taking home 4 of 5 hybrid awards. Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel technology put the German automaker in the top spot amongst luxury brands. And for pickups, Ram was number one in the list, taking 2 of the 3 awards for haulers, both being for heavy-duty pickups.

Full list and press release below.

Toyota, Ram, and Mercedes-Benz Top Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards; Volkswagen also Performs Well

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. – The second annual Vincentric Best Value in Canada™ awards were announced today, with Toyota receiving its second consecutive award as Best Value Passenger Car Brand while picking up eight individual vehicle awards. Volkswagen also performed well in the passenger car segments, with six award winning vehicles. Mercedes-Benz retained its Best Value Luxury Brand title while also earning five model-level awards, while Ram showed its strength in the pick-up market, earning the 2013 Vincentric Best Value Truck Brand in Canada award.

Much of the success for these brands was due to the strength of their alternative fuel vehicles. Toyota won 4 of the 5 hybrid awards, with the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel technology delivering three winners and Volkswagen’s TDI clean diesels earning five awards. In addition, the Ram pickup winners were diesel-powered as were 2 of the 3 Audi award winners. Other manufacturers performing well in the Vincentric Best Value in Canada awards were Lexus, earning three awards, as well as GM, Ford, Mazda, and Honda, taking home two awards each.

“The 2013 Vincentric Best Value in Canada awards demonstrates the significant impact that alternative fuel vehicles are having on the marketplace,” stated David Wurster, President of Vincentric. “We look forward to providing Canadian consumers with the opportunity to gather insight into Canadian specific automotive ownership costs by honoring vehicles that offer buyers the best overall value,” he added.

To determine the 2013 Vincentric Best Value in Canada awards, Vincentric analyzed over 1,800 vehicle configurations measuring cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. Using a statistical model, the company identified the Vincentric Best Value in Canada winners by measuring which vehicles had lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. Each vehicle was evaluated in all ten provinces plus the Northwest Territories using a range of annual kilometer intervals and insurance profiles.

Further information regarding all of the winners of the Vincentric Best Value in Canada™ awards for the 2013 model year and the Vincentric methodology is available at

Best Brand Value in Canada
Make Segment
Toyota Passenger Car
Mercedes-Benz Luxury
Ram Truck
Passenger Cars
Make Model Segment
Scion iQ Micro
Volkswagen Golf TDI Subcompact
Hyundai Elantra Compact Coupe
Audi A3 Diesel Premium Compact Coupe
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Compact Hatchback
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Compact Sedan
Acura ILX Premium Compact Sedan
Toyota Prius Compact Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Electric/Plug-In Hybrid
Volkswagen CC Mid-Size Coupe
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Premium Mid-Size Coupe
Volkswagen Passat TDI Mid-Size Sedan
Toyota Camry Hybrid Mid-Size Sedan, Hybrid
Lexus ES 350 Premium Mid-Size Sedan
Lexus ES 300h Premium Mid-Size Sedan, Hybrid
Toyota Avalon Large Sedan
Mercedes-Benz E-Class BlueTEC Premium Large Sedan
BMW M5 Prestige
Fiat 500 Convertible
Lexus IS C Series Premium Convertible
Audi TT Sports Car
Volkswagen Golf TDI Wagon
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Premium Wagon
Utility Vehicles, Crossovers, and Vans
Make Model Segment
Mazda CX-5 Entry-Level Compact Crossover
Honda CR-V Mid-Level Compact Crossover
Buick Encore Premium Compact Crossover
Volkswagen Touareg TDI Mid-Size Crossover
Mercedes-Benz M-Class BlueTEC Premium Mid-Size Crossover
Ford Explorer Large Crossover
Audi Q7 Diesel Premium Large Crossover
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Crossover Hybrid
Chevrolet Trax Compact SUV
Toyota 4Runner Mid-Size SUV
Toyota Sequoia Large SUV
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class BlueTEC Premium Large SUV
Mazda Mazda5 Micro Van
Honda Odyssey Minivan
Pickup Trucks
Make Model Segment
Toyota Tacoma Compact Pickup
Ford F-150 Full-Size 1/2-Ton Pickup
Ram 2500 Full-Size 3/4-Ton Heavy Duty Pickup
Ram 3500 Full-Size 1-Ton Heavy Duty Pickup
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